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Week 1- Look for addictions in your life
Hard drugs may not be a part of your life, but most of us are addicted to things that are making it more difficult to focus on Jesus and his Kingdom. Some are addicted to their phones or social media, or some other technology, others are addicted to work. Still others are addicted to purchasing things. Even food or drinks (alcohol, coffee, etc.) can become addictions for us. Consider your own life this week. What might you be addicted to that is keeping you from seeking Jesus and the kingdom? Consider rejecting that thing, or living without it, or relating to it differently this week. Choose to reject TV, or sleep with your phone in the other room, or cut out soda.
Week 2- Appreciate God’s creation
As we have taken our eyes off Jesus, we’ve come to believe that in order to be mesmerized we need great CGI and an impressive sound system. Meanwhile we walk right by intricately arranged flowers that came up out of the ground and don’t even hear the perfectly-pitched beautiful song the bird sings outside our window. Discover God’s creation this week, making it a focus to enjoy the so-called simple pleasures of life.
Week 3- Speak simply
Much of our lives are spent in the complicated webs of our relationships because we don’t embrace simplicity, causing us to experience drama and relational tension that draws us away from Jesus and his kingdom. Work this week to make your “yes” mean “yes,” and your “no” mean “no.” Refuse flattery, half-truths, jargon, speculation, and the like. Speak plainly and simply.
Week 4- Give something away
This week, begin to develop the habit of giving things away. Think about what possessions you are attached to, or that you might be becoming attached to, and give that away to someone else who needs it so you can be free to seek Jesus.