Distractions - The Weeds (May 31): “Some seed fell among thorns which grew with it and choked it.” Pixar’s movie, UP, is famous for Doug, the dog’s “Squirrel!” spottings and immediate loss of attention. Like Doug, our lives are full of distractions. You’ll never eliminate them all, but you can’t give into them. Someone once said, “If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.” True enough good stuff, bad stuff, just stuff fills our lives and distracts us from what life’s about. Don’t get distracted...
Intentions – The Rocks (May 24): “Some seed fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.” Sometimes we need to be saved from our good intentions. We get enthusiastic, say all the right things, go through the motions, but whatever it is never had a chance. We never let it take root. God’s got some stuff for you that is too valuable to let that happen. It’s time to do what Jesus did and talk about intentions.
Spiritual growth is natural. It isn't about becoming perfect or holy in some non-worldly way. It is simply the experience of aligning what you think, say and do with God in ways that make sense for your life, right now. Here is a segment from Nick Tasler's message with Jacob's Well on May 17, 2015 in which he explained how it works. Try it out.
The Path: Habits (May 17): “Some seed fell on the path and was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up…” Habits create paths that run right through the garden of our lives. We need them to deal with all possibilities of life, but they also create hard-packed, impenetrable places in us where new stuff can’t take root. You won’t get rid of all your habits and shouldn’t, but how do you keep them from keeping you from growing? We thank Nick Tasler, JW-er, CEO of Decision Pulse and all around smart and big-hearted guy, for kicking off this conversation today!
Neighborhoods That Make Neighbors (May 10): Roads, open spaces, benches, fences & doors can make us one, or make us separate. They can say, “Welcome neighbor” or “You’re not welcome here.” Let’s learn how to love our neighbors through our built environment. Sara Joy Proppe has taken on the Built Environment as her mission in life and can teach us a lot about how to let our geography match our hearts. Check out her guide for a Neighborhood Walk here.
One great step of wisdom is realizing that you’ve got a bus with seats you need to fill with some very special people. People who not only help you make better life-choices, but who make any journey amazing when they’re on board. Who’s on your bus?