one of the toughest things about the state of discipleship in America right now:

Time:

Discipleship is a process, it takes time. It is not meant to be transformation quickly. (2 years, 40 days, 12 weeks, etc)

Our Spiritual formation and relationship with God is on-going and matures slowly. We are to be investing our lives into learning more about God.

Churches that are becoming more effective in discipleship have 2 or 3 year processes of learning the general worldview of Christianity, they also encourage and hold other classes for more mature Christians who want more training…(which all this is fine and great)

On one hand, it is difficult to but all of the Christian worldview in a 2 or 3 year program.
On the other hand, American Christians today need some sort of structure:

because we (as Christians) are losing out in discipleship and in spiritual formation and our Christian worldview. Americans have prioritized everything else in conquering their American dreams and have lost their worldview. They have lost their faith to secular world.

So I am encouraging these two-year processes but I am also saying that is not the end! Do not stop when the program is over because our faith is a process. It is a relationship of maturity. We continue learning more and more about God and being transformed more and more every day.

But even these “weak” and shallow structured programs are not enough. Because Christians will not make time for them The problem is no the program, this is a starting block.

The problem is in priorities. Christians say they have a time problem, but I beg to differ. They have a love problem and are not making time for their first love. 😦

Old schools games online

Earlier this summer, apparently I had time to waste….and I did. I was good at wasting time…..

I was playing old school video games from my computer! That is right. I found emulators + roms for the emulators for my computer. So I was able and still am able to play the classic video games from the N64, Super Nintendo, Gameboy, and Old School regular Nintendo days! Also I found PS and PS2 emulators but I couldn’t get them working on my computer.
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It was fun playing the original (and best) Mario Kart…not Kart Wii, Not Kart 64, but OLD SCHOOL Mario Kart for Super Nes!
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And my other fav is Mario Golf for N64, because it has putt-putt features. The newer Wii and Gamecube version eliminated the putt-putt feature. 😦
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We are creatures of habit

I am learning that more and more everyday!
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I live efficient with structure. I like some structure. i like to be productive and efficient.
I have lived very free and spontaneous the past few months but now I am ready to come back to structure. I miss it.
Even as a college student, I lived a life of habit. I had a calendar and worked for so many hours, class so many hours, and extra circular activities, as well as organization, and then I FOUND time during my free time for anything else that was IMPORTANT.
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When I do not have a lot of structure in my life, or I have too much free time I do not need to find time, I need to waste it. And I have wasted a lot of time recently. I have not really done the things that are important to me. I just do “whatever.” Maybe I am not very well-discipled when given a lot of freedom. But I assure you when I am under a time line, deadline, pressure… I make time for what is important. I am well-discipled when I am given structure.
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Does anyone else feel the same way?
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Me and time

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So I have been finding when I have a lot of free time, I waste it…
But when I do not have much free time, I am very effective and productive. I use my time well, when I have to balance it and have deadlines.
But I am a loser procrastinator when I have too much time.
When I have more structure in my life it forces me to focus on the true priorities instead of on all the bazillion possible ways I could waste my time that are in the end useless and unimportant.

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For example: what does this say? that is a waste of time!!!!!!!!! (but fun lol)

Another great HomeWord Devotional that got me thinking



How Are You Spending Your Time?
This devotional was written by Jim Burns

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.— 1 Corinthians 10:31

If you live to be seventy years old, the average person will spend:

20 years sleeping
6 years working
7 years playing
6 years eating
5 years dressing (4 1/2 years for bald-headed men like me!)
3 years waiting for somebody
1/2 year in church
1 year on the telephone
5 months tying shoes

How are you spending your time? Are you productively making a positive difference with your life? Today is the first day of the rest of your life. You can choose to make it a wonderful day with God. Go for it!