I've been doing a lot of reflecting lately.  Reflecting upon my priorities, my allegiances, my task lists, good vs great, time allowances, etc.  It's always good to slow down and reflect.  It's been a great time of recalibration.  I'm not done, but I'm re-learning lessons along the way.

Consider this... Every now and then, I recognize that the compass function of my smart phone is a little off.  Maybe you've done it before, maybe you didn't evern realize this is a thing.  But, every now and then, when I've recognized a bit of directional recalibration is required, I take a moment and wave my phone in a big crazy 8 motion to help the compass and location services sensors recalibrate.  This is a great analogy to what we often need to do ourselves with our own internal compasses.

Reflect.  Recalibrate.

Romans 12:1 -Recalibration = mind transformation and renewal

This is the kind of recalibration I've been doing.  There is much to say as many lessons are being learned, but here's a reminder that has recently come during this season of reflection...

My son asked me to go away for 2 days to do an activity with him.  My first thought was, I'm not sure he or I have the time to do that.  It took planning.  It took sacrifice.  It took effort.  The easy road was to say no.  I gave in and I'm sure glad I did.

We did it.  We spent both quantity and quality time together.  I was the father.  He was my son.  We talked.  We listened.  We were quiet, and we were loud.  We laughed.  We enjoyed being present with one another.

While away, and as we returned home, it hit me hard.  Time "away" with the father is necessary. The Bible often calls is abiding.  In this moment, I was the father, and I enoyed time with my son.  With my heavenly father, I am the son.

And here is the kicker...  we are promised joy!  COMPLETE JOY as we abide in Him.  As children of God, let's spend time with him...

Consider John 15:5-10

"I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full."

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