When we left the big table at Lou Redd's diner, I gave you some things to think about for today's session around the table. I left you with the idea of doing things with or through older adults.
I would like for you to hold onto that thought until the next time we meet mainly because I would like to take this time for us to focus upon ourselves as we hit the new year head on.
New Year's Resolutions? How about rebooting yourselves instead?
I never do New Year's resolutions; instead, I like to think of it as an opportunity to reboot. And just like you have to reboot your computer ever so often, you must reboot yourself at least once each year. In other words, you must evaluate or re-evaluate yourselves periodically.
Let's do a 2011 Reboot
Beginning with me let us look at some things we can do to reboot as we begin 2011.
- Realize that church is not a noun; it is a verb. Do something to improve the thing you have been complaining about.
- Break the Bible into manageable portions for reading purposes. Do not try to read it all in one month. Our goal is to let God speak to us thought His Word, not speed reading.
- Select a Bible study workbook that fits into your everyday work and family schedule. Select one that fits your personality and lifestyle. If you choose one that is a five-day-a-week study with daily homework, you will need to work at pacing your progress.
- Choose the right time that you can spend in prayer with our Lord. It may be morning or night or at several intervals during the day.
- Take the time to take several families in your church, or church community under your care. You do not need to take on the whole world.
Stop and get your bearings
Before we leave this topic of rebooting, we all need to stop and get our bearings. Beginning with Lou Redd we all need to ask the following questions prayerfully in the presence of God:
- What is one thing I could do this year to increase my enjoyment of God?
- What is the single most important thing I can do to improve the quality of my family life this year?
- In which spiritual area of my life do I want to make progress in this year, and what will I do about it?
- What is the single biggest time waster in my life, and what will I do about it?
- What is the most helpful new way I can help my church?
- For whose salvation will I pray most fervently this year?
- What single thing that I plan this year will matter in 10 years? In eternity?
So let us evaluate our lives, make plans and goals, and live 2011 with biblical diligence.
It is now time for us to leave the diner, and go back to work thinking about doing things with and through older adults.
Until the next time,
Posted on Wed, January 12, 2011