Do It WIth Passion
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Do It WIth Passion


Overwhelmed? Over Committed? Overworked? Busy? Slammed? Crazy Season? Worn out? Burnt out? Stressed? This message is for you! There is something better to shoot for than a balanced life. -- Join the 21 Days of Prayer (

Then I've may have spent a little bit more time than normal studying and watching plates spinning. I don't know if you've watched any splate pennies plate spinning videos very much lately, but if you search on youtube you can find anything, and that's what I've been doing with my time lately. So if you find any plate spinning videos, you should send them to me, because one of the things that was really surprising to me is that there aren't really any good plate spinning videos online. I found two, so if you can find more than that, that would be cool, but I might show you the other two as time goes on here the next couple weeks, but I think there's only two. So we got to kick off our balanced myth series by spinning some plates. What do you think? Yes, yeah, we're going to spend some plates. That's what I thought. But first of all, have you ever used that phrase before? Someone asked you how are you doing and you're like, I got a lot of plates spinning right now. You know, it's sort of similar to like you got a lot of balls in the air right it's like these juggling metaphors. There's all these different things and you have to put a little bit of time into this, and a little bit of time at that, and a little bit of energy over here pay attention to this, and it's just crazy to look at. And and really that's what plate spinning is. It's like a it gets me out of breath. I'm watching these videos and this dude is running around like his heads like cut off, you know, and he's just like Oh, like, what's going on? And he's gotta do this and spend this and go over here in this one's wobbling. So I'm going to need your help today. If you see a plate wobbling, you know, you got to yell out. I got to run and run and go get it. But that's oftentimes the way that we live our life, isn't it? Because if we start spending this one right, this is our life. Would this be nice if our life was like this, just calm and nice and stable, collected and just like wow, it's so, so, so nice. You know, you just give a little energy and just take a deep breath. You don't have to move. It's just so. But, as you might imagine, this is fake life. This life. Isn't this right? This is not your life. If I preach the message today, talking to you about a life like this, I would be missing the boat completely. Our life incorporates all different kinds of things, all different aspects of our life that we have to keep going. There's not just one simple thing. So let's start with our first one to this morning. This is our spiritual life. Okay, you're in church, you're watching online, you're engaged with church in some way, shape or form. You got to remember to go, you got to remember to tune in, you got to remember what website to click on, you got... remember to pray, you got to remember to read Your Bible, you got to even memorize versus. You gotta do all these things. You got to serve, you got a volunteer, you got to do all these things. It's like a full time job your spiritual life, right, but your life consists of a lot more than just your spiritual life, doesn't I mean you got to have some some friends, right, you got to have some relational life going on to right, and this one, this one's a little complicated. So there's two plates, because you got your spouse, you got to take care of them, you got to spend time with them, and your kids. If you got some kids, then you know, do they even know your name? Do they like to spend time with you? You know, what about you know? What about your friends? What about your friends? Do you make time to spend with any of your friends? How about New People? Right, you get new people in your life. Your schedule so busy you don't have any time for any new people. Right. But we all have these relational plates that we got to keep spinning as well. And now we got two plates. Right, we got our relational selves, we got our spiritual selves. Let's see which one are we going to next? But we got more, right, there's more parts of our life now. We got now we got our emotional and physical well being, because if we're always focused on other people, then we won't will forget about ourselves here. Right. So I'm spending these all in different directions. So well, you got to work out, you we got to remember to get to the gym. You got to remember to do all these things right. You gotta remember to eat right, you got to remember to go to bed on time, you gotta remember all of these things. What about our brain and taking care of like your mental capacity? Right, how do you feel? Do you understand your emotions. Are you, like, you know, overboard with a lot of those things? Or, you know, do you take good care of your mental health? I'll get that one later. There's a lot to consider with all of these three plates that are spending. Let's go to the right. There we go, now we're good. I played basketball. This is good shuffling practice, sir. So now we could add, you know, plate five and six and seven, depending on how many areas of your life you want to think about this morning. But we're just going to do one more. We'll call this one our financial area of our life, because I think you probably have some bills to pay right you have some things that are due or maybe pass do that we're due last month and that... haven't gotten to yet, and some loans that you've forgotten about and you know you got to wonder. Are you saving enough money? Are you investing enough money? Are you in the ripe investments? What are you doing with making more money? How do I get a new job? How do I get a new rays? And so we are thinking about all of these things for plates. Come on, somebody, four plates, spinning, four plates, moving, four plates. We're taking care. Nobody's impressed for plays that are going and it's we're going to take care of our life. That's right, we got it all going. Right, if I just get to everything, if they all keep spinning, then life is going to be good. Right, right, right, all this effort, all this energy. But maybe maybe there's a better way, maybe there's a better way to live your life. Maybe, I think there should be. Right, there's a there's got to be. There's got to be a better way than this, because we all have a limited amount of time and a limited amount of energy and a limited amount of things that we can do and if we don't control it, if we don't manage it, well, then things are just going to spiral out of control. It's going to go crazy. You're going to feel overwhelmed, over worked and overcommitted, and nobody wants that. Right. But does this characterize your life right now? I mean you're running from everything to everything, you're making it all happen. Or maybe your life was once this way and you're like, I don't ever want to go back there ever again, because I know how bad that is. It seems like if you ask somebody how you do and they answer is busy, right, or slam does the new normal and crazy time is all of the time, and if we just get to everything and do everything, then life is good. But life doesn't have to be this way. It shouldn't be this way. What life doesn't have to be this way and it shouldn't be this way. Really, you all look like you've never seen that before. Oh Man, that was fun. I want to wade through some of the problems of our life, some of the ideas of understanding ourselves, of are the way that we live today, and then next week I'm going to look at Jesus life and see... he lived. What was his pace? You'll see the word walk a lot with Jesus and we're going to talk all about that in the coming next week and then in two weeks from now we're going to apply some of these things specifically to our life and see, like, what does this mean for me? What is God saying exactly for me? And one of the tools that we're using in this series to help us do these things as called the twenty one days of prayer. And so if you haven't signed up yet for the twenty one days of prayer, I encourage you to do that. You can go to Connective Church Dot Org Twenty one days of prayer and sign up just I encourage you to go ahead do that now, pause me and I'll be here when you get back. Right. Pause the video, click on their sign up for it, and what it's going to be is twenty one days something is going to prompt you to pray, to think about your life, to talk to God about it and see kind of what God's telling you to do. And so they'll be a devotional thought and action to accomplish with which will kind of like put into practice some of the things that we're talking about. Like sometimes the action is walk, like when's the last time you just took a five minute walk? I don't know. Well, maybe you should try it right. Yeah, so walking is one of those things. And then scripture to study and like a prayer thing to engage with, and so I encourage you to sign up for the twenty one days of prayer if you're in the room this morning, or even if, I guess if you're not in the room, will figure this out later, but there are some printed copies hanging on the wall over there that you could take with you if you don't want to get it digitally and if they all disappear, maybe I'll get some more printed copies next week. Four days seven through, I guess it would be thirteen. So twenty one days of prayer. Make sure you sign up for that, because I think that we all think about life pretty much the same in some way, shape or form. I'm just the guy with the microphone this morning and if I was to ask you to come up here and grab the microphone and just say tell me about your life, tell me about your life, you would probably say something like this. In you probably wouldn't use exactly these words, but this would probably be the general gist of it. You would probably say something like my life is is pretty good, like it's all right, like it's going well, I'm fine with it. I want to make a difference in people's lives and I'm really like I really don't want to mess it up, like this is the only life I got. I don't want to mess it up. But sometimes, if I'm honest with myself, sometimes I feel like I don't get it right all of the time. Sometimes I just I feel like I'm not doing life the way that I wish it could be. Like maybe I'm a little too stressed out with some things. Maybe my job isn't exactly what I wanted to be or used to be better and it's not exactly perfect. Maybe I'm feeling a little...

