So…this is the time of year that we all talk about how we are going to insta-change ourselves….starting on January 1st.
Let’s just be real, I am always a mess come February. (If I make it that long.) Because for crying out loud, New Year’s Resolutions are a perfectionist’s nightmare.
Yet you don’t have to have perfectionism hang-ups to blow your New Year’s goals. I mean, really. Because we cannot expect to change our lives completely on January 1st, unless our motivations are rooted in a solid “why”.
Real change requires big time motivation. Not the kind that promises every Wednesday that “I’ll start workng out again on Monday…,” since you don’t feel like doing it today and all.
I can talk about the Monday kind of “change” all day long, because it makes up 1/3 of my autobiography. (I don’t have an autobiography.) (But if I did, that would be a true statement.)
So now that I’ve set you up to feel like change in 2015 is utterly hopeless, let me tell you the best news ever:
Yes, I consider this book to be the greatest news.Truth be told, this is one that Larry wishes I had read twelve-plus years ago. (And if you calculate that correctly, that would mean I read it before we were married.)
I typically cringe at any kind of “formulaic” program that promises secrets of success. So perhaps it’s irony at its finest that I’m so stinking sold on this book.
But frankly, it’s not the book. It’s the message I’m sold on.
This message – these truths, wrapped up into 12 practical concepts is for anyone wanting to make small but powerful changes in your home, your time management, or your finances. And honestly, I can check boxes in every category.
The message at the heart of this book is that the Good Life is not found in the pursuit of more.
I’ve been talking about this for months now, you guys. Which is a pretty clear indication that I’m serious about some heart change when it comes to this More thing.
Not too long ago, Larry decided to organize Luke’s closet, only to discover 46 Under Armour shirts tucked away here and there. (I’m sure at least 16 of them were on actual hangers.) (And incidentally, Larry wasn’t the one who bought 46 Under Armour shirts.)
That craziness is all me.
It might have been more understandable if they were in different colors, sizes, or shapes. But no. At least 1/3 of them were blue; and the rest were neon yellow, neon orange, red, or black. So basically, I bought the same shirt twelve times.
Because either I was secretly living the life of a doomsday prepper, and somehow thought UA shirts would come in handy in an apocalyptic event; OR, I have issues with buying things I just flat don’t need.
This issue may or may not also be evident in my own closet, in the living room, in the kitchen. And for the love of Martha Stewart, I have no business buying designer measuring cups, y’all.
And don’t even get me started on my dream of having a bigger kitchen. Because I sort of think that just gives me more room to burn things.
I also don’t need more gigabytes on a phone with a bigger screen (thank you, Apple); or more monogrammed button-down shirts; or a new pair of boots.
Because stockpiling the things we crave won’t even make a dent in our desire to be satisfied.
We cannot buy contentment in Target. Because the more we buy, the more we want. And as long as we feed our insatiable hunger with things, the more discontentment and stress and anxiety we will reap, and we’ll constantly trip over the need for just a little bit more.
But the truth is this:
The Good Life (aka Real Life) is found in the pursuit of righteousness, godliness, faith, and love. It’s found when we focus on being rich in good deeds; and we discover the good life’s true joy when we live generously, out of the wellspring of blessing we have in Christ.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” (1 Timothy 6:6-8)
This, friends, IS the secret to the good life….
So what does this all have to do with New Year’s and blog posts about change and resolutions?
There are changes I know I need to make, and Ruth Soukup has gifted me with a realistic strategy on how to tackle these issues one by one.
I am resolved not to waste one more year of my life on a pursuit that leaves me empty and unsatisfied.
Will you join me?
Stay tuned over the next couple of days to hear more about which changes I’m making. And guess what? You will have a front row seat on how the Good Life takes shape in these changes.
I’ll be keeping you updated (talk about public accountability!), and if you want to join me, send me an email, comment here, or tell me on facebook.
Let’s see where the good life takes us! (It probably won’t take us to the mall.) (Just saying.)
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