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On our church blog, thepointblog.us, I recently posted some information concerning resources that I have found helpful in the arena of marriage and family. I’m posting the link to the article and if you are looking for resources in this area please check it out. I think you will find some beneficial information that you can use personally or pass on to someone else.
Here is the link to the post. Enjoy!
It is a common enemy. No one is exempt and no one ever really overcomes it. It seems to stay with you throughout your life, rising up at odd intervals just when you thought you had it licked. It is that dreaded word we don’t like to talk about or even think we struggle with – procrastination.
You have heard it and maybe even said it yourself:
“Someday I will really start taking care of my health.”
“Someday I will settle down, maybe when I turn 20.”
“Someday God will do something with my life.”
“Someday I will get that fixed or Someday I will do this or Someday I will get to that….”
If we are not careful we will get to the end of our lives and look back and wish we would have accomplished what we kept telling ourselves we would get to. I know life gets in the way and schedules are crazy, but we have to focus on the things that truly matter and quit putting things off.
I have a son who is in his last year of high school and I am looking now at all the things I wish we could do together, things that I have put off thinking I had time. He is going to be going off to college in the fall and there is so much I want to say to him and so much I want to do together.
So how do we avoid this dreaded malady called “SOMEDAY?” I am not sure I have the answer but I do know I have to focus on what is ahead of me and I have to “everyday” look at what needs to get done and what is important for me to do. I have to push away the minutiae and truly examine what are the absolutely most vital things for me to do and then I have to intentionally do those things.
In my book, The HandBook: Five Forces To Form Your Future, I talk a little bit about this danger of putting things off to someday. Check it out by downloading it from Amazon.
Remember we only pass this way once. Let’s make the impact we are called to make.
I am not sure if it is the way I was born or the family I grew up in or the amount of pepperoni I eat on a regular basis – I love a good challenge! I love the feeling of facing something that requires me to stretch who I am as a person. If you are not being challenged in your life, that says you are comfortable staying in your current comfort zone.
Challenges are those things that take you out of that comfort zone causing you to reach for something higher in your life. It may be a new position on the job, an education degree, a relationship you would like to see develop, or a exercise routine that you need to begin in order to get rid of that so called “holiday weight!” Whatever it may be, it needs to challenge and stretch you as an individual.
I recently decided that I was going to see if there is any possible way I can learn to play the guitar. I know what you are thinking – does he know he only has one hand? Yes I know that, I am reminded every time I try to count!
It started when I was recently sent a video via youtube that shows a guy playing a guitar with only one hand and I thought to myself, “If he can do it then I can do it.” So I have a friend who has been working on a device that will enable me to attempt something that seems impossible. Not sure what the verdict will be but I am sure willing to give it a shot.
Challenges! Something that pushes you past your so called limitations. I refuse to stay in the bubble of the mundane when there is so much to life that I haven’t conquered yet. What about you? What is challenging you? Why are you afraid to step out and go after that illusive dream that keeps you up at night? Too big of a challenge? Too lofty of a goal?
I had a friend tell me one time, “It ain’t nothing but a hill for a stepper!” That just means that if you are willing to take the step it really doesn’t matter the size of the mountain, you can get over it.
I know it is just a kids book but the story of “The Little Engine That Could” comes to mind. I trust you are looking at the challenges before you in this New Year and saying, “I think I can!”
So – What’s Challenging You?
Go after IT!!!
2014! It is here and it seems as if yesterday we were just beginning 2013. Where does time go? 2013 brought much into the Sargent family and at it’s beginning my wife decided to start a new tradition for our family. We called it the Good Things Jar.
Throughout the 2013 year, whenever something good would happen to us – some miracle, an answer to pray, something that was good for our family, or the church we are privileged to pastor – we wrote it down and placed it in the Good Things Jar. So this morning (once I can get my kids out of bed) we will sit down as a family and we will go through the Good Things Jar and read all the things that were GOOD in 2013. To be honest, I am super excited about this and can’t wait to go back through our year to see all God did for us. I am pretty confident that there are some things I have forgotten along the way!
We will then file 2013 away in our new Good Things Jar archive and begin filling up 2014′s Good Things Jar with an expectation that when we are finished with 2014 it will contain more good than 2013 ever did. I want my family to focus on the good things that life brings instead of always remembering the challenges or the many struggles. I guess it is just a matter of what you choose to pay attention to throughout your year.
I would encourage you on this first day of 2014 – go get you a jar, a box, a crate, a safe – whatever you need and start writing down those good things that happen throughout the year. I believe you will be encouraged at the close of the year when you go back and see all that God has done in your life and the life of those near to you.
For more GOOD THINGS to happen in 2014,
Do you have any traditions that you or your family practice to help you focus on the good things in life? If so, feel free to share them in the comment section below. Have a blessed New Year!