4 Ways to Pour Yourself into Your Pursuits

This is a guest post from Ryan J. Ferrier. Ryan has successfully launched internet startups that have been acquired by Microsoft and Zynga. He now helps young professionals launch lives that matter at Bootstrap My Life. You can also follow him on Twitter.

Norman Vincent Peale once said, “Nothing can stand in the way of the man who focuses his entire self on a problem” (from The Power of Positive Thinking).

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If you have a problem worth solving or a prize worth pursuing, it’s not enough to just put your mind to fulfilling that purpose. It is not just a matter of putting your heart into it either.

If nothing is going to stand in your way, you’ve got to throw your entire self into that pursuit. It’s an all encompassing task.

But what does it look like to put all of who you are into something?

There’s a short scripture verse that I have found helpful:

“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52).

Interestingly this sentence is just about all that is said about Jesus in the years leading up to his public ministry.

Still, it says quite a lot. In preparing to live out his purpose, Jesus grew in four key areas:

  • Wisdom: mentally and emotionally
  • Stature: physically
  • Favor with God: spiritually
  • Favor with man: relationally

With this model in mind, invest accordingly.

  1. Invest in wisdom. Wisdom is more than just mental acuity. It’s really about insight and understanding. Insight into how the world works, how people operate, how situations unfold and in light of those insights, understanding the most appropriate way to live. Wisdom is mental and emotional intelligence applied to the study of life. It’s being ‘life smart.”

    To grow in wisdom, I like to:

    • Read and study material that makes me smarter
    • Listen to my life by taking time to reflect on patterns and situations that reoccur
    • Watch and follow others that I admire
    • Practice what I have learned
  2. Invest in your body. There is no area of my life that has as much immediate impact on all other areas as when I invest in my physical health. When I spend time nourishing my body, my mind is sharp, my emotions stabilize, my spirit is awake, and my relationships improve. However, the opposite happens when I either neglect my physical body or when I punish it by working it too hard.

    Keep it simple and keep it fun:

    • Eat whole foods
    • Move around a lot
    • Go hard occasionally
  3. Invest in your spirit. Whatever you believe, the benefits of activities like meditation, prayer, and being still are documented and well-proven. For me, these practices have a restorative effect on my soul and open me up to connect with a deeper sense of purpose for my life.

    Each morning I like to take time to do the following:

    • Sit in silence
    • Read scripture and other inspirational material
    • Meditate on what I’ve read
    • Pray
  4. Invest in your relationships. This is an area that, for me, has been underdeveloped over the last six years. I invested heavily in my professional career, starting companies and getting them off the ground. Frankly, I did this at the expense of developing meaningful relationships, and I have some regrets about it.

    A company can fire you. It’s a lot harder for true friends to do the same.

    And ironically, if you want the work of your hands to have a real and lasting impact, you’ll need key relationships to keep you committed to that purpose.

    Here are the steps that I am taking to become more relationally connected:

    • Clear time on my calendar for family and friends
    • Open myself to chance encounters and impromptu social opportunities
    • Invest deeply in a few key relationships

So that’s the whole picture. And if, like Jesus, we commit to being whole people, nothing will stand in our way.

Question: Have you thought about what it takes to put your whole self into your pursuits? What area is the most difficult to engage? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

    I don’t believe we can really live balanced lives, but it seems that Christ lived a life of harmony.  I think that is the key.  A harmonious life.

    • JasonPulley

      Larry, I am glad you brought that that up! Do you really think Christ lived a life of Harmony?  I have always been under the understanding he had his own troubles and obstacles to address. After-all he was sent here to find how difficult it really was for us to lead a life expected by God. As you said, we cant really live balanced lives. We are not perfect and will always be faced with our own personal downfalls and challenges. We just cant give up on ourselves or others.

    • http://www.chaplainmike.com/ Mike Hansen

      Harmony is a good word. It was a harmony of 100% sold out to His Father’s will and that was the source of His serenity and can be for us.

      When it comes to balance, ask this: is someone who walks a tightrope ever in full balance? Or is s/he constantly adjusting?

  • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

    This is a great reminder. I think it always comes down to making time for the important, but not urgent items in our lives. Thanks, Ryan.

    • ryanjferrier

      Thanks Jeremy!

