Yesterday morning at Nowra City Church, I started my sermon with 20 Pieces of Advice for people as they go into the New Year. It was just meant to be a 10 minute intro and then onto my sermon. Instead I spent 40 minutes on these 20 pieces of advice. I got a lot of very positive feedback so I thought I would post them here. So here they are.
Proverbs 24:3-4 says
Through wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
By knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches
We need to seize life as a great adventure to be lived. All of us have challenges and issues, but that’s part of life. It’s attitude that is everything and having the attitude that Life is a great adventure to be lived, ensures that indeed, Life will be an adventure.
Be a Yes Man. I love the Movie, Yes Man. Its about a guy who has an ugly break up and so ends up living his life on the sofa in a depressed state. He goes to a Motivation Seminar and ends up saying yes to every opportunity that comes along. And his life radically changes and he falls in love. I just love the concept of having a YES posture in life. It also helps with point 1. Now there are some obvious things that we need to say no to, but the point is – seize more opportunities in life. Be a YES man.
Too many parents are the fun police. Choose instead to be a fun parent.
Take more Photos. This is a screen shot of my photo folder on my computer, which contains 171,296 photos all well organised into folders. Photos are great for memories and for celebrating achievements in life. Bonus thought – don’t be camera shy. Be in lots of photos.
Life is too short not to enjoy it. I love the thoughts in this article
We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough and we’ll be more content when they are. After that we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire.
The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now.
Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. One of my favorite quotes comes from Alfred D Souza. He said, “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”
This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have.
Stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you’ve had a drink, until you’ve sobered up, until you die, until you are born again to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy.
I asked the church a few weeks ago – what would your life look like if you were unusually gratefully. Being thankful is so powerful.
Love the idea of being completely present in the moment. Ps Simon Campbell used to say – “Love the one you are with” in reference to using mobile phones while you are with someone else. Great words of wisdom. The only thing you will experience is NOW. So be fully present.
This statement sums it up very powerfully
If I had my life to live over, I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television – and more while watching life.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, “Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.”
There would have been more “I love you’s”.. More “I’m sorrys” …
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute… look at it and really see it … live it…and never give it back.
Be a person that reduces drama, not produces it or escalates it.
I have been pondering this question for the last few weeks.
Be Intentional in 2013
With your discipleship journey
With the way you spend your time
With the way you parent
With the way you spend your money
With your health
With your thought life
With your attitude
38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’[a] feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
41 And Jesus[b] answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Martha got distracted from the important things. There are many things that will distract us in life. Manage those.
So there are 20 Pieces of Advice that hopefully some of them are helpful to you. Have the best 2013.