I'm thinking about trying something different in posting about Sunday's sermon. In the past, I've posted detailed notes. Now I'm wondering if we'd get more response if I just post a summary and ask for comments. Did the sermon touch your life this week? Did it remind you of something? Are you having trouble living it out? Did God speak to you through it?
Last week, Pastor Ed Allen started a new series. He's going to be covering Self Management: The Toughest Job.
This year we're going to look at the basics of Gateway's mission, nurturing a balanced spiritual life by growing UP toward God in worship, IN toward God's people in community, and OUT toward the world. We have 7 habits related to that mission, and for this series on Self Management, we're focusing on the first habit:
Use resources with wisdom and purpose.
This week we looked at Time Management, focusing on Ephesians 5:15-17.
We want to be very careful how we live, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. Casual living won't produce dynamic lives, the kind of lives we were designed to live. For some of us, God's call is to wake up. For others, God's call is to get still.
At the end, Pastor Ed proposed some practical helps in this quest toward spending today on what matters.
1) Get prayer today.
The Prayer Team is always down front after the service, ready to pray with you.
2) Make the ordering of your inner world a daily priority this week.
Visit this blog (see previous post) for daily devotional thoughts to help you in this.
3) Start it today, whatever it is.
Procrastination is an issue.
4) Find a good mentor.
If you can't find a mentor, find a book. Some suggestions:
Ordering Your Private World, by Gordon MacDonald
The Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey
The Spirit of the Disciplines, by Dallas Willard
(More in the Devotional blog post.)
5) Experiment with a new spiritual habit this winter.
Fasting from electronics?
Okay, now let's use the comments, Gateway. What happened this week when you tried to live out some of these suggestions?