Adrian Rogers, the late great pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tennessee, was one of the wisest men I have ever known. I had the privilege of knowing him and having a relationship with him. Whether it was over dinner or lunch, or just listening to him preach, you could always gain nuggets of wisdom.
Several years before he passed away, he was often quoted in saying “simplify and focus.” It’s amazing how simple and profound that statement is, yet we don’t seem to do it. Our lives are complex and we are A.D.D.
To simplify your life, you must remove the things that have lost their value to you. Anything that is not in direct alignment can be “simplified” out of your life. Scrutinize the items in your life and your schedule and delete anything that is no longer rewarding. Determine if it has true meaning to you…is it part of your purpose? Eliminate the activities you no longer enjoy or that no longer offer you the value for the time spent. You say “that’s going to be difficult”… I agree. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. Simplify. Do you see the correlation?
When you simplify it gives you more time & energy to focus. When you discover what matters most, then you know what to focus on. We tend to rate our success by the number of activities we perform or check off our “to do list”. More isn’t always better. Especially when it’s stuff that brings no value or reward to your life or family. Focus on the most important. Quit doing so many things. Focus!
Here are some questions to consider:
1. Which parts of your daily routine could you eliminate to make room for the important ones?
2. What are you doing in your life that you are not enjoying? When will you stop?
3. What keeps you busy and away from what matters most?
4. Today, will you make a decision to simplify and focus?