31 Tips for Thriving

We were very fortunate to have our friends Gary & Jenni Hoag share some of their journey with us today. Gary (the Generosity Monk) and has wife Jenni (Soulcare Anchoress) shared these 31 tips on how to thrive, and we thought they were too good not to share!

  1. Recognize you’ve got limitations. You can’t do it all. Discern your part and God’s part. Do your best and depend on God (see Philippians 4:13).
  2. Soak in Scripture. Don’t just read it. Marinate in it. Let it permeate your being, knowing, and doing. Use your imagination and five senses (see Psalm 119:9-11 ).
  3. Celebrate milestones. When God helps you or a colleague finish something big at work, pause to give thanks to God. Perhaps go out for coffee (see 1 Samuel 7:12)?
  4. Share soul adventures. Have conversations that change. How’s your heart? Where are you experiencing God? What do you need from God today? (see Mark 10:36).
  5. Practice simple prayer throughout the day. Say a name for God and request of God (see Matthew 6:7).
  6. Make time for rest and work. Everyone needs both. Taking time to be still with Jesus will make you more effective at work (see Isaiah 30:15).
  7. Survey your days, month, and year. Do this daily, monthly, annually: remember, request, reflect, repent, renew (see Psalm 26).
  8. Get outside yourself and serve others. Leave your comfort zone. God made you to serve. Don’t seek recognition. Do little things with love (see 1 Samuel 12:24).
  9. Sit with the hurting. When most people don’t know what to say, the answer may be “nothing.” Give the gift of your presence. Be with them (see Romans 12:15).
  10. Turn off noise. Fast from technology-tv, phone, radio, and internet-a day a week. Ask God to help you to attune to His voice and activity (see 1 Kings 19:12-13).
  11. Delight. Plan an outing. Explore a new part of town. Eat out today. Take an art class. Exercise. Hike. Revel in the beauty of creation (see Genesis 1 :28-31 ).
  12. Join a Bible study. Dig deeply into Scripture in community. Learn in fellowship with others. Make this a weekly rhythm (see Acts 2:42).
  13. Simplify. Sort through your house, office, and garage. Keep only the things you need. Share God’s abt.,mdant provision (see Ephesians 4:28).
  14. Use your spiritual gifts in community. Do you know your gifts? Take an inventory. Put them to work for the common good where God has you (see 1 Corinthians 12:7).
  15. Look up. The things of earth distract us from the things of heaven. We need to fix our gaze heavenward. Identify what distracts you (see Colossians 3:2).
  16. Do a heart check. Evaluate your attitudes and actions with the Lord. Be authentic. Keep in step with Holy Spirit so you are real with others (see Galatians 5:16-26).
  17. Avoid myopic living. The world is bigger than you. Mix with different people to gain an awareness of the world God so loves (see John 3:16).
  18. Make a joyful noise. Next time you go to church, don’t just sing. Remind yourself that God is listening. Sing so He can hear you in the crowd (see Psalm 98:4).
  19. Recognize your tendencies in hardships and suffering. Learn from Jesus how to engage life’s circumstances (see Romans 12:12).
  20. Laugh more. A merry heart is good like medicine. Learn to laugh at yourself. Watch a funny movie with a friend. Laugh out loud more often (see Proverbs 17:22).
  21. Live on a budget. Do you have margin to give, serve, and love others like Jesus?Know what you have. Live within your means (see Proverbs 27:23-27).
  22. Engage in productive business. God made us to work. Work not merely to get something for yourself but to give something to those around you (see Luke 19:13).
  23. Go to church. Podcasts and books are no substitute for community. As soon as you think you don’t need it, realize that others may need you (see Hebrews 10:25).
  24. Exercise regularly. Do you treat your body as the temple God? What’s the state of your temple? Is it a mess or are you taking care of it (see 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)?
  25. Set a “storing up treasures in heaven” target. Jesus commanded us to do this, and it’s the only place unaffected by market fluctuations (see Matthew 6:19-21 ).
  26. Take a cooking class. Food unites people. When God became flesh, he ate with people. Jesus wants us to remember Him in a meal (see 1 Corinthians 11 :23-26).
  27. Take a short-term mission trip. Rally a group from your church to use vacation time to serve others this year. Go where you’ve never been (see Acts 1 :8).
  28. Learn a new talent. Try fly fishing, surfing, rock climbing, ballroom dancing, hang gliding, or playing an instrument from a skilled instructor (see Exodus 35:30-35).
  29. Make a new bucket list. Instead of collecting possessions or experiences, save souls that are in distress according to your ability (see Acts 11 :29).
  30. Listen with empathy rather than excitement. When excited we speak too quickly and shut others down. When we listen with empathy, we love well (see James 1:19)
  31. Greet your neighbors by name. One of the greatest gifts you can give a person is to remember their name. It opens the door for relationships (See Matthew 22:36-40).