We’re not always busy; there are times when we will have an off-season. The off-season is a period of time when the least amount of activity or involvement is required; it’s a time period when there are low points in our schedule; a time when we are the least busy. It is at those times that many of us relax our focus and lessen our stride—even our stride in the Word of God. It’s a potentially dangerous period of time. It’s much like the time we’re experiencing now with COVID-19.
Is God’s grace truly sufficient?
For every situation? For every dilemma? For every single encounter?
According to our Lord, it is.
Crossing 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
Who would have thought things would progress like this? Solomon did say, “There is no new thing under the sun” (Eccl. 1:9). None of this is new, but nearly all of this is new to us. Because it’s new to us, it’s also scary for most of us. And without mitigation, fear can quickly become overwhelming. That said, well-intended precaution against the pandemic can turn into preoccupation with the effects of it. Maybe you’ve noticed.
Some people are preoccupied with the constant notifications, news alerts and updates of confirmed cases and associated deaths. And some people are preoccupied with developing ways to stay connected while we’re staying apart. And yet many others are preoccupied with the economy, how to maintain their standard of living in the face of unforeseen financial hardship. These are just a few stressors, because there are many others—like being physically at risk yourself or caring for loved ones who are ill or at risk of becoming ill themselves.
But there is help! There are practical tips that we can employ to help leverage our time alone together and lessen the stress.
You may accomplish some things because you’re SMART, but it won’t be good enough.
It won’t be enough to bring lasting change to your life—at least not the change you’re probably hoping it will bring.
Being SMART is not enough to become excellent in your God-given purpose. It’s not enough to go the distance for God. Continue reading
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!
The 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
We need it! But most of us don’t have it.
Most of my days are jammed-packed. It seems like the lists and obligations have no reprieve.
Yesterday, I started preparing for this week’s obligations. Though I do try, it’s hard to leave blank areas in my planner, because there is so much work to be done. But I’m learning that if I am going to continue in the work, leaving some white space is critical. Continue reading
It’s not easy!
And it won’t ever be easy!
Still, as disciples of Christ, we are told at least five times in the Gospels to take up our cross and follow Christ. Continue reading
Believers are not immune to desires for success. I think some people believe that when you give your life to Christ, there is little else to be desired or accomplished. After all, isn’t that the most significant event—most important turning point—in a person’s life?
And there’s more.
Difficulty freeing yourself of distractions?
Having a hard time holding up the Do Not Disturb sign?
We’ve all been there. And if we’re honest, the saga continues. . .
Every day we begin again. This time with a sincere resolution to finish what we’ve started without the interference of social media and text messages (my vice), crises that really aren’t crises but failures to plan, and the subtle interruptions of our own disconnected thoughts. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to excel in a completely distraction free so we must limit the amount of distractions that hinder instead.