Taking a Step Back and Remembering Why

I don’t know if anyone has noticed….but I am kind of driven.

love medieval war movies and think it would be awesome to conquer the world some how.

I’m still working on the details for that one.

Although I do not want to change who I am (I believe I am this way or a reason). I want to make sure that I maintain balance and remember why I want to do certain things.

The whole point of it all is to place love and value on people.

And hopefully make a difference in someone’s life.

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It’s easy to say that “one day” when I have millions I will give millions.

But as thousands slip through our hands throughout the year are we still giving?

“When things slow down I would love to volunteer somewhere, …to serve”

When will things slow down? When we retire?

It’s good to want to do big things, I defiantly want to. But “big” things are made up of a whole lot of little things. Am I loving the person right in front of me….right now?

Am I giving when I see a need? Right now?

We are not guaranteed tomorrow. Do not wait to become who you want to be. Be faithful in the little now, place value in this moment, with these people….right in front of you.

I read this this morning,

“You may want to know your calling. Let this be your call: comfort a sad woman. Comfort a mourning child. Comfort a dying man. Comfort.” -Heidi Baker

Although I hope to one day do big great things, I have to remember all the great “little” things now. I believe that these little things heaven rejoices over and brings true glory to Jesus.

Flash Black Friday: Originally Posted on June 2, 2014

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Trust without Borders

I attended a ceremony last night unlike any I have ever been to.

I heard young parents devote their love and devotion for God through a memorial service honoring their baby.

They said trust was a choice.

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I am so moved by that. Thinking about the parameters that I place around God.

I trust You with “this” God….but not here…not with that.

Abandoned love is throwing those parameters out. Not seeking a cookie cutter life. Not selling our souls for what we understand or approve of. Not being preoccupied with what we can control and receive glory from.

But accepting and trusting Him in all things. In everything. Especially when we don’t understand. Letting Him have control, letting Him have glory.

We so often try to lead people to Jesus through persuasion and logic- What they can get out of it. When they only sustaining message is that of devoted love. 

I’ve had to ask myself a few hard questions. And I have a LOT that I need to work on. I need to except the mystery of God, something that I have yet to do in my life.

Real love and trust come without borders.

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Fear Problem=LoveProblem

Perfect Love Drives Out Fear. @1john4:18

When faced with fear sometimes I feel like I have to find enough will power to fight it on my own. Like I need to try harder….face fear…and hopefully win the fight.

If we sought loveperfect love in our lives….fear would run.

It would hide.

It would be cast out.

Driven out.

And shaking.

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See we don’t have to fight fear with our bear hands. We need to walk in the perfect love that comes only from God.

Fear is the opposite with Love. If we have a problem with fear…we are having a problem with Love. Seek it out. Fear will flee.

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Kill the “What ifs”

Everything.

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It can be annoying at times, especially when you have to clean up after them.

But more than anything I admire it.

Nothing is off limits. The world is theirs.
If someone tells them no, they may cry for a minute, but soon they will be into something else.

Somewhere along the way as adults we loose that curiosity.
We lost the resolve to explore and conquer no matter what the costs.

If someone tells us “no”
We don’t cry and try something else.
We cry and never try anything else.

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We become stagnant. And bitter.

My biggest fear (truly) is to one day be an old lady and look back wondering

why I didn’t do more….
why I didn’t take chance….
why I didn’t explore the world a little more.

Its okay to make mistakes.

Its okay to fail/fall/mess up/screw up/ rip up…………..you get the point.

Keep trying.

Kill the “What ifs”

(Flashback Friday- Originally Posted on March 31, 2014)

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If You Fail.

“If it doesn’t work…” I think that’s the underlying fear of most people. That’s why we discourage one another, and discourage ourselves. It all comes down to the fear of failing.

Here is a thought for you today.

If it doesn’t work. If you fail. If you give your all, and it just doesn’t happen.

Oh well.

That’s not meant to be apathetic. In fact its just the opposite. The person you became, the character you built, to be brave enough, consistent enough, to even try….is worth the possibility of “failing”.

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Most people will never try. Most people are not willing to accept the criticism of their family.  Most people aren’t willing for the investment. However…If it doesn’t work, at least you tried. At least you know.

You are left  in a better position to try and succeed at something else. Because you have built the momentum, techniques, and will power to … even try.

I applaud not only the ones who are “succeeding” but the ones who trying. One day those people will make it, will succeed, and all their critics will be eating their words for lunch, and maybe even for dinner too.

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If you temporally fail…if the certain path doesn’t work.. oh well. Start a new path. Nothing was lost. Character was gained.

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Live the Quote

I like quotes. But sometimes they annoy me. Everyone highlights them, quotes them, and shares them,…but who really believes them?
We live what we truly believe.

We decorate our homes with carpe diem paintings, and study books in our small groups about courage and thriving…but do we truly, truly live that?
In the end words are just words. Its interesting to me that words are easily accepted, but real concrete actions are repeatedly shunned.

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When people step out and actually start bringing these words to life, they start taking chances, starting new things, and venturing out into the unknown….we kick them. We pour doubt and fear over them, reminding them that they are unreasonable, selfish, ignorant, and ultimately wasting their time.
As Christians we should never do that to to one another. We pride ourselves in carrying the message of life within us, but in reality we throw a muddy pessimistic judgement on one another.

