7 Keys to Life

I saw a version of this online recently and thought it was worth sharing. I’m sorry I don’t know where it came from or who deserves the credit. But it seems like some pretty good advice about how to succeed in life.

PUT GOD FIRST—The 10 commandments say that we are to have no other gods before Him. Jesus says that the greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. We are to seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and then everything else will fall into place.

LOVE ONE ANOTHER—Jesus says that the second greatest commandment is directly related to the first. If we really love God, then we will love our neighbor. Jesus says that the way people will know that we are his followers is by the way we love one another. Loving people is a principle that is often stressed in the Bible. You can’t really succeed in life if you haven’t figured out how to show love to others.

NEVER HATE—We live in a world where hatred abounds. Examples of this are making the news every day. We need to work hard to stem the flow of hatred. We need to take a good long look in the mirror and see if there is any hatred brewing within our soul. Keep your anger in check. Resolve any issues you have with another person before your emotions get out of hand. You can’t love God and love people if your heart is filled with hatred.

GIVE GENEROUSLY—This is a tough one for many people. I had an uncle who could squeeze a nickel so hard it would make the buffalo yell out in pain! Jesus teaches a lot about how we handle our finances. He says that where our treasure is, that’s where our heart will be. Do you have a heart for those who are less fortunate? There are plenty of people and organizations who could use your donation. Try to develop a generous heart.

LIVE SIMPLY—Most of us have many more possessions than we will ever need. It’s not wrong to have things, but it is definitely wrong if your things possess you! We waste a lot of time trying to keep up with things that we don’t need, and might not even want! Maybe it’s time to go through your closet or attic or garage and get rid of some of the clutter in your life.

FORGIVE QUICKLY—One of the hardest things to do is to forgive someone who has wronged you. The hurt you felt was real, and it often lingers. The best way to make the pain go away is to forgive. Remember, Jesus says that God forgives us as we forgive others! That drives home the importance of being a person who forgives.

BE KIND ALWAYS—Kindness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life. We live in a harsh world, and a little kindness goes a long way. Our words should be bathed in kindness. Our actions, too, should be kind. Not just usually, but always.

This is a pretty good list of qualities we should strive for in order to live a successful life.


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