Jesus taught that if someone asks you to go one mile, go the 2nd mile as well. In the 2nd Mile Podcast, host Travis Agnew seeks to equip you to do more than the bare minimum in the areas of faith and family. Don't settle for an average life.
Are you working towards marriage? Don’t ruin the gift of marriage while you endure through the time of engagement. It’s time to go the second mile in your engagement.
The 1st mile of engagement is working towards marriage while avoiding physical temptations.
The 2nd mile of engagement is working towards marriage while addressing spiritual connections.
As I think through components that helped new marriages thrive, many of them worked on four key relationships during the engagement.
Romance, nurture, and communication takes time. Setting an appointment to spend together is going the first mile, but that isn’t enough to have a thriving marriage. Do you want your relationship to feel vibrant again? It’s time to go the second mile by making time for your marriage.
The tragedy of how we spend our time is that it is often our marriages that suffer the most.
The one who deserves your best often gets your worst.
If you allot your time wisely, you will make time for your marriage.
Ignore the lie that once you get through a particular season of life, you will have time to spend together.
If you don't schedule your priorities, someone or something will schedule them for you.
3 Important Time Commitments
Many marriages I know struggle greatly with the smallest of discrepancies. The issue seems rather small but if the couple fails to address it, it will create a great mess. It’s time to go the second mile in addressing the small issues that bring potential big impact.
1. IDENTIFY: Sometimes the smallest things in marriage can become the most dangerous.
What are the obvious marriage separators endangering couples?
What are the dangerous nuisances in your marriage?
2. CATCH: Relentlessly catch the small “foxes” that seek to ruin your marriage.
Song of Solomon 2:15 – Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes, that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.
The most dangerous nuisances in your marriage may not be the ones that are so glaringly obvious.
3. RESIST: Resist the perspective that causes you to go to battle against your spouse when you should be going to battle with your spouse.
Your marriage has an enemy, and it isn’t your spouse.
Your marriage should be progressing towards greater intimacy and not drifting towards relational complacency.
Our church is hosting a marriage conference, and I would love for you to attend as we seek God's help in strengthening our marriages. You can get more info here.
I wrote a book on marriage. If you would like a small book with some practical help to help your marriage, you can check out What God Has Joined Together here.
Have you ever felt like you were wasting time because you simply didn't have the right tools in your hands? It's time to go the second mile in selecting the right productivity tools for the job.
Why Is This Important?
To whom much is given, much is required(Luke 12:41-48). Jesus taught a parable that highlighted the need to be faithful as stewards of the time God has given us. If you have been given much from God, are you being faithful with those opportunities?
To whom has invested much, more will be given(Matt. 25:14-30). Jesus taught another parable of a man who trusted stewards with different amounts of investments. For the one who failed to do anything with the little amount, the master took it away and gave it to the one who had more.
If you want to be faithful with the time and opportunities you have been given, decide what will be your go-to tool in these 4 areas:
Coordinate your entire schedule through a calendar system that works with your pace and your personality.
Current Tool: Google Calendar + YouCanBook.Me
Organize your needed content into a system that allows you to collect, archive, and access information easily.
Current Tool: Evernote
Ensure that your contacts are easily accessible and updateable.
Current Tool: Google Contacts
Commit to a trackable system of collecting and completing your tasks.
Current Tool: Todoist
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For many of us in life trying to go all in and all out, we get frustrated because we lose time and effort in wasted pursuits. We might find ourselves going the 2nd mile, but we travel it in the wrong direction. If you have ever felt like you are wasting opportunities, it's time to go the 2nd mile in prioritizing your purposes.
How do we ensure that we go the 2nd mile in the right direction?
Identify Your Primary Purposes
The Spirit gifts every believer for the glory of God and for the good of others (1 Cor. 12:4-7, 11).
We are saved for good works that God has prepared for us (Eph. 2:10).
Identify what your primary purposes are and refuse to allow anything to get in your way of accomplishing them.
Address Your Secondary Issues
Don't miss out on the great opportunities for which you were primarily called because you neglect the secondary issues for which you are still responsible.
Being zealous for good works means caring for all different types of good works (Titus 2:14).
The early church leaders made sure they addressed the secondary issues so they could continue to prioritize the primary purposes (Acts 6:1-7).
Eliminate Your Tertiary Distractions
You only have enough time to do God's will (Acts 20:24).
Our lives are fleeting so don't waste them on meaningless pursuits (Ps. 39:4).
Acknowledge what your greatest time-wasters are and relentlessly combat them.
The iPhone recently celebrated its 10th birthday. Let's just imagine that your usage was on the lower end of what some of the reports are giving us. Let's say that you are on your phone "only" 90 minutes a day. You know what that would equal to over the last 10 years?
228 days (62% of 1 year)
Over the last 10 years, you would have spent 228 days with your eyes on a smartphone. And those are days you can never get back.
Are you missing out on opportunities to travel the 2nd mile because your gaze is on your smartphone?
Of what is your smartphone robbing you? Here is a list to consider:
We lose time to spend with God.
We miss opportunities to engage with our loved ones.
We settle for pseudo-community.
We are training ourselves for constant distractions.
We become addicted to social media affirmation.
We are bombarded with too much information.
We reduce our chance of going deep in anything.
Set a goal for the time you will spend on your smartphone.
Plug up your phone once you get home.