...burnt out on certain things. Maybe you had some dreams at some point in time and now you're like that was a pretty cool but I don't know when I can ever do that or if that's even possible anymore. And so some of these ideas about our life, the way that we think about our life, I find these themes highlighted in a pretty famous scripture in the Bible. If you have your Bible, turn with me to loop chapter ten, Luke. Chapter ten is a conversation with a religious leader, an expert in the religious law, and he has a conversation with Jesus, which is pretty interesting. And if you don't have your Bible, that's okay. There's a free one in the lobby in the new here area. We'd love to give you one and if you you can also look at the words on the screen behind me as well. But here we see this interaction and you'll see some of these themes pop up in this in this conversation. So one day an expert in religious law, stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question. Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life? So here's the theme of I want to live a great life. Now he's asking forever. Right, I want my life to be good. I wanted to last forever. And if you're going to ask Jesus a question, that's a pretty good question to ask, right, Jesus replied, what does the Law of Moses say? How do you read it? He's like, look at Your Bible, look at your scriptures, look to the word of God to guide your life. And the man answered, you must love the Lord, your God, with all your heart and all your soul and all your strength and all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. He's like, here's what I know, this is what it says. I'm reading it, and Jesus says right, Jesus told him do this and you will live. Wow, like confirmation from Jesus that what you're thinking and what you said was right. How cool is that? You are right. And now the hard part. Do it. You're right, but do it. I know it, I can say it, I can read it, but everyone say do it. Type it in the chat. Do it. Do it. Like I know the best way to live. I know that what I'm doing right now stresses me out at stresses everybody out. I know that I should take better care of this and do this, and I know, and I know, and I know, but do you do it? I know how to avoid burnout. I know how to use all the right words. I know how to do it. I know how to do it. I know how to do it,...

