Friday, January 17, 2020
Are you going to finish it? Where's the urgency? Are you creating the necessary push and drive you need? It's not that you must be all out every moment of the day, but to not get after it more often than not will catch up to you. Maybe you only do it when you feel like someone is watching. Maybe you re-up it every new year. Maybe you wait for someone to push you, pass you by, or call you out. Thing is if you aren't doing it for you then you shouldn't be doing it. If it's all for show rather than to create a better tomorrow, a better day, a better you, pave a path, build a foundation, help others, then at some point the wall will simply be too high to climb. There is no greater time to tackle the moment then when you are in it. That passion you feel in that initial moment will never be greater. Your ability to move leaps and bounds starts when you let it start. The hesitation will create doubt. The delay will create fear. The urgency though, that creates momentum. That creates determination. That creates confidence. That creates a need to do it and do it now. So, what's your must do right now? What must be done and done urgently? If it matters, then move it up to the top of the list! Get on it! You simply can't finish what you don't even start.
Believe in the Unbelievable that is YOU and my prayer for you today is that you realize those things that matter most and give yourself permission to chase them down. Allow God to be your companion and have faith in the path He has you on.
Have a blessed weekend every one!
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Remember that sense of wonder you had when you were a kid? Since I can remember I always had this fascination with trees. They were like a sanctuary to me. I would climb as high as I could go and didn't think twice about where I was going... I just wanted to climb. Now, I fell out of a lot of trees too. Which of course is bound to happen when we allow the beauty of that wonder to keep our fears at bay. While I had some tough falls it never deterred me from wanting to climb more. As time went on my mom would see me running out the door and ask me, "How many trees are you going to fall out of today?" In other words climb! It became a statement that would carry me for many years, but as I got older I forgot about that wonder. Instead I allowed complacency to set in and as my wonder became a thing of the past so did my drive to climb higher. I was never afraid of heights, but I started to fear the fall. I started to think if it was worth it. After all we are safe right here on the ground, safe in our comfort zones, safe and convinced that settling is the way to go. I have challenged myself more intentionally over the year to remember what it felt like to climb. What it felt like to do the hard things, to push beyond boundaries to exceed limitations, because that's where that wonder lives. That is where our ability to be more, do more, see more, create, invent, innovate, lead, teach, grow, experience resides. Do you still have that wonder? Do you still want to climb? Are you holding that feeling back? Maybe you are, maybe you are afraid of the fall, maybe you just need someone to remind you that the higher you climb the better the view, the bigger the dream, the greater the wonder. Maybe, so, consider yourself reminded, and I pray you get to enjoy the climb once again.
Believe in the Unbelievable that is YOU and my prayer for you today is that you allow yourself to have that wonder, that you let Hod help guide you, and you climb as high as you can go! After all the leaps of faith from there go much farther.
Have a blessed day!
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
What's it going to take? What is going to be your wake-up call? If you have it are you even going to listen to it? When we are in those moments where the lessons come the hardest we are quick to say we won't do this ever again. Then as time goes on we get complacent, we get the confidence back, we get that sense of invulnerability and we go back to old ways. It's a vicious cycle and honestly a dangerous one. We put ourselves in situations we shouldn't, and that old record plays… "Nothing is going to happen to me." That is until it does and we are left there once again trying to understand why we let ourselves back into this place. I can tell you that over the past few years my guardian angels were working overtime, and God was giving me sign after sign that I needed to be aware of things going on around me that I couldn't, or rather, refused to see. Until God decided I needed more than a nudge, but a push. While part of me was hurt, angry, confused, the other part of me was grateful. As time has gone on I have realized what it was that God was actually doing. That was the key though… Me realizing it. Not others, not some motivational speaker telling me to live, not some book telling my why I should, but me seeing something that was always there. There is no special remedy, no silver bullet, no magical thing that is going to wake us up. For some it isn't one moment, but many moments. For others it is a constant realization of what we must do, the people that are there trying to help us do it, and the ones who refuse to leave us, and we finally realizing we don't want them to. It is the clarity that some people must go, some things we must put down, other things we must remove from our thoughts, and still those things that will fight themselves back in, but we must do what we can to keep them out. None of it is easy. None of it happens overnight. None of it happens until we are ready for it to happen. Until we say this is what it takes. This I hear. This I see. This I feel. This right here is the wake-up call I needed… and thank God He allowed me to have it.
