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In Part One, I wrote about how we can live life smarter, not harder. In that article, there were four practical steps to help us to achieve this lifestyle:  (1) Asking the Holy Spirit to get involved, (2) Asking for Godly wisdom, (3) Taking action and (4) Being thankful to God.

I would like to further expound upon this topic and offer some additional ways that I trust will help you to live life smarter, not harder.

1. Have Mentors in Your Life
The word mentor in the dictionary actually means, "A wise and trusted counselor or teacher." Mentors can be of any age and profession. Mentors can help you in many areas of life and may help you develop your talent or gift, make money, save time, improve relationships and so forth. In my personal life, I have surrounded myself with mentors; individuals that I can trust and that have my best interest at heart. Sometimes, they speak a word of correction or warning into my life, but they will always be apt to speak a word of encouragement or priceless advice when needed. The lives of my mentors are examples and inspirations to me.

Most of my mentors are older than me. I am not sure why, but I tend to be drawn to older people. I enjoy listening to their life experiences and situations that they have encountered throughout the years, and how they dealt with those situations and circumstances. They, in turn, will tell me how I can do something similar to what they achieved in life in a quicker and more efficient matter. Some may say, "That's having an advantage and you’re taking a 'short cut' in life!"  That may be true, but I’d rather learn how to accomplish something or resolve a problem in five days, instead of it taking five weeks or five months. I realize that individual experiences and personal advice isn't the best source of teaching, because I believe the Holy Spirit is. However, the Lord can use individual life experiences and personal advice given to us by individuals to fulfill His will on this earth. We must acknowledge that the Holy Spirit is our number one Mentor and main Advisor. The Bible also refers to Him as our Teacher, Guide, Standby, Intercessor and Counselor.

I have many mentors in my life, including my wife, her parents and grandmother, my mother, my brothers and sisters, my aunts and uncles, cousins, former teachers, fellow ministers, friends and so forth. But as I said earlier, I really enjoy being around older individuals. I usually go over to their homes, call them on the phone or just take them out to lunch, ask a few questions and then listen.

Of all the individuals just mentioned, there are too many to share with you. But I will tell you about a few individuals that I have had the privilege to glean from as mentors.

One of my mentors has been in the ministry since May 7, 1937 and still pastors the church he pioneered on Sept. 21, 1958. This year he will turn ninety-two years old and still ministers every week!  He and his wife just recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. I have known this particular minister since I was a young man, and he has always given me the time to talk with him. I call him from time to time and ask how he and his wife are doing, ask him a question or two and then just let him talk. Sometimes after our phone calls, I end up with a few pages of notes. Someone may ask, "Why take notes?"  Simply because I want to remember dates, experiences, quotes, sayings, or something he may have spoken directly into me. Besides, listening to people like him is often better than going to a bookstore to read a book about a person's life. Why do that when I can talk to the "author" directly?

Another mentor to me is a lady that is close to eighty years old. I have come to know her in the past few years. She was ministering at age twelve in front of audiences of 12,000 or more. She was the Valedictorian of her class at age 15 in one of most noted Bible schools in America at that time. Between her grandmother, mother and herself, they have helped establish over 200 churches. After talking to her on the phone, she always reminds me by saying, "Brother Todd, I want you to call me at least once a month and let me know what you are doing."  I am sure you have mentors like this too, so don't take for granted the people around you that have allowed you access to their counsel and insight.

Let me give you a few scriptures that I trust will be a blessing to you in the area of mentors.

  • Where no wise guidance is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. (Prov. 11:14 AMP)
  • Where there is no counsel, purposes are frustrated, but with many counselors they are accomplished. (Prov. 15:22 AMP)
  • Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed. (Prov. 11:14 NASB)
  • Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come. (Prov. 19:20 AMP)
  • Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days. (Prov. 19:20 NASB)
  • ….and in an abundance of counselors there is victory and safety. (Prov. 24:6 AMP)

2. Taking Care of the Little Things
Have you ever heard of the saying, "A stitch in time saves nine?"  Over the years of my life, I have found that taking care of the little things has helped me live life smarter, not harder.

I have engrafted these two sayings into my daily life. They are, "Don't put off tomorrow, what you have the opportunity or ability to do today." and "Do what you can, with what you have, where you’re at."   Little things not taken care of over time can become "bigger" things. In other words, "Don't let the mole hill become a mountain."

I have heard people tell me, "Todd, don't sweat the small stuff." I agree, some things in life will actually take care of themselves over time, and you shouldn't be fretting over them, but some of the "small stuff" needs to be dealt with sooner than later.

This is one area that I really struggled in, because sometimes it is easier to procrastinate than take care of something right away. Speaking of procrastinate, here is the dictionary meaning of this word: "To put off doing something until a future time. To postpone or delay needlessly."

After years of procrastinating, I began to make a conscience decision to "Not needlessly put off tomorrow, what I have the opportunity or ability to do today."

First, I had to understand that procrastination is a subtle thing. It is like a small leak in a pipe that starts under the kitchen sink. It starts out with a drip and then another, and another, and another.

Eventually, small drops of water over an extended period of time can have devastating effects. Instead of tightening a pipe with one turn of a wrench, now you have to replace the kitchen cabinets under the sink, kitchen floor and if you have a basement — the ceiling downstairs.

The same applies to our spiritual life. Even as a little fox can spoil the vines (Song  2:15), so "little things" can spoil or cut off the fullness of the life that God intended for us to live smarter, not harder. Therefore, don't get caught up in telling yourself,  "I can fix that tomorrow."  "It's not that bad yet, I can take care of it in a couple more days." I have learned that listening to the Holy Spirit has been the major key in dealing with taking care of the little things in life.

Sometimes we just "blow things off" because we have too many "bigger fires" to put out. Well, those "bigger fires" may have started as a result of a "little fire" that wasn't taken care of in time by not listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit to deal with the situation. He will prompt you when and how to deal with the little things that need attention and to not fret or "sweat over" those which are not pertinent at the moment.

Here are a couple scriptures that have motivated me in to take care of the little things.
  • But the hand of the diligent makes rich. (Prov. 10:4 NASB)
  • He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely…. (Prov. 10:5 NASB)
  • The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage…. (Prov. 21:5 NASB)
I must say, over the years, I have learned (and am still learning) how to take care of the little things. I don't have to have everything perfect in my life, but my life isn't hindered by these little things anymore. Sure, my garage is a little cluttered and maybe I could organize our storage space in the basement a little neater, but I can still get to everything just fine and my wife has plenty of room to park her vehicle.

I have given you two more practical steps to live life smarter, not harder. They have been a blessing in my life and I pray they are a blessing to yours. I encourage you seek out and utilize those mentors that are in your life. And don’t forget to take care of the little things that need attention. Choose to have a life you enjoy living – doing it smarter, not harder.

Copyright © Todd Bailey Ministries 
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Author Biography

Todd Bailey
Web site: Todd Bailey Ministries
Todd is a graduate of Norvel Hayes's New Life Bible School's "Special School of Ministry" in Cleveland, Tennessee, and RHEMA Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is the author of the book, The Power of Choice.

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