Friday, September 25, 2009


I have an interesting book that I read every so often that is a book of lists. It is titled The Big Book of Lists to live by for everything that Really Matters compiled by Alice Grey, Dr. Steve Stephens, and John Van Diest.

It is a thick book that covers what really matters in life or at least a lot of what really matters. In light of the last post, I have included a section that helps put life into proper perspective. It lists ways to simplify life:


1. Eliminate ten things from your life.
2. Cut back on TV.
3. Escape to a quiet spot.
4. Set your own pace.
5. Get rid of clutter.
6. When you bring home something new, throw out something old.
7. Do only one thing at a time.
8. Say no at least once a day.
9. Enjoy the little things.
10. Take at least four breaks per day.
11. Determine what really matters.
12. Make peace with all people.
13. Tell the truth.
14. Appreciate beauty.
15. If you don't need it, don't buy it.
16. If you don't have time, don't do it.
17. Have a place for everything and put everything in its place.
18. Share your thoughts, feelings, and opinions with a friend every day.
19. Allow time to pray.
20. Thank God for what you have.

Some of these points I do well. Some need attention. A couple of the points I struggle with what to do. It is hard to say no when you're a pastor (see point 8). Also it is hard not to press to do things even if there isn't enough time (Point 16).

I do a fair job at not allowing clutter, though I have a hard time throwing away boxes that hold newly purchased items. Go figure? Why do you need a computer box from a year ago?

Which of these points to simplify do you need to work at doing better? I think I will ask the Lord which items I need to improve.


  1. I'm posting this list on my fridge to read every day. No. 1 will be my tough one, but I'm committed to start working on it today. Thanks Milton.


  2. I loved this, Milton! I printed it out and I'm going to keep it by my desk. Thanks! :)