In the new year we often commit ourselves to reading. If reading is part of your resolution, please consider my book #TheWalk that was released last October. #TheWalk is a great choice as your first book for the new year.
Why #TheWalk? January is a month of regret and resolve. Our regrets often give birth to our resolutions. The 7 pounds I gained from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day has served to make dieting a top priority in my life. While weight, reading, saving, and time considerations often dominate the top of our list, there should also be some more lofty goals somewhere in the mix. Instead of only considering what we may lose, save, or manage, how about considering some things you would like to finish, start, or even create?
It is difficult to be different. If you want your situation to change, you must change. The failure to be different is what usually trips up our resolutions. John Maxwell said, “You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily.” It is at this point, daily change, that I believe you will find #TheWalk most helpful.
#TheWalk is not about doing more, but doing less. It is not about meeting life goals as much as it is about doing something different daily. No matter how big or how small the objective before us, there is only one way it can be accomplished; one step at a time – walking!
#TheWalk was born at the beginning of 2014 out of my own frustrations of having great ambitions, but feeling as if I had accomplished very little. While praying through Psalm 119:133 God opened my eyes to a revolutionary principle that has changed my life – steps.
Rather than asking God to help me arrive at certain destinations or to accomplish certain long term goals, I now ask God one simple question each day, “What step do you want me to take today?” Breaking life down into steps has made me more content and effective in everything I do. I believe #TheWalk can do for you what the journey of preaching and writing it did for me – #TheWalk helped me be different.
Here is a short excerpt from the book that I hope you will find to be helpful. I pray you will have a great 2015 and that you will consider adding #TheWalk to your book list this year.
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We get a lot of information but have lost the art of meditation. We know what is happening, but think very little of what it means. Those who want to go further must also go deeper.
When was the last time you read something from the Bible and thought about it the entire day?When was the last time something you read in the Bible changed the way you saw things throughout the day? If the brain is constantly interrupted by notifications, giving proper attention to deeper truth is impossible.
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You make a critical mistake if you believe that God is not interested in the details of your life. You may feel that God is uninterested because you are unimportant. You may not be one of the 40 most influential people under 40 in your city. You may not be a leader in your company. The only picture of you in your high school yearbook is the one they made you take in front of a cheesy background in the cafeteria. You may not think anyone is interested in your steps, but, if you walk with God, He is interested in each one of them. Look at Psalm 37:23 again. If you delight in His way, He will take delight in yours.
Have you ever thought about what God teaches us in the pace of creation? If God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light, don’t you think He could have just as easily have said, “Let there be a universe, fully furnished” and there would have been life as we know it? Yet it took Him six days to talk it out and work it out.
If it took God six days to create the world, what is it that you and I think we can accomplish by trying to outpace Him in a week?
We must learn to do what God does – pace the day.
God has infused a rhythmic schedule into creation. It would benefit us greatly to walk accordingly. There is day and night. Some of us never quit, so God turns the lights out as a signal. The sun has gone down. So should you.
Get off of Facebook. Turn off the television. Stop working. Shut down the computer. Relax. Don’t work. Talk. Tell the story of your day – God tells us the story of His. Go to bed.
If God waited until day 2 to create the heavens (Gen. 1:6-8), what is it that you and I have going on that can’t possibly wait until tomorrow?
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