Saturday, June 28, 2008

Live In The Solution (Adapted from Day by Day with James Allen)

In her outstanding book, "Choose the Happiness Habit", Pam Golden
writes: "Take the story of two brothers who are twins. One grows up to
be an alcoholic bum. The other becomes an extremely successful
businessman. When the alcoholic is asked why he became a drunk, he
replies, "My father was a drunk." When the successful businessman is
asked why he became successful, he says, "My father was a drunk." Same
background. Same upbringing. Very different choices."

The brothers chose different thoughts about the identical experience.
Those thoughts over the years shaped the circumstances they now find
themselves in.

There was a time in my life when I chose to think about challenges and
obstacles as just more of the "bad luck" I seemed to attract. Ever hear
the expression "when it rains, it pours?" That was my constant mantra
when others asked me how things were going. So what do you think I got
more of? If you answered "RAIN," you're correct!

Bob Proctor says, "you're either living in the problem or you're living
in the solution." Now, when I'm confronted with what I used to think was
a negative situation, I use a different thought process. I force myself
to replace those negative thoughts that creep in with positive thoughts
about how I might solve the "problem." Sometimes I'll take a notepad and
just start jotting down ideas that might be a solution. At the same
time, my thoughts are focused on the possible lessons I might learn from
the situation so that I might profit from the experience in the future.

If you've guessed that it doesn't "rain" as much in my life as it used
to, you're correct again. In fact, most days it's a beautiful, cloudless
and sunny day! Only occasionally now do I get any rain, and it's good
rain, the kind that makes living things grow.

And that's worth thinking about.



Ask yourself the following questions, "Am I living in the "solution or
the problem?"

God can use you...

The next time you feel like GOD can't use you, just remember...
Noah was a drunk
Abraham was too old
Isaac was a daydreamer
Jacob was a liar
Leah was ugly
Joseph was abused
Moses had a stuttering problem
Gideon was afraid
Samson had long hair and was a womanizer
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
David had an affair and was a murderer
Elijah was suicidal
Isaiah preached naked
Jonah ran from God
Naomi was a widow
Job went bankrupt
Peter denied Christ
The Disciples fell asleep while praying
Martha worried about everything
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once
Zaccheus was too small
Paul was too religious
Timothy had an ulcer..AND
Lazarus was dead!
And Don't forget
Jesus Helped them all!!!!
God can use you to your full potential.

Besides you aren't the message, you are just the Messenger.

And one more thing...God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Resignation...

letter.

That is what I handed in to work today. Yes the opportunity I accepted less than two months ago....yeah that is the one. More to come later.

Thank You...

DEAR GOD:


I want to thank You for what you have already done. I am not going to wait until I see results or receive rewards; I am thanking you right now. I am not going to wait until I feel better or things look better; I am thanking you right now. I am not going to wait until people say they are sorry or until they stop talking about me; I am thanking you right now.. I am not going to wait until the pain in my body disappears ; I am thanking you right now. I am not going to wait until my financial situation improves; I am going to t hank you right now. I am not going to wait until the children are asleep and the house is quiet; I am going to thank you right now. I am not going to wait until I get promoted at work or until I get the job; I am going to thank you right now. I am not going to wait until I understand every experience in my life that has caused me pain or grief; I am thanking you right now. I am not going to wait until the journey gets easier or the challenges are removed;

I am thanking you right now. I am thanking you because I am alive. I am thanking you because I made it through the day's difficulties. I am thanking you because I have walked around the obstacles.


I am thanking you because I have the ability and the opportunity to do more and do better.

I'm thanking you because FATHER, YOU haven't given up on me.

"A true friend is someone who reaches out for your hand and touches your Heart." - anon

Rose

The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.

I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being.

She said, 'Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?'

I laughed and enthusiastically responded, 'Of course you may!' and she gave me a giant squeeze.

'Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?' I asked.


She jokingly replied, 'I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids...'

'No seriously,' I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.

'I always dreamed of having a college education and now I'm getting one!' she told me.

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake.

We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this 'time machine' as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.

Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I'll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor.

Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, 'I'm sorry I'm so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I'll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know.'

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, ' We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing.

There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day. You've got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.

We have so many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it!

There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up.

If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive thing, yo u will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.

Anybody can grow older. That doesn't take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets.

The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.'

She concluded her speech by courageously singing 'The Rose.'

She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives. At the year's end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago.

One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.

Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it's never too late to be all you can possibly be.


REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL. We make a Living by what we get. We make a Life by what we give.
God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

A challenge to you, to make a difference...

I know that many of you continue to believe that doing a little bit on your end does not make a difference on a larger scale. Well, I am here to tell you, it is this way of thinking in our (American) society that is keeping us from making a positive impact at the high levels we are capable of in this nation. I think this mya help some of you stuck in this archaic way of thinking.

Visit CarbonRally.com this site makes, making a difference fun, challenging, and turns it into a game. I love their motto as well which is "Small Actions. Big impact." Anyway, go check it out and begin doing your part to make a difference.

