I Did This for 30 Days, and Here’s What I’m Learning. . .

Blog - 30 DaysCrossing the finish line and finally accomplishing the end goal—that thing you’ve always wanted—could be as simple as asking yourself some thought-provoking questions, spending some time answering, and developing a viable, “stick-to-it” plan.

Keeping the big picture in focus is important. But establishing and maintaining good habits that move us incrementally closer to the goal are two important means to help you reach your end goal. In other words, it’s the day to day actionable and practical steps that move us closer to fulfillment. Focusing too intensely on the overarching goal may invite us to muse about the favorable outcome rather than realizing its end.

I’m learning this. Why would I say I’m learning this? Since I’m writing about it, shouldn’t this be a lesson learned? Continue reading

2020 – The Year of Reflective Possibility!

Possibilities - 2020 New Year Blog PostWhat’s possible for you in 2020?

This question requires some serious thought. You can’t answer it on a whim.

There are some things that seem impossible to accomplish. But because this new year (and new decade) has come in with great expectation, we will not focus on what seems impossible; instead, we will focus on what is possible according to God’s promises.

For me, 2020 is the year of reflective possibility! It’s not just the year of possibility . . . but reflective possibility! Continue reading

2019: The Year of DECREASE

So . . . how did you do? What opportunities did you use to decrease for Jesus in 2019? This is a repost from one year ago. For myself, I see greater opportunity to continue decreasing in 2020. 

We should always be willing to decrease that Christ will increase in our life. This will be ongoing for me! Numbers 2 & 3, I have made great progress and much more is needed. Number 4 . . . has been the biggest struggle for me in 2019 and will be a major focus for 2020. 

So . . . how did you do? Leave a comment! It’s not too late! Get started!

blog - decreaseThe 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! Continue reading

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

Launch a Counterattack

Blog - Counterattack - keep workingVicious attacks, trials, and persecution from expected sources (those who hate Christ) and the most unlikely sources (those who profess to be Christians but have little desire to firmly follow Christ). We can launch a counterattack as we hold fast to our faith in Christ.

But what are we to do? Continue reading

Running with Endurance

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! Continue reading