"The wise man will simplify his life"

Most of us want to live impactful lives. Here's a key to it: an impactful life is a life with focus. When you know what is important, you devote everything to it. You become a person with a cause.

The trouble is, too many people lack focus. That's why the first main theme in my new book Luminous is Purpose. Life becomes simple when we know why we are here. And if we aren't sure why we are here, then our culture will be glad to give us all the agendas it values: making money, being happy, having a great body, etc. Jesus came with a radically different agenda: "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these other things will be given to you as well" (Matthew 6:33).

A. W. Tozer wrote:
The wise man will simplify his life by going to the center of it. He will look well to the foundations and, having done that, he will not worry about the rest.
Life as we know it in our painfully intricate civilization can be deadly unless we learn to distinguish the things that matter from those that do not. It is never the major things that destroy us, but invariably the multitude of trifling things things which are mistakenly thought to be of great importance. (Tozer on Christian Leadership, October 28).
If you need to create better focus in your life, here are two ideas you can implement immediately:

1. Limit your exposure to advertisements. You know how our culture indoctrinates us with its values? Mainly through advertising. We see about 5000 ads a day. Cutting that number by limiting your exposure to tv and other media makes a difference.

2. Pursue God in prayer and obedience. Tozer would be glad to tell you, and so am I: communion with God changes everything. Take some of your media time and make it prayer time. Pursue God above all else, one day at a time, and see how your impact starts to grow.

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