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How To Get Your Life Under Control

My top 4 disciplines and how to implement them

remember the first time I snow skied.  I crashed into a snow fence at a high rate of speed and “face planted” on the other side.  Skiing is, indeed, “slightly downhill and out of control.”  Life can be that way.  With schedules, fast food, financial pressures, and health scares it can all feel pretty much “downhill and out of control.”

I have finally concluded (after many years of marriage and ministry) that if I can just get 4 AREAS under control my life will come into “alignment”:

1. My devotions: 

  • Devotions are like the “clock” that sets everything. Without them, I race through unproductive days (panting and frantic.)
  • Time with God does not WASTE my time…it SAVES my time! It’s like sharpening an axe.  Put God first in your day and watch your productivity go through the roof.

2. My fitness:

  • Give another 30 minutes a day to fitness. For me, like devotions, “the earlier the better.” I try to walk 2 miles a day.  It’s simple, and I miss some days, but it’s better to do SOMETHING or you do NOTHING.
  • If possible, work out with a friend or spouse. I worked out 3 times a week at the gym for 5 years with a close friend…but the day he moved away I never darkened the door again!
  • I am trying the 10,000 steps daily challenge (you can track it on your watch or phone.) I bought a push-up app and do push ups three times a week.  When I started, I could do one “girl” push-up.  Now, I do 80-100 in one set.

3. My diet:

  • Someone said that his idea of “fitness” was “fitting this whole pizza in my mouth!” Seriously, in my life, out of control eating leads to out of control living.
  • I try to change WHEN I eat. Breakfast and lunch get burned off, but food eaten after 6:00 tends to stay with me forever.
  • Try to change WHAT you eat. Sugar is the deadly enemy.  A peak performance physician told me to eat a low sugar breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a low sugar snack at mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

4. My savings:

  • Life can get out of control quickly with no savings. Getting laid off, having to replace all four tires, or one air conditioning compressor can basically sink the boat.
  • I have tried to follow Dave Ramsey’s advice: “Put three months of your salary amount in the bank.”  I try to keep it there and don’t touch it without agreeing with my wife we have a TRUE emergency.

       THERE YOU GO.  Work hard at getting these four simple disciplines solid, and watch your life get back in control!

Written by Pastor Larry Stockstill. Visit Pastor Larry’s blog at Follow Pastor Larry on Twitter @larrystockstill and Facebook /larrystockstill

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