I recently finished the New York Times best seller "How Will You Measure Your Life" by Clayton M. Christensen. Through each chapter I laughed, even cried, and sometimes was suspended for days or weeks at a time on certain pages or ideas.
At this point of life I am not far enough traveled to have serious regrets; Therefore, I am grateful for books that exist to help align my priorities with what I truly value as success. Though written using business theory, each idea was absolutely meaningful to my life as a stay at home mom.
One of the main ideas I came away with was that decisions should be cerebral and there is definite strategy to success. This takes work, it takes a solid understanding of identity, it takes time and sacrifice, and it takes humility.
Finding my identity as a daughter of God has led to creating my priorities, this in turn has affected my choices. I know who I am, why I was born, where I am going, and what the plan of life is about. This is what allows me to move forward in a sure direction no matter the disappointments and frailties of life.
Happiness is most likely to be found when we align our will with Jesus Christ. It is through following Him that I have learned what it means to have joy. This is one quote I loved from the book:
"I genuinely believe that relationships with family and close friends are one of the greatest sources of happiness in life. It sounds simple, but like any important investment, these relationships need consistent attention and care. But there are two forces that will be constantly working against this happening. First, you'll be routinely tempted to invest your resources elsewhere-in things that will provide you with a more immediate payoff. And second, your family and friends rarely shout the loudest to demand your attention."
Where is your joy found? What can you do to align your life so you feel it more often? Life is a crazy balancing act but with the help of true principles I know I can find success!
I watched this video today and was inspired by the faith of this man. He's experienced hardship and discouragement in a way that I don't think I can fully understand, but he doesn't let that experience hold him back. His message is one of faith and hope, and it can be applied to all of us as we face hard seasons of life and question our abilities and worth. I am grateful he shared his story.
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