(I’m not referring to the “deadly sin” kind of sloth here, sweet friends! I’m referring to a movie character…read on!)
Back in the mid 1980’s one of my favorite movies was called “Goonies”. It’s about this group of kids from an area of their hometown which is not-so-affectionately called “The Goon-Docks”. These kids end up searching for a treasure in order to save their area of the town from be demolished by a developer. The movie is action-filled and a ton of fun! Definitely family friendly, too – which is a huge bonus!
My favorite character from the movie is this guy named Sloth. Sloth is a big, disfigured guy that is being kept chained up in the basement by his own, bad guy brothers because of his disfigurement. One of the Goonies, Chunk, stumbles upon him, makes friends, and helps lets Sloth go.
That’s when Sloth gets to show his beautiful, TRUE colors! His big heart and sweet disposition allow him to save the kids from certain death at the hands of his own criminal family. Sloth knows right from wrong and every fiber of his being knows exactly what he needs to do to make things work out for the BEST!
Sloth’s decisions were all “Best Yeses”! They were based on what he knew to be right and good in his heart, and he acted accordingly.
Sometimes, it’s hard to get those outsides actions to match what’s going on inside and vice versa, though, isn’t it? We’re grumpy. We’re tired. We’re sick. We’re busy. We’re stressed. We’re insecure. In other words, “we” get in our own way.
Remember what Paul said in Romans 7 about that very thing?
Jesus knows our true hearts and wants to heal those rough edges, not watch us pretend or “act” them away.
Jesus is looking for people of integrity. People whose outsides match their insides. People who personify his advice to The Woman at the Well:
“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him.” John 4:23.
THAT is what our Best Yes should be all about. Digging in and digging deep to make decisions that not only honor God, but provide us the opportunity to do exactly what He created to do, at the time He intended us to do it. That’s when our internal motivations directly line up with our thoughts, words, and subsequently our actions.
“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.” Matt 5:8, MSG
Sloth truly was a blessed Goony at heart! All it took was one, bold Best Yes decision to set him free to be the person God knew him to be.
Our goal here in this series is to simplify the processes we use to help us make wise choices in the midst of all the chaos life seems to continually throw our way – so that our “Best Yeses” are ones of integrity!!
Every good journey needs some trip treats, I always say! So in order to kick off what I think is going to be a great Bible study series for all of us, let’s get to the goods! Here’s a picture of what the ladies in our physical studies are receiving this week! So cute, right?!
Inside is a CD with my 10 current favorite songs from the Contemporary Christian Music Genre! You can click here to see the song list!
Also in the package is a small, decorative chalkboard, some chalk, and an eraser or two! We’ll be using these throughout our series to write out some Proverbs that speak to our hearts! (More on that next week!)
There is also a little package tucked in there with a pen and 10 tags all attached to a cute O-Ring binder clip that we will be using to write our praises and prayers each week and exchange with a sister friend in study so we can learn to grow in prayer support for one another! We thought it’d be cool to keep them all together on our O-Rings so we have one, easily accessible item to grab when we sit down to pray!
And finally, there’s a cute, travel-sized package of kleenex, too. I mean, c’mon. We laugh and cry and all that good stuff, so we need something to help us clean up the mess, right?! 😉
You can make your own kit by heading out to your local Walmart, hobby store, Staples or something like that! You can always email me if you have any questions on how we made any of the goodies inside. AND, as a special kick off giveaway, we’ll choose one commenter here on this blog to receive a FREE copy of the CD!!! Just leave a comment and we’ll announce the winner next week!
So, if you are following along with us for GracePace, here’s what you need to do this week:
- Read Chapters 1-3 in the main book, The Best Yes.
- Write out on a notecard (in 15 words or less) the current state of your life pace (i.e. “Lots of hurry up and go, yet not a lot getting done” or “I am trying to be everything to everyone but end up being nothing to anyone!” You get the picture!)
- Underneath that, write ONE thing you’d love to find the time to say YES to in the next several months (i.e. join a gym or yoga class, take up photography or French cooking, take a vacation this year, grow closer to God through reading scripture, start a dinner club, etc.)
- Staple that card onto the inside back cover of your Study Guide for The Best Yes. We’ll be coming back to that later!
- Have a view of my first video of the GracePace series for Mayslake Ministries! You can access everything you need to know about that by clicking here! Click the video for Week 1! I had so much fun making these videos with Mayslake!
That’s it for this week, sweet friends! I pray this entire series is going to be one of revelation and inspiration to each and every one of you who is doing it along with us!
Peace, love, joy, and GRACE!
PS – Our song this week, “Find Rest” by Dara Maclean is awesome! You can listen to it on YouTube by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVu5l1itVS4 !
Up Next Week: A Powerful YES!