Saturday, April 9, 2011

GPS UPDATE NEEDED

The GPS systems that have come out in recent years are great but there is one little catch with the earlier models.  You had to go online to download updates to the maps and many times, the companies wanted to charge you about as much for the map update and they did for the original GPS unit.  I think many times our individual lives can be the same way.

YOUR DESTINATION
Sometimes I think we can be so focused on where we are going we lose track of how we go about getting there.  In the last 7 months, there have been EXTREMELY DRAMATIC changes in my life.  Commitment to my work for God, changing jobs, tackling some health issues and dealing with helping family members that look to me for help.  Really, for the last 30 years I have felt as though I knew "where" I was going with my life and for the most part, how I was going to get there.  But, I have to admit, the last 7 months have been the "map update" that I had not anticipated.  My destination is the same, but how I am getting there has somewhat changed.

GOD FIRST 
For the last 30 years of my life, I said God was first.  When I looked closer at my actions, I am not sure that I can say that He has been.  Not to say I have done anything bad or wrong as we as Christians would see bad or wrong but God just has not gotten the attention He desired and deserved.  I also think God expects a lot from me as He does from all of us.  The bible says, "all things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose," Romans 8:28.  While I have certainly loved Him and was called by Him, my actions have been more about my purpose than His purpose.  I think we should all examine our lives and see what our purpose is today.

A NEW MAP
In all that has happen over the last 7 months, God gave me a new GPS.  It has lifetime map updates much like the new units you can buy in stores today.  He started with getting my attention in a way that I could understand.  He helped me to see what I could not see by myself.  He helped me to see that I was putting other things before Him and the time that He wanted and deserved from ME He was going to get.  It brought about some very humbling experiences for me in the last 7 months.  It made me realize pride, ego, internal self-arrogance and self-will can get in the way of being what God wants me to be.  It made me realize that the only way my life here on earth would be fulfilling was to absolutely put God first.  Matthew 6:24 says you can't serve two master, you either choose God and service to Him or you choose service to the ways of man and yourself.  God has the map I need and that you need, it is His word the Bible.  The destination we all desire is heaven and the only way to get there is through God and His word.  My map or your map won't work.  Things of this world will go away (Matt. 6:19-20) but God wants us to spend eternity with Him.  I am trying to better follow Him with my GPS and use the lifetime update maps that can only be found in the Bible, His word.  Make sure your direction is the way He would have you go no matter what changes you need to make in your life today to make God pleased with you.  While the changes might be a challenge, the short and long-term benefits are unmeasurable.    

THE BARRIER IS ME


Well, I am trying to get back on the horse again.  I have gotten behind with my writing over the course of the last 30 days.  I could make lots of excuses about lots of things that got in the way of the writing but the bottom-line would be I just haven’t gotten it done.  So that is what this writing is all about, getting in the way of yourself. 

PRO-CRASTINATION
The origin of the word is from the late 16th century.  The building blocks of the word are a combination of “deferring until tomorrow” or “waiting until tomorrow”.  Unfortunately, when we procrastinate, we usually don’t get back on the job with whatever  the task, job, goal or whatever it is until something happens to create pressure directed at the “deferred action”.  I have talked some about procrastination before, even recently and I think it is a big problem for all of us.  The goal here should be, “choose not to defer”. 

LOOK NO FURTHER
Really, when things get put off, we can’t really look any further than ourselves.  We many times (almost always) want to blame someone, something or circumstances for our, “delay of action” but the reality is look in the mirror.  The hard truth is admitting you have let something slide or have abandoned a responsibility ALWAYS falls squarely on your own shoulders. 

PRESS THE RESET BUTTON
We have all heard it be said that our minds are like a computer.  I guess I have never thought about how that thought and getting past procrastination could work together but I think it makes sense.  When you reboot a computer by pushing the reset button, it might be because the computer has, “froze up”.  The same can sometimes be said for my, “smart phone”.  Sometimes it “locks up” and requires a reboot to get back to functioning the way it was designed to function.  I’m thinking that our minds and heart are the same say.  Maybe sometimes we need a, “soft reset or reboot” to get back to how we were designed to function.  Pushing reset, I think is a bit of a process but it should not hurt too bad.  Here is how to make it happen. 

GET PAST IT AND GO
So, getting past procrastination means getting past yourself.  How do you fix the problem?

1.  Problem me.  Admit that you have a problem and the problem is you.
2.  Don’t lie to yourself.  Admit that it is about procrastination instead of not having time, you just have not made time and have let other things get in the way of the task or goal.
3.  Focus.  There are lots of distractions in life and nothing is more important than having direction in your life to make you feel fulfilled.
4.  Suck it up.  Make the effort, give something the energy it deserves for the outcome you desire to achieve.  Don’t let ANYTHING get in the way of what is right for you, your family and for me most importantly my service to God. 

It is very easy to get off track.  That is what has happen with me over the course of the last month but I am getting back on the saddle.  I have refocused on my writing and will be making up for lost ground over the course of the next week so be patient with me as I am being patient with myself.  But, not so patient that I fall into the trap of procrastination!