Avoid Blind Spots

Avoid Blind SpotsPhoto Credit / Ps. 119: 35, MSG



I grabbed my sun glasses and rolled down the windows.  The sunny day was calling me to cruise the expressway, and I simply couldn’t resist.

The cloudless blue sky made my heart sing.  I turned up the radio and belted out karaoke style as I pressed down on the accelerator.

Zipping along like the Queen of the Road, I was confident and carefree.

I sped forward until I spotted a Grandma crawling in a tiny car in front of me. I decided to make my move and leave her in the dust.

That’s when reality hit.

HONK.  HOOONNKKK.  HONK.

My heart raced erratically, and I jerked the car back into my lane to avoid crashing into a tank that magically appeared on my right.  I eased down on the brake and moved over to the far-right lane to cower in fear.

I never saw it coming.

I never see it coming ever.

I always forget my blind spot.

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Today, I got a call from an old friend.  She shared how someone we love is about to crash.  This is not the first smash up, and she’s worried for his safety.

If you neglect to pay attention to your blind spot, a total wreck is inevitable.

I don’t want to miss out on the journey that God has laid out for me.  I pray for God to teach me to exercise wise judgment, rather than running roughshod over others on the road.

A wise traveler follows the rules of the road to avoid a washout:

  •  Focus on the road ahead and turn off distractions:  On the road of life, we need to create a quiet space and turn off the noise.
  •  Drive defensively with a watchful eye:  Pray for protection as you move forward.  Ask God to help you heed His signposts.
  •  Look in the mirror:  God’s Word will point out obstacles in your path.
  • Glance over your shoulder:   Look back at the terrain behind you and avoid colliding with someone who is not traveling in the same lane as you.
  •  Leave space between yourself and careless drivers:  A little distance creates space for you to respond wisely, rather than react out of fear.

The best way to avoid a crash is to stay in your lane and move forward on the path that God has lovingly laid out for you.

Stay in Your Lane

 

 

Something to think about…

 

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True Blue Friends

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Walking through the valley has clarified my understanding of friendship.

I used to think good friends make you laugh, split a dessert on a Friday night out, and give good presents on your birthday.  But now, I know better.

Good friends bring a casserole dish when you are too weary to step into your kitchen.  They sit on the couch and cry with you when your heart is breaking.  They listen without judgment.  They crawl down into the mire with you and get their hands dirty.

True Blue Friends are

  • Authentic:  A true sister allows you to see her frailties and her foibles.  She does not hide what she is really thinking.  She is a truth seeker.
  • Accepting:  Real friends will embrace your differences and celebrate your uniqueness.  Rather then criticize or compare, they highlight your strengths and encourage your dreams.
  • Available:  You must be accessible to others to develop intimacy and trust.   True blue friends make time on their calendar for you.

True blue friends press in when life gets messy. 



Press In

For Further Contemplation:

A Song in the Night

A Piece of Cake

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Seasons

Parched

French Cafe Therapy

The Un-book Club

Pinky Promise

A Sheltering Tree

Take Heart, My Friend

Something to think about…

 

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Are You Teachable?

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Recently, Relevant Magazine asked 10 successful innovators “What do you wish you knew when you were 27?” This online magazine seeks to speak into the lives of Christian twenty- and thirtysomethings who want to change the world. The question is will twenty year olds slow down and listen to wise advice.

I must admit that at twenty I was not very teachable. I pushed forward full-throttle and poured my life into ministry until I almost burned out on life. I didn’t understand the importance of self-care or Sabbath.

In Exodus 18, we see a weary Moses who is trying to lead the people of Israel like the Lone Ranger. Thankfully, he was more teachable than me. Jethro, his father in law, advises him to stand before God for His people, but to also disciple other leaders who can help carry the weight of responsibility. Letting go of some tasks would extend Moses’ ministry and make him a more effective leader.

A wise disciple cultivates relationships with godly examples who can look inside, see what areas need pruning, and speak the Truth that leads to greater growth. Do you have a Jethro that you rub shoulders with and listen to regularly?