  • Viktor Repasky

    The  only question is where to find time for all that…

    • JasonPulley

      Viktor, I am constantly asking myself the same thing. This is something I still struggle with today. I found that I need to prioritize my life more and make the time. It is hard to get out of old habbits and some things I “thought” were important really didn’t matter much at all. There will be sacrifices that need to be made, but that is up to you. Remember that no one got anywhere without taking risks.
      A few things I would suggest:

      Wisdom- Could you find1-2 hours a day;3 days a week?  Schedule it.

      Body- This is a complete lifestyle change.  It may be awkward and put you out of your comfort zone, but remember that we took on the habit we currently have now. There should be no reason to set time aside for this, it is just replacing things you do now with something else.
       
      Spirit- You could add this in with your “wisdom sessions” above. It is only 3 days a week, perhaps you will find time to increase it or use your drive to work to listen to audio books or podcasts? Or just sit in silence while driving and reflect and think.
       
      Relationships-We all fail at this more than we should.  Probably the hardest because we are so “busy”. Learn to put others first.  You want to be important to your friends and family right?  So do they from you. Make a family night once a week? At least sit down to dinner 5 nights a week with family, or make lunch/dinner dates with friends/colleagues.
       
      Finally….stop making excuses.  This may be the biggest challenge of them all.

      • ryanjferrier

        Wow. Jason. Great thoughts.

      • Visionsrevealed

         Stop making excuses…..Stop making excuses….(I’m talking to myself)….Stop making excuses!!! :-)

        • http://www.SpencerMcDonald.net Spencer McDonald

          Shift your focus and begin with what is right. Maybe an affirmation like “I am always taking action” might work better than the later. Just thoughts.

    • ryanjferrier

      @b558c2e5a4b8c1b2a429fc7b59423636:disqus  I hear you. Michael has a great post abt slaying your “dragons” before breakfast” that’s been helpful for me in this area. http://michaelhyatt.com/slay-your-dragons-before-breakfast.html

  • http://chrisvonada.info/ chris vonada

    This is excellent! The most difficult part for me is trying to maintain the idea balance.

    “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” Thomas Merton

    • ryanjferrier

      Love the Merton Quote Chris.

  • Dick

    I love these four quadrants as a paradigm for growth.  Personally, I have the biggest challenge when it comes to the wisdom quadrant.  The noise around me makes me seek silence and the many voices often keep me from hearing His.  Thank you for this post!

    • ryanjferrier

      It’s cool that you know yourself well enough to know where to focus.

  • Agatha Nolen

    ABsolutely an excellent prescription for success and problem-solving. I am a female but also put too much emphasize on the wisdom and physical and not enough on the relationship aspect. This has changed in the past 4 years, making time for friends, and am now experiencing more joy in my life. It is all about being with others on the journey.

    • ryanjferrier

      I couldn’t agree more Agatha.

  • Pgowesky

    Unfortunately for me, I think that the hardest one for me to work on is my body. I often tell myself that all of the other areas are more important than the body. So I pour my energy and time into that, and not my own physical body. Great post. thanks for the reminders.

  • G Stuartvail

    Having applied himself wholeheartedly to the scriptures in a way that none of us will ever be able to match, Jesus must have known this – “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.”
    Ecclesiastes 9:10

  • http://www.wadeoradio.com DJ Wade-O

    There are so many nuggets in this article.  

    The phrase that resonated with me is “Go Hard Occasionally.”  Go Hard is a phrase that we use repeatedly in the Hip Hop community and it can send the wrong message, if not taken in context.  

    All work and no play or relaxation can, like you alluded too, ruin the other areas of our lives and certainly hinder us from living the full life God has intended for us.When I worked in corporate America prior to transitioning to vocational ministry, I was very guilty of that.  I had a great career, but wasn’t fulfilled because everything else was out of wack.  All I did was go hard.Thankfully, I have worked at realigning those areas in my life, so that I can enjoy my wife and kids, hang out with friends, exercise and still build my business/ ministry.Thanks again for posting this article, Michael.  Great insight, Ryan.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I like that particular point too. In their book, The Power of Full Engagement, Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz talk about this.

      • http://www.wadeoradio.com DJ Wade-O

        I will add that to my reading list. I’m still re-aligning. :-). Thanks Michael.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472497156 Toby Mueller

    Thank you for the thoughts and direction. Now just to put those points into practice.

    • ryanjferrier

      I hear you Toby. I try to take a small step at a time in a given area until it becomes second nature.

