3 Keys to Stay Vibrant!!

Yesterday was a very active day for me and super enjoyable!  I had some of the regular work stuff like meetings, emails, phone calls, etc.  But later in the afternoon, my husband & I joined a pickle ball boot camp, beginning to learn some fundamentals of this really fun sport.  And during the evening, I played softball with my church team (we lost but had heaps of fun)!  When I fell asleep, I was very tired and deeply content.  As I reflect on yesterday, here are some keys that could help you to live vibrantly and wholly content:

1 – Keep Moving!!  This applies not only for exercise, but in all areas of our lives.  Exercise in communicating, spiritual growth, community engagement, reading / learning and LOADS more helps us stay vibrant!

2 – Laugh Alot!!  More than anything, I laugh at myself and this helps me alot!  I don’t take myself so seriously and it helps me come to terms with my weaknesses & humanity

3 – Holy Spirit check-in’s:  throughout my day and evening, it was very settling to regularly check in with Holy Spirit for real time adjustments in my attitudes, outlook, conversations, internal audits & rich fellowship.

I sincerely believe that life with Holy Spirit is meant to be vibrant, challenging, fulfilling and transformational!

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The Opposites

Conventional thinking tells us that if we:

  • work harder, we’ll go farther;
  • study more, we’ll be smarter;
  • promote ourselves, we’ll gain notoriety;
  • exercise & eat right, we’ll feel better.

To a degree, these are all true. But the ultimate fulfillment to going father, being smarter (more wise), visibility & feel good about ourselves isn’t sustained in conventional nor fleshly thinking.
Jesus tells us that the way to being fulfilled is through being committed to kingdom opposites:

  • The last will be first;
  • the way ahead is through humility & service;
  • exercise & discipline are corollaries to soul health;
  • seeking God’s kingdom first sets everything in proper alignment to live a of fulfillment & reward!
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I Want MORE!!!!

Friday, I had a glorious day of snowboarding!! The sun was out, snow was good, runs were empty & there was no wind. Needless to say, I could’ve ridden for endless hours & enjoyed a unique bliss that’s not easily acquired. But alas, I stopped when I could’ve gone for heaps more.
I think it’s very human to want more – more dessert, more sleep, more success, more adrenaline, more chocolate, more vacation, etc. But alas, there’s such a thing as overdose & it’s not just for drugs. We would be wise to quit while we still want more. This principle is a healthy guideline across the entirety of our lives with one exception: Jesus.
We are designed to crave our Creator & our lives will remain unsatisfied until we appreciate that ultimately, we’re only fulfilled through a rich, vibrant & continuous relationship with Jesus!

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What do I really want?

When I think about the various things that I would like, it’s an interesting list. Somethings are just superficial & others have more substance & significance. But if I think with honesty about many of the things that I want & drill into what’s really in my heart, what I really want is fulfillment, significance, acceptance, purpose & contentment to name a few things. And with these things in mind, the ultimate source for these desires is a vibrant, growing & tranformational relationship with Jesus.
So lets be careful that we don’t fall into the “materialism trap” & remember that when we seek Jesus 1st & His kingdom, then everything else can fall into the proper alignment & priority 🙂

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Eyes on the Prize

This morning has been a really refreshing time of re-focusing for me that I’ve needed more than I realize. Similar to you, I have LOTS of responsibilities & spinning plates. If I’m not careful, I can get too focused on these various important things at the expense of finding my peace & satisfaction in Jesus. For me, any balance that excludes a really healthy dose of intimacy with Jesus is nothing more than an illusion.
So my conclusion is that I have no mojo without being grounded in a deepening intimacy with Jesus 🙂

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futile things

Yesterday, I read 1 Sam 12:21,  “”You must not turn aside, for then you would go after futile things which can not profit or deliver, because they are futile.  NASU

This verse kind of floored me throughout the day & is lingering into today.  Futile things – what are the futile things that i chase after which have no profit or power to deliver?  There are many futile things in our lives – things that are unnecessary, frothy, frivolous, irrelevant & just plain nonsense.  And yet, how much time do we devote to “futile things”?  How much attention & energy do we give to “futile things”?  I wonder (saying this in a tongue & cheek fashion) if there’s a direct correlation to the lack of fulfillment we may experience compared to the quantity of effort / time we spend pursuing “futile things”. 

If you think about it, what are some futile things that you may presently be pursuing & are such things / people mere vapors compared to the fulfillment you could experience in pursuing God?  Just something to consider on this beautiful spring day 😉

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