What if I didn’t remember ….

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It was early Friday and I knew that the party I was hosting the next day, I had better fill up my pool–the water level looked low.

After being challenged all week by my reading of “Extreme Owership -how U.S. Navy SEALs lead and Win”, I was proud of myself for my focus and preparation.

A relatively short amount of ti went on by and I checked on my “filling up job”–all was going well.

Soon, some family members came on by  that were staying over at our house that night and we got to enjoying some quality relationship time… And the hours went by.

As I got to thinking about all that was going to be happening the next day and how late it was getting, I thought I had better go to sleep.  As I was making my way upstairs,  I remembered (luckily) that the water was still turned on.

Whew!  I turned the water off outside and as I about to go back in the house, I thought I heard some noise.  I went to investigate and ugh!

The water in the pool was already overflowing the filter!

Two very clear lessons came to my mind:  1) I realized the consequences of losing focus.  I had a goal in mind (filling my pool), but then became distracted by family visiting).  I took my mind off what I was doing.

2) I just was grateful for knowing a merciful God.  I didn’t even want to think  about what would have happened if I didn’t turn off the water and it ran all night long.

What about you?  How focused are you in the tasks you do?  A few tips that can help you keep on task (and which,I should have done):

-write things down (don’t leave important details to remembering them)

-use an alarm clock if you need to

-ask someone to hold you accountable to tasks you said you would complete

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Just like sex…

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Just like sex (now that I have your attention),  which can either be: a very self-centered , lustful, “conquest-driven” activity, or a God-honoring, other-person centered, guilt-free pleasurable experience, so I find King Solomon’s advice to pursue “eat and drink, and find pleasure in your work” Ecclesiastes 2:24,3:13, 5:18, 8:15, 9:7) advice that can be easily mis-understood.

I don’t believe Solomon is saying that going out, partying every night at the bars is a wise thing to do. Pursuing that “live for the moment” selfish kind of lifestyle can be very damaging to your life (as well as others).

I believe what Solomon is teaching in these verses something similar to what Jesus said, “in the world you have tribulations, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”, or then again, “seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you. so do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”.

The point in all this is that none of us knows what will happen in the future.  However, right now, we can take responsibility for our actions and attitudes.  We can make sure that we are in a positive relationship with God as we are living obediently in faith.

As part of our faith, we can understand that although we don’t know the future, God does.  We can trust Him with our lives as He has already proved trustworthy in showing His loving for us, by Jesus dying on a cross in our place so that we could be forgiven of our sins and reconciled back to the Father.

We also can realize we are living right now and we can be grateful.  Do all of our physical senses function properly/ Do we have food to eat today? shelter to live in? do we have transportation to get around? do we have a job? do we have people around us who love us?….on and on it can go—things to be grateful for and to enjoy.

So, rather than thinking today about what more you need to get, how about just enjoying what you already got!

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Thank you for your reading of this post. I hope it has been a blessing for you in some way.

If you click on this link,  crossway.org/HGDM16   you will be able to download this free resource donated graciously by Crossway Publishing: “habits of grace” by Dave Mathis, which talks about “enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines”.

It will take you only about 3 minutes to complete Crossway’s requested-information, then you will have the free download.   Enjoy it and other, great Crossway resources.

Thank you for participating in this.

Are you driving too fast to work (and in life)?

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Did you ever have this experience?

You are driving in traffic and speeding along with everyone else?  As you are driving someone cuts in front of you.  Later on, you find yourself stressed because there is a back up and you realize you are now going to be a few minute later in arriving to your destination than usual.

 

As readers of this blog are probably aware, it seems like in the past two years I’ve been on my own spiritual journey dealing with the topic of “Enjoyment”.     Being a goal-oriented person it seems like I always have some new project in the works, some goal I need to get executed.     Go, go, go–that’s how life has been typically lived by me

So, as I’m evaluating my own life, and trying to understand what a healthy and satisfying perspective in living life looks like, I was given an example right before my eyes on how life is so often lived out.    I was driving to work today and I saw other drivers leaning over their steering wheels zipping past me as though they were driving in a NASCAR race.  I thought to myself “what was their motivation for being in such a hurry?”

For some, maybe they derived some kind of satisfaction knowing that their car is faster than mine- a source of pride.

Maybe for others, they wanted others to know they were better drivers and could beat every one else in driving faster.

Maybe for others, they are just poor planners.  Because they didn’t think ahead, they  found themselves, stressed and running late for work, which led to them rushing to work,  driving as fast as they thought they could get away with, so they wouldn’t arrive late for work

But, what was so interesting to me was that most of the time, we all ended up at the same red light further on down the road.  So, what gain, for whatever reason, did the fast driver have for zooming along as he passed me?

As I reflected on these observations, I thought about how people live their life.  I found a lot of similarities.  How many of the fast drivers I was watching were actually enjoying their drive?  Most of them seemed pretty intense as though were in some kind of competition.

Do you ever feel like  you are always busy, always needing to accomplish more, always needing do things faster, always needing to squeeze a little bit more in to your already-packed life, always watching the other guy and what he owns or is doing (as though you were competing with him)?  I know I have to all these.

In my pursuit of wanting to enjoy life more, I am asking a lot of  questions of myself and God.

 

I wonder how many times these “driving fast through life” people (and myself) enjoy and notice the beautiful things around them?

I wonder how many times they (and I) will sacrifice the opportunity to beat their own fastest time, to pull off the road and help someone in need?

I wonder with all their intensity in driving, in and out of traffic, and maybe blowing a red light or stop sign, how much meaningful time is spent talking with the others in the car who are along with them in this journey?

 

Thank you for allowing me to share these thoughts as I seek to find greater enjoyment in life (and on my way to work each day).