I’ve flip-flopped between calling this “look out” and “look forward” at least a dozen times. It’s hard to find the right phrase sometimes. I’d love to hear your thoughts, which do you prefer? (please comment below). In the end, what I called it didn’t seem as important what I was doing. When I look down, my guiding question is, “Where am I going?” (Each of the ways we look when we press pause: down( ⏬ ), back(⏪), up(⏫) and out (⏩) have a guiding question. We’ll talk about press pause (⏸) tomorrow.)
As this year started, I took more time to press pause and look than normal. I had to fly to Orlando on January 2 and drive Kaitlyn drive back from her eight month internship at Disney. In the past each new year, I’ve hit the ground running on January 1. One day on, then five days off didn’t make sense. So, I took a bit more time to look.
Looking out is the most natural thing for me to do, especially when I press pause. I’ve always been a dreamer — I’m not the only one. A key to looking out is, as Stephen Covey says in Seven Habits of Highly Effective People to “start with the end in mind.” For those of you who kicked Lent off yesterday by practicing Ash Wednesday, you participated in the ultimate looking out — memento mori, remember you will die. Usually, we aren’t going to look out quite that far.
Ultimately looking out is about picking where you are going. Among other things when I looked out, I wanted to get into a better devotional rhythm. Also, I wanted to start blogging consistently — sharing what I’m learning and doing. So, I stole a concept from Charles Duhigg’s book The Power of Habit and did some habit stacking. In March I’ll be blogging every day. Each day will be a reflection on one of the Proverbs from the chapter that lines up with that date.
Originally, I was going to blog every day in Lent, but that didn’t work. We’ll talk about that on Monday.
For those who love looking about and want to know what’s coming, after Lent, I’ll be doing a devotional blogs on Monday and another type of blog each Thursday. Also Every so often (usually 10-14 days) I ⏪Look Back, and when I do, I share it. If you want to know what I saw, sign up for my email (the first one goes out the Friday after Easter).
I’d love you to join me in this journey through Proverbs. Whatever you do I encourage you to take some time and
Look Out⏩ At the end of Lent, of any other random date in the future, where do you want to be? (If you don’t know where to start, I suggest looking at the five capitals: spiritual, relational, physical, mental, and financial.)