I’m sure you’ve seen the title of this post before. It came into the national conversation during the Vietnam War, back when I was barely a glimmer in anyone’s eye.
The thing about this statement is that it is saying that these two things are mutually exclusive. It’s as though one cannot hold love and war in their life at the same time. I’m not going to speak for everyone, but I don’t really think that to be the case.
I feel the same way about something I tweeted the other day. My tweet was some like this:
We are not called to make music, but to make disciples.
I felt pretty proud of myself after sharing this on the Twitter. Here is the funny thing. I got several likes when it made its way to Facebook. However, I got some push back on Twitter.
The push back came because someone took exception to it. They said THE way to discipleship is through making music, mainly because that is how it happened for them.
Sorry, but I can’t buy that one either. But I did change my mind a little.
I don’t think the main thing we are called to do is to make disciples or make music. It’s not either/or. It’s not one or the other. Instead, I think we’re called to something greater.
I think we are called to glorify God in everything we do. How do we do that?
By making disciples. By making music. And so much more.
We might glorify God through every bite of food we take, through every swallow of drink we take in.
We might glorify God by running a marathon or walking to the mailbox.
Maybe it’s by driving the speed limit and stopping at yellow.
It could be anything.
It could be by making love or making war. Or both.
Maybe you’re like me.
Perhaps your wedding included One Corinthians 13. It happens in a lot of weddings.
I really hadn’t thought much about it until the other day. I was listening to a couple of podcasts with interviews of Perry Noble. All I know about him is that he is a pastor over in South Carolina and his church is a huge multi-site mega church. And that’s fine with me. And he pointed out something I had never thought about.
Noble said that One Corinthians 12 is about spiritual gifts. One Corinthians 14 is about spiritual gifts. So what’s a chapter about the love between a husband, wife and their marriage vows doing wedged between those chapters. Unless it isn’t, of course.
Maybe One Corinthians 13 isn’t really about marital love. Maybe, instead, it’s about what ties spiritual gifts together. And maybe it’s really about all relationships.
And that means leadership as well.
What if we would use that chapter as a guide in how we lead folks?
Leadership is patient. Leadership is kind. And so on. And so on.
What if that is what our leaders were like? Wouldn’t it make it easier to follow them?
So, I have a new lens to view my own leadership, whether it’s my family leadership or my role at work.
Leadership is love. That’s what it boils down to. That’s what it’s all about.
Each of us begin our day much the same: we wake up. From there our days probably vary greatly. However, we all probably want one thing.
A productive day.
A productive day doesn’t just happen. We have to be intentional about having one.
Here are seven way to make your day productive:
1. Drink water.
I begin each day by drinking 16 to 32 ounces each day. This helps me bring my water levels back up and gives me energy to begin the day.
Finding time to exercise is difficult. Time is always at a premium. Exercise will often get crowded out. Doing it early seems counter-intuitive. It will increase your energy throughout the day.
3. Spend time with God.
It’s important for us to know God. Unfortunately, few of us know God well. To know Him, we have to spend time with Him and we don’t spend enough time with Him.
Take in God’s word. Spend time talking to Him in prayer. Do it before the day gets away from you.
4. Spend time developing yourself.
You are always told to place a air mask on yourself first on a plane in the event of an emergency. You are no good to anyone else if you pass out.
No one will develop you if you aren’t spending time developing yourself first. Read a little. Listen to a podcast. Do something to make yourself better early each day.
5. Love your loved ones.
Kiss your wife. Make sure your kids know you love them. Text or call someone and let them know how you feel about them.
6. Avoid the news.
Let’s face it. Most of our news is negative. Letting negative news influence your life will bring you down.
7. Eat breakfast.
Don’t skip this. Fuel up. Don’t run out of gas early.
You want to be successful each day. Don’t just let the day happen. Kickstart your day by developing a routine similar to what I set forth above.
What would add or subtract from this list?
Sometimes I think that I was born a couple of decades too late. My favorite music comes from the 1960’s, which means I should have been born no later than the early 1950’s to have really enjoyed it when it was first hitting the scene.
The 60’s were a tumultuous time. The Vietnam War was on the evening news. The Beatles were on top of the world. The hippies were found in Haight Ashbury. And make love, not war a popular slogan.
Now, I’m older than I would have been if I had grown up during that time. Hopefully, I’m a little wiser. What do I know? That slogan provides a shallow foundation for one’s life. Instead, our slogan should be different, even if the difference is only slight.
Make love and war.
