Write It Down

 

taking notesIf I will write something down, I have a better chance of actually remembering it. I can definitely tell that my memory needs some support, as I grow older. I am a huge fan of Evernote, one of the best apps for keeping up with stuff I want to remember. I can’t remember the actual first day that I started writing this blog after spending some time with the Lord in His Word. I can say that taking the time to write down what the Lord is saying to me through His Word had been life changing for me. I have greater clarity when I write this down.

Even at the turn of a New Year, I think there is great value in writing down highlights of where I’ve been and where I’m going. I really want to stay sharp and on point with my life. It really helps to write down priorities and goals.

The Lord has the wisdom faucet turned on as Moses is imparting wisdom and solid teaching to the people of Israel prior to their conquest of the Promised Land. He was reminding them of how critical it is for them to follow the Lord personally and to teach their children and grand children about the incredible Love and Presence of God in their lives. Check this out…

18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the door-frames of your houses and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth. (Deuteronomy 11:18-21 NIV)

I believe there is great value in having a Bible verse printed on a plague to remind me of the promises of God. I think it’s valuable for me to put in writing because then it’s not just a concept, thought or an idea. For me to write it down makes is something tangible and concrete (even though it might be digital at the time) – it takes the idea or thought and makes it more tangible and relatable. (I’m actually having a hard time “writing” about this concept of writing down things that really matter.

I love the fact that the Lord wanted the parents to teach their children about their journey. He wanted them to make it a topic of conversation as they were walking along the road (riding bikes), sitting down to breakfast or at bedtime. He suggested writing in on the doorframes of the house. I can so tell that teaching these truths to children were a priority. I can do more teaching with my life than writing an ocean full of books on the subject. I do want to live out my faith even as I write about it.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Getting Old

Elderly man prayingI probably shouldn’t say “I’m getting old” – the fact is that “OLD” is a relative term. Some people would say you’re only as old as you feel. That’s not necessarily true, but some age more gracefully than others. On most days I “feel” pretty young. On other days I feel older than my parents.  If I’m old then that means people older than me are really old.  I’m really pretty thankful to have lived a good life to this point. I think it was somewhere in my early 40’s that getting old became a sobering thought. I realized that life was really like a vapor or mist. I have heard it said that, “I’d rather make my days count, than to count my days.” Paul says something like that to the church at Corinth. Check this out….

7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.(2 Corinthians 4:7-10; 16-18 NIV)

 

I want to be strong and faithful in the face of temptation.

I want to honor God with all my choices today and the rest of my days.

I want to lean on the Lord no matter if things are good or bad.

I want to be a positive influence for the Lord to others along this journey.

I want to have a positive attitude no matter what circumstances I’m in.

I want to love deeply because I’m loved beyond describing.

I want my faith in God to be clearly seen in how I live my life.

I want to live for what is eternal not the temporary things I see.

 

Living with the end in mind sure can keep me focused on Who and What really matters.

 

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Focused

FieldThere are times when my eyesight frustrates me. I am a mono-vision person. I have one eye for reading up close and the other eye for seeing far away. I recently renewed my driver’s license and as I was doing the eye exam part, I realized I couldn’t get the numbers to focus. The examiner explained to me that mono vision would not work. It felt like someone was trying to focus a movie on a projector that wouldn’t focus.  Some days, my work feels just like that. I can’t seem to keep focused on the task at hand. Distractions pull me away. I recently made a concerted effort to start daily goal setting and writing down a task list to keep me moving forward each day. It has made a huge difference in my productivity.

The church at Corinth had issues with focusing on the wrong things. Paul really calls them out regarding the resurrection of Jesus. They became distracted on this very important topic and couldn’t seem to focus on what was important. He speaks clearly to them about the most important part of our belief system. Check this out….

16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:16-22,58 NIV)

 

I want to focus on my task list for today, but I also want to keep my eye on the Big Picture of eternity. The things I do and the choices I make today have significance upon my eternal life. I want to focus on the things that Christ puts on my heart today. I want to honor Him writing listing contracts, showing houses, or my activities as a broker. I want to focus on Him first and then all the other activities and tasks will find their place.

Pressing On!
Dwayne