Finding God in Busyness

 

I’ve got a major event coming up in August, and even as early as now, I’m already fighting for some time to still write. So from now up to August, the only time I can find to think about my articles is when I’m in the restroom. Not very inspiring, I know.

 

I once heard that busyness is one threat to our spirituality. I instantly thought, okay great the lesson here is to never make yourself too busy. After that, I dismissed busyness as evil, to the point where I was already apologizing in advance to God for the months ahead.

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Two Habits We Never Outgrow

 

I have to admit that writing on busyness made me reflect a lot about how I spent my time. I wanted to change, but at the problem was, I didn’t know just how to. So I sat down with a colleague of mine who was gifted in strategizing and analyzing data. I laid out all the set commitments I had, and all the tasks I wanted to include in the week.

 

At the end of it, not only did I gain a saner mind when it came to managing my time, the exercise also allowed me to get a picture of the things I could do to improve other parts of my life. Charles Duhigg in “The Power of Habit” describes these as a keystone habit. If you fix that one keystone habit, then this dominoes into fixing the other habits tied to it. The key is to figure out what they are in your life.

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God & Dog: Thoughts on Approaching My Master

 

I have two dogs, Daisy and Winnie. Daisy is a golden mix between a Shih Tzu, Corgi, and Lhasa Apso. Winnie the poodle (pun intended), on the other hand, is a chocolate toy Poodle.

 

After my family got used to having two dogs in the house, it became evident that they had such different personalities from one another. What as particularly clear was their difference in reacting to treats.

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Between Death and Life

The most powerful weapon in the universe. Heals, kills, breaks, and fixes…all in less than a second.

 

What if I told you that the most powerful weapon in the universe is something you already possessed?  The catch is, that you are not its sole possessor. Everyone has it. Does this make it any less special? Not quite.

 

The weapon I’m talking about is not something most people would expect. It’s something they release throughout the day, and channel onto others. The way its handled can spell the difference between life and death. What is this weapon?

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Truce: When We Agree To Disagree

 

Have you ever argued with another Christian over opposing views? Or ever tried stopping another Christian from doing something you don’t necessarily agree with?

 

I’m not talking about those questions that the Bible obviously calls sin like “Is it wrong to steal money even if you don’t get caught?”. I’m talking about those tricky questions like, “How far is too far to go when dating?”

 

These issues are of the messy kind and they bring with it a lot of different, opposing views. And because of the wide range of answers we may get from people, there’s a tendency to get into an argument or two over these.

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Faith That Climbs Mountains

 

Abraham had two things that he coupled with his faith: trust and obedience. He had the faith to trust God when he did not know what would await him on the peak of the mountain, what was to become of his son, and what was to become of the promise that God once told him. At the same time, Abraham had the faith to obey God and listen to His voice wholeheartedly, immediately, and completely in the face of uncertainty.

 

Mountains. In Matthew 17: 20, Jesus told his disciples that faith, even as small as a mustard seed, has the power to move even mountains. But have you ever asked yourself what happens when you’ve done and believed all you could, but that ‘mountain’ in your life still remains rooted on the ground?

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Faith That Moves Mountains

Heaven’s Warehouse

There’s a story I once heard from one of the teachers at kids church. A Christian dies and goes to heaven. He meets the apostle Peter, and Peter shows him around. While on tour, the Christian notices a very massive warehouse, and asks Peter what it is. Peter invites him to take a look inside.

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The Super Christian

Do you know of a Super Christian? You know, someone who never seems to make any mistakes (or if they had any, the gravity of it would be that of accidentally killing an ant). The one who is always “on fire” for Jesus? The one who has raised the most student leaders? Well let me tell you something about these Super Christians…

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Finding Peace

The fear of not meeting a deadline, the worry of not making the varsity roster, the thought of a sick loved one, the fight you’re having with a close friend…what steals your peace?

A lot of the circumstances we go through during the day can possibly become “peace stealers.” In fact, for most of us, it only takes one bad thing to make our worlds crumble; leaving us shaking our heads, and crying out to God with, “Why???”

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If Tomorrow Would Be the Day

I came from the wake of one of my officemates last night*. She was 29 years old; a sweet, creative girl. The first person I knew from her department.

What particularly struck me about last night was the eulogy several of her high school and college friends gave. They painted a picture of the woman a lot of the audience knew and grown to love. For others who weren’t as close to her, it was a pleasant surprise to hear a wittier, playful side of her.

Then it got me thinking.

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Saturday

READ: Matthew 27:57-61, Mark 15:42-47

 

REFLECT:

 

Have you ever heard of what they call a ‘God moment’? I used to hear it from some Christians I know, though I never quite understood what it meant until a few weeks ago.

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Friday

READ: Mark 15: 25-39, John 3:16

 

REFLECT:

Valentine’s Day was a sight to behold when I was in high school. I remember how, after the last class, my classmates and I would open the windows of our second floor classroom to see the line of boys waiting outside. They all carried flowers with them, as if they all talked about it beforehand. My friends would cheer for them from the windows, and hid before any of them saw our faces.

 

When dismissal came, we would watch the same scene repeatedly—the girls exiting the gate and meeting up with their boyfriends, the boyfriends presenting to their girlfriends the flowers, the girls giggling or acting surprised.

 

Even as early as high school, I knew that there was something special about Valentine’s Day. I remember wishing I was one of those girls who received flowers, even if I wasn’t a huge fan of them. I remember happily watching the couples leave the grounds hand-in-hand. But my idea of Valentine’s has changed since then, and even more so when I met Christ.

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Thursday

READ: John 13: 1-10

 

REFLECT:

How would you have spent your last night on earth?

 

For me, I would rent an executive hotel suite, bring out all my favorite food, listen to my favorite old songs, and spend the evening playing games with my family and closest friends. To end the night, I would hand each of them letters containing my last words to them.

 

This wasn’t exactly the same for Jesus. He and his closest friend stayed in a large upper room. There they shared a simple dinner—bread and wine. No background music, dramatic speeches or goodbye’s.

 

Of all the things Jesus could’ve done on his last night on earth, he chose to spend it washing the feet of his disciples.

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When God Sets You Up

He set me up. Of course I didn’t see it right away. But months in, I knew—just knew—that this wasn’t my idea.

 

It all began on July 20, 2016 when over lunch, a friend of mine posed the group a question, “What are three things—that are within your control—you could do this year, that will make you look back and say that it was a good year?”

 

My chest sunk. I instinctively knew two of my answers, but my thoughts lingered on the third.

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