ICE BREAKER: WHAT GAMES DID YOU PLAY AS A KID?
Your time with God will determine your distance of impact. WE must have depth in order to go the distance. What I mean by this is we must involve God no matter the quality of the time, emotions running with joy or not, spending time with GOD creates depth. It’s like going out to eat, you aren’t in the kitchen making the meal, you just show up with your need, with your hunger and know the need will be met. If you have prayed about it, trust HIM to show up. Expect God to be there.
Take a look at our primary relationships. If you’ve swam in the dating pool, at some point you need the wisdom to go the distance with one person. To let one person in creates a space for having depth. An endless dating buffet isn’t a recipe for a loving life full of meaningful relationships. It’s a sample without a full meal. FIND YOUR PERSON and come close. INVEST. This is a simplicity of focus. This is a matter of priority. BUT WHAT IF YOUR LIFE IS PULLING YOU IN A MILLION DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS? You will need someone to travel those roads and navigate that tension with you.
As kids we used to play tag a lot. LIKE ALOT ALOT ALOT of tag. The brand of tag when you have a base for time out is way easier. And I recall a time when in our efforts to really win without wearing down we made a friend our “base”. This way you could run around and take your base with you. Yes it felt like cheating. BUT we were kids and IF there was a margin within the rules we took it. Kids always find a hack, a way to make it easier.
If I want to go the distance I have to have a regular contact with my home base. TAKE GOD WITH YOU INTO THE DAY, don’t just hang with him in the morning and leave him at the house. Keep referencing him, even with a pause throughout the day. REMEMBER as you come close to him, you are coming close to a MUCH EAISER way to go the distance.
THIS WEEK KEEP COMING BACK TO YOUR HOME BASE, TAKE GOD INTO THE MILLION DIFFERENT PLACES. SEE JESUS THERE. ASK FOR HIS COUNSEL AND COMPANY. WHEN YOU CHOOSE JESUS YOU REALLY ARE CHOOSING WISELY THIS WEEK.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
WHO CAN YOU GIVE THANKS FOR? Who’s faith have you heard of?
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
WHO NEEDS MORE WISDOM? WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU ASKED FOR REVELATION? ASK.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.