I will sometimes speak at conferences and meetings with my husband, Phil Cooke (philcooke.com). Many of you many know him as a media and entertainment producer or by his recent books ,” Jolt” – Get A Jump On World That’s Constantly Changing, “ One Big Thing – Discovering What You Were Born To Do, and “Unique” – Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media. I am often asked at these events “how do I keep up with him!” My answer…. “I keep my tennis shoes on and my suitcase packed!”
Seriously, we lead a pretty diverse and busy life – I was in 6 countries last year alone. I am sure you have lots “on your plate” as well if you’re living and breathing in this fast paced world. Keeping up with twitter, instagram, facebook, linkedin, and all the other social media sites can fill your day alone.
So what priorities should we be paying attention to? Here’s my top 3.
I would encourage you to make time. Recent studies show that if you spend 3 days or less reading your Bible weekly you will make no significant choices in your life over someone who never reads the Word at all. You have to spend at least 4 days a week reading the Word to make wise and significant choices for your life. And… it has to be the Bible, not a commentary, or self-help book on Christian life, or even attending a church service. God wants us to get to know Him. He wants us to spend time with Him and there is no other place to do it but in personal quiet time with Him.
I also find that giving back to a local charity is another way to renew my mind. Seeing how other people live, or helping someone in need renews my perspective on what is really important in life. It’s insightful. I recently learned how to frame a house while volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. I love learning new things but I have to make myself do things that many times I am resisting. Keeping up with technology is one of my top struggles. But, when I do, I find it revives me by stretching and pushing my brain muscle to experience new insights and to grow and mature. It keeps my mind open to our constantly changing world.
Add movies, plays and concerts to the list. Yes, you’ll see some weird stuff occasionally, but I love the conversation that follows. It’s great food for thought and some times… personal action.
Now excuse me, the water in the tub is hot and I just started a new book. Oh I didn’t say you shouldn’t “multitask”!