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Pie charts and the J-Wave

Good Morning Dear Readers!

It is a dreary and drizzly Monday in Wichita and the feel of fall is in the air this morning.  For your sake, I’m going to skip the cup of coffee that sounds great right now; I know that 2 is a good limit for me!

J-Wave. This is potentially what we will put on the license plate of our motor home, the Tsunami.  Why? What is the J-Wave?  Allow me to briefly introduce and explain today with more depth to come in the blogs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

A few years ago, Robert and I began to reorient our life.  Instead of giving a” slice” of “our” life to God like we give a slice of life to work, hobbies,sports, entertainment, etc., we realized that we needed to center the life God had given us around Him.  Think of a pie chart as how we were living and God had a certain % of our life.  Now, compare that to  life as  outwardly radiating concentric circles with the innermost circle being God.

As we went to church, prayed and read the Bible, we began to learn what God centered living looked like and the many amazing benefits and blessings associated with it.  However, making this shift was not easy and for us at least, it was  difficult to sustain.  We’d make some progress with God being in the center and then wham a big giant pie chart living  wave would come in and throw us all off course.  We would recognize what had happened and then have to reorganize and work toward God-centered living.

We began to refer to these waves as tsunami’s because that’s what they felt like!  Just as we’d start to get a little traction in our God centered living, life would roll in big waves of distracting events, old habits, beliefs and thought patterns. These waves would crash on us and wipe out the progress we were making living in a God centered way.   We’d recover and reorient and the tsunami would once again hit us.

The “J wave” concept came when we realized that the tsunami force had been changed.  Jesus was now the tsunami force rolling into our life in big waves and dismantling our pie chart living!

Aha….So, how did we transition to the J-wave?

Well, I want to set the record straight, we haven’t fully figured this out, but the shift has happened and we are on our way.  As our pie chart life gets dismantled, we are truly living in greater peace, greater unity as husband and wife,  greater purpose, more love, peace and hope than ever before.

Tomorrow, I’ll write about one of the key “shifters” that got us on to the J-wave!

 

Phillipians 3:12-16 (The Message translation)

I’m not saying I have this all together, that I have made it.  But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward – to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.  So let’s keep focused on the goal, those of us who want everything God has for us.  If any of you have something else in mind, something less than 100% commitment, God will clear your blurred vision.  Now that we’re on track – let’s stay with it.

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