Jan and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary a couple of days ago. We did the normal things, like going out to eat at a special restaurant. However, next year is the big one and it deserves something special.
We began tossing around some ideas and if we do what we talked about, it will take some planning.
That’s the thing about a lot of things in life. They take planning. Vacations. Buying a car. Weddings (yeah, my daughter is getting married next year). Life.
Yes, life takes some planning if you want it to end up the way you want it. That’s why I’m taking a day off today.
I’m going to spend the day planning my life. I’m going to start with the end in mind. I’m going to plan my funeral. Who I want to be there. What I want to be said about me. How I want to be remembered.
Trust me, I’m not there yet.
Then I’m going to define my values and what’s most important to me. My priorities. My life accounts.
Finally, I’m going to write my purpose statement.
None of this is anything original that I have come up with. I’ve attempted this before based on some seminars I’ve attended. The latest motivation to do this is the book Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy. I commend it if you wake up one day and realize that you are drifting way too much in life.
Now, I could encounter some push back. Someone could say that they just want to live free and by the Spirit. I want to as well. Trust me, I’m praying my way through this. Plus, I tend to see that God gives life plans to His people in the Bible. That the life plan comes from the Spirit.
I don’t know if you are interested, but I commend this type of exercise to you. Take a day off. Get out of your normal routine and surroundings. Quit drifting and plan your life.
Happy Labor Day. It’s the unofficial end to Summer. Sure, we have a few more weeks until the season is truly over, but let’s face it. Our Summer plans are over. We have moved into a new season that I like to call football season. Summer’s done.
Today I want to delve into some other things that I did this summer besides just be busy. The big thing is that I did a lot of thinking and reflecting.
I spent a lot of time thinking about who I am. Not that I don’t know, but life is in a bit of transition these days. My daughter is engaged and getting married in a few months. My son is starting college. My life is changing. I’ve been asked to take on a position at my church that I’m trying to get my arms around. All of this is really causing to me to look at who I am and what I should be doing.
The other thing that I did on my break was question the existence of this blog. Should I continue it? Should I change the focus? Should I start an entirely new blog and do something completely different? Those were just some of the questions I asked. What did I decide?
I’m not sure.
I think the big thing is that I want the focus to be something like this: A real guy pursuing a real God. Maybe that’s what I’ve been doing for the past five years or so, but maybe I just want to slightly shift the focus. What I realize everyday is that I don’t have this whole thing figured out. Whatever I write about is usually what I’m trying to figure out. Sometimes I’m trying to discover what I think about my topic, even as I write it.
So, that’s another brief glimpse into what my summer was like not writing this blog. Let’s move forward now that summer’s over.
Now get out there and doing some grilling on this last day of summer.
Have you ever returned to some sort of exercise program after a long layoff? I have. I’ve started running again several times in my life.
Often when I get started, the first run back is easy. The second one may even even be so. The third and fourth? Not so much. The daily consistent grind? Easy, yet tough.
It’s that way with writing a blog. Yesterday’s post was easy. Today? Tough. Doing it daily? Real hard.
How about prayer? Reading the Bible? Easy to do until you try to do it on a daily basis.
What good comes from running daily? Better health and physical fitness.
Writing a blog daily? Discipline and relationships built. How would I know Bill, Rob, Jon and Phil(and many others) without blogging in my life?
What good is daily prayer and Bible reading? The benefits are immeasurable.
None of these things are easy. Nothing worthwhile is. But worth it? Absolutely.
It’s been ten days since I said that I would be starting back doing, well, Deuceology. I thought I would ease back in by giving a little more explanation of what happened this summer.
A few months ago there was a transition at work. My boss moved to a new position. A new boss arrived. I would be lying if I said that I have enjoyed the newness of the past three months or so. However, there was a downside.
With the new boss came a different expectation. More work was delegated my way. That doesn’t even take into account an increase in our normal work. Plus there was a discovery.
I simply couldn’t do it all.
This summer I’ve been preaching/teaching through the Gospel of Mark. The first three chapters go at a breakneck pace. Tucked in there in Chapter 1 is an interesting thing that Jesus does.
Jesus got up early and went to a desolate place to get alone. He got away from every one and every thing. He prayed.
I would like to say that I spent all of my time away from here like Jesus did. You know, praying. I can’t honestly say that. I did, some. Hopefully enough that it will show up in what I write.
I’m going to do my best to get back to doing what I love to do here. Pray for me. I’ll pray for you.
Hey friends. It’s been a while since I’ve shown up. As a matter of fact, it was July 4 when I posted last. That’s pretty bad when it’s your own blog you aren’t showing up to.
This wasn’t intentional. I planned to get back in a rhythm, but life has just been busy. Work. Personal. You name it. Something was going to get crowded out. This blog was it.
The good news is that I do want to make it make. My plan now is to get started on September 1. Of course, that’s just in time for college football season.
Hang in there with me. I’ll be back soon.
I wish you a wonderful Independence Day!!! Please have a safe one in all your activities.
If you haven’t noticed, I have been absent from these here parts for a bit now. What can I say? Life happens. Work. Stuff. I keep thinking life will calm down. After all, my kids are grown, with one engaged and the other about to start college. Hasn’t worked out that way, though.
I’ll have a brief July 4 post, and then plan to have a real post on Tuesday.
See you guys soon.