Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Bible Reading: Leviticus 15-16; Psalm 46
Area of Focus: March 1-7—The Living Room/Family Room
Each Thursday is Floor Day—Clean Your Hard Floors—Linoleum, Tile, Laminate, or Hardwood
The Background of the Pareto Principle (80/20 principle)
In the 1930’s and 40’s, Dr Joseph Juran talked about the “vital few and the trivial many”. Earlier, Vilfredo Pareto an Italian economist, had observed that 20% of the people had 80% of the wealth.
- Pareto’s 80/20 doesn’t apply to the principle as we know it.
- The article I read noted Pareto’s Principle sounds better than Juran’s Principle.
The “vital few and the trivial many” are what our lives and our “stuff” are made of. If we can sift through our days, our homes, our relationships and focus on those truly important we can improve our lives.
- I went to a conference years ago where Ney Bailey talked about “narrowing our nozzle.” When the nozzle is wide open, the water is spread over a large area with little effect but as the nozzle is narrowed it gains force and effect.
I am asking you to consider what is truly important in your life and act on that. I am asking this for things as important as your relationships and as matter of fact as your wardrobe and the clutter in your home that does affect your relationships.
Maybe as we begin to pare down the items in our day and home we will have more time to focus on the important. Maybe as our homes become more nurturing and welcoming it will enrich our relationships. I don’t think these are “maybes” but “for sures”.
- The more we have the more time it will take to take care of it.
- Simplify and pare down.
- For example, you wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time. There are a few items in that 80% that are special and you would want to keep but most of those things can really go.
- Of that 20% consider the condition of the clothes you wear most often in. If your clothes are in poor condition they need to be replaced.wear
- When I am at home I wear a “uniform.” My “uniform” is Dockers and scoop necked tees. I top it with a sweater or a blazer. I keep an apron to cover my clothes when I cook or do anything messy. These clothes are not expensive but they are nice and work well in almost any situation.
- There is a new trend toward dressing casually for church or other special occasions. I remember being taught by my parents that dressing well for church was a part of giving my best for God. We honor our relationships by the care we take of ourselves.
Who Do You Dress For?
I remember when my small children (now ranging from 32-41) used to ask me where I was going every time I got cleaned up. That cut me to my heart Their comments made me realize that living in sweats might not be the most attractive thing. You can be comfortable and look nice at the same time. Do it for yourself. Do it to be a woman who reflects the glory of God. Your confidence level in working and dealing with others — anywhere — will increase if you are wearing clothes that fit, are clean and mended. Wear colors that look good on you. There are books in the library that talk about what colors complement your skin, and hair colors. The ones that use the four seasons for a guide are my favorites. I am a Winter and I look well in jewel tones. Knowing what colors look best can save you costly mistakes. It isn’t a bargain if you can’t use it.
- Missus Smartie Pants has a website that helps you choose the right styles and colors. It is a pay service but a three month subscription costs about what a book does and she shows you examples from actual stores and online shops.
Take a shower before the rest of the family gets up and moisturize your face. I get dressed to the shoes each day and moisturize my feet before I put SOCKS on. I did not like the idea of wearing socks at all before I started wearing them but it works. My feet are so much nicer now.
I have on Docker denims, a purple sweater, black socks and black Reebocks. I love the Burt’s Bees colored lip balm and a little mascara.
Be yourself but be the best yourself you can be.
This short section, as Paul begins to end his letter to the Philippians, contains some pithy advice.
How does Paul begin to end his letter to the Philippians?
- 1Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters,stay true to the Lord. I love you and long to see you, dear friends, for you are my joy and the crown I receive for my work.
What instructions does Paul give to two women who are in disagreement?
- 2Now I appeal to Euodia and Syntyche.
- Please, because you belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement.
Paul appeals also to his “true partner”. What is Paul’s appeal?
- for they worked hard with me in telling others the Good News.
- They worked along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are written in the Book of Life.
What instructions does Paul give?
- 4Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!
- 5Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do.
- Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
- 6Don’t worry about anything;
- instead, pray about everything.
- Tell God what you need,
- and thank him for all he has done.
What will be the results?
- 7Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.
- His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
- 8And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is:
- and honorable,
- and right,
- and pure,
- and lovely,
- and admirable.
- Think about thingsthat are
- and worthy of praise.
- 9Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing.
What will be the result?
- Then the God of peace will be with you.
Tomorrow—Final words in Philippians. Coming soon—Galatians