Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Forty-Day Immersion: Day 22

The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way - never have and never will. 10:4 The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. 10:5 We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. 10:6 Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, The Message

Day 22

This could be more accurately called Day 21.2, because it was a lot of carryover learning and application from yesterday. (Read the post below – yesterday’s - to get a feel about my current learning track.)

Several situations, all occurring simultaneously, all needing to be addressed before the day was over.

Note: For me, “day-over” time is dinner, then the next section is called “night.” Night extends as long as I have work to accomplish, then the next time block is called “home.” “Home” is almost always the shortest time – and I know that’s not how its supposed to be. I will be dealing with that in these posts soon, because the Lord has been dealing with me about it. I promise I will deliver!

What made it happen is that they were all time-blocked. There were appointments that had to be kept, and that had the great blessing of forcing me to mentally, spiritually and emotionally shift from one to the next, in order to give each its proper attention.

They were all important and none of them could be postponed – they just had to be taken in order, addressed to the optimum level available during that time block, and then left until later in the day.

That is so much easier to write than it is to do.

Fitting the day into the structure of life shaped by Christ wasn’t even close to what I thought it would be. Because I had committed to today – yesterday, while today was still tomorrow – are you still with me? – all I had to do was stay engaged as each part unfolded, and in the case of some of them, refolded.

As each of them rolled out, each one seemed to nudge the next one into motion, or stop the previous one from continuing past that point. Or both.

Maybe today has worked so far because part of my action in fitting all of the loose stuff together was allowing God to decide the order and means by which the fitting would occur, so a pretty active day was one of cohesion instead of unraveling.

The real test will come later on, in about five hours from now, when everything shifts to “home.” If I am fully present there, in every aspect – mind, body and spirit – then the day will have been an effective one. Only if that happens, though. Otherwise the day will have just been “busy.”

You know what a busy signal means when you get one on the phone?

It means the exact same thing at home.

It means that someone’s there, but they are busy – and inaccessible. You can’t get through.

Fresh start, Lord – and an opportunity for a strong finish.

Without a strong finish, all of the good parts of the rest of the race end up going to waste.

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