10 Things I Learned in 2016 (Part II)
Things I Learned

10 Things I Learned in 2016 (Part II)

Posted by Regi Campbell on December 29, 2016

You can read 10 Things I Learned in 2016 (Part I) here.

On Monday, I wrote about the importance of reflecting on the past year to distill things you learned. I even suggested praying and asking God to help you. To conclude, here’s “Part II” my ‘learnings’ from 2016 . . .

  1. Our modern-day existence revolves around time. It’s the thing behind our busyness, our performance drive and our difficulty focusing. Everything and everyone is in a hurry. Are we afraid we’re going to run out of time? God never runs out of time. He’s never in a hurry. Read the story of Lazarus. Do you see how time seemed scarce to Martha . . . even Mary. But never for Jesus? Martha wanted Him to ‘perform.’ Mary was just sad. Both were disappointed in the moment but joyful later. Could that be true of us?Are we letting the crush of time steal our joy? One of the biggest differences between God and man is our perception of time. The only way to slow down is to just do it and trust God with the outcome! (Read more on this here).
  1. Empathy is pausing my thoughts and feelings long enough to engage with the thoughts and feelings of others. Really listening engages my imagination so I can imagine what the other person is experiencing. It helps me get into their ‘frame of reference,’ to let them know I understand, and to show them the selfless love and compassion of Jesus. (Read more on this here and here).
  1. If your closest friends aren’t like-hearted with you, it may be time to fire them and find replacements. There’s a difference in like-minded people and like-hearted Like-minded people think alike but like-hearted people want the same things. I want to ‘do life’ with like-hearted people . . . people who are all-in for Jesus and want to make disciples. (Read more on this here).
  1. The anemia of Jesus-followers is not just their lack of prayer but their inability and unwillingness to engage in listening prayer. We rattle on and on, praying the same words and telling God things He already knows. All the time, He’s sitting there with the answers to our heart’s questions . . . wanting to help us, but we’re too afraid, too busy, or too faithless to ask and listen.
  1. “It is what it is” may be one of the most helpful mottos we can embrace. It focuses us on the here and now, on accepting people and circumstances, and on trusting that our God is totally trustworthy and in charge. Our job is to trust, love, serve, give and be grateful. And to do so joyfully! Don’t lie to yourself, don’t spin reality into fantasy. Accept things as they are and move forward with love in faith. (Read more on this here).

So . . . that’s the ‘cream of the crop’ of stuff I learned this year. This blog isn’t usually a forum for comments and discussion, but we’d love for you to post your top ‘learnings’ in the comment section. Just click “Comment here” below and share with all of us. And one more thing . . .

Readership of our posts grew 30% in 2016. Thank you for sharing our posts and including more ‘like-hearted’ people in our tribe. As we move into the new year, I challenge you to spend more time with the Father . . . to seek His heart more consistently, to enjoy His love, truth and beauty, and to invest in the lives of others for spiritual purposes. Godspeed and Happy New Year!


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You can also read the things Regi learned in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Responses (3)

Daniel Posted: December 29, 2016, 9:05 am

Regi, these are great nuggets to chew on. I’ve had it in my calendar to spend some time allowing God to remind me of what He’s taught me this year. Thanks for listening to Him and for sharing what you’re learning!

Brian Purcell
Brian Purcell Posted: December 29, 2016, 10:23 am

I learned this year that well-intentioned “auto-pilot” is not a suitable option for any dimension of my faith. Like in football, a team needs to be highly functioning in offense, defense, and special teams. Not one can be neglected or put on “auto-pilot” to care for itself. Even more, the team needs to:
1. Learn from the past games so they can grow in their ability for the future
2. Keep a focus on recruiting new talent to the team
3. Study the opponent just enough to know their ways, so they can anticipate and protect
4. Work on basic blocking and tackling skills every day
5. Feed their brains in the classroom to they are fully prepared for the games
When I get weary of keeping all the aspects of my faith at a “high functioning” level (prayer, reading my Bible, fellowship, small groups, men’s groups, retreats, etc…), it is easy for me to become overwhelmed and neglect some areas or set them on auto-pilot.
The problem is that I relied on my own plan to address all the key areas of my Faith instead of having God prioritize the areas and depth of each one. That is the ONLY reason I become overwhelmed and feel like I can’t keep up. So my lesson learned for 2017 is to let God order my priorities for my faith, and follow His plan without doubt or concern if it doesn’t match the worldly man-made definition of “well-rounded faith”. I know from experience that when I surrender to His perfect plan, that I feel fulfilled to my core.

Craig Portwood
Craig Portwood Posted: December 29, 2016, 12:05 pm

I really appreciate the thought on the difference between like-minded and like-hearted. I hadn’t really thought of it in that way before, but it brings clarity to some of my current relationships. Thanks for the insight!

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