Josh Christophersen

Reign In Life

How To Read 24 Books In A Year

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For some, 24 books is nothing.  For me and my busy schedule, it feels like a lot.

At first glance, thinking of reading that many books seems impossible.  The thought of the goal, and the inevitable failure to reach it, pretty much used to demotivate me from even starting.  So how do you overcome the first hurdle?

Simplify the goal.

24 books seems daunting.  But if it’s broken up by month, it’s only two books per month.  That doesn’t seem as difficult.  But if you’re like me, it still sounds unrealistic with a busy schedule.

So let’s break it down one more level.

How much would you have to read to accomplish the goal of reading 24 books in a year?  Let’s say that the average book is about 10-12 chapters, give or take a few.  If you read one chapter per day, you’ll finish 30 chapters in a month, which is about 2-3 books, depending on the size. Two books per month times 12 months in a year equals 24 books.

I don’t know about you, but the goal of reading one chapter a day seems pretty doable (especially if you utilize toilet time), ;).  And then if you read more than one chapter, you exceeded your goal.

This has helped me reach my book reading goals in years past.  What do you think? Could it work for you?

Shake Off That Old Year

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

How Do You Beat Boredom? [VIDEO]

When I was a kid, my family and I would have movie nights together.  One of the movies I remember watching was Never Cry Wolf.  Recently I watched it with my kids and my Dad (my kids didn’t care for it as much as I remember my brother and I did when we saw it twenty some years ago).  My dad remembered one part in particular that I, seeing it as a kid, had no recollection of.  Seeing it again as an adult, I understood why my dad liked the scene so much.  Check it out.

“Boredom, Tyler.  Boredom, that’s what’s wrong.

How do you beat boredom, Tyler?

Adventure.

Adventure, Tyler.”

So how do you live an adventurous life?

Get A Bigger Vision

Are you living for something bigger than yourself?  There’s nothing more unexciting and boring than living for yourself.  Whether your an unapologetic pagan who’s life revolves around yourself, or a professing Christian, sanctimoniously hiding your selfishness behind faithful church attendance, living for yourself is a lame existence.  There’s no adventure in living for something so small and impish.  Why not turn from yourself and your sin and radically reorient your life around Jesus and his mission.

Live For The Impossible

Think about what you’re living for.  Is it possible?  Possible is boring.  You think the creator became the created, allowed his creation to murder him, and conquered death by rising from the dead so that you could do what’s possible? You’re not called to do what’s possible.  God has called you to do what you could never do on your own.  The impossible is the natural habitat for the follower of Jesus.  Waking every morning with a sense of wonder is essential for an adventurous life.  There’s something exciting about standing face to face with an insurmountable obstacle wondering what incredible thing Jesus is going to do to enable you to overcome it.  Never settle for the possible.

Embrace Danger And Risk

At what level are you embracing danger and risk in your life?  The deception is that by avoiding danger and risk, you’re keeping yourself safe, when in fact you could be opening yourself up to the greatest danger of all: never living.  “To live without risk is to risk not living” (Brennan Manning)

Tackle Fear Head On

What’s more fun than overcoming fear by doing what you’re afraid of?  Doing what you’re afraid of, on purpose, is one of the best ways to live an adventurous life.

Accept Mystery And The Unknown

Some of the best movies are the ones where you never know what’s going to happen next.  Living with a sense of mystery, makes for an exciting adventure.  Not knowing how things will turn out or what things will look like adds to the suspense.  A predictable life is a boring life.

Live Empowered

There’s no adventure in a powerless life.  A powerless life is a hopeless life. The possibility of supernatural power is the possibility of adventure.  Believing that the God who raised the dead, healed the sick, forgave sins, parted the sea, fed the multitudes, stopped the sun, prophesied the future, walked on water, made animals talk, and sandals never wear out, believing that this God still does miracles today impregnates your life with the possibility of adventure.

Live Costly

“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt 6:21)  To live without cost is to live without heart.  To live without heart is to not live at all.  A cross-less “Christianity” is a sham and a bore. Stop hedging your bets. Go all in.

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… adventure Tyler… adventure.