7 Secrets For Living Life Fully And Freely
Did you know there are secrets for living life fully and freely? You may say to yourself, "No kidding!," and may even be shaking your head because you think this is simple, but one look around at all the chaos surrounding us and you can convince yourself that it just isn't possible. As humans, we have a tendency to get ourselves locked into dead-end thinking. We experience some bad luck, get taken by someone, or are lonely and depressed and all of the sudden we accept this as the norm. Stop! Do not stay here.
I am not saying that there are not people that have medically verifiable (chemical reactions in their brain) depression and anxiety, but I m saying that there are also a lot of people that are taking medications as well that are depressed and anxious as a result of choices and circumstances. God can absolutely heal every type of depression and anxiety, and sometimes he uses modern medicine to do it. What I AM saying is that we want to give ourselves the best possible life with our healthy choices and reactions to all that comes our way.
Do you read the Bible? Have you ever read entirely through the Bible? I love to read all the way through the Bible! Every time I learn new things and God points out little tidbits here and there that totally apply to things I am facing in my life right then. I love it! That's what the holy Spirit is here for...to direct us and nudge us along in the best direction. The secrets for living life fully and freely are abundant and readily available to all who search for them. Here is a list of 7 that have helped me the most. (There are many more in the Bible, but I will let you find them yourself.)
7 Secrets for living life fully and freely:
- Develop an attitude of gratitude. Practice the art of being thankful. It is an art, and as such you are not born with it, as some want to think. Our attitude is like a ravenous beast, it will grow in proportion to the food we feed it. Feed it strife, worry and negativity and it will produce depression and anxiety. Feed it thankfulness, peacefulness and faith and it will produce gratitude, peace and positive vibes. (Matthew 6:25-34, and Philippians 2:14-15)
- Spend your time and thinking on working on yourself rather than finding fault with others. We are not infinite in our abilities, and can only focus our attention in one direction of inspection at a time. So focus your attention on being the best you you can be today. You will be happier, more productive and infinitely more like-able. Nobody likes that person who "tells it like it is" and picks on everyone else. These people think that everyone moves out of their way when they are coming out of fear an respect, but actually everyone is running from their pompousness... The unspoken shout is "run for cover!' HAHAHA....do you REALLY want to be that person? It's a lonely life. What I tell my kids is that there are two assumptions with this mindset that are false...(a) That they see and perceive the truth (not one of us possesses absolute truth... "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." I Corinthians 13:12) and (b) That we are within our right passing judgement on others - they will be in for a BIG surprise on judgement day ... "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you." Matthew 7:1-2.
- Speak life. Every time we open our mouths, we can spew out light or dark, life or death. What we say can make someone's day brighter, or can plague them for years. Be an encourager. Look for the good in others and then comment on it. (Proverbs 18:21 and Ephesians 4:15).
- Lend a helping hand. God says that when we help others, that it is like we are doing good to him. Serving seems like a bad word to many people, but it is really a chance for us to do for someone else what we would to be blessed with ourselves. Don't like how you are treated? Then be the change you want to see. And then watch out, it will come back to you. Some call this good karma. I call it blessing. (Ephesians 6:5-8 and Colossians 3:23-24).
- Extend to others the grace that God extends to you. Sometimes mistakes happen. We spill things, trip over things, break things, speak things and take things accidentally on occasion. God extends grace to us allowing us the freedom to correct our mistakes without a 3 strikes and you are out mentality. We should do the same for others. Now, I am NOT saying that we should be doormats for others to walk on at all. Jesus himself told the disciples that if the people they encountered didn't receive them, to shake the dust off their feet and move on. (Matthew 10:14). There are over 7 billion people in this world....find some to befriend that want to be your friend and extend grace to whoever you meet.
- Forgive and seek forgiveness. This is the next step for #5. When you are wronged, hurt, and otherwise put out...forgive! Although it seems like the price of extending forgiveness is too high...it really is not. Jesus paid the high price of dying for our sins, and has given us forgiveness for free. He wants us to also share forgiveness...this free gift...with others. God is absolutely adamant about it! What he is NOT asking us to do is stand there and be abused, mistreated and to condone wrong treatment to us or by us. (Ephesians 4:32 and Matthew 6:14).
- Enjoy your life. Have fun. Work hard, play hard, and rest. When we are not actively taking part in living, our brains will go to all kinds of stale places. We need a balance of activity, purpose and fun in our lives. That is what we were created for. Our witness to others of the goodness of the Lord is not seen in duty, boring living and judgement - it is found in abundant living! So get out there and truly live. It will put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step. Revelation 4:11 (KJV) says, "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." I quoted the King James Version here because it is the best translation...we were created for God's good pleasure, but somehow someone convinced a lot of modern day believers that we had to be miserable or straight-laced and boring to be a "good" christian. That is ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE!!!! God is perfectly fun, creative and dynamic....we are created in HIS image and so we need to be this way too if we are truly following HIM!
I hope you have enjoyed and want to embrace these 7 secrets for living life fully and freely. I would love to hear your feedback! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my website at www.LoveLife2Day.com. Have a great day!