There is this little phrase floating around that I love. Something about “living my best life” just makes me excited. I think it’s because I fully believe that I am currently doing just that… living my best life.
That’s the goal, isn’t it? Being filled with joy no matter the situation because we are living the best life for ourselves. We are doing what we love, loving the people around us, and ultimately loving ourselves.
For me, the hardest part isn’t finding the things I love. I love to write and I love connecting with people, so loving others is pretty easy and fun for me, but that last one, loving myself and being proud of myself is the hard one.
I’m not sure about you guys but I am so hard on myself. I always want to be better. A better writer, a better athlete, a better student, better, better, better. The race never ends and when I look around I just feel worse about myself.
But something has changed in me. I had been praying for the Lord to motivate me (I had been going through the motions and didn’t feel like doing much more than needed) AND HE ANSWERED MY PRAYERS!! Like He always does… why do I ever doubt him? I should take my own advice about trusting Him.
Anyways, since then I have been so into life! Just loving every day, jamming in the car, and overall just very grateful for the life I’m living. And for the very first time, I feel proud of the progress I have made. I am proud of the person I am in Christ and am proud to share my story of failures because the God of victory redeemed me. I am proud of the effort I am putting into the tasks in front of me and I am proud of how God made me.
Now I don’t want it to sound like I am just swimming in a pool of self-glorification. For the first time, I have been able to see God’s disciplining come through in my everyday life. I am seeing all the tears I have cried, all the moments of self-control, and all of the second chances pay off. That is a great feeling.
Here’s how I got to this place,
It started with training my thinking. I filled my bedroom walls with Bible verses so that wherever I looked I would see a Bible verse. This influenced my very first thoughts, the thoughts that greet me in the morning are not glorifying to God and a reminder of His love for me, instead of what I’m going to wear for the day.
Then I stuck a journal in my backpack and started writing down my feelings in a heated moment instead of vocalizing them. This has been huge! So often we allow our emotions to control our actions, but it needs to be the other way around. So, this journal houses all of my feelings. When I fail a test, I write down my feelings, when someone is mean to me, I write down how that made me feel and what God says about me. It helps me work through the thousand voices in my head and focus in on the only one that matters, God’s.
When you think of your best life, I guarantee there are some of your most favorite people come to mind. The same is for me. I LOVE my people and my people love me! In order to live your best life, you need to be surrounded by people who are like-minded and will encourage you. I can’t tell you how many times my friends have been exactly what I needed. When you have a gang of Jesus loving friends by your side, anything is possible! If you don’t have a strong friend group that loves Jesus, you MUST find one. I’d love to be your bestie!! The more Jesus lovers the better!!
But most importantly, the more you put into Jesus, the more you get out. The more time you spend with Jesus, the more you will think about Him. The more gratitude you show and vocalize, the more you will find to be grateful for. The more you seek the Lord, the closer you will get. In order to live your best life, you have to radically love the creator of life. It is that simple.
Do you want to love what you do? Than make Christ the center. Do you want to be successful? Then pray for the Lord to work in your life. Do you want to love yourself? Then love those around you and meditate on who God says you are. It is that simple, that black and white.
Here’s to living your best life and loving it!
XOXO, The Christian Prepster