Natasha’s Study: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

A Long Obedience in the Same DirectionDiscipleship in an Instant Society

The central reality for Christians is the personal, unalterable, persevering commitment God makes to us. Perseverance is not the result of our determination, it is the result of God’s faithfulness. We survive in the way of faith not because we have extraordinary stamina but because God is righteous, because God sticks with us. Christian discipleship is a process of paying more and more attention to God’s righteousness and less and less attention to our own.

– Eugene Peterson on perseverance.

Why I picked up this book:

This book is a classic, and it was gifted to me by the women on my leadership team at the end of three plus years of service as the founder and leader of the mentoring ministry.

Who Should Read A Long Obedience in the Same Direction:

This work will be an encouragement to any believer. It is an apt tool for spiritual formation and development.

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction book cover

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Mentoring Monday: Availability

I’m not always available. That’s the truth of my life these days. Ministry and family commitments which often includes quiet and uninterrupted times of preparation or travel, means that I can’t always be available to mentees exactly when they think they need me.

Availability

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Lead with your Messy Self

My desk is a mess! No really, it’s pretty bad. I normally am a neat and organized person. I hate it when my house is not clean, but my desk (and office where I spend most of my work day) have become different animals and exceptions to all my life rules. About twice a year, I can normally see all of my desk clearly. But on days like today when I have spent nearly four months traveling off and on (which I think is my new normal), things just pile up.

This is the long side of my L shaped desk.

Messy desk

I’m almost embarrassed to share it with you. Believe it or not, there is some method to this madness. There is a book pile at the far end of the desk (two actually) of books that I have started but haven’t yet finished or books I plan to begin soon. Then there is a small stack of books that I have read that I want to review, write a summary, or take notes from. On top of that, there is some mail and pictures I need to sort through or file away. This is low hanging fruit but most days it’s not a priority because I can barely get through my email after work.

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