Living Well and Focused…

The *Living Well* series

At one time or another, most of us will feel life is passing us by.

It’s that moment when things feel off kilter; you feel out of sorts. You may wonder if you’re wasting your time or focusing on the wrong things.

So, are you living well?

It’s a popular topic these days, this concept of living well, but it means different things to different people. Does living well for you mean…

  • …living healthy and staying active?
  • …creating the life you’ve always wanted?
  • …giving off positive energy to the world around you?

While none of these goals are necessarily bad, Christians live well with a different focus.

Sure, living healthy and staying active is good but, as people of faith, it’s the why that matters. See, I’ve learned when I’m eating well, sleeping well, and staying active, I’m better able to function in the roles God has called me to.

When you’re living healthy, you’re more valuable to your family, employer, and God. It’s why we, as people of faith, should strive to live healthy.

Living well and focused.

Here are a few ways I try to stay focused and living well.

#1 – Maintain daily *Jesus time*

What does it take to live well and focused? Here are 3 steps I've taken to living well and being focused. The end is key. Learn more.It would be untruthful of me to tell you this happens every day, without fail. In fact, I’ve just come through a challenging time that caused my daily Jesus time {Bible study and prayer} to suffer.

Almost two months ago, I fractured my collarbone. The pain, discomfort, and lack of sleep wreaked havoc with my morning routine. There were days when all I could manage was to sit, coffee in hand, and think on the things of God.

The state of my body and mind {thanks to pain meds} were making it near impossible to concentrate…read…pray. And though I did what I could to maintain some semblance of time spent with Him, I felt I was failing.

The reason I share this with you now is to emphasize how much I found I missed that focused Jesus time. Not only did I miss it, I remembered this is non-negotiable for me.

Daily *Jesus time* requires focus AND it will keep you focused.

#2 – Know your priorities

I’ve shared this before, but I watched my dad {a career minister} model this when I was just a girl. Dad’s priorities went like this:  1. His relationship with God; 2. His family; 3. Church and ministry. His approach marked my life significantly.

Say yes proactively. Choose to embrace the things God has focused you on and make it happen.¹ | J. Robert Clinton

The teachings of J. Robert Clinton {a professor of mine} further marked my life and introduced me to the concept of living well. Here’s a major component: Know when to say yes and when to say no, ¹ but before you can know when to say yes or no, you must know where your priorities lie.

Establishing the right priorities is a major step to living well and focused.

#3 – Live with the end in mind

In a class once, I had to write my own epitaph. It’s the answering of the question what will they say about you when you’re gone? And, it’s certainly one way to think about the end.

If this talk about living well and focused has you thinking you might try to incorporate it in your own life, let me share some of the best advice I’ve ever been given.

Live with the end in mind.

  • What are some of the things you imagine God has gifted you to do?
  • How will these *things* look when you’re in your twilight years of life?
  • Will you have accomplished them?
  • How do you want to raise your children?
  • Will it matter, in the end, if you reached top-level in your career or built that ridiculously expensive dream home? 
  • Who will make heaven because of your influence?

If you want to begin living with the end in mind, start looking at questions like these. More importantly, look at your answers. Be honest with yourself. Get real with God.

To live well and focused requires that you live with the end in mind.

Life is not passing you by. You’re just getting started. And we know how all this ends. Remember, we win. With Jesus, we have already won, so get to living well.

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More of The Living Well Series:  HERE {Living well and healthy…}

¹Strategic Concepts That Clarify a Focused Life, by J. Robert Clinton, D. Miss., Ph.D.

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2 thoughts on “Living Well and Focused…

  1. I developed a mission statement: “to show my children how to grow old loving the Lord.” It makes a difference in how I approach challenges, how I don’t give up when it gets hard. I’m entering a new part of this journey – and it’s as though I’m walking into a new room (not quite through a wardrobe door, though LOL) and I’m not sure what’s expected of me in this new room, but I’m trusting God knows what I’m supposed to do – and my mission statement – so much like what you are talking about, helps me set the priorities!
    (BTW – I read your post on discipline. So good! So many children cry out for boundary setting. Love sets boundaries. You set boundaries around what you value and it shows children you value them. With our house full of boys, we used squats for discipline. It was one of my more brilliant ideas 🙂 Shalom, Karlene! It was wonderful meeting you today!

    • Be blessed in the journey, friend, and as you raise all those boys to love the Lord unconditionally. Always great to connect with another who is sharing God’s words through blogging. {I apologize for the long delay in commenting back, but for some reason this ended up in the Spam comment folder. Oh, yay, WordPress!}

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