How do you feel about your life today? Are you living every day with enthusiasm and excitement? Do you love what you’re doing? Are you motivated every single moment? Are you looking forward to what’s coming up next? Are you living your best life in Christ? If your answer to any of the above is a no, maybe or not sure, that means you’re not living your life to the fullest. Now, the million dollar question: Why settle for anything less than what God has ordained for you? You deserve nothing but the best!
Over the past 15 years, I’ve been practicing living every day to the fullest; bursting with joy, passion and steadiness. My friend, it’s a marvelous and incredible experience that I want you to experience too. Here’s a list of 20 things God gave me to make my life more fulfilling and productive:
1. Learned to live everyday on a fresh start. I made a decision to not be held back by what happened yesterday, the day before, the week before, the year before, and so on.
2. Learned to be true to who I was. I stopped trying to please other people or be someone else. I realized it’s better to be an original version of myself than an exact duplicate of someone else.
3. Quit complaining. I stopped whining about my problems and started working on them instead.
4. Started being proactive. I Stopped waiting for others around me to do something and took action myself instead.
5. Started focusing on what vs. how. I began focusing on WHAT God wanted first, before I thought about HOW to do it. Anything is possible, as long as you set your mind, heart and soul to it.
6. Started to create my own opportunities. I realized I couldn’t sit around and wait for opportunities to drop in my life. I had to come into alignment with God’s plan, then get out there and create my own opportunities. Doing so is much more empowering.
7. Made a decision to be committed to my growth. I developed a discipline prayer life. I study the Word consistently. And I spend lots of time learning from my spiritual mentors.
8. After discovering my calling, I made a decision to live in alignment with purpose.
9. I began to hold myself to the highest standard. Every one of us has our own set of ethics, principles and moral codes that we live true to. I totally submit to the word of God and I allow the Holy Spirit to police all my activities.
10. I stopped putting my life on hold. Are you putting any part of your life on hold? What is one area of your life you have been putting off/avoiding/ denying? I suggest you uncover it and start working on it.
11. I stopped doing things for the sake of doing them. I started evaluating what I was doing, and now I only do it if there is meaning behind them. I stopped being afraid to quit the things that didn’t serve God’s purpose for my life.
12. I started doing some of the things I love. I realized life is too precious to spend it doing anything else. I devote my time and energy on things that brings glory and honor to God; in turn I have found total fulfillment and happiness.
13. I learn from criticism. I learned to be open to criticism but not be affected by it. I had to accept that criticism is meant to help me be a better person.
14. I had to practice being positive. I was taking an enrichment course and the facilitator asked, “Is this glass half empty or half full?” He said, “How about neither? “Actually it’s all full.” Then he explained that the bottom half is water, the top half is air. It’s all a matter of perception. Take on empowering perceptions, not those that bind you. If you can see the positive sides of everything, you’ll be able to live a much richer life than others. Purge unnecessary negativity from your life.”
15. I had to LET GO of my unhappy past. That meant past grievances, heartbreaks, sadness, disappointment, etc.
16. I had to forgive those who may have done me wrong in the past. Lewis B. Smedes said, “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and realize it was you.”
17. I had to let go of attachments. I had to tell myself, “Don’t fixate yourself with a certain status, fame, wealth or material possessions.” You see, these are temporary and will ultimately disappear. Focus on growing in God and living your ordained life to the fullest instead.
18. One of the hardest was letting go of relationships that did not serve God’s purpose for my life. That meant negative people, dishonest people, people who didn’t respect me, people who were overly critical and relationships that prevented me from growing.
19. I began to spend more time with people who empowered me. I started hanging out with people who I am compatible with, like-minded people, people who are positive, successful, strong achievers and positive for my growth. According to research, you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.
20. I review my life. I set aside time every week to assess how I’m doing with my goals and my life. I review my purpose once every 3-6 months so I’ll know I’m on the right path.
I hope this morning’s letter helps you get on track to living a healthy, godly, fulfilled life!
Let’s pray: “Heavenly Father, help me to seek you daily on how to walk out Your plan for my life. Also help me to never grow content in my longing for You. In Jesus name I pray, amen!”
One Simple Nugget: “Live life to the fullest because you only get to live it once!”