...but do it. Yeah, great, do it. Do it. Look at these verses. This verse again. Love the Lord your God with all your heart. I love this. Look at this. Was Cool. Love the Lord your God with all your heart. You're like, why is he stand in front of the financial peace? Will remember that Jesus said, where your treasure is, there your heart will be. Also, love the Lord your God with all your heart, and love him with all of your soul. Okay, and love him with all of your mind or strength? Yeah, and your mind, your physical self and your mental self. And then love your neighbor as yourself. Wow. So I think this is really, really cool, but it also stresses me out because now, when I followed Jesus, is one commandment to love God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength of love my neighbor. As myself now, I have all of these things to do, all of these stags. It encompasses all of areas of my life, like it's not just one thing. It's like the greatest commandment Jesus could ever give is all of these things. It's all of these areas of my life. And how in the world can I ever do this? How in the world can I ever live a life that does this? And if you're asking that question, you wouldn't be alone. It's why the guy in our conversation ask this question. WHO's my neighbor? He's like, forget about this for a second. I've got questions about my physical wellbeing and emotional but let's just leave that for a second. I've got questions about what ups like to honor and Love God, but, like letten this, leave that one for a second. And I don't understand this one at all. Let's just leave this. So let me ask you a question about this, because I want to live right, I want to honor God, I want to live for him. Who exactly is my neighbor? And then we see that luke informs us that the man wanted to justify his actions. That's why he asked the question. And aren't we good at justifying our actions? Aren't we good at this? You're like, oh, great, a sermon series about managing my time and my energy. I can't wait to tell this guy how to do it, I can't wait to tell him all the tips, I can't tell him how the right way to live my life is. I can't wait. It's going to be great. But that's not what this sermon series is about. This series is is about managing our time and...

