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Here's a thought, a quote, and a resource I wanted to share with you this Thursday.

I started thinking this week about all the setbacks we’ve experienced since we started church planting. It’s been as hard as we thought it would be. People have let us down. We keep having to move locations. It’s expensive. It’s hard work.

But then I began thinking about all the ways that God has provided for us. We started with no money, and God has provided for all of our needs. People pray for us every day. He continues to bring great people to our church. I’ve made so many new relationships. We live and serve in a community we love. We’ve seen God work in surprising ways. We’ve had a blast. I could go on and on.

It’s hard, and yet it’s one of the greatest privileges I’ve ever experienced.

Sometimes I focus on difficulties, especially in a year like 2020. I’m learning to catch myself doing this and shift my focus instead to all the blessings God has given. It’s usually not hard to become overwhelmed with how God has blessed me. Even in the middle of difficulty, God has given us so much more than we deserve. I’m grateful.

“The life of thankfulness — biblically speaking — is lived in view of the hard things of existence. As the life of thanksgiving deepens, we discover that the more mature prayers of thanksgiving are not those offered for the obvious blessings, but those spoken in gratitude for obstacles overcome, for insights gained, for lessons learned, for increased humility, for help received in time of need, for strength to persevere, for opportunities to serve others.” (Fleming Rutledge)

Make Time (affiliate link) by Jake Knapp and is my favorite book on how to approach all the things we want to do. It’s not a productivity book about getting more done. It’s about “rethinking the defaults of constant busyness and distraction so you can focus on what matters every day.”

I’ve read it a couple of times now. It’s very good.

They’ve just released a free app to help you implement their approach. You can benefit from the app even if you haven’t read the book. Check it out on IOS or Google Play.
Thanks for reading!

Darryl Dash
author of How to Grow