Life Lesson (from journal): "You get to choose how to spend that little dash of time between the two dates of your earthly existence. What are you spending yours on? Are you living the dash, knowing fully who you are and why you're here? Or dashing to live, hurriedly spending precious time chasing things that really don't matter to you? The psalmist prayed, " Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should." (Psalm 90:12, TLB)Early this morning I listened to the recording for Day 1 on living the dash. I didn't know at first what they were referring to about "living the dash" until Kerry Shook began talking about grave stones. He referred to our life being reduced down to a single dash between the day we were born and the day we die. Kerry Shook talks about how important the time is we use on this earth.
In my journal for today, they ask a lot of questions about how you are living today and how you can begin to kick your life into shape. This was the introduction of what was to come.
One specific question that I wrote a lot on was, "What one or two risks do you sense you need to take? More specifically, what investments of time might you need to make despite the potential embarrassment, loss, pain, or cost?My Answer: I am a risk taker naturally but in a healthy way. Pursuing an acting career is a risky endeavor, working a health care home business is risky and those are my low risks that I NEED to take. If I don't then I feel like my life's purpose would be lost. I know that with both of these endeavors I do need to continue to find funds to market myself and that is always something I need to continue to research even more aggresively over these next 30 days. I have things I need to learn and get done to advance both of these risky endeavors. I have seen loss, pain, cost, and embarassment, but I continue because I feel like this risk is one that will take me to my ultimate purpose. I have learned the hard way, humility and can say that I truly have humility. I have been pushed forward two steps and pulled back four. I would get frustrated by this, but realized this morning that God wants me to continue to see that He is the one who is doing all things for me and I can't leave him behind while I'm riding on my horse into the sunset with my successes. He is a jealous God. So, I really got it this morning during my meditation period.
Today's Challenge: Take a few minutes to talk with God about what this one-month commitment is likely to require from you. He sometimes uses unexpected timing and methods. Are you open to His plan?
Recommended reading: Joshua 1:1-9, the sequel to Moses' farewell sermon
My Answer: Wow, I read the recommended reading during my quiet time and it totally struck me because I know I am called to be a leader and sometimes I like to lead from the sidelines, but after reading how God gave the charge to Joshua to take the people into the Promised Land. I knew that I had to take the charges that God has given me. So, these next 30 days, I'm eager to know how my leadership is needed in this life besides the risks that I am focusing on. He told Joshua to be "strong and courageous"....he will never leave him.
P.S: Maybe God is beginning already. I had an audition today for Anna's Linens. I am planting seeds and He only knows the outcome.
Leave your comments. I would like to know what you think and read your views on Day 1.