...our energy and our priorities. But I don't want you to do it just to prove to God or yourself or anybody that like, yeah, I can do it, you know, like yeah, I'm accomplish something like. This series is all about understanding God's design for the world and how he wants you to thrive in it, like like he's created it into such a certain way and these a certain grace for you that you can experience this life in an incredible way. And that's really what the series is about. But we are so good at making excuses, justifying our actions, especially when it comes to time. So when somebody says to you like Hey, do you want to come over tonight for dinner and you're like, I don't know if I have time for that. Okay, or when you're someone at work says, Hey, I got an extra project for you. I didn't have time to do it. Could you do it? Your answer might be or could be a lot of times mine is right now, I don't have time for that. I don't have time for that. I don't have the energy. I don't have the time to go. I don't have the time to show up there. I don't have the time to go and go to my kids stuff. I don't have the time to go and support my friend that their activity. I don't have time for that. I got too many things, too many plates spinning. I don't have time. But change starts with admitting your reality, admitting our reality. Change starts with admitting our reality. And when it comes to time, you can come up with it many excuses as you want to, but you have enough time to do everything that you want to do. You have enough time to do everything you not. That not that you need to do necessarily, that you want to do. It's really a choice and so it's helpful. Instead of saying I don't have the time when you just say to yourself, you probably don't want to tell this to the other person when they invite you over, but it's like you got to tell it to yourself. I had the time, I just chose not to or I could have gotten it done, but I chose not to. I was able to finish it, but I didn't. And so in life, when we think about is in our in our text here, when the man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, who's my neighbor? Right, love your neighbor as yourself. Okay, how do I do that? How do I do that? I think I'm doing it. So he's trying to justify himself, he's trying to come up with an excuse of why, you know, he's living a certain way that he is, and Jesus answers him with a very famous story. Is Anyone know the famous story that Jesus Answers this question with? It's called the Good Samaritan, and Jesus uses the story... illustrate what a good neighbor looks like. And we don't really know this for sure, but it seems like this story that Jesus told challenged this man and it like rocked his life because he realized that he really wasn't loving his neighbor like this and that, and this is probably the more important part, he couldn't love his neighbor the way that Jesus was describing in this story. And so he realized he needed Jesus, he needed to follow Jesus, he needed to learn from Jesus, he need to to be with Jesus, because he was no way he was going to do all of these things, and especially love his neighbor like that. No Way. And so I don't think we have the capacity within us to love God with all of our heart, all of our soul, all of our strength, all of our mind and and do something else, love our neighbor as ourselves. That is impossible, just like I think managing all of the aspects of our life also is very difficult and very probably impossible. But I think we can, in our energy and efforts right to learn how to follow God, learn how to follow Jesus, to receive His grace in our life and want to kind of develop our life and grow our life to be more like Christ and fit within the world that God created. And so my question for you this morning is and in the series is. Are you trying to keep your life balanced? Are you trying to keep all the plates spinning? Instead of shooting for balance, there's another word I think you should shoot for. Shoot for passion, not balanced, shoot for passion. I called this series to Balance Myth because I think finding balance in your spiritual life, finding balancing your fit financial life, your relational life, your physical, emotional, what life, all of these things is impossible and it stresses you out, that stresses people out and it makes you run around like a crazy person. And who really wants balance anyway, because nobody did anything significant that was balanced. Passionate people do things that are significant. Balanced people don't change the world. Passionate people do. Balance Side it sort of implies like a less idea, like if I just worked less, then I'll be able to put more effort and energy into my family, or if I just did less commitments, then I'll be able to put more into this and and passion is the opposite of that. Passion is okay,...

...let's think about my date night with my spouse. I'm gonna have the best date night ever. It's going to be great, it's going to be exciting, it's going to be awesome. And then when I think about my kids, I'm going to spend time with them, I'm going to play with them, I'm going to make believe in the kitchen for hours with them. I'm going to get on the floor, I'm going to like I'm just, I'm going to put all of I have into that. With my job, I'm going to I'm going to do it as best as I can. I'm when I get together with friends at a coffee shop and have lunch with them and conversate with them, I'm going to make it the best meeting I've ever had with them before, because I'm going to give it all. I'm going to embrace it fullheartedly, which means you can't do everything that way, which means that if you can't put passion behind it or into it, then you might have to say no, nobody likes that word. And yes, you should take a break and you should break passionately. Do It really, really well, cut yourself off from every connection, do what ever you got to do to have a break and do it with passion. Sleep, you better sleep, and you better sleep the best that anyone sleeps. Right, you're going to have the best night sleep. You're going to volunteer to coach sports, you're going to start a hobby, collect trains, play baseball, whatever. Whatever you're going to do, do it with passion. But when you're stressed out, your passion wings and spinning plates stresses you out, stresses me. Oh, shooting for balance stresses you out, whears you out, Burns you out. And God, God, gave his people a lot of things to think about. In the Old Testament God gave the law. It's like six hundred some commands, and in the New Testament they added a whole bunch of stuff on top of that. There's a lot about everything, and there was one prayer that kind of stood out amongst all of them, and the word that was used to reference and still is used to reference this prayer is called the Shema, which is a Hebrew word, as the language that they spoke to, the language the Old Testament was written in. Sheima just means here and here is the first word of this prayer that it kind of summarizes or a kind of condenses all of the different laws, all the different things to think about, until like one idea. That's why it became probably the most important prayer and all of Judaism, and in many places it's still recited at least daily today. And the Sima can be found in Deuteronomy chapter six.

