Have you ever wondered how some people find the time to do the things you only think about doing? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said to myself, “I sure wished I had time to exercise, golf, redo that bedroom, plant the flowers in the garden, wash the car, or write a blog.” I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t hear someone talking about not having enough time to do something that they really want to do.
Why is it that some people seem to have it all together? What is it about those people that makes them different than me? I don’t have time to spend with my husband/wife; I don’t have time to take my kids to a movie; I don’t have time to do that Bible study or read that book that I’ve been dying to read! Does any of this sound familiar? Do you feel like you’ve lost control of your own life sometimes? Do you feel like the best part of life is slipping away?
There is good news! You can take your life back today! The problem with most of us is that we are doing a lot of good things. You might ask how can doing what’s good be a bad thing?
Doing what’s good can be a bad thing if it’s keeping you from doing what’s best!
We must learn to stop doing the good things in our lives so that we can start doing what’s best. All too often we allow the good to steal what’s best. This is about knowing what’s priority. A lot of little good things will zap your energy so that you have nothing left for what’s best. Here are just a few examples:
- It’s good to spend time on extracurricular activities, but if you have no time left for your responsibilities at work or home then you’re missing out on what’s best.
- It’s good to spend $5 a day at Starbucks on the grande, nonfat, extra-hot latte, but if you are not saving any money, then something that is very good is stealing what’s best for you and your family. That’s $150 per month you could be saving!
- It’s good to work hard, but if you never take a full day off (notice I said a FULL day) then you are missing out on what’s best for you and those around you.
- It’s good to serve others and pour into people’s lives, but if you have nothing left for your spouse or even yourself, then you’re missing out on what’s best.
How to exchange what’s good for what’s best!
1. YOU are in control, so TAKE control. Stop thinking that life is taking you over and you “HAVE” to keep living like you’re living. You still have choices. Many times people are not enjoying their lives because they think they are out of choices. Listen, you are never out of choices! Your life is the sum total of your choices! Choose today to take control.
2. Choose your priorities biblically. God knows what our priorities need to be in order to have His best in our lives. Start with these: God, spouse, family, health, work, ministry. We often find ourselves doing good things that are not necessarily on the priority list.
3. Plan to do what’s best. People who plan to spend time with their spouse usually do it. People who plan to spend time in God’s word and in prayer usually do it. People who plan to go on vacation to be refreshed usually do it rather than waiting for the “best time.”
When you and I understand the importance of our choices, prioritize our lives biblically, and make a plan to do what’s best in our lives, then we are on the road to experiencing God’s best in our lives. When we are experiencing God’s best we are experiencing God’s blessings!
Keep REACHING FORWARD for God’s best in you life. If you and I will make the plans, God will direct our steps! God bless you my friend!