Help for the Journey

I had some thoughts recently about things that help keep us on the right track in life; certainly not a complete list, but ideas that I think are helpful.

First, practice humility.  You are a vehicle for God to bring light to the world.  You are not the source of the light.

Live in gratefulness.  Being thankful for all the good in your life keeps the channel open for more good to come your way.

Make healthy habits a priority.  Continual late hours, too much caffeine, sugar, or  alcohol, and too little exercise all contribute to lack of real energy and clarity.  When you are in the middle of a life change or a stressful project, keeping a schedule, eating healthy, and getting aerobic exercise can make all the difference in the world. Make time for play, prayer, and relaxation.

If you’re stepping out in faith in some way, choose carefully who you talk to about it.  Not everyone knows how to support risk takers.  On the other hand, if someone criticizes you or points out something you might be overlooking, pay attention.  It may be God’s way of telling you something important.

Don’t be easily offended.  It is a waste of energy and drains inspiration.

Be a person of integrity.  Realize that small things are important, and make honesty a way of life.

Surround yourself with people of integrity and people who genuinely care about you.

Use your brain, but trust your heart to lead you. Our hearts have 40,000 sensory neurons that pick up, process, and store information.  Our hearts really have an intelligence that is more reliable than our brains alone.  They are a vehicle God uses to speak to us.

Renew your mind to expect good to come into your life.  A phrase I dislike is “if something seems too good to be true, it probably is”.  Some things are not true, but it is not because they are good.  Be wise and discerning (using the combined intelligence of your brain and heart), but give out goodness and truth and expect them to return to you.

Smile – a lot.  One of the biggest regrets in my life is that I didn’t smile more.  I’m trying to change that.

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