I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. (Psalm 32:8)
I love the quote by Nathan W. Morris, “Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.” If we reviewed our lives with this level of respect and dignity, we would find ourselves more fulfilled. We are valued as children of God, and this life we’ve been given should not be treated casually. God calls us to make the most of our lives and to live with intention and meaning.
We do this by inviting God along for the ride. God knows our past, our present, and our future. If we continually invite God to guide our lives, we will move forward in the direction divinely inspired. Then we can focus meaningfully on the direction we are taking with our work, our family, our hobbies, and our relationship with others. This focus becomes easier and less-forced because we feel deeply that we are doing what God intended.
This focus allows us to say “yes” to what is important and “no” to those requests that are simply a distraction. I used to feel a terrible sense of guilt every time I had to say “no” to someone about anything. It got to the point where everyone seemed to control my life but me. Then I started getting a little distance from my inner self and asking, “If I were someone else, with all the responsibilities I already have before me, would I recommend this other person accept this added responsibility? It made it easier for me to prioritize my life and regain focus.
Finally, editing one’s life requires compassion. If you are like me, you are often more-compassionate and forgiving of others than you are of yourself. We can remain focused and directed if we forgive and are compassionate with ourselves. Today, ask God to give you the wisdom to focus your life on what is truly important. The wisdom to know when to say “yes” and when to say “no.” Finally, to care for yourself enough to make your life a masterpiece.