In spite of all the advertising...

Stormi - posted on 06/19/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )




In spite of all the advertising around us, how can we remind ourself that life is really about living for God, not ourself?


Krista - posted on 06/19/2012




You may want to post this question in one of the Christian mothers' groups here in COM. This welcome page consists of people from all walks of life and all faiths, so many will disagree with you about the basic premise of life being about your god.

However, your question could really be thought of in the broader sense. How do ANY of us remind ourselves that life is about living for the important, meaningful things? And I think that the key is to always make sure that we make time for those things. If we're finding ourselves caught up in the small, meaningless stuff, we can ask ourselves, "Will this matter 10 years from now?" I sometimes think to myself, "When I'm on my deathbed, what will I look back at and wish I'd done more of and wish I'd done less of?" And the "more of" things are what matters to me: spending time with my family and friends, learning, exploring the world, and being out in nature. The "less of" things are usually things like worrying, getting caught up in petty arguments, wasting time on the computer (I'm still working on that one, obviously), and housecleaning! :)

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Because not everyone believes that it is about God. And don't be surprised if you get a lot of argument in this thread as some of us here are not God-fearing people.....

Jenni - posted on 06/19/2012




For me, life isn't about living for gods because I don't believe they exist. Life is about living for the wholesome things that fulfill and sustain us; love, family, friends, beauty of the senses, appreciation of the natural world, simplicity, learning, empathy and virtue. These are the things that I hold dear and bring fulfillment to my life.

The commercial world only provides short-term gratification, uses clever marketing to convince you that you need the latest gadget or style to feel self-actualized as a person but does not deliver nor sustain. By next month, they'll be telling you that you're no longer good enough because you haven't purchased their latest product. Not a vicious cycle I wish to be caught up in.

I try to lead as natural of a life as I can despite being drowned in a heavily commercialized and materialistic society.

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I know that when I die the tombstone will read:

1966 - 20xx

I am working on the "-" . What will I be remembered for? What will I remember when I am in the last few days?

Whether you are living for God or just living put the important things to you on the top of the priority list and the rest will fall into place.

Just my $.02 worth and you still don't know what my beliefs are.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/19/2012




Well, for you being a person that believes in God, i think you can remind yourself and your family by attending church and praying as a family.

But please understand, not everyone has the same beliefs as you do, so don't attempt to "save" everyone and don't expect to much from this thread.


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Stormi - posted on 06/19/2012




It was something I was reading and I was confused by what it said.. I didnt know what it was meant for so I took part out of the book and posted it to see what others came up with.. to help me see what it meant for them..

Michelle - posted on 06/19/2012




I'm one that doesn't believe in god and I'm very happy with my life, husband and children. We are a very close family unit and my main job is to look after them to the best of my ability. I will do what I need to do to get ahead and provide for all of them.

Only I can choose the path I take in life and it all depends on what choices I make at different stages.

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