Monday, April 4, 2016

Wholehearted Finishings

The culmination of Lent and Easter always leaves me wanting more. We exit a time of reflection and repentance with the utmost praise and worship for the completed work on the Cross. Now we're left to sort out the implications of this question: If Jesus is real, now what?
For many years my life was void of any real, lasting joy. I aimed to please people more than God. I pursued circumstantial feelings over faith. I sought my will over His will. These feelings ruled my life: shame, guilt, doubt, fear, overwhelm. 
I didn't know who I was in God or what it looked like to live joyfully as myself: redeemed, restored, revived. I didn't know how to build a wholehearted life out of the ashes of brokenness.
If Jesus is real then we've been covered by grace and sent in His authority. If we've tasted His grace then the Spirit dwells in us. If Jesus is real then what God is doing in us internally will inevitably be displayed in us externally. If Jesus is real then our life becomes one long obedient response to the Cross. 
Who says we have to be stuck in our brokenness? The solution is life on God's terms! No more darkness of doubt and worry of self-gain, but a surrendered life free of fear full of joy. Years of research in the mission field of life has uncovered a great truth: Wholeheartedness is the work of surrender. It's holding out our hearts, hopes and agendas as we yield to God's plans.
No more sitting on the sidelines, it's time to build for the Kingdom. 
Wholehearted Finishings is the start of a community conversation on wholeheartedness. This space is created out of a need of accountability. I need you. You need someone. We all need Jesus.

We don't have to be perfect, just engaged and committed to aligning values with action. Brene Brown

Wholehearted finishing takes intention and thrives in fellowship. As you create your monthly goals, I encourage you to go a step further and reflect on your Gospel-based values & intentions for the month.
We leverage our wholehearted hustle by defining our unique Gospel-based values. Values move us past to-do lists and goal setting straight to the heart of our hustle. 
It starts with faith as our foundation and Jesus as the cornerstone. Framing goes up on our foundation then it's time to install the Finishings. Wholehearted Finishings strengthen characteristics of a Christ-like heart so we can ensure our best yes for the Kingdom every time.
The first week of each month, I'll share my monthly Wholehearted Finishings along with resources for you to define and grow in your Gospel-based values. 
It takes brave obedience to build wholehearted joy, but it's worth it - God's worth it.

If we were sitting down for coffee today, I'd tell you this wholehearted conversation is me walking by faith. I'd tell you that this monthly linkup is just the start of a community conversation on Gospel-based values. I'd tell you this is me being vulnerable on mission because I believe our hearts are desperate to see God glorified in the daily routine. I'd tell you I'm afraid but filled with joy. I'd tell you I'd love nothing more than to link arms with you to build wholehearted joy for the glory of the Lord. Let's link arms.
I hope you'll join me as we move forward in pursuing wholeheartedness.

I recommend four simple steps to make your Wholehearted Finishings lists. Each item on my Wholehearted Finishings list is broken down into four parts: mission field, value, intention, truth. Keep it simple, make it meaningful.
Step 1: Prepare your heart and ask the Holy Spirit to convict you in your Gospel-based values and intentions for the month ahead. Add your info to the form below to receive our Wholehearted Finishings guidebook and worksheet straight to your inbox.
Step 2: Inspect your heart and your agenda to narrow in on the mission fields the Holy Spirit prepared for you this month. Fill in the spaces labeled "mission field." (Hint: leave margin for the unexpected)
Step 3: This is the installation phase where we partner with the Holy Spirit to mind the gap between our professed values and our practiced values. Move through your list of mission fields to assess the Gospel-based values and intentions you can lean into this month. Fill in your values, intentions and scripture verse below your mission fields.
Step 4: Position your heart to yield wholeheartedly to your Gospel-based intentions. This isn't about coming back at the end of the month to cross things off a list. God's not going to ask what we've accomplished, He's going to ask how we loved His people, how we shined for the Kingdom. Let people see Jesus in you through the daily routine. The margin isn't going to be meaningful until we go into the day wholeheartedly. 

Finishing Tip: always write in a mission field TBD. Write it in. Don't overlook the need for margin. God is going to move this month and you'll need space to be bold in obedience. Plan to pursue Him into the unknown this month!

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