Day 12 – Crowded

One Month to Love!
This was an awesome book, check out my review and I wanted to share with y’all the “important” parts to me. This is by far not what the whole book is about, but just a glimpse of what I thought was catching, or needed to be shared. I will be going through each day, as this will be sorta like my “journal”.

There are 4 weeks involved:
Week 1: The Art of Being All There
Week 2: The Art of Acting Intentionally
Week 3: The Art of Risking Awkwardness
Week 4: The Art of Letting Go

Day 11 of Week 2: Crowded

Crowded

It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one’s neighbor. ~Eric Hoffer

There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult. ~ Warren Buffett

We mistakenly believe that the more we crowd into our overloaded schedules, the more effective we’ll be. But the truth is that growing relationships is a lot like growing crops, they need space to become strong and healthy.

You need to decide what’s important in your life and then cut everything else out.

Another practice that has been very helpful in our lives as well as in our marriage is getting together every week or two for recalibration.

Recalibration is when we sit down with our calendars and go over all the family events that need to go on the schedule first. We write down Open House at school, ball games, band concerts, etc. We schedule our date nights and family getaways.

God sends me a “holy interruption”. Here is my definition of a holy interruption: God’s greater purpose disguised as an annoying interruption to my man-made plan.

In order to act intentionally, you need to shift your priorities from things, accomplishments, and to-do lists and refocus your life on what matters most: relationships.

Lasting Love Relationship Challenge
1) Do you feel like your key relationships are being crowded out by your overloaded schedule? What can you cut out immediately to create space for your relationships to grow?
2) What would you do differently if you knew you had only one month to live?
3) Is it difficult for you to say no to people and opportunities that come your way? Practice saying no as a first response this week until you are sure the opportunity is a priority.
4) Can you think of something in your life over the past few weeks that was a holy interruption? Write it down in your journal.

In case you missed it:
Day 1 – The Most Important Thing
Day 2 – Face to Face
Day 3 – Zoning In
Day 4 – Being All There on a Deeper Level
Day 5 – Staying at the Table
Day 6 – Stuck With Me
Day 7 – Thick and Thin
Day 8 – Last to First
Day 9 – The Imperfect Dance
Day 10 – Painting a Vision
Day 11 – Action Adventure

 

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