Likewise, if you pushed past twenty-seven quite a while ago, then consider making an investment by sharing hard-earned life lessons with a younger brother or sister in Christ. Pray that God will point you toward someone that you can pour into on a consistent basis.

Our upside-down world wants us to believe that success means working overtime to be number one and walking over each other to climb the never-ending ladder to popularity and profit. This consume or be consumed mentality leads to destruction. Like Moses, we must listen and learn to delegate so that we do not take on too many responsibilities that are beyond our own limited strength.

The Word tells us that “the lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of wisdom.” (Proverbs 10:21) May God help us to be teachable and listen to life-giving advice that equips us to advance His kingdom purposes.

Be Teachable

Let’s Talk: Are you investing in godly relationships that will help you grow in your walk?

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For Further Contemplation:

A Teachable Spirit

Listen and Learn

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“Are You Teachable?” was originally published at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale’s Daily Devo.

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Welcome Life’s Interruptions

Welcome Life's InterruptionsPhoto Credit / Quote: Mark Buchanan

 

I was supposed to be on a cruise this week.  Seven days of rest and relaxation sunk into an ocean of despair with one phone call.

Your grandmother is not well.

I hung up the receiver after my mom called me at the office and said a prayer for clarity before I shared the heartbreaking news with my husband.

Lord, make my way clear this week. 

I chose to spend three days sitting quietly next to the two most important women in my life.  I prayed for peace and comfort.  I read from psalms aloud in Spanish.  I gathered in close and let everything else float away.

I didn’t answer e-mail or return phone calls.  I didn’t pack my sunscreen or camera.  I didn’t check one thing off my to-do list or scour social media for the latest news.

In the world’s economy, I wasted a week.

But in God’s estimation, I made an eternal difference.

I pressed in and chose to be fully present for my people.

On Monday, my grandmother stepped into eternity and stood before her Savior.  I plugged in to Jesus for a few hours before the service for some much-needed restoration.  I picked up the book on the top of my nightstand pile and read this quote:

My whole life I have been complaining that my work was constantly interrupted until I discovered the interruptions were my work.

~Henri Nouwen

The author, Mark Buchanan, encouraged his readers to follow the example of Christ and “be generous with time.”  Our Savior never hurried.  He stopped along the way for children, the sick, the weary, and the lost.  He accepted that miracles and ministry often happen when life is messy.

May the Lord help me

  • to see obstacles as opportunities for His Kingdom purposes.
  • to stop focusing on the urgent and invest in the eternal.
  • to set aside my agenda and be fully present for my people.

True joy comes when I welcome interruptions as an invitation to slow down and engage in a Providential assignment.

Set Aside Your Agenda

 

 

Let’s Talk: Has God ever interrupted your well-laid plans for His greater purpose?

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Choose Rest 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Ways to Develop a More Missional Mindset in the New Year

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The New Year is in full swing, and I am still trying to take down my Christmas decorations. Last year seemed to end in the blink of an eye, and I realize that I need to be more intentional about making wise choices that help me to redeem the time for His Kingdom purposes.

In order to do this, I decided to do some goal setting for 2016. I established a work out schedule, and I picked a reading plan to make sure that I read through my Bible. I also re-examined my budget, set aside time for fellowship on my calendar, and jotted down a list of books I want to read.

Just this week, I realized that I failed to do one thing as I was planning out my year. I forgot what my most important role is as a Daughter of the King. I neglected to create a master plan for mission-minded activity.

You see, right before the Resurrected Christ ascended to heaven, He gave His disciples marching orders. He declared what our primary goal should be as we live out our lives here on earth in His name:

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

How am I going to share the Good News in 2016? What time am I going to set aside for discipleship and helping to equip others who desire to make Him known? If I don’t plan now, this year is going to slip by, and I will miss precious opportunities to make an eternal difference in the lives of others.

So, I jotted down some ideas of how I can be purposeful this year.   I hope they will encourage you as you pray about doing the same…

I’m sharing over at Missional Women today. 

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