More comfortable with being uncomfortable

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People are more comfortable being uncomfortable than being comfortable, if they have been uncomfortable for an extended period of time. It’s simply an ingrained pattern, and familiarity is more comfortable than novelty. Most people have for so long experienced the gnawing sense of anxiety about all the un-captured and un-clarified “work” of their life, that’s what they’re used to. Then no matter how clean and in control they get at some point, they will soon let themselves slide, let things mount up again, unprocessed, sufficiently to get them back to the level of stress they are accustomed to.

This point seems to offer a spiritual application as well. People are often more comfortable with their old sinful life than with the life of Christ, than with the “feeling of freedom,” as Allen mentioned. We love our burdens and weights too much to lay them down. We want to keep our old familiar prejudices and hates and habits. Along with the context of Galatians, might not this truth give extra meaning to chap. 5, verse 1,

“For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery.”

Christ has given us freedom. That freedom was meant to be exercised and enjoyed, not stifled by the inner or religious need to prove one’s own worth to God. This hopeless effort produces only frustration, but some, who already know only this, prefer it to the freedom of having sins totally forgiven and living in the free obedience to the will of God.

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#galatians, #gtd, #habits, #legalism, #spiritual-freedom

Be a doer, not a talker

Tremendous article on doing what you want and should. I read it once, going for second time. I don’t know anything about the site other than this article that I read, but I’ll risk recommending it to you. Obviously, one needs to fit this into the spiriitual motivation and will of God, but it’s very pratical.

#action, #doing, #gtd, #practice

Monday morning review: Getting Things Done

Following my recent use of the Getting Things Done (GTD) approach, with the free TiddlyWiki using Simon Baird’s makeover, I’m in the middle of a weekly review of my progress. I started, what?, Thursday of last week, but I can tell a difference. This week promises to be exciting, if I can keep it up.

I’ve not read the book on which this system is based. I’m tempted to try to get by without it. Give me a few weeks and I’ll decide on this one.

I’d seen Baird’s offering before, and it looked complicated. This time, however, it seemed to call out to me, "Try me, you’ll like it, you’ll ramp up your efficiency." So far so good.

SOCIAL NETWORK. From Friendica, it’s now possible to post to WordPress, Twitter, Facebook (this one not on the installation I use),, Tumblr, and, now, Posterous. From Twitter I post automatically to Facebook, so I’m good there. From Posterous, I can post automatically to Blogspot, MyOpera, and others. This is an exciting development.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. The weekend was a good one. A heavy meeting on Saturday, which went as well as one could expect. Low attendance Sunday morning, 100% Sunday afternoon. Then pizza with friends last night (see pic in previous Friendica post). I got out a bulletin, first time in a while, and a handout for the Sunday morning study.

MORE GTD. One good result of the review: to see where you’ve been and feel your way forward to the next steps. One blessing of the GTD approach is to get all the details, tasks, and information out of your head and down in an organized form. That clears the mind to focus on the task at hand.

When I’d make notes in my agenda, after a week or so, the information or task would get lost. Not now. Every morning the next activity is there waiting for me, until I do it or delegate it or delete it.

Baird had to rename his adaptation of the GTD system. Lawyers told him he couldn’t use the name or abbreviation. Since he built it on top of an application he called monkey something, he changed it to Monkey Getting Stuff Done, I think. mGSD. But as God’s people, we’re not just getting "things" or "stuff" done. We’re doing the will of God.

So how about we rename our use of it. WDGW? Wisely Doing God’s Will. Is that too much of a mouthful?

FINALLY. Coming up: Yesterday, Jorge cited Luke 9.62 in his sermon at Taubaté. That triggered a thought, then a five-line poem stanza, and this morning, three more stanzas. I’ll send it later this week to the closed Cloudburst Syndicated Poetry list. I think it’s one of my best. (But, like sermons, people don’t always agree with the poet or preacher’s assessment.) If you have any spiritual interest, I guarantee you’ll like it. Working title: "My Hand Is on the Plow." If you want to read it, you’ll have to — sorry — sign up to the list.

#gtd, #poetry, #work-review