Posts tagged ‘encouragement’

A Living Expression

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(Artist of this awesome mural is my friend: Kim Kramer)

Every individual is a living expression of God’s perfection, wholeness, power, creativity, and joy. We have within us the pattern of perfection and the ability to bring it into manifestation.

Today, and every day, I have the opportunity to be God in expression. By fully being who I am, I demonstrate God in my own unique way. I offer love and kindness, peace and acceptance to others. I act with honor and integrity and live a joyous and fulfilling life.

I am made in the image and likeness of God, a living expression of Spirit. I am here to express, as fully as possible, the divine nature of my being.

  •  Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?  Matthew 6:26
  • Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God?—1 Corinthians 6:19

Charles Schulz Philosophy

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The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip.

You don’t have to actually answer the questions.  Just ponder on them.
Just read straight through, and you’ll get the point.  This is what the TCOY philosophy and lifestyle embraces.  Take Care of You!  Coach Lucy

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.

4  Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize..

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

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How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.

These are not second-rate achievers.

They are the best in their fields.

But the applause dies.

Awards tarnish.

Achievements are forgotten.

Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

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Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

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Easier?  The lesson:

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money or the most awards..

They simply are the ones who care the most.

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Be Yourself! Everyone Else Is Taken!

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Give Hope and Encouragement

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We had about 10-12 inches of snow dumped on us in KS yesterday. Today, I had two young entrepreneurs knock on my door and asked if I’d like my driveway shoveled. Personally, I enjoy the workout, beauty of the fresh white snow and quiet time when I shovel (even though this was tempting as it was so much snow). I declined but offered them a cup of hot cocoa. They smiled and said YES.

I opened up the garage door for them to wait for me. When they told me they’d been out for two hours and their feet were numb, I invited them in my kitchen to rest and warm up while they drank the cocoa.

As we talked further, they told me they were ready to quit after my house. NOT ONE HOUSEHOLD had taken them up on their services! I was blown away…12″ of snow and people are stuck in their houses and yet all declined.

Since I had made some homemade white chili in the crockpot yesterday, I asked if they’d like a bowl. They were thrilled and said yes. They had not eaten breakfast. Eh gads. My heart sank the more we talked. They ventured out in the cold weather to help others and make a few dollars only to be turned away on empty stomachs and left with a disheartened spirit.

They said I was the only kind person they had met this morning. Others were polite but not kind. I couldn’t understand it myself so I wanted to encourage and help them.

After they finished, I gave them some oranges for later and a hug. I also told them which direction to go that I thought they might get some business. They left with HOPE and I’m glad God guided them to me. A small thing really, but I wanted to share this story because it is so easy not to realize the impact a simple gesture can make.

Everyone is fighting a battle of some sort. When you realize this, your heart becomes more inclined to want to see beyond your own struggles. Be the light in a dark situation…HOPE is a wonderful thing.

FOUR HOURS LATER…UPDATE – The two guys just stopped back by my house to thank me.  They said “We took your advice and headed where you told us and everyone we asked said yes.  As a matter of fact, people were flagging us down asking us to come and do their house next!  Thank you so much for your help, it made all the difference.”

Life is good!  Be of good cheer and encouragement.   JJ Weeks song,  “Let them see you” comes to mind.

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The Crisis of Urgency

ImageRather than worrying about the past or the future, focus on living in appreciation for today, this very moment in your life.  Although this sounds easy to do, we’ve become a society of urgency which doesn’t necessarily focus on the important.  Our priorities, beliefs and values can get shuffled during urgency battles. 

How often do you feel you are living life in a maze of what to do, where to go, who to connect with only to be left feeling worn out and disappointed.  The illusion of “if I just had a little more time, money, connections…(whatever), things would be better. 

Some simple but profound words of encouragement:  Life is a gift (the present is the present).  Wisdom is knowing you are enough and faith not fear is what elevates you to a life of joy even during the challenges and trials of life.

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Below is an excerpt from “Tyranny of the Urgent” by Charles E. Hummel.

Have you ever wished for a thirty-hour day? Surely this extra time would relieve the tremendous pressure under which we live. Our lives leave a trail of unfinished tasks. Unanswered letters, unvisited friends, unwritten articles, and unread books haunt quiet moments when we stop to evaluate. We desperately need relief.

But would a thirty-hour day really solve the problem? Wouldn’t we soon be just as frustrated as we are now with our twenty-four allotment?

A mother’s work is never finished, and neither is that of any student, teacher, minister, or anyone else we know. Nor will the passage of time help us catch up. Children grow in number and age to require more of our time. Greater experience in profession and church brings more exacting assignments. So we find ourselves working more and enjoying it less.

JUMBLED PRIORITIES. . . ?

