Do more, or do less?
When considering how we can become our best us in the new year, many will immediately jump to, “What do I need to do more of?” However, wisdom might say that it’s equally important to consider, “What do I need to do less of?”
This becomes evident when we consider our best us from the point of view of Jeremiah 17:9, which says, “The human heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.” In other words, our hearts will complicate things by playing tricks on us. To be our best, it is important to establish where we are physically, mentally, and spiritually. So today, let’s ask God to help us see where we are in each of these areas as we try to figure out what’s best for us in 2022.
To combat these deceptions, it is helpful to know what we need more of and what we need less of, which should also help us get a more extensive or more precise picture of what our best us can look like.
“What are some things I have done in the past few years that are life-giving?” Do more of these!
On the flip side, “What have I done in the past few years that hindered my communication with God?” Or, “What is the root cause of my drifting away from God?” Do less of these!
The answers not only provide a basis or benchmark for understanding where we’ve been but also clarify some really cool growth. Ultimately, this method of thinking provides the best picture of our best us. I don’t know about you, but when I can see a picture of where I need to go, I enjoy life more and pursue life with greater ease.
The greatest picture we have of this is in Jesus. We can be sure that we have to become more like him to be our best us. How do we do that? We love him, we respect him, we honor him—all while remembering he is our friend. Jesus tells us how to love him when he says, “If you love me, obey my commandments” (John 14:15).
Let’s keep it simple, though, by remembering that our best us in 2022 primarily depends on us loving Jesus, truly. So love and respect Jesus with your best.
What might keep someone from realizing they are not at their best?
What is keeping you from being at your best?
How can knowing Jesus and following his example help us move toward the best life?
Evaluate where you are physically, mentally, and spiritually. Are you at your best, worst, or somewhere in the middle?
Consider what things can help you grow in these areas, but most importantly, talk to God about where you are and allow him to work in your life. Trust him to help you live life at your best.
Dear God, you said that the greatest commandment to follow is to love you with all my heart, soul, and mind. As I connect with you over these 21 Days of Prayer, grow my trust in you and my heart so that I will love you more. Then, as my love grows for you, help me to love those around me more and more each day. Amen.
This post was written by Aaron Butler, a first-time contributor to the LivingItOut.
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