To gain an understanding of an eternal focus, this example should help: Ever go camping? The smell of the trees and dinner cooking, snuggling into a warm sleeping bag and roasting marshmallows, talking until it was late, watching the fire die down. It was a time to stop the relentless to do list and just relax and enjoy what God has created.
Answering the question of what we really need is essential to living a simple life, but let me expand on it first. What is really necessary to fulfill God's design, call and purpose for your life?
Because we have so many different parts to our lives - family and friends, career and finances, health and fun, personal and spiritual growth, to name just a few, maintaining balance among them…
If your core values aren't guiding and directing your life you are not living your best life! Living what you believe is truly important gives guidance, purpose and importance to your life.
Jesus put relationships first. He performed His first miracle at a party in order to care for the bride and groom. We see Him dining and hanging out with people and caring for their hearts. He was always about the people and helping them to have a relationship with God.
So, then, clutter in our lives shows itself in confusion, noise, disorder; a jumble of too many activities and too much stuff filling our lives and covering us over.
I have always liked this song by Cindy Morgan. It talks of finding that the moments of our lives are what hold the precious, often overlooked details that make up a well lived life.
I remember buying an audio course on time management and then being too busy to listen to it!! What is wrong with that picture? If we do not decide what to do with our days it will be decided for us. The days will fly by the years become a blur if we do not take control of the time God gives us.
Have you set goals for where will you be in 5 years? What will you be doing? Why? Do you have a plan for your life? What are your options? What do you need to prepare?
Our core values help us make decisions about the course of our lives, whether to say "yes" or "no" to an opportunity, or a direction for life. Do you know what your are?