I imagine this is when I will know my life has reached its apex. Right here in this moment, I will assure myself I have indeed reached the good life and all it has to offer. I no longer feel guilty for the amount of tacos I eat. Some of you think may be thinking, Jack, it’s okay to eat tacos. While agree, not the amount I eat.
I counted and last year I ate somewhere in-between 240 to 260 tacos. This is why I feel guilty my friends. I bring this up though, because for me I’ve reached the good life if I can enjoy more things. I often say I don’t want to do something unless it “inspires me.” That’s code for, all I want to do is feel happy, and that won’t make me feel happy so please do not make me do that.
I need to learn again and again that the good life, comes from God and his ways and teachings. Weirdly restraint and obedience often bring more joy than simply doing whatever we want. Instead, of talking about the good life today, I want us to think about how we start the path down to it. What the first step?
In Proverbs 4:7 it reads, “The beginning of wisdom is this: get wisdom; and whatever you get, get insight.” We start the good life with simply saying, “wisdom, here I come.” We make a decision to change our life and make some priority changes to get after it.
Back to my taco obsession, I once drove an hour and a half in traffic to get tacos from a taco truck. I just couldn’t get them out of my head, so I had to seek them out. If I want to get after wisdom, if the first step is starting to get it, I need to go from obsessively thinking about tacos, and move it towards God and his ways and teachings.
How might you need to change some things in your life then? We can only get wisdom if we start to seek it out. What are you seeking and how might you need to put that down? Usually, when I think about what I’m seeking I look at the stuff that takes up all of my time by choice. What have you spent all of your time doing lately? Watching Netflix and playing videos games? Playing basketball in your driveway? You may need to change that priority to seeking after wisdom. – Jack Hein
Journal Guide: Take some time to get alone today and take about 15-20 minutes to journal through these questions. Journaling is a way we pray to God, so see what God might be telling you.
1. What do you seek in life? Look at your time commitments, and what you spend most of your time thinking about. That is what you’re seeking.
2. How might you change this propriety and make it directed towards getting wisdom?
3. What do you think God might be trying to tell you today? Write it down.
4. Take some time to write out a prayer to God.