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What New Ways Can You Arrange Your Life For A Better Year?
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What New Ways Can You Arrange Your Life For A Better Year?

 

Your greatest enemy can be the pace of life you chose to live.

You have to ruthlessly eliminate hurry and business

 if you want happiness, wellbeing and spiritual maturity.

 

 

Busy

 

 

Our life can be likened to a jar filled with big rocks, little stones and sand.

Each day we only have 24 hours and a lot of things call for our attention.

The small things and busyness in life  {like little rocks and sand} can take up the space and distract us from our priorities, dreams and goals {big stones}.

 

What are the things that fill your jar daily?

 

  Jar Full

 

 

Prioritize First What Matters Most

 

This is one of the ‘back to basics‘ of my New Year renewal.

We have to put the large stones {what matters most / priorities} first in our jar of life.  Then fill the rest of your life with the little rocks and sand.

 

This principle is illustrated well in a video by Steven Covey

 

  RocksPebbles

 

Prioritizing and being intentional each day about what matters most is critical to having a “full” life.

We know each day will bring more trouble and busyness.

So we have to be intentional to make space for what matters most.

 

What is most important to you in life and each day?

How do you make space for what matters most to you?

 

 

Pursue the kingdom of God

 

Don’t worry about your life…

Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.  Matthew 6:25

 

Jesus tells us that the Kingdom of God is important.

Not to worry about the little things in life. We are to focus on and pursue the kingdom of heaven within – and without.  Here and now.

 

What does putting this into practice look like for you?

 

We each have to make choices on how we will spend our time, for how we will arrange our life for how God is calling us to live now.

 

I share these few thoughts inspired by a teaching on 1/5/14 by Mark Pickerall at Christian Assembly, Eaglerock, CA.

 

1.      TRANSFORMATION

 

God is always interested in who we are becoming.

So, how do you want to change for the better this year?

Wouldn’t it be unfortunate if we were no different by the end of this new year?

 

Aspire to become all God has for you, each new day.

 

Continually re-evaluate your life patterns, habits, thoughts and attitudes.

Pursue transformation with the help of the transforming power of God.

 

Jesus is our model.

He spent lots of quiet time alone with God praying and being in silence.

In the garden. By the sea. And he teaches us to do the same.

 

Our minds are filled with non-stop random, intrusive, worrying thoughts.

So we desperately need the healing practices that intentionally quiet our mind and center our spirit.

 

Each new day will bring more of the same busyness and challenges.

So you will have to pursue transformation. Make it matter.

 

Spirituality and religion belong in the healing paradigm.

They are determinants of health and they are factors in recovery,

well-being and longevity. Airdre Grant Ph.D.

 

2.      LOVE

 

What else really matters most in the kingdom of God?

Loving God. Loving people.

When its all said and done, its all about – How did you give and receive love?

Wholehearted living with God and others.

 

Who you loved. Who loved you.

 

Life is more than a to do list.  Let’s make the choice to love well.

Make time for people – friendships. And others.

That may include being more attentive to people far from God, to the poor, people from other cultures.

Just enjoying God more through others.

 

3.      CALLING

 

We have all been created and called for a unique purpose. Being faithful to serve with our wounds, gifts, talents and education.

The Lord says we will be accountable for making the most of every opportunity to do good for His kingdom. Be fruitful.

 

What is yours to do? What is your assignment?

What are your dreams, goals?

 

These are a priority.

 

 

Devote Your Life to God Each Day

 

The greatest challenge for us this year is going to be the same old, same old.

We know each day will have trouble and suddenlies and distractions.

And we must resist becoming comfortable with the mundane and living a busy, tired, exhausted, human powered life.

The world will form and shape us. Don’t be conformed by the world.

 

The greatest enemy isn’t the devil.  It’s the pace of life you chose to live.

You have to ruthlessly eliminate hurry and business

 if you want happiness, wellbeing and spiritual maturity.

 

We aren’t going to get bigger jars or more hours in the day.

So we have to be intentional about our highest priorities and what matters most.

 

Devote your ‘jar’ of life to God.

Fill your jar well each day this new year, with the most important things first.

Let Jesus be Lord of your time and stuff.

And as a ‘jars of clay’ ourselves, let’s encourage each other along the journey.

 

We are better together.

 

I know I’m preaching to the choir.

But it’s good to be reminded. Isn’ it?  I know I need it.

Lets get back to basics and experience renewal.

 

 

 Joy to the world

 

 

WHAT IS YOUR WORD FOR THE YEAR?

 

At Christian Assembly it is The Year of JOY.

 

When we pursue the kingdom of God, joy is a high priority.

This is a good word to make a priority. Philippians 4:4.

 

Always be full of joy in the Lord; I say it again, rejoice!  NLT

 

Always be glad in the Lord: I will repeat it, be glad. WNT

 

Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him!  MSG

 

Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him];

again I say, Rejoice!    Amplified

 

I plan to celebrate God, every day, on all special occasions as I gather with others.

Always being glad and joyful. Being a ‘joy spreader’.

 

Giving thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thess 5:18

 

Being grateful as well, because gratitude cultivates joy.

Reflection Question:

What matters most in your life this New Year?

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