Believe in the Unbelievable that is YOU and my prayer for you today is that you take a moment to listen to what God is telling you. That you see the moments, learn the lessons, wake up to the beauty of life and the blessings in living it.
Have a blessed day!
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Be specific. How often do you hear someone talk about a goal or a dream, but there really is no substance to it. It is vague at best. How many times have we done that? We talk about wanting to lose weight, to make more money, to get promoted, to be healthier, to have better relationships, to get closer to God. All that talk, but with no real goal in mind. It is easy to say it, but why is it some achieve it and others don't? Habits, determination, values, focus, that's why! You must be specific, and then you must put the plan in a real motion towards an end goal! If you are saying you want to do one thing, but your actions are reflective of another the gap between achieving that goal and where you are is only going to grow. You can't be something you are not willing to be. It seems simple, but it is not. There are so many distractions, so much negativity, so many things that provide a mask of instant gratification around us it is easy to forget about what matters and go after the things that don't. I've been there. I have chosen one thing over the other thinking it won't matter until I created a habit and a false need. We are creatures of habit, so if you aren't creating those habits that align with where you want to go then you are not going to get there. So, if you are trying to figure out why things are not coming to fruition, start with looking at yourself and determine if you really want what you are saying you do. Ensure you set yourself benchmarks, checks and balances, find accountability partners (that you know will be honest with you about where you are), and then be specific. Write it down, wake up and give yourself a talking to, say your prayers of thanks for the opportunity at the start of the day and at the end, and be what you set out to be. Honestly, clearly, and specifically be the you that you are capable of being.
Believe in the Unbelievable that is YOU and my prayer for you today is that you have the strength, the path, and the courage to set your dreams in motion and pursue them with the faith you can and will achieve them.
Have a blessed day!
Monday, January 13, 2020
I'll do it tomorrow. I'll get to you tomorrow. I'll handle that issue tomorrow. I'll read to you tomorrow. I'll play with you tomorrow. I'll take that trip, I'll ask for the chance, I'll tell them I love them... Tomorrow. Yes, those words are so easy to say. It is even easier to make ourselves push everything off until tomorrow. We are so good at letting ourselves off the hook. We can conjure up every excuse in the book to keep from having to do something that takes us out of our comfort zone, off our path, away from our plan. If only we would take that energy and use it to create reasons why we can vs why we can't accomplish something. Nobody is going to do it for us, nobody will be able to motivate you if you are emotionally engaged in your own goals and dreams. Who is setting the expectations? Who is responsible for holding up their end of the bargain? You are. You control the now, you are the decision maker, you set the plan in motion, and you decide when, what, and how it carries out. We've all heard tomorrow is not promised so many times, but it doesn't resonate until it matters. Then when it does it's too late. So, get to what you need to get to. Do the things you need to do. Stop waiting for the moment and make the moment. Not tomorrow, but today.
Believe in the Unbelievable that is YOU and my prayer for you today is that you schedule the things that matter. That you do what you need to do, but take time to remind those that matter they do, that you take moments for you, and you don't get so wrapped up making a living you forget to live.
Have a blessed week everyone!
