My bed is most comfortable when I have a lot I want to do. Has that ever happened to you?
Usually I start thinking about my list of items I want to get done, or perhaps think I need to start doing something different and day dream about what it would be like in a few weeks or a year or so if I actually did it. Where would I be? What skill level would I have? What group(s) of people would I be engaging with?
That is usually when I stuff my face back into the pillow.
I used to have a weight bench and some weights upstairs in my brothers old room. I commandeered it after he went into the navy. I used to go up there when the mood struck and ... you guessed it - I played my video games while reclining on the weight bench.
However, I would remind myself (after a few hours) of why I climbed those 14 steps. It was to get jacked! So I started to lift. Eventually, the video games took a back seat to the lifting. I started going to a gym in college with a friend and that was more exciting that trying to motivate myself at home with the comfy carpet and warm paint colors. Soon I began to desire to hit the gym every day.
This desire came because I began to see real results. That was key.
The results came because I made time for it, set and accomplished goals, and lived into the day dream.
Here is a question for you that might seem a little out of left-field: HOW IS GOING TO CHURCH SIMILAR?
I think the differences are pretty obvious, but there are some key similarities.
You go to church because you want to see and feel some positive change in your life, you want to become more healthy, and you want to see results.
Before we get into those discussions, here are some questions to consider:
1. What is the one thing you often reflect on when your head is on the pillow. I know, just one? But if you were to start with one thing, what would that one thing be that you know you need to prioritize because you want results.
2. Is this something best accomplished by yourself, or best accomplished with others? Notice here, I wrote accomplished. This takes some self-reflection. I mean, how many times have you started something and not finished it? That "something" was not accomplished even though you might have "done" something. I'll ask again, with an added thought: is this something best accomplished by yourself or with someone else doing it with you to see it through to the day dream.
3. Lastly, what is the day dream? How will your life, and the people around you, be positively affected by this choice?
Today is about setting up the page and seeing what I can do with it.
Apparently, I can do a whole lot, which I think is cool because I don't normally do stuff with social media ... other than mindlessly scroll through Facebook.
So as I sit on my porch, I am thinking about how I want to do more than just show up to church on Sunday. When Friday rolls around, I need to ask myself ... did I behave like a disciple of Jesus Christ this week?
What opportunities were missed?
But perhaps we need to back up a bit. What does it mean to be a disciple? Is a disciple a believer in Jesus Christ ... or someone more?
I think it is someone more, because a disciple follows and does. Believers just ... well ... believe! But if that belief only spurs you to self reflection and self betterment, you are not worshipping the real Jesus. You are worshipping yourself.
There. I said it.
And I do it too. So how can we be disciples?
Let's find out. Together.
Some "weekly" musings from Pastor Dave as he sits on his porch and drinks coffee, thinking about theology and lifting heavy weights. For gymsharks, there is something called "Flex Fridays," where we vainly put up photos of ourselves flexing. So this blog is my attempt to flex my theological muscles through reflection ... get it?