Stretching the tent

Stretching the tent

Cape-town is beautiful. Table mountain looms in the distance as an outline and the tidal estuary that fronts this property shimmers in the bright sunlight.

It’s nice to have a few moments to sit and write. I am conscious that I haven’t been keeping on top of all that I want to, and that includes this blog.

I’ve been doing a bit of thinking about my self management. At the start of this year, one of my goals was to have an effective self management system in place.

As I came to South Africa I had a clearly stated personal goal, I wanted to find a way to stay more in touch with the home base and my responsibilities there, as well as have my head here.

In the devotion this morning I was sharing from a passage that means a lot to me, and also to Fusion, Isaiah 54:

Clear lots of ground for your tents!

Make your tents large. Spread out! Think big!

Use plenty of rope,

drive the tent pegs deep.

I have been realizing that one of the personal growth areas God is stretching me in, is this thing of having a big tent, or having a big heart.

It is so much easier just to focus on what is in front of your nose.

I received an email today from the one campaign.

By simply signing a petition it’s possible to make a difference for millions of children. I found myself not wanting to think about it. Check this out:

Why Bother? from ONE Campaign on Vimeo.

I’m pleased to say I made the time to sign the petition. I also have done much better at staying in touch, however just when I thought I had things under control I realized I missed a phone connection this morning that I set up last week.

I know it’s time to extend the place of my tent, and that requires stretching.

I’m pleased that God promises a couple of verses later:

Don’t be afraid—you’re not going to be embarrassed.

Don’t hold back—you’re not going to come up short.

It usually is my fears more than anything else that makes wanting to deal with one world at a time a challenge.

The people I admire the most seem to have space in their hearts, no matter how busy they are. I want to be like that.

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