Recently, I have been thinking about how routines control our lives. Some routines are great to have in place, but others can be harmful. Something that I have been contemplating is how our spiritual lives involve routines. The discipline of reading the Bible every day is a great routine. However, if you read your Bible just to mark a check next to your schedule’s “to-do-list”, then that is not healthy.
Unfortunately, I believe that this is what occurs in our lives. Instead of reading your Bible for one hour mindlessly, try reading a passage of Scripture for a shorter amount of time and spending time in prayer longer. God desires for us to have a relationship with Him. It is easy to spend more time reading and studying about God rather than spending time with Him.
There is a difference between quality time and quantity time.
Something that I have been focusing on in my life recently is being intentional. It is easy to go through life doing what God wants you to do, but not being intentional about reaching others.
The purpose of this blog and really everything I strive to do is to “Amplify God’s Kingdom”. As Christ followers, we should desire to radically change the kingdom of God.
If you are going to amplify God’s kingdom, you have to be intentional.
- Pray for others
- Look for opportunities others are not willing see
- Challenge yourself and others
- Get involved in things that amplify God’s kingdom
In order to make an impact in the kingdom of God, you have to make it a priority. In other words, it has to be intentional.
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”
We can always grow in this area of our Christian life. It is easy to forget to be intentional sometimes.
A question that encompasses many Christian’s lives: “How do I follow God’s will for my life?”. As Christians, we should desire to stay in God’s will for our lives. If we are truly following Christ, we should have the desire to please and serve Him.
If you are always questioning if what you are doing is God’s will, then how can you serve Him to our absolute best ability? The answer is rather simple: focus on God. This is easy to say, but it is not easy to live out on a daily basis. There are a few things that I have to remind myself of all the time to be able to be assured that I am living out God’s will for my life.
First off, prayer is important. If prayer is not an important part of your life, you can be certain that you are not in God’s will. If you are not on the same wavelength as God, you are not going to make the decisions that He wants you to make.
“Trials are medicines which our gracious and wise Physician prescribes because we need them; and he proportions the frequency and weight of them to what the case requires. Let us trust his skill and thank him for his prescription.”
There is no doubt connecting with others requires energy…and lots of it! In order to have energy to connect, there are some strategies that must be learned.
5 Ways to Use Energy for Connecting
As a leader and a “connector”, we must be willing to take the first step.
It is important to have a plan when you are connecting with someone. It would not be beneficial to you or the other individual if you were not concerned or did not have clarity of mind when trying to connect. It is essential to:
- Know Yourself
- Know Your Audience
- Know Your Stuff
Connecting requires patience. Sometimes, we want to “cut-to-the-chase”. Instead, we should be willing to listen and understand the other person. This is hard to do…especially if there are other things going on!
This concept ties into patience. We need to be concerned about the other person (not our desires) if we are going to connect. Ever been with someone who only talks about himself? You certainly do not want to be this individual if you are trying to connect!
This post was originally a guest post that I wrote a few months ago.
Connecting with others on a deep level is a skill. Although some can do it more easily than others, it must be developed. Energy is important in connecting.
In one of John C. Maxwell’s books, he explains some tips involved in having others listen to you.
5 Things that Cause Someone to Listen
- Relationships- Who you know
- Insight-What you know
- Success-What you have done
- Ability-What you can do
- Sacrifice-What you have lived
The five points mentioned above are really the five “pillars” of what causes someone to listen. Although they are all essential, I think that the most important of the five is sacrifice.
Great connectors must meet the other individual(s) on common ground. It is all about the other person. This obviously requires energy. John mentions that “It’s difficult to find common ground with others when the only person you are focused on is yourself.”
I can’t agree more!
One of the things that I have learned about from switching to a self-hosted wordpress platform is plugins. These can be viewed as applications for your website. When I first set up my website, I was completely lost on what plugins are necessary to download. If you have too many, it can slow down your site considerably. On the other free blogging platforms such as blogger and wordpress.com, plugins are not available. However, plugins are necessary for any self-hosted blog or website.
I have received a few questions and emails from several people in the last few months about plugins, so I thought that I would list some of the ones I am using:
Askimet- This plugin is responsible for blocking unwanted spam from your website’s comments. A must have! It is totally free!
All in One SEO Pack- This plugin helps bring a whole new SEO experience to your blog. I highly recommend having it!
Disqus- The commenting system that I have on my site. I talk more about it here!
I have always been a golf enthusiast. Every chance I get to play, I am out on the course. There are a few things about golf that are essential to play a great game: endurance, management, and mentality. There is no doubt that each of these qualities (or practices) are necessary for playing a strong game. The same applies to our Christian life. In order to stand strong as a Christian, the qualities of endurance, management, and mentality must be present. These qualities must be developed.
In golf, physical endurance is key. If you are not physically in shape, playing golf will be pure torture. Of course, you can always get a cart and ride, but that is not true golf! You have to walk to get the full experience!
The Christian life brings many challenges. You have to be physically in shape to be a strong ambassador for Christ. When time in the Word is forsaken, our physical endurance can quickly become diminished.