These past couple of months, I have kept myself in place in life where I have not been able to live out what I’ve been writing about. This is a challenge that we all can face as we struggle with understanding what may be the “right” path to take and what may be the path you were meant to take and that God place you here for. I let myself get so bogged down with other things that it took away from me focusing on things that really mean something to me and that can have meaningful impacts on those around me. I’ve been fortunate that in these last few months, the things that have kept me going are my family and my faith. I enjoy every waking moment I have with my wife and children. Yes, spring time is hectic as our children are filled with their activities, but I love every part of it. It has been a great part of their growth and it has bonded us all closer together. I also have latched on to my faith as my daily walk with God through His word has been a continued uplift for me in times where mentally and emotionally I was struggling with keeping myself afloat with the demands of my work and school.
I have learned that in my life and in all our lives, there will be times where we just struggle with our purpose and figuring out what it is we should be doing with this tremendous gift of life the Lord has granted us. Last week, I first decided to take some leave from my doctoral work just for my own sanity. Then I took a couple of vacation days to spend with my family. On the first day, we packed up a picnic lunch and fishing gear and went out to the lake for a day of fishing. It was a great time just spending with my family and relaxing at the same time. Throughout the time of baiting hooks and getting my kids lines out of trees and other snags, it dawned on me again that this is what really matters in life. The time and energy I get to spend with my family to teach them, to have fun with them, and just enjoy the company of each other. The same holds true for my wife and the amount of time I get to spend with her and focusing on us.
So there it is for me. I was back to 3 of the 4 Pillars. Then I had to rethink Pillar 4 which focuses on Work. I realized that I had really let 4 Pillar Living get away from me. I let so much else detract from me working on something that really mattered to me and what seems to matter to others as well. I am not the worlds foremost expert in how to live by any means, but I am certainly here in position to help guide people into making sure they focus on the important aspects of living not let unimportant things get in the way of you enjoying life and coming alive through all areas of life.
Now is the time for me and for us all to really figure out how to unleash our own God given potential and live out the lives we were meant to live. We all have a purpose and if we listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying through us, we will be able to find that purpose and then take the steps to live it out. My call to service is help others unleash who they are meant to be. It is a struggle that we all have and that I have and continue to have. I have learned a lot along the way and I plan to use my writing and communication abilities to share that with you all more and more. You will once again begin to see more consistent content on 4PillarLiving.com. My work on my book “4 Pillars to Coming Alive” is kicking back into high gear again and I will also be developing strong focal points on each of the Pillars. One of the first will be focused on Marriage and relationships. Be on the lookout for more this summer. In addition, 4 Pillar Radio will be coming online soon. I will be working to get that going once again.
It’s going to be a fun ride and I hope you will join me through it. 4 Pillar Living is getting back in gear and this train is stopping. Enjoy the Ride!!!