In Spanish they have a phrase that I have loved since I learned it. It’s interesting because we don’t really use this phrase in English, even though it translates well. You all know enough Spanish to get yourselves in trouble I’m sure. Like you would be okay asking someone “¿Hey, Dònde està el baño?” Yes, Hey still translates across languages.
I know today seems so hard. Forgive me, but it might get worse. We really have no clue, but what I do know and understand is that the Light of the Church shines brightest when the problems of the entire world seem darkest. I think I can speak for both of us when I say that, It looks pretty dark outside right now.
What are we supposed to do?
Our first house. Can you remember your first house? Maybe not the one you first lived in, but the first one you owned and really made your own. You could choose all the paint colors and maybe a few decorative tweaks you wanted to make as you moved into your first real home!?
I can remember those days and the little house that Crystal and I fell in love with. We didn’t think we would be able to buy it, we’d never done this before and it was all so exciting and scary at the same time.
You know they say this is the biggest financial decision of your life- so don’t screw it up!
I remember how excited we were when we started painting through every room of that house making it our own. We didn’t have much residual money at the time so we couldn’t afford to do any more than just paint, but we had so many aspirations of what we’d eventually make this home into.
One of the biggest things we wanted to do was a simple upgrade the kitchen oven.
That doesn’t sound that hard. Not that big of a deal at all really.
I’m in a funk today. Can’t break out of it. I know what it takes to break free, but I don’t want to do it. Too lazy. Uninspired. Indifferent. I just don’t care today. Besides that, I’m tired. The reason I’m tired is because I haven’t broken free from the resistance. All I have to do is look the hard ugly image of resistance in the face and tell it to get off. Man that’s hard to do.
My amazing Full Focus Planner, that I talked about recently, has quotes listed on each daily page. One of those quotes has stuck with me since the first day I read it. “You lose your way when you lose your why”– Gail Hyatt.
January is all about productivity. I literally feel it sets the tone for the entire year and because of that I spend a lot of time getting ready for January.
If it’s going to set my pulse for the year, then I want to be ready for the exam. I want to help you do the same thing.
Do you ever feel like you just can’t get things finished? Or how about that desire to really be productive, but at the end of the day/week/month and eventually year?
It’s so hard to get the movement, traction you need to really stay on top of it all. The crazy part is that once you get that traction, it’s equally as hard to keep it.
Have you ever really fought through all the mess, the noise and distraction and finally make it to the sweet spot where you are knocking stuff out, only to be met with a sidetrack thought and find yourself back into a 30 minute quest on youtube for stupid videos? Those moments are the worst because then you have to fight that resistance again to refocus and get back into that amazing zone.
Every year I sent out to outdo what I did last year with what I choose to read.
Because of the velocity of what I choose to do in 2019, I came short of my 20 book goal, but I still made a good dent on my progress and I learned a whole whole lot and was challenged in a number of new and different ways.
Here’s what I read in 2019:
Just needing a few minutes this morning. So Thankful for an understanding and compassionate wife who sees this and makes it possible for me to escape and decompress. I’ll be a better husband and father because of it. It’s necessary from time to time.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a great week, but today i’m feeling majorly depleted. Just empty again. I can tell in moments like these, when I’ve not facilitated for the Spirit to remain surface level that my defenses are weak. I’ve not allowed for worship moments this week and that deadens my ability to live Spirit-filled. I get short with my kids. I’m not completely loving toward my wife. I lack the Spiritual willingness to be the pastor that I’m called to be. All signs of being depleted of surface level Spirit filled moments.
It’s time to refill.
Thirty minutes alone doesn’t do it. It never will. This is a life style that must be kept. Fostering attention to the Spirit is something that must be done daily. It’s a discipline. It’s like exercise. You don’t realize how long it’s been since you been at the gym until you go back and find that you aren’t as strong as you once were because you’re depleted.
People display so many signs of depleted Spirits. They’re everywhere. You can see it in the way they act toward the ones they love the most.
You can see it when they step into church for what they think will be a magical moment of revitalization only to walk out disappointed that they didn’t “feel it”.
I agree, worship is emotional. Anyone who says it’s not has either one of two problems. 1) They’ve never been to Latin America. 2) They’ve never read the bible. Isaiah 6 is a sure sign of an emotional worship setting.
The reason why people don’t “feel worship” is because of their void of worship through every other moment of their lives. They simply haven’t put themselves in a position of awe of the Savior.
Nothing is different from our personal relationships either. You would find the same results with your spouse. Absence eventually removes reverence, love, affection.
If absence is long enough, you’ll eventually find indifference.
This is why we see so many still and sullen faces on any given Sunday. People just haven’t been around the Savior like they should be. They haven’t been mindful of him, his love, his grace, and his mercy that’s continually displayed to them whether they have given him attention or not.
I could devour moments like this. I wish they could endure forever. That’s the beauty of time spent in worship. It sharpens my soul. I walk away better. I only want enough of it to be drawn back to it again tomorrow.
How many things are you doing right now that someone else would want to do? In your business, in your ministry or even just in your personal/family life?
Think about it.
There are a million things you are involved with and have to get done but how many of them could you hand off to someone else?