Rocky Roads And Great Adventures…

There are approximately 4,071,000 miles of roads in the United States, 2,678,000 miles  paved and 1,394,000 miles unpaved. Many of those paved roads are filled with potholes, but that’s another conversation for another time. I want to take a moment to think about those unpaved roads…

I grew up in an area that had just about as many unpaved roads as it did paved roads and one of the things that I learned early in life is that those unpaved roads can take you to some very interesting places. When I was younger, my mode of transportation was two wheels plus my legs and feet on a bicycle, peddling just as fast as I could. Now a days, it’s an ole 2006 Dodge Ram Pickup.

Not too long back, I was out on an adventure and I came up on an unpaved road. It was rocky and rough. I thought of “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost and turned right and headed for was I was hoping was adventure. I bumped and bounced my way up and down, from side to side through the hills and curves, until I came to a place where a little creek was running across the road. I drive a Dodge, so I headed straight on across that little, not worried one little bit, because I was created for adventure (wink). More bumps, bouncing, ups, downs, side to sides, hills and curves until eventually the road ran out. Really! It just stopped and there was nothing but woods.

I surveyed the situation a little closer and saw a trail disappearing into the woods and decided to get out and go for a walk. After a short little hike, I could hear water and of course got very excited and journeyed on. And then just around the corner, I found it – a beautiful waterfall. The water was cascading over the rocks and into a nice little, very relaxing looking pool. The sun was beginning to go down and was at just the right angle to hit the cascading falls and provide that magical effect that makes your jaw drop and your mouth say “WOW!”

I sat on a nearby large rock and soaked in all the beauty I was surrounded by. I allowed all my senses to take in the moment. It was one of those moments. You know a moment where thoughts align, life makes sense and you are at peace. It was very nice and I will remember the moment for the rest of my life.

Now here is the most interesting thing: I would have totally missed the adventure of that amazing moment, if I had not turned onto that rocky road. In life, we are presented with many moments of choice. Moments of choice where we have to decide what we are going to do. Sometimes we don’t have a choice and just have to go with the flow. Don’t be afraid of the rocky road that life brings your way. Embrace them, enjoy them, learn from them and get the adventure they have in store for you. Robert Frost probably said it best when he said: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”

Look At Me – I See You!

Today as I was running errands, I walked into a business where I know most of the folks by name. I almost always speak, call folks by their name, share a joke or two and hopefully leave folks with a little encouragement.

I noticed that one of the workers seemed a little off today, so before I left, I was going to try to give them a lift up and some encouragement, but when I went to speak to them, they turned their back on me. I continued trying to open the door, so that I could leave them with an “up” feeling, but they continued to give me the “back” treatment. I walked out the door wondering what in the world is their problem?

I must admit, at first it made me mad, but then I started asking myself what could be going on in their life and mind that would cause them to not want to look me in the eye and I have to confess that while I came up with many possible scenarios, I never came up with the answer to my question???

So, I turned it around on myself and began to think about how and when I may miss opportunities to look someone in the eye and really see them. This got me to thinking about some of the different reasons why eye contact is important…

The first reason is it COMMUNICATES RESPECT! When you look at someone in the eye, it is a way of saying you trust them and they can trust you. It’s a safe space, level ground and trust is a foundation for us to build on.

The second reason is it EXPRESSES INTEREST! We pay attention to what we are interested in. We look at what matters to us. We fix our focus in the direction of the things and people we really care about.

The third reason is it CONVEYS APPRECIATION! When we are truly grateful to someone for something, we want to make sure they know it. We have to look at them and see them to know for sure.

The fourth reason is it REASSURES UNDERSTANDING! The eyes often say so much more than words can convey. With them we can express positively or negatively exactly how we feel and what we understand.

The fifth reason is it OPENS FRIENDSHIP! Someone said the eyes are the windows to the soul. One of the reasons I hate texting is because I communicate with all of my senses, both in how I express myself and how I receive the expressions of others.

So open your eyes, look at me, I see you and appreciate you seeing me…

The Secret Is Not A Secret!

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justland to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. -Micah 6:8

We know what we are supposed to do, the secret is actually doing it!

1. Act the way you’re supposed to!

2. Love mercy by receiving it and sharing it with others!

3. Walk humbly before God, because we are nothing without our Creator!

Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve and mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve! Life is really not complicated. We just need to put into practice what we do know, so that we might learn what we need to know. You see, life is a learn as you go adventure.

Act The Way You’re Supposed To! We know the difference between right and wrong and the challenge that we all face is choosing right. Start with the small things by just. doing what you know and then build on that.

Love Mercy By Receiving It And Sharing It With Others! We deserve death, sepeartion and punishment, but God gives us life, relationship and blessings – that my friends is MERCY. Open your heart and life up to this amazing gift, receive it and all the freedom it brings and make sure that you are sharing it with others, every chance you get.

Walk Humbly Before God, Because We Are Nothing Without Our Creator! It’s really not that difficult. Read the next line out loud: “I am nothing without my Creator, but I am everything with my Creator.” Believe that and live you life with this attitude of humility and you will find that your dependence on your God, will produce miracles, power and success in your life and endeavors.

Remember: We know what we are supposed to do, the secret is actually doing it!