Humans are funny beings. It used to be that many of us wanted every material thing we could get our hands on, and we wanted whatever it was to be bigger, better, and faster. Then we discovered that outward material things don't make us happy. So over the last few years we've turned inward. We've decided that it's what's inside that counts. Consequently, many of us have embarked on an inward journey, seeking to simplify our lifestyle while increasing our joy.
The idea of simplifying your life is a good one. The problem is that we are attacking the goal with the same unbridled zest we used to collect all that stuff in the first place. Like a crazy pendulum, we swing from one extreme to the other with gusto, somehow feeling empty at both places.
So how do you find the satisfaction you've been looking for? The key is balance, consistency, and perseverance, all of which come from one thing and one thing only:discipline.
Here's our dilemma. We want it all, and we want it now, whether it's an abundance of possessions or an abundance of simplicity. But nothing worthwhile comes quickly, and nothing worthwhile comes without discipline. Over life's long haul, discipline works in every dimension of your life:
financially, physically, mental, and spiritual. If you've ever tried to get rich quick, tried to lose weight by taking a pill, tried to get knowledge by cramming at the last minute, or attempted to get close to God by asking for a miracle, you know what we're talking about.
It's easy to get caught in the trap of quick results when you focus on the results rather than the journey. The truth is, the joy is in the journey, in the daily discipline of growing in the details of your mind, body, and spirit. The only way to bring abundance to your life-the kind of abundance that gives you joy-is to bring discipline into your life.😊
Every morning you choose your attitude from the day. Use your free time productively.
Will there ever be a time when you will stop learning and improving yourself? Will it happen when you get your high school diploma? Not then, because the education process has only just begun. At college graduation? Hardly, because the lessons of the real world await. When you become a parent with your own children to raise? Certainly not, because every parent has to stay mentally sharp just to keep up with the "new math." Will you be able to stop learning and improving when you reach your "golden years?" That's doubtful, because then you'll need more wits than ever to figure out all of the discounts to which you are entitled.
So when does your quest to improve yourself end? When you stop breathing. Between now and then, you should consider yourself to be an ongoing project. A work in process. Always improving. Never stagnant.
Self-improvement is a popular topic. In the midst of our current technology generation, we are told that our minds are like computers-they are only as good as they are programmed. But the emphasis on continuing personal development is not unique to contemporary society. Several decades ago "someone wrote, "You are what you think." And even before that, the Bible said, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7 KJV).
God did not design you to be stagnant or sluggish in any respect:spiritually, physically, mentally or socially.
Self-improvement doesn't happen automatically. It requires constant, systematic, and disciplined personal development. There are books to be ready, people to meet, and new places to discover. Your personal growth is a privilege, not a burden. This is where God loves to get involved in the details of your life. Let Him in and watch Him work in the small stuff of your life to help you grow and improve.
Self improvement is a life long process. Consider how you can make a bigger impact with your time, money, and talents.❤