What Matters Most – 6 Keys to a Good Life

Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage. ~ Ecc. 5:18

There’s a song by Kenny Rankin that says, “What matters most is how well we loved each other … what matters most is that we loved at all.” Love is the centerpiece of a good life – God’s love for us, and our love for Him and others. As another song says, “Love makes the world go ’round.”

Of course, it’s true, but there are some key areas, key things you can do to enhance your love walk and contribute to a good life for yourself and those around you. Your ‘good life’ is more than a paycheck, a car or a bank account. It’s more than a spouse or a ‘good job’. All those things are needed, but they simply support your life and lifestyle.

Here are six keys that I believe are necessary to live a good life. And you can utilize these keys whether you have the bank account, the car or the house.

Believe. It’s vital to recognize and honor your connection to God, Creator. Don’t neglect spirituality, embrace it. You are uniquely created by Divine Mind, God. Seek Him out and discover His plan for your life. Study His Word – His way of thinking and doing. Adjust your thoughts and actions to align with His teaching. He gave it to you for a reason: so that you can have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance, to the full, until it overflows (John 10:10 AMP).

Contribute. The world needs your talents and abilities.  No one is truly happy or blessed unless they are doing something productive, something that justifies getting up in the morning and making an effort. It’s not about a paycheck, although you need that. It’s about seeing what you can do, how you can help, where you fit into the scheme of seedtime and harvest. It’s not good to always be a taker. You won’t feel good about yourself until you find a way to give your productivity and passion to the world around you.

Connect. Make people your focus, not stuff. You need friends and family to live a full life, a good life. When God created man, he also made woman so the man would have someone to relate to, care for and fellowship with. God desired relationship with His family, and He knew the Adam would need that also. Don’t alienate yourself from people. Stay in touch. Get together. Share life’s experiences. Isolation is punishment; stay connected.

Experience. Jim Rohn said it this way: “Don’t miss anything … the performance, the movie, the show, the game, the dance.” Go and do and see and participate in life’s experiences, for the joy, learning, and expansion it brings. Do it all – as much as you can. When our daughter was growing up, I never grounded her because I didn’t want her to miss anything: not scouts, youth group, plays, dances, whatever. Every experience expands your horizons and your thinking. Don’t miss them, embrace them!

Enjoy. Don’t be a sourpuss or take yourself too seriously. God sprinkles small blessings (and big ones) throughout your day – just to see you smile! He wants you to enjoy your life. Find ways to do just that. Walk in the sun. Play music. Dance around your living room! If it makes you smile, do it more often. Choose to be joyful, regardless of the circumstances. Don’t let the ‘stuff’ get to you. Instead, make a joyful noise unto the Lord, thank Him for every blessing and celebrate the goodness in your life.

Release. You know, all those things that you can’t control anyway. People and circumstances that crop up in your life to challenge and frustrate your plans and desires. Understand that some things are not going to go your way. Don’t let it throw you, mentally or emotionally. Breathe. Release all of it to the universe, to the God who told you to cast your care on Him. If you can’t change it (and that includes the dumb stuff you did), don’t let it change you. Banish guilt. Forgive. Let go. Be free.

Living a good life is not about accumulation,  it’s about appreciation. To appreciate means to recognize the quality or significance of something. Appreciate who you are, what you can contribute, the blessings you have, and the people you know. Appreciate the opportunities that come your way and the joy in little things. Hindsight says you can even appreciate the challenges that cause you to grow and become.

A good life is about perspective and balance. You don’t have to do it all, but you should do all you can, whenever you can. If you implement these six keys, you will soon discover that goodness and mercy follow you all the days of your life (Ps. 23:8). Be blessed.

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