It’s Monday With Joshua & Kerrie . . . Reduce


It’s Monday!   

Monday is our day to ramp it up and renew an element of living.   We recommend this practice for individuals, couples, and families as well as organizations.  This practice serves who we are and what we do.

This week our conversation at the table is centered on reducing our to-do-list. 

We both have said “yes” to  things outside of the realm of our “why,” which did not serve what’s ours to do.  The energy and effort doing these things disrupted our lives and distracted us from what matters.  In fact, when we do what’s not ours to do, we end up overwhelmed and eventually living less than our best. 


 An important element of living our best is keeping the promise to do what’s ours to do. This means we honor what’s ours to do by saying “no” to things which are not ours to do.  The question, “Is this ours (mine) to do?”

So. We’ve learned to take time to break down everything on our to-do list, evaluating what each item requires to complete.  We agree we can’t do everything, so, we need to reduce our list in order to accomplish what’s ours to do.     

Anything which does not fit our “why” is removed from our list, even, if, it seems to be an over-the-top great idea. 

Anything which requires an incredible amount energy but does  little to accomplish our “why” is removed.  

Anything which is not right for one of us is removed for now and put on a list to discuss in the future.   

It takes time and determination to remove what we have become used to doing. 

Others will need to come to terms with our decision.  Some individuals might be unhappy with our reduced list, especially when it changes their life. The thing is . . . we are not responsible for the happiness of others . . . but we are responsible for how we live our own life.

It takes grit and determination to  honor what’s ours to do.  Ultimately, if, it’s right for us, it’s right for them.  Even, so, they may never agree with our decision. 

This practice is not a new idea.  In the ancient days, the Apostle Paul wrote in I Corinthians 9:23 that he did what he did because of he gospel, the teaching and revelation of Christ. Paul’s whole life changed when he aligned himself with the gospel. His “why” underlined everything he did. The New Testament is full of stories about the people who were extremely unhappy about Paul’s decisions. 

One thing is for sure:  Paul’s decision to do what was his to do has impacted generation after generation.  

What’s your “why” for you as individual, couple, family, and organization?   What do you need to reduce in order to do what’s yours to do?

Our best advice:  Reduce.

This week is all about reducing what does not belong in our life to do what’s ours to do.

Make it a great day!  

There’s always more each and every day–Joshua & Kerrie

Joshua & Kerrie

Joshua & Kerrie are pastors, entrepreneurs, and co-developers of TableThink.

Joshua & Kerrie are in different seasons of life.  Joshua is in his first half of life; Kerrie is in her second.  Generational wisdom is a key piece of their best conversations with growth and contribution in the forefront.

Joshua is in the beginning years of his marriage with his wife, Louise.  Kerrie and her husband, Gregg, have been married for 42 years and have three children, two son-in-laws, and six grandchildren.  Joshua was born and raised in Arkansas.  He now lives in Oregon but says his Southern ways are ingrained within him.  Kerrie has always lived in the Pacific Northwest and loves everything about it, including rainy days.  Joshua has a passion for technology; he founded and oversees Joshua Lindley Consulting. Kerrie’s passion for serving people led her to becoming a registered nurse for a season, public speaking, and blogging.

Joshua & Kerrie invite everyone to take a seat at the table, ready and excited to learn from one another.  They  are passionate about what TableThink can be as they invest in the work with inspiration and innovation.  You are always welcome at TableThink’s virtual table.  You can connect by emailing: [email protected]

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