Belief Beyond Boundaries
"Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word."
"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings."
1 Peter: 8-9
Sometimes in life, the hardest thing is giving up something that is not good for us. In a post about Degree #1: Reflect on Self, the first of 8 Degrees of Spiritual Transformation, I discussed looking within to discover all the things that are holding you prisoner. Degree #2, Separating Yourself, implores you to take action and begin the process of overcoming habits that prevent you from growing spiritually. I want to remind you that all of us struggle with this. It is, unfortunately, part of the human experience, but we must ask, how sweet is the light when we have escaped from the darkness? There is something truly remarkable, even beautiful, when a soul recognizes it is in darkness and seeks the Lord in full humility. How much more can that soul appreciate the mercy of God when, truly, its wings have been burned by the raging fire.
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others." 1 Corinthians 10:23-24
I could probably go on and on about all the things that can hold people hostage, but the truth is, you know what these things are; things like addiction, bad habits, unhealthy choices, or sin, but nobody is here to make you feel shame. The important part is that you are taking steps to acknowledge, repent for mistakes made, and take action, but do you ever have sins in your life that trip you up at every turn? I'm talking about sins that seem like no matter what you do, you will never be able to overcome them?
First know you are not alone in that, truly. So what is a person to do if they feel the shame and guilt, but don't feel the desire to take action, because they know that something isn't good for them and even separates themselves from God and their spiritual growth? Sometimes its just too hard! Am I right? Friends, I'm so glad you asked.
"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." 1 Corinthians 10:13
So what is this way out? Friends, there is only one way to break chains and that is by leaning in close to the Lord and establishing a strong relationship with Him. This comes from regular Bible reading, meditation, prayer, and growing your faith with the one who knows you best. There is a reason why lives are transformed when they begin to acknowledge God's powerful potential and presence in their lives. So how does that actually work?
The Lord is transformative! The more you lean in to God, the more your heart, mind, and spirit aligns with His will. When you align with His will, your mind starts to contradict the old "self." Your old "self" suddenly wants new things...new ideas, new experiences, new growth and a new image. The "ego" that your old self possessed diminishes and you begin to think more clearly. Suddenly the things that felt right to the old "self" no longer feel right and you become convicted, not out of guilt and shame, but out of pure and true love of the One who created you. You now desire to do His will.
"So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." Galations 5:16-25
2 The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
3 You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
when dividing the plunder.
4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor.
5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
will be fuel for the fire.
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.
I don't know about you, but chapter 9 of Isaiah gives me chills! Though this was written many many years before Christ was born, it illustrates two things. That a child would be born (Jesus) and that he would reign on the throne of David, bringing his kingdom to earth. Only half of this prophecy has come to pass since Jesus came to us, but friends, we are living in that second time.
As followers of Christ, it is time for us to pick up our spiritual shields and get ready for the Master's return! I can hear the footsteps of our King coming now. For all those walking in darkness, there are days coming when they will see the light. Jesus, himself, tells us that it is never too late to come to the Father. Signs are happening now. The Euphrates River is drying up as prophecy foretold in Isaiah 11. Fresh water is now running into the Dead Sea, causing fish to live in it again as foretold in Ezekiel, chapter 47.
I hope you are ready for the biggest spiritual awakening in history, because it is already happening. We are His spiritual warriors.
Followers of Christ will soon be desiring to come together to usher in a new era! Our eyes are opening and He is calling on his true followers, speaking to them in dreams, visions, and prophecy about what is coming, myself included. He is telling us to prepare the table for the wedding banquet.
How do we prepare you ask? We must begin to seek righteousness and unity with other Christians, coming under one banner (Isaiah 11). Christians must love each other with the love of Christ, no longer separate from each other, divided by denomination. We must put down all the the destructive forces that we already know will work against us and embrace all that he taught us, bringing his Kingdom to this world, here and now. I cannot know how long all this will take to happen, but I sense the closeness of it. Christians are being called on a mission. For those of you who feel that calling, I invite you to come along with me as well.
Through living a lifestyle of obedience to God, staying organized, and paying attention to his voice, which calls us, we can fulfill his purpose for us. Stay with me as we meditate on his will while also applying it to our lives in a practical, goal-driven way.
As you read through my blog posts, you may get the feeling like it can be truly hard to create a routine that supports all of the suggestions I've given so far. First, I want you to understand that this does not happen over night. For me, this has come with years of practice making slight changes to the way I use my time, little by little, step by step, with small adjustments being made on a regular basis. If all you start with is a time block of 15 minutes per day, that is a great start! You can adjust this as you slowly rearrange and change your level of effort over time.
