Cultivating an Abundant Life
Most of the time, I think we need to be able to distinguish what we have control over in our lives, and what we don't have control over. We have control over how we choose to live our life and what we make of it. In this post, I'm going to share a couple of things that I have been learning throughout this work in progress.
Oh no. It's that T word. Time. The essence of time points to the very notion that we are finite beings with a limited amount of tickings on the clock. To put it in perspective, more people care about how they spend their money, rather than how they spend their time - this priceless and precious gift that can't be earn through a hourly wage. I mean how many time traveling movies do we need to watch to understand this concept?!
Here are a few things I've felt compelled to do to spend my time more wisely:
- Waking up early - not only is the air better in the morning, but also because you have the entire day to conquer!
"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is." - Ephesians 5: 15-17
- Sleeping Earlier - Why is that?! Well for one, sleeping earlier for me equals to waking up earlier, but not only that, it's also healthy for you to sleep earlier. Seriously, Google it.
- Find where most of your time goes - Do you spend countless hours watching Netflix? or Are you on your phone too much? Calculating where your time is spent or wasted away will help you get an image of how you can better manage your time.
Lessons in Simplicity:
"Watch out and be on guard against all greed because one's life is not in the abundance of his possessions."
"That's how it is with the one who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God."
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Those were a few verses that stuck out as I read Luke chapter 12, and personally, I think it it speaks volumes for the materialistic culture we live in. The culture that always wants the newer, the better, and the more trendier things. It's also the very temptation that we have more than likely dealt with - whether you give in to it or not.
For me, practicing simplicity in my life gears me towards a focus more centered around what's truly valuable in my life. It's a kind of lifestyle that yields gratitude and contentment with what one has. And one way for me to be proactive about this lesson was to clean out the clutter (aka the things that I no longer need or clothes i never worn) in my room. It's been pretty beneficial for me, as I have sold a couple of things on eBay and made a few bucks!
Making and Breaking Habits:
It really all boils down to making good habits and breaking the bad ones. According to this book I read, it takes 30 days to form a habit and about 40 percent of the things we do is by habit. Doesn't that make you wonder, "Hmmm am I living on purpose or just rolling with whatever?" As I took a hard look at my habits, I made a list of the ones I needed to make and break. Obviously, this list will differ with everyone, but just to give you an idea what's been up I'll jot down a few!
- Waking up by 8, sleeping before 11.
- Cooking and preparing myself a nutritional meal and snacks to munch on
- Drinking at least 6 cups of water
- Exercising at least 30 minutes each day
- Starting and ending my day with Jesus.
All in all, it's not about creating these lists, but about becoming the person that God made you to be, in all its fullness, flaws and all. It's about still accomplishing your new year's resolution in a day to day form. I just so happen to make these lists because that's works for me.
A lot of life is all about learning, relearning and unlearning. My advice to those who have a certain goal is to keep your eyes on the process of getting there. It makes it a whole lot easier on yourself. So lets make this a purposeful life well lived out! Best of luck!
Image by: Kelsey Hannah