Why Do People Move?

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I have been asked the question, “why?”

In fact, I have been asked that question more times than I can count.

Even more so now that I have two kids.

Here is a quote from my son, “Daddy, Why, why daddy, daddy, daddy, why, why, why…?”

I am not afraid of this question, but the timing of the “why” behind something is usually a little off.

Recently, I was asked a much more specific version of this question. The question I have been ask is this: “Why are you moving?”

I was asked this because I recently moved from Louisiana to Texas. From The Bayou Church to Sugarcreek Baptist Church.

I spent most of my life in Louisiana, and I am thankful for all the people who invested in me and believed in me when no one else did.

So, why do people move?

People move for all kinds of reasons.

It is not uncommon to move for one of the following reasons: more space, an upgrade, a relationship, an empty nest, closer to family, school, or even a new job.

Moving can be a stressful, time consuming, and a costly process.

Hebrews 11:8 Says…

“He went out, not knowing where he was going.”

Have you ever “gone out” in this way?

If so, there is no logical answer possible when anyone asks you what you are doing. One of the more difficult questions to answer in Christian work is, “Why are you are going?”

But this is not only true for us who are in ministry. This is true for every follower of Jesus.

When God tells us to move, move. Just do it.

Sometimes you and I don’t know what we are going to do when God tells us to move; and the only thing we know is that God knows what He is doing. And this offers an opportunity for us to see God move.

It is in these moments that you and I must continually examine our attitude toward God.

When we examine our attitude, we must see if we are willing to let God move in our life and really see if we are ready to “go all out” in every area of our lives, trusting in God entirely.

Why is attitude so important?

Because attitude is everything when it comes to moving.

Oswald Chambers says it like this:

It is this attitude (going all out for God) that keeps you in constant wonder, because you don’t know what God is going to do next.

Everyday you wake up, there is a new opportunity to “go all out” for God!

Everyday you wake up, you have the opportunity to build your confidence in God!

In other words, don’t worry about the things that concerned you before.

Instead of asking God what He is going to do about your situation or your circumstance. Ask Him what He is going to do next!

Then wait.

Wait for Him to speak to you.

Wait for Him to reveal it to you in His time!

While you wait on him to answer you, He will reveal to you who He is.

You will discover something new and fresh about your relationship with God!

Do you believe in a miracle-working God, and will you “go all out” in complete surrender to Him until you are not surprised one iota by anything He does?

Believe God is always moving.

Let the attitude of your life be a continual willingness to “go all out” in dependence upon God, and your life will have a sacred and inexpressible charm about it!

You must learn to “go all out” through your convictions, your worship, and your life experiences until you come to the point in your faith where there is nothing between yourself and God.

Which brings us back to this question: why do people move?

People move because they want to.

God’s people move because when He asks us to move, we move.

Yes it can be difficult, but moving is more than packing and moving boxes.

Moving means following.

Moving means loving.

Moving means hoping.

Moving means trusting.

Moving means believing.

Moving means change.

And to be more specific, it means life change.

There are many reasons people move, but one thing is for sure...moving means change.

Slammin Thought:
God’s People move because they want the best kind of change, life change.

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Time Matters

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Time is money.

I have heard so many people say that…they also say that they do not have time or they are running out of time.

One thing is for sure, we cannot make more time or get more time out of the day. That is why time matters.

We can only manage it better.

Time management is important because we are only given so much time.

Think about it: each person is allotted a certain amount of time for their life.

Which leads me to some questions: How are you spending your time? Do you spend it binging Netflix? Watching or playing sports? Movies? Food? Being a drama queen? The list really can go on.

In the Bible, James echoes this:

“You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. ” James 4:14

Time on earth is fleeting. In fact, it is infinitely small compared to eternity. A good way to show that time matters is to learn to live each day with an eternal perspective.

The creator has set eternity in the hearts of man. And each person will have to give an account to God. What does that mean? It means that you and I will have to say why we did what we did with all the time He gave us. In other words, what we do with our time really matters. Am I saying that enough?

C. S. Lewis said:

“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.”

God gave you time. That means that time is a gift. That is why time matters.

With every gift, you are given the opportunity to receive it with gratitude.

There are three easy ways a person can improve their time management.

1. Prioritize Your Day - prioritize what needs to get done each day, each week, and each month by scheduling out timelines and project projections. Let priorities dictate how you spend your time each day.

2. Develop Margin - develop the principle of margin in your schedule. Margin is the space between our load and our limits. It is the amount allowed beyond that which is needed. It is something held in reserve for contingencies or unanticipated situations. Margin is the gap between rest and exhaustion, the space between breathing freely and suffocating. Margin is the opposite of overload (Margin, Richard Swenson).

3. Just Say No - Time management can be improved by practicing one simple word, “no!” It is impossible to say “yes” to everything and please everyone. You learn to say “yes” to the right things by prioritizing your relationships and how those relationships pertain to your weekly allotted amount of time. Just say no more often.

Time is special gift from God, the creator of time. And it is time for you and I to start treating it that way. Time matters, and it is a gift that can be given and taken away.

Slammin Thought:
Steward your time like it is the only thing you can give away.


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