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The Gift of Perspective

In the best selling book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Steven Covey says, “Begin with the end in mind.”

(Sorry I don’t recall which habit that is. Probably number two or three.)

In my interpretation, he’s somewhat saying people who live effectively have the ability to project themselves to their death bed and evaluate life from that perspective. Meaning that we value things differently at the end of life as opposed to when we feel like we will live forever.

Pastor and author John Piper sent a tweet a few weeks ago saying something like, “true freedom is doing what you want and not regretting those decisions for a thousand years.” Wow. Now that’s perspective!

Is what you’re doing, deciding or valuing going to stand before the judgment seat of God? Or will your great great great grandchildren be better off, not just materially, but morally and spiritually because the person you chose to become? This past summer, a group of new friends and I decided to share with one another our backgrounds. One guy began his story with six words that I will never forget. He didn’t start with where he was born, nor how his parents met; but started with the life of one of his grandparents and said: “I come from an incredible heritage.”

Now that’s what I pray my grandchildren will say about their background.

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Fulfilling Your Potential vs. Fulfilling Your Calling

Would you say these two are the same thing?

I don’t.

Here are a few reasons. Potential is a concept and measurement of human ability. It normally describes what someone could possibly achieve by accepting every opportunity.

The problem with pure potential fulfillment is that’s its normally looked at thru an earthly perspective, not a heavenly one. Potential says that Michael Jordan could not ‘only’ be a great basketball player, but if retired right at his peak instead coming in and out- he could have trained harder and maybe became an ok major league baseball player – instead of the mediocre minor league player he was. Potential says that your calling is not enough. It says that not only can you do what God wants you to do, but you can do more!! You can ALSO write books by transcribing your sermons. You can ALSO travel every other weekend if invited. You can ALSO get a TV show since hey, you’ve got a huge following, your books are selling, and you need to strike while the fire is hot!!

Seeking to maximize your potential, assumes God needs it in order to work through you. It assumes that your DNA is synonymous with God’s will and plan. It assumes that quantity and quality are the same. Lastly, one who lives totally to fulfill their human potential can turn into a Matthew 7:21 individual who stands before God listing all of their accomplishments for God unbeknowing that they never had an intimate relationship nor received personal instructions. —-/

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The Carpenter Who Built A House Without The Foundation

What does it take to drop a principle or piece of wisdom 12 inches from your head to your heart?

For over a month now and friend and I have been reading the 24 chapters from the book of Luke every week. The first three or four times I really hadn’t got anything from it. I’ve been focusing on finishing the readings as opposed to gaining any insights from it.

Then around my fifth time or so, it’s started challenging me. Last week a certain verse popped out at me and slapped me in the face. I was just telling my sister-n-law about a new mind set I was developing and now I see it’s about 180 degrees off from an admonishment of Jesus!

Oops!? I’ve read this book many other scriptures for years. Some principles I have memorized. Some have been transcribed to my Moleskine. But unfortunately, most haven’t come anywhere near my heart – nor changed the way I live.

In Luke 6, Jesus talks about the carpenter who built a house but didn’t lay any the foundation. He says people who hear Him but don’t change, have structures built on sand and unable to withstand storms. I guess I’ve always assumed since I’ve obeyed the major (imo) sayings of Jesus, I don’t have to sweat every single command.

But now, after a recent storm, I’m peering into my foundation and I see that it’s incredibly thin. It has many unfinished areas, missing parts, and a few fractured sections. In certain departments I’ve talked a good game but haven’t been able to carry the weight of the words to completion. Head-knowledge, quotable quotes, and a life principles are easy to come by. But to live by them – it takes time; it takes meditation, reflection, and lots of repetition.

John Maxwell in Failing Forward says, “you know you’ve learned a lesson when your actions change.” Apostle Paul says, “Godly sorrow brings about behavior modifications.” (My paraphrase).

Tim Story puts learning and growth as going from “revelation, to conviction, to movement.” That until information make us move it will always be vain.

Vanity is sweating, when you should resting. Vanity is living by the slogan: “fake it, til you make it.”

Vanity is building a life with no foundation.