One of the most basic things to know about the Christian faith is that the Bible is all about Jesus (Luke 24: 27; 44-48; John 5:39-40).
God reveals himself through his Word: The Bible and Jesus.
- The Bible is the word of God: 2 Tim 3:16
- Jesus is the Word of God: Jn 1:1
- Jesus is the image of God (we see Jesus, we see God): Col 1:15; Heb 1:3
- God chose to speak to us through his Son: Heb 1:2
Prepare your work outside;
get everything ready for yourself in the field,
and after that build your house.
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?
Most of us get so caught up working in our lives we don’t take the necessary time to work on our lives. Thus, we get distracted, sidetracked, and frustrated when the unexpected creeps up on us. Sure, you take the time to write out your “to-do list” and have a general idea of what your work week looks like, but have you synced it with your home schedule? Have you taken the time to look at what the next quarter, 6 months or year looks like both at home and work? Here is something that Becky and I started doing that is helping us stay on track, focused, on mission and hopefully helping us be more fruitful in ministry, as parents, as neighbors, and be better friends (read: considerate) to each other.
Becky and I recently took out our Fall Calendars for both work and home and went to work on getting in sync with each other. This proved to be very fruitful as I am a big picture thinker and Becky gets lost in the details. Here is what we did:
Calendars (his and hers – it doesn’t matter if its a physical or digital calendar)
Time (block out at least 45min -1 hour to really focus on getting on the same page)
Necessary information including school calendars, work schedules, kids activity schedules, etc. Think of everything.
Get in sync! By being specific about working on your life you will be better prepared for the unexpected and establish a rhythm for your family.
Establish your time frame. (will you work on a month, a quarter, a year?)
Write it all down on both calendars (if you have digital calendars or use mobile or google you can simply synchronize them.)
- What are the “big rocks” (vacations, other travel, Holidays, big projects at work, etc.)
- When will we have one day of rest per week (Sabbath)?
- What is the family dinner schedule?
- What day of the week is typically the long work day (for me its Wednesdays)?
- What days of the week do the kids have activities?
- What is on the school calendar that we should be aware of? (off days, PTA events, performances, games, etc.)
- When will we have out of town family over for visits?
- When will we have a family fun day? (one day a week where you intentionally build in family activity time. Our Family Fun Day is on Tuesdays (This week we’re doing Taekwondo at the YMCA)
- When is our date night? (gotta plan it!)
- Which church service will we consistently attend?
- What day of the week is the “crazy day” and mom or dad need more help?
- How does our schedule affect Journey Group?
- When are we traveling alone, without the kids?
- Does anything on this calendar affect our budget? If so, how? How should we respond?
- How often will we review our calendar for changes and updates? (daily, weekly, monthly? We try to do it weekly)
- What will we say yes to and no to?
- Which questions do we not have answers for?
- What questions do we need to ask that we aren’t asking?
Things to remember:
Don’t overfill your calendar. If, after this activity you find that you do not have very much margin in your life (space for flexibility, down time, and empty space) you will be over taxing your family and that is unhelpful and you will soon be unfruitful. Remember, this is a great time to decide what you will and will not do over this period of time.
Men, your wife will appreciate when you take the time to initiate this activity. It shows her that you value her time just as much as you value your own. It can be a big win for you!
Hope this blesses you.
By His Grace. For His Glory,
Hello Christ Community Church! My name is Elvin Torres. I am the new campus pastor at our Sarpy Campus and I thought I would take a moment and introduce myself.
I grew up in New York City and moved to Omaha in the mid 1990′s when I had the opportunity to live at Boys Town until I graduated high school. It was during my years at BT that Jesus saved me, gave me a new life and changed me forever.
After high school I attended UNK in Kearney where I met my beautiful wife, Becky. We were married during our sophomore year and had our first daughter, Trinity, in our Junior year. Yeah, I know….crazy!
Since that time we have been married nearly 13 years and have had 3 more kids. Trinity is turning 12 on Thursday, Keenan is 9, Lydia is 6 going on 16, and little Chloe is 2 1/2.
I would love to have a long list of hobbies listed here but after loving Jesus, loving Becky, loving the kids, loving my neighbors and loving my church there doesn’t seem to be tons of room for video games.
God has taken us through a whirlwind adventure the past dozen years which included starting new ministries in Kearney, moving to Chicago and back again, and now being the campus pastor Christ Community Church – Sarpy.
I am excited about what God has in store for us and look forward to sharing what God is doing in me as I seek to gain more of him and lead CCC-sarpy in Making Disciples for Kingdom Impact.
I realize this is an anemic introduction, but I don’t want give it allow away in one blog post. Until next time!
By His Grace. For His Glory,