Five great questions of life: Life * Love * Learning * Labor * Leadership
CV5: It's Time to Be ResponsibleBy Evan Nehring
My fifth core value is personal management:
A lifetime of harnessing every personal resource for God's glory: time, money & career, health, possessions.
These are the gauges on the dashboard of our road trip: time, money & career, health and possessions. They are not the destination. They are not the scenery. They aren’t the company, the tunes or the luggage. They are, however, constantly relevant to our journey.
In a very real sense, coming of age means that it’s time to watch the dashboard. It’s time to be responsible.
The first few days you sleep five hours. Then four, then three, then two. The last day you don't sleep. You just run. Run till the end.It’s Ned, the sage Indian mentor in the 1994 movie, Iron Will. Other Indian friends join in with a chorus of ancestral knowledge:
You have to be strong. You have to learn focus, stamina, and balance. Only the smart ones will finish. You have to run longer and sleep less. It's your only chance. You'll make friends who aren’t your friends, enemies who want to hurt you. Be careful who you trust.
Will, our aspiring hero, takes it all in:
How do I know who to trust?
Ned: Trust the dogs.
Indians: You have one chance. You must run at night when the others have stopped. Run with the moon. Embrace the darkness. Grow hard with the cold. Put pain from your mind. And on the last day, when all sleep at night... you alone will be friendly with the dark.
Iron Will isn’t just about a seventeen-year-old entering a sled dog race to save the family farm. It’s about coming of age in the harsh northern wilderness. It’s about believing in something so completely that you push to the limit of physical capability.
The movie fires me up so predictably that I have to be careful not to watch it if I need a good night’s sleep. Somewhere along the line it clicked in me that we have each been given talents and resources, and we have only so much time to make the most of them.
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Ephesians 5:15-17, NIV)
I choose to harness every personal resource to glorify my Creator. My time, money & career, health, and possessions are all for that purpose. I rest in his love and acceptance, but I embrace the calling to become all I was created to be.
The antidote to disappointment is discipline.
Comments Are Always Welcome...What motivates you to discipline? What fires you up?
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