When we stop to evaluate, we realize that our dilemma goes deeper than shortage of time; it is basically the problem of priorities. Hard work does not hurt us. We all know what it is to go full speed for long hours, totally involved in an important task. The resulting weariness is matched by a sense of achievement and joy. Not hard work, but doubt and misgiving produce anxiety as we review a – – – month or year and become oppressed by the pile of unfinished tasks. We sense uneasily that we may have failed to do the important. The winds of other people’s demands have driven us onto a reef of frustration. We confess, quite apart from our sins, “We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.”

Several years ago an experienced cottonmill manager said to me, “Your greatest danger is letting the urgent things crowd out the important.” He didn’t realize how hard his maxim hit. It often returns to haunt and rebuke me by raising the critical  problem of priorities.

We live in constant tension between the urgent and the important. The problem is that the important task rarely must be done today or even this week. Extra hours of prayer and Bible study, a visit with that non-Christian friend, careful study of an important book: these projects can wait. But the urgent tasks call for instant action—endless demands pressure every hour and day.

A man’s home is no longer his castle; it is no longer a place away from urgent tasks because the telephone breaches the walls with imperious demands. The momentary appeal of these tasks seems irresistible and important, and they devour our energy. But in the light of time’s perspective their deceptive prominence fades; with a sense of loss we recall the important task pushed aside. We realize we’ve become slaves to the tyranny of the urgent.
CAN YOU ESCAPE. . . ? if you would like the complete article, contact me.

 

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11 Lessons for Graduates…actually for everyone!

11 Lessons for Graduates and You

Last year my daughter graduated from High School and now she has completed her first year at K-State.  WOW – Like a butterfly she has blossomed and is thriving.  What a joy to watch your child become a young adult that you are so very proud of.  

The advice I gave her upon graduation (and many times before that actually) was:  BE YOU & FOLLOW YOUR HEART…God has a plan for your life.  Live. Laugh. Love.

Time waits for no one.  Embrace each day with positive energy and know you are in control of your attitude, thus your day. 

Jon Gordon has written several books that I recommend and share with my clients.  Enjoy his post below…excerpt from Jon Gordon e-newsletter:   http://www.JonGordon.com)

 

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Graduation is a time when many contemplate their future and purpose. It can be both a time of great excitement and worry. I certainly remember the anxiousness I felt after graduation. So whether you are graduating high school or college, know a graduate or perhaps you are graduating to the next level of your life and career I wanted to share 11 lessons from The Seed that I hope will empower and inspire you on your journey.

1. You are here for a reason and the most important thing you can do in life is to find, live and share your purpose. It’s the one thing in life that truly matters and if you don’t pursue it, everything else is meaningless.

2. Follow your passion. It so often leads you to your purpose. You may not know what your passion is right now. That’s ok. The important thing is to make it your life mission to find it, live it and share it. To help find your passion, seek out jobs and experiences that allow you to use your strengths and gifts. Do what energizes you. [Tweet That]

3. Beware of hobbies. Just because you love spending time on Facebook doesn’t mean you would enjoy working for the company. And just because you love to cook doesn’t mean you would enjoy owning a restaurant. For example, I owned restaurants but I realized I didn’t love the food business. I loved the service and marketing aspect of the business.

4. Quit for the right reasons. Don’t quit because work is hard or you’re experiencing challenges. Quit because in your heart you know there is something else for you to do. Quit because you are not benefitting yourself or the organization you work for. Quit because you are absolutely certain you are no longer supposed to be there.

5. Learn from every job and experience. Every job, good or bad, prepares you for the work you were ultimately born to do.

6.Your current job may not be your ultimate purpose but it can serve as a vehicle to live and share your purpose.

7. Whatever job(s) you take after graduation simply decide to serve. When you serve in small ways you’ll get more opportunities to serve in bigger ways.

8. Your dream job is likely not the one you dreamed about. So often we end up in amazing careers that have nothing to do with our college degree or childhood dreams.

9. The quest for your purpose is not a straight line. It is filled with mystery, signs, obstacles, victories, dead ends, delays and detours. Your job is to stay optimistic and faithful on your quest. [Tweet That]

10. Don’t rush the future. There is a process that seeds must go through in order to become all they are destined to become, and you must go through this same process to become the person you are meant to be and do the work you are meant to do. You may want things to happen NOW but more than likely if you got what you wanted NOW you wouldn’t be ready for it. The purpose process prepares you, strengthens you, shapes you and grows you to be successful, not in your time, but in the right time.

11. Be the Seed. Seeds surrender themselves to the ground so they can be used for a greater purpose. Wherever you work, decide to plant yourself where you are and allow yourself to be used for a greater purpose. When you plant yourself and make a difference you grow into the person you were born to be and produce a harvest that will benefit others and change the world.

The SeedStay Positive,

-Jon

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