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time and focus (part II)

There is another dynamic at work in the process of growth. In relationships, “quality time only comes out of a quantity of time.” Not the easiest truth for soon to be lawyers, but a genuine fact of people is that you cannot sit down for five minutes and expect those isolated minutes to yield a quality relationship. Spending an evening with a friend may result in five quality minutes. Relationships are built through a quantity of time, provided you capture and explore the quality moments that get sprinkled in.

So where does this leave us? Growth takes effort and relationships take time. Time and Focus are our two most precious assets in law school; mainly because they feel so scarce and so over taxed. Time and Focus are easy when hanging out with friends you enjoy and while engaged in activities you love, but are hard to muster on a daily basis.

Consider your time and focus as they relate to your spiritual life. Are you contributing the inputs required and are you getting the results.  If so- wonderful!! If not- ask God for further desire. As was stated in part I,  “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13

Alternative example: At the gym, getting past a lifting plateau is tough.  You have to push the weight to what feels like an exponentially greater degree to break into a new level.  Lifting the same weight you did last week will not get you through the plateau, there must be greater focus to change the status quo.


No Vision = Death

Prov. 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.” (American King James Version) Prov. 29:18 “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.” (New International Version) This verse comes back to me or a regular basis as I find it exceedingly true in my life. I have a hard time working, pushing, toiling, even praising when I am not able to see the end game. Without a real vision of who Jesus is, without a genuine perspective of myself relative to the God, I find myself slowing, my eyes dropping and my heart relating to the meaningless of toil as discussed in Ecclesiastes. But when I seek out vision from God, when I sit with God and gain a proper perspective on Him and of myself- I am often filled with passion, vigor, and purpose. Heb 12:2 “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” I have heard truth defined as “unveiled reality,” seeing things as they really are. Jesus’s work on the cross and love for you and I are real, the vision or revelation of Him is the substance and truth that enables us to press on. He is our end game- keep your eyes on Him and push through the marshes.

– Jeremiah


heart talk

This last weekend my wife and I got a chance to spend a few extra hours of time together and talked about the things that had had been on our hearts. It was amazingly refreshing to expose my heart to her and be seen for who I am rather than be evaluated only on the quality of my most recent brief or the results of my last interview. In eNgage we have been talking about defining ourselves as who we are rather than what we do; I feel one of the first big steps in that sort of living is sharing with others the things God has put in your heart.

My brother-in-law is a pastor at a pretty amazing church in Hollywood called Ecclesia. While teaching through Romans he asserted that “sin is not failure, sin is rebellion.” Sharing our hearts with each other is critical to our growth individually and in our relationships together, but it is even more vital that we share our hearts with God. Rather than seeing our faith as another exam, another test, another outward measure of what we ‘should’ do or recently failed to do, we are able to open our hearts to relate as sons- rather than insurgents. Today, what I want you to consider is not if you read your bible this week or if your thoughts could not find their way out of the gutter. Think about how God has been stirring or moving in your heart this week and share those emotions and passions with someone- today. Take a step in transforming the way in which you measure yourself from outward actions to inward passions and help someone else see you for who you are by letting them see your heart.

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Wednesday Jan 26th 2011
8:00 AM - George Page Commons

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