Get to the edge of the map

sea-chartI’m a fan of keeping things simple and finding ways to make life less of an uphill battle. Why make it harder than it needs to be? So I look at my life in terms of a map where I journey from the familiar centre to the unexplored edges. The centre of the map is my familiar place, the work that was once challenging but now routine, the comfortable relationships, the stuff I do without thinking, the established thoughts in my head (good and bad). The edge of the map is the unknown, the “what ifs”, the bigger person you’re growing into, the one God had in mind when he made you, the others need you to be, the audacious acts you wish for but don’t feel big enough for yet, thoughts that great people think about, freaky things just poking over the horizon.

It’s a pretty big journey in itself but there are things we do that make it harder than it needs to be. This is just a small list of things that can make that journey longer or shorter that we have under our control

Here are a few things I’ve found work for me. This came out of a conversation I had with my leadership team that heads the youth work in our church. I’ll be expanding this over the coming weeks…

  • Take short strides:
    • Grace with yourself
    • Small changes and consistency
  • Sleep
  • Plan your days with diligence and purpose
  • Relationships:
    • A clean conscience. apologize, turn, repent.
    • Communicate: We judge ourselves by our intentions. We judge everyone else by their actions.
    • Search out people wiser than you.
    • Find someone who needs you.

Stay Tuned,

Tim

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