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Stop Striving!

I got up this moring just like I always do and went outside, sat down and began to sip my cup of coffee. I opened up my Bible and began to read and the first two words grabbbed me and stopped me in my tracks: “STOP STRIVING!”

It was one of those gut punches that you’re not expecting. I thought to myself: “I didn’t know I was???” I thought I had got off that train a long time ago. The reality for most of us, is that even when we are striving not to strive, we are still striving.

God was reminding me with His simple and beautiful word that I was created for so much more than striving. Striving is my living way below my created level of blessing and growth, while trying to live some imaginary place, I was never created for.

The Scripture comes from Psalms 46:10 and says: “Stop striving and know that I am God; I will be exaltede among the nations, I will be exalted on the earth.”

What is the point of my striving? It changes nothing. I can strive or not strive and it does not change the reality that God is God and I’m not Him. My striving is really an indication that I don’t know Him as well as I may like to think I do???

God is going to be exalted, lifted up, given the attention He deserves and nothing is ever going to change that. God does not need me. He does not need me to do anything for Him. God just simply wants me to enjoy my relationship with Him and all that He brings to this amazing gift called life.

C’mon be honest! What good has all your striving, worrying, planning gotten you? Just stop it all and start enjoying life, it really is that simple. This life is God’s gift to you and what you do with it is your gift to God. Just live it, enjoy it, grow in it and God automatically gets the glory!

My Favorite Quote!

Dr. Wayne Dyer

I love quotes. I love reading them, thinking about them, sharing them and creating my own every now and then. When I started to think about what my favorite quote might be, I was very challenged, because it is really hard to narrow it down to just one. There are literally thousands of verses of Scripture that could serve as a favorite quote, but I will save favorite Scripture for another time.

As I was thinking about favorite quote, I thought about a quote that I share with others on an ongoing basis. I thought about a quote that has a life changing message. This narrowed the search a little bit and while it is hard to narrow it down to just one, I decided to give it my best shot.

So here is my favorite quote: “You are not a human being having a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being having a human experience.”

I heard this for my very first time from one of my favorite teachers – Dr. Wayne Dyer, who credited it to French philosopher and priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, although, I could not find a direct link.

I like this quote, because it communicates the struggle that each of us have, often without ever even realizing it. We spend most of our life here on this earth as human beings, looking have have a spritual experience, when in reality we are spiritual beings getting to have a human experience. We limit our limitations and totally miss out on the grandness of who we are and what we do.

I need the reminder that I am a spiritual being, created by God, in His image. I am unlimited in my potential and continuosly presented with opportunity for growth and development. I also need the reminder that this human life is a limited experince and I better enjoy it while I can,

There is so much more I could say about all of this, but I’m talking and sharing all the time and if you are paying attention, then you will see how almost everything in my life and living is influenced by this belief.

Until next time – take care, God bless & Press On!

My Most Proud Moments!

When I think back over my life and think about the moments I am most proud of, I think of many, but a few stand out and bring a smile to my face and joy to my heart.

The first one that came to mind was when I accepted Christ as my Savior and was baptized. I remember a Pastor’s class and him asking folks of all ages that had gathered how they felt in the moments after accepting and believing Christ was their Savior. He was going to skip me, because I was so young, but I waved my hand in the air, because I wanted to share with everyone and this was the beginning of real ministry for me.

The second proud moment for me was when I was ordained. To sit through that council, answer those questions, share my testimony and then have the men I had grown up admiring come and lay hands upon me and pray for me was one of the most proud and humbling moments of my life.

When I married my beautiful Bride Joy and when she gave birth to our two beautiful daughters had to rank up there as proud moments. Words cannot even come close to describing how I felt in those moments.

Each church I have been called to minister at have been proud moments for me. For a group of people to entrust their lives into your hands and ministry is such a great blessing and not for the faint of heart.

Just knowing that I have had an impact on making someone’s life a little better is one of those things that makes me proud. I have been blessed with many moments that I was proud, but looking back I have to acknowledge it wasn’t me, but Christ in me that made it all possible, each and every time. G3! = Give God Glory!