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Sometimes I get bogged down in the day to day routine of life – work, home, ministry, with a little fun thrown in to balance my sanity. I allow myself to get bogged down so much at times that I don’t make time to write. Then, I forget why I’m writing. Then, I read a post on Facebook and I remember why I write.

I have been through a lot in my life that I would love to forget. Some from my own free will. Some from others free will. Yet, I have survived and I have thrived. I have the battle scars to prove it. Now I want to pay it forward and help others do the same. That is “why” I am writing this book.

These are a few things I have learned along the way to enjoy this crazy thing we call life:

1. Take responsibility for my life. Notice earlier I said: “I allow myself to get bogged down.” Just like no one can push my buttons and “make” me mad, no one but me can bog me down.

2. Stop saying “I don’t have time…” I cringe every time I hear someone say those words as if they were a medal of honor! There are going to be times when we really don’t have time. But not having time is not a lifestyle – it’s a choice. Often it’s a sign of an un-ordered life. Someone has their hands in too many cookie jars. We all have time to do what we want to do – which leads me to….

3. Order my life. About every 3-4 months – or when I start feeling bogged down – I will look at the activities in which I am involved. What stays? What can I get rid of? Sometimes, I am doing something good, but it’s still not the best I could be doing. Those things I ditch or pass along to someone else.

I want my life to matter, but I can’t do it all. So I routinely whittle away until I am at peace once again.

I believe in the saying: “Pray like it all depends on God, work like it all depends on me.”

How about you? Are you at peace with your life? Is there anything you need to get rid of? What are you keeping?

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