Pastor Thomas' Encouraging Word for Monday, October 23, 2017
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October has arrived with a brrrrr! Perhaps a little encouragement might ease the chill in someone’s life. Share this e-mail with your friends and co-workers. And reply to firstname.lastname@example.org to get directly on the list.
"We want to just be able to pull up our iPhone while we're sitting on the train or at a bus stop or something, play a game for a couple minutes, and get smarter, but we can't.”
Good morning, friends! I hope you are off to a wonderful start for your week and ready for a week of success. Let’s get to it!
Ah, the sweet smell of easy success. What a siren that call is to us, and sadly our culture preys on our desire for easy success. Commercials tout easy weight loss, easy debt repayment, easy income, easy health, easy everything! I just don’t buy it and you shouldn’t either. Experience in my life tells me that easy and successful are usually opposites. Putting on weight is easy. Taking on debt is easy. Losing everything is easy. If it’s easy we ought to be wary but we’re not.
There is something to envy in our desire for easy; we want what successful people have. Success can be generated in any endeavor so no matter what we are doing we can find an image of success. The danger comes when we undervalue the success of our examples. If success and ease are opposites then the real partners of success are hard work, dedication, commitment, sacrifice, investment and patience. It is understandable why the lines at that trough are short while the line at deceptive ease is long, but the easy trough is empty.
Today’s quote comes from a study of brain science and improving brain function. Perhaps you know there are apps for memory support. They are, in a word, selling “ease”. Are you buying in to the deception of ease in any area of your life? I’d love to be the prophet saying, “Easy is easy! Get your success easily!” but I couldn’t live with myself. No matter what you’re trying to do the difference between you and success is a lot of tough and hard. The question is, “Do you want to succeed enough to do the tough and hard work?”
A few questions of relevance:
· What is your clear focus of success?
· What is your commitment to succeed?
· What is your breaking point?
· What do you need to overcome that breaking point?
At any age and any circumstance success is hope for everyone. Don’t give in to the siren call of ease. Make the commitment to bear the tough road of success. I have much faith in you! Have a great week.