Friday, June 21, 2013

3 Principles That Will Make Your Life Worthwhile

Last weekend I left Church feeling like a billion lightbulbs were going off in my head and I had so much that I wanted to share. This past weekend, I felt the same way. Here's what I learned ----

"If the foundations be destroyed, what can even the righteous do?"  - Psalm 11:3

3 Principles that will make your life worthwhile: 

We start out life in automatic mode. We automatically learn how to eat, how to breathe, how to walk, etc. But life becomes much more intentional once we switch to manual mode. When we stop just coasting through, when we begin living with a purpose, when we start intentionally learning
I think as we get older, intentional learning becomes something that requires much more effort. Not all of us are enrolled in school anymore. And maybe we are at a point in our career where we get lazy and become comfortable with what we've already learned on the job.

As I mentioned above, I felt like lightbulbs were going off in my head as I left Church. Maybe it's because I was intentionally learning for the first time in a long time. And it made me thirsty for more.

One thing that especially stood out to me in today's message is that learning isn't just about taking things in; it's also about letting things go. That is definitely something that I struggle with. Do I learn from my mistakes? Most definitely. Do I forget about them? No. I practically let them eat me alive. 

I do not have thick skin. When I learn about someone's feelings/actions towards me or when I've made a horrible mistake... I carry it inside me for a long long time. I do not easily forget and I consider that a fault of mine. I was taught today that God forgives and forgets as soon as you say the word (aka ask for forgiveness). Yet some of us (me) still carry it with us. Why? Think about all of the things that you may be holding onto. All of those yucky memories of your past. How can you expect to move forward if you don't let them go?

We must learn, unlearn, and relearn. I definitely need to work on completing the whole cycle.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
learning in the 21st century

There's a story in the Bible (Matthew 25:20) about three different men who were each given a different amount of talents.  Two of the men used the talents that they were given to double the amount of talents that they had. One of the men worked so hard to protect the one talent that he was given, that he didn't try to make it grow. So while the other two men were growing, succeeding, and reaping the benefits of the talents that they were given, the last man, though he still had his one talent, had not grown at all. He was still at square one.

Try to relate that to your life for a second. What are the skills that you bring to the table? Maybe you feel like you don't have any special talents. But you still bring something to the table. Maybe it's that you're great with children or you have an eye for photography. Maybe it's something that you don't see is significant at all. But it is.

If we don't at least try to grow, to be a better person, to reach certain goals, then what's the point? What's the point in life if you aren't at least trying to take another step? Otherwise, your whole life is stagnant. 
your gift back to god

Care a little, see little results. Care deeply, see deep results.

I love the quote pictured below: "The minute you think of giving up, think of the reason why you held on so long." This can easily be applied to a relationship, a career, an education, and many other aspects of life.

When you complain, maybe it's because you don't care enough. When you're ready to walk out on a marriage, maybe you should revaluate why you married to begin with. When you're tired of being at the bottom of the totem pole at work, maybe you should think about your end goal. What is it that you're working towards? What is it that you care about?

Our pastor referenced 2 Kings 5:11-12 which tells the story of a man who asked God to cure him of leprosy. God granted his wish and told him that he would be cured if he simply washed himself in the Jordan River (which apparently was a pretty disgusting thing to do). The man was prideful and enraged that God would ask him to do such a disgusting thing. He thought he deserved better. He didn't want to have to do anything beneath him in order to be cured. He cared more about his image than about being cured.

What do you care most about in your life?
thinking about giving up

What's the point of life if you aren't learning, trying, and caring?


Brooklyn McKenna said...

I love that idea that we need to become intentional learners. Thanks for this post, it's definitely given me something to think about :)

Jane said...

This post is beautiful! <3

April @ 100lb Countdown said...

Beautiful. I try to learn something every day. Sometimes it's a big lesson, some times it's an old one... but so far, it has served me well.

And the "Try", I just LOVE. I have people in my life who don't try to establish a real relationship with me, then complain that we don't have one. If you don't plant the seed, how do you expect it to grow?

Neri said...

Beautiful post Jessica! So many people struggle and stay complacent. It's so important to consistently strive to be Christ-like and live our best lives possible. Bless your heart for putting this post together!

Christy C said...

This is such an incredible and thoughtful post. I'm also touched that each point stems from scripture, and admire your faith. I feel like nowadays it's so hard for people to care about others because human nature is driven to be selfish. These three principles are so important, and seemingly simple, yet so hard for us to remember to do. Thanks so much for sharing!!


Jenn @ What You Make It said...

These are great points, and I love that you referenced the scriptures too. For sure, I've been working on number three - I love that quote! It is so true! And I think in most things, maybe it's me, but it totally comes to mind over matter. I can do so much more when I believe I can and when I care, but when I give up mentally, I'm just done. And I love that story, because it reminds me to keep my sense of entitlement and what I think I deserve in perspective.

Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

Try hard and don't give up, that's my favorite!

Sparkles and Shoes

Mimi said...

learn, try, and care -- i like that! :)

<3, Mimi

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Toria Mason said...

I just want to say that I love that you put stuff about your faith on here. That just made me like you a billion times more.

- Toria