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Feature Friday (04/19/19)

It is the seemingly automatic response from so many I interact with these days. By simply asking the question, “how’s it going?”, the reply rarely varies. It comes from business executives, local law enforcement officers, traveling salesmen, stay at home moms, college students, and retirees. No matter what people do or where they do it, the feeling of each individual is the same…”BUSY”!

The ironic part is, for how irritated the response makes me, I find myself saying it all too often. Why is that? Why are we all feeling so busy, rushed, and overloaded? It seems I never have enough time to get done everything on my list, let alone have a desire to do. Yet I see other leaders getting done the important items every day.

While there are many reasons why we “cannot” get done certain things through the day, week or month there are at least “7 Things The Smartest Leaders Always Make Time For” that I am seeking to make time for each day as well. Carey Nieuwhof’s article is quite convicting, which is why I think he is on to something.

While we are all busy with many things this weekend. I pray and ask that you take time to pause, reflect, rejoice, and celebrate that there was someone who had infinitely more importance to His work, yet remained focused on His main task at hand almost 2,000 years ago. Jesus Christ had the entire world to sustain and uphold, yet He left His seat in heaven came to earth, lived the perfect life, was rejected, ridiculed, falsely accused, beaten, and crucified. He did all this so that we could know Him and spend eternity with Him rather than separated from Him by our sin.

Enjoy the article as always, but even more so this weekend, be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day to celebrate the greatest work God has ever done to set us free from our sin and give us hope of eternal life.

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Welcome to 2015!

IMG_0280A new day, a new week, a new month, a new year, and for me a new baby girl…new places to go, new people to get to know, new tasks to accomplish and the ever so infamous new goals. Yep, it’s that time of year again. A time to evaluate the past, look to the future, and resolve to do it in the present. With every new year come several new resolutions we would like to commit to. However, rarely do these goals get accomplished unless they are planned for in a S.M.A.R.T. way. So as you commit to your resolutions this year here are 5 simple tips to accomplishing your goals.

S – Specific. Goals must be stated in a specific manner. Too often the goals I make I fail to meet not because they are bad goals, but simply because they were not specific enough. Instead of saying I will go to the gym more, I must commit to going to the gym X amount of times or on certain days.

M – Measurable. Resolutions must also be measurable. When I make a resolution that is impossible or difficult to measure I am bound to fail. So instead of stating that I will spend more time in prayer this coming year, I should commit to praying every day for 15 minutes.

A – Attainable. The aims we make each new year must be attainable. While I would like to think I can do it all, I must be realistic and recognize my own limitations and the limitations of my life. In place of aiming to workout everyday of the year when I the past year I only worked out 3 times a week, a more attainable aim of working out 4 times a week would be best.stuck-on-repeat1

R – Repeatable. Goals should be broken down to repeatable tasks. When making year long goals we rarely will be able to keep ourselves accountable in the long run if the goal is not repeatable throughout the year. So to replace that goal of working out more this year, I must state it as a repeatable tasks such as working out 3 times a week throughout the year.

T – Time Sensitive. Resolutions must be time-sensitive. The old adage holds true, “if it were not for the last minute, nothing would get done.” In a world of procrastination, without a deadline nothing is accomplished. Instead of resolving to read through the entire Bible this year, a better resolve to accomplish the same goal would be to read X chapters of the Bible each day or week.

Let’s be honest, while we all want to accomplish every goal we set out to do, the reality is not every one of our goals will be accomplished. However, with better planning and S.M.A.R.T.er goals more of those resolutions will come to fruition.Hands Holding a Seedling and Soil

Here is to a new year, new adventure, and new resolutions!

Make sure to stop by every Monday and Friday here at Preacherontherun because a resolution of mine this year is to have a creative post every Monday and a collective post every Friday.

Until Next Time!

Resolved 2014

2014-resolutionsIt’s inevitable–this time of year between December 25 and January 1 is filled with conversations, blogs, emails, tweets, posts, etc., all dealing with New Year’s Resolutions. And truth be told, most of these resolutions are not bad; rather, they are pretty good ideas and attempts at change. Actually, according to TIME’s “Top Ten Commonly Broken New Years Resolutions” the list looks pretty good. But let’s be honest, this year after year after year repetition of resolutions and failed outcomes gets old. So what should we do? We have two options: 1) quit or 2) make better resolutions. I want to give 5 simple tips to making better resolutions, and then one suggestion for a resolution every Christian should make this next year. Instead of giving up, this year why not make S.M.A.R.T. (er) resolutions.

SPECIFIC – A goal that is vague and undefined is exactly the kind of goal we not only fail at, but often don’t even know if we met or not. So in making resolutions this year, make them specific. Instead of saying, “I will workout more”, state, “I will run 2 times a week”.

MEASURABLE – Another problem with resolution making and keeping is that we have no standard or rule by which to measure our success. If we take our first example again, “I will workout more”, what is “more” compared to…more than yesterday, more than last week, more than my sister? Replace immeasurable goals, with measurable ones. State the resolution like this, “I will run 2 times a week”. It gives you a measure by which to judge yourself (2 times).

ATTAINABLE – This is the area where most of us fall short–we set goals that are not attainable for us. In our example, “I will run 2 times a week”, the number of times a week is our judge of attainability. How much did we run last year? If we did not run at all, then saying we will run 2 times a week may be a little much. So instead, you may want to bump that “workout more” to “walk/run 2 times a week”. That seems a little more realistic at least at the start of the year and when you find your stamina improve then re-tweak the resolution to the “run 2 times a week”.

stuck-on-repeat1REPEATABLE – If you have the specific, measurable, and attainable aspect of a resolution in place, yet still fail, it may be due to the repetition of the goal. Often goals are mentioned as “I will workout more this year”. But two months into the year, when the monkey seems to jump on your back, work commitments get larger, and time becomes tighter, the end of the year can feel far away. So instead make the yearly goal repeatable and able to be evaluated throughout the year. Again, state the goal as “I will run 2 times a week this year”. It gives you a weekly evaluation point and something that is repeatable throughout the year.

TIME SENSITIVE – This aspect is similar to our last one. We often do not give ourselves deadlines within the year. So instead of “I will workout more this year” write the resolution down as “I will run 2 times a week this year”. This gives us a deadline to hit, not once a year, but once every week throughout the year, making success come much more often, and a resolve to continue much more of a reality.

So what kind of S.M.A.R.T. resolution should I make? If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, let me make one suggestion. You should endeavor to make Bible reading/study a resolution for 2014. Why? Love for God’s Word and abiding in it is a sign of a true believer (John 8:31-32). Romans 8 tells us that if we are in Christ we have been set free from sin, yet in the Christian life this side of heaven, our lives feel like anything, but free from sin. But Jesus tells us, if we want to be free, know the truth (John 8:32). Working backwards, He then says if you know the truth, you are my disciples and if you are my disciples you will abide in my word (John 8:31). So make a resolution this year, as a true disciple of Jesus Christ, to abide in His word. But be sure to make it S.M.A.R.T!Jonah

Just as an added bonus: check out this article for other great resolution ideas for 2014!

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