I love blogging! For me it is an avenue to express myself and at the same time work on my writing skills. But to be honest, writing doesn’t always come easy to me. Sure there are days I wake up with an idea for a post, a chapter in a new book I am writing, or a lesson I am preparing and I can knock it out in no time, but then there are days like today, where I find it very difficult to come up with anything at all to say. And I don’t think this is something that is just exclusive to me – I think many “so called writers” struggle with this.
So what do you do when you don’t have any inspiration or do not know what to write? How does one get past the “barrier” that seems to be between you and a finished product? This doesn’t just apply to writing by the way. It applies to many things in our lives and if we are not careful we can allow the “barrier, fear, resistance…” whatever you want to call it, keep us from doing what we know we are called to do. If you are struggling in this area, allow me to introduce you to a book that I have found extremely helpful. It is titled; The War of Art by Steven Pressfield and it is a great encouraging and challenging book. I highly recommend it. In it Pressfield says:
Most of us live two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.
The challenge we often face is the resistance that tries to keep us from moving forward or producing what we know we are to be producing…
Anyone can ride a bull from the bleachers!!!
The recently launched student series, the Be APPtitudes, has been a great success. Thanks again to everyone who purchased, downloaded and are now using this series within their student ministries, young adult classes and youth groups. The reports coming in are pretty awesome and I am thankful for the feedback.
I wanted to let everyone in on a little special I am running for the next 2 weeks on the Be APPtitudes. You can now get this series with TONS of freebies for the low cost of $9.97!! This is a great deal and will only run for the next 2 weeks so hurry and get your copy and begin teaching your students some valuable key principles to live by.
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Today I celebrate 21 years of marriage to the greatest lady on this planet. I will never forget the first time I laid eyes on her outside a restaurant at a conference we were both attending. I knew at that moment I needed to meet her and figure out who she was. 21 years later I am still captivated by her and love her beyond words.
21 years and it has been quite a journey. There is so much that you go through being married 21 years and so many lessons that you learn, it would take another ebook for me to tell them all (hey maybe there’s another idea hmmm). But suffice it to say there are a few things I want to mention that we have learned in this journey:
I sit in a coffee shop up in the mountains of SoCal near Big Bear Lake and I am in a contemplative mood. It is early and as I stepped out into the pre-dawn cool mountain air I was reminded of the concept of time. Time waits for no man. I have been captivated of late by the concept of time and what we have been placed on this earth to fulfill with our lives. I think even Jesus was fascinated by time. He should be, he came up with the concept. Imagine being the Eternal God now walking among your creation within the confines of time and space. Yet while you would think that Jesus has all the time in the world, He instead has the greatest sense of urgency. His eternal perspective drives Him to seize the power of every moment.
God understands better than anyone that history has an expiration date. Everything that has a date of birth has a time of death. That doesn’t mean that everything ends. You and I are designed for eternal life. While your life on this earth was always meant to be temporary, you were created with the intent to live forever. Eternity is endless, but time is measured by a “beginning” and an “end.” Yet as real as eternity is, so is time. We are created in time, and our most important work is time- critical. There are things that must be done today, things that you and you alone were created to accomplish.
This concept of time leads me to the concept of moments and the importance of recognizing them for what they are. This past week we dropped our son off at college and as we drove away (with tears streaming down my face) I was instantly taken back to key moments in his life. Moments that will forever be etched on the walls of my memory, and I was reminded that time waits for no man and we need to take advantage of the time we have in our relationships with our families and friends. I never want to take for granted the time that has been given to me, especially when it comes to my family and friendships.
God also gave us the gift of time to accomplish what we were put on this earth to accomplish. YOU were created to make a difference! Although circumstances and situations may make you feel as if you have nothing at all to offer, the truth is – YOU DO! You were not positioned on this earth to sit still and allow life to sap the breathe out of you. Take advantage of the time that you have and rise up like King David of old and serve your generation.
Recently while speaking to a group of student pastors and youth workers, I said: “I would rather serve than sit!” (TWEET THIS) I want my life to count. I want to take advantage of what I have been given and I want to serve my generation the best way that I can. Let that be your motto as you view the time you have on this earth and go out and make a difference in the life of others with the gifts and talents you have been blessed to possess.
Do you have any thoughts about time and what it means for you? Share with us if you do by commenting below.