Back after a long absence! It’s a new year. My theme for this year is “Take Permission.” I’m indebted to Andy Traub of for the idea. “Take Permission” encapsulates so many things that I want to put into practice this year. The concept is that it’s as if we are waiting for someone to give us permission to what would be good for us and beneficial to others. We need to take permission instead of waiting for someone else to give permission
I’m taking permission to develop my walk with God. I’m taking permission to spend time in prayer and in the Scriptures. This is something that is not just going to happen on its own. What people want to “give permission” for are activities with tangible returns. Developing your walk with God may not have immediate, tangible returns, but it is something worth doing.
I’m taking permission to develop myself. For too long, I’ve allowed the unstated expectations of others to rule and direct me. I’m going to develop character and competence, knowing that time devoted to this is never wasted.
I’m taking permission to write. This is another solitary pursuit that may not have immediate, tangible returns, but one that is worth pursuing.
I’m taking permission to reach out to people. It’s time for me to take the initiative to reach out and build friendships rather than waiting for other to do so.
I’m taking permission to say “no.” By saying “no” to others, I can say “yes” to the things that are important.