  • Keith

    This was something the whole world needs to read over & over. The juggling of all plates of life seems sometimes impossible! Many of us share this same issue and i will for sure take this blog and use it! Thanks Michael!!!
    Blessings – Keith
    http://www.rkspanberger.wordpress.com

  • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

    What a great post, Ryan –  simple, yet profound.

    I once read the “Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.” Wisdom is key.  It encourages us to be strong in all the other areas. 

     I want to be strong in all the areas you mentioned. Thanks for encouraging us with a Biblical principle to do so. 

    • ryanjferrier

      Haha. No tomatoes in my fruit salad!

  • James Gleason

    Love it! 23 years ago I stumbled onto Luke 2:52 as a Youth Pastor and every year since I’ve used these four areas as my annual goals outline. They were my motivation for making disciples of youth and for my own personal growth. Thanks for the added insight!

    • ryanjferrier

      Wow. Love it as a guiding principle for an annual review. Fits well with Michael’s ‘Life Plan’ process.

  • http://TwelveTwoDesign.com/ Designer Rob Russo

    Great post, Ryan.  I love when you can take one *simple* scripture and get so much out of it. I believe I can improve on all four points. Finding the right balance and consistency is key. I tend to focus on one area and the other(s) seem to suffer.

    • ryanjferrier

      Yeah, I love to look at a profound statement and really get a ton of insight from it too Rob. ps I struggle w the same thing.

  • http://twitter.com/niners42 Michael Fejeran

    Hi Mike, great site here and the post by Mr. Ferrier is something that I have followed but there’s more on this blog that I can start or pay more attention to. I would like to join your community. Thanks.

  • http://www.baptisteducation.org/ Joshua Rivers

    I think that keeping up with my body is the most difficult. I’m starting to work a little more at eating better and exercising.

    • ryanjferrier

      Great to hear. Go for it Joshua!

  • Bonnie Clark

    I love how you’ve broken down this verse of scripture.  Your meditation of this verse has provided fodder for your first key area (wisdom).  Michael’s concept of a life plan aligns nicely with this verse too. 

    Clearly Jesus understood the importance of each of these spheres of his life and “walked the walk”.  And for those who think they are too busy to achieve this kind of balance (and I’m preaching to myself too), read through scripture and look at the demands that were place on Jesus’ time.

  • Kylelancejohnson

    Going hard in life can pull away from one or all of the above areas of life (spiritual, relational, physical….).  I find that unless I plan well, and for me that includes prayerful planning, listening to what God is communicating to my heart, I will definately live an unbalanced life and one of these areas will fall short.  BUT….I too have realized it’s an everyday process and pursuit.  We never have it nacked (sp.?), but instead need to devote attention to living in balance each day.  Thanks for the blog, I appreciate it!

    • ryanjferrier

      Wow. Love the insight that planning can actually be a key to success in all 4 key areas. There’s a lot of resources here on this site about planning that can help.

  • Toni Ruppert

    Thank you for the reminder to invest in our relationships – especially “a few key relationships.” For a while there I saw invitations to this and that event as interruptions.   Lately, I’ve not only welcomed my friends, but made time in my schedule for them. This post is gold.

    • ryanjferrier

      Much appreciated Toni!

  • http://www.faughnfamily.com/ Adam Faughn

    Great suggestions. I would like to continue the investing metaphor, though, and say that each of these needs to be “dollar-cost averaged.” In other words, we don’t need to make a “lump sum” investment into any of them and then just see how it rides out the rest of our lives. We need to be constantly investing in each of these four areas.

    • ryanjferrier

      Cool thought Adam.

  • http://www.sonyamacdesigns.com/ sonyamacdesigns

    Invest in your body … is the area of greatest weakness for me … the Lord keeps prompting … yet I continue  to fail. The journey to exercise continues with much HOPE.

    • ryanjferrier

      I hear ya sonya. Getting started is often the hardest part. It’s helped me to have an accountability partner to keep me going.

  • Duane Rawlins

    Thanks for your thoughtful comments . I am currently being challenged to practice Gods presence on a moment by moment basis. I have a deeper understanding that all I have is now and that is the only thing I can control is right now. Keep up the good work Michael. Duane Rawlins

  • JasonPulley

    Body is something I find difficult to engage because…..it is easier not to care!  I mainly choose body/health because I am/was a smoker, but if I want to practice what I preach why am I allowing those things to control my life???  About a month ago I wrote on my blog “Lead Your Life, Dont Let Life Lead You”.  Yet, I expect to be an example? Yep, I had enough and I am done.  Yes, I have done this before but I have a different perspective this time. I find it easier to deal with knowing that I am taking control of my life again.  One thing at a time right?

