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Abide in the Vine

I’m seeing more fruit in my life. Previously when people would approach me with religious questions or arguments against God, I would be very defensive and be overcome by anger and self-righteousness.

However, God continually reminds me that He has given me grace to see and apart from His grace, I too would not otherwise understand who He is and what good He has done for me. I think in the same way, I should show grace and patience to those who mock, misunderstand, or flat out bad mouth God, His people, and the gospel. In some ways, it leaves me heartbroken now instead of being puffed up with pride as well as a sweet and painful joy in sharing in Christ’s sufferings. 

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Grind, Leadership, Working on Life

Husbands: A Tip that Could Save Your Marriage

I came across this article today and I found it convicting. Though I’m still a single lad, I definitely relate to this.

After a long day of work, want to check out, zone out, and peace out.

I think even though I have an ordinary job, the toll it takes on me after a long day is very real. Usually, I come home exhausted. Looking forward to dinner, some TV with family, and maybe reviewing some things I learned from work are the best I can do without exerting any more effort.

However, if family is a priority, then this article is convicting me to take a second and refresh before engaging with the family at home. My family deserves just as much, if not more of my attention than my work and if I fail to do that, then I must say I am not leading my family well.

So here will be some things I’ll try to work on this week:

  • Rest a few minutes in my car after work to refocus before going home. This may help clear my mind from everything that happened during the day and write down things I need to remember for tomorrow. 
  • Pray for rest, focus, and joy in Jesus. I can’t love my family if I’m not experiencing the love of God for myself.
  • Thinking of ways I’d like to connect with my family before going home and then doing it.

Looking forward to this!

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Working on Life

Barf From A Day Off Work

Today I am kicking my lazy self in the butt and am working on life. It’s been a few months post-grad and I’ve been more settled. I believe it’s time to get back on track with where God wants me to be and how I should be investing my time, focus, and energy. I know it won’t come overnight, but here are a few ingredients I’m using:

  • Bible & prayer – Gotta start here. The right foundation is essential. 
  • Planner/calendar – For writing down not only daily things to do, but actually ‘seeing’ the next few weeks & months helps in brainstorming loose plans.
  • Notepad – For all the random ideas and to-do’s that pop into my mind. I gotta put it down somewhere or I’ll be overwhelmed and go crazy.
  • Seeking counsel – Bringing my ideas to qualified people that can speak into the ideas that I’ve had
  • Doing it – If I get the green light and the opportunity is there, I’m gonna go for it. No more wasting time. It’s game time.

& For those reading or those that are more seasoned with working on life, how do you maximize your downtime not only for rest (which is really important), but also for monitoring progress with your life? I’d be glad to read your comments below!

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Grind

20 Years In The Making

Generally after work, I’d clock in, peace out, and head toward the old Maxima.

Instead, I asked the boss what how he started out and what he was doing before owning his own pharmacy. I remember him mentioning to us that he’s been in the business for about 20 years or so, but I thought to myself “isn’t the guy 60-ish?… what the heck did he do before this?

Turns out he did retail at chain stores for a while before getting the opportunity to be his own boss and run this thing. It’s actually pretty amazing if you think about it. Most pharmacies now can’t even function without computers and such. I was really impressed when I found out that he knew all of his patients and what they were taking without a computerized database. Talk about putting your mind to it!

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