10 Things You’re Thankful For Today?

As the first class starts at 8:00 a.m., the teacher gives the assignment: “Write down 10 things

These two special ones would be in my top three today under Jesus :)

These two special ones would be in my top three today under Jesus 🙂

you’re  thankful for so far today.”  Do What?! I just woke up. I have not had my coffee yet.  I’m just trying not to fall out of my wheelchair.  After weeks of doing this back in seminary, my morning perspective changed:

  1. I’m thankful woke up this morning.
  2. I’m thankful ate breakfast on my way out the door.
  3. I’m thankful I have a lightweight wheelchair so i’m not slowed down.
  4. I’m thankful I  got to drive to class.
  5. I’m thankful I have a jeep that i drove here.
Wow, this black and white verse came alive: “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:18‬ ‭NLT).”  Not only is this a great positive thinking exercise.  Thriving in thankfulness is God’s will for you and me!  Then, I was on a “roll”:
  1. I am able to throw my wheelchair in the back of the jeep!
  2. I am able to walk around my jeep!
  3. I am blessed to be in seminary.
  4. I have clothes and shoes to wear.
  5. I do not HAVE to be anxious about anything, now!
If I’m tempted to be anxious or to worry, I write the list above today.   In fact, God’s Living Word says this: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭NIV).”  I love what comes after this big “but”… “with thanksgiving”!  
Stop reading this right now.  I encourage you to write down ten things you’re thankful for today! Go!
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Originally posted 2016-11-21 07:00:24.

3 Time-management Motivators

Time has always fascinated me. No human can live free of its clutches. Time is constant and rapid. Our life is but a minute dot on its expanse. God, existing outside of time, gives us time, not for us to serve it, but for it to serve us. King Solomon exclaimed, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Time matters. Since we are only on Earth for a speck of the timeline, let’s manage our time wisely and make our minutes count. Here are three considerations to motivate you in managing your time:

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1. Realize life is short.

We all have heard this from those who have lived life longer than we have, but we ignore it until we wake up one day and realize how much time we’ve lost. The second hand is ticking as you read this. God gives us time to steward. This line from a Psalm depicts this truth so eloquently: “A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night” (Psalm 90:4). We need to realize every hour, minute, and second is precious. Because my life on Earth is finite, I put more thought now into my time with people and what I do during the day. I give time with God my first priority. Like the Psalmist continues to passionately express, our time on earth is short; be wise and realize… “Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:10, 12, NIV).

2. Invest your time in what you value.

In my spare time, I enjoy going to hear musicians perform live, watching a movie, or reading a book. As my passion for a decade has been to be a blogger to have a platform to encourage people in tangible ways, I often was thinking of blogging while I “enjoyed” these products of writing. The very craft I consumed was the craft I wanted to produce. I found myself frustrated, not enjoying these passions in my life. Why? I was not spending my time doing what I value. I value being an impacting writer, but I was not investing my time into this craft. Paul explains this frustration of unmatched time and values: “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do” (Romans 7:15). As you see, I am now using my time to do what I value; being a blogger. Therefore, I am producing tangible results from the time I am investing in that value.

3.  Your vision schedules your time today.

The vision statement for your life guides the way you use your time today, and the way you use your time today determines the stories you tell tomorrow. Without vision, we will wander. King Solomon states this more eloquently: “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18, KJV). I have invested time with God to pray and listen for His vision for my life to glorify Him. I have invested time with a life coach to help me write my vision statement. Now I know the vision for my life. I schedule time every week to write. This allotment of time is in red in my calendar. I’ve learned that it is not effective to schedule “writing” in my weekly calendar and ignore it. I guard that allotment of time now. I write. I’m a blogger. My vision schedules my time.

These truths have motivated the way I manage my time. What considerations have helped you manage your time? What do you want to do differently? Share with us what spurs you on to manage your time.

Please leave a comment and continue the conversation.

3 Benefits of Community

DFW Nav20s Intentional Discipleship Communities

 As the DFW Nav20s Community expands (over ninety twenties), there’s more opportunity for you to be known: to thrive in Christ-centered community; to be equipped and mobilized in the Great Commission “right where YOU are”. Here are three attributes of a DFW Nav20s Intentional Discipleship Community (IDC).  There are three IDCs all over the DFW and another one about to be launched    Also, here are three benefits of anyone living in intentional discipleship community

1. Mission – the Nav20s encourages a young professional in their God-given mission. This is the mission that Jesus empowers  all followers of Christ with:  “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28: 19-20).  In other words, living and discipling among the lost, where you work, live and play. I often share it in this way: Inviting people to live life with you as you live life following Jesus among community.  Who encourages you in living out this mission in your life?
2. Intentionality – Jesus was intentional with everyone He met. The culture we live in bends towards individualism with a deep longing for community. The Nav20s provides intentionality to a young professional,  encouraging him or her to live out their God-given purpose glorifying Jesus with their  God-given gifts, passions and experiences. Who are you being intentional with?  Here Paul is intentional with Timothy equipping Timothy to be intentional with those in his  sphere of influence: “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2).
3. Purpose – God has given us all the purpose to know Christ and to make Him known. Yet
without encouragement and reminders of this purpose we can get sidetracked; even I do as a minister. In the Nav20s, we constantly remind each other of our purpose.  “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24).  How are you striving to know Jesus more and make Him known and being reminded of this daily?
I hope this gives you a better understanding of how the Nav20s serves young professionals. But also this reminded me of how I can serve people I know…
In what ways did this remind you of how you can serve people God has put in your life? (Comment on this blog)

Originally posted 2016-06-27 07:55:04.

4 Ways Philippians Shifts Your Life’s Perspective

DFW Nav20s Intentional Discipleship Communities

SONY DSCThree DFW Nav20s Intentional Discipleship Communities are launched (IDCs) around the DFW.  These sparked in result of the new annual DFW Nav20s Summer Discipleship Training  this past summer.  These trained disciple-makers started IDC’s “right where they are” in Dallas, Ft. Worth and Denton.  The Dallas IDC is diving into a letter Paul wrote in jail encouraging God’s people in Philippi.  Today, in a culture of comfort, reading a letter to encourage others from a jail cell speaks for itself.  Here are a few ways that Philippians should change your life perspective:

Putting life into a purposeful perspective.   Paul writes “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain (Philippians 4:21).”  Paul knows that if he is living, his soul purpose is to glorify Christ.

Putting self into a smaller perspective.  In a Youtube rockstar culture, it is so freeing to think smaller of self like Jesus did so we can love each other well.  “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant (Philippians 2:5-7).”

Putting life in a forward-thinking perspective.  The Good News of Jesus is that He frees us out of dwelling on the past into a Christ-centered future.  “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14).”

Putting our minds in a Christ-centered limitless perspective.  It’s natural to live being swayed and limited by circumstances, but the Good News is that Jesus saved us into His Kingdom. Like His Kingdom, we now cannot be shaken by circumstances, because, like Paul, we live in the truth of being able to do all things through Christ who gives us strength. “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:11-13).”

How has Christ changed your perspective?  How do you impact your circumstances rather than let circumstances impact you?  Let’s continue the conversation by leaving a comment.

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Originally posted 2015-11-11 07:30:25.