Run with Clarity
What are you focusing on right now?
Seriously, right now as you are reading this, what is going through your mind?
Are your thoughts running wild, or are they focused and dialed in to this moment we are in together right now - as you read from word to word in this sentence?
I'm sorry...I know that may have come off as a little weird, but there is a point to it.
So often in our lives we may find that we do not have as much clarity as we think we have.
Think about the following...
How many people in America, if asked what's the one thing they would do with their lives, above all else if they were able to - would know exactly what to say? I believe many would likely struggle to answer.
Lack of clarity.
God says it like this in Hosea 4:6, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children." ESV
I was listening to Andy Stanley's podcast called, "Your Move" as of this past Sunday morning. In the episode I was listening to, Andy was reading from Matthew 5:8, which says, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." ESV
I had never really thought about this text of scripture the way I see it now, since hearing Andy speak.
Purity leads to greater clarity.
Just like with water. If water is clean and pure, it is also clear and easy to see through. However, if water is dirty and filled with muck, the opposite is also true - there is no clarity.
So, what kind of stuff is going on in your life or how many things do you have going on day after day that it seems like your fight for clarity is a losing battle?
If I were to ask you right now, what is the "One Thing" you would do with your life, above all else if you were able? Would you know exactly what to say?
Let's amplify this conversation a little bit.
Allow me to ask you this... Do you feel like you are unsure of things like God's purpose for you and His calling on your life? If so, let me first say...I get it, I fully understand. Even in feeling like we have a grasp on our calling in life or spiritual gifts that we may posses we may still lack clarity in how we use them in serving others. If that resonates with you, I'd like to offer some assistance.
Allow me to share with you 3 keys to help you run with greater clarity and gain clearer understanding of things such as your calling or purpose.
I call these keys, The Should Do's, The Can Do's and Things to Avoid:
1) Should Do: These are the things you are passionate about, the things that motivate you the most and the things you would consider to be your God-given dreams. These are the things you were created to do, that embody your purpose. So, think about it...what are they?
2) Can Do: These are the things that you are capable of doing and able to do, yet you do not carry the same burden and desire for these things as you do for items in your "should do" list. An example for myself would be in leading worship. I am employed through my church as a worship leader and although I love my church and the amazing people I serve with in our worship ministry, my greatest passions in ministry and serving others are elsewhere. Serving you through this blog is one of those passions.
3) Things to Avoid: There are 2 major points I would like to present here, to help you avoid giving an "all access pass" to every single thing in your life. I am not perfect at either of these, so if you struggle with these, I am right there with you.
a. Boundaries - We must build boundaries around the things that are precious to us. Things such as our time, money, health and family all need to have appropriate boundaries established around them, to safeguard them from things that may seek to bring harm their way.
b. Margin - We need to learn to create margin for the things that are important. Being a workaholic (I am so guilty) is a good place to start. Rest is required to refresh the mind and time well spent with family is priceless. Establish start times and end times for as many things as you are able to and "AVOID" allowing things in your daily schedule to overlap and cross over each other. When it's time to stop one thing, then stop. You will live another day to work, but you may not live to see another day if you don't get the amount of rest you require.
I hope and pray you find this information beneficial. I truly desire to see you living awesome!