Last week was a vacation week. We went to St. Simons Island, GA, a wonderful place where we have vacationed many times over the years. I learned a few things during the trip that I thought I would share with the Deuceology team.
- Pack lighter than you think you should. We stayed in a condo with a washer and dryer. It’s not that difficult to throw some laundry in and keep your clothes clean. You don’t need nearly as many T-shirts or undies as you think you do.
- Lack of agendas is good. We didn’t plan anything. We woke up when we wanted. We went to the beach or pool when we wanted to. We ate when we wanted.
- You definitely need time away from everything. A week without work, mowing the yard or any other responsibilities was nice.
- You can take too many books. I love to get up, get my steps in, eat a bit, read a bit, nap a bit and then do it again throughout the day. However, I took a few too many books with me. I couldn’t read them all. I did put a dent in 1 1/2 books though.
- You will realize sometime in life that your vacations with just your nuclear family are finite. I don’t have many more with the just the four of us. Our family will be expanding over the next few years with the addition of spouses of our children. Where have the years gone?
Now, vacation is over. It’s back to our regularly scheduled programming. I’m recharged, relaxed and read to go.
Have you been on vacation lately or do you have one planned? Tell us about it.
There have been a lot of events over the last couple of weeks that have concerned a great deal of people. There are a lot of political issues that have turned the United States upside down. Some people have been happy. Others distraught.
The same could be said for Paul’s day. The political climate for Christians was not the best. However, what was Paul’s focus?
The Gospel and how it should play out in every Christian’s life.
Paul pauses to finish out Ephesians chapter 3 with a prayer. It’s the second prayer that he prays in this epistle and one that we can learn from today.
Paul begins the prayer with the phrase For this reason. These are the same reasons he referred to in verse 1 of Chapter 3 and are found in chapter 2. We become new in Christ in verse 15. Believers are one body in verse 16. We have come near to God in verse 17. We are citizens of God’s kingdom in verse 19. We are being built into His temple in verse 22.
For these reason(s), Paul prays. He bows his knees before the Father. This does not necessarily mean his physical posture, but it certainly means that Paul is showing reverence to God as he prays.
Of course, Paul is praying to the Father. He is described as the one whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. Does this mean every single person? Not in the sense that Paul is referring. Paul is referring to those who are of the family of God, both those who have gone before and those who still remain here on earth.
Paul prays that the Father would grant the Ephesians to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man according to the riches of His glory. The riches of God’s glory are limitless, so Paul is praying that we would strengthened in immeasurable ways. How does He strengthen us? Through His Spirit working in our inner man. He sends the Spirit of His Son into our hearts when we come to know Christ.
Why does He do this? So that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith. Is this a saving faith? It can’t be since we cannot have the Spirit without already having this faith in Christ. This is the faith it takes to take God at His word and act upon it. For example , Abraham already had faith in God when He believed that God would give him a son. He had already believed that was reckoned to him as righteousness.
Paul next prayed that since we are rooted and grounded in love that we would comprehend the breadth and length and height and depth. Of what exactly? The love that we are grounded and rooted in. This goes to show the character of love. There are no limits to love. It goes in every direction.
Finally, Paul prays that we would know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge. Why? That we may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
What did Paul pray for us to have? That the Spirit would empower us, that Christ would indwell us, that love characterizes us and that God has filled us.
Hey guys, I’m off work, taking a little vacation this week. I’m going to take a few days off from the blogosphere and get back at it next week.
Sunday is Father’s Day. I have a couple of Father’s Day questions for you.
If you are a father, what is the perfect gift or perfect Father’s Day for you.
The other question is what do you like to do for Father’s Day?
Last Friday I asked you, my loyal readers, to ask me anything. Three of you did, which I wish was a few more, but I appreciate the three questions I did receive.
I said that I would answer those questions on Friday, but I decided that I would offer up a short Father’s Day post instead. That leaves today to answer these questions, so here goes.
My friend, Jon Stolpe, is up first. Just a side note, I didn’t know how to pronounce Jon’s last name until recently. I pronounced it with the e silent. I think I found out on a podcast and I felt a slight amount of egg on my face as I realized that I had mispronounced his name for the last four years or so. Thankfully, I never did to Jon personally.
Jon’s question was this: When was the last time you really cried and why?
Jon, I would like to say that I remember the when and why. I know it has been during the past year, but I don’t recall the specifics. I normally just ooze awesome over things. I’m not above getting a little misty over a movie. I usually have a good cry, though, about once a year over something.
Next up is my friend, Derek, from church. Derek is a deacon, our new small groups pastor and also in the small group I lead. He likes naps on Sundays and dance recitals, especially when he can combine the two.
Derek’s question was this: If you could be any superhero who would you be and why?
This one is easy. I would be the Flash. Why? I was always fast as a kid. My favorite thing to do was to run around my grandma’s house while she sat on the front porch and timed me. This led to a track career in high school. I still love to run, though I’m not fast anymore. At least I didn’t think so until one of my daughter’s friends saw me running the other day and commented to her that the old guy was running fast. My daughter then told her that I was her dad.
The final question comes from one of my favorite guys in the world, Ricky Anderson. Ricky goes by the Twitter handle, @Arthur2Sheds. Ricky is one of the funniest guys I’ve ever not met.
Ricky’s question is thus: Did a rooster wake you up this morning, too?
Ricky, this has to be the greatest question I have ever been asked. I wake up every morning at 4:30 a.m. The roosters don’t wake me up. I wake the roosters up. That’s the way it works in Dunn Holler.
That’s it for these questions and answers. You’ll have to wait until the next time I want to fill some space in the blogosphere with the answers to my questions. In the meantime, if you have a question to ask me, fire away. Especially if it’s about quantum theory and Schrodinger’s cat.
I have a friend at work who used to espouse compartmentalization. He said that he could separate everything in the various parts of his life from the other.
I used to proclaim the same thing. I would tell team members to check their personal lives at the door and not let it affect their work. If they had a fight with a husband or child, they needed to forget about it and focus on their work.
I say hogwash to that. Compartmentalization is a myth.
I’m not sure when I changed my mind, but I have come to realize that our work affects our home life and our home life affects our work. It’s just impossible to separate each part of our lives from another.
For example, if I’m physically fit, it should make me a better employee. I should have more energy to get my work done.
If I read something that helps be grow personally, it should positively affect the other aspects of our lives.
I love to read and hear Zig Ziglar’s books and speeches. However there is one thing I slightly disagree with him. He depicts his Wheel of Life as having seven different compartments. The picture is that each one is a spoke in a wheel.
The problem with this is that it gives the impression that each spoke is independent of the others. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Each spoke overlaps with the others.
Some might be concerned that they would ruin one aspect of their lives by paying attention to another. Instead they should think the opposite.
A strong family makes a stronger team member.
The key is making sure that each aspect of our lives affects the other positively.
Do you compartmentalize your life or do you recognize how each part supports each other?