A Tweet in Time

IMG_1750aI did something last week that I haven’t done in a long time; I deleted a tweet that I had posted.

It wasn’t an offensive tweet, but after posting it I realized that the words didn’t come out the way that I intended – a struggle we’ve all felt when trying to limit thoughts to 140 characters. It’s almost as bad when you have to limit blog posts to 500 words. In full disclosure, the tweet read:

I dislike the 40-hour work week too much to be this big of a C on the DISC survey. #AintMakingWidgets

I deleted the tweet because it isn’t a 40-hour work week that I don’t like, it’s an 8-to-5 work schedule that I don’t like. I’m much more of a “work when you’re productive” idea person. I just feel that there are times during your day – probably outside of 8-to-5 – that you are more energized, more creative, more inspired, and it’s in those times that you should be “at work”, wherever that may be (within reason and when possible).  To sit at a desk and just wait on the clock to strike “go home” when you are out of ideas, out of energy, and out of inspiration is a brutal, brutal “work” exercise for many people.

There are a lot of avenues this post can take, but I wanted to share something that I learned last Friday evening – the day after the tweet above was posted and deleted.

My dad invited me to attend Men’s Steak Night last Friday evening at the church he and my mom attend. The speaker was Voddie Baucham of Houston, Texas. Big, big man.

I was geared for a night of challenges directed specifically at men. Challenges to return our homes, our families, ourselves to Christian values and the sharing of our belief in every aspect of our life. What I received was a challenge, but it was one that I wasn’t anticipating. It was one that I had never heard or really considered.

Voddie Baucham spoke about work (and all my Auburn friends say, “hard work”), specifically he spoke about a work theology. Not a work culture, or a work habit, but an understanding of how your work fits in with your purpose in God. He spoke from Genesis 2 and started by identifying the first worker.

Genesis 2:2-3
And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work…(NKJV)

God was the first worker. God worked. Genesis 1:27 tells us that God created man in his own image. God created workers. Adam’s role was not to sit around and eat grapes, but he was created to tend and keep the garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15). Adam was to work.

I had always thought that we worked because of Adam & Eve’s sin in the garden, but that’s not the case. We work because God created workers. The laborious nature of work is an earthly consequence of Adam & Eve’s sin, but Adam & Eve were workers before their sin.

So, whether it be in an office, or in a classroom, or in the home, we are to work – to be productive and creative and inspiring.

I’m over my 500 word limit, but I’ll share one last thing that Voddie said, and I share it because I’ve had the “what will we do in heaven” conversation with some of you. Voddie believes that, in the new heaven and the new earth, we will work. We will be creative and productive and inspired to do great things – but the work won’t have the laborious nature of our work in this fallen world.

Until then, we work here. Sometimes it’s not on our schedule and  sometimes it’s not where we want to work and sometimes it’s not what we want to do, but work anyway.

No post on work would be complete without this verse:

Colossians 3:23
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men

See you guys tomorrow morning.

I Have a Scheduling Conflict

I need to add some additional thoughts to a post that went up some time ago and, as January 1 marks the start date of your 2014 resolutions, I thought you might find it helpful.

I wrote a post about being more purposeful with scheduling your day, week, and year. I like the concept, and I believe that if you don’t put the “big” things on your calendar first that the little things will eat up all of your time, but something has bothered me since the post went up. A subsequent Sunday school lesson made me stop and consider if my schedule was arranged in a way that is best for me and my family. Continue reading “I Have a Scheduling Conflict”

The 6-Minute Mile

I’m still not sure why I started running in 2003. Maybe it was a simple desire to lose weight. Maybe it was some deep desire to know that, in my early 30s, I could still be competitive at something – even if that something was of my own creation, like my last 5k finishing time. Whatever the reason, I started running.

And I ran.

And I ran.

And I ran.

Like Forrest Gump, I ran.

Then I thought, since I was running anyway, that I needed to run toward something. I needed a goal. Running a 5k. Running a 10k. Finishing a half-marathon. Finishing a marathon. Qualifying for Boston. Why choose? Why not just do them all?

I read two books to learn how to train. Crazy, right? I mean, who doesn’t know how to run.  You put one foot in front of the other and just repeat that about 180 times a minute. I read two books, though, Run Fast by Hal Higdon, and The Running Formula by Dr. Jack Daniels (the first AND second editions).

There is a tremendous amount of running knowledge in each of those books, and a tremendous amount of insight in human behavior that explains why some people excel and some people do not. There was something that I read in one of the books, though, that I’ve tried to apply outside of my running life. I mention both books because I can’t remember in which I read the line, but it went something like this:

If you want to be the best runner that you can be, you’ve got to learn to run in the uncomfortable zone.

Whether it’s at home, at church, at work or even on my morning run, I like my comfort zone. If I want to be the best that I can be in any of those places, though, I’ve got to get out of my comfort zone and put myself in a place that pushes me intellectually, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. So do you.

If I want to be the best _____________ I can be, I’ve got to learn to grow in the uncomfortable zone.

What is that blank for you? If you won $300 million today, how would you fill in the blank?

The funny thing – perhaps the dangerous thing as well – about the uncomfortable zone is that, the more the you’re in it, the more purposeful you have to be to get in it the next time. That’s because your comfort zone is expanding. Running one mile in 6 minutes seems difficult until you try to run two miles in 12 minutes. Then the 6-minute first mile seems easy (well, easier).

Go grow today.

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