2019: The Year of DECREASE

blog - decrease - no wordsThe way up is down! 

Humility is the road to exaltation!

A step back may be a step up!

Each one of these statements may be familiar, but are they also counterintuitive? Do they oppose common sense? How can the way up really be down? How can a step back really be a step up? In a natural sense, they may seem counterproductive, but they are exactly how we must govern ourselves, if we are going to be instrumental in the kingdom of God. This year is my year of dedicated decrease! While most people want to increase their money, status, possessions, I have made it my quest to embrace great decrease in my life in four primary areas. And here’s how I plan to do it!
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Managing Purpose

blog-clutterI will admit that I’m not as organized as I would like to be. I can usually find everything I’m looking for, but I often regret how much time I’ve wasted having to look for it.

Clutter is a big concern for many people. Even if it’s not the disorderly assemblage on a work desk or the physical clutter in a disorganized, jam-packed room, clutter is a huge dilemma for most people.

In our society, constant noise has become prevalent. On the days that I teach at the university, I can easily note that not less than 95% of the students that I observe meandering to class have headphones pressed tightly against their ear canal. On occasion, some of these same students attempt to listen to lecture in class, contribute to the class discussion, and maintain a sense of connectivity to their music with one earbud securely in place.

Clutter.

Unlike the clutter clearly visible on a desk in disarray or a compacted room, there is the mental and emotional clutter that seems to flourish without much visibility. Like the clutter produced by a noisy environment, mental and emotional clutter can cause us to become distracted and unaware. And when we are distracted and unaware, we will miss the intricate details and softly-spoken directives that God is giving us regarding our purpose. Continue reading

Running with Endurance

Happy New Year! Pondering the New Year’s Eve message I heard . . . let us run with endurance looking to Jesus . . .

Delight and Desire

blog-runner-125.10. That was the GPS recorded time on my two mile run this morning. 12:35 average pace per mile. Not very impressive at all. Every time I would look down at my watch, I would remember when a simple two mile run would take me less than nineteen minutes. What’s worse? I would remember….that the less than nineteen minutes was just only about five years ago. And just a few years ago, I could tackle the two miles in about twenty minutes. It’s funny how things can change so quickly!

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