There’s probably no area greater, no area more important than our relationships. There is probably no area that has the potential to destroy our life than any else.  Lots of people have trouble with relationships. Whether it is in our marriages, with our kids, with other family members or with co-workers and friends. And when there is no plan for our relationships we will just end up anywhere. And anywhere is probably not where we want to be. Every relationship ends up somewhere, some relationships end up somewhere on purpose.

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clutter epidemic

Today we find ourselves in a clutter epidemic.  Most of us know we own too much stuff. We feel the weight and burden of our clutter. We get tired of cleaning and managing and organizing our stuff. Our toy rooms are messy, our drawers don’t close, and our closets and garages are filled from top to bottom. But at what point do all of the toys, gadgets and clothes that fill our homes become too much?

Today, increasing data is being collected about our homes, our shopping habits, and our spending. The research is confirming this observation: We own too much stuff! And it is robbing us of life.

Here are 21 surprising statistics that help us understand our clutter epidemic and how big of a problem our accumulation has actually become.

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So many people live day in and day out with no purpose. They get into survival mode because they have to live but it doesn’t take long before that snowballs on them and they end in a very desperate kind of place.  Then they find themselves dying on the inside, miserable and with no passion or purpose in life. When this happens it causes all kinds of problems.

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things that stop us from following our dreams

God has put certain passions, certain desires, certain dreams, certain ambitions, certain interests in the heart of every person.  The problem is this: Most people have never ever really acted on, or fulfilled, or attempted, or developed, or utilized their God-given passions, their interests, their dreams. In fact, we bury our dreams. God doesn’t want that.  So what are the things that stop us from following our dreams?

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Thanks to Warner Brothers and Grace Hill Media I am able to be a part of a giveaway of an “American Sniper” Blu Ray Combo Pack.  “American Sniper” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and includes the film in high definition on Blu-ray disc, a DVD, and a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own “American Sniper” via purchase from digital retailers.

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Do not waste your hurt

Do not waste your hurt because God is a God who can take the mess of your life and bring a message out of it. He can take the crisis and He can show Christ through it. He can take the bad things in your life and He can bring even good out of that. It’s a mystery and a miracle to me but in another sense it’s not.

This is how I like to think about it. I like chocolate chip cookies. In fact I like them a lot! But if you just ate the individual ingredients of chocolate chip cookies by themselves they taste disgusting, right? Raw egg by itself? Yuck! Salt by itself? Yuck! Butter by itself? Yuck! Flour by itself? Yuck! Baking soda by itself? Yuck! Now, chocolate chips and sugar by themselves? Yummy! Two out of seven – not bad. Somehow when you mix five bad things with two good things and you stir them up together it is so good, you eat half the dough before you make the cookies, right?

That’s what God wants to do with your life. He wants to take all the bad with the good and turn them into something wonderful! He’s a pro at it. God does not want us to waste our experiences. So how do we keep from wasting the experiences we’ve had in our life up to this point?

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stages of relationships

Nobody gets over wounds quickly.  It’s a process, and the process will likely be fraught with conflict.  But the payoff for the conflict can be a deeper level of intimacy.  When you fight a good fight, you use the tension and trouble to bring the two of you closer together.

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