• Ready! Aim! Fire!

    It is said that the world is filled with (at least) three different types of people. The three types are those that live by the practice of: Ready. Aim. Fire.                 Ready. Fire. Aim.                 Ready. Aim. Aim. Aim. Aim. Fire. Frankly, for a larger part of my life I have been closer to the last group of people than the others. That means it probably would not surprise you to know that I am an Enneagram 1. But I am finding myself far less trapped by the need to be perfect as I used to be. Perhaps it is age. Perhaps it is wisdom. But it is certainly realizing…

  • Aiming for More

    What are some of the important markers in your life? Maybe it is a wedding day or the birth of a child or children. For others, it might be related to a move, a new job, or some other significant change. For others, those markers relate to health matters, or a tragic event like the loss of a loved one. Whatever it is, we all have markers in our life. For me, one of those markers has never been birthdays. But this year is different. 50 years ago today, I was born. I don’t say that to have any birthday wishes come my way. I say it because it is…

  • Stepping Out of the Hamster Wheel

    How is your life progressing? How do you measure that progress? Perhaps for the day-to-day, you use a calendar and a to-do list. I know I do. Frankly, I do not know how I would properly function without knowing where I am to be, what time I am to be there, and what I am to do. However, clicking (or checking) off a list of tasks and keeping appointments does not make for a full life. We may be productive, but are we effective? (I have long argued for effectiveness over productivity and efficiency, although each of the latter are important.) And if we are effective, what is the benefit?…

  • Surrender

    What comes to mind when you hear the word surrender? For me, I usually think of defeat. I think of a weaker opponent yielding to a strong opponent. Sometimes I want the surrender to happen before it actually does. For instance, consider one team being badly beaten by another team, but the game not being ready to end because of the time left, or the innings remaining, etc. (I did actually witness a team walk off the field in the middle of an inning once because of how bad the other team was winning – that image has stuck with me for over 30 years). But could surrender be good?…

  • Personal Sabbath Update

    Allow me the opportunity to provide a personal update of my first three weeks of taking a Sabbath. While recording this update here provides me an opportunity to reflect on my experience, my primary goal is to encourage others as I record my own thoughts in a journal. I am taking this opportunity to provide an update because I am approximately halfway through this journey to discover and employ a Sabbath in my life. My first post on the need for rest was in late February and I will finish reading my first book on Sabbath at the end of June. Thus, this is about the midpoint and is a…

  • Rhythm

    Rhythm. What comes to mind when you hear that word? For some it will be music. For others it will be nature. For others it may be life itself. And the reality is that all of those answers are correct – and, in one sense, the same. As I focus on the idea of Sabbath during this season, I am reading a book to help guide my thoughts and give me ideas. The book that I am reading is called Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives. It was written by Wayne Muller. Some who read this book may be turned off because it is not truly…

  • Remember the Sabbath

    Can you name the Ten Commandments? In order? Don’t worry, I am not going to ask you to confess whether you did or not. The truth is that many people (particularly Christians) talk about the Commandments, but that doesn’t mean that they know them. But here is something I bet many people who know a few of the Commandments will know. What are the first two words of most of the Ten Commandments. “You shall…” Of the ten, eight start with “You shall…” Seven of those eight begin with “You shall not…” The eighth says “You shall have no…” which has the same effective meaning.* The other two are: Honor…

  • Slowing Down the STEPS Toward Sabbath

    “There is more to life than merely increasing its speed.” Gandhi How appropriate those words are! And they were spoken decades ago before the pace of life began to accelerate even further. Of course, now, in the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic, life has slowed down in many ways for many people. For some, the pace has come to a halt. While my pace has not slowed down yet, I continue to make progress toward that goal. Lord willing, on Saturday (the day after this post is published), I will realize my first Sabbath. In fact, it will be my first day without working since January 13, 2019 (over…

  • When Strategy and Sabbath Overlap

    “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” – Peter Drucker Well, the coronavirus has impacted our culture greatly and thus impacted many plans and strategies along the way. The Bible says a great deal about making plans. A few examples would be: The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. – Proverbs 16.9 Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established. – Proverbs 16.3 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” – yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What…

  • God’s Provision Includes Rest

    Are you worked up over COVID-19? Some are more than others. On the one hand, some are being arrogant and irresponsible. On the other hand, some are letting fear control their every decision – or worse yet, are letting fear keep them from making any decisions. As we continue to work through the COVID-19 challenge, I am reminded how important having a personal strategy is. If you have read my blog for a number of years, you may remember an entire series I did on the 4Ls back in 2017 on another site. Overall, I break my thoughts into my vision, my mission, my strategy, and my steps. As I…