Pick one, or two, or three, or …
What are you most excited about? What is your passion? What do you want to learn about? What do you sense the LORD calling you to do? — Hopefully by now, with choosing a “word”, writing out “goals” and “prayer lists”, you can give an answer without blinking an eye.
With that answer in mind…
Today’s challenge is:
BEGIN your FILES
Elizabeth George in A Woman After God’s Own Heart called them “fat files”, folders that grew as she found information related to five topics of interest she had chosen. Jean Fleming in Pursue the Intentional Life had something very similar, where she began collecting everything she could that related to becoming a godly older woman.
I’ve made “collection files” like these on areas from home organization and time management, to places I wanted to visit someday, to topics related to retreats, to files on specific words and spiritual themes. It’s motivating to be on the hunt, but it is especially rewarding to return to these files after some time has passed. Every item is familiar; yet the articles and quotes speak into my new season in a special way as I read through them with fresh and objective eyes.
Today’s challenge is to physically find a folder, pick up a pen or Sharpie, write your topic on the outside, and add your first item. Folders and notebooks of all types are in abundance at this “back to school” time of year. You could use an accordion file for a couple topics or a decorative hat or storage box to keep the folders you are working on in this particular season.
We’re coming down to the end of our 40 days, and these next days are intended to wrap-up, clarify, and send us out ready with goals, tools, and a network of encouragement and accountability to help us succeed.
I’ve viewed these weeks as preparation days for the rest of my year, the “first 40 days of 40” so to speak, to reflect and refocus. As I set out into a new decade and a new season of life, there are new interests, hobbies, passions, and spiritual disciplines I want to develop and pursue.
What about you?
Even if you’ve been receiving these posts in your in-box and skimming them occasionally, but never actually putting pen to paper or taking on a challenge, you can still apply this one today. All of these challenges are “stand alone”; so why not have a clean start with an empty folder?
The world is full of tools! I just want to encourage you to start collecting a few of your own and start using them. You are creative and unique, and the direction you go with any resource is only limited by your initiative and imagination.
Meditate on these verses:
Proverbs 1:5 “A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.”
Proverbs 9:9 “Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.”
Proverbs 10:14a “The wise store up knowledge…”
Proverbs 15:14 “The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.”
Proverbs 18:15 “The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” (NAS) “the heart of the discerning…” (NIV) “an intelligent heart…” (ESV)