Sunday before last, January 6, 2013, Pastor Henry Schenkel at Monroe Community Church began a series of sermons on becoming whole and how we do that from the inside out. By looking within at what patterns we live by, what habits fill our days, what practices such as work, study, networking, socializing, eating, giving,and working out occupy our time, we begin to see how we view life. The beginning of the year is a good time to reflect on whether or not the “rhythms in our life” serve us well or are we merely serving them.
This past Saturday at a Shaklee conference I was again exposed to the idea of looking within at why I do what I do. We listened to a TED talk by Simon Sinek on How Great Leaders Inspire Action. Simon said to remember, Martin Luther King Jr. said, “I have a dream,” not I have a plan. Simon explains WHY, HOW, and WHAT we do is so important and the order we put WHY, HOW, and WHAT is the most important.
Back to the church service. At the end Pastor Henry passed out a sheet with thought provoking questions to help us evaluate the rhythms or rules that fill our days. He also included Martin Luther King Jr’s “rules of life,” sharing the daily inside work he did:
If you are looking to work from the inside out, both talks will help. What rhythms or rules make up your day? Do you work from the inside out? In 2013 I will be working harder from the inside out. Next time I will share why I do what I do.