ya got tOO many aPPs

you got tOO many aPPs. on your phone. and in your life.

and your apps drain your battery and crowd your memory chips.

let me tell you a story

last night I needed to make two important calls. one at 6:30 p.m., another call at 7:30 p.m. and my battery was so drained that I could not make a call. even while my phone was connected to my phone charger.

you nEEd power to …

my battery power registered at 0% (zero) and would not charge. and it would not operate while i was trying to make a call. even while it was connected to the charger.

here’s the real story. before i tried to make these two important calls, I was using my phone for some useless activities. mainly facebook cruising.

wasting important battery power on just cruising facebook. a mindless activity.

let’s compare this to…

…your life. let’s look at your phone and your life. and compare the two.

your cell phone battery has a limited charge time. based on usage. and your life has limited charge during the day. your battery life is based on usage. how you use your phone and life. how many apps you are using. the battery drain of each app.

and – what i didn’t know is – my apps are running in the background. in addition to using storage space on my memory chip, each app is draining my battery. draining my energy source. all the time. even though I am not using those apps. constantly running in the background. like the mental clutter in your mind. always running in the background.

but isn’t your phone like your life

you and I have a limited amount of time and energy each day. we have limited charge on our batteries. we have a limited amount of usable storage space in our mental chips.

and much of that energy and memory space is used just to maintain our operating systems. BEFORE we do anything creative.

we have too many apps downloaded. to our phones. in our lives.

too many apps running in the background.

too many. to be effective when it counts. to make those important phone calls. those important decisions. to create.

what’s the point of having a cell phone if you can’t use it when you need it. what’s the point of having a brain if it is filled with clutter. and dominated by useless activities.

too many appz

what’s the point of having priorities in life, if you don’t have the energy to accomplish anything. when it really counts.

one time on my phone, I reached the storage limit on my memory chip. the message on my phone read something like this, “no more room to take this video. memory is full.” the error message looked something like this.

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so I have made a habit of scrubbing my phone. deleting images and videos periodically. and apps. to keep my phone functioning. and now i’m telling you to do the same.

you have too many images, videos, and apps running in the background. draining your battery and using your operating capacity. too much clutter to accomplish those really important things in life.

create some space in your life

isn’t that the story of life? occasionally, ya need to create some space.

ya got to dump the unnecessary – out of your life. some things and some people are using some important resources in your life. and contributing nothing.

kill the noise. kill the distractions. good is the enemy of best. you need to remove some junky apps – maybe even some good apps in your life. to make room for the best. good is the enemy of the best.

create some space. by removing things and people that do not move you toward your goals. things and people that are draining your battery. that are using valuable memory space in you life.

create some space in your life. by removing some good projects. and focusing on some great projects in your life.

so you can refresh and reboot your operating system.

my friend, Geoffrey, keeps telling me,

“alvin, ya gotta create some ‘god space’ in your life. how can you have a meaningful life without god space?”

and now, i’m asking you, “how are you gonna have a real life without a spiritual life?”

how you gonna have a focused life with so many distractions and power drains in your life?

readers are scanners
focus will get you there

eliminate distractions

ya got too many apps running in the background.

it’s time to delete and uninstall.

focus. get your eye on the prize. go for broke.

focus on the process
zero DISTRACTions || focus on the process

eliminate and then focus

focus and eliminate

feel the burn

ya gotta eliminate distractions to focus.

make the decision to…

…eliminate things and people that distract you from your goals. and eliminate things and people that do not add value to your life. eliminate the apps running in the background. freezing your operating system.

it will be uncomfortable. even painful.

it is worth it

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listen to my buddy, paul

paul has a way of saying things clearly, succinctly.

think only about those things that are honorable, pure, right.

fill your mind with only the best

and do what I taught you to do


Fo Da Philippi Peopo 4:6-9 || Hawai‘i Pidgin (HWP)

Eh, no worry bout notting! Mo betta, everyting dat happen, pray bout um, an aks God fo do wateva you guys like him fo do. An same time, no foget tell him, “Mahalo plenny!” Den, God goin make you guys hearts rest inside. Dat goin be mo betta den anybody can figga. God goin take care yoa hearts an yoa heads, cuz you guys stay tight wit his Spesho Guy Jesus Christ.

So den, tink bout all dese kine stuffs

— wateva stay true, wateva get respeck, wateva stay right, wateva no stay pilau, whoeva you get aloha fo, wateva you talk good bout, wateva da bestes kine, weneva peopo can say, “Dass good!” — tink everytime bout all dat kine stuff.Everyting you guys wen learn from me, everyting I wen give you guys, everyting you wen see an hear wen I was wit you guys — go do um! Den, da God dat can make you guys hearts rest inside, he goin stay wit you guys.


Philippians 4:6-9 || International Children’s Bible (ICB)

Do not worry about anything. But pray and ask God for everything you need. And when you pray, always give thanks. And God’s peace will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. The peace that God gives is so great that we cannot understand it.

Brothers, continue to think about the things that are good and worthy of praise.

Think about the things that are true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected. 

And do what you learned and received from me. Do what I told you and what you saw me do. And the God who gives peace will be with you.


Philippians 4:6-9 || The Message (MSG)

6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

8-9 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating

on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—

the best, not the worst;

the beautiful, not the ugly;

things to praise, not things to curse.

Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.



only do the main thing


and more from my friend, paul

one thing I always do

do not look back

keep your eye on the goal – in front of you

I only do the main thing

and go for broke

Philippians 3:13International Children’s Bible (ICB)

13 Brothers, I know that I have not yet reached that goal.

But there is one thing I always do:

I forget the things that are past. I try as hard as I can to reach the goal that is before me.


Philippians 3:13-14 || The Message (MSG)

Focused on the Goal

12-14 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this,

but I’ve got my eye on the goal,

where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.


Fo Da Philippi Peopo 3:13Hawai‘i Pidgin (HWP)

13 Eh, bruddas an sistas! I know dat da medal not mines yet.

But I doing da main ting so I can get um —

I not even tinking bout all da stuff dat wen happen awready.

I going fo broke fo da stuff dat goin happen bumbye.

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