    • ryanjferrier

      Exactly. One thing at a time.

  • http://www.toothygrinsstore.com/HydroFloss-p/hydrofloss01.htm Toothy Grins

    build wisdom, take care of the body, improve spirituality and improve relationships with others   – yep,  that pretty much sums it up.   thanks for this post  

  • Cherry Odelberg

    Well said.  Yet, how soon I forget and in desperation, sacrifice one area for another.

  • http://www.bebrilliantincollege.com/ Jeannie Burlowski

    Love this.  Thank you.

  • Ldipascal

    Michael,

    I’ve prayed this Scripture verse so many times over my two boy, ever since they were babies. I just never thought of applying it to myself.

    Thanks so much for your wonderful insight this morning. I learn something new every time I read your blog!!

    Leah DiPascal

  • KeithFerrin

    Always amazes me how much of a difference the physical makes…and how easily we neglect it. Don’t know if you’ve read Gary Thomas’ book from last year – Every Body Matters: Strengthening Your Body to Strengthen Your Soul. Deep dive into this whole issue. Thanks Ryan.

    • ryanjferrier

      Nice. I’m going to check that book out. Thanks for the reference Keith!

  • http://www.facebook.com/micky.diaz7 Micky Diaz

    Awesome blog  post! To God be all the glory! To live a life of harmony, it begins with humility! God bless you all!

  • http://twitter.com/RashaanM Rashaan Mateen

    I love this blog post. I live for all of these things and try my hardest to accomplish each and every category. I am a huge fan of Michael Hyatt’s Life Plan and that’s what got me started on my journey to success. My biggest challenge is finances and family. Because I don’t have the funds (yet) necessary to visit and do activities with them, I find it hard to embrace that part of my life. But I work at it everyday to make things better. And I know things will get better real soon. I’m checking out the “Bootstrap My Life” website. Hopefully I can get some good wisdom and insight from it. 

    • ryanjferrier

      Thanks so much Rashaan. Inspiring to see you pushing ahead amidst some tough circumstances.

  • Matt Gibson

    Great post, Ryan. There are areas I think about all the time, but I had never connected them to that verse. I really appreciate that insight and it’s one I’ll continue to carry with me.

    • ryanjferrier

      Nice! Glad it helped.

  • Obscott

     

    My wheelchair is my “Platform”.

     32 years ago today I took my last steps and
    have since lived life as a quadriplegic. 
    James Taylor wrote, “every now and then the things I lean on lose
    their meaning, and I find myself careening, into places that I should not let
    me go.”

    I think I am happiest in
    the wilderness alone with just a few friends. 
    But I know I am most joyful when I am in the center of God’s will.

     

    Even posting on Facebook
    is a bit outside my comfort zone, so even though my friends have wanted me to
    write a book for many years I just couldn’t get any enthusiasm.

     

    This blog flipped my
    switch and reminded me of the “meaning of 
    things I lean on”.

    I went “public” today and announced to my friends
    “our” story would be available in a few months, and I am overwhelmed.  It has crushed me and humbled me and once
    again reminded me of why the title of my book is the testimony of my life, I am
    truly “Best When Broken”.
    Im grateful for Michael and all of you that speak up and out.

  • Allen

    Great post. I am learning a lot of what you said currently. Thank you for the encouragement.

  • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

    Hi Ryan, nice post.  I like your four investments: sound advice.  I’m also impressed with your honesty in regards to your relationships.  Bloggers sometimes like to appear like everything is rosy in their lives, but we all have weaknesses.  I’m sure you’re making progress and changes in that area.  And perhaps, your experience can remind and help others.  Keep up the good work.

    • ryanjferrier

      Yeah, I have more than a few weaknesses :)

  • Eccle0412

    Balance picture an old apothecary scale, if there is nothing on it there is balance. The tension is in adding equitably. That includes like Jesus, time of quiet rest. I am all in on the four areas ut keep the scales from rocking is the challenge! Marathon training in more ways than feet.

  • http://actuallykatie.com/ Katie McAleece

    I love the reference to the scripture verse, and tying in each key point with it. Loved that. It’s like a blog and also a sermon. haha! Really smart. Thank you for giving us this wisdom!

