Sometimes, your life hits turbulence and can feel like the disciplines, rituals, and practices you've put in place are impossible to maintain. When you enter a difficult or unpredictable season disrupting your ability to stick to a morning routine, eat exactly how you'd like to, or have each day look as regimented as the one before, it can be tempting to throw in the towel all together.
In your work and life, you're pummeled daily with a deluge of information, tasks, requests, distractions, and noise. In the midst of many voices, it can be challenging to know what you should hold on to, what you actually believe, and what you should do right now. Having a system for managing the flow of your life and work gives you a way to be proactive, not simply coming up with thoughts on the fly or reacting to your world.
The Pharisees did a great job tending to disciplines, but they did a terrible job investing in discipline for the right reasons.
Setting up rhythms and routines for time together gives your marriage greater opportunity to flourish. In order to grow a healthy relationship, you have to invest time in the other person. This time doesn't happen by accident--it requires intentionality, strategic thinking, selflessness, and deep care.
As the holidays are quickly approaching, you have an opportunity now to be intentional about the way you'll spend them. Instead of figuring it out as you go, today is a chance to define how you'll create an environment where your values flourish. You can contribute to a culture built on a love for God, connection with others, peaceful moments of solitude, and a deep appreciation for the things that matter most. But you have to clarify your convictions for this to be possible. As you formulate your plan, here are 20 guiding principles to consider.
The small decisions you make each day ultimately define what you truly value.
Annie Dillard said, "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."
Annie Dillard is right. Our days ultimately define our lives. The best way to set the agenda for our days is to take stock of our current habits, rid ourselves of the bad ones, and develop the ones that will get us closer to what we claim to value.
Rest isn't a luxury if you want to make meaningful progress on things that matter. It's a necessity.
On August 19, I got a concussion and had to go to the emergency room. Apparently, I had a wakeboarding accident, but I hardly remember any of it. That Saturday night is practically a blank space in my mind.
Don't wait for a concussion to be reminded of rest's value. Be a person who not only works hard, but rests well.
How we organize our personal finances is a symptom of our true values.
The Bible says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Words written thousands of years ago point to this truth—money is a thermometer gauging our heart’s temperature.
Fighting your smartphone addiction will help you begin to realize your values more effectively.
Your phone isn't evil. It's also not a source of happiness. But it is addicting by design, and when we become addicted--we can easily get distracted from what truly matters.
The way we spend each morning is crucial to the attitude and focus brought to the rest of the day.
Intentionally designing morning habits around what we value helps us experience deeper meaning and uncover what truly matters.