Christians should be the bravest people out there, really living the message of life.

Jesus didn’t sit still in His home with His trendy buddies sipping a latte over their perfectly put together homes. He was out and about in the cities, hanging out with the beggars, debating the critics, holding conferences with thousands, and ultimately spending His life investing in others, not protecting Himself. Not worrying about His image, not worrying about whether what He was doing was understood or accepted by others.

He lived wholehearted. He lived fully. He was raw, genuine, and sincere.

These quotes, these scriptures, are not cute decor accessories. They are guidelines for real everyday life. We should seek that kind of life within ourselves and celebrate that life in others.

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No Shortage of the Cautious

Ohhhhhh fear.

When it comes down to it. That’s the “fuel” behind most people’s lives. We think we are self preserving…but we are really being wasteful.

Robbing ourselves of a full life…and trying to take everyone else down with us.

What a waste.

We spend so much time convincing ourselves of what we can’t do…..we end up thinking we are doing others a favor by telling them what they can’t do as well.

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“There are three types of people in the world today. There are “well-poisoners,” who discourage you and stomp on your creativity and tell you what you can’t do.There are “lawn-mowers,” people who are well-intentioned but self-absorbed; they tend to their own needs, mow their own lawns, and never leave their yards to help another person.Finally, there are “life-enhancers,” people who reach out to enrich the lives of others, to lift them up and inspire them.

We need to be life-enhancers and we need to surround ourselves with life-enhancers.

~ Walt Disney

I just want to propose something as you go along in your day today.

There is no shortage of “reasonable” cautious people.

The person before you venturing out into the unknown will have hundred different voices predicting the hundred different ways they could possibly fail.

If you truly want to make a difference in someone’s life, be the one who says

“Go for it”.

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How many biographies are written that credit the people in their life who discouraged them to consider why they couldn’t/shouldn’t?

No….credit is due to those who believed in them. Who shined light on their strengths. Reminded them that they could.

It’s really important to believe in yourself.

But true evidence of that will be displayed in how you believe in others.

#flashbackfriday post. Originally Posted April 11, 2014

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Loud Mouthed Mind

I don’t know about you…but my mind seems to go 100 miles per minute.

If I let it, it can take me down roads that I don’t want to go. And its easy to convince myself that I have no control.

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 I am reading this book now called, “Awaken the Giant Within” by Tony Robbins. There is a chapter in there about the questions we ask ourselves. I had never really thought about it until then, but a lot of what my mind races over is questions.

Did I say the right thing?

Did I do the right thing?

What did that person mean by that?

Why did this have to happen?

The questions you choose to ask yourself….steer where your mind goes. How you feel about yourself and others.

The questions you ask yourself…steer your life.

I am working on asking myself the right kinds of questions to control my mind. What do I want to dwell on? Whatever is true, honorable, and right.

How do you think about these things? Ask questions that will have those types of answers.

What is going right in my life?

What do I love about my job?

What am I grateful for?

Fight for peace in your mind. You can have control.

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Run Blindly

I’m fascinated by those who set out to do the unimaginable things. They have trained not only their bodies, but their minds for tremendous focus and discipline.

These athletes all talk about being in the “zone”. They are so focused on the task at hand…that they are blind to anything else.

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If just for a second, they think about whats around them, how impossible what they are doing is..

they fall.

But if they proceed blindly, ignore everything around them, and just focus on what is in them to do….they astonish the world.

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We have to be willing to run blindly ahead. Not look at our circumstances.

Not listening to the voices shouting the reasons why we cant.

Passion needs to outweigh logic.

Run blindly into your life’s calling.

I believe we were meant for great dares, impossible tasks, and wholehearted living.

The only question to continually consider is, “Have I given all of myself?”

Have you spent everything inside of you? Followed your heart FULLY and ran with full abandonment to what is in YOU to do?

If you loose sight of that for a minute, its easy to loose heart.  To trip, to fall…to give up.

You then stop believing that’s there’s more, and that you are capable of it.

Instead, choose to Run blindly. 

Use up 100% of yourself. That’s what we were created for.

 

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People Pleaser

I have always had a problem with being a “people pleaser“. So much to the extent that it has caused me to make decisions that I now deeply regret and have altered my life to some extent.

I was thinking about it the other day and I really started to shift my view of what “people pleasing” really was. We make it sound like its all about them. But really….its all about us.

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What will they think if ME? Do they like ME? Do they approve of what I did? Am I good enough? Its all about yourself and how YOU look. Before I have always thought that beating being a people pleaser meant I needed to take other people off the pedestal. No….I need to take myself off the pedestal.

It doesn’t matter how you are perceived. Be true to yourself. Be true to what you know to be right and wrong.Be exactly who you are and don’t worry about making yourself look good.

Pride is a root of being a people pleaser. Some one will always not agree with something you are doing. We cannot look good to everyone at all times. You will literally drive yourself insane.

Don’t place all your value on what other’s think of you. Our lives are meant to be full and glorious. There is not room for people pleasing.

(Flashback Friday) Originally posted  February 13, 2014

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