Try Something New for 30 Days

I have been encouraged lately by what has been happening in our Sunday worship gatherings here at VLC.  Last Sunday, Kim Nowlin gave a great talk on (re)discovering our identity in Christ.  If you missed it, click here to listen.  This Sunday, I’m please to announce that we will be hearing a message by my wife, Autumn, about living missionally. This is a conversation you won’t want to miss.


Lately, my posts have been a little on the serious side, so I thought I would share something lighter today.  There is currently a lecture conference going on in Edinburgh, Scotland, called TEDGlobal (TED=Technology, Entertainment, Design).  One of the talks given there was from Matt Cutts titled “Try Something New for 30 Days.”  In this talk he shares his experience of taking 30 day challenges and discovered that 30 days seems to be just the right amount of time to fully experience something new, but not be bound to it forever.  If you like what you experienced, you can permanently implement it, if not, you can let it go on day 31.  His take away line, “Anyone can do anything for 30 days.”


From his talk, I saw a correlation between 30 day challenges and our summer Mission of the Spirit project.  I know for the last five weeks, or so, we’ve been challenging ourselves spiritually and intellectually through our discussions on Sunday mornings.  I’m feeling that in the remaining days of summer it would be fun to ask the Holy Spirit if there is a 30 day challenge for us in regards to the mission of the Spirit.  I am praying about some things that I would like to do.  What are some things you have always wanted to do?  I would love to hear your thoughts.  Also, the underlined title to Matt Cutts’ talk is a link. It’s only 3 minutes long.  Enjoy!


Grace and peace,



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