What if you knew the secret to doing life better?
I’ve been a lousy golfer all my life. The problem is, I still love to play. It’s what drives me to look for ways to get better. Unfortunately, I’ve often seen ads with teaching pros who try to convince me that they have “unlocked the secret” to playing better golf, and I’ve fallen for it.
I’ve purchased special clubs and swing apparatuses and watched countless videos. I am partly to blame for the golf industry being worth $84 billion last year alone. Now, I am a little better than terrible, but not much.
Even though I haven’t found the secret to better golf, I have found the secret to doing life better, and I didn’t have to buy into any gimmicks or gadgets.
Do you want to know what it is?
The secret to doing life better is loving God.
Now hold on to that thought because here’s why.
Jesus said it was the MOST IMPORTANT thing you can ever do with your life.
He said, “The most important… is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:28-30)
Do you know what you get if you take your heart, soul, and mind and put them together? You get every part of you with nothing left over. So what Jesus is saying is that if you want to do life better than you ever have, God must be the supreme center of your life and the focus of your life.
Loving God helps me to live a life of love toward others.
Let’s be honest. We do life better when we love each other, right? Of course, it’s right.
It’s why Jesus said the second most important thing you can do with your life is to “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31)
Now look closely. First, we love God, and then we love others. Why is that?
If you want to get better at loving your spouse, friends, kids, and those who are hard to love, etc. (doing life better), you start by loving God.
When you love God more, he teaches you to love others and do life better.
But how do you love God more?
To love God, you have to get to know him more.
Like any relationship in life, if you want to grow closer to another person, you have to get to know them. The same goes for God. The more you get to know him, the more you will love him, and the more you will love others.
The relationship you have with God must be intentionally nurtured if it’s going to grow.
Now you can look for gimmicks, quick fixes, or substances to make the pain of life go away. Or you can take a serious look at God’s secrets for doing life better than you ever have. The choice is yours.