CHUCK IT! with ACHUCKAllen (part 1)
5 Deletions that will Radically Improve Your Life!
Most of my adult life I have tried to add things to my life that might make life better, healthier or simpler. The vast majority of those add-ons didn’t create the desired outcomes. But when I started off-loading some things, my life started improving. My health, attitude, finances, my level of peace and happiness – they all improved!
Here are 5 things to consider dumping from your life and as I say – Just Chuck em! Please let me know what you are “CHUCKIN” by sending me a note. Just CLICK HERE!
- Life-Sucking Relationships – CHUCK EM! I get it. We are called, as followers of Jesus to love one another, but listen, friends, stop inviting folks into your world that leave you on an emotional gurney waiting on the EMT’s to cart you off to the ER. This doesn’t require you to hurt them, blow them off or retaliate. It means that most of us have folks that only take from us. You can only survive so much of that before you are depleted of your emotional stability. CHUCK IT! There are also folks that are spiritually draining. Be cautious here! Christians can and will say all kind of things wrapped in “church talk” that is designed to impart guilt and angst – CHUCK IT! And there are folks that are like Eeyore in Winnie the Pooh! I refer to them as “Dream Poopers.” RUN FROM THEM!!!!! You cannot get where you are going if the crowd you are running with needs to stop at every park bench! CHUCK IT!
Bitterness and Resentment – CHUCK EM! Holding on to an offense and stewing on it is like swallowing a poison designed for the offender, and it will eat you up from the inside out. I don’t care what the offense is – Forgive and move on! That doesn’t mean that you have to keep inviting the offense or the offender back into your world, but you must forgive them in your heart, even if they don’t recognize the offense! This is a powerful CHUCK IT! If you desire a better, more peace-filled life, FORGIVE! The Divine was clear on this: “If you want to be forgiven, forgive!” Here is a lifehack that might help you. Pray out loud and leave the offense at the feet of the Divine. I promise you that He will deal with better than any plans you may have for vengeance…seriously!
Stuff you Think You Need – CHUCK IT! Seriously, CHUCK IT! We are a society overcome with the disease of MORE. With Amazon Prime, online shopping, ETSY, Groupon and every gadget available on the planet by way of a single click, we are overrun with stuff! I recently went through my closet and delivered more than 2/3’s of my shoes, boots, clothes, hats, ties and t-shirts to a local charity. Most of like brand new! I’m down to my suit (funerals, weddings and have to’s), jeans, 3 pairs of slacks and a handful of shirts. Two benefits: 1) It’s pretty easy to decide what to wear, and 2) I only kept what I use so somebody else can do the same. I am in the process of pairing down my vast collection of electronic and gadget collection. This is painful! I’m a gadget junky. But how many phones, tablets, and computers does one truly need? Right? You’ve read these words from me before, but they grow more truth-filled every single day: When you are grateful for what you have, what you have is always more than enough! CHUCK IT!
Envy and Comparison – CHUCK EM! When we spend any millisecond of time desiring what someone else has, or who they are, we may have just missed the blessing and honor that the Divine has in store for us! The fastest way to defeat envy in our lives is to 1) be grateful for what you have and 2) be happy for them! When I see a dude with a new truck or boat, the best way to not be envious is to tell him congrats! Good for him! We have no idea how others have a thing or arrived at their destination, but we do know that when we focus our attention on what others have, and what we want, we rarely give the Divine reason to trust us with more. Envy is rooted in comparison. There will always be someone with more toys than you, wealthier than you, living in a nicer neighborhood than you, or with a better job than you, but the Divine didn’t bless you with their plan, He blesses you with yours! Run Your Own Race and the Victory will be Yours!
Marginless Days – CHUCK EM! This is a simple equation that no person on the planet can deny.
When we create elongated seasons of marginless days, we crash and burn mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.
You are not immune to this! Many of you just said, “that’s easy for you to say, Chuck…you’re a pastor.” That’s a gutless and wimpy outlook at your capacity and mortality! Margin isn’t for sissy’s – Margin is for warriors! When margin includes daily meditation, quietude, family, learning, exercise, and meaningful thought, you will take a quantum leap in your efficiency, effectiveness, and impact! Margin doesn’t have to include sunsets, vacations or geographical change. Margin requires one thing – DISCIPLINE to BECOMING BETTER! Margin is leaving room to become better leaders, followers, spouses, parents and Believers. Go to work on margin like a warrior prepares for battle and watch how you can literally feel the presence of the Divine as He walks with you through every single day. And as to those days of marginless chaos – CHUCK EM!
This is the start of a new book that I am writing. It should be released in time for Christmas 2017. Thanks for joining me on my Weekday BLOG. It’s an honor to have the few thousand folks that join me each day.
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