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Getting a Grip: Finding Balance in Your Daily Life: Six Sessions

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How to gain traction when you’re out of control.

If you drive anywhere in the snow belt, you probably know the feeling: rear wheels fishtailing, steering useless, brakes ineffective—you’re out of control. The good news is, life doesn’t have to be like a car on ice. Bill Hybels offers biblical insights and practical steps to securing a Christ-centered life that will get you where you want to go.

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Overview

How to gain traction when you’re out of control.

If you drive anywhere in the snow belt, you probably know the feeling: rear wheels fishtailing, steering useless, brakes ineffective—you’re out of control. The good news is, life doesn’t have to be like a car on ice. Bill Hybels offers biblical insights and practical steps to securing a Christ-centered life that will get you where you want to go.

Getting a Grip guides you toward wise choices and disciplined action in five vital areas of your life: your time, your health, your finances, your spiritual life, and your relationships. As you learn what the Bible has to say about each of these, you’ll discover how able and eager Jesus is to help you obtain solid traction on the road of life.

Interactions—a powerful and challenging tool for building deep relationships between you and your group members, and you and God. Interactions is far more than another group Bible study. It's a cutting-edge series designed to help small group participants develop into fully devoted followers of Christ.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310266051
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Series: InteractionsSeries Series
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 992,022
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., and chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association. The bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Leadership Axioms, Holy Discontent, Just Walk Across the Room, The Volunteer Revolution, and Courageous Leadership, and classics such as Too Busy Not to Pray and Becoming a Contagious Christian, Hybels is known worldwide as an expert in training Christian leaders to transform individuals and their communities through the local church. He and his wife, Lynne, have two adult children and two grandsons, Henry and Mac.

Kevin G. Harney (kevingharney.com) serves at Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, California. He is the author of many books and studies, including Organic Outreach for Ordinary People, Seismic Shifts, and Reckless Faith.

Sherry Harney (sherryharney.com) has served as a children’s ministry director and a women’s ministry director, and is the author of more than sixty small-group Bible studies. One of her greatest passions is investing in the next generation of women in the church.

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Getting a Grip

Finding Balance in Your Daily Life
By Bill Hybels

Zondervan

Copyright © 1998 Zondervan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-310-22444-6


Chapter One

Getting a Grip on Your Life

THE BIG PICTURE

A mother stopped at her parents' home for just a few moments to pick something up. While she went into the house with her two little children, she left her car running in the driveway. As they were coming back out, her four-year-old boy ran to the car, opened the door, climbed in the driver's seat and accidentally hit the gearshift lever. He put the car into drive and it ran right through the garage door of her parents' house. The mother stood in stunned amazement as she watched the car crash through the door. There was nothing she could do. It was out of her control. Thankfully, no one was injured.

Not many days later the woman's husband was driving the same car. He was dropping off a friend at home and his four-year-old son was sitting in the backseat. As the father was driving up the driveway approaching his friend's garage, he realized that he was on glare ice. He put his foot on the brake but realized it wasn't going to do any good. As the car slid closer to the closed garage door, he said to his friend, "I think we're in big trouble." A moment later they crashed through the garage door.

His little boy in the backseat quietly said, "It's okay, Dad, the same thing happened to me last week."

I remember the father saying to me, "Bill, it is hard to describe how helpless I felt when I realized I was on ice and that there was nothing I could do to stop my car from crashing through my friend's garage door. It was a horrible feeling. I was utterly out of control."

A WIDE ANGLE VIEW

1 Describe in detail a time you experienced being out of control.

What feelings gripped your heart at that moment?

A BIBLICAL PORTRAIT

Read Genesis 1:1-27

2 How do you see God creating order out of chaos in the account of creation?

What do you learn about the character of God in this passage?

3 Genesis 1:26 says, "Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.'" If human beings are created in the image of God, and God is a God of order, what do you learn about humanity from this passage?

SHARPENING THE FOCUS

Read Snapshot "An Honest Look at Your Life"

An Honest Look at Your Life

If you took an honest inventory of your life, you might have to admit that some things are not the way they should be. It is a rare experience to find a person who feels they have a good grip on every area of their life. Most of us struggle with feeling that parts of our life are out of control. If we portrayed our life on a pie graph and were to honestly plot each area, each of our diagrams would look different.

4 What observations can you make about the life of one of the people represented above?

5 Take a few minutes and create your own pie graph. Be sure it honestly reflects the levels of priority and commitment in your life. Think about where you are investing your time and energy at this time in your life. Some areas you might want to plot are: your vocation, family life, friendships, recreation, hobbies, spiritual growth, and commitment to developing physical health. Plot these and any other areas that are important to you.

