Radical or Radical?
We use radical to mean revolutionary and extreme. However, the original meaning is really ' going back to the roots, or original intent.
Despite the variance, I don't think these two definitions conflict. Getting things back to the original intent is hard. It often takes revolutionary and extreme measures to make it happen.
- Getting your body back to how it was when you were 21.
- Breathing life back into your career.
- God restoring mankind back to Garden of Eden status.
We Never Change, Do We?
I want to be someone who is constantly becoming what I was made to be. Getting back to my original intent. I don’t want life to just happen to me, and look up one day simply being the sum of the influences and events around me. I want to happen to life.
To do this I have to regularly check myself. I have to look inward, contemplatively. Am I who I want to be? Am I doing what I want to do? What do I spend my time, energy, thought life, money and breath on?
Most of the time if we do this, we don’t like the answers. So we set ideals of what we want to be, and goals to get there, but find we can’t meet them.
Priority Plumb Line
I propose, instead of setting reactionary goals from anxious self-dissapointment, that we take an honest look at ourselves, at what God says about who He made all of us to be, and factor in specifics on who we know he has called us to be personally, then set some life priorities. We often don’t change because we either change our goals too much, so we never have time to progress, or we are striving to be something we aren’t supposed to be in the first place (examples: perfect, someone else, etc). We have to have a plumb line: a consistent priority list to aggressively go after - and grit through for the long haul.
Plumb line: (n.) a tool that consists of a small, heavy object attached to a string or rope and that is used to see if something (such as a wall) is perfectly vertical
I have a list of 15 radical life priorities. A list of who I want to be, and what I want to do. I keep it in the back of my Bible so I see it regularly. When I see it, I don’t feel condemned, but encouraged by the Holy Spirit to keep pushing onward, and He gives me strategy on how to accomplish them.
Here is my list, with some key notes below each:
1. Love God, Jesus, Holy Spirit
2. Love Sherei
- More than myself, intentionally communicating and taking on dates
3. Love others
- Relationship over vision
4. Make Disciples
- Teach them to obey all that Jesus has commanded
5. Read Scripture daily
- Man lives on the word of God
6. Worship Freely
- Radically, with dove eyes, alone, in a group
7. Exercise Daily
- My body is a temple
8. Read/talk/pray more
- Tv/movies/apps less
9. Be led by the Spirit
- Ask each day: “What do you have for me today?"
10. Be a good steward of $$
- give extravagantly, pay debt, save, spend well
11. Be good steward of time
- Calendar, to-do list
12. Live as a pioneer
- Fearless adventurer, dream, believe
13. Pray without ceasing
- Prayer closet, asking “What does wisdom look like?”, with others
- Keep up with, pray, visit
- Run away, get lost, fall down
What would be your radical life priorities?
I encourage you to write them out. Put them somewhere that matters. And don’t give up.
God has started a revolution in the world, getting it back to its original intent, and he wants to partner with you - but the radical revolution has to start in you first.