    • ryanjferrier

      Wow. Thanks Katie. Glad it helped.

  • http://marleeward.com/ Marlee

    This was so beautifully presented. Totally agree. Thank you!

  • ReasonDisciple

    I’ve got this same study before myself too. But I got five parts, which are:

    1. He grew “in wisdom”–intellectual development.
    2. He grew “in stature”–physical development.
    3. He grew “in favor”–emotional development.
    4. He grew “in favor with God”–spiritual development.
    5. He grew “in favor with men”–social development.

    Good post. I love seeing the same Scripture from other’s perspectives. It’s like added to a piece of a puzzle.

    • ryanjferrier

      Awesome addition!

  • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

    These are great Ryan, really great post. For me the constant battle is investing in body, I’m working on losing weight and getting back in shape. I have to treat my body like a temple!

    • ryanjferrier

      I hear you kimanzi. One thing that has had a huge payoff for me has been diet – I used to try and exercise myself into the ground. But I’ve found that you can’t outrun a bad diet. So I try and eat super healthy and workout in moderation.

  • http://www.shannonmilholland.blogspot.com Shannon Milholland

    Great post, Ryan! Too often we hyper-focused on one of these areas – we work out to the exclusion of spiritual growth; we spend so much time reading Christian books but never prioritize health; we socialize but don’t make an effort to learn something new. I love how you recognized the need to develop like Christ – in all four areas.

    • ryanjferrier

      Thanks Shannon! Here’s to having it all :)

  • Casey Berman

    Great post, Ryan.  It is overwhelming to try and “do it all right now”.  That’s why I just try and remember that I am (and will continue to be) a work in progress.  Little by little. 

    • ryanjferrier

      I hear you casey. Great point.

  • http://www.thenancyway.com/ Nancy Roe

    I tend to get wrapped up in a deadline and put everything else aside.  When I do this for a long period of time my body has a way of telling me to “stop.”  Today was one of those days.  I spent most of day in bed because I was so exhausted. I need to stop and smell the roses more often!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patti-Schieringa/100000060620784 Patti Schieringa

    I had to copy this post to hang up with adding notes from several commentators. I am usually too late to get any replies from Michael if I would comment. but I take time to read every body’s response anyway .
    Ryan, I am impressed how you have been keeping up with people all day . Do you have a screen where you can view comments as they come.  The latest said 24 minutes ago you replied. Bless you and your audience. 
    Patti Schieringa

    • ryanjferrier

      I do not have a screen with people’s replies. I just made sure to come back a few times and reply to messages.

      Thanks so much for your encouragement!

  • http://www.theworld4realz.com/ Andi-Roo

    Amazing how much can be pulled out of one small sentence. Good stuffs! :)

  • http://sidekickgraphics.com/ George Gregory

    This is fantastic advice for a balanced life, but I’d add a qualifier – a harmonious life also includes submitting your plans to Christ’s Lordship. Perhaps that falls under “investing in wisdom”.

    When we are hindered, how do we react? I’m an optimistic dreamer, and a planner by nature. I believe we should certainly work hard to achieve, but when we hit a wall, will we fume and fuss, or give it to God? In James 4:13-15 we are reminded that we are to make our plans contingent on God’s will.

    A thoughtful and inspiring post. Thanks!

    • ryanjferrier

      Great addition George!

  • http://www.williamsjim.com/ Jim Williams

    Great post Michael! I think the toughest part of this is ensuring that you invest in all of these areas. I find in my life I favour investing in one or two areas and then neglect the others. It’s like spinning plates; keeping them all moving is difficult. I have had some success in each of these areas but I definitely needed the reminder to invest in all four.
    Thank you,

  • http://twitter.com/tammyhelfrich Tammy Helfrich

    Great advice. I an working on all of these things.

  • Matt Heinricy

    Great stuff and really great reminders.  I find that when I get “off track” in life it can usually be traced back to one or more of the 4 things you shared.  Almost like a “check engine” light.  Thanks for sharing!

    • ryanjferrier

      Ha! Love the check engine light analogy.

  • Danny L. Smith

    Thanks for the great post Ryan. In particular, point number 4. My “entrepreneurial seizures” have brought about a lot of relationships that, while I thought would lasting, did not last past the business time-span.

    You’ve reminded me to pay attention this time around!

