You are special and you do matter and I really want to encourage you to never believe anything less than that amazing truth. The truth that you are special and you do matter is so very important, not just for you, but also for others. Someone out in this great big world, needs what makes you so special and that is why you matter so very much.

The trick is believing it enough to begin the journey of discovering the “something” that makes you uniquely you, so that you can begin to pour the blessing of all that you are into other people’s lives. You are a gift and you have been blessed with a gift!

Everybody has a gift! Everyone of us were created with a special and unique gift that helps to make us who we are. When we use this gift it accomplishes three things in our life and living. 1. It allows us the priviledge of giving glory to the One who created us. 2. It allows us the blessing of being able to bless others. 3. It allows us the opportunity to grow, develop and become all that we were created for.

I want to challenge you to take a little time today to think about your gift and also how you can use it to bless others and give glory to the One who created you. Just taking the time to think about what your gift is and then looking for opportunities to use it will make a tremendous difference in your life; and it will also make a difference in the lives of your family, friends and even complete strangers. Go ahead, give it a try – you will be glad you did!

A Fresh Start…

I have always loved sunrises and sunsets. I love to get up early enough to watch the sunrise and I love to take time at the end of the day to enjoy all the beautiful colors as the sun sets. A.J. Lawless said: “It was sunsets that taught me that beauty sometimes last for only a couple of moments, and it was sunrises that showed me that all it takes is patience to experience it all over again.”

The Scriptures put it this way in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven— 2 A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. 3 A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up. 4 A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance. 5 A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing. 6 A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away. 7 A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to be silent and a time to speak. 8 A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace.” (New American Standard Version)

Today is a new beginning, a blank canvas, an amazing opportunity for you to work on a brand new master piece. Do not get distracted and drug off course by the failures, sins, mistakes and screw ups of yesterday. Receive this beautiful gift that your Creator has given you and do something incredible with it. You will be glad you did!

Operation Relaxation Vacation

What does it mean to relax? I think the definition is different for different people. For some people, to relax means to do absolutely nothing, while for others, it means doing what you want to do, when and how you want to do it. Vacation is usually supposed to be a time of relaxing, but some of us have a hard time with that, because we are not so good at gearing down.

At it’s most simple level, I believe relaxation is “Letting go of frustration, so that peace may grab hold of us.” This requires us to do our part, so that we might experience the good that is already around us. Letting go is hard, until you realize that control is actually only an illusion anyway. We are never really in control. We feel like we are in control and when we feel this way, everything is just wonderful. But the greatest control is learning to let go of the need for control, since we never really truly possess it anyway.

To let go of control, we have to step away, look within and learn to listen to the silence. It is hard to step away, but that is what “vacation” is about. Stepping away from business as usual. And the beautiful thing, is that we can do this without even having to leave the room. Learning to look within and focus on what is going on inside of us, while not being distracted by all that is whizzing by outside of us requires practice and discipline, but once we begin to get it, we are on our way to a much better place and way of living. Silence is scary for most folks. Most people have to have noise of some sort blaring all the time, but silence is a beautiful ting that teaching us a new way of hearing and learning to listen to your silence opens up a whole new world of experiences.

Viktor E. Frankl, in his classic book: “Man’s Search For Meaning “ says “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” You have been given the amazing gift of being able to choose your attitude. I want to challenge you to choose to let go of the illusion of control. I want to challenge you to choose to STEP AWAY from doing life and treating every moment as business as usual. I want to challenge you to learn to LOOK WITHIN and discover all of the amazing blessings that flow from the inside-out. I want to challenge you to LISTEN TO THE SILENCE and truly begin to hear the tings that will change your life and living for the better and more amazing blessing.

Real relaxation is an amazing gift and a vacation is something you can have more than just one time in the summer. Relaxation and vacation is something that you can live, grow and thrive in everyday of your human experience, so live blessed, laugh loud, learn everyday and love always…