With that said, you might be wondering how I organize and achieve all the things I've suggested. I use tools that help me stay focused throughout the week so I can make the most of the available free time I have. First, let's look at some of the digital tools I use to help keep me organized and focused and then a little bit about what my routine looks like each week.
The "Done" App
The most important tool I use is the Done App (not a paid promotion). Basically, I can program in any task or habit along with what my goal number for the week is. It then provides a colored bar that tells me what my progress is. I can then click on a habit in my list whenever I accomplish a task. Over the course of the week, I keep my eye on the progress of every goal or habit I have. You can accomplish the same thing with other apps or using your own online spreadsheets, but I personally like how this App feels and the level of intuitiveness it offers.
Timers and Alarms
I keep track of how much time I have been working on a task simply using the timer and alarm I have on my phone. This helps me with time blocking so I can either keep track of how much time I have been spending on a task while also limiting my time on other tasks. You can read more about time blocking in a previous post I wrote titled "The Power of Time Blocking" here.
Journals and Logs
Using journals and logs, I keep ongoing attention to various things like gratitude, bible reading, prayer, and wisdom. I use the Done App to ensure I've accomplished my entries each week or day. See my post titled "Journaling Your Way to Success here.
Weekly Preparation (First Day of the Week)
Goal Session - I look at my habits and goals and determine what needs to be improved, what I've accomplished, and what I need to adjust to become more effective with each goal if an adjustment needs to be made.
I review all the habits I have established, look at the ones I did not succeed in the previous week and make a mental commitment for the following week if necessary. I also have a point system that gives me points for each activity to give myself a measurable performance indicator I can use to gauge my performance over time. For more information on Habit Tracking, you can read this post titled "How to Track Habits" here.
Once I have looked at what I would like to accomplish for the week, I add all the items to my Task List (aka To-Do List). I use the "Tasks" program in Google. It allows me to store details and check off each item I accomplish throughout the week. Paired with Google's Email, you can move emails write into the Tasks program if needed as well.
On the first day of the week, I allocate any money I have saved from the previous week to various goals I am currently saving for. I do this by listing out all the items I want to save for in one column. In another column I record how much I've saved so far. Finally in the last column, I record how much I still need to save. Some examples of things you could save for include an emergency fund, home or car maintenance, travel, or big purchases.
I plan out my meals on the first day of the week to get it out of the way. For this, I simply think about what meals I want to have in the coming days, write them in an email I send to myself, place links to the recipes, and record the main ingredients I will need. The great part is, once this is done, it can also double as a shopping list.
On all the other days of the week, I simply keep checking off activities and habits from my To-Do List and Done App whenever I have time. These 2 tools work like my command center for things I want to achieve. I go in understanding that I will never achieve everything I am hoping to do, but the important part is having everything laid out in front of you in an easy-to-access location such as a phone or on your laptop in order to keep your motivation easy and strong.
I hope this is helpful to you! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments below and I'd be glad to answer them. Have a great day!
You hear me discuss the meaning of "purpose" a lot in my posts. I talk about getting things done, achieving, and being successful in your goals. There is something even more important than this though. That is taking time out of your daily routine to connect with others.
Starting today, it's time for some of you to start having longer, more meaningful, conversations with people. You will no longer feel "interrupted" in your work. Relish the opportunity to help someone, even keeping an eye out for those who you can help at an active level. Take a moment to compliment someone, smile, give someone an opportunity, or be a caring voice to someone who is having a rough time. Start reaching out and being present to all those around you.
What are the gifts of wisdom if kept only to yourself? It's time to be...better.
Journaling is a great way to keep your mind on success. I employ journal writing on a daily basis for ongoing improvement. The good news is you don't need to be a great writer and sometimes it as simple as logging results or outcomes to give yourself a gauge on your ongoing progress. Let's look at some common goals and some logging or journaling ideas you can employ on your journey to success.
Habit journals are used to once per week to establish several things. I personally use this journal to write down habits I did not accomplish in full that previous week, meaning, I did not meet the minimum requirement of times accomplished (like weighing myself, reading a certain amount of chapters in a book, writing in a specific journal a number of times, etc.). I then look at my outstanding goals, think about what tasks I can work on, and determine what my focus will be for the week, adding or removing habits if necessary.
Bible Reading Journal
When I fill out my Bible Journal, I simply write a short note or two for each chapter I read. This helps me take each chapter's message to heart. The first time I read the Bible, I mainly focused on the names of the characters, who they are related to, and their lineage.
