Lance Armstrong had it right -Every Second CountsWritten by Greg Ryan
Yes, you have your priorities for year and yes you are working on balancing meaningful tasks verses trivial, but what about attitude that goes along with it? At beginning it’s easy to be motivated to spend time on areas that mean most to us, yet what happens when flame gets smaller and fire that once burned has slowly lost it’s glow? What happens when our attitude toward God has less dependence upon him and more on our attitude that we don’t need him as much right now? Then what are our options?
I happened to be eating lunch last week at a local deli when one of my past exercise clients came and sat down by me and proceeded to bore me with all her excuses for not taking care of her self. Maybe she caught me on a bad day, but my compassion cup was empty and I had a short fuse that day. I kindly interrupted her half way through her spiel and said to her in most polite way possible, “Susan (not her real name) stop right there. Stop making excuses for your bad health. Talk to me about anything else if you like, but you and everyone else who continues to make up reasons for not doing something will never change until? Until you have absolutely no other options left in life. But, until you reach that point of no return don’t take up my time with your bad attitude and self-pity. Put actions to your empty words. I Samuel 3:19 says,” and Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words hit ground.” In other words, every single word that falls from your lips has weight and meaning. You can make up excuses (or create options) or you can move forward either way you will get out of life what you say.
God's Eye'sWritten by Greg Ryan
Can you imagine being sent out into wilderness for forty years like Moses? If Moses would have lived his life up until then differently would God have spared him discomfort? Was God trying to prove some point to Moses by making an example of him? What can we learn about this story?
When was last time you drove down road with out radio in your ears? When was last time you just listen to your kids, your spouse or a friend and not said two words? When was last time you just stopped and listened to coffee pot making coffee early in morning? Whether by design, life or nature most of us during our lives have built up barriers (walls) in our minds and around our hearts. By doing so most will never reach full potential of what God has for their lives. Inside each of us are minds of brilliance and hearts of gold. Yet it’s our walls that prevent us of experiencing life seen through God’s eyes.
Over time with life’s up’s and down’s and disappointments from others we harden like walls of cement. Our walls have been constructed to protect us from fear. Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of expectations. Our rooms become smaller and our thinking becomes stale. A good example of this is children. The bible says, “Child like faith.” Children have no fear. They walk right up to a strangers and have a conversation, with out thinking they will take a leap off a table to get to couch.
As adults, why do we find it so hard to get back to simple things in life? Why is it so hard to quiet our minds? Have we become so scared of realizing who we have become that we fill our heads up with meaningless things? Has walls of our hearts been built right before our blinded eyes? I started a new company in May of this year with a friend of mine. About a month ago we happened to be talking in our lecture hall. I said to her, “Somewhere within these four walls is a million dollar idea. The question is, “Are we willing to look for it, and are we willing to ask God for help guiding us to it?” In other words, “what if these walls could talk?”