Friday, January 10, 2020
I took a walk yesterday. It was muggy out, but the birds seemed to like it. I walked past my favorite tree that is close to our parking lot here at the office. It reminds me of the longevity it takes to grow. It reminds me of how seasons come and go as it sheds its leaves and grows new ones. Such are our seasons as we too are able to start anew. I once sat in a room, many years ago afraid, tired, frustrated, lost and thought about not going on. It was a dark place filled with the emotion of hate, anger, and pity. I wanted to move out of the moment, but I couldn't and the result was a spiral that couldn't end anywhere but rock bottom. I still go to that place sometimes only to sit across from myself and talk about where we are and how we do our best to keep moving towards a better place. That's really all any of us wants. That negativity is strong though and does its best to remind me that if bad can happen it will. That we shouldn't be too happy, because the falls from high up hurt more. I know I have said it the last couple of years to a few people, but this year I am committed to finishing a book I'm working on. People ask me often why I haven't and honestly because it is hard to write as that dark place is the central part of that book. Though, today, I am reminded of something I couldn't really fathom then… I am not alone. I have a wife whose faith is stronger than anybody I have ever met, a son and daughter that give me the courage and the desire to be stronger, family and friends that would move mountains for me. So, I know as I go to that place I don't go alone. Through the many blessings that God has given me, He is there and maybe through the blessing of writing I can help someone along the way and finally shine some light in that dark place.
Believe in the Unbelievable that is YOU and my prayer for you today is that you realize you are never alone. If you feel lost remember God is ever present we have only to want to be found.
Have a blessed weekend every one!
Thursday, January 9, 2020
My son started taking piano lessons a few months ago. He gets frustrated sometimes when he is not able to play a certain song or piece together what he has learned. From the other room we can hear his grunts and sighs of frustration. What he doesn't hear though is his progression. We hear it because we are listening and are hearing him play things we never have. It's hard for him to understand how far he has come because he only hears what he isn't doing. Sometimes we get so caught up in our goal we forget the progress we have made. We don't even stop to appreciate the growth, the experience, the new found understanding of what we are capable of achieving. Think about where you are vs where you were. Do you feel like you are going someplace? Do you have purpose, passion, drive? What is the vision for you? It is so easy to want to give up when things start to inch their way forward. I know we want the leaps and bounds we experienced when we started, but that's not always going to happen. We must take comfort that even if we move a little we are still moving. Progress is progress! So, as he plays we continue to encourage his growth. We listen to the beauty of what he doesn't hear and remind him of where he was, where he is, and how to look forward to where he is going. In May he will have his first recital. We can't wait. Progress is progress and we will tell him to practice, to appreciate, to grow, to prepare for it, to play on even through that frustration. It will matter. A good thought for all of us. Wherever you are remember every step, no matter the distance, is a step forward. The frustration is not permanent, your growth and experience is… Play on!
Believe in the Unbelievable that is YOU and my prayer for you today is that you allow yourself an appreciation of progress. Every leap, every step, every inch forward is that much closer to your dreams.
Have a blessed day.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
"Differences make us who we are, not someone we aren't."- Alanna Carrizales
When I was younger I used to have many issues with self-esteem. I didn't share it and often masked it by cutting up and attempting to fit in. Things got me down and the fear of being rejected kept me there. It was easier to stay in a hole then it was to look out with the chance I could be pushed back in. I was afraid people wouldn't like me and the result was putting on whatever mask I needed to wear to accommodate the group I wanted to be with. I made exceptions to my own values my parents instilled in me, and I certainly wasn't worried about what God thought of it. The instant gratification of approval was good enough for me. As time went on that resulted in being in situations I didn't' want to be in, and ultimately ended up in trouble. It got to a point there was no esteem that wasn't my own. There was no self. It took years to start seeing that certain things didn't matter. It took even longer to understand that the people you want in your life are the ones that make sure you understand just how much you do matter. I learned that surrounding yourself with images of who you want to be steals your ability to be who you are supposed to be. My daughter said the above quote to us this past week and it resonated with me. "Differences make us who we are, not someone we aren't". How right she is, and if we could all understand that we might be more accepting. We may be able to better handle those who don't accept us, and be reminded to be more understanding in those moments of weakness when we fail to accept others. Our differences are the things that make us have that self. Our esteem is ours and through the eyes of God and those that care enough to allow us to be who we need to be... we are exactly as we should be.
