A Simpler Life

“Be sure to do what you should, for then you will enjoy the personal satisfaction of having done your work well, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.” (Galatians 6:4-5 NLT)

A few years ago Pastor Rick Warren wrote the book, The Purpose-Driven Life.  That book changed my life.  The problem is that over a period of time, I reverted to my default of just “The Driven Life.”  Can you relate?  Anyway, because of that, I was forced into a major life change this past year.  You’ll hear more about that in an upcoming blog.  For now, I wanted to share this devotional written by Pastor Warren.  When I ran across it this morning, I had a feeling that someone would read this and get some much needed encouragement today.  That’s my prayer as I send it out to you.  Be encouraged friends! 


Those of us who have Type A personalities, feel like we have to get it all done, and then we crash and burn when we can’t do it all. If you want to simplify your life, you need to understand that it’s all about making choices – and then sticking to those choices, no matter how tempting it is to add more to your “to do”list.   It’s easy to forget this, but it’s true: You’re the only one who must assume responsibility for your time, and you’re the only one who can clarify what’s really important to you. The choices you make control your calendar and, as a result, your lifestyle. Your choices are far more powerful than your circumstances, and you have the power to simplify your life by making purpose-full choices.

The Bible teaches, “We are each responsible for our own conduct.” (Galatians 6:4-5 NLT) That’s why it’s so important to discover why God placed you on this planet: What is your purpose for being here?

In the long run, the donation of your life will count far more than the duration. In other words, it’s not how long you live – or even how much you cram into the length of your life – it’s about how you live, according to God’s purpose for you.

What now?

· Let your purpose guide what you do with your life. As you serve, serve where you know God intends for you to serve. Don’t just volunteer for anything or everything. As you pray about it, you may sense God is prompting you to start a “not to do” list!

· You have just enough time to do God’s will. You’ve been given just enough time to fulfill His purpose over the next 30 days. When you try to do more than God planned for you to do, it’s only natural that you’ll stress over your schedule.

· Does your list include rest? God doesn’t want you to burn out; in fact, he may want you to specifically add “rest” to your to-do list because he knows you’re trying to overdo it. Does your list include getting rest and having some fun?  If not, it sure should!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Johnny on February 10, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Randy, thanks for sharing. It will help in the future to stay on track in desiring to make the right choices.


  2. Posted by Carol on February 11, 2010 at 3:27 am

    OK Randy – your feeling was right! Sometimes we become “weary in well doing”. I needed to be reminded that it’s OK to say “no”. It’s time to “be still and know”. Thanks for posting the reminder.
    Carol T.


  3. Posted by Susan on March 2, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Thanks for the encouraging word. It’s about 4:30 AM and I haven’t been able to sleep. I just discovered that you’ve been writing this blog, and this was very encouraging to me. (And I’m NOT a morning person!)


    • Susan, really glad that this spoke to you! I too am definitely not a morning person, but it seems like God does His work in me during those quiet hours in the early mornings! Hope you’ll keep reading!


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