Just Dive In Already!

I’ve noticed a dangerous combination in my personality – maybe you’re the same.

For one, I love to learn how to do things the right way. I love reading and thinking and talking and perfecting my methods. I love looking for different perspectives and digging deep into my interests.

I also really don’t like to fail. I don’t like launching into something and sputtering out. What’s the point, I tell myself, in tackling something if I’m not going to see it through successfully?

When these two thoughts mix together, the end result is paralysis. I don’t actually start doing anything until I’ve assured myself that I know everything that I could possibly need to know.

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Reminder: You May Die Tonight

I was excited about meeting Adam.

He and his wife had just joined our church two or three weeks ago and were interested in becoming part of the class I teach for young married couples. Many of my friends told me about the tremendous ways God had moved and was moving in his life.

I showed up to church yesterday expecting to shake Adam’s hand and welcome him to our class.

But on Friday, he died.

At age 25.

I heard it was an aneurysm: sudden and without warning.
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The Real Reason for Poor Stewardship

“If only I could figure out a good system to get organized, then I could finally move towards being a good steward of my time…”
“I’m not really managing my time well right now – but as soon as I get out of this rough patch in my life…”
“I’m going to start taking my time seriously…starting soon, real soon…really…”

Sound familiar?

It does to me. I’m pretty good at finding reasons to justify my complacency.

Like take this morning. I overslept. And in my fleshly mind, I had a good reason! I have a 5-month old baby that has a real set of lungs on him when he gets crying. But when I woke up naturally at 6 AM, I knew I should get out of bed – I just ignored my conscience and hit my pillow again.

Maybe you think you’ve got your own reasons for struggling with being a good steward. You don’t have a good system. Now is not a good time. You don’t know enough.

But Jesus tells us what the real reason is.

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Don’t Forget the Power of Small Changes

A few years ago, I was watching a documentary about the science behind Lance Armstrong and his cycling gear. Through analysis in a wind tunnel, Armstrong’s team was able to make minor tweaks to his uniform and positioning in order to drastically improve his performance.

Just by changing his helmet (which was already top of the line), they estimated they improved his time by 23 seconds. Sit back and watch 23 seconds go by on the clock – that incredible difference was made by just tweaking his helmet!

It was one small change – but over miles and miles, it had a great effect.

Small changes add up. But yet, we so often neglect this concept.

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Failures Love God More

So maybe you’ve blown the past hour: you just couldn’t remain focused and ended up wasting more time than you’d care to admit.

Maybe you blew the past day. Or year.

God has a greater plan for your failure.
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Thank God for Failure

A little while ago, I had the God-sized vision of growing the bible study class I teach from 10 to 62 people in a year.

But I bombed. A year went by and the class attendance only got about halfway there.

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Hello, My Name Is…

Let me just start right out the gate by saying that I struggle with being a good steward of my time.

And by struggle, I mean fail. Hard. Repeatedly.

I don’t say that in a cutesy way. I really mean that if you could watch a video compilation of my wasted moments, you’d think I was the last person on the planet that should have a blog about time stewardship.

I don’t even want to think about all the time I’ve wasted channel flipping, playing internet spades, aimlessly web browsing, and doing stupid task after stupid task in order to procrastinate.
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Know When to Be on Guard

One of the greatest assets you can develop in time stewardship is taking a good, hard, realistic look at yourself. Be aware of your general strengths and weaknesses, but also be attentive to the small details.

For instance: Know when to be on guard.

A struggling alcoholic knows to be on guard when he drives past a bar he used to frequent. A dieter knows to be on guard at a Christmas party with loads and loads of desserts.

It’s the same for us as we focus on redeeming the time and making the most of every minute that God has entrusted to us. Know your particular weaknesses.

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What’s the Missing Ingredient in Your Time Stewardship?

Time Stewardship Soup
Being an effective steward of our time can be difficult on a day-to-day basis.
But the formula for effective stewardship is about as easy as it gets. So why do we keep messing up?

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Fighting for the Best Seat

Luke 14:7-11
7Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, 8“When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, 9and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. 11For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

The first time I read this passage, I missed the true meaning.
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