I hope your week is off to a great start!! I'm getting back into the groove of the workflow after a weekend spent in San Francisco. While in San Francisco, my brother showed me a cool little shop in the financial district called Shinola. I walked out of the store with a colorful orange monogrammed journal/planner. I'm typically not an orange girl but something about the burnt orange color reminded me of my childhood. My grandparents had the same burnt orange color on two of their sitting room chairs. Very 70's but I like it! This was one of those purchases you just hug a little bit when you walk out of the store because it's exactly what you had in mind and you found it. Anyone else get like that? Just my nerdy self?
I think the excitement came from that nostalgia mixed with the new possibilities good planning can bring.
The best part was getting home Monday morning and taking it out of my suitcase, flipping through it and noticing that the front page had a title for this planner. It's called "The Runwell Planner". Only maybe an hour earlier, I was reading the Word and the chapter I read was 1 Corinthians 9:24-26.
"Don't you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not shadowboxing."
This encouraged me to know that this planner is going to help me run my race well. It sounds kind of silly, even more so because I already have a planner. But my current planner is used more for remembering important dates, jotting down things I did in my day so I can look back and remember God's faithfulness and all the little things along the way. This Runwell Planner is going to be used differently. I'm going to map out content and plan it in advance. It sounds like a no-brainer but it's a new discipline for me and it may take some getting used to but I mainly wanted to encourage anyone in a midweek slump, to pick back up, find their groove once more and sometimes getting a fresh new planner in the middle of the year is just that kick starter you need.
"...Let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us, [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work]." Hebrews 12:1-2