HAPPINESS: Clear The Clutter In Your Life
What did your Pastor preach about last Sunday? This is a question many Christians might by now have forgotten.
Either they didn’t pay attention or the message failed to find itself in their long-term memory. I was touched by my Priest’s sermon. He made an analogy of the feast of ascension and boarding your international flight.
He referred to Jesus seated at the right hand of the father. The priest asserted that even when Jesus had a short ministry, he fulfilled his mission.
Whatever he could not do, he left behind his disciples to complete the task of building his father’s kingdom.
He concluded by calling on Christians to live up to this expectation that Jesus sacrificed his life for our sake.
In comparison, he referred to checking your luggage for an international flight. He said, for successful flight passengers are regulated on the weight and number of carryon bags they can carry along.
If you are not obedient to this regulation, you are denied your flight or else you are forced to damp your belongings until the required weight.
However, if you insist then you are over charged for the extra weight. This implies you have to identify what you want most and leave behind what you can do without.
If you are not to be denied your flight, you then need to be disciplined and follow the instruction to all passengers.
Having said this, just like Jesus’ death and ascension; as Christians, we need to clear the clutter in our lives to appear safe for judgment before the Lord when the time comes.
This means we must have priorities and drop the habits that deny us the happiness of going to heaven.
Every Christian wants to go to heaven but not all want to work hard to go to heaven just like we all want to be happy but not all want to be disciplined to work hard to find happiness in what we do.
Normally heaven and the skies where planes fly reflect happiness. We are either happy to fly in a plane or to believe we will go to heaven. But what we forget is that there is an opportunity cost to achieving this happy reality.
It means we have to deny ourselves some things that we like by clearing the clutters in our lives.
As a call to action, this week I am calling on you to clear the clutter in your life. This could be a tray in your office that has documents/files you barely need but keeps hiding business cards you might need at work.
Clear your closet of clothes and shoes you might not need to keep neat to avoid the frustration and unhappiness of being disorganized.
Secondly, set your priorities and focus on the task at hand. Even if your ministry has a short life span like that of Jesus, priorities and focus will complete your mission and bring you happiness on accomplishing your goal.
This implies there is an opportunity cost. You cannot eat your cake and have it. That’s a cost you cannot do without so bear it just like Jesus left his parents that he loved so much but accepted to sacrifice his life as a cost to realize his mission.
Finally, have self-discipline. Even when it’s uncomfortable to do it like dumping your expensive possessions or the pain of torture and death that Jesus went through; be disciplined and do what it takes to complete your mission and you will find happiness in your accomplishments.
I am not asking you to die but to pursue faithfully your mission.
The author is a motivational speaker on happiness based in Kampala.
Rate this article
Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
|We Buy||We Sell|
|Cash||South African Rand||280||295|