Shelves, Selves, and a 2020 Vision

I have a wall-to-wall bookshelf in my study, or more accurately, pieces of one.

For six months I’ve waited, stalled, and “meant to get to” finishing that shelf, and last week I finally started the finishing process…and stopped again.

Maybe I keep stopping because life is just so busy sometimes, but maybe it’s because of something else. Maybe my issue is that it’s so much easier for me to live in the future dream of having the shelf than it is to do the work of actually building the shelf.

How about you? Is there something in your life like that, a project, a dream or an idea that you’ve taken steps to pursue but haven’t followed through with?

If there is, then maybe you need to hear this like I did: “You can’t get to the future without going through today.”

That’s what my wife told me when I complained about feeling stuck, and she’s absolutely right. The truth is that my dreams will never happen without me taking steps towards them today, and neither will yours.

You know what that also means, though? It means even if we only take one tiny, timid step today, that’s a win that we can and should feel good about, and I don’t know about you, but that sounds like good news to me!

So, let’s make a change.

Let’s take a step.

Let’s make this year a year of finishing, of completing, of being done with old things not just so we can put them behind us, but so we can welcome the new things ahead of us with clear minds and open arms and keep moving forward to become the best version of who we were made to be.

You can do it.

I can do it.

Let’s do it together.

–PG
Helping people like you take their next step forward so we can build a better world together.

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p.s. I’m calling 2020 the Year of Vision (I know, original, right?) because if you want to know how you’re doing, you have to know where you’re going. If you have a clear vision of where you’re headed and how to get there, congratulations, you’re one of the fortunate few!

On the other hand, if you’re like most of us and could use a little help achieving clarity, I’d love to help you get there. Drop me a line, and I’ll tell you about some ways I can help you and/or your team or company think, see, and communicate clearly so you can take your next step forward in 2020.

Waking up to Jesus (Luke 9:32)

Peter and those with him were in a deep sleep, and when they became fully aware, they saw His glory and the two men who were standing with Him.  (Luke 9:32)

Jesus’ glory was on full display, but His disciples almost missed it.  They were “weighed down with sleep,” and almost missed a chance to see Jesus for who He really is.

What causes you to feel “weighed down?”

What makes you want to keep your eyes closed, to sleep and retreat instead of standing and engaging?

Maybe your greatest encounter with Jesus is just around the corner, if you’d just be willing to do the work of waking up…

–Pastor Phillip

Jesus is your vision

God’s Hope for Your Heart from John 9

JESUS IS YOUR VISION

The man answered, “Whether He is a sinner I do not know.  One thing I do know, that though I was born blind, now I see.”  (John 9:25)

It’s one thing to be educated about Jesus.  It’s another to have an experience of Him in your life.

Here was a man who knew almost nothing about who Jesus was, but what he did know, he trusted and clung to.  He may not have known all of the facts about Jesus, but he had faith in Him because of what Jesus had done in his life, and that made all the difference.

How about you?

Maybe you find yourself lacking understanding in some area.  Maybe you don’t have all the answers even about your faith.

Here’s good news.  No matter how well or poorly you’re holding on to your faith in Christ, He is holding on to you!  The same One who opened the eyes of a man born blind wants to open your eyes today so that you can see just how much He loves you.

Seeking answers is vital and good, but don’t let learning about God take precedence over living with Him.  You may not have great knowledge about Jesus, but if you’ve had any personal experience with Him at all, hold on to that for dear life.

As you do, you’ll discover the hope that comes from this truth: Jesus is your vision.

-Pastor Phillip


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The “Achievable” Exchange

To the young and the young-at-heart:

It is a sad and subtle thing to exchange big dreams for achievable goals, and to do so often results in a life that finds its hope and answers in list-based follow-through, rather than life-giving faith.

Beware the shrinking of your horizons and do not too quickly surrender the half-wild fire of youthful ideals for the tame coals of premature age.

O God, protect us from surrendering to the ideal of safe options, and keep us recklessly dependent on Your provision ’til the end.

It Will Surely Come

For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end – it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” -Habakkuk 2:3

What comfort in times of waiting! When all around us seems stagnant and dead, when the dream seems to have faded away into nothing, it is then that God extends His assurance, “It will surely come.”

What is at stake with the vision is not just the circumstances at hand.  It is not just your life, your hope, your future that is on the line.  No, it is God’s name and reputation that hangs in the balance, that waits for the vision to be fulfilled.

Does God not look after His people?  Does He not care for His children?  Of course He does!  How much more, then, will He look after the glory of His own name?

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