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“Why Is It Not A 10!?”


I believe my exact thoughts were something to the affect of “Are you kidding me?!?” I was purchasing a membership at a new gym here in Lawton and I was informed of something I didn’t want to hear. I was told that a requirement of being a member at this gym is to have a mandatory (free) session with a personal trainer. I’m assuming this was for insurance reasons to make sure I don’t harm myself while attempting to exercise.

This did not appeal to me at all. I have been working out regularly since I was 12. I don’t need a personal trainer. Then I began to think about how this meeting would go. I envisioned the trainer telling me “Now this is what we call a dumbbell. This is what we call a treadmill…” I wasn’t excited. Then I thought, maybe the trainer can show me some neat workouts to enhance the rut I seem to fall into at the gym. There was no more worrying to do, the day finally came for my mandatory session with the trainer.

I sat in a private room with a man who was extremely fit (as you would hope to see from a trainer) and he began to ask me questions. “What are your weigh goals?” “What do you hope to achieve this month?” “What long term benefits do you hope to reap?” Just as I thought the interrogation was ending he asked me about one goal that I had given and said “on a scale of 1-10 how important is it to you that you achieve this goal?” I thought for a second and I said “A 6.”

Wrong answer!

He began to lecture me. Asking “Why is it not a 10?!?” If you do not place this as an important goal you are not going to achieve it! You will spend the rest of your life with having the same goals because you never placed it high enough in your priorities. Needless to say, I was ready to disappear and pretend my “session” never happened.

Spiritually speaking.

What are your goals? How high are they on your list? If someone was to ask you, what spiritual goals do you have for your life this month, what would you answer them? What are your spiritual goals for this year? How important are they to you?

The Good News: Many Christians have tremendous goals. They want to lead their close friends and family to Christ. They want to be able to teach Bible class, preach sermons, lead singing, lead door knocking campaigns, write books, keep children interested and plugged in to the church.

The Bad News: Far too often, these good ideas are not nearly high enough on our priority list. Much like I was instructed by the trainer, if we do not set a high priority on these goals, we will NEVER achieve them.

Col 3:22-24- Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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“When is the last time you were still?”

I’M BUSY! Maybe you have found yourself shouting this (at least in your head) on more than one occasion in recent days. Maybe you have felt overloaded, overworked, over tired, over stressed, and many other bad “over’s.” If so, you are not alone.

We live busy busy lives. I do not want to imply that this is always a bad thing. Most of our busyness comes from things that are important, or things we enjoy. In truth, we are busy with a lot of good things. So please do not misinterpret me as saying we must eliminate all busyness from our lives. However, I do believe that it is important to be “still.”

We know the verse…

Psalm 46:10-“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” – ESV

If you are like me, you have heard this verse, and sang the song most of your life. I went through I would say at least the first 20 years of my life not seeing any value in being still. Sometimes my wife would still say I haven’t learned the value very well. There are sometimes that being still is exactly what the soul needs.

Here is my recent story:

In the last couple of weeks my world has changed.

.I have a new Job.
.I have a new Church family.
.I have a new house.
.I have a new bank.
.I transferred all of our automatic withdrawals for bill pay to our new accounts.
.My son turned 1. We had a party.
.I begun teaching Bible classes, driving the church van, and doing youth devotionals.

Along with many other things. I could continue a very lengthy list of changes just in the last 2 weeks, but I would bore you.

In other words, my family has been busy!

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One blessing of living in Lawton is that I am just 30 mins away from a place that is very near to my heart. The Wichita mountains (yes, I know, they are mere hills compared to some places) but this does not take away from the beauty found at this place.

Last week after I left the office I loaded up the family and we drove to the refuge. We drove around and looked at the animals, we drove up Mt. Scott, we had a great time. As we were out driving about, an amazing thing happened… I lost cell phone service. I wasn’t worried about any texts, phone calls, Facebook notifications, or fantasy football updates. I was simply there, enjoying the time I had with my wife and two children in a beautiful place that God created.

On one hand I was thankful for the time, on the other, I felt ashamed that I don’t do it more often.

You do not have to go to the refuge to be “still” you do not even have to be outside enjoying nature (although that is my favorite) but let me ask you, when is the last time that you made it a point to be still?

When the political condition of our country is depressing… Be still.

When your family is having relationship issues… Be still.

When you are feeling stressed at work… Be still.

When you are finding it hard to be joyful… Be still.

When you feel far from God… Be still.

We would do well to remember that being “still” as the Bible describes is not about sitting on the couch and and watching our favorite TV show. It is about remembering that He is God. Remembering that no matter how crazy our lives get, or how scary an outlook is for something in our lives, we remember, that He is God. He is in control.

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Hello world!

I would like to start by simply saying “i’m sorry” i’m sorry I haven’t posted in well over a month. As most of you know, our lives have been (and still are) crazy busy.  We now live in a new town. I have a different job title. We work with a different congregation. We live in a new house. My son just turned 1 yesterday. as you can tell, we have had a lot of changes recently. But, I would like to say thank you. Thank you to all who have been keeping us in your prayers. We are almost settled in… almost. It won’t be long until we are settled into a new routine.

 

Just a quick thought for the day…

I have often been asked, why did the first century church grow so rapidly? While I believe there to be many reasons why. (years of prophecy with people waiting for the savior being a major one.) I believe there is another reason why they grew so rapidly. As we examine the book of Acts we see things like love, sacrifice, and commitment. we even read in the first few chapters examples of people selling their possessions so that they could give the money they made to someone who really needed it. WOW! wouldn’t you want to be part of a family who treats each other like this? 

I have to say, that so far, I have been blown away by my new church family. They are kind, loving, welcoming, hard working, and have bent over backwards to make sure that my families move here is a smooth as possible. I am blessed to be part of a family much like we read about in the book of Acts. Here is my simple question/challenge for you today. What will you do today that will make someone want to be part of the Lord’s Church?

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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