Guest Post: 4 practical steps to live a life you love
I'm so excited to have one of my best friends Megan Savoie writing for my blog today. Born and raised in Louisiana, Megan now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina where she works as a web designer. Megan currently has purple hair and loves all things coffee, tacos, and waffles. When she's not working, you can find her at a local coffee shop working hard on her side buisness, "Good Things Company" which you can check out right HERE!
Let’s be honest. We love step-by-step guides and “how to” articles. Our world is saturated with information, and every one has an opinion and strategy on how to do better and be better. The excessive amount of information we’ve been given makes it pretty confusing to know what to do and which methods actually work. For this reason, this blog post is not another “step-by-step” guide guaranteeing you a better life. Instead I’ve written a list of 4 Biblical principles that I have implemented in my own life and have seen proven true.
4 practical (and Biblical) steps to live a life you love:
1. Stop trying to make your life matter.
Strange as it may sound, stop trying to make your life matter. Why? Because your life already matters, and it’s not because of anything you have done or will ever do. You are not valuable because of your actions. You are valuable because of your being. There is nothing you could ever do to make your life matter any more or any less. You have already attained the full attention of the God of the universe simply because you exist.
Biblical principal: Long before God laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love . . . Ephesians 1:4
Practical step: I will no longer live to strive to achieve more. My value is not found in my success or accomplishments. I get to live in peace and fulfillment knowing that the God of the universe is focused on me and loves me simply because I am me.
2. Live on God’s timeline.
I don’t have to achieve it all right now. Recently I was looking at a list titled: "30 Most Successful People Under 30” and instantly felt defeated. I couldn’t keep from wondering what it would take for me to make that list. Then the Holy Spirit reminded me that Jesus wouldn’t have even made that list because he didn’t even start his earthly ministry until he was 30. I get to take my time. I don’t have to rush this process. Early success isn’t bad, but I can’t assume it's best. God's timing is always best.
Biblical Principal: So Jesus explained, "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. John 5:19
Practical Step: I will not step where God doesn’t not step. I will not move where God does not move. I will not kick down doors or hustle my way into success because I understand that I can do nothing apart from Him. I get to live according to God's promises and on His timeline.
3. Enjoy the present.
What’s the point of a banquet? Is it to eat your food faster than the person on the side of you? Is it to eat the most at the table? No, the point of a banquet isn’t finishing a meal or eating more than your friend. The point of the banquet is the meal. It’s funny how we understand enjoyment when it comes to consuming our food, but we often forget enjoyment when it comes to consuming our moments. We tend to rush through life trying to get somewhere, but what if we are actually rushing through everything God designed for us to enjoy. I want to enjoy every course the Lord sets before me. I won’t scarf down what He spent time preparing for me. I won’t be too busy to turn to my neighbor and engage in conversation. I won’t be too distracted by my phone to be present at the table of life. Let’s learn to look at life as a celebration, and know that there is purpose in the process.
Biblical principal: So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him? Ecclesiastes 2:24-25
Practical step: I will recognize the fruits of my labor as gifts from God. They are mine to enjoy, and I will enjoy them in the presence of God and good company.
4. Laugh more.
Remember when you were a kid and you would force yourself to laugh until it became a real laugh? That deep uncontrollable laughter. When’s the last time you laughed like that? Not only is laughter enjoyable, but it is extremely beneficial for your health. Recently I was listening to a Bethel sermon (The fruitfulness of joy), and a man was cured of a terminal disease by watching comedy movies. For weeks, he watched funny movies and literally laughed away his disease. Proverbs 17:22 says, "A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.” Practice joy and laugh more.
Biblical principal: ...the joy of the Lord is my strength. Nehemiah 8:10
Practical step: I understand that the level of my strength is determined by the depth of my joy, so I will choose to rejoice! I am blessed because I have tasted a love sweeter than life. I get to enjoy a feast prepared by the Lord, Himself, even in the presence of my enemies. My cup overflows! (Psalm 23:5)