Friday Focus –May 22, 2020

Hello everybody!

Here is your weekly dose of Friday Focus, a smattering of what I’m reading, practicing, listening to, watching, or pondering.

What I’m reading – FOR COUPLES – If You’re Too Busy for Date Night, You’re Too Busy – The Gottman Institute: Read this if you are a couple. “Enough said.”

A show I’m watching The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery from Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III. As Jim Willis says: “This is the one”. He is right. Of all of the sermons and talks that I have heard virtually these last few weeks, this is the one. This is the one that shook me. This does speak about America’s Original Sin. This is the one that convicts my heart to repent of it (that, “I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips”), be healed from it. Take some time. Sit down with this. Listen, watch, weep, hope, and be renewed. This is the one.

A classic song I’m watching and listening toYou’re Welcome Here, Bob Bennett. This song got me through so many difficult times in my college years. I struggled to find the man that I wanted to be in spite of the person I kept seeing in the mirror. To be reminded of those days and the strength I found in the verse that begins, “I’ve kind of let the place go. I’m ashamed at what you’ll find…. A house is known by the company it keeps… Jesus. From now on. You’re always welcome here.” Such a dear song along the beginning part of the journey – following Him.

Spiritual Practice of the Week – “The antidote to exhaustion may not be rest. It may be wholeheartedness. You are so exhausted because all of the things you are doing are just busyness. There’s a central core of wholeheartedness totally missing from what you’re doing.”
— David Steindl-Rast in I will Not Die an Unlived Life by Dawna Markova

-Reflect on the areas of your life that you feel exhausted. If there is anything there where you are not wholehearted and you are holding back… discover what it is and make a commitment to change.

Sacred Scripture I’m pondering – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13 (NIV)

The week’s ridiculous generosity challenge:
The next time you go out to a restaurant and eat. Tip the staff ridiculously generously.

Quote I’m pondering – “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” ~ Marcus Aurelius (attr. to) In short…. The obstacle is the way!

Peace and Blessings.
Dan

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