So if you want to turn there, you can, and if not, that's all right. The words will be right here on the screen behind me. And this is the Shema. Starting in Verse Four. It says listen, Oh Israel, or here right. So this is really fascinating. These believers, these old testament saints, some people that followed God. They didn't write as many books and things as we do today, like writing was for scribes. It was I mean, obviously they wrote, but they did a lot of mental memory and mental teaching, and so the technique that is used here in the Shema is they would say the first word of whatever it is that they old, you know, the scriptures, would say, and then everybody, because they all memorize that, they all knew it, would just say the rest of it. And so the Shima was like, Oh, okay, here's what we're doing, we're going to recite these words. They mean, these people had entire books, multiple books, sections of the Bible memorize. It's like we can't even memorize one verse, but that's all right. So they said Shema, which means listen or here, oh Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord alone, and you must love the Lord, your God, with all your heart and your soul and all your strength, and you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I'm giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you were at home and when you're on the road and when you're going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of Your House and on your gates. God was instilling in his people this idea that he wanted all of you to be committed to him, wholeheartedly committed, and the way that this was going to function or happen, the best way, is that every area of your life was kind of centered around that. When you were walking, when you were sitting in your car, when you were taking a shower, when you were eating dinner, when you were going to bed, when you were getting up in the morning, all of these different things, there was a regular routine of saying, in this area of my life, whatever area, wherever you are whatever door you walk through. I'm going to think about what it means to be committed wholeheartedly to God with all of my heart, with all of my strength, with all of my soul, with all of my mind, and I just I think again, even thinking...

...about it is just stressful. It's like really all, like all of this stuff, all like all of it. And so we want to shoot for being stressed less. Right, let's let's just get stressed less. If I could be less stressed than life will be better. But when you you can't accomplish that by, like taking a time off from your life. Like time off won't heal you. And the problem is how you spend your time on. So how many of you are looking forward to a vacation? You're like, if I could just stop working for a month and go and travel to type it in the chat wherever your favorite travel destination was. Right, you could go anywhere you wanted to go. Right. Where would you go? If I could just go there for a month, my life will be great. I'll be so destressed, it'll be awesome. And then the month is over, you get on their plane, you come back and you show up for work and you're like Oh yeah, I forgot about this. Time off won't heal you when the problem is how you spend your time on. So I really want to in the next couple weeks, dig into how do you spend your time on? How, when you're doing the things you have to do, that you need to do, that you want to do, how do you do it in such a way that it gives life to you and to other people and that you don't just go have to, you know, spend time in the woods for two months just to decompress, which, of course, I mean it's a good thing and there's certainly room for that. But we want to time off on heal you when the problem is how you spend your time on. The other thing that happens when you think about all of our life and doing everything to honor God and all this stuff, is you're like, my life is crazy right now. Then anyone think that I'm in a crazy, and this is the word that we use season, a crazy season. But here's the thing about seasons. Seasons have an ending and if your crazy life doesn't have an end moment, then it's not a crazy season, it's a crazy life. Said this way, if your busy season has no ending. It's not a season, it's your life. So if you just accept that and receive that and say, you know what it is, it just like I thought that when the kids would grow up and move out, my life would be less busy, or I thought that if I just went I you know, made it to this certain month and then I'd be okay, or when I got to this certain thing or got married by a car what, you know, whatever you thought and it didn't happen that way, which usually it doesn't, then it's not a busy season, it's your life. And so how can you take your life and honor gone and do all these things in the way that God designed? That that's what we're talking about in this series and I hope that through the twenty one days of...

...prayer and our time together, as we talked about managing our time and our energy in our priorities, that will be able to control some of these aspects of our life a little better. And really it's a renewal of our trust in God and our ability to follow him and to live in His grace and his design and to make the most of every opportunity to love God and to love people. I'm an amateur plate spinner, so just bear with me. Right, we got to end this way. So if you do this, you might actually have time in your life to dream again, like dream about starting that business, dream about taking that trip, dream about cleaning out your garage or weeding the garden or writing a song or something. Right, we get caught up in keeping all the plates spinning that we forget that it was really our dream to fly.

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