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Monday, January 25 2016
Posted by: Pastor Thomas AT 08:47 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, January 19 2016

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Good morning, friends.  I hope our disconnect did not negatively affect you yesterday; I was celebrating Christmas with my birth family in a disconnected tech home!  Yet we did connect in love, and I hope you are so connected, too.  Back to the grindstone…

 

In honor of the holiday yesterday for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I have selected one of his more inspirational quotes.  Why this one?  As I read through a list of his quotes this one smacked me right between the eyes.  Perhaps it chose me.  We’ll see.

 

One of the most prevalent narratives I encounter is the desire for something different in life but the unwillingness to change.  Folks (me included) want better health yet hesitate to make the life changes to achieve it.  Folks want better job satisfaction but hesitate to make the personal changes that improve the odds.  Folks want better relationships but hesitate to make the emotional investments and sacrifices to create them.  Whatever it is we want, if the achievement is not easily attained, the outcome is all but forgotten.  I’m not pointing a finger at you; I’m lamenting this reality with you.  Are we doomed to lives of quiet mediocrity?

 

I wish I had a silver bullet manufacturing business so I could sell simple solutions and be rich.  Change is anything but simple and certainly inevitable.  How do we ride the wave of change and influence the outcomes we seek?  The only solution in which I have confidence is to begin to move in the direction of desired change and to accept that only time and constant commitment will give us a chance.  It’s easy enough to imagine the change you want; we all have them.  Are you willing to begin the long walk uphill in that direction?  It’s the only way I know and I know if you're committed you'll get there.  Let me know when you’re ready to begin the walk.  I’ll be there with bottles of encouraging water for you.  Have a great week.

 

Philemon (all 25 verses!

Posted by: Pastor Thomas AT 08:48 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, January 11 2016

“Don’t confuse comfort with happiness.”

 – Dean Karnazes

 Good morning, friends!  I hope your weekend was wonderful in special ways.  I’m confident it only was if you attempted so.  Let’s attempt something wonderful right now.

 With my children advancing in school they are learning about the power of choices.  Each year in middle or high school they have the opportunity to make course selections.  It is a slow developing opportunity in life; little choice in middle school, more choice in high school, tremendous choice in college and beyond.  The system inadvertently prepares us for making important choices as we advance, so how are you doing with your nearly complete opportunity for choice these days?

 That’s right.  The system that started with few choices has now thrust you into life with little structure and tremendous choice.  How’s it going for you?  The quote today presents one of the most vexing choices we get so wrong in life.  The siren’s allure of present comfort competes with the homely offer of present and future happiness.  To wit: today you have the choice to exercise in simple but helpful ways, to eat healthier, to stretch your mind, to forgive, to help, to love, etc.  All science shows that these choices will produce greater happiness in the very near term and if continued will compound happiness in the long term.  Why don’t we make the smart (happy) choice?  Because it conflicts with our comfort and comfort is a siren’s choice. 

This week I simply want you to see the truth that is hidden in front of your eyes.  When you choose comfort you are more often than not sacrificing happiness.  I’m not suggesting at all to seek discomfort; I’m saying make intentional choices that may challenge comfort today but will reap happiness tomorrow and in the future.  Trust me, comfort compounds, too, and in ways that create pain, disaffection and loss.  Recognize and make intentional choices today that invest in your happiness.  Soon enough you will agree that small and consistent sacrifices of comfort may be the best investment you ever make.  And that’s real profit, said this prophet!  Have a great week.

Matthew 14:22-31

 

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Sunday, January 03 2016
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