It’s been a longer break than I expected. Those two weeks of focused reflection and decompressing stretched into a couple months of rebalancing and pondering my core mission, ie the path of life.
In prov 5:6 we read about the harlot who does not ponder the way of life and she wanders through life without evening knowing it. But in Ps 16:11 we see our loving Father showing us the path of life, full of joy and rest.
How often do I, we, find ourselves doing the same thing as the harlot instead of looking to our loving Father? Do we consider the path of life? That we are here but only for a short time and then we sleep? What is it that God has designed you for? What is your core mission?
J.H. Howett in an excerpt from Yale Lectures on Preaching says:
I have a conviction that no sermon is ready for preaching, not ready for writing out, until we can express its theme in a short, pregnant sentence as clear as crystal. I find the getting of that sentence is the hardest, most exacting, and the most fruitful labor in my study.
What is that clear sentence God has given you and called you to?
Today I’m asking myself these questions:
Core: How am I entering into God’s restorative love, life and action today?
- How am I drawing my wife and children into relationship?
- How am I serving those in my neighborhood and community?
- How am I resting in Christ for His provision and timing?
- How am I walking in His Spirit today, going where He leads and nothing more?
These questions give me pause and help me stay in His rest along the path of life, focused and not wandering.
The past 3 months, I spent time doing:
- morning coffee and devotion with my wife
- 5 week RV trip with my family
- launching an online store and business, building relationships with influencers
- Writing an investor pitch for a potential significant business
- Learning how to write better copy from one of the world’s best copywriters
- Taking my son with me to business meetings
What I liked about the past 3 months:
- The amount of time I’ve had at home with my wife and children
- Ability to invest in myself and my family
- Losing 15 lbs (on my way to losing 20-25)
- Settling in to our new home in Spokane
- Regularly seeing my parents and family here in Spokane