God’s Grandeur

THE WORLD is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs—
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

–Gerard Manley Hopkins

Pied Beauty

Glory be to God for dappled things –
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.
–Gerard Manley Hopkins

15 Time Wasters

The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say no to almost everything. –Warren Buffet.

Planting a church is going to require that you increase your bandwidth to get thing done. You should be aware of how you’re allocating your time and endeavor to invest it for maxim Kingdom impact. Here are some common time wasters.

  1. Not being able to say no.
  2. Television watching. You need to be very, very miserly with the amount of time you spend watching television.
  3. Internet surfing.
  4. Social media posting, reading, sharing.
  5. News reading! (This is mine.) It’s not necessary to know what’s going on everywhere 24 hours a day.
  6. Email. Reading and receiving the wrong emails is a waste of time. There are some email conversations you needn’t be part of.
  7. Meetings. Yes, you can die by meeting.
  8. Conferences, workshops and gatherings. While they’re wonderful you need to choose which ones you attend.
  9. Study. I want to be careful here. I love studying. But spending 25 hours a week on a 25 minute message you’re going to give Sunday isn’t exactly a good use of of time.
  10. Not prioritizing your tasks. You will end up doing busy work and not the right kind of work.
  11. Games on your phone. Come on!
  12. Not heeding wisdom.
  13. Worrying. Why not pray instead?
  14. Not planning.
  15. Inability to focus.

Now that you’re thinking about all the time you’re wasting, go ahead and change some things.

This is how you will have maxim impact.

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