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

White Space

Blog - White Space We need it! But most of us don’t have it.  

WHITE SPACE.

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

Distraction Free Zone

Blog - Do Not DisturbTrouble concentrating?

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.

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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.

Is that you? Are you draining others of their emotional, mental, spiritual, and material resources while contributing little in return? Continue reading

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

You’re Doing It All Wrong!

Blog - 2019What do you have planned for the upcoming new year 2019? Most people begin to reflect on the happenings of the current year and become expectedly hopeful about the upcoming year during the fall season. For some, the contemplation can be intense. The fall is a most notable season for careful rumination, firm reiteration, and earnest rededication, looking forward to the new year.

What worked in 2018? What didn’t? What should I do differently? What’s best to keep the same? What are my goals for the year? Are they even worthwhile?
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