Losing Weight, Calorie, or exercise Journals
These journals can be used to reflect on your activity and foods eaten to establish a direction when it comes to how much food you consume, how much you exercise, and current weight. This helps compare your patterns over time to help better establish great health goals.
Taking time to write down what you are thankful for each day along with the "Why" as to why you are grateful is very helpful in providing a positive mindset. Over time, you will begin having more thoughts of gratitude throughout the day, raising your great vibes.
Prayer journals can be effective for seeing the results of your prayers over time while also allowing you to have a plan or strategy for your prayer. I divide each day's entries into categories that include:
For each category, you can make a few notes about what you'd like to pray that day. After that, you can divide your entries into multiple prayers or one long prayer. It's all up to you!
Wisdom Journal (aka Dream Journal)
The reason I call this a wisdom journal and not simply a dream journal is because I like to journal about every spiritual experience I have. Many times, these experiences work in and out of dream states, crossing over into real life. Sometimes receiving prophetic visions, signs, or experiences in real life act much like dreams and so I find these experiences even more important than a dream to take note of. I have had instances where I received wisdom pertaining to a dream years after I dreamed the dream so I find it very very important to be organized with this information.
These are just some examples of journals you can create, but almost anything you desire to take time out on a regular basis to mediate on, this is a great tool to have in your toolbox. Some journals I use daily, while some I only write in once or twice per week. The great thing about journals is they keep your mind focused in days like this where there are so many distractions. It forces you to put down the phone, turn off the television, and just take a time to focus. I hope this helps! Have a good day, friends!
Friends, Jesus is calling you into the new Kingdom today. If you are a Christian, you are already saying "Aren't I already a part of the Kingdom?" I cannot say, because the truth is not all Christians have realized the Kingdom, because the Kingdom is a state of being. That means you must wake up and realize your true calling as a member of Heaven here on Earth. Jesus says, "For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:20 ...“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." Matthew 7:21 Jesus is inviting you into Christ consciousness.
In the future, a time will come when members of the Kingdom will need to come together more than ever before. The people of Christ will need to rely on each other for more than just fellowship. They will need to feed each other the food of the Spirit, protect one another, mentor each other and care for one another like one cares for their own child. A Noah moment is coming and we must not be taken off guard when that moment comes so we may be a unified front against a culture that will no longer be serving, but rather, consuming us.
We can no longer be lone warriors when, together, we are so much stronger. God has granted us the power to change the direction of this country and even this world. The power has been granted to bring this entire nation back under the authority of God and not man, for it is in God our trust must reside.
I am asking you now, will you make a commitment today? Will you commit to living the life Jesus taught us about? Will you join me in reaffirming your position in my Father's Kingdom?
In this Kingdom, we will serve each other our labor, our time, and our skill. We will establish, in Christ, His values as our true government and he will be our King. We will no longer settle for corruption and greed as our method of operation. We will no longer compromise the will of the Lord for counterfeit institutions. We will teach each other, support each other, and love one another just as our master taught us. We will show the world what can happen when we come together to pray sincere, faithful prayers. Even as the world may deteriorate around us, we will stand strong, united, and a force for good. No matter what church you belong to, if you are awake, you are part of my Father's Kingdom, because the true Church is not made of wood and stone! It is within you who have been stirred to pick up the cross and follow Him now.
Today God is calling you to a position of apostolic servant leadership. Wherever you are in your life, its time to use whatever authority you have to bring the Word of God to those around you. Do not fear! You cannot fail when the Holy Spirit is within you, because you have a divine calling. "Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." Ephesians 6:17
If you have the means, may you be called to start community centers, Christian businesses, Bible studies, mentorship programs, join town boards, city councils, Christ-led events, take on leadership roles and become more involved in your churches and communities. Today is the day to enter the light and step into the anointed calling God has placed on you. "As for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as His anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him." John 2:27
I had a vision of when the Lord made you. He simply breathed one breath and you came into existence. Think about that for a moment; He loved you so much that he called you into existence! All souls come from Him. He is the source. When you were born, your spirit came to rest in the body you now occupy. You are a beautiful love letter wrapped up in an envelope sent here by God himself.
"Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being." -Genesis 2:7
The first degree in the 8 Degrees of Spiritual Transformation is Self Reflection. The reason I chose this as the first degree is due to the fact that in order to form a solid foundation for spiritual success, you should first address the things that can easily erode your foundation and your progress. Something to keep in mind, however, that all degrees should be practiced simultaneously. That is to say if you struggle in certain ways, you should still practice prayer, spirituality, good conduct, wellness etc. All degrees compliment each other, but if there are negative emotions, feelings of lack, health issues, or others, addressing these will only strengthen your progress in other areas. An example of this complimentary nature is how struggle can impact your faith or prayer life, but faith can also ease your struggle.
