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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

ONE THING

dennis and i wrote this blog for the new year. blessings to all!

ONE THING


New Year’s celebrations are about optimism and hope, desire and dreams.

·      This year will be better.
·      This year will be different. 
·      This year will be successful.
·      This will be my best year! 
·      Something will change.
·      I will change.

 Isn’t that the way almost every year begins?

And yet…it most often turns out just like last year. The new years’ optimism gives way to 
the new years disappointment. It’s almost like climbing a hill. “I didn't make it all the 
way up this year, so in January let’s try again.”

Here are the most poplar New Year’s resolutions on the generic list;

·      lose weight
·      quit smoking
·      get a better education
·      get a better job
·      make/save more money
·      get fit
·      eat healthy food
·      manage stress
·      manage debt
·      take a trip
·      reduce, reuse and recycle
·      drink less alcohol

Add a few spiritual ones for us Jesus-followers, like:

read my Bible every day
go to church more often
get involved in ministry
pray more
start tithing

…and you can probably add several more to your personal list that you hope for and 
intend to do.

Folks, it likely won’t happen…at least not through some new year’s resolution or 
hopeful goal decided emotionally or out of desperation.

So what should you do in 2015?

Before you can do anything about the future you have to think through why you 
want to do that or why that change is necessary.

·      Goals based upon guilt are always weak.

·      Goals built on desperation lack the logical plans necessary for change.

·      Goals based upon pure optimism usually don't have enough commitment 
for us to follow through on.

It is virtually impossible to consistently do anything that is inconsistent with your character
You actually don’t have a problem; YOU are the problem. 
THE NEED FOR CHANGE IS YOU. 
You cannot separate where you are in life from what you are in life.

This is a sobering thought. Something has to change about me to change 
what I will be and what I will do do next year.

If you really want a year that is better and different from last year, 
give some thought to the following:

1.     DEFINE THE PROBLEM.

What was wrong with 2014 that needs to change in 2015?
Most important, Why do I want this to change?

Normally we make a goal for change because we are dissatisfied with the present. 
Why are you dissatisfied with today or 2014? Why exactly are you wanting to change? 
The problem is….. I need to…… because ….. I want to….Why? 
What is in my heart that has brought me to this place where I need to change?

2.         DEFINE THE ONE DREAM

I too have made lists. Truthfully, the longer the list the more certain you’ll fail. 
Just pick something you are passionate about- just one thing. 
One goal, one passion, one need and give that some thought, planning and prayer. 
One of the simplest definitions of success I’ve ever heard is, “Find a need and fill it.” 
– even just one. Modern media has increased our distractions. To some extent 
we are restless when not multitasking. However accomplishment actually decreases 
when we run in 
multiple directions. You’ve got to start with one thing.

3.         MAKE A PLAN TO FIGHT THE INERTIA.

Make some reasonable steps to get there. Let’s be realistic here. Resolutions, 
goals, and  objectives are all about change. Change is so very difficult because 
inertia is against us. If change was easy we’d all be changing for the good every day. 
I suggest you confide in a strong friend/spouse/co worker and form a partnership. 
Get an accountability partner. Share with them your resolution/goal/dream and 
ask them to ask you regularly if you are doing as you said you would.

4.         WRITE IT DOWN. SET AN ALARM ON YOUR PHONE.

If your goal is to “get a better education”, make some steps to get there now and put those 
steps in your calendar. Make phone calls. Fill out applications. Buy some books. 
Take action.

If it’s “to eat healthier”, get up off your chair, go to your kitchen right now and throw 
all the junk out. I’M NOT KIDDING. Never buy that junk again.

If it’s “read my Bible through”, schedule it, starting today, and stay with the same time 
every day.

Do something about ONE thing. This calendar idea may be the big secret to help you. 
A small daily change can produce big results over the long term.  As they say, “baby steps…
baby steps…”

Actually if your ONE THING doesn’t somehow get into your daily routine, 
nothing will change. You’ll be overwhelmed by the habits of the past.

 Do you feel lie you’ve got too many things that need to change this year? Don’t we all!  
Just one thing at a time! The Apostle Paul said, “This one thing I do...” King David said, 
One thing have I desired of the Lord…” They got it. The one thing!

5.         DITCH THE EMOTIONS; THINK IT THROUGH.

Engage your brain. Your feelings will come and go. Rationally, do you want to do this 
ONE THING? Needing to do this does not mean as much as wanting to do this. 
There is only one way in the world to get anyone to consistently do anything- they 
have to want to do it.


So what should you do in 2015?

Just ONE thing well.

ONE thing passionately.  

ONE thing consistently.  

ONE thing differently.

For ONE year.

One success is much better than a hundred noble objectives that you have 
neither the ability, time nor discipline to accomplish.

ONE THING!


Happy New Year!





Friday, December 19, 2014

transient

meditating tonight of a baby, falling from a golden heaven into a young girl's womb, birthed precipitately in a barn filled with quiet animals, living transient,homeless, and poverty-stricken in this world... and calling me- gently- to do the same.


"He did not have a house where He could go
When it was night- when other men went down
Small streets where children watched with eager eyes,
Each one assured of shelter in the town,
The Christ sought refuge anywhere at all:
A house, an inn, the roadside, or a stall!

He borrowed the boat in which He rode that day
He talked to throngs along the Eastern lake;
It was a rented room to which He called
The chosen twelve the night He bade them break
The loaf with Him, and He rode, unafraid,
Another's colt in that triumph-parade.

A man from Arimathea had a tomb
Where Christ was placed when nails had done their deed.
Not ever in the crowded days He knew,
Did He have coins to satisfy a need.
They should not matter, these small thing I crave.
Make me forget them, Father, and be brave!"


-"The Transient", Helen Welshimer.


Saturday, December 6, 2014

finding me

if  you stood of the deck of a little boat
that was tossing and rolling at sea
and you took a pair of binoculars
and began to look for me

you would find that your eyes looked carefully
and adjusting the focus, you’d see
past the beach, through the city, and over the lakes
to the hills where I might be

to the distant hills and the mighty trees
to a little perch at the top
where a cozy house sits jauntily
and there your eyes might stop

for there, past the cities,
over the lakes,
in the wind that comes from the sea
you would find a little house on the hill
and there, you would find me.

Monday, December 1, 2014

falling into Christmas

this year, as always

i pray for peace

for stillness

for moments, hours
that are deep and throbbing with meaning

eschewing busy-ness
i stay away from lights
and noise

i pray more
i sing more
i read more

i stand in the Presence
still
and wait to hear
wait to speak

i watch the world
careening into chaos
and wish for all the hearts
that do not know
the PRINCE
to sense deep down
the voice
that echoes
EDEN

i fall into the whiteness
memories of cold
memories of dancing flames
in the fieldstone fireplace

memories
surfacing among the palms
that surround me now

remembering
that the day was special
back then
not because of presents
but because we were together

falling into Christmas