Seven Day Challenge: Day One

AT LAST, I have decided to do something.

For quite some time, I have been planning to go back to blogging; to write my thoughts about my life, my ministry, the revelations and personal lessons, and everything in between. And when I mean “quite some time,” it is more like “months ago.”

It happens. When you have a lot of things to do that has more priority, you do them first and leave the rest behind. You become busy.

There goes that word again – BUSY.

Then you want to do some things that are not a real priority but are fun to do. But you can’t do them because you would instead use the time you can spare to either make more money or do other priorities in advance. Sometimes, you feel guilty just having fun.

Would you agree with me?

However, life is too short. And for me to focus on things that need to be done and not give time to things that are fun and cool will make me either unhappy or, worse, cranky. We work more. We have fun less. Then we ask why we are unhappy.

So I decided to do something about it. I made a BOLD STEP to involve myself in a personal SEVEN DAY CHALLENGE. For the next seven days, I will be allotted time for something that I enjoy doing. I want to create a new habit; a new system, if you will, in my life.

Why seven days? People say that to form a habit; you need to do something consistently for the next 21 days. So how come I’m just doing seven days? Simple. If I can do something consistently for the next SEVEN DAYS, then I have to repeat it three times. Then, I’ll form a new good habit. Isn’t it much easier to look at it that way than being overwhelmed with 21 days?

So my SEVEN DAY CHALLENGE is that I will start blogging my thoughts, revelations, feelings, and the like online.

One of my favorite sayings is that A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” My thousand mile journey begins today, and this is my first step. And, believe me, the first step is often the hardest.

Doing this blog was hard. “How hard can it be?”, you may ask. It is true. It is not as hard as it seems. To be in front of a computer and type or take an iPad and start tapping away anything that makes sense seems easy enough. True. But with business to attend to, projects to finish, bills to pay, a house to renovate, frequent visits to the hardware store, checking and withdrawing of funds, helping your son with his homework, being a father and a husband, always a 24/7 Lead Pastor of a thriving church called THE ROCK CAMPUS, and squeezing meals and bathroom breaks, the best option for some spare time is my head on a pillow.

But today, I take time to sit, tap and type on m iPad and reflect.

And, in all fairness, I feel relaxed. It is therapeutic. Seeing my thoughts and feelings on text is relieving. Tapping so slightly on the keypad is like releasing stress without the force. Then, as I scroll back up and review what I have written, I realize that someone out there might be going through what I am going through.

That they want to do something that means a lot to them but don’t just have the time or energy.

May I encourage you today: If I can start making time to do something I love, I am sure you can do it too.

Hopefully, as I take this SEVEN DAY CHALLENGE, it will develop in me a new good habit. But may this personal challenge also become a catalyst for others and inspire them to do the same. Yes, it can be done. You just have to take the first step.

And, THE FIRST STEP IS OFTEN THE HARDEST.

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