Jesus said, "[Real] life is not measured by how much you own" [Luke 12:15] but by how you live. That is why it always wise to:
- Challenge Yourself. Examine how you spend your leisure time. After a long day, it is easy to relax in front of the television but you will be happier if you are physically and mentally active. Go for a walk, play with your children, take time to read God's Word and pray, even when you do not feel like it. Jesus said that in order to follow Him, we "must give up the things [we] want" [Luke 9:23].
- Reach out to others. The smallest good deed is worth more than the most impressive intention, so if you want to help yourself, help others. Not only will it make you feel better, being around other people who are giving of themselves keeps you connected to a larger cause. The enemy does not mind you talking about your faith as long as you do not practice it, whereas God never teaches us anything without giving us an opportunity to put it to work. That is why Jesus said, "Blessed...are those who hear the Word...and obey."
- Be more patient. A man who rode the ferry to work prided himself on his punctuality. But one day he overslept. Fearing he would be in trouble with his boss, he raced to the dock only to see the boat six feet out from the terminal. Taking a leap, he landed on the deck. Smiling, the Captain said, "Great jump! But if you had waited another minute we would have docked and you could have walked on." Do not be in such a hurry; give it a little time. "Patience...can...overcome any problem" [Proverbs 25:15].