Pastor Wrinkles: The Lenten Journey Pt. 37

I am so glad that we are in the review stage of this journey. Today was a make-up day at the office since we lost a whole day to Winter Storm Ukko. It was back to back meetings followed by back to back phone calls and admin. A quick jaunt home to walk the little white dogs was followed by two music rehearsals. Supper was followed by finances and now I am at last sitting down to write at 10 P.M.  This review is a great way to end out the day!

Lent Day 21- This day’s questions were:  in your personal life, family life, corporate life, church life…

What areas should  you develop?
What area focused on would make the biggest difference for you?
What is holding you back from being the best that you can be?
I learned just today that one of the things that holds me back is my tendency to refine myself right out of my plans. I let go of creative ideas by thinking of all the reasons my ideas won’t work even before I try to implement them. My chain of negativity needs to go.
Lent Day 22-  This day’s questions were:Are you at peace with your position?

What has to change?

What is your mission?

What things in life need to change so that you can fulfill that mission?

As I come to the end of this journey I can truly say I am at peace with my position and mission. God has really affirmed the place where I stand.

Lent Day 23- On this day I wrote, “The Lord has shown me, though, that excellence is found not in reaching the goal ahead of everyone else or better than everyone else. In fact excellence does not deal directly with the goal at all. It deals with the way I walk this journey. Excellence deals with how fully I obey the calling of God. Excellence is found in being true to God in living. I see if I can just be true to the calling…if I can just focus on following God I will be satisfied and God himself will take care of the results. How liberating is that?!?”

And Lent Day 24- A day of quotes

“You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.”  ―    Steve Maraboli

“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.”  ―    Leonard Bernstein

“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.”  ―    Fred Rogers

And my favorite stress quote of all…

“We must have a pie.  Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.”  ―    David Mamet

What point from these days stood out to you?

4 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles: The Lenten Journey Pt. 37

  1. I really love that the goal isn’t what it’s all about, but the way I walk this journey. 🙂 Thanks Pastor J, for sharing your journey with us .. .God bless you!

  2. >> What point from these days stood out to you?
    “What is holding you back from being the best that you can be?”
    This is a question (in various wordings) I’ve kept before me since reading John Ortberg’s “If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat” several years ago. The only answer of course is “me!” which occasions the response of why, and how do I rectify it? I also like your comments on excellence which go with the question.

    • Thanks Angela. I love John Ortberg; He is profound and yet easy to understand. I think lately God has been having me break “the big me answer” down into the “little me answer.” I have realized that inside of me there are individual mindsets (people pleasing and rejection being two of the larger ones) that keep me from moving into God’s plan.

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