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“He Said”

by Group 1 Crew, featuring Chris August

So your life feels like it don’t make sense
And you think to yourself, ‘I’m a good person’
So why do these things keep happening?
Why you gotta deal with them?

You may be knocked down now
but don’t forget what He said, He said

I won’t give you more, more then you can take
and I might let you bend, but I won’t let you break
and No-o-o-o-o, I’ll never ever let you go-o-o-o-o
Don’t you forget what He said

Who you are ain’t what your going through
So don’t let it get the best of you
Cause God knows everything you need,
so you ain’t gotta worry

You may be knocked down now
but just believe what He said, He said

I won’t give you more, more then you can take
and I might let you bend, but I won’t let you break
and No-o-o-o-o, I’ll never ever let you go-o-o-o-o
Don’t you forget what He said

Don’t fear when you go through the fire
Hang on when it’s down to the wire
Stand tall and remember what He said

I won’t give you more, more then you can take
and I might let you bend, but I won’t let you break…

I won’t give you more, more then you can take
and I might let you bend, but I won’t let you break
and No-o-o-o-o, I’ll never ever let you go-o-o-o-o
Don’t you forget what He said

One of my favorite Christian songs, please go, listen to it. It is a beautiful song and it reminds me that I’m not alone. Though I may be sitting in my apartment alone or if my true thoughts are floating inside of my head or I feel like I’m fighting odds that are most certainly against me, it reminds me that God is by my side.

My favorite line of this song is, “…I won’t give you more, no more than you can take, and I might let you bend, but I won’t let you break.”

God will not give anything to you without being there to carry the burden right alongside you. You are not alone. I am not alone. God has a plan. He has a path carved out for each one of us, even if the path cuts through the thickest of forests or beside the treacherous of  cliffs. He will carry us along the path of our lives and will never leave our side, it is us who wanders from the side of God.

When we feel like we are going to fall off of the cliff, it is because we have wandered from the side of God. He is trying to save us and He will, if only we let him.

Never forget that.

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Whispering

Do you ever feel like time is just passing you by? Like your life is on the big screen at a movie theater and you are sitting in the audience watching your daily interactions. Do you ever think, “Wow, that was a good move!,” or maybe, “Eww, that was not cool. Better try harder next time.” Sometimes I stop and take a look back at my life and say, “Man, I got really pissed over nothing. I wish that I hadn’t said that.”

Some days, I feel like I have more control than others.

Control over my emotions. Control over my tongue. Control over my destiny.

Or do I?

After much encouragement by my father, I have begun to try to do a daily devotional. Well, ultimately it is supposed to be a daily devotional, but at this point, it is really more of an every two to three day devotional. I have gotten so out of the practice of sitting down and spending time with God.

I’m trying to get better Dad, really.

Maybe once I get better at doing a regular devotional (preferably daily), I will have more clarity on what comes “next.”

Anyway, back to the topic at hand.

I was reading a daily devotional today. I usually just go online and search “daily devotional” and whatever pops up and looks interesting, I click on it, read it, think about it, compare the scripture to my Bible, and then write something. Anything, really.

Ironically, today’s devotional hit the nail on the proverbial head. The passage comes from James 1:19-21 and it reads, “19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.”

Yep. So, this takes me back to my previous statement of wanting to be able to rewind the day, tap myself on the shoulder and say, “uh, uh, uh…Do you really want to say that?” and if I still choose not to listen, a punch might suffice.

I need daily reminding of biting my tongue and being a listener first. I think this an excellent reminder for me because it I can quiet all of the noise, chatter, and distractions going on in my brain and shut up to listen sometimes, I might be able to hear God’s whispers. You know, sometimes He whispers, and sometimes He roars. This passage was a ROAR to me. I needed to shut up and listen to the whispers He is breathing into my ears and the hopes, dreams, and sacrifices he is laying on my heart.

When was the last time you let go of the control and listened to the whispers from God?

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SERVE

Today was my first day in the Servant Leadership Academy at the Y.

