Short, Simple, Powerful To Do

One evening not too long ago, I was kind of grumpy. I told my wife I was in a bad mood and just needed to go to bed and get over it. It wasn’t any profound therapeutic advice I gave myself. I just needed sleep. I knew that I would either wake up with a new outlook or have more strength to carry on. Sometimes it is that simple. Not always, but sometimes. Here’s another simple exercise:

Take a moment and reflect a bit. Think about a time when you were doing well personally. I don’t mean circumstantially but personally. You were doing good on the inside whether or not things were ok on the outside. I understand for some reading this you might be thinking, “I don’t ever remember doing well.” If that is you, think then of a time when you were at least doing better than another time. OK? Got it?

Now take a moment and consider:  what was I doing then that I am not doing now? What was I thinking then that I am not now? How was I living? Where was my focus? How was I spending my time?

In life, there are good things to be doing – and when we do them, we reap benefits from the good. There are also not so good things and even bad things we do. We reap results in kind when we do those things as well. One of the difficult tasks in life is to get on track with those things we know are good for us. Another difficulty it to stay on track with those same things. I have experienced both difficulties. I am sure you have too.

Jesus once said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” This verse is typically thought of in reference to heaven. Whereas I don’t disagree, I think it refers to more. There is a way here on earth to do things right. There is also truth to be known that leads to life. When we walk in those ways and are guided by those truths, we experience a goodness in life at least on the inside, even if things are not so good on the outside.

Now think back to the answers of the questions above. Consider your personal life. How about your marriage? What good things can you get back to doing today? And what not so good or bad things can you cut out?

Reflect on one more piece of wisdom from the greatest book of wisdom ever written:

“Stand at the crossing, and consider the ancient path, for it is good and it leads to Me. Walk on this path, and you will find rest for your souls.”  Jeremiah 6: 16 (The Voice translation)

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