Halftime: 3 Life Lessons From 2017 So Far

As we approach that magical time when people finally stop shooting fireworks, it's crazy to think we’re only days past the year’s mid-point. Seriously, does anyone else think the first six months of 2017 had twelve embedded in them?

Either way, if you’re like me, then chances are you’ve experienced quite a lot since the time all acquaintances were last forgot.  And while a single blog wouldn’t do justice in capturing the year's magnitude, it does allow me to reflect on three life lessons learned and re-learned...

1. More social, less social media

I admit: In my 20's...I was on social media a little way too much. In fact, it got so bad, I remember arguing with my wife early in our marriage about my perceived unlikability citing red notification bubbles as evidence. Shallow, I know; however, in hindsight, that was a bane I bore...hiding behind the need to 'turn off' and catch up on 'news', exchanging security for smoke and mirrors as mind went one way and thumbs went another.

But these days the tables have turned. The foremost reason being: I've allowed God's perspective to outweigh all others. Granted, I had to get to that point (which I'll get to in a second). Still, for the journey to even start, I had to...

a) ...die to God's truth needing validation...
b) ...stop using social media as a 'magic mirror on the wall' and...
c) ...engage my fear of God into the places of rest I was shielding it from.

To do this...I revamped my socio-spiritual diet. I got more intentional having God time before networking time, took 'leisure' out of my social media vocabulary, made more concerted efforts to connect in person, and yes, even started removing social media apps after posting. The goal? To dive out of the worlds I wish I could be a part of and re-stake my focus into the one I was in.

Flash-forward to today and I'm still on the recovery road; however, I'm proud to say the distance between 'social' and 'media' has never been further. Thanks to this first lesson, I'm well on my way moving forward.

2. To get free, sometimes you gotta get help 

When this year started, I was in a depressive rut. I had just come off the worst December of my life after a solid summer/fall stretch. It literally got to the point where I was at my church worshiping with food poisoning thinking I was having a normal Sunday morning experience. Underwater and disoriented, it’s like I didn’t know what was up or down anymore.

Yet, even in my despair, I recall that still, small voice gently whispering, ‘You’re infected. Get help!’ and (*click play*)...




And so the story of 2017 began…not as a climber looking to scale Everest, but an ex-defeated enthusiast eager  to learn what would heal him to make another run…


….which brings me to Restoring the Foundations (i.e. the ‘help’).

Honestly, I haven't yet found the words to describe the impact of my RTF week. All I can say for now is I’ve never been so happy to love myself again...to know hope in my helplessness and joy in my brokenness. Yeah, I may not be satisfied where I'm at, but I am satisfied knowing I am Cameron. I may not be a lot of things, but who I am is a catalyst, a fighter in Christ who finally doesn't need to be understood to be content. While it’s too early to write a book on this, I can sure as heck write a future blog’s worth so stay tuned on this point…

3. Seasons change so you will too

As mentioned, 2017 has been a year of big (yet mostly under the radar) change as the transition current has picked up. Yet, while the flavor of life has sweetened in recent months, there have been some bitter moments…the kind you wish could be out of mind, but seem out of control.
That said, I’ve been rediscovering how being overwhelmed can be ideal to the extent we allow God's goodness to overflow us more intimately and intentionally. For instance, in my case, having more responsibility spread out on my plate lately has allowed me to distribute my emotional investments more evenly among different people and situations. Now personalities and assignments I would have struggled with in prior years are easier to handle having learned to let pressure refresh the way I prioritize and manage my care.

So I guess you could say: while the breakthrough has certainly been nice, it couldn't have possibly happened without God turning up the heat. Perhaps that's why they say seasons change so we can too.

Selah.

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