This is a program that helps develop leaders in out Y community. It helps us develop our skills of being a leader and allows us to reflect upon our experiences to make us who we are as employees so that we can learn how to structure our leadership style around what we feel is important.

It was entertaining and fun. I’m learning more and more about myself each day.

One of the main ways that we assess our leadership skill is finding out what our strengths are as people using Gallup’s Strengths Finder personality inventory.

It’s quite impressive really.

I took the assessment about a year ago when I was trying to figure out what I want to do when I “grow up” to see if that would help me narrow the field. Well…it didn’t exactly do that.

However, what it did do was reaffirm what I believed to be my strengths and showed me what I look like in the work place an in my personal life as well.

There are 34 personality factors that this inventory has identified. After taking being provided the book by my place of employment…the Y…and using the code in the back of the book, the online assessment provided me with my top 5 strengths. Here they are:

1- Includer

2- Positivity

3- Empathy

4- Responsibility

5- Restorative

Quite a collections I suppose, however after reading the descriptions of these descriptors, it hit the “nail on the head,” so to speak, for me. Most of these are pretty self-explanatory, but my fifth strength is the one that I kept getting caught up on because I didn’t know right off the bat what it meant.

Restorative means that I’m good at, and I like to, solve problems. The top three are that I enjoy other people and I want to make everyone feel warm and fuzzy. Also, that I try to put myself in another person’s shoes and make it as positive as possible.

At my training today, I realized that in my leadership style, responsibility and empathy battle on a regular basis.

Awesome.

That will be something that I have to keep in check and make sure to focus on balancing because it can be destructive in the workplace.

Also, I have to remind the instructor, which by the way, happens to be the VP of our Y community. He’s hilarious. Anyway, he asked me about my interest in programing and told him that I love to execute it, but creating the ideas is NOT in my strengths.

If someone else would come up with the ideas, talk them over with me then say, “Here you go!” I would execute the programs excellently, but to ask me to come up with innovative ideas for programs, and I’m screwed. Simply put.

Tomorrow is Day 2.

We shall see how it goes!

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Life…its a beast

I’ve been thinking about life recently. A lot. I used to think that we are born, we live, we die. End of story.

Sad, I know.

I never thought of life having too much going on beyond the day to day of work then home. The occasional social outing and lots of paying bills came to mind as well. I thought I would become an adult, get married, and have children.

The traditional course of things, right?

Well…everyone says I’m still so young, but you know. Its just them trying to be empathetic, but it reminds me that life doesn’t start next week, next month, or next year.

Life has already started.

The question is now, what am I going to do with my life?

Am I going to let the day in and day out of life take place without doing something significant? Am I going to let the hum-drum of work be the defining topic, or am I going to take life by the horns and confront the “wild beast?”

The “wild beast” is different for everyone.

For some it might be taking the leap and going back to school. Others maybe it taking an annual trip or going sky diving. Others still might see the “wild beast” as climbing Mt. Everest or hiking El Camino de Santiago or swimming the English Channel.

What we have to realize is that life is here and now.

Yes, there is the future, but guess what! The future is dictated by the decisions, actions, joys, sorrows, and accomplishments of today.

The here and now.

What are you going to do with it?

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Happiness

What is happiness?

Definition of happiness: state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.

What does it take for us to reach a level of happiness? I think this is something that we should achieve on a daily basis. What is life without contentment, happiness, pure joy? 

I think, on some days, the hardest thing to do is to find that happiness. Sometimes there are things in life that get me down and these items seem to take residence on my heart. Figuring out the thing to do to get out of the rut is difficult. Deciding what is going to provide me with the pure joy and allow me to move forward has been extremely difficult.

Life has been getting me down. 

Then I realized something. I had this brilliant revelation. Really, brilliant.

My life is good. Ok, not just good, wonderful. Amazing. Fantastic. Phenomenal. What do I have to complain about, or to be upset about. I have a pretty sweet deal. A job, a family who loves me, a roof over my head, food on my table. I’m pretty darn lucky.

Wow.

How did I forget?

Some days are pretty lousy, but every single day I have something to be thankful for.

Thank goodness.

What do you have to be happy about?

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