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Book Report: ‘Sun Stand Still’

I’ve been reading a very challenging, very encouraging book: “Sun Stand Still,” by Pastor Steven Furtick. It speaks to that part of you that craves more faith, more audacity, and more results from your spirituality. The title references a sun-stopping prayer by the Old Testament hero Joshua. Furtick uses that prayer as a template for embracing the vastness of God and His ability to do the impossible. I have a notebook that is quickly filling up with quotes, notes and various pearls of wisdom. Some are personal; unfit for the blogosphere, but there are some catchphrases and idioms that I found general enough to share. Check out Furtick’s blog here. Check out the trailer for the book, if you’re so inclined (Yup, books have trailers now).

 

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Embrace the Process

Change is a slow process.

Whether it’s physical, mental, emotional, vocational, or (especially) political, real change demands real persistence. If we could be honest with ourselves, we all struggle with the patience that is requisite. Sure, we can take a different route to work, or we might eat a different breakfast cereal, but deep, lasting change requires more grit.

I’m currently working on a new entrepreneurial endeavor. I’ll save the details for the official launch, but at the moment I’m still in the ‘product development’ stage. I’m ‘vision-casting’. I’m making. I’m packaging. I’m trying. I’m experimenting.

Frustration is frequent during these production sessions.  I’m reaching my limits as a creator more often than I’d like. I’m asking for help and advice more often than I anticipated. Ultimately, this doesn’t make my efforts less. It doesn’t diminish my ideas. It multiplies their impact. George Bernard Shaw put it well: “If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”

Most importantly, I’m learning to embrace the process.

This has been a microcosm for all my dream work and goals for upcoming years. I know that my Maker is developing a new product in me — in  my character. I’m learning that I need to become more inclusive, more patient, and more interested in long-term lessons than short-term riches.

It’s a privilege to have ideas and goals that are beyond me. It is an honor to reach my limits because it that weakness forces me to encounter the One who knows none.

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Always Learning Something New

“So, are you going to school?”

I roll my eyes, and answer with slight disdain. “No.”

Without exaggeration, I’d say that I am asked this question about five times a week. I’m not sure why. Do I seem uneducated or needing of some collegiate enlightenment? Maybe the questioners are just curious as to what I’m up to. It bothers be, and I’m unsure why. Maybe it’s because when I say ‘no,’ people seem disappointed.

Sigh.

College is not a magic pill for personal progress. It is not a surefire way to be successful. It is just a path. It can be remarkably beneficial. I have a degree and I plan to get some certifications in the future. College adds a structure and a timetable to the learning process. However, college was not the end of my learning.

I’m always learning something new.

For instance, right now I’m learning about making ideas happen.  Also, I’m educating myself on how being weird can be a good, good thing. Third, it’s amazing how non-linear narratives are changing the way my generation tells stories. And those are just the books I’m reading, not to mention the sites I follow and the conversations that keep my brain firing all day long. I get excited about new information, and I love to share what I’m learning.

So, no. I’m not currently enrolled, but my education continues.

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BE GRATEFUL

Thanksgiving is upon us. It’s the day we all stop and appreciate our blessings. It’s a bandwagon that I’m happy to hop onto. We could all stand to be more grateful for what we’ve been given. Don’t believe me? If you’re reading this post, you have two eyes that can focus, basic reading skills, and a mind that is sound enough to comprehend the meaning in these words (not to mention access to the internet).

Make no mistake. You are blessed.

If you have family close, take the time to be present with them. If they are far away, reach out and connect with a phone call or Skype. Slow your life down. Fellowship with friends and chosen family. Enjoy time with each of them. Eat together, tell stories, laugh and watch a movie together. If football is your thing, rock it out. Then eat some more.

Practice The Grateful Flow. List 10 things for which you’re grateful. Remind yourself of the friends who are always there, the fact that you can afford your next meal. And include your job. Granted, it’s not your ideal dream job, but where would you be without it?

Hit the pause button. Stop and count your blessings.

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