Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Committing to the Commitment

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

A Short Course in Human Relations

The six most important words: “I made a mistake.”
The five most important words: “You did a good job.”
The four most important words: “What is your opinion?”
The three most important words: “If you please.”
The two most important words: “Thank you.”
The one most important word: “We.”
The least important word: “I.”

Author unknown


I had thought about doing something a little different today in my first blog post in a while, but I came across this information this morning in my reading and I thought I would share it. It’s timely with what is going on in America at the moment. These are not my thoughts or information. I just wanted to share the “trivial knowledge” I’ve gain a reputation for.


Amid the twentieth century’s great clashes between communism, fascism, and democracy, one small, militant political movement opted for a different course: none of the above.

Anarchism- the opposition to all forms of government- was founded by European political theorists including Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865) and Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876). The movement enjoyed its greatest popularity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in both Europe and the United States.

To its adherents, anarchism promised an end to government oppression as well to the depredations of capitalism. Anarchists believed that private property should be abolished and control of factories turned over to workers. Although anarchism had many similarities with communism, philosophers such as Proudhon did not envision any role for the state whatsoever.

In practice, anarchist launched a global wave of violence, with a special emphasis on assassinations of authority figures that they hoped would eventually bring down governments across the world. In Russia, Czar Alexander II (181-1881) was killed by an anarchist bomb. The king of Italy, Umberto I (1844-1900), was shot dead. Lean Czolgosz (1873-1901), the assassin of President William McKinley (1843-1901), was an anarchist. Anarchists were also blamed for an attack on Wall Street that killed thirty-eight bystanders in1920, although the crime was never solved.

Anarchists, by their very nature, lacked a cohesive national leadership structure, although the most well know American anarchist was Emma Goldman (1869-1940). But their secretiveness only made them appear more fearsome; fear of anarchism helped trigger the Red Scare after World War I, in which Goldman and many suspected anarchists and communists were deported from the United States.

Anarchism still has followers, although its violence ended in the United States after the 1920s.

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Postive Focus

Let your mind dwell on these eight things…

Whatever is true
Whatever is noble
Whatever is right
Whatever is pure
Whatever is lovely
Whatever is admirable
Whatever is excellent
Whatever is praiseworthy

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Better Life

Feel positive emotions
Think positive thoughts
Focus on the positive in people
Offer positive prayers
Speak positives words
Practice positive actions

Ron Jenson
From “Taking the Lead”

Friday, January 28, 2011

Mind Dump

What a challenge it is to maintain right thinking when faced with so many obstacles. The past few weeks I have been really stretched in so many ways - time with my family, time at work and even time with God. I have never been in a place with my life that I love my job (I hate calling it that because I love it so much.) I have been blessed with an awesome wife and son, and I constantly see God working and moving in so many ways (in my life, in my family and in my church.)

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

Being Free

While reading, I came across two statements about freedom that resound ed very loudly to me:

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


Do you struggle with making the right decision? Do you need help to decide whether to take that job, to move or to stay? We all have decisions, big and small that we need some guidance with. And the good news is that God wants to give it to you. It pleased God when Solomon asked for wisdom (1 Kings 3:7-14), it pleases God when we ask Him for wisdom and it is in His nature to give. He is a giving God.
The Bible says in James 1:5, "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him." (NIV)
This verse says three things about how God gives wisdom. He does so:
Continually. "Ask God who gives ..." In Greek this is in the continuous tense. He keeps on giving. He doesn't run out of energy. He never wears out.
Generously. God's resources are unlimited. He has enough resources for everyone. He's got plenty of wisdom to go around.
Cheerfully. James says God gives "without finding fault." God loves to give. It's in his nature to give! Don't get embarrassed to ask. He wants to give you wisdom!

Where do you need help and wisdom? God has wisdom to offer. But remember what James says. If you want wisdom from God, you've got to ask!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Signals of Stress

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.

Carol Clifton,PH.D.

Licensed phychologist