"You Do Not Want to Leave, Too, Do You?"

 (Part 3 in a Series of Classic Questions:  What Are You Doing Here , and  Not a Multiple Choice Answer )

(Part 3 in a Series of Classic Questions: What Are You Doing Here, and Not a Multiple Choice Answer)

Commitment. In my youth, I began a personal relationship with the God of the universe, but as I grew older, I dodged a wholehearted spiritual commitment. Fear stood as a menacing roadblock. I feared God would ruin my life, if I made a commitment to follow Him irrevocably. Commitment. What if He wanted more from me than I wanted to offer?

Then, as a university student, my childhood relationship with The Lord underwent a dramatic transformation, and I willingly released the control and authority of my life into His Hands. Commitment changed my destiny.

Once I made the irrevocable commitment to follow Him for all of my days, living with eternal intentionality became my spiritual North Star. I traded my will for His and began the meaningful journey for which I was created.

Commitment stands at the heart of Jesus’ question in The Gospel of John, and ultimately, it is a question that His Follower must answer. Perhaps my personal journey quantifies my acute sensitivity to His query in John 6:67: “You do not want to leave too, do you?”

Were there still opportunities to turn away? Yes.

“You do not want to leave too, do you?”

- a threatening miscarriage: lying in a Communist hospital bed in a ward surrounded by numerous other women, solely dependant on my husband to provide my food and necessities

“You do not want to leave too, do you?”

- a season of exhausting transition: landing with my family in a refugee hotel with our small children crying at night, thus provoking residents to knock on our walls, demanding silence

These and other situations have taught me that, when commitment collides with life, and Jesus asks, “You do not want to leave too, do you?”:

  • No one can answer His question for me. I must respond for myself.

  • Challenging circumstances cloud spiritual visibility, thus tempting one to make the erroneous assumption that a self-directed course correction will minimizes life’s difficulties.

  • It is ALWAYS right to say Yes to Jesus.

  • Following Jesus will never be easy; oh, but it will always be abundantly blessed!

  • Peter’s answer nails it every time, in every situation, in every intersection of life: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).

    Living With Eternal Intentionality™

When have you heard Jesus ask you the question, “You do not want to leave too, do you?”

10 Tips to Transform Your Travel


   Aka How to Pack a Suitcase

Aka How to Pack a Suitcase

Humiliation. Not good. My innermost beings were strewn across the tile floor of the airport lobby. The check-in agent had declared my bag overweight. With her czarina-type declaration, the purging commenced. I was hot and unhappy.

Slinging, flinging, shoving, and stuffing commenced. Other passengers tried to step around me offering their unwanted bits of advice. Some were sarcastic, some were sympathetic; none were helpful. I was in a race against the clock. I muttered under my breath, “If I ever get out of this alive, it will NEVER happen again.”

The disastrous day is a distant memory, but I still find myself thinking a suitcase is a tool of the devil. The iconic symbol of travel threatens like nothing else to bring out the grrrr in me.

So, can anything be done to rise above this onslaught of decision-making that precedes getting out the door on a trip? Yes, peaceful packing can become a practice. After more than 45 years of travel, I have gleaned a few tips to help eliminate the paralyzing what if, and send you sailing with a jolly “Bon Voyage.”

Here they are:

1. Pray. Take charge. Don’t overthink; be decisive.

2. Start two days ahead. Place your suitcase in a separate room other than your bedroom. Do your laundry first.

3. Place hanging clothes on a door rack to view your choices.

4. Pack in daylight, not at night. Begin by counting out underwear.

5. Use Eagle Creek packing cubes for categories.

6. Think simple, think solids.

7. Minimize shoes. Always take a dress.

8. Remove at least 2 items. Be realistic, but not ruthless. You do need clothes and supplies where you are going.

9. Place a versatile windbreaker and a small empty duffle in the outside pocket of your suitcase.

10. Know your enemy. Weigh bags at home.

Once the suitcase is zipped, and you are ready to go, you can pull up to the airport curb without a knot in your stomach. As the ticket agent smiles at you and says, “Place your bag here on the scale,” you can confidently look her in the eye, knowing that you made the cut. Victory! Bye-bye bag.

Question: What is your best packing tip?

“The Five Things to Know for Your New Day”

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The Five Things to Know for Your New Day

“Up to speed. Out the door.

If your day doesn't start until you've gotten up to speed on the latest headlines, then let us introduce you to your new favorite morning fix.

You give us five minutes; we'll give you five things you must know for the day.”

Whoa!

This guarantee from the CNN news service seems too good to be true. But their promise to get us going prompts thousands (millions?) to buy in. They prepare the 5 things, we read the 5 things, and we are armed with readiness to take on the world. Impressive.

But what if, just what if, we tuned in to a different set of Headlines for our favorite morning fix? What if another NEWS SOURCE provided us with Five Things to know for our new day? I believe this must know list would read like this:

1. God has been awake all night.

He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber (Psalm 121:3).

2. His divine resources are available for your day.

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness (2 Peter 1:3).

3. There is a divine agenda in place for your day, which He created before time, began.

For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).

4. His plans are good.

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

5. Focus on this day. Don’t worry about tomorrow.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:34).

That’s all for now. Tune in tomorrow morning for…

Living With Eternal Intentionality

How would your day start differently if you focused on God’s Five Things instead of the world’s five things?

What would you change (add to, take from, exchange) to make this list more personal to you?