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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Life in a Nutshell

We worship our eternal Redeemer. We become more like him through spiritual disciplines in the Word and prayer. We connect with godly family and friends. We reach out to our near ones. We grow in godly character. We get better with our time, money & career, health and possessions.

We step into our place in God's eternal kingdom story.


Five great questions of life: Life * Learning * Labor * Love * Leadership

Life: What's My Spiritual Center?

Life in a Nutshell

By Evan Nehring

In Road Trip parlance, "Life" is the first great question on our path. It's the "What's my spiritual center?" question. Let me take 90+ pages of Road Trip and boil it down to one post.

It All Starts with a Moment of Truth

Yes, I'm talking about the miraculous moment of rebirth. We open our hearts to the Creator. We find immediate forgiveness and eternal purpose. I also mean the continuing revelation of the twists and turns of our life path. Our destiny. Our dreams. We return over and over to the mountain top. We look out over the whole of our lives. Jesus' Truth becomes all.

From that place, we embrace core values to help us put one foot in front of the other.

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Life in a Nutshell

Core Value 1: Worship, Passionately Pursuing God

Two millennia after Jesus' birth, it's still a huge deal because God has come near: Emmanuel, God is with us. Heaven has broken into earth's atmosphere. Eternity has broken into time. This pulls the same passionate response from us that it did from the ones who were there. When Jesus shows up, it draws worship out of us.

Have you ever felt the presence of God so thickly that you had to bow to the ground? He is all tenderness and compassion, but not because he has to be! When we feel a sense of the overwhelming power of God, you and I realize our tininess before him...like a blade of grass in a tornado. We humbly bow in his presence. God is awesome.

Core Value 2: Devotions, Connecting with God

A lifetime of meaningful connecting with God through prayer and the Bible awaits. First, find your getaway place: the place where you can be alone and quiet (or loud) with God. Then find a time. Morning, noon, or night, seek out your window of opportunity for quiet time.  Then find something of the heart of God and get close

Your devotional style will look different from everyone else's. It's you. It's personal. You have a lifetime to connect every day.

Core Value 3: Family & Friends, Choosing Us

God's relationship with his people, and his love for his people, is a picture of how we are to love one another in our families and friendships. What does it mean to be relational? It means so much, but here's one way to boil it down. We pray for our family and friends. Yes, actually calling out their names and requests to God. We embrace the promises of Scripture for them. Then we become people people. We place value on taking time to be together. We stay aware of what is excellent and what destroys the good blood with one another. Finally, we bring godly character into our relationships. We bring gentle, faithful joy!

Core Value 4: Outreach, Loving Our Near Ones

We pour out our lives to reach out to the lost, the bound, the sick, the storm tossed, smoldering wicks, bruised reeds, the broken, and the weak. We see the people around us, not just our projects. We care. We have been loved, so we love. We have dozens of reasons to believe. It's personal A simple heartfelt prayer opens the door.

Core Value 5: Character, Personal Transformation

I submit to you there is no goal higher, no dream loftier, than to be connected with Jesus and to work with him on building the character he created you to have. All of your activity and mission will flow out of who you are. Character gaps can take you down like a Shakespearean tragic flaw. 

My pursuit of character is simple: embrace the nine "fruits of the Spirit" listed in Galatians 5:22-23 and receive all the character of Jesus: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.

Core Value 6: Personal Management, The Road Trip Dashboard

Just like those stylish gauges on your vehicle dashboard, you have personal gauges that'll help you keep track of things: time, money & career, health, and possessions

You are the CEO of your life. God is the owner. The owner is not interested in hearing you grouse about how many fewer bags of gold you've got than the next person. The owner wants to know what you've done with what you've got.

Core Value 7: Kingdom Story, My Place in This World

The kingdom story is epic, sweeping, and global. Our infinite Creator is able, though, to nudge every man, woman, boy, and girl toward his or her own unique destiny. The kingdom story is the value that drives the great question of leadership: What difference will I make in the world? How will my life count? 

We worship our eternal Redeemer. We become more like him through spiritual disciplines in the Word and prayer. We connect with godly family and friends. We reach out to our near ones. We grow in godly character. We get better with our time, money & career, health and possessions.

We step into our place in God's eternal kingdom story.

That's "life" in a nutshell. Now we're ready for learning, labor, love, and leadership. I'll follow up with four more "in a nutshell" posts. Stay tuned!

Comments Are Always Welcome...

What core value resonates with you today? I'd love your thoughts on how to wrap our arms around all of them.
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