Thank you.

Life experience...




You've Experienced 76% of Life



You have all of the life experience that most adults will ever get.

And unless you're already in your 40s, you're probably wise beyond your years.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Micro-Management,,,


I have worked where this occurs before; but this takes the cake....lol

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Focus on today...

"Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble" (Matthew 6:34)

"Every day is a gift, appreciate it!" - Unknown

The apogee of life...

I sincerely believe that I have reached my apogee in life and can worry less about my future. Of course there will be plenty of disasters, road blocks, speed bumps, flat tires, etc. all along the way but I have truly pulled myself together enough to feel that I am now heading in the right direction. I mean they say we go full circle right? Ashes to ashes; dust to dust. So it seems logical to have an analogy of life as an orbit. At least to me it does. That is really all I have for now; I realize it was vague and possibly meaningless to some of you but it is where I am right now. With that all being said I by no means feel I am now on easy street. I have a job I do not like, I am in my 30's living with my mother, and college (among other things) has provided me with an immense amount of debt. But now that I am past the apogee things are looking bright.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I realize...

that I have not been doing much here as of late. For that I apologize my life is a bit overwhelming right now. Things should slow back down very soon and allow me to better maintain my blog. In the mean time why not be a part of history?

Monday, June 16, 2008

Help me!

I do not feel so well.

Todays prayer

Dear Lord, The Book of James (chapter 3) tells me all about the tongue. It's such a little member of the body, but it can do so much harm. We can speak words that bless You and words that curse man who is made in Your image. A few words can uplift, encourage, and do positive things in a person's life and a few words can also put down, discourage, and ruin a person's life. Please forgive me of allowing any words to leave my mouth that would harm others and dishonor You. I pray that my words will be honest and positive; that they will inspire and challenge others to greatness. Show me who You want me to encourage through my words today. Please help me to affirm someone close to me today, that they will be blessed and You will be glorified. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Attitude...

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important that the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We can not change our past...we can not change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our Attitudes.


*Disclaimer: I am not the original author of this. However, I do not know who was so I can not provide a citation.*

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Red Leaf




A man that was "big game" hunting in an unfamiliar land,
was crouched low, waiting for his prized moment to shoot. He
heard a 'rustling' behind him. He looked, but saw nothing so
he resumed his position, waiting. He heard it again. As he
looked in another angle, he noticed the commotion was coming
from a tree very near him. He spied a large snake slowly making
its way to a nest, high up in a tree. The mama bird was frantically
fluttering her wings while chirping, trying to 'scare' the snake away.
Not working, and seeing it was too close to her, she left her nest.

The hunter sat there, watching, knowing the sure outcome of
these little birds, when he noticed the mama bird making a quick
dash back to her nest. She was holding a red leaf in her beak,
she dropped it atop her nest, and flew away to a nearby branch, watching.
The hunter thought on this action that this little creature took,
so puzzled by it, he thought, surely the bird was maybe trying to
"hide" her chicks. He thought in his mind, not a chance!
That snake has "zeroed -in" on his prey. Then the hunter
witnessed something very perplexing.. ...strange. Just as the snake
came up to the tip of the nest, he turned and began his
journey back down the limb and then off the tree.

The hunter could not figure this out at all until
he came to one of the natives later that night.
The native asked him if he had any "luck" today, during his hunt.
The hunter replied, "I didn't, but a little bird did"...as he began
to relay to the native about what he saw, the native told him
that it was a poisonous leaf that she dropped in the nest. Highly
poisonous to the snake, they "just know" NOT to TOUCH it!!!!!

The Bible says that God sees the 'sparrows' . If He provided
a certain leaf that is offensive to this snake, thus
by it her young were not devoured. I ask,
you........HOW MUCH MORE pleading the
BLOOD of JESUS over our kids, to keep them from being
devoured by our Enemy?
God is just so good, and He's good all the time.
Remember, prayer does change things!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Todays prayer

Dear God, Please give me a vision for what You want to do through me, for the role You want me to have in the local ministry of my church, and for the ministry You want to work through me in daily life. Please help me to keep my eyes upon You, not upon other people, things, or circumstances. May Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus' name, amen.

Surreptitiously hunting...

for what you ask? Too bad. I can say this...
It is something I was recently hunting for. Funny how life works sometimes. I have evolved and grown so much since moving back to Texas that it has truly been an amazing journey and I am sure will continue to be just that. If the last three months are indicative at all as to how the rest of 2008 will be then I will have a great year! Have I hit speed bumps and come across pit falls? Of course. But that is all just part of life. The key is how you react to those "disasters" (if you will). Better yet we should all be acting upon other situations rather than allowing ourselves to fall in to the trap of always reacting. It is important that we keep a positive attitude and not allow difficulties to get us down. Something I have been struggling with the last two days. I am simply doing all I can to be proactive in changing the things in my life that I do not like and acting in a manner that will allow for positive change.