According to the resolutions I have made during my life, I should be the most outstanding person you have ever met. If I am the most outstanding person you have ever met, you are going to mess up the point of this post. But, I’m not too worried.
By now, I should be incredibly spiritual, I mean, like need-to-cover-my-face spiritual, to shield you from the shining glory of God. I should be the perfect combination of Mother Teresa and Billy Graham, and I should be unbelievably fit.
Hmmm . . . . what happened?
I don’t know, but I’m still trying, sort of. It’s more like I’m trying to live by grace and by the Spirit of God.
Over the holidays I dusted off an old book that I had first read when it came out in 1992: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey. I had mentioned it in a sermon weeks ago and someone had sent me a summary of the seven habits. That inspired me to pull it out – actually to purchase the audio version.
On Habit 3: Putting First Things First, Covey suggests asking oneself this question: “What one thing if you started doing superbly well and consistently would have marvelous results in your personal life?”
Good question. What one change could you make that would cause a very positive outcome?
Is there a change in attitude or action that could cause good things to happen?
Think about it.
I have several candidates I’m considering. One is not very active. Actually, it has to do with being still, with listening to God, reflecting on what I’m learning from God, and planning my response.
What about you?