To help you prepare a strong foundation, I'd like to discuss with you today some of the ways that your foundation can be compromised from the start and how self reflection can assist with overcoming these challenges. I would then like to give some suggestions that can help.
Self reflection is very easy. It is simply understanding what your weaknesses are and also what your strengths are. As nice as it is to acknowledge our strengths, the hard part is acknowledging your weaknesses and admitting you need to change or find help. The silver lining is that as soon as you acknowledge what may be holding you back, the sooner you can begin living a fruitful life that glorifies God. So what are some of the things that hold people back from reaching their greater heights of potential?
Can I just say, first of all, fear is a liar. We all experience it, however. It represents the anxiety, past experience, and doubts we create in our mind about our abilities. You can overcome it. One trick to overcoming fear is this. Imagine the goal you want to accomplish as if you have already achieved it. Imagine the joy and overwhelming accomplishment you will feel when you finally get to where you are destined to go. Now ask yourself, is the situation that is causing you fear worth doing in order to take hold of your dreams? If yes, perhaps this is enough, however, if you still struggle with fear, you may want to do some research on how to practice overcoming the specific fear you have. An example of this is when I was younger, I had a dream of being a professional singer. In order to overcome my anxiety of singing in front of crowds, I regularly sang at karaoke nights for practice.
Self Doubt and Low Self Esteem
Self doubt and low self esteem affects everyone in different ways when it comes to accomplishing goals. Just as fear is a liar, these are additional fear mechanisms that are also great at making you feel like everyone you are competing with is better than you and that it isn't worth trying. This simply isn't true. If you truly feel like you are not qualified to reach your goal, this can be remedied by getting the qualifications or certifications you need. You only need to put in the effort. If, however, you have the same qualifications as other people and still feel like you are not good enough, then it may be time to ask yourself what is actually holding you back and address those concerns.
I can't say this loud enough. If you are not seeing the outcomes of your effort, it is almost always do to the fact that you need to "grow" by releasing self doubt, fear, and low self esteem.
Oftentimes, when you share ideas with friends and family, you may notice they bring up the fact that someone else is already doing it better. Stop listening to this. They are not in the same place as you and will never understand your vision and what you are trying to accomplish. One thing I try to remember is that I never have to be the best at everything to be very effective. Think about this. In every city, there are many restaurants serving delicious food. Of all the options, why would people still eat at low quality fast food places? They aren't the fastest, don't taste the best, and aren't even great at customer service. Some manage to absolutely thrive. This is because they managed to be good at something. The restaurant discovered a niche market and served its customers well in some way. You can do the same.
Depression, Anxiety, Negative Mindset, & Grief
Another factor that can affect some people's progress comes down to mental health. Thousands of people suffer with depression and/or anxiety, which can cause a lack of motivation, irrational fear, or even disability. If this is you, remember that there are a ton of ways to combat mental holdbacks. Spirituality, gratitude, exercise, counseling, medication, prayer, or coaching can all help. It's up to you where you would like to start, but wouldn't it be worth it if you could feel a sense of accomplishment from reaching your goals? In some cases, overcoming depression can be as simple as finding more order in your life and cutting back on energy sapping activity. For others, regular therapy can help a lot if lifestyle changes don't seem to help.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please visit the American Prevention for Suicide website for more resources.
Illness, Disability, or Health Concerns
If you are suffering illness or physical disability, it can be difficult to focus on anything else, let alone personal growth and development. Please don't hesitate to see a doctor if you suffer from something a doctor can assist with. For more chronic health issues, researching and implementing habits in your life that are proven to help may be a great avenue if it means the comfort you need in order to work on more fulfilling goals.
Anything that becomes an obsession whether it is alcohol, drugs, gambling, television, phone aps, pornography, excessive coping mechanisms, overeating, and even laziness can obliterate all attempts at improving yourself. Through awareness, support groups, self discipline, or a relationship with God, you can overcome any addiction that is holding you back. The first step, however, is simply the acknowledgment that you have a problem so you can begin researching and finding the help you need. From there, creating a goal-oriented lifestyle will help you reach the life you desire, a little at a time.
