An Idle Mind

Idle mind

“A dog will not chase a parked car nor will success chase an idle dreamer.”

Idle defined: Not employed or busy, inactive. Avoiding work or employment, lazy, shiftless, not in use or operation, idle hands, lacking worth.

Has that ever described you? I can be honest and say YES, it has described me at different times in my life. I have also found when I slip into idle mode, my mind strays and is not productive. I believe the idle mind is wide open for attack! When I lose focus and go into an idle mode, my mind wanders; I might pick up a care that I laid to the side and start worrying about it again. On the contrary, when I stay focused on
what matters and keep my perspective in check, I am able to stay on track and be productive.

I was doing some research and found an individual who writes on his web-site about how being idle and a loafer make for a happy life; he even offered coaching for this. I thought to myself, “If someone has to pay to be coached in loafing then they are in bad shape!” This is the junk that is being brought to the table and offered in today’s society.

Proverbs 16:27 (The Living Bible) “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece.”

We must realize that being idle and resting are two very different things. Look above at the definition of idle and you will see this. We must rest and meditate and allow ourselves the time to refresh and renew; this time is needed and is not being idle. This is obedience to Matthew 6:33 which tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God.

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing.” Thomas Jefferson

This quote is so true and we must remember that idle time is lost time and lost time can never be made up! We schedule what is important, so learn to schedule your days and stay focused on what matters. God
first, spouse second, then children and so on from there.

QUESTION: How do you keep from going into idle mode?

That’s it for this week, BUT there is going to be more to come on this topic! I would love to hear back from you below with your comments, suggestions and feedback.

I want to also encourage you to check out the Kingdom Thinking Podcast on iTunes at: http://goo.gl/0kx3Ya ; it would be a blessing if you could let others know about us.

I believe our life is truly meant to be the greatest adventure novel waiting to be written as we live it out. Start living the best life possible NOW on purpose with purpose. Live with no regrets and love without boundaries. Hold nothing back and charge life head on. I am excited for what’s next because the excitement of anticipation and not knowing of what is next is what births each breath in life.

So stand strong, live life loud and bold! Take this new day gladiator style, ruling and reigning it and not letting it reign you.

LivXtrem4Him

The Journey

the-journey

If you have not realized it yet, life is a journey. In that journey, like all others, we make decisions that route us to a destination. Today’s blog post will focus on your place in that journey.

Every journey starts with you, how you’re viewing this journey and the position you’re taking in it. You must have clarity in your objective or the trip is already starting off badly. Can you imagine boarding an aircraft with no clear objective? Of course not! We must view life in the same way.

I just read a mini book by Isabel Hundt titled “Identity Crisis in the World of Entrepreneurs”. (You can find out more about Isabel and get the e-book at http://www.isabelhundt.com). In her book, she mentions “students and followers”. When I read this, it resonated inside of me. I want to take this thought a little deeper. First, let me define those two words: the word “follower” is defined as “one who imitates” while the word “student” means “one who studies something or someone”.

How do you see yourself in the scheme of life, are you a follower or a student? Or, would you say, “I’m not really sure!”? The Bible tells us many different times, that we are to be followers of Christ. Note, Christ NOT man! Even the word disciple means “a personal follower of Jesus”. Now let’s think about the word “student” for a moment. I defined this as “one who studies something or someone” and though we are studiers and followers of Christ, we are also students of life, BUT we are not to be followers of it. We have a society of followers who are constantly shifting to what life dictates to them; we see this in every age group and gender. They follow the latest fashion, music and the list goes on and on and shifts constantly; so many are swayed by these things.

A man can say, “Be like me and you will be successful” and people will try to do just that. Just because it works for one, does not mean it will work for another. BUT it also does not mean we can’t take his concepts and adapt them to our life and calling. If we are students of life, we are always hearing, seeing, smelling and tasting of life and taking what we get and making educated decisions with it. What makes a student of life different than a follower of life is that we are taking in information, processing and using it to better ourselves, BUT not to conform to it. If you add the Christ follower with the student of life, BOOM you have a powerful combination. This combination is NOT afraid to dream and risk failure to live the life God designed for us. A life lived on purpose with purpose!

QUESTION: How do you see yourself, as a student or a follower?

That’s it for this week, BUT there is going to be more to come on this topic! I would love to hear back from you below with your comments, suggestions and feedback.

I want to also encourage you to check out the Kingdom Thinking Podcast on iTunes at: http://goo.gl/0kx3Ya ; it would be a blessing if you could let others know about us.

I believe our life is truly meant to be the greatest adventure novel waiting to be written as we live it out. Start living the best life possible NOW on purpose with purpose. Live with no regrets and love without boundaries. Hold nothing back and charge life head on. I am excited for what’s next because the excitement of anticipation and not knowing of what is next is what births each breath in life.

So stand strong, live life loud and bold! Take this new day gladiator style, ruling and reigning it and not letting it reign you.

LivXtrem4Him