In it for the long haul

I’ve only been doing this for 5 years, but sometimes it feels like 500. It’s important to stay in it for the long haul. Unfortunately, in our race to do things ever-faster, we end up burning a lot of people out. The following is a brief list of encouraging words about staying in it for the long haul assembled from various sources.

  1. Driscoll’s “Call to Endure” outlines five areas to keep track of so that you can stay in it for a long time: The Call is to Endure 1) spiritually, 2) physically, 3) maritally / parentally, 4) theologically, and 5) relationally. I highly recommend this (video and audio are available) and personally go back to it about once every 6 months.
  2. Rainer’s “10 Characteristics of Leaders Who Last” shares some great insights: 1) Begin with the end in mind, 2) have a big vision, 3) take care of yourself spiritually, 4) get sleep, exercise and good food, 5) prioritize family, 6) be kind, 7) delegate, 8) don’t be discouraged, 9) keep real friends close, 10) learn to laugh

I’ve narrowed these down to a personal “to done” list, want to share them with close friends, and commit to checking on myself every quarter. DON’T GIVE UP! God loves you too much, and your life, family, work is too important!

  • Pray and Listen: I want to talk to God, but I long even more to hear from God.
  • Prioritize and Be Spontaneous: This is for the family. Make them a priority and just simply choose to be spontaneous and free in doing something crazy to bless them!
  • Write and Read: That’s why I started the blog, but I also want to learn on a variety of topics including academic, entertaining, spiritual, business-related, practical, relational, you name it.
  • Work and Rest. Learning to rest is something I want to grow in.
  • Exercise and Sleep. I need to keep these in balance.
  • Eat and Fast. I want to keep a rhythm and balance of the two.
  • Connect and Disconnect. The latter may be more difficult.

I want to be around to honor this:

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children

Proverbs 13:22

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