Thursday, July 18, 2013


I was going through my inbox the other day and I found a hidden treasure. Back in January of 2011 I sent myself an email. It was a reminder to myself to keep things in perspective and to establish my priorities for the year ahead. As I opened it and read it over again, I was humbled and inspired by what it said.

Here’s some of what was on that list:

*Make this year about your sons. Focus on building them up spiritually, emotionally, and personally. Pray for them and help them to grow in Godly character.

*Meet regularly with a few godly men in your life to share your heart and stay grounded.

*Take time to relax, break your routine on purpose and take control of your life. You’re a free man.

*Publish [Subversive Interviews] by February, 2011. (Did that)

*Finish and publish THIS IS MY BODY before the end of March 2011. (Check)
*Dream bigger in 2011. What do you want to accomplish? Do it!

*Pray that God would give you more opportunities to teach and preach on the Kingdom, God’s Heart for the Poor and Following Christ.

*Try to see every day as another opportunity to be the person you intended to be last year.

*Share more of yourself with your church family. Share the things with them that matter most to you. Trust them to listen.

*Pray for the filling and the continual anointing of the Holy Spirit on your life, and on your wife and your sons. Don’t stop.

*You love to teach and to preach and to help people. Do more of those things than ever before.

*Live more than you blog. Let the blog become a postscript to your life, not the other way around.

*Turn off the TV. Listen more. Inquire about your wife’s day. Ask your sons more about what makes them happy.

*Remember the faces of your sons when they were smaller. Love them more than you correct them. Correct them in love.

*Make the most of these last 5 years you have with your sons. Train them in the way they should go. Redeem the time.

*You’re not as old as you think. When you’re sixty you’ll still be writing articles, blogs, and books. Go easy on yourself.

So, I think this was great advice. I could easily change the dates and continue forward with this for 2014 and beyond.

Does any of this resonate with you? Anything you’d add to this if it was your list?

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