I Love Lists

Now, before you jump to conclusions and label me dysfunctional,  a fighting fundamentalist,  or something worse, allow me to explain.

First of all, In the way I live and steward my life, I am a firm believer in "Prioritized Do Lists." Every single day I make a list of what I believe He would have me do on that day and work my way through the  list; praying for insight, focus, flexibility and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.

For more insight on this, visit "Priority Management Tips" in the articles section.

Secondly, God's Word is loaded with "Lists."  Here are a few passages that contain lists of essential qualities that we are to pursue with His help and enabling:

Galatians 5: 19-22~ A list of both the works of the flesh and the fruit of the spirit

I Timothy 3: 2-7~A list of qualifications  for a church elder

2 Peter 1: 5-7~ A list of attributes to pursue with the accompanying promise that if we do so we will never fall; that got my attention pretty quick.

Col 3:12~A  list that I am currently praying and meditating over; asking Jesus to empower me to have these qualities in my life: Compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience

I love lists in God's word because they give me some things to pray over and work toward.  I don't believe the Lord put these lists (and dozens of others such as the ten commandments) in His Word for my reading pleasure but so that I would be transformed and live out the attributes listed.

Perhaps one of my favorite lists (as it is rendered in Eugene Peterson's The Message) is Matthew 22:16  where the Pharisees pay Jesus a complement by saying, "Teacher we know:

  • You have integrity
  • Teach the way of God accurately
  • Are indifferent to popular opinion
  • Don't pander to your students

Wow!  As I teach, lead and love people, I want to be like Jesus as described in this list.

Now there are lists I don't like. These are the lists that people create of what they won't do and then take such lists and make them a measuring stick for other people.

You know what I am talking about.  During  48 years of following Jesus,  I have see these "Don't Lists" come and go; don't play cards, dance, go to movies, work on Sunday, wear make up, listen to certain kinds of music, etc. God's lists are good and man's lists are ...well just that; man's lists



Living life Out Loud

I can't remember where I first ran across this idea of "Living Life Out loud;" living with abandon,not holding back or holding in, but  simply being myself and not apologizing for it..

II Samuel 6:21 in the New Living translation says, " I am willing to act like a fool in order to show my joy in the Lord." This was King David's response to being criticized by his wife for showing some unbridled joy. This verse motivates me to not live in a box, be confined to one swimming lane predetermined by other people, dance to other people's music. 

It doesn't mean being arrogant, full of myself, having an independent spirit or not being teachable; but it  does mean simply being whom God made me to be and lving it out without fear of what others might say or think. Too much of my life has been spent in trying to keep everybody happy and missing the real me created by Jesus Christ. It was Bill Cosby who said, "I don't know what the secret to success is, but I do know what the secret to failure is and that's trying to keep everybody happy."


I Need These Three

Just like you, I, at times, get tired of: Five ways to this; seven steps to that; the three most important things you need to know. Having said that, allow me to suggest three things I have been thinking about that I personally am in desperate need of  if I am to finish my race well and not take the Humpty Dumpty fall. My sense is that most people I know are overwhelmed and over committed; trying to do too much and traveling too fast. These help me with perspective and pacing.

I need:

  • Personal renewal times that replenish me
  • Personal relationships that protect me
  • Personal  systems that organize and focus me



Making God Laugh

Yesterday In reading a blog,  I read "If you want to make God laugh, tell Him about your plans."

I asked a co-worker what came to mind when I shared it with him.  His response was along the lines of making our own plans and being independent of the Lord.  My initial thought was that so many times my plans are too small with very little God-size vision.

What thoughts come to your mind when you read, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans?"


Jesus' resurrection and 2nd coming

Phil 3: 20,21 ESV

"But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself"

Jesus, I was think this morning about the Resurrection that provides power and the 2nd coming that provides accountability. Two enormous aspects of You that should daily and constantly influence the way I think, live, minister and pray

You died to provide forgiveness and a new life. You rose to provide power over sin, you are coming again the thought of which inspires and motivates and gives me perspective and good accountability. Luther's idea of living as if Jesus died yesterday, rose today and is coming again tomorrow.

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