3 Steps to a Massively Better Life – How to Have a Better Life This Year

How to have a better life

Happy New Year, friends! (Unless you are reading this after New Year’s Day)

God is always showing me new things in life. Often times I think I have a grip on things, but soon I realize that I don’t have a clue. That’s okay, though. We aren’t meant to understand everything. That is part of what makes it so sweet when God reveals new things to us.

A good friend of mine once said, “I believe that a good indicator that God cares about you, is that He begins to show you new things.”

I think my friend may have been on to something. God shows us His love in many ways, and the gift of new wisdom seems to be a very special gift.

Proverbs 2:6-8 (ESV)

6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, 8 guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.

I highly recommend reading all of Proverbs 2 here. It is short, but epic!

Recently, a few thoughts have been surfacing in my mind. It seems that God, through various circumstances, has been showing me how I can drastically improve my life. I thought that I would share these thoughts with you, my Gamerfaith buddies, with hopes that it might show you how to have a better life as the new year starts.

1.Less About You, More About Others

Think about a time in your life that you were angry, stressed, or upset. Now, try to figure out why were you felt this way. Often times, when we really pull something apart, we realize that self-concern is at the center of our problem.

For example, I often get angry when I realize that someone has said something bad about me behind my back. This is especially amplified when I believe that what they said was false. When this happens, I feel that I have been wronged. That feeling can lead me to an emotion of anger that devours my focus. I continually think about how I have been hurt.

When I pick the situation apart, I realize that it is my own self-concern that is bringing me down. What would happen, though, if I spent more energy directing my focus towards God and others?

I can’t “undo” an action that has wronged me. I can, however, choose how to react to that action. I can focus on my own heart, which leads me to care about things that are beyond my own life.

All of us are individuals. We are all one human. Even if we are wronged, we have a choice.

We can:

  1. Dwell on how we were hurt, and become crippled by our own self-concern.
  2. We can focus on showing love to God and others. Being concerned with what matters to God can motivate us to walk a path that is filled with purpose.

2.Look Down

The other day at work someone told me to always look down. Like me, you may initially find this question to  be confusing. You might think:

  1. Isn’t that where hell is?
  2. Isn’t that where failed dreams are?
  3. Isn’t that a song in Les Mis?

This advice has nothing to do with any of those things, though. What my coworker was trying to say was, “If you focus on the people that have it ‘better off’ than you, you will always feel cursed. If instead, however, you focus on how many people have it worse off than you, you can begin to see how blessed you are!”

Extend a helping hand to people in need. Don’t be overtaken with jealousy for what other people  have. Jesus humbled himself. God became a man to walk among us. He helped people in need. He washed his disciples feet. He died so that we could be saved.

3.Focus on Your Heart

Writing on a blog can be surprisingly difficult work. I also have school, work, a Vlog, and a gaming channel that I do with my little brother. All of these things can add a lot of pressure to my life. I often feel the need to produce a certain amount of articles and videos within a week.

This is the wrong attitude to have. I am focusing on the amount of things that I can get done, but I need to focus on how I can improve the quality of my heart.

If I don’t spend time with God, how can my heart be in the right place? If my heart isn’t in the right place, how can any of my works be worthwhile? Always focus on the heart issue. Your relationship with God is more important than the things that you can accomplish. Ultimately, God is the one who accomplishes good. Stay focused on loving Him, and let the rest branch from that.

I hope that all of you guys have an awesome year in 2015 (and beyond). I love you guys, and hope that these three ideas will help you as much as they are helping me. I love you guys, and I am praying for you!

-Caleb

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