Have you ever given much thought to a personal philosophy of life or a “mission statement?” What do you believe to be your purpose in life? Are your children at the heart of all you do? Does everything revolve around your career/work? Is God really first in your life?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that we were created by God to know, to love and to serve Him in this life so that we can be happy with Him in the next. When we put God above everything and everyone else in our lives, things fall into their proper places.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6: 33
Our lives are so noisy, busy and hectic. We are called to simplicity and to make time for quiet amid the noise so that we may hear God’s voice in our hearts. How do we live more simply when everything seems so complicated?
One way is to look at things, people and activities in our daily routines and examine them in light of our personal mission statement. If these things do not help us to fully live that mission statement or achieve our ultimate goal (heaven), let them go!!! The “extra, extra curricular activities,” the noise of the television, the superfluous meetings, the “taxi driving” from place to place, unnecessary shopping, entertainment that is less than edifying, detrimental “friendships”/acquaintances, social media (ok you’ve got me!)…Adios! Anything that is not helping us to live our mission is likely dragging us down.
What is keeping you from fully living your mission/purpose? What distractions do you need to prune away?