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Monday, March 25 2019

“It is indecision that is the thief of opportunity.”

Jim Rohn

Good morning, friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and your bracket remains sturdy, or at the very least your life remains so.  Let’s get to it!

Have you ever been stolen from?  I suppose we all have to one degree or another.  It’s a terrible feeling of invasion of privacy.  The home my mother lives in, the very one my parents built 48 years ago, has been robbed four or five times.  It’s horrible.  But even little thefts hurt.  My brother-in-law gave me a personally engraved pocket knife as a groomsman gift when I was a high school senior.  I proudly took it to school, showed it off, left it in my car and it was promptly stolen.  Theft hurts in many ways.  But what about the ways we steal from ourselves?  Whew!

Robert Frost’s wonderful poem “The Road Not Taken” reveals a wonderful reality we all face more often than we realize.  But what set’s this poem apart is the care and awareness the poet gives each road.  When we face our divergent roads every day, some days more important than others, do we give adequate attention to alternative choices we face?  Perhaps, but when we find ourselves continuing down the same path day after day more likely is that we had plenteous opportunities along the way yet for reasons unknown we flew headlong past them. 

* The career changes we never considered.

* The relationship opportunities we never pursued.

* The financial choices avoided.

* The health signals ignored.

I don’t like to think of robbing myself but that’s what I’ve done many, many times.  What about you?  A simple definition of robbing is to have dishonestly something taken away that leave one lesser or poorer.  I don’t need anyone to help me with that; I’m pretty good at it by now.  What I need help with, and perhaps you too, is gaining awareness of daily opportunities and courage to consider them adequately.  That way, whichever road is taken it’s the one we choose and more often than not the better one in the end.  And we are none the poorer for it.  What paths will you take this week?  Consider them carefully, make your decision, and GO!  I’ll see you at the end of the line.  Have a wonderful week.

Matthew 4:18-22


Posted by: Pastor Thomas AT 08:32 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, March 18 2019

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other.”

Jesus of Nazareth

Good morning, friends, and happy belated Saint Patrick’s Day!  I hope you remembered to wear your green yesterday to avoid the dreaded pinch.  My family is well-versed so no pinches at home this year.  That’s enough, let’s get to it!

Depending on how you define the issue, multi-tasking is impossible.  If you define the issue as akin to simply the art of juggling, perhaps.  But that’s not the definition.  Multi-tasking is multi-focusing and that is humanly impossible.  You may have multiple activities going at once, or multiple events in the queue, or multiple ideas floating around at one time but that is not multi-tasking.  Human attention is a mono-focused ability that can be sliced as thin as we want to attempt but at any one moment only one “thing” is getting any attention.  That’s the ball in the hand.  The others are up in the air with no attention at all.

Why does this matter?  Because how you manage your attention or focus is key to success.  I was in my local Domino’s (a very good one) this Friday past at suppertime.  The place was hopping.  The manager was at the dough station, patting out and shaping pizza doughs, saucing them and passing them along.  She hollered out instructions and encouragement once in a while but her focus was on that dough.  Other persons were doing their jobs and the ovens were packed with pizzas in process but she was focused and flying.  And the two or three times she diverted that focus to attend to anything else the system slowed.  I could feel the chaos.  Then she would return to the doughs and encouragement and the chaos would diminish while the system would return to simplicity and effectiveness. 

* Is your dream dying because you give too much focus to other ideas?

* Is your system floundering because you have sliced your attention too thin?

* Are you goals struggling because you struggle to focus?

I believe that success comes not from attending to many things at one time but rather by respecting the gift of focus.  Surely someone will come back at me with a multi-tasking story but I won’t buy it.  Take any one of those tasks and tell me you wouldn’t have been much more successful focusing on that one.  The problem is committing to focus.  Can we set aside those other things, ideas, hopes, plans, etc. that are not critical to our success?  Whatever your priority, if you don’t give it the priority of your time and focus it won’t last for long.  My pizza was excellent but late.  I’m glad she got back to her focus.  What do you need to focus on today?  this week?  this year?  Get to it, and have a great week!

Posted by: Pastor Thomas AT 08:33 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, March 11 2019

“We must all wage an intense, lifelong battle against the constant downward pull. If we relax, the bugs and weeds of negativity will move into the garden and take away everything of value.”

Jim Rohn

Good morning, friends!  I hope the time change hangover didn’t catch you today.  It’s never the Sunday of time change that hurts; it’s always the Monday.  We’re in it now, so let’s get to it!

I hope I don’t sound too pessimistic but I hear a constant melody at the end of person’s lives.  “I wish I had…”  I don’t hear it always with that language but the melody is there.  There is the backward view with reasonable clarity that sees the underwhelming results.  And never is it expressed with joy.  Essentially, gravity got them, just as it does you and me.  Gravity, not in the sense of the magnetic force that pulls all things to the center of the earth.  Gravity, in the sense of the downward pull of emotions, health, relationships, energy, vision, etc.  When we relax, take time off, or just plain quit, gravity begins to win.

In Greek mythology we learn of the deposed king, Sisyphus.  His tyrannical reign created his banishment, condemned to push a giant boulder up a hill, only to have it roll back down once near the top.  Eternally, Sisyphus struggles with the boulder.  None of us wants that life; we consider the very image as anathema to our dreams.  But “up” is not the natural direction of things.  “Down” has the benefit and support of gravity.  The Wright brothers learned this lesson.  Getting the first plane off the ground was hard; keeping it up was the real challenge and ultimately the real victory.

O  The day you stop working to advance you begin going down.

O  The day you stop attending to your health gravity begins to win.

O  The day you withhold attention to friends gravity wins.

O  The day you don’t climb the mountain downhill wins.

P As long as you must work do your best to grow and achieve.

P As long as you have reasonable health give it all you have.

P As long as you have good relationships nurture them completely.

P Whatever you want to live give it all the energy you have.

Because the natural direction of things is down, so our efforts must be up.  Yes, I know the dangers of resting, relaxing, taking time off.  When I took a week off from exercising it took months to get back in gear.  When I didn’t call a friend for a long time it turned into an eternity.  The examples are rife for all of us.  Surrender to the sirens of “moderation” and “good enough” if you want, but gravity is gravity and it wins when we let it.  Figure out what matters to you and give it all the energy it needs to live well.  And you will, too!  Have a wonderful week!

Matthew 6:19-21


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Monday, March 04 2019

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