the good man?

“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him. The evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.” Matthew 12:35

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pedal to the metal

Ok, so when I have downtime I still like to play video games, does that make me immature? Well, Kerri bought a game called “Shift 2 Unleashed” for me for Christmas and I’m still trying to get through the career mode. It’s a lot of fun and I really enjoy it but I can get extremely frustrated with it; so much so that it even puts me in a bad mood sometimes. Recently I admitted to myself why I get so worked up. I want to just go as fast as I can all the time. Unfortunately, it’s hard to win a race that way. I usually end up spinning out of control and finding myself going from first place to last in the blink of an eye. I am getting better though. I’m realizing that I can actually win a race if I learn to let off the accellerator and even pump the brakes from time to time.

Our eternal search to attain our dreams is quite parallel to this game. If we don’t make a habit out of stopping, we’ll never move forward. I’ve challenged you to make a plan that will help you attain a goal or change something you don’t like about yourself. Now teach yourself to stop and re-evaluate that plan to ensure that it still makes sense. You may need to tweak it a little and that’s ok.

I know I still struggle with my mouth. I pop off insensitive remarks and sarcastic comments way too easily. Usually I am either trying to state how I feel about something or using it as a guard to deflect blame. Regardless, it never works and I always end up hurting someone I care about. I’m sorry to all of you that I may have offended. That’s what is at the top of my list right now.

pizza in a trash can

Ok, we’ve discussed having a relationship with God and how to sit and listen for Him. It’s important that we make that a habit in order to move on to part two of the Mind UNDER Matter blog (April 16). In case you need a reminder, it was “to make a plan and keep that at the top of your list.” My intentions for this blog are twofold; 1) for us all to grow as Christians and 2) for us to find a way to accomplish our dreams. Let’s work on part two for a while now.

Last week someone at work ordered a large pizza. When I finally took my break, I walked back to the breakroom to heat up my lunch hoping there would be a few pieces left behind that maybe I could polish off. The heavenly aroma still hung in the air but to my shock and horror and utter amazement, the leftovers were in the trash…what a terrible tragedy! Something that was once so perfect and readily available was now garbage and useless. I know this is a bit corny but instantly my mind went to wondering what dreams I’ve given up on. What things that were so important and exciting to me at one time have been pushed aside so long that I’ve forgotten about them? More importantly, maybe I haven’t forgotten about them but I’ve given up on them.

I’m challenging you all (and myself) to think long and hard about something you really want to do in your life. Write it down. Then, next to it, write your excuses. Finally start a plan that will demolish those excuses. Look at that plan every day. We’ll work on this together and I’ll explain some things I’m doing as we go. Please comment frequently so we can all learn from each other.

If God got a haircut…

Is God your acquaintance or your friend? An acquaintance is someone you have small knowledge of but don’t really know well. I have many acquaintances that I check in with every once in a while, maybe I see them here and there and get a quick scoop on how their job is going or how their family is, but I don’t really know them intimately. Since I’m not around these people on a regular basis I only know the surface details. I rarely have deep conversations with these people and I certainly am not comfortable enough with them that I would start gushing tears and spilling all my personal dirt around them. Then there are other people that I know so entirely that I would recognize if their son is still in T-ball, or that they seem unusually stressed, or even if they got a new haircut.

Many times I feel like God is just an acquaintance. I check in with Him and thank Him for my day but I don’t always take the time to trust Him with my most personal struggles. I think that hurts Him. I believe God wants something a little more special with us. He wants to know us. He wants us to know Him.  So ask yourself if you would notice if God got a haircut.

Revelation 3:20 “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” LET HIM IN!

Communication: the lost art

It’s evident now days that many of us have lost the art of communication. Kids are practically born with an iPhone in one hand and a mouse in the other. I know this technology has made it easier to check in on people and say hi to someone on the other side of the world but how many times do you actually sit and have a conversation? Conversations are very choppy now. They are rushed and simple. Now we text code letters and acronyms instead of using real words. Even my 5-year old writes “BFF” when referring to a friend. It’s very uncomfortable to just sit next to someone and talk about deep things beyond surface chat.

A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP ALWAYS STARTS WITH A HEALTHY CONVERSATION! The Bible makes it very clear that Jesus Christ wants to have a relationship with you.

This is something I need to work on as my wife constantly has to remind me that I’ve walked away from her in mid-sentence or have been staring at the TV the whole time she was talking. I know a lot of times I don’t listen to what someone is saying because I’m already planning my next comment.

Now that we’ve been practicing sitting and waiting on God for 10 minutes we’ll be better at having a conversation. Ask Him what He’s created you to do, what should be on the top of your goals list. Then listen to Him. I’m confident that if we ASK GOD FIRST, He’ll reveal to us the things that we need to be searching for. When He shows you those things, talk to your spouse or “BFF” about them. Proverbs 18:21 says the tongue has the power of life and death. Speak to God, speak to your friends. Give life to your thoughts and ideas and wants and needs and give life to the excitement and motivation that is required to follow through on those things.