Do you love reading other books more than the Bible?

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the amount information and books out there?

I do! It seems like every day people are recommending more books to read, blogs to suscribe to, and journals to peruse. Personally, I have nothing against a good book or blog subscription, but after reading Luther’s article on the importance of Scripture, I was challenged to ask myself these questions:

  1. Is my heart filled more with a greater desire to read books than it’s desire to read the Bible?
  2. Do I pursue reading and meditating on God’s Word with the same diligence as I pursue reading a good book or blog?
  3. Are the books I’m reading pushing me towards a greater love for Scripture?
  4. Is the amount of information I am taking in daily distracting me from meditation and enjoyment of God’s Word?

The neglect of Scripture, even by spiritual leaders, is one of the greatest evils in the world. Everything else, arts or literature, is pursued and practiced day and night, and there is no end of labor and effort; but Holy Scripture is neglected as though there were no need of it. Those who condescend to read it want to absorb everything at once. There has never been an art or a book on earth that everyone has so quickly mastered as the Holy Scriptures. But its words are not, as some think, mere literature Lesewort; they are words of life Lebewort, intended not for speculation and fancy but for life and action. By why complain? No one pays any attention to our lament. May Christ our Lord help us by His Spirit to love and honor His holy Word with all our hearts. Amen LW 14:46 — Martin Luther

via Martin Luthers Love for the Bible.

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Powerful Videos (Forgiveness)

I don’t usually get to watch very much of the annual ESPN awards show entitled the ESPYS, but somehow I always catch the Arthur Ashe Award. For the past two years, the videos and awards have been amazing reminders of the gospel and of the power of forgiveness.  Real stories and real people’s testimonies are so powerful and I am thankful to benefit from these two. I encourage you to watch below!

2011 Arthur Ashe Award (Below)

How do you want to be remembered?

This summer I’m reading and working through Creating a Personal Life Plan by Michael Hyatt. (You can get the e-book by subscribing to his email list at michaelhyatt.com). The thought of creating a life plan can seem overwhelming, but it’s simply an opportunity to think through roles, goals, and actions steps for your current season of life. Since transitioning off staff with the Navigators and into a new season, I thought the time of reflection and goal setting would be appropriate.

The first step of creating a life plan is thinking through how you want to be remembered by people you interact with the most (parents, spouse, children, co-workers, etc).  This exercise forces us to “begin with the end in mind” and is sobering to say the least.  I’ll share a few of my reflections to give you an idea of what it looks like:

How do you want to be remembered by the following?

God — I want to be remembered as one who delighted in God. Someone who never stopped seeking to know God. I want to be remembered as someone who loved God’s Word.  I want to be someone who never lost amazement in the gospel.  I want to have been a person who lived with Biblical priorities and who had a heart for the lost. I want to be a remembered by God as a simple, faithful, and humble servant. I would like to be remembered by God as someone who hated sin and loved righteousness.

My Spouse — I want to be remembered by Katie as a kind and faithful husband. A spiritual leader for our home. Someone who enjoyed having fun together and sharing the ups and downs of life. I want her to remember adventures we took together across the world! I want to be remembered as someone who delighted in my wife.  I want to be remembered as a husband who was quick to repent and ask for forgiveness. I want her to remember me as a husband who lived a holy life.

My Parents — I want to be remembered as a grateful and respectful son. Someone who always took the time to care about what was going on in their life. I want to be remembered for special times, holidays, and events that we shared together. I want to be remembered as someone who made an effort towards family unity.

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Thinking through how you want to be remembered also forces us to think through changes that need to be made today.  It was a sobering exercise and I hope you take some time to think through how you want to be remembered when your life on earth is finished!

So I started a blog…

So I started a blog… Just one of the other 2 billion people who wanted to publish their thoughts, interests, and ideas online. To be honest, I never really liked the idea of having my own blog. I already have enough responsibilities. However, I do enjoy reading blogs and appreciate learning from different pastors and leaders. One other motivator was the fact that almost every pastor I know has a blog. It must come with the job. Unless you’re an Amish pastor?  Anyways, my goal is to keep it simple. I don’t have a lot of amazing insights up my sleeve or trendy rhetoric. I’m envisioning maybe 2-3 posts a week and the ideas I have so far are:

  1. Weekly Quote – I love quotes and enjoy reading tweets and blogs with helpful quotes.
  2. Weekly Verse – This is also a short and easy way to encourage readers and remind them of God’s truth.
  3. Weekly Word/Idea – Maybe at the end of each week, I’ll take a word or idea that I’ve been reflecting on and expound upon it.
  4. Monthly Top 5 – Maybe top five tech sites, top five restaurants, top 5 books I’ve read, etc.

If you want to subscribe, go for it. If not, I respect your prerogative.  Enjoy your week!

A new blogger,

Luke Skeen