Terry’s Rules of Life

Over the past several years, I’ve created a list of things I find valuable. This list has grown and changed over the years, but it has become a guiding document for how I live my life. These are not items I’m perfect at, and I can’t say I’ve mastered any of them completely. I try to do them daily, but sometimes I fail at that too. It’s just my rules for a vibrant life. I hope you find these ideas helpful

  1. Follow a daily list. This is perhaps the most crucial of all items. If you are unable to regularly do a set of tasks, you will struggle in all areas of life. Create a list of activities that will cause growth in body, mind, and spirit, and do them regularly.
  2. Read the Bible daily.
  3. Pray daily.
  4. Learn to calm the mind. Control the flow of noise into your mind, and calm your thoughts. Biblical meditation is a powerful tool. It is about filling the mind with the correct things, and controlling the mind when negative thoughts happen.
    1. Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:2 – meditate on God’s Word
    2. Rom 12:1-2 – be transformed by renewing the mind
    3. Ps. 63:6 – Meditate on God
    4. Phil 4:8 – Think on these things
    5. Phil 2:5 – Develop the mind of Christ
    6. Ps. 46:10 – Be still and know that I am God.
  5. Control your state. Your thoughts are not you. Make them behave and put them where they belong. Identify quickly thought cycles that take you to a negative place. Think about what you’re thinking about. You’ll always have low spots in life, but you don’t have to stay there. You can choose to be in a good mood.
  6. Do not assume you are strong because you succeed. All strength and power comes from God. Use the abilities and talents God has given you, but there is no room for boasting, and there is always room for growth.
  7. Don’t bring the pains of yesterday into today.
  8. Love your life… you only have one.
  9. Be a lifelong learner. Take the opportunity to read and study different things.
  10. Work hard at your current assignment until you receive the next one.
  11. Make the jobs of those you work with easier, including your boss, your peers and those you manage.
  12. Focus teaching core biblical values, not fringe doctrines, and allow others to create their own personal convictions.
  13. Allow people to be angry with you. It’s OK if people do not like you or your actions. The same is true for Jesus.  
  14. Don’t own the emotions of others.
  15. Don’t own the attitudes of others.
  16. Don’t transfer the negative feelings of others.
  17. Speak against issues not people.
  18. Avoid stereotyping. Not all Christians, Atheists, Muslims, Liberals, Conservatives, blonde, tall, etc people are the same.  People are very different.
  19. Stretch your muscles every day
  20. Maintain a regular workout.