What is one observation you can make about yourself by looking at your pie graph?

What surprises you as you look at this representation of your life?

6 What is one area of your life in which you feel you have a good and healthy grip?

What is contributing to this area being so positive?

7 What area do you need to get a grip on as soon as possible?

What is standing in the way of you getting a grip on this area of your life?

What needs to change if you are going to finally get a grip on it?

Read Snapshot "It's Time to Get a Grip"

Its's Time to Get a Grip

We live in a day and age of delayed responsibility. We hear the ads say, "Buy today and don't pay for one full year!" Credit card use is at an all-time high. We plan to start dieting and exercising "tomorrow"-but we have had these plans every day for the last year! We forget that our actions have con-sequences, and that lack of action can have just as severe consequences. Waiting, delaying, and procrastinating make change only more difficult.

It is time for us to get a grip and face reality. Postponing the battle, delaying the inevitable, and waiting until tomorrow will never make things any easier. If we are going to experience order in our chaotic lives, we need to acknowledge the disorder. We need to admit that things are spinning out of control. It's time to get a grip.

8 In the coming five sessions we will look very closely at five specific areas in which you may need to get a grip on your life. Take a moment and assess your life. On the continuum below, mark where you are right now in each area:

My Schedule

Spinning out I have a loose I have a good grip of control grip on this area on this area

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

My Physical Health

Spinning out I have a loose I have a good grip of control grip on this area on this area

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

My Personal Finances

Spinning out I have a loose I have a good grip of control grip on this area on this area

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

My Spiritual Growth

Spinning out I have a loose I have a good grip of control grip on this area on this area

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

My Relationships

Spinning out I have a loose I have a good grip of control grip on this area on this area

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Identify one area of your life that your small group members can begin praying for you to grow and get a grip on in the coming weeks.

9 What is your strongest area right now?

How can your small group members help you celebrate the strength you are experiencing in this area of your life?

PUTTING YOURSELF IN THE PICTURE

Time Inventory

Take time in the coming week to take an honest assessment of how much time you spend doing the following things:

Amount of time in Item: a week:

Work and work-related activities ________

Hobbies and recreational activities ________

Watching TV ________

Exercising and developing physical health ________

Being with friends ________

Time with your spouse (if married) ________

Time with children (if you have them) ________

Time reading the Bible and praying ________

Time in worship and with other followers of Christ ________

Other things you do: ____________________________________ ________ ____________________________________ ________

Personal "Getting A Grip" List

When we slow down enough to really look at our lives, the chaos can feel overwhelming. So many things are out of control that we just don't know where to begin. Take time in the coming week to identify two-three at the most-areas in your life where you really desire to get a grip. Write them down below.

Areas in which I want to get a grip:

__________________________________________________

__________________________________________________

__________________________________________________

Begin praying for God to help you look honestly at each of these areas, and for strength to begin reclaiming control in each area.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Getting a Grip by Bill Hybels Copyright © 1998 by Zondervan. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS
Interactions…7
Introduction: Finding Balance in
Your Daily Life…9
SESSION 1
Getting a Grip on Your Life…11
SESSION 2
Getting a Grip on Your Schedule…19
SESSION 3
Getting a Grip on Your Body…27
SESSION 4
Getting a Grip on Your Finances…35
SESSION 5
Getting a Grip on Your Spiritual Life…43
SESSION 6
Getting a Grip on
Your Relationships...53
Leader’s Notes…61