We who follow Christ are in a war. True, it is a war that is already one, but a war it still is.
It is a war that affects our souls. It is a war that has casualties and human capital.
It is a war of paradox, one that appears to be upside down from what life looks like.
It is a war of love. It is a war with love at the center.
It must begin with the love of God before flowing to the love of people.
We must take a war-time mentality. This means that we must love even when love doesn’t seem to be there. We must fight for love before we fight for anything else.
We must make love AND war. War against our enemies. War for each. War for our relationship with the Lord.
We must war.
Jesus was asked a question once. The question went something like this: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” I’m sure the law expert expected Jesus to give him a series of tasks to perform or to keep the Law. I’m not sure that he was truly prepared for what Jesus said.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind.” That is how Jesus answered him.
Four key components to loving God. If these are what make up who we are, then doesn’t it make sense that we would do what is necessary to build those areas up ever chance we get? Check that, shouldn’t we seek to build these key components up?
Knowing this, what is our challenge? What are we to do if we are going to love God like this?
Let’s start with the heart. This is the core of who we are. It’s who we are when no one is looking, when we are tired and when we are stressed. Proverbs would tell us that the heart is what the springs of life flows from. Truly, in this context, our heart is who we truly are.
It makes sense that we should work toward building our “heart.” It is here where our character comes from. Our morals reside here. What we feed our heart will truly determine who we are.
Next up is our soul. The best way to describe our soul would be to say that this is where our emotions lie. When Jesus said that His soul was troubled in the garden of Gethsemane, He was saying that his emotions were running high. He was stressed to the max.
We should do everything we can to keep our emotions in check as much as possible. We have to work to keep them under control. Letting them run wild to the point of living under constant stress will shorten our lives.
Up next is our strength. Unlike Matthew, who used mind to describe both intellect and strength, Luke divided the two. Strength would be used to describe both physical strength and energy.
We are physical beings. We need to pay attention to our physical well-being so that we are strong enough and fit enough in life to continue to worship Him with all we have.
Finally, we arrive to our mind. Our intellect. We have been blessed with brains with the ability to learn. We are How To Live Like Jabez | Deuceology
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and discussion. It is here where we can dwell to worship the Lord.
The Lord has made us with these four ares of our lives. We are made up of these pieces. It is our responsibility to love God with each of them. To do that, we must build each of them up, we must strengthen them, work toward meeting their potential. It’s then that we can love God with each of these.
How would love God with your heart and soul and strength and mind?
The second chapter of Philippians begins by picking up where chapter one left off. It begins by focusing on one of the most important facets needed for the Christian faith, unity.
Paul begins with Therefore. He is referring to what he had just written about standing together in one spirit and more mind. This is necessary in the difficult times that come with following Christ. Paul begins describing what unity looks like.
Paul first writes about four motivations for unity. If there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion. Encouragement in Christ comes from a word that is similar to how Christ describes the Holy Spirit as another Helper. Consolation of love indicates living closely with one another. Fellowship of the Spirit describes a partnership and mutual sharing. The affection and compassion Paul describes being emotionally tied to one another and merciful to one another. These four motivations are where unity begins.
Unity truly makes Paul joyful. He begins verse 2 that these four motivations make my joy complete. How does this happen? By being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Literally this means being like minded, intentionally loving, one Spirit, and thinking one thing.
Paul finishes out by describing what unity in Christ does not not look like by comparing and contrasting. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. What Paul is really saying is that we should put others before ourselves.
So what do we take from this?
1. We have been given the motivations for unity by coming to faith in Christ.
2. Seeking unity leads to a oneness.
3. Unity leads to putting others before yourself.
Today is the last post in this series. I’ve been on vacation this week and I really didn’t want to do anything too serious this week. By the time most of you read this, I’ll be heading back home from sunny Orlando seeing Mickey and the gang.
Today’s post is Maybe You Hate Church.
This is the newest post. It was written just last year. We were about to wrap up our first year in our new church and I was doing some reflection.
I realized that I had spent most of my life in a love/hate relationship with church. I loved it. I hated it. Mostly, I hated what it had done to me over the years.
At this point we were in a new church that we loved. It was everything we had always wanted in church. It’s different from any other we have ever been part of and requires both the least and the most any church ever had of us.
I don’t think I’m different from most people, which is why I write these posts. I try to be honest about how I feel and what I experience in the hope it will help someone else out there.
I hope you guys have enjoyed this series. Back to our regularly scheduled programming on Monday.