Do you ever find it difficult to simply start something and stick with it?
Diet. Exercise. Reading the Bible. We’ve all got things that we can add to this list. I wanted to share some thoughts about tackling this problem while improving our relationship with our wives.
Accept You Are Limited By design
You can’t do it all! God made you with limitations on purpose. The sooner you realize this the more freedom you will have and the less stress too. One of Satan’s greatest weapons against us is making us feel like failures. You get frustrated because you can’t get up 2 hours early and go for a jog, lift weights, make a healthy breakfast, then sit down in a quiet place read the Bible, journal, and pray until you hear a word from the Lord. It just isn’t possible to make that kind of change all at once.
Make Small Adjustments
Realizing you were born to be limited isn’t an excuse to not make any changes at all!
It’s the one degree course correction that has great impact over long distance. Did you know if the space shuttle was only one degree off course it would miss the moon by about 13,356,000 miles. One degree can make a huge impact on your life over time.
What small one degree course corrections can you make today?
Here are some examples.
On average a person spends about 60 minutes waiting in lines, traffic, etc… If you remembered to pray for 5 minutes every day while you were waiting in line at the store or while pumping your gas. You would spend about 30 hours a year in prayer.
The average time spent on smart phones on activities other than talking to someone is about 1:07 a day. If you were to trade that last 7 minutes of social media for time with your wife you would decrease your smart phone intake by 42 hours a year and increase your face time with your wife by 42 hours a year. Amazing!
Where Your Heart Is There Also Will Be Your Priorities
God has made it very clear to me that my priorities dictate where my time and money go. That being said, if our wives and marriages were a priority then I would spend as much time, money and energy as possible on her and for her and with her. The same goes with my health. Or career. Or hobbies. Or sin.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” – Matthew 6:21