Over the next few days or weeks, I’m going to change my media diet. I’m not talking about going on a “media fast.” But I think it’s time for a change.
Why the sudden desire for change?
To be completely honest, I’m wanting to change my media diet (not unplug completely, just make a change) largely because I feel disconnected.
- I don’t feel as connected to God as I would like.
- I don’t feel as connected to my wife as I would like.
- I don’t feel as connected to God’s purpose in my life.
And I deeply want to feel connected. I want for my passion for the purposes of God to increase. I want a renewal of vision. And I want deeper intimacy.
Further, I get the sense that I’m bordering on having media in control of my life than under my control as I submit to God. I find myself wanting to watch that next episode of a sitcom or wanting to check my Facebook or Twitter accounts more than I find myself wanting to play a card game with my wife or spend a few moments in prayer with God.
I don’t believe it’s God’s plan for me to be controlled by my circumstances. I believe it’s God’s plan for me to be devoted to and obedient to him.
It’s the last day of 2009, so it’s required that every blogger reference New Years‘ Resolutions, right?
Let’s Look Back
Before we begin looking forward, let’s take a look at last year. In fact, it might be good to take a minute to write down the answers to these questions?
Do you remember your resolutions from last year?
If so, what were your resolutions?
Did you accomplish all of your goals?
Most of them?
Any of them?
Any accomplishments you are particularly proud of? – Why not share those in the comments section?
Let’s Look Forward
Now that we’ve looked at our goals from last year, I’d like to start looking forward. How do you envision your year? What would you like to change? What would you like to do better? What would you like to know better?
So often we think in terms of “accomplishments” and “goals.” Maybe this year it would be better to think of what kind of person we would like to be or what kind of life we would like to live rather than what thing we would like to accomplish.
Spend a minute (or maybe several hours) with God in the Bible and in prayer asking him to help you see how he would like you to answer the questions below: Continue reading
I found a great article on Swerve. It made me think a little bit about how we often understand “excellence” and “effectiveness” as a destination or product rather than a byproduct of how we’re doing what we do and how we measure ourselves by what we see around us.
For example, I have a friend who’s a drummer at another church. All of their worship leaders are not only worship leaders at the church but are also professional recording artists. When he auditioned (yes – auditioned) to be on their worship team, there were several other drummers who couldn’t keep up.
But here’s the deal – nearly anywhere besides Nashville, these other drummers would have been a shoe-in as a church drummer. Even at many other churches in Nashville. That’s a “relative baseline” that is very high.
What’s most important