My wife and I recently re-purposed a large deck box in order for her to create a separate space for her potting supplies and in the process of doing so, we realized that not only did we create breathable space in our shed, we simplified things.

Keeping it simple. As I pondered this I thought of life in general and how crazy and hectic our lives can become, mine included. Often we feel we are unable to say no to the demands of family, jobs, church, community involvement and a multitude of other things we ‘should be’ doing. Worse yet, we could actually be the agents of this demanding lifestyle on others.

If this describes you let me challenge you to remember the principles of balance. It is so easy to get caught up on the daily activities of life and loose focus on what is your greater purpose and what you were put here on earth to do. Ask yourself these questions:

What are the important/best things for me to invest in? Am I taking time for this?

Who are the key individuals that help me grow, develop and encourage me? Am I taking time for them?

What is draining my energy and passion for life? Why is this? (I ask the second question because I have found that a wrong perspective leads to a bad diagnosis of the situation.)

What do I need to say No to in order to say Yes to what matters most?

Points to Ponder:

Keep the list of questions handy and take the time to walk through them when you feel that life is stressed and crazy. A good values clarification exercise really can help if you are unclear about what matters most to you. Email me if you would like a complimentary Values Clarification Exercise.

Our world is hungry for genuinely changed people. Leo Tolstoy observed, ‘Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself.’

Let us be among those who believe that the inner transformation of our lives is a goal worthy of our best effort.” — Richard Foster

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