Have you had seasons when your relationships have felt stagnant? I know I have. I’ve even had times where I’ve been downright frustrated or offended in relationships and I’ve been ready to quit. Sometimes it’s my marriage, other times it’s friendships; it has even been with family members.
I’ve recently worked through some new goals with the help of Michael Hyatt. I feel the struggle between “shoot for the stars” and picking goals I know I can accomplish. I hate that tension.
I was recently on a three week research sabbatical and, man, was I ever surprised at how it went. More on this later. In my time and space that I’ve never had the privilege of experiencing before, I was able to make some observations. One of the loudest observations I made is how many social games people play. There”s the typical ‘keeping up with the Jones” stuff and then there’s the ‘I’m going to take people down who have more than I have’ stuff.
If you are, “you are disagreeing with God. Questioning his judgement. Second-guessing his taste. According to him you were ‘skillfully wrought’ (Ps. 139:15). You were ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ (Ps. 139:14). He can’t stop thinking about you! If you could count his thoughts of you, ‘they would be more in number than the sand’ (Ps. 139:18). Why does he love you so much? The same reason the artist loves his paintings or the boat builder loves his vessels. You are his idea. And God has only good ideas. ‘For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago’ (Eph. 2:10 NLT).” – From Max Lucado’s Fearless (Affiliate Link)
Let’s face it: life is busy. I don’t just mean that there’s a lot to do. I mean if you don’t duck fast enough, your over committed life will smack you. In our personal lives, my wife and I have found ourselves asking this question a ton. It’s obviously a lesson we are in the process of learning.
Being married requires your full attention in today’s society. I’m not sure about how this was in the past, but today, it seems more and more that the family unit is under attack. And, while I don’t know from personal experience, I have observed more times than I would have preferred that relationship breakdowns derail every aspect of your life. You cannot possibly stay effective during a divorce. To keep your marriage intact and thriving, I suggest the following.
There’s this weird dichotomy in our culture. Some leaders say things like, “Everyone in your organization is replaceable; even upgradable.” or “Don’t think for a second that person can’t be replaced in an instant with someone better who actually wants to do the work.” Others behave as if they should hand over the keys to the kingdom to their employees because they’re afraid of losing key players. So which is it? Are people replaceable or do we need to avoid turnover at all costs?
Several months ago I was meeting up with a friend who is frequently 5-10 minutes late. It might be traffic or oversleeping. All legitimate reasons, but, late nonetheless. On this particular morning, I went through my normal mental gymnastics deciding whether I should attempt to complete a task before leaving for our meeting, or whether I should leave a couple minutes early.
Recently, I was visiting a great friend of mine, Dr. Mike Porter for my monthly round of Nutrition Response Testing (NRT). NRT is a non-invasive system of analyzing the body to determine the underlying causes of illness and non-optimum health.
While undergoing my testing, he found plastics in my body. I was stunned that he could find this so specifically. Here’s what I learned are the sources for such plastics in my own case. While yours might be different, check this list out:
Warning: I’m going to disclose some information in this post that will be very misleading unless you read the entire article. Enjoy.
It’s no secret that I’m a Christian. I regularly participate in activities that help me grow in my faith. This includes daily prayer and Bible reading, journaling, attending church, meeting with guy friends for accountability, plus more.