    Blessings Ryan.

    Danny

    • ryanjferrier

      Thanks Danny. Nice to hear another recovering entreaholic :)

  • John1908

    Ryan, I really enjoyed your post! I’m fully engaged when I have meaningful goals and consistent review of my goals to stay motivated. I use prayer to ensure that my goals are aligned to Gods will. I don’t feel fully engaged if I’m not connected to God’s will for my life.

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  • http://mywarminghouse.com/ Lisa

    Great info. Very true and full of wisdom – and it is achievable. The area I have targeted to improve this year is relationships. Not long ago, we moved to a new area. I have yet to develop meaningful relationships. Also – eating more whole foods. 

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Great area to choose Lisa. Relationships have a huge impact on our effectiveness and health.

  • Ann

    Thanks Ryan (and Michael) for some really good advice, and easily memorable. Shared on Facebook for all my friends.

    • ryanjferrier

      Thanks for spreading the word Ann!

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  • Yvette

    This is great information.  Thank you!

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    Great post!  We just had a guest speker at our church on Sunday.  He may have read your post before preaching, it was eerily similar!  Great stuff!

  • http://twitter.com/Joel_Sadler Joel Sadler

    Great post as usual from Ryan.  Love it.

    • ryanjferrier

      Thanks Joel! Good to see you over here.

  • http://sparkvoice.wordpress.com/ DS

    Finding the time and will to invest in my body is still a challenge.  I’ve dedicated myself to the others – but this one has escaped my priority list, so far.

    I enjoyed what your 4 points about investing in wisdom.  Pattern yourself after those you admire (learning from them) and then applying what you learn.  Great points.

  • dave warner

    I have been asking myself “am I all in?”

  • http://ignitechange.net/ Craig Morton

    HI Michael.  Arthur Ashe had a great quote that has always helped me to get started.
    “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”- Arthur Ashe  

    This has always helped with projects (and even just living) as I looked at how to divide my time when I often felt I was too behind the game.  Thanks for the post.  

  • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

    Thanks for an inspiring post.  Getting physical has been the hardest for me to engage – but really, continuous improvement in all areas is what I seek.  Wisdom is the key – and that wisdom will lead to all other areas of improvement – what I need to do and when.  

  • Cindyshuff

    Balance is the hardest part of this equation.  I need to exercise all four areas in my life. but as often is the case I overdo one to the exclusion of the others. I find it hard to balance all of these on a daily basis.  I tell myself it’s okay to spend an entire day on relationships or an entire day on wisdom as long as a week does not go by without investing in the other pursuits. I try to walk everyday. I pray  and seek His face every day.  The length of time for each pursuit may vary from day to day.
    But when I get that feeling in the pit of my stomach that triggers the failure emotion I know I am out of balance.  Those are the times I struggle to get all areas of my life back on track. It is often difficult to battle negative emotions. Failure has it’s upside. It has taught me life lessons I would not have learned through only experiencing success. Great post.
    Cindy Huff

  • http://Thefieldgeneral.com/ Chris Coussens

    As always, Michael, your posts make me think.

    I am very good at putting my emotional, mental, and spiritual self into my pursuits. Physical is much harder. I do well for a while and then get frustrated at the time it seems to suck up. Being physically healthy requires a whole set of things to get right… time to exercise, time to sleep (who needs sleep), time to prepare the right foods to eat. Maintaining (or trying to restore) that discipline is probably the biggest struggle I have on a day to day basis.

  • http://www.ModMediaLLC.com/ Mark

    Wow.  I’ve never seen this scripture fleshed out so substantially.  This is something that not only Christians, but all people seeking fulfillment and subscribe too.  Thanks so much, and be well. 

    • ryanjferrier

      Thanks Mark!

  • Donschin

    Great post. Pratical areas we can work on. And #4 has been a particular passion and focus of mine as well. We need to consciously develop relationships these days with so much technology speeding up our lives and providing barriers to people and relationships.

  • Mikel Sanders

    The passage used is one of my all time favorites when it comes to growth. Jesus is always the best example that we can use.

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  • Collinsclivend

    In
    a world of rapidly changing ways of life, science and technology, information
    and communication technology, increasing crimes and insecurity with the
    attendant economic and socio-political demands, our youths must be equipped
    with all the relevant information and weapons for dominion if they must grow to
    become the future leaders of our tomorrow.

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