Archives for December 2018
Approximately 2,700 years ago, in the midst of tragedy, darkness and despair, the prophet Isaiah prophesied, "to us a child is born, to us a son is given". The response of the Father to a broken world is to send a child, His one and only son. What an amazing response! Not a solider, not a politician, a son. He didn't send an army or start a political party. He extended family.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:6-7 NIV)
Approximately 700 years later Jesus was born. An angel announces His arrival.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:8-12 NIV)
The Father loved us so much He sent His Son, who loved us so much that He gave up His life so that we might become sons and daughters, brothers and sisters - a family sent in the same love with the same commission as Jesus himself.
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (Romans 8:29 NIV)
Amidst the turmoil and tragedy that so often strikes this broken world, I remember the Father's response and I'm inspired again to be loved and sent into the world with the message of life, light and hope.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)
Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21 NIV)
In this commission is found the why? of LW3.
Take a moment, pause and reflect: what results are you getting from the way you are doing life?
It’s said every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets. This is a powerful truth for people and organisations.
A system is simply a group of interdependent parts that interact to form an integrated whole. That system can be the organisation you belong to: business, church or charity but it can also be your life, comprised as it maybe of marriage, family, friendship, work and community.
When that system is your life, then failure, when you don’t get the results you want, is simply feedback that the way you’re doing life is failing not that you are a failure.
Many of us are experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, frustration, fatigue, disappointment, disrupted sleep and unhealthy eating patterns. I’m convinced these “results” which massively impact our marriages, families and workplaces can be changed by changing the system that is the way we are doing life. By living intentionally in pursuit of better outcomes. It’s said the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expect a different result.
LW3 encourages us to take a holistic view of what it means to be human and a holistic approach to living. To take a look at our life, take responsibility for the results we are getting from the way we’re doing life and where necessary make adjustments.
We triangulate that journey with three simple questions:
What would it look like for me to live well?
What would it look like for me to love well?
What would it look like for me to lead well?