Monday, December 6, 2010

The Eternal Perspective Adventure Begins ...

I've decided to write a book!

This is a fairly abrupt decision, so we'll see if I really follow through with it. But I've put "write a book" on my bucket list. And as I think more and more about this idea of an eternal perspective, not only do I WANT ONE(!!!), but I also want to WRITE about it! I want to keep track of how God is at work in me concerning this HUGE lesson of gaining an eternal perspective.

I spent a day, earlier this year, sitting on the beach of the most southern tip of Lake Michigan, reading my Bible and going through a devotional book, when the book asked me to write a "life statement." As I hashed out several ideas surrounding the scripture "Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2)," I decided that my life goal is to one day learn to consistently see the world and everything that goes on in it with God's eyes. A pretty attainable goal, right? I'm not asking for too much, am I? ;) Hahaha! Riiigghhhhtt! ... Haha! But I sure do want to try. I want my entire life to be one big constant lesson - I want my life to be all about Jesus first of all ... but within HIM, I want my whole existence to be about honoring Him with an eternal perspective.

And what an adventure it will be ... especially, when we think about the definition of "adventure." I looked it up, and Webster defines adventure as ... "a bold undertaking, in which hazards are to be encountered and the issue is staked upon unforeseen events; a remarkable occurrence in one's personal history; a stirring experience." ... That's EXACTLY what a thriving relationship with God and His perspective are!!! It is stinkin' DIFFICULT to live for Jesus and to see everything the way He does. We must be willing to deny ourselves and lay down our desires, our needs, and our very LIVES in following hard and daily and completely after Him! Nothing we do can be seen or known ahead of time. We have to step out in faith, with the eyes of Christ, expecting hardships but realizing the joy that comes from them. And finally, we will undergo the most fulfilling experiences of our lives as a result.

So 2011 and beyond ... here I come!
A day by day adventure into the eternal perspective I long for!

EP 2011

I'm back! And with a new adventure!!!

It sure won't be a blog project for every day of the year ... ha! What a flop that was! At least the "every single day" part. I'm excited to get bloggin' again though! .... I really want to spice up my life somehow ... and specifically, my walk with the Lord. I've been in a real rut for several months. Just living for myself. Not doing anything "too bad" ... but just not reading my Bible, not praying, not doing much with God at all, really. Well, hmm ... I've been a Sunday Christian for a while. Bluck! And it's been awful!!! I've been incredibly impatient with my after school kids, slacking with SoZo preparations, reading my Bible only 2 or 3 times a week, falling into sins that I disgust ... just been out of step for a long time.

AND I'M SICK OF IT!!!!!
So I'm trying again. I'm working to read my Bible and talk with God every single day. That's where it all starts. Once I begin to really nurture my relationship with Jesus, everything else will start to fall into place.
So now ... how do I begin again?
I want an adventure. Something big! I'd love to travel to New Zealand or rent a cabin by one of the Great Lakes or take a cross-country road trip. But the funds are very low ... especially after my dance lessons. So I guess I'll start there. Dancing is really adding some spice to my life! Especially the TANGO, the MAMBO, the RUMBA, and the CHA CHA! :)
Adventure #1 - dance, dance, dance!!!
How do I make the rest of my life an adventure?
After school ... hmm ... I could blog about each of my kids. Pay more attention to what I like about each one of them. Work on being patient with them ... now, that's an adventure!!! ;)
SoZo ... I could work on trusting God with my position in the youth group, at Calvary, in my life!! Accepting and really getting excited about where God has me.
Hey! I have a phrase for these "adventures." ... ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE (EP)!
Ooo, yes!!! My life goal. My journey. My adventure!!! :)
So ... I'm almost a month early, but I want 2011 to be my first year of the ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE ADVENTURE!