We’re only eight days into the new year and I’ve been feeling at times I’ve been impatient on what God has in store for my family and I.  I seem to think, I’m much older than I really am or that I really need to get this or that.  Blame it on hyper-capitalism, but the other day I came across an interview with Conan O’Brien and comedian Louis C. K. and during the interview Louis C.K. said, “Everything is amazing and nobody is happy. We live in an amazing, amazing world, and it’s wasted on the crappiest generation of spoiled idiots.” The interview really resonated with me…

Maybe it’s where I’m at personally right now. Whwn I look at the last twelve-months, the last two and a half years and the road from broadcast to ministry; I feel stressed.  Why?  First off all, it is all a blur.  Secondly the majority of the time was spent waiting, waiting for the right opportunity, waiting till we could financially wean ourselves off my broadcast salary to finally move and then only have to wait again.  I was in a hurry, in a hurry to go and concur, in a hurry to move on to the next best thing.  I think about what God was trying to tell me during those times/experiences.  Be patient? Maybe.  Be humble?  Most definitely.  I believe God was showing me through circumstances, situations, and others that if I slowdown and smell the flowers, everything will be fine in his timing.

Where are you going with this Matt?  I can relate to what Louis C.K. was talking about; maybe not the idiot part though.  In the last two decades, I’ve become more and more plugged into technology and my career.  I remember, when I met my wife I use to draw on napkins and journal in a moleskin.  I was reading a book or two a month.  Now, I’m married to my laptop, iphone, and all my other digital/electrical devices.  These devices have some much power and yet can cause us to get into so much trouble.  For instance, right now, my son is a sleep on the sofa next to me.  Peacefully a sleep.  And here I sit writing a blog post, checking my twitter a half dozen times, and sending a few text messages to work out my next speaking engagement.  All I want to be doing right now is watching him sleep!  It’s amazing!  To have all of this at ones fingertips to communicate and create at times and places when it would not have dreamed possible. It is amazing how quickly we are sucked in.

On Sunday, January 10th, I will be shutting off all my devices once again, to LISTEN, and spend time being intentional about what is to come over the next year.  During this time I want to focus on Faith, Family and Fitness.  Most importantly listening to what God has in store for me and my family in this new year and would I encourage you to join in with me.

Matt Knisely

Matt Knisely is an Emmy Award–winning visual storyteller, creative director, and author who loves telling stories of the extraordinary. Make sure you check out his book Framing Faith, it helps connect the seemingly unconnected, see the beauty right in front of us, and revealing how to be present in the moment.

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  2. Thanks Matt… I have been challenged to do the same. I am surrounded all day with technology with my job and when I come home its what I do for recreation. Over the past couple of weeks God has been amplifying where I have allowed too many distractions to come between He & I. I will be praying for you as I also take my journey. Thanks for posting this, its a huge encouragement and confirmation of what I need to be obedient to.

    Chris Tyler // Reply
  3. I should probably do something like this, but with classes starting on Wednesday I don't think my professors would like that very much.

  4. Love this post! I whole heartily agree. I think everyone should watch that clip.

    Denice Erway // Reply