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First Chapter

Getting a Grip

11
S E S S I O N 1 GETTING A GRIP
GETTING A
GRIP ON
YOUR LIFE
T H E B I G P I C T U R E
A mother stopped at her parents' home for just a few moments to pick something up. While she went into the house with her two little children, she left her car running in the driveway. As they were coming back out, her four-yearold boy ran to the car, opened the door, climbed in the driver's seat and accidentally hit the gearshift lever. He put the car into drive and it ran right through the garage door of her parents' house. The mother stood in stunned amazement as she watched the car crash through the door. There was nothing she could do. It was out of her control. Thankfully, no one was injured.
Not many days later the woman's husband was driving the same car. He was dropping off a friend at home and his fouryear-
old son was sitting in the backseat. As the father was driving up the driveway approaching his friend's garage, he realized that he was on glare ice. He put his foot on the brake but realized it wasn't going to do any good. As the car slid closer to the closed garage door, he said to his friend, 'I think we're in big trouble.' A moment later they crashed through the garage door.
His little boy in the backseat quietly said, 'It's okay, Dad, the same thing happened to me last week.'
I remember the father saying to me, 'Bill, it is hard to describe how helpless I felt when I realized I was on ice and that there was nothing I could do to stop my car from crashing through my friend's garage door. It was a horrible feeling. I was utterly out of control.'
A W I D E A N G L E V I E W
1. Describe in detail a time you experienced being out of control.
What feelings gripped your heart at that moment?
A B I B L I C A L P O R T R A I T
Read Genesis 1:1--27 2. How do you see God creating order out of chaos in the account of creation?
What do you learn about the character of God in this passage?
3. Genesis 1:26 says, 'Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock,
over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.'' If human beings are created in the image of God, and God is a God of order, what do you learn about humanity from this passage?
S H A R P E N I N G T H E F O C U S
Read Snapshot 'An Honest Look at Your Life'
Look closely at a few examples of what some lives might look like:
AN HONEST LOOK AT YOUR LIFE
If you took an honest inventory of your life, you might have to admit that some things are not the way they should be. It is a rare experience to find a person who feels they have a good grip on every area of their life. Most of us struggle with feeling that parts of our life are out of control. If we portrayed our life on a pie graph and were to honestly plot each area, each of our diagrams would look different.
Person 1 Person 2 Person 3
Recreation
Family
Vocation
Vocation
Fitness
Hobbies
Friendships
Spiritual
Growth
Family Family
Spiritual
Growth
Recreation
Vocation
Friendships
4. What observations can you make about the life of one of the people represented above?
5. Take a few minutes and create your own pie graph. Be sure it honestly reflects the levels of priority and commitment in your life. Think about where you are investing your time and energy at this time in your life.
Some areas you might want to plot are: your vocation,
family life, friendships, recreation, hobbies, spiritual growth, and commitment to developing physical health. Plot these and any other areas that are important to you.
What is one observation you can make about yourself by looking at your pie graph?
What surprises you as you look at this representation of your life?
6. What is one area of your life in which you feel you have a good and healthy grip?
What is contributing to this area being so positive?
7. What area do you need to get a grip on as soon as possible?
What is standing in the way of you getting a grip on this area of your life?
What needs to change if you are going to finally get a grip on it?
Read Snapshot 'It's Time to Get a Grip'
8. In the coming five sessions we will look very closely at five specific areas in which you may need to get a grip on your life. Take a moment and assess your life. On the continuum below, mark where you are right now in each area:
My Schedule
My Physical Health
My Personal Finances
IT'S TIME TO GET A GRIP
We live in a day and age of delayed responsibility. We hear the ads say, 'Buy today and don't pay for one full year!' Credit card use is at an all-time high. We plan to start dieting and exercising 'tomorrow'---
but we have had these plans every day for the last year! We forget that our actions have consequences,
and that lack of action can have just as severe consequences. Waiting, delaying, and procrastinating make change only more difficult.
It is time for us to get a grip and face reality. Postponing the battle, delaying the inevitable, and waiting until tomorrow will never make things any easier. If we are going to experience order in our chaotic lives, we need to acknowledge the disorder. We need to admit that things are spinning out of control. It's time to get a grip.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spinning out I have a loose I have a good grip of control grip on this area on this area
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spinning out I have a loose I have a good grip of control grip on this area on this area
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spinning out I have a loose I have a good grip of control grip on this area on this area
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spinning out I have a loose I have a good grip of control grip on this area on this area
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spinning out I have a loose I have a good grip of control grip on this area on this area
My Spiritual Growth
My Relationships
Identify one area of your life that your small group members can begin praying for you to grow and get a grip on in the coming weeks.
9. What is your strongest area right now?
How can your small group members help you celebrate the strength you are experiencing in this area of your life?
P U T T I N G Y O U R S E L F I N T H E P I C T U R E
TIME INVENTORY
Take time in the coming week to take an honest assessment of how much time you spend doing the following things:
Amount of time in
Item: a week:
* Work and work-related activities ________
* Hobbies and recreational activities ________
* Watching TV ________
* Exercising and developing physical health ________
* Being with friends ________
* Time with your spouse (if married) ________
* Time with children (if you have them) ________
* Time reading the Bible and praying ________
* Time in worship and with other followers of Christ ________
* Other things you do:
____________________________________ ________
____________________________________ ________

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