Creative Outlets and Joy: Today’s post is the first in 2023 and is #100. Something about that makes me happy. Concerning joy, this is a task that brings me joy. Once I took the pressure off of myself to try and post everyday (the title set me up for failure!), I have really started enjoying making these posts. Sometimes, a person needs an outlet for a passion, and because I love to read, reflect, learn, and write, this is a creative avenue that allows for both whimsical and serious content. I hope it blesses you. If it does, please consider sharing it on your social media sites.
Eat that Frog and the ABCDE Method: My close friend, Thomas Lambert, who is also the Headmaster at Enlightium Academy, sent an email the other day to all employees. He encouraged us to “Eat the Frog.” I had never heard of the phrase, but when I looked into it, I found it to be really helpful. Do you struggle with procrastination? Do you busy yourself with unimportant tasks while finding ways to avoid what is important? This video can help. I was so impressed with the simple concept that I am having our Bible Department spend time tomorrow discussing and applying this concept along with the ABCDE method to our personal and professional lives.
A Quote to Remember: My wife and I use to have a small picture frame that had a quote that we found inspiring. I am not sure where it is now, but I wish we still had it. It read:
A Prayer for the New Year: To start the new year, my pastor preached on Acts 21:1–16. Paul planned on going to Jerusalem, but the Christians in Caesarea begged him not to go because they were afraid that something bad would happen to him. Luke writes: When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done” (Acts 21:12–14). Using this passage, my pastor gave the following challenge: What if we make “The Lord’s will be done” our deepest desire and ultimate prayer for 2023. I agree. The Lord’s will be done.