Believe in the Unbelievable that is YOU and my prayer for you today is that you allow your differences to make you shine. That you let yourself be you in hopes that along the way you inspire others to be themselves.
Have a blessed day every one!
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Often times we sit and think about what our resolutions will be. We make these decisions about how we will change, how we will pursue, how we will evolve. We are determined, we are passionate, we are focused… Until we aren't. When I look back at 2019 there are many defining moments for me. There were some big moments that shook me, there were subtle moments that mended me, and there were moments where I realized who and what I needed to have in my life. There were things I realized I needed to fix, things I needed to discard, and things that needed to be overhauled. There were moments I reached my wits end, threw up my hands, gave up, gave in, and lost faith. There were moments I sat in silence beating myself up and refused to listen to the noise around me of comfort, of understanding, of prayers. There were moments my pride didn't allow me to ask for help. There were moments I was selfish, uncaring, guarded. There were moments I wanted to give more, but ended up taking more. Then there were beautiful moments of realization, of the light turning on, of the path becoming clear. There were moments I fell into the arms of my family and my wife exhausted and moments where I simply let myself fall into God's hands. There were good moments where I was able to do good things, and moments I exceeded my limitations and pushed myself more than I ever have. As I walk into 2020 I am not interested in resolutions, promises, proclamations, but rather I will put my energy into doing all I can to simply be better than I was yesterday. To continue to learn about myself, about others, about influence, about what really matters and why it does. I will do all I can to keep learning more about what it means to have faith, to accept God's grace, to be a better husband, father, brother, and friend. I won't pretend I can do it, but I will be honest about my desire to try. I will pray every day for strength, for guidance, for faith, and give thanks to all of you who continue to be a part of the journey, of the path, of God's blessings, and for allowing me to Believe in the Unbelievable that is YOU.
Happy New Year every one and my prayer for all of us today is that we realize our potential, we inspire, we are motivated, we are grateful for the ability to make 2020 blessed.
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Do you really believe everything happens for a reason? Do you really mean it when you say you'll have faith? Do you mean it when you say you trust in God and the path He has for you? At some point all we say is going to come into play. We will have to prove it. There will be moments we are sitting with our heads down asking God why. There will be moments with hands in the air frustrated and spent. There will be times we can't see the blessings, we don't get the lesson, we feel we can't carry this cross. There will be moments when our faith gets tested and our path seems riddled with adversity we feel we can't handle. That's when you must remember the times God provided, prayers were answered, blessings overflowed. That's when you understand God is always there, but in the moments life is at its hardest is when He needs us to do all those things we said we would.... Trust, stand in faith, pray, give our worries to Him, let Him guide us, believe. That's when we know God is great, He will carry us through this as He always has, "and we know that for those who love God all things work together for good", (Romans 8:28) and we truly walk with Him doing all those things we said we would.
Believe in the Unbelievable that is YOU and my prayer for you today is that you let God be there in all moments. That through the good you praise Him, through the bad you know Him, and through everything you allow Him to be your guiding and everlasting light.
Have a blessed day everyone.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
We make tough decisions. We do hard things. We make choices that can and do impact ourselves and others. We have families to support. We have people that rely on us. We have commitments, responsibilities, obligations. I tell people often you have to do what you feel is right. You have to go with your experiences and if you don't have any then you go with your instincts. Sometimes that means you can only do what is right in front of you knowing that God will carry you through whatever comes your way. It may be the best moments of your life, it may be the worst, but regardless it is going to be because you made the decision to do it. We take risks. We take leaps of faith. We take hold of the moments we are given and we make them matter. We push ourselves because we can. We take chances because we must. We try, we fail, we try, we grow, we try, we have setbacks, we try, we succeed. We make tough decisions. We do hard things. We trust in God and Believe in the Unbelievable possibilities of what can be.
Believe in the Unbelievable that is YOU and my prayer for you today is that you have the courage to do the things you must to reach the places you know you can.
Have a blessed day everyone.
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