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

3 Ways to Combat the Stress of Being “Alone Together”

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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.

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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

Adding Value

Blog - Added ValueIf you’re not adding value to another person’s life, then what are you doing here?

It’s a profound question. And profound questions warrant very thoughtful and deliberate answers.

God could have created each one of us to live in isolation on a deserted island, but He didn’t. Instead, He made us to dwell in community with one another in the context of family, friendships, partnerships, and in varying degrees of relationship. Community undoubtedly involves sharing and depositing, but many times we are not sharing and depositing what matters most. On the contrary, in some cases, we have been making large withdrawals from others with no intention of making larger deposits.

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Bearing Burdens

blog-burdened1Troubling times will come. It’s inevitable. Jesus did say that in this world we will have tribulation (John 16:33).  There is not much that we can count “for sure” in this world, but tribulation is a certainty. What’s so comforting, though, is the Savior’s next statement to His disciples, and therefore to us as His present-day disciples. He encourages us to be of good cheer for He Himself has overcome the world.

Because Jesus conquered (nikaó) the world, His disciples have become conquerors in Him. For this reason, we can take purposeful aim at living in and walking according to the peace that He has afforded us. But sometimes we need a little help in order to grasp the eternal perspective regarding the difficulties that surface in our lives. We need others to come alongside to help us shoulder the burden.
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