DISCLAIMER: This content is from a Christian perspective. However, people of all faiths and all walks of life can learn from this. Also, at the end, I will talk about putting my goals into action, if you desire, for your own life. It will include resources for helping people who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. Though I am promoting these organizations in a way, I make NO money from them in any way shape or form. Just want to help YOU help others.
Who or what motivates you to live your life? Is your life marked by passion and drive? When the chips are down, so to speak, what is it that keeps you going? For many people, it is often their loved ones. Sometimes, it is their job and sense of accomplishment. Other times the motivation is wanting love and approval. What motivates me to keep going when life is as dark as a tornado whirling during a fierce and powerful storm is the love that God through His Son Jesus Christ gave and continues to give to me.
These following two goals are based off the love that God has given and continues to give to me. They are:
- To love God with all my mind, soul, and strength. (Matthew 22:36-38)
- To show others the love that God gave to me, so they too can experience love, joy, and peace in their lives that I have.
How will I go about accomplishing these goals?
How I will meet goal #1
- Read and study His Word, the Bible, daily for at least 15-30 minutes a day.
- Pray daily to meet the challenges of the day, for at least 15 minutes a day. Also, I will try to be in constant communication with God, not just for 15 minutes!
- Attend a Bible-believing church. (I am attending a good church that lines up with my beliefs nicely).
- Focus my mind on God and His will for my life, and for the day, as much as possible, without getting distracted. (I am still working on this one. Sometimes it is a struggle. Correction: Every day it is a struggle not to get distracted by other things that don’t matter to this goal at all, but I will not quit trying.)
- Memorize His Word and apply it to my daily life.
How I will meet goal #2
- When I do something that offends another person, I will strive to quickly confess that to the other person and repent (i.e not do that offense action anymore) of my offense.
- When someone offends me, I will let the person know in private, in a gentle and humble manner, with all honesty and love.
- I will never give up on a relationship unless they give up on me.
- I will do my best to show kindness and care to other people.
- I will do my best not to let my anger at someone linger for more than a day.
- I will encourage others by sharing with them how God loves me, and by telling them how much I love and/or care for them.
- I will do my best to sacrifice my time and resources if someone is in need of them and doing so will help the other person.
- I will do my best not to show any pretense towards another but be my genuine self, even if it is sometimes flawed.
These are practical ways anyone can join me in not only keeping me accountable but also joining with me to show others true, unconditional love to the whole world, instead of hate. Ban the hate!:
- Forgive at least one person who has hurt you deeply. –There are several people who I have had a hard time forgiving, mostly because they did the same bad things over and over to me again, even though I had confronted them more than once about these issues. However, I now realized that letting go of my bitterness and anger towards them has changed the way these people treat me, and in some ways, my relationships with these people have been restored! Who is someone who deeply offended you? It could be someone from a church or temple. It could be a family member or a once-close friend. It could be a boss or a manager. Yes, forgiveness is very difficult at times, and sometimes you can’t forgive everyone at once, but an unforgiving heart keeps you, not the offender, in an emotional hell-hole prison that traps you and robs you of the joy that life is meant to bring. Also, the very act of forgiveness necessitates the offense. It does not dismiss it or excuse it. It acknowledges it but leaves the justice in capable hands, NOT yours.
- Be genuine.–Do not hide who you are. Yes, if someone has demonstrated that they are untrustworthy you may have to hide some things about you. However, as a general rule, do your best to be genuine. Be willing to be vulnerable and forthright about your struggles. You shouldn’t have to hide yourself to be truly loved.
- Be willing to care about and sacrifice for others.– One practical way one can do this, especially if you are spiritual, is to pray for those who are hurting and suffering. Pray about what you can do to help these people. These may be people at work, at your school, at your place of worship, at home, or in your community. Once you pray or think about what to do to help these people, do it! Recently, in a huge chunk of Texas and some of the Southeast part of the U.S, there has been a hurricane, Hurricane Harvey, that has swept through there and devastated many people’s lives, and destroyed many homes and businesses. This storm is still ongoing as of this writing (written 8/27/2017). Here are some organizations that are helping these people through this:
These are my two major goals in life. This is what keeps me going, even in the hardest times. What are yours? What steps can YOU take to accomplish your life purposes? Please feel free to discuss here.