This week we spent a couple of evenings getting together with friends. Each night was a great time filled with laughs, conversation and connection. I had a great time, and I owe it all to my wife.
She is excellent at having an idea, whether it’s getting together with friends or planning a trip, and taking action to cause it to happen. I admire this trait in her. I have often been beneficiary of her drive to bring events like these to life, and I have the great memories to prove it.
My wife’s example reminds me that what often stands in the way of where we are and where we want to be is our own lack of initiative. We don’t have what we’d like because we don’t take steps to cause it to happen.
Be encourage d this week to go out and cause something to happen in your own life.
Lately, a lot of people I know, including myself, have dealt with some kind of medical issue within their family. There’s also a lot going on in the world that causes anxiety, fear, and uncertainty. While all these things can leave a person feeling overwhelmed, what they leave me feeling is a longing for heaven.
As a Christian, (don’t worry, no preaching!) when the world feels heavy, I take comfort in Jesus’ words where he tells us that:
- He is preparing a place for us and is coming back for us. ~John 14:3
- In this world we will have trouble but not to fear, because he has overcome the world. ~John 16:33
Longing for heaven doesn’t mean that I’m ready to give up my pulse anytime soon! Rather, it means that no matter what I face on Earth, Jesus has overcome it and will walk through it with me. He has also taken care of me when my time on Earth is up. My eternity is secure and that gives me peace in comfort during whatever trials I face.
“Regret of neglected opportunity is the worst hell that a living soul can inhabit. “
What is that one thing you’ve always wanted to do but you’ve been too afraid to try, or just haven’t gotten around to doing it yet?
In light of the tragic shootings that have occurred in the US this week, I’m reminded that our time, and the time of those we love, could be up at any moment. With this in mind, let’s commit to doing those things we’ve always wanted to do, to saying those things we know we should say, and to being the people we know we want to be. Let’s not be left with regret, or leave regret behind, when our time is finally up.
For the past several weeks I’ve had this mole in my back yard that has been making a mess of my lawn. He’s dug tunnels all over and has infuriated me with dozens of mounds of dirt that have “magically” shown up day after day. In an effort to get rid of him, I cleared out a couple of the mounds he dug and threw some smoke bombs in there. When the smoke cleared (as it were) the only things left were another mound and of dirt and an increasingly frustrated homeowner.
I realized that smoke wasn’t going to cut it, and that I needed to gain some knowledge if I was to defeat my yard-destroying adversary. So, I spent some time online learning about moles. I learned what moles like to eat, how to identify active mole tunnels in the yard, how to trap moles, what kind of trap to buy, where to place it, and how to set it. After some failed attempts, each of which resulted in additional knowledge, I finally caught the little bugger! (He was actually bigger than I thought!)
Aside from ridding my yard of this pesky intruder, what I especially enjoyed about the experience was that process of learning new skills, putting them into practice, and seeing positive results. It’s amazing to me how easy it is to gain and apply new knowledge in order to help solve a problem or find a solution. We don’t have to stay ignorant. We just have to spend the time to gain the knowledge we need and then put in into practice.
The next time you feel stuck or uncertain how to move forward, spend some time seeking knowledge about the dilemma you face. Then, once armed with the know knowledge, apply it!
It feels good to move from being ignorant and overwhelmed to being knowledgeable and able confident in your ability to apply it.
A little knowledge makes all the difference!
A friend of mine will be getting married soon to a woman from another country. He’s known this person for 6 years and this Wednesday she’ll arrive in the United States for the first time. My friend has been telling me how excited he is to have her in the US and to share in all the new experiences she’ll undoubtedly have here. What he’s most excited about are the small everyday things that seem insignificant to most people, but which will be brand new experiences for her. He can hardly wait for her to arrive.
I love how he is able to look at his daily routine with fresh eyes. What has been “the norm” for him, he now sees with newness and anticipation. He has encouraged me to look for the newness in my own routine as well. To notice what I may be over looking. To be aware of people, places, or things that I’ve become so used to that I hardly notice. I’m encouraged to look at my own life with fresh eyes.
How about you? What areas of your life hold potential to be seen anew? There is likely plenty in your life to get excited about. We only have to look for the newness in what’s already there.
The longer I live, the more I realize that any change I’d like to see in my life is largely up to me to make happen. Whether it’s the quality of my health, relationships, career, finances, spiritual growth, or any other aspect, I am the catalyst needed to spark the change I want to see.
I am the one that needs to take action; the one that needs to cause something to happen. There is no one I need to wait on in order to start making changes. All I need to do is decide it’s time to take action… and then take the action I know I need to take.
The same goes for all of us. We are not prisoners waiting for someone else to hopefully act on our behalf. We are the greatest force behind, or the biggest barrier in front of, moving from where we are to where we want to be.
All we need to do is begin moving in the direction we want to go.
“But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.” ~Psalms 73:28
I love this Psalm. As part of my morning routine, I repeat it as I’m stretching out after my workout. There’s no magic in merely repeating these words. As a Christian however, these words remind me where I want my focus to be as I go through my day. They’re like a compass, in that they help get my day pointed in the right direction by affirming my commitment to God.
I think it’s important to have a simple routine that gives our days focus and clarity. This routine could consist of something like reciting sacred text, listening to an inspiring song, looking at an encouraging picture or view, or any number of things focus your day in a direction you want it to go.
The important thing is to intentionally set the course for your day, versus letting chance, circumstance, or others set it for you. It’s your life. Direct it where you want it to go.