Things I'm Learning...

Busyness kills more Christians than bullets. How many sermons are stripped of their power by lavish dinner preparations and professional football? How many moments of pain are wasted because we never sat still enough to learn from them? How many times of private and family worship have been crowded out by soccer and school projects? We need to guard our hearts. The seed of God’s Word won’t grow to fruitfulness without pruning for rest, quiet, and calm.
                                                                                                                                     - Kevin DeYoung

(Posted on June 3rd, 2014)

Some of these were learned earlier then others, and others need to be occasionally reminded.

1.) Don't keep compliments to yourself. In fact, go out of your way to speak them. Compliment your own family, friends, and even strangers. What good is it to keep it to yourself? Share the goodness, and maybe they will too. 

2.) It's important not to embellish your words for the sake of it appearing in a certain light. Don't dazzle and twist the truth, but speak the honest truth. Can't make to an event because you're broke? Say that. 

3.) Set your eyes on Heaven, it makes everything else seem so much smaller. When I focus where my real citizenship really lays, it let's me understand what is truly important in life. It makes decisions easier to make, and my life to live. 

4.) They say we tend to hate traits we have ourselves, so try to uncover some of yours and start to fix them today.  For instance, I can be very unwelcoming to people for many reasons (thinking I'll bother them, I'm in a cranky mood, etc). I started by greeting "Hello" with a smile to everyone I met the moment I realized how unwelcoming I could seem. Start small and go from there. 

5.) Choose Jesus. Let him transform you, by choosing him everyday, from the moment you wake up to the moment you put your head on your pillow.  It isn't something that automatically remains in us, so it must be fed every single day. You must allow his presence to be near, to feel his presence at all. 

6.)  During my "no internet week,' I learned that when I do have full access to the internet, I try to fill in every dull and boring moment with something entertaining.  But if we constantly try to fill in those quiet moments with something unmeaningful, it just adds to our mental busyness. 

7.) I think the reason I admire wildflowers is because there is some affinity between us and those plants. They are able to thrive in the harshest conditions and still retain it's beauty.  It's quite inspiring. Remember there is a difference between surviving and thriving. Let's thrive