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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Time and transformation

by Pam Roth
Have you ever noticed that time seems to zip by when you really wished you could have an extra minute or two; and it drags by when you are – as the kids say, “Bored?”  I’ve had people actually say to me, “I wish there was more time in a day.”  Or have you heard someone say, “I’d like to borrow some time.”  Or here’s another famous statement about time, “I’m planning to make up for lost time.”  Wow!  How does that happen?

All of us have the same 24 hours in a day.  It really isn’t about the minutes on a clock; it is about what we do with that allotted time that makes all of the difference.  Charles Bixton, a 1946 American screen actor, once said, “You will never find time for anything.  If you want time, you must make it.”  Do you agree with that statement?  What’s your philosophy about time?

For me, there is a big picture about time – what needs to be accomplished; and there is also this moment by moment concept that plays out in my head.  My days are often divided up into several segments: things I need to accomplish for me, personally; client appointments, writing a newsletter; caring for home and my husband; carrying out ministry responsibilities; checking in on my parents; and staying connected to family and friends.  Yikes!  I’m starting to feel tired just thinking about all of the things that I am committed to doing.  How can I, or any of us for that matter, approach all of the things that we want to accomplish in the amount of time that we have in a day?  How can we allow time to help to transform us?

If we gravitate towards Bixton’s approach – “You will never find time for anything.  If you want time, you must make it.” – we will see the need to seize the moment.  I don’t believe that Bixton is literally saying that we will produce time like the theory of borrowing time or making up for lost time; but instead, we will create the right atmosphere to be able to operate in the time that has been allocated to us and we will carve away the minutes or hours that we need to accomplish our priorities.

What would happen if we began to say, “Time is my friend.”?  Or like the title of an old Rolling Stones song, we made this statement, “Time is on my side, yes it is.”  Do you think that we would feel less stressed and more in control of our lives if we believed that “time really is on our side?”  If so, what would happen if you saw the concept of time as a welcomed friend?  As I think about that idea, I have a sense of peace – knowing that really I am the one who (usually) puts the additional stress on me when being faced with a project or a hectic schedule.  With the thought of time being my friend or at least on my side, I can relax in what lies ahead for me; and practice living a balanced life.

What are you planning to do with the time you have, today?
How essential is time to you during a period of transition?

Coaching Tips:

  • Realize that time is not your enemy, it is a gift from God
  • Begin your day by expressing your gratitude for another day to serve God and others
  • Pace yourself by having a plan
  • Look at the whole day, and then break it down into doable segments of time for each project
  • Stop long enough to give your mind and body a break: read an article, close your eyes for a few minutes, eat a healthy snack, or take a short walk
  • At the end of the day celebrate what you have accomplished; knowing that tomorrow morning is the start of a brand new day

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Transformation and reaching the goal

by Nelson Roth
The tenth of the ten Nehemiah responses is transformation. The transformation response is that new place that you’ve come to personally because you've worked through the process and have made right responses to get to where you wanted to go.  

The transformation from where you once were to where you are now can be seen in the process of what it takes for a caterpillar to become a butterfly.  


So, you’ve reached your goal.  What kind of person should you be now?

Here’s an excerpt from chapter ten (page 132) of Nehemiah Response:

In the three months that it took them to rebuild the wall, they had experienced God in incredible ways. They had experienced his power, his provision, and his protection.  The rebuilding led to renewal and celebration, and they wanted more. Their desire for more wasn’t about selfish ambitions; they had figured out what life is all about.  They were ready for commitment and change. They’d risen above the physical realm where we so often spend our time.  They had experienced God in a whole new spiritual way!

So it’s time to spread your wings and fly, what can we learn from the people in Nehemiah’s day?

  1. When they arrived at their goal, they took time to count their blessings.
  2. They realized that they had gotten to where they were because of God’s commitment to them and they chose in return to commitment to him.
  3. They were willing to make changes in their lives required by their new commitment.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

What is your response to your personal blessings?

How can you mirror God’s commitment to you, back to him?

What is something that you should be changing to be a transformed person and how are you going to do it?

Feel free to comment.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

It’s a mystery

by Pam Roth
For almost a year now, we have been trying to solve a mystery - something is destroying every tree that we plant.  Our backyard faces the finger of a lake and undeveloped land on the other side.  Of course, that means a couple of things for us...we have a beaver and we have deer.  Now, the question is which one of these animals is the culprit.  

So far, we have had five corkscrew willows, a bottle brush bush, and recently three large - I mean like five-foot high - knockout rose bushes eaten to ground.  The bottle brush bush and the rose bushes are new to the animals menu; however, the willow trees have cut off at the bottom and chewed down countless numbers of times over the past year.  As soon as they reach two to three feet high, they are gone.  Let me tell you something - IT’S FRUSTRATING!!!

Yesterday, I went to the side of the yard where the rose bushes have been destroyed and much to my amazement there was a shoot with a rose bud coming out of the base of one of the bushes that had been chewed down to the ground.  When I saw that beautiful rose among all of that destruction it reminded me of how, we too, can be transformed into something beautiful in the midst of a crisis in our lives.  

So let me ask you a few questions...

  • What’s eating at you?
  • How frustrated are you with the process?
  • Who could help you work through your situation?

For us, the mystery still isn’t solved.  We aren’t sure if it is a beaver or deer that’s eating up our bushes and trees; but, we know this - we have to do something to resolve the problem.

The same is true for you if you are in the midst of a situation that is bringing you much frustration or destruction in your life.  What steps could you take today to begin the process of seeing a change?  And, how determined are you to come out of this situation a transformed individual?

Feel free to comment.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A transformed life

by Nelson Roth
The dolphins or porpoises carved out of the storm-destroyed tree in this video were always inside of that tree.  It took the destruction of the tree, and then an artist with a chainsaw to cut away and reveal what was always there.


(click this link if the video does not play in your browser or email)

It's the same for each of us as we keep growing as disciples - something beautiful happens as we let God change and transform us.  

  • Biblical transformation is the process of death and rebirth where our weakness becomes strength for His glory.  
  • Transformation means life change of the believer by the intentional choice to no longer “conform to the pattern of this world.”  (Romans 12:2)  
  • The outcome of being transformed is a life that reflects the likeness of Christ.  “Being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory.”  (II Corinthians 3:18)

How are you being challenged to be transformed today?

What barriers stand in your way?

Who can help you?

What will you do next?

Feel free to comment.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Celebration and the graciousness of uncertainty

by Nelson Roth
My daughter-in-law, Tina, sent the following note to me on Sunday, April 29th.  It had great meaning as Relevant Ministry was in the final days of the camp fundraising drive.  It also had great meaning related to our current blog topic - celebration.  Her note was from an Oswald Chambers devotional and I pass it on to you along with her personal words with her permission.

John 3:2 "It doth not yet appear what we shall be."

"Certainty is the mark of the common-sense life: gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life.  To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, we do not know what a day may bring forth.  This is generally said with a sigh of sadness, it should rather be an expression of breathless expectation." Oswald Chambers (April 29th: The Graciousness of Uncertainty)

Tina said, “May these final days be days of ‘breathless expectation.’  We are praying.”

I'm so encouraged with the responses for the camp purchase!  It’s May, and we have crossed the finish line of the two month fund drive.  118 individuals and churches have responded, during March and April, giving a total of $67,335 for the camp fund drive. Our next two steps, (1) we will talk with the owners and (2) keep in touch with you.  


We look to the future - with ‘breathless expectation' realizing that there is so much to celebrate and to be grateful for.  For future campsite purchase updates keep checking this webpage - RelevantMinistry.org/Campsite

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