A person who says” no” gets our attention. We aren’t familiar with hearing someone say that they will not do something. We wonder how someone can turn down accepting good things if they don’t agree with their value system.
Church, we have a problem! We are experiencing a crisis of epic proportions, and it centers around our values. Do we know what is important to us and prioritize those needs in our daily lives? I cringe when I log into social media and see a leader, obviously worn, do another event. I hurt when I hear leaders say the magnitude of work they have to do, while they continue to take on additional responsibilities they don’t have time for.
This week, I was honored to interview Enrique Pascal to discuss a topic he and his wife know well: relationships. There were so many points of wisdom to glean from, but he challenged us to take one and apply it. He mentioned to us that it’s essential for couples to learn how to listen to their coach, God.
How many of you can survive without your phones? Let’s face it as much as we need time off the grid we value our conversations. Whether we like to admit it or not, we all need to connect with other people from time to time. Some of us more than others. When we aren’t able to connect, we start to feel lost and disjointed. The same can be said for our need to communicate with other people.
Have you ever tried to charge your phone, but forgot to plug it in? When you needed to connect the most, maybe to pass the time on a long trip or during a break, your battery losses power and eventually your phone will shut down. Recently, I found my battery low and looked down to see, “Hey, I didn’t connect it!” My phone was connected to the cord but my cord wasn’t connected to the outlet. No wonder it continued to stay the same!
This year, I have found myself looking for peace in adversity. My journey has led me to be more mindful of my personal habits. For example, I notice that I have been checking my Smart Phone more often. I want to know what is going on with those I love, what is going on in the world, and I want to see what will happen next.