Resist the urge to check your phone while in conversation with others.
Install apps for limiting your time on certain apps.
Reduce the notifications that clamor for your attention.
Resist the urge to engage in every social media platform.
Outsmart your smartphone by making it help you focus on worthwhile pursuits.
People often cannot start the second mile because they can barely finish the first. Are you missing opportunities to be used by God due to laziness?
STOP MAKING EXCUSES
If you are going to fight procrastination, you are going to have to address the procrastinator.
Stop disguising laziness by claiming that you aren’t the organized type.
Don’t blame God for your laziness.
You don’t need more hours in the day; you need more discipline in your day.
START MAKING SOLUTIONS
Even if you are not naturally organized, you can train yourself to be disciplined.
Acknowledge your weaknesses and find ways to bypass them.
Stop prioritizing your schedule and start scheduling your priorities.
Be relentlessly zealous with your time to create margin for worthwhile works.
If we truly desire godliness, Scripture memory must be prioritized in our lives. While the task can seem daunting, we have to start somewhere. In this episode, discover some practical steps to go the 2nd mile in Scripture memory.
The Purpose of Scripture Memory
We must discipline our minds to have the words of the Bible accessible even when a copy of the Bible is not available.
Something happens when the Word becomes portable with you. Your spiritual growth is exponential. The discipline of mediating and memorizing Scripture turns God’s Word Bible from a book on a shelf to words on a heart.
Meditating on it day and night (Josh. 1:8; Ps. 1:2), we lay these words on our hearts (Deut. 11:18) and they become the joy and delight of our hearts (Jer. 15:16). We store it in our hearts so that can stop sinning (Ps. 119:11). We are to have it dwell so richly within us that it comes out in what we teach to others (Col. 3:16).
The Power of Scripture Memory
Joshua 1:8 - From Joshua’s example, we see that Scripture memory:
Calms – Memorizing Scripture stills our heart when we are fearful regarding our circumstances.
Reminds – Memorizing Scripture is a tangible expression of the presence of God in our lives.
Equips – Memorizing Scripture allows us to speak God’s Word rather than our opinions.
Focuses – Memorizing Scripture gives us truth to meditate upon throughout the day and night.
Directs – Memorizing Scripture gives us clear applications of obedience in our lives.
Benefits – Memorizing Scripture provides beneficial success in our lives.
The Path of Scripture Memory
RESEARCH which important verses you need to memorize first.
REWRITE the verse into some type of collection tool.
READ the verse out loud numerous times.
RECITE out loud by sections until you can say the complete verse.
REFER to the book, chapter, and verse before and after reciting it.
REPEAT the verse until you have mastered it.
REVIEW the verse through intentional accountability systems.
Many disciples of Jesus struggle with distracted, neglected, and boring prayer lives. The problem of prayer is not the content or the recipient – it's the method. In this episode, discover some tips to stop boring prayer times.
Lack of Faith - Relying on a God we cannot see with requests we cannot handle requires faith.
Lack of Familiarity - We talk awkwardly if we don't know the person to whom we are talking.
Lack of Focus - Conflicts, concerns, and chores fill our minds and hinder our prayers.
Lack of Form - The problem of prayer is not the content or the recipient – it's the method.
Pray Out Loud
Pray on Your Knees
Pray with a Guide
Pray with Variations
Prayer Weekly Calendar
As believers, we should be in a state of spiritual growth, but too often, we seem to be stuck in the same place. If there is a true profession of faith, there should be a true progression of faith. In this episode, we discuss the importance of selecting that next spiritual discipline to make intentional progress in following Jesus.
Getting Honest (You're Not There Yet)
If there is a true profession of faith, there should be a true progression of faith.
Spiritual disciplines are not meant to make you more liked by Jesus but to make you more like Jesus.
The Path of Holiness:
Justification – the declaration of holiness
Sanctification – the process of holiness
Glorification – the completion of holiness
The proof that we are neglecting sanctification is the lack of holiness present in our lives.
Making Progress (But You Should Be Getting There)
If your goal is anything other than godliness, then your spiritual disciplines will be more like drudgery than delight.
1 Tim. 4:6-10
No discipline is more important than regular Bible study because it encourages every other worthwhile spiritual pursuit.
Getting Specific (By Taking the Next Step)
True disciples discipline themselves.
Imagine the health of one’s soul if he or she spent as much time developing it as he or she spent on the body.
Can you think of one spiritual hero that doesn’t prioritize at least one spiritual discipline?
If you have been reading the Bible lately, can you think of what you read? What has impacted you? Where did you find it? Here's my realization regarding many people's dilemma: If you find time to read, you rarely remember what you read.
Why is that? Because we settled for reading the pages of the Bible instead of meditating on the truths of the Bible. The difference has paramount implications.
If you always forget what you read in the Bible, maybe it is time for you to discover the lost art of scriptural meditation.
The definition of meditation is to think deeply or carefully about something.
How to Meditate on Scripture
Commit to a reading plan.
Create enough time for meditation margin.
Pray for God's insight into the text.
Remember that less may be more.
Summarize what you read.
Seek a way to apply the truth.
Share with someone regarding what you've learned.
The people who make the greatest impact are never those who do the bare minimum. So why is it that we are often inclined to do "just enough" and not give our absolute best? What would our lives be like if we tried to go the 2nd mile in every worthwhile endeavor? That's what this podcast is about.