One of the most important things you can do to improve your life is to address relationships in your life that tear you down. If you experience abuse on a regular basis, whether it is physical, mental, or otherwise, it is very important to identify ways in which you can address this situation. People who are narcissistic, excessively controlling, jealous, manipulative, or abusive can cause another person, such as a spouse, friend, or even a coworker, to literally devote all their waking hours to serving the needs of the aggressor. Unfortunately, they will not break this cycle willingly so it is up to you to do this. Remember that you are valuable and deserve to live a life of free will in which you can operate for the glory of God. Through therapy, a strong support network, online resources, and determination, you can overcome this. If it is a friend or a relative you don't live with sometimes taking space is all that is needed.
If you or someone you know is being abused, you can call the National Domestic Abuse Hotline for more resources: 1-800-799-7233.
Guilt, Shame, and Sin
If you feel like you are not good enough to experience joy or achievement, because of what you did in the past, know that everyone has things they feel guilt and shame about. I often think about the Apostle Paul in this regard. After being someone who persecuted and even murdered Christians, Paul later became a follower of Christ and devoted that life to the Kingdom. After all he did, Jesus, himself, thought Paul was still worthy of his love and forgiveness. If instead Paul would have turned from Christ out of shame for what he had done, he would not have accomplished all that he did, becoming one of the most preeminent apostles that ever followed Jesus and his work establishing the early church. My suggestion for you is that if you feel in your heart that improving your life would be a good thing for yourself as well as for the other people in your life, it is time to claim that and begin the work needed.
Whenever I identify something that needs work, I always start the same way. I first state the goal I want to achieve, do a little research, and then make a list of solutions. I then convert those solutions into attainable tasks or sub-goals I can measurably achieve.
To put this all into context, reflecting and acknowledging weakness is encouraged for mostly one reason; it paves the way for us to feel better and do more with our lives, freeing ourselves of that which binds us. These heavy stones are attached to us held by a thin chain we can choose to cut if we are willing to look for the right tool for the job. Once we acknowledge these things, we can begin to make effective goals that serve the higher purpose we are here for. As Jesus tells us in John 8:31-32, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
"For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." - 2 Peter 1:5-8
I would like to take a moment and sum up some of the key things we've covered up to this point. So far you've read about the value of:
If you're looking for real quality and value in your life, the topics above are what truly drive this goal-oriented lifestyle I speak about. Using the 8 Degrees of Spiritual Transformation, which I discuss in "The Process of Transformation" (click the link to read more), you can formulate goals that reflect the most rewarding aspects of human experience.
So what now? Have you gotten started? Is there anything holding you back from beginning transformation? If so, let me know in the comments and I would be glad to assist you. Also let me know if there are any topics you'd like me to discuss further. Either way, keep reading for more valuable content. I appreciate all of you!
Can I ask you a question? If you will, how do you find meaning in your life? Think of a few things that come to mind when I ask you that question. These are the things that bring you a sense of joy and warmth to your heart. Maybe it's a delicious meal with your family, volunteering, playing music or something as simple as a walk in nature with a friend. For all of us, it is different.
Specifically, while on a hike a couple years ago, I have a memory of my wife and I, our son, and dogs sitting beside a creek while on a hike. It was early spring, the snow was still covering the ground in spots, but that day it felt warm. I remember feeling the warmth of the sun on my face and seeing the reflection of the sunlight on everyone's hair and the sound of the water as it passed by. I thought to myself at that moment "life will change" as it always does and so I treasured that moment, often returning to that place in my mind on a regular basis. It was a moment of sweet and quiet joy for me with those who I love most. How about you? Are you enjoying your life right now?
Life is supposed to be absolutely full of moments like these, but unfortunately, as so often happens, we build prisons for ourselves. What holds you prisoner? Working too many hours? Debt that causes you to have to work more and play less? Addiction? Fear? Toxic relationships? I could go on and on.
If you are in a place where it can be difficult to experience joy right now, think about all that is currently holding you back. Don't worry, you don't need to make change right now. Enjoy a moment of quiet reflection and experience the understanding you receive.
I want to leave you with one thing to remember. It is not what you accomplish in your life that truly defines you. Besides having a healthy spiritual life and obeying God's command, don't forget to enjoy yourself in the short life you have. That is what truly matters. What is money if you have no time to enjoy what you have earned? What is time worth if you are suffering? What is accumulating material objects, if you become poor trying to maintain them, thus growing unhappy?
I once asked God what his purpose was for me. He returned with a question. "What would you like to do?" He asked. I ask you that same question now. What would you like to do? Whatever it is, go enjoy yourself. You deserve it.
"Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life." - King David (Ecclesiastes 5:18)