Big Picture

DSC_5994Broad, overall view or perspective of issues or problems, grand scheme

A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder…..Thomas Carlyle

Purpose is what gives life meaning. Charles Parkhurst

Clear purpose is half the struggle. Sevakram

Everyone needs a “big picture”, something that creates a major mental image. Having a clear vision of the most important things in life gives us a road on which to travel. If we do not have a big picture in mind, our life lacks meaning and purpose and we will find it hard to have a good sense of direction.

We get “side tracked” or “watered down” with too many things and too many distractions. Some of us do this on purpose. We do not want to commit to something bigger than us. Some individuals are able to multi-task, be efficient and focus, while others get “bogged” down. To see or focus on the big picture helps us to minimize our distractions and stay on track. We often are faced with too many decisions and activities which cloud and confuse us as to what we should be doing. Having a major purpose helps us to focus. Those with no focus are likes leaves being blown to and fro by the winds of life.

To take advantage of this powerful concept, it is necessary to commit to having a major purpose, primary goal, top priority, or most important task. If we do not have one, we will lack enough motivation and inspiration to get the added energy and vitality that will drive us forward. Once we have a “big picture” concept, we must keep focused on it at all times. It should be used regularly as a check and balance to make sure we are concentrating and doing the most important things.

It is extremely valuable when we find ourselves “bogged” down to remember our big picture. We must revise and adjust our priorities to get back on task, stay or track, and to minimize those things hindering us; getting rid of or putting off those things that are not contributing.  This requires sufficient quantities of self-discipline that allows us to screen, filter and get rid of things that do not fit. There are always myriads of time and mind consuming distractions that harm our ability to concentrate.

The more efficient we become on focusing on a big picture, the less wasted time and effort we have and the more we will accomplish. The fewer excuses we will have as well. Having a major goal, theme, mission, or purpose helps us to get more out of life, than not having one.

Challenge:  Step 1 is to have a big picture. Develop a concept of what is most important to you. Concentrate on maximizing the activities that move you toward your big picture and minimize activities not contributing. Develop and maintain the self-discipline it takes to stay on course. Review and revise your big picture often to make sure that it stays current. Your big picture can be made up of several smaller pictures! Stay focused.

Wisdom: Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes….Kenneth Hildebrand.

Spiritual: (NIV)

I can do all things through Christ who give me strength.  Philippians 4:13

The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.  Isaiah 32:17

If we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.  Romans 8:25

If we do not have something to live for and something that inspires us; we find ourselves living lives that are uninspired, lack traction, and are not going anywhere. We do not have to live this way. Life has much to offer. We must decide we want something more than we are getting.  It takes some energy and effort on our part. God, our Heavenly Father, wants us to get more out of life as well. He will help us, but we must ask for his help.

Prayer:  Help me to keep my eyes on the “Big Picture”; to let go and let you!

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