Fear and Excuses

12 02 2009

We are taking a deeper look at the book of Hebrews in church. This past week was a close look at fear. As I’ve camped on it this week, and unpacked it even further in small group tonight I realized something about fear in my life.

Two fears I deal with at varying levels are failure and abandonment. Like I said, they come and go at different levels…and now I’m looking at my life this week in a different filter I’ve had a revelation about failure.

Failure will do one of two things. It will either motivate you or deter you. It will pick you up, or pull you down. People either run in fear of it, or…if you’re Thomas Edison then you embrace it…learn from it…and use it to make the path to success. In the words of Edison, “I have not failed, I just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

I want 2009 to be filled with success…but I know failure will be a part of this year too. I will embrace failure and learn from it. In the end, there is no excuse…only lessons. My motto, my drink for the year,
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Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris

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The River Flow

29 11 2008

Okay, blog break is over…I’m back on it…with no excuse since I have the wordpress app on the phone.

Just a quick thought this morning. There is a river described to the old testament prophet Ezekiel, in the 47th chapter of his book. It’s a river where life is sustained and fruit abounds. A picture of God in our lives, and the blessings that come from him.

So, I took a minute to list out all of the life giving aspects of God throughout my life (appropriate around Thanksgiving :-), which for me was really saving grace. Left to my own stupidity and self destruction, I would have been gone a long time ago.

Then I listed out all of the fruit bearing aspects of God in my life. I called these victories, because so many of them dealt with overcoming…which was truly only by His strength in my life. Which set me up to do things in life that were in aligement with His will and purpose.

It was a good exercise, one that makes you realize God’s continual pursuit in your life. He doesn’t change. His charecteristics are the same today as they were in the days of Ezekiel. His river still flows in our lives to bring life. His river doesn’t move, we must move towards it. We must take up residence where it flows.

Take a minute to list out God’s flow of blessings in your life. It’s good to recognize and remember how much God has provided.

Enjoy,
~Chris