What is the secret of life? It’s One Thing Living.
One Thing Living… In this scene from City Slickers, despite Curly’s tough exterior, he is a wise man indeed. Curly advises the main character how to face his problems: by concentrating on the “one thing” that is most important in his life.
What is your One Thing? Curly from City Slickers speaks about passion and singleness of purpose.
But what about you? For those of us serving our families, serving our church, serving our places of employment, serving our communities, living like that sure doesn’t sound like singleness of purpose or even passion-arousing. Sounds like running in several different directions. As I look at a short-list of my own Roles (as inspired by The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Dr. Stephen Covey), I see that as of this time of writing, I serve in the following roles.
- Father of Five
- Senior Pastor of our church
- Military Chaplain (Air National Guard)
- Pastoral Health Coach
Whew! That’s a lot of roles. Any of one of these could totally overwhelm anybody. However, it invigorates and challenges me. I love it. I love the diversity of life, projects, relationships, roles and goals and uniqueness about them all. However, if I don’t subordinate these roles under one Thing living, then all my activity will be a waste and a curse to my family and self. Without understanding the secret of life, this one thing living, we will be like this quote:
“If you chase two rabbits they both will escape.” – Chinese Proverb
Another way to say it comes from Gary Keller’s book ONE THING, “Until my ONE THING is done, everything else is a distraction.” Do creative work first and reactive work second!
It will be senseless living, not One Thing Living. Distracted living, not singleness of purpose. Double-minded, not effective. Chasing two rabbits leads to not catching either of them. This is similar to Jesus’ saying that “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other” (Matthew 6:24 ESV). He was referring to not being able to chase after both God AND money.
If the secret of life is one thing living, then what IS the ONE THING? Curly says “you’ve got to figure that out.” I agree. I could TELL you what that is for me, but since I don’t know you, I can’t really say for you. However, since I’ve got the microphone, I’d be happy to tell you what my one thing living is all about. Before I do, I’d like to put a plug here for my upcoming eBook on the subject: “What’s Your One Thing? Clarifying Your Life Purpose.” I intend to offer it at low cost and if you’re interested in it, click the link above to send me a note and I’d be happy to add you to our mailing list and communicate more about it weekly until its June 15, 2013 availability date. Please put “ONE THING EBOOK” in subject line.
My One Thing living is centered around a person, that person’s vision, that person’s priorities. This person has a purpose and direction in life. This person models one thing living like I’ve never found in another person. This Person is the Lord Jesus Christ, whose vision is to show God’s love to all humanity, whose priorities are to seek and save those who are lost. His direction was aimed toward watching where His Father was at work and joining Him in it.
How about you? What’s your One Thing? How do you live out/practice your One Thing Living?