Wednesday, November 9, 2011
At the age of 67, Thomas Edison watched as fire destroyed much of his work and equipment. Time to retire? Time to hang up the lab coat? No way.“All our mistakes are burned up,” the inventor said. “Now we can start anew.”
There is a time to retire, but Edison knew his time hadn’t come. The fire that consumed his work didn’t destroy the fire that burned within him to continue his work. Edison’s commitment remained.
People tend to associate commitment with emotions. If they feel the right way, then they can follow through on their commitments. But true commitment doesn’t work that way. Commitment is not an emotion; it’s a character quality that enables us to reach our goals.
Emotions go up and down all the time, but commitment must remain rock solid. A solid team—whether it’s in business, sports, marriage or a volunteer organization—must have team players who are solidly committed to the team.
Four things every team player needs to know about being committed:
1. Commitment is usually discovered in the midst of adversity.
2. Commitment does not depend on gifts and abilities.
3. Commitment results from choices, not conditions.
4. Commitment lasts when it is based on values.
By John C. Maxwell
Monday, November 7, 2011
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Friday, January 28, 2011
But I need to tell you…I get extremely anxious, stressed and overwhelmed when I get stretched like I have been. When these times happen I get moody. I have to battle being moody and I hate that. So what I have to do is refocus my thoughts. Today my wonderful bride Courtney and my boss/friend Jimmy Britt helped me. Spending time with these people help and along with scripture that I put to memory. The verse that I have been recalling a lot lately has been Philippians 4:6,7- “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
It is awesome when the peace of God comes in and calms the storm!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
1 - The better where you stand with the Lord, the more free you can be.
2 - The more free you are before the Lord, the more confident you will become.
The better you stand with the Lord, the more free you can be! I hate so badly what people have done with Christianity. Some leaders have made rules so burdensome and strict that it is absolutely impossible to be a Christ - follower. This is exactly what the religious leaders did in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, Christ came to offer us freedom through salvation and grace. Grace is not burdensome. It free s us from sin and despair. When my relationship is right with God, I will not care about anyone else’s opinion of me, but only where I stand with God. I have to admit, the times I get insecure about who I am or what I’m doing is when I have not spent any time reading and praying and am just not focused on the will of God for my life.
The more free you are before the Lord, the more confident you will become. When I know where I stand with God, there is real security. When I remember God sent his son to die for me, I know I am valuable to Him. When I understand there are things that are important to God, such as the details of my life, the way I live my life, the closeness I have with Him, the more confidence I have. God set His heart of favor on those whose hearts are following Him. He honors those who honor His word. He makes them exceedingly happy.
Let me encourage you. Experience God’s freedom. Live a more free life. Seek Him by reading His Word and spending time in meditation on His Word and in also in prayer.
“…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
You may be under too much stress if you…
…find yourself irritable or impatient with things you normally tolerate.
…have difficulty getting to sleep and feel exhausted when you awake.
…sense you are one step away from falling apart.
…suffer from frequent headaches or stomach pains.
…get distracted easily and have trouble concentrating.
…talk more negatively then usual.
…become forgetful and absentminded.
…don’t laugh as much as you used to.
…use alcohol, non-prescription drugs, or food to help you relax.
…postpone what is truly important, to accomplish what isn’t that important.