I work in the bookstore at our church once every few weeks and this past Sunday they had received in some new merchandise. This one plaque in particular struck me when I saw it hanging on the wall. “Love God, Serve Others, Live Simply”. I love that. If I focus on those three things, my life will become more in tune with God and what He has planned for me. The two greatest commandments are to “love God with all your heart, soul and mind” and “to love others as yourself”. The first one is covered and serving others is definitely loving them as yourself. Living simply is what Jesus demonstrated for us. He lived with very little belongings, if any, and was attached to nothing other than loving and communicating with God and serving others. Shouldn’t I live my life the same way?
1. Love God. This is obviously the most important thing we will ever do in our lives. Without God as my focus my life would be nothing, literally. I’ve tried living without God, and trust me it’s so much more fulfilling when you have a relationship with the One who created you. No one on Earth knows you better or will always be there like He will. He is what fills me up inside, nothing else in this world can do that. Nothing. When I love God with all my heart, soul and mind I have no room for sins that bring me down. I don’t have time to focus on anything that could ultimately lead to self-destruction. I focus above and all things below seem manageable. Nothing can come second to God.
2. Serve Others. Serving others keeps me from focusing on myself. Focusing on me gets me nowhere and that is not where God ever intended my focus to be. He wants me out serving others, helping those that are in situations I have been in and can help with. For me in particular, I know He wants me helping young women make the right choices in life. He wants me to use my past experiences to help those who are just beginning their adult lives. I’m just working all that out now and how it will come to be, but that is what God has put a fire in my heart for. Helping young women with the choices in their lives.
3. Live Simply. This is something I’ve really been working on this year. Living with less. Less attachments, less stress, less commitments, and less clutter. We need so much less than we think we do. We should be too busy with our relationships to worry about stuff or be bogged down by it. Who has time to be tied down to “stuff” when you are busy loving God and serving others all the time?