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Content With Our Servitude
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“Most men will grow up to love their servitude, and will never dream of rebellion.” – Huxley

This amazing quote from A Brave New World stunned me the moment I heard it. My intial reaction was, nobody would be that stupid. Who would ever grow-up loving their servitude?

Me. And maybe you.

So, how is that true in my life and might be in yours as well?
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Insular
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Humans have always been insular. “Birds of the feather – stick together” is still true. Christians tend to hang out with other Christians. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Except
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Renewing Your Mind
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I’m on the leadership team of the New Canaan Society of Grand Rapids, a national mentoring ministry, www.newcanaansociety.org. Several times a year, three or four of us older Christian men “with mileage,” will invite a dozen young guys over to our house for an informal dinner and discussion. Most of these young men are Christians.

We don’t ever do a teaching. We just sit around two large tables and us older guys will tell a few stories of challenges we’ve had in our personal, spiritual or business lives. Those stories always provoke questions. And the real spiritual mentoring begins.

So last month, I quoted this passage from Romans 12:2.

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

One sharp young man asked, “how do you renew your mind?” In my business, that’s what I call a hot lead! So, here’s a brief summary of what I told him.
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Spending a Day with God in Solitude and Personal Planning
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Last week I wrote about the value of having your own Personal Mission Statement. If you’ve not yet read that blog, I think you’ll want to or this one may not make much sense.

Have you ever spent an entire day all alone with God?

While it’s possible to write a mission statement and set your goals by catching a few hours here and there, but why would you? Why rob yourself of the opportunity to be alone with God and by doing so telling him that you’re giving him your full attention. “Speak to me, Lord. I’m listening.” Hearing from God requires time alone with him to listen for his direction. It is his guidance you’ll need to truly live a life that blesses him and pleases you.

You say you just don’t have the time? Then skip church, take Sunday off, ask your spouse, a friend, or relative to watch the kids. People have reported that when they’ve asked their spouse for a day off to seek God to be a more godly man or woman, and not just to go to a game, fishing, or shopping, they were surprised at how excited they were to help out. Who wouldn’t want a spouse more deeply committed to them, their children and God?

So, what does a day alone with God look like?
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