20/30 Challenge

This is what happens when I am sitting in a hotel room in S.F. with nothing to do. I write and write and write…which is good I guess. Let me know what you think. If you accept the challenge leave a comment on the blog or drop me an email. I’ll pray for you, you pray for me as we take this journey…
dont say you’ll do it if you dont intend to. mean it!

20/30 Challenege

How many of you feel lost? Are struggling? Sometimes feel like nothing in your Christian walk is working?

How many of you have arrived? You’ve made it?

How many of you think you still have a long journey ahead of you to begin to become the man or woman God has called you to be?

Let’s see I’ll answer for myself:
Yes, yes, yes…No, No…and Yes

That covers me and I’ll go ahead and take the liberties to answer the exact same for everyone else:
Yes, yes, yes, no, no and yes.

And don’t think I have some magical ability to look deep into the recesses of your soul to ferret out the answers. I am able to give those answers because you, like me, have a long way to go. I am able to watch as we judge people. We gossip about people. We stick our noses into other people’s business and then make excuses to make ourselves feel better about it. We listen to messages preached from the pulpit and quietly hope that “Mrs. So-and-so” and “Mr. Whatshisname” are listening, not even thinking for a second that the message is for us.

We have a long way to go…and by we…I mean you. (and me)

I for one am tired of living always on the cusp of something amazing. I say God is good and God is love and all that jazz. Heck I might even be one of the “special” ones and raise my hands when I praise God, someone how thinking that the simple act of putting my hands above my head somehow puts me on another plane of worship with God and yet I have trouble simply doing the thing Jesus says is most important.

To love.

And so do you.

So I am issuing a challenge to everyone who reads this. For lack of originality and creativity the challenge is the 20/30 Challenge.
Will you give God 20 minutes a day for 30 days? If you already give God more than that give Him an additional 20 minutes a day, and even though statistics might not always be correct I have talked to enough people to know that reading the Bible and praying are often only done on Sundays, maybe Wednesdays, and possibly for 30 seconds before mealtimes and if we are lucky for 3 to 5 minutes in our cars or other times we can squeeze God into our busy schedules.

So the challenge is to give God 20 minutes a day for 30 days. It is NOT too much to ask. Wake up 30 minutes early and spend time with Him. Take 20 minutes of your lunch and spend it in prayer. Turn off the TV at night and spend time with Jesus. It is the least we can do, I mean after all he died on a cross and accepted the penalty for your sin, can’t you give him 20 minutes? (How’s that for a guilt trip?)

Right now, even as I am writing this I am already coming up with excuses or possible reasons for my inability to possibly pull this off. But I don’t want what I have been getting lately.

A wise man once said…
“You always get what you always got if you always do what you always did.”

The wise man? OK it was me…I may not be wise, but I am a man…(not quite 40).

I don’t wanna simply say things about Jesus, I wanna live them out. I wanna be able to love people with the love of Jesus, and not just with my words. I wanna stop judging people and start loving them. So I take this challenge. I am going to give God 20 uninterrupted minutes each day for the next 30 days.

Studies have shown that it take eleven days of doing something repetitively to make it become a habit. So hopefully after 30 days of my spending time with God will cease to be a habit and simply become who I am, and not something I am doing.

Anyone else up for the challenge?

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