Posts Tagged ‘life’

What If…

Posted: March 29, 2011 in Leadership, Lessons, vision
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What if all that we have gone through, good and bad, had a bigger purpose?  What if the events of our life was to shape us and mold us into the person God intended us to be?  What if the hurts and pains of life were designed to build our character for something greater in the future?

I know, many of you are reading this and saying…duh, you are just now getting that?  Well, the simple answer is…Yes.  I remember coming out of college and thinking I had the world by the tail.  I was going to have success and change the world (just like the commencement speaker at graduation said I would).  Well after graduation, life started happening and I experienced “the real world” that they never told me about in college.  I complained to God and told Him how he wasn’t playing fair.  I had given up a lot to purse Him and his plan for the world and He was not returning the favor, or was he?

Graduation was nearly 20 years ago and I am a different person than I was back then.  My journey has not been easy and I would not wish it on my worst enemy, however, I wouldn’t trade it.  It has helped shape my character, my competency, and my compassion for others.  Here a few of my lessons I have learned along the journey…

  1. Find the positive in the negative
  2. Be truthful, even if it may hurt.
  3. If you must make a hard decision, do it with integrity.
  4. Don’t judge (my younger years was full of judgement, and it has come back to bite me)
  5. Be patient with others, they are on a journey…just like me
  6. encourage, love and inspire others to be great

There are many more I have learned.  I am sure there are many more I still need to learn.  I haven’t gotten life figured out yet but I will keep adding each lesson I learn into my arsenal.  Life is still hard at times, however, I am on the journey to something great.

I am just curios…What have you learned?

Here is a little quiz you can take.  Simply answer with “improvement” or “not improvement”…

  1. Cordless Phones…improvement or not improvement
  2. McDonalds……improvement or not improvement
  3. Hawaii 5-0…..improvement or not improvement
  4. American Idol……..improvement or not improvement
  5. Email…………..improvement or not improvement
  6. Denver Nuggets (after the trade)………improvement or not improvement
  7. President Obama………..improvement or not improvement
  8. Caller ID…………improvement or not improvement
  9. TV Programming…..improvement or not improvement
  10. Verizon……improvement or not improvement

There are a lot of things that may or may not improve the quality of your life.  However, there is one thing we can all do….do something to improve the quality of life for someone else.  A simple smile, a nice tip to the waitress, a kind comment to a stranger, picking up that wrapper off the ground, planting a tree, or calling someone to say hi.  When we serve others, we change the quality of life for a lot of people.  A kind word can give someone confidence and confidence is a key to success and that persons success can improve the quality of life for many others.  Picking up that wrapper seems so minor but everyone enjoys visiting a clean place, it feels good and it improves that quality of life for all who experience it.

So what are you doing to improve the quality of life for others?

sandSince moving to Parker last November, we have been busy!  Between snow shoveling, baskeball practice, school activities and other small but imprtant things, ….. here it goes, my time Discovering who God is, really lacked.  I was trying to run on my own strength and keep everything organized.  I allowed the busyness of life to take control of my life.  When that happens, there is no room for God.  I had not spent some quality time with God for a while.

So, I decided not to react to life but to act in a way to provide life.  I got up early and drove to a local park.  Armed with my bible, my journal and a souple of books, I was going to spend some quality time with God.  During my time, I wrote, I read, and I talked with God.  I shared my frustrations and I asked for specific things.  I found myself spending 5 hours in the front seat of my car enjoying my quiet time.  I enjoyed it so much, I did again the next day.  WOW!  What a difference a little time makes.

I am not one to spend 5 hours reading, writing and talking to God.  I usually do it out of habit and spend just a few minutes, but to be honest it becomes routine.  I read but never allowed what I read to breathe life into me.  I talk to God, but often feel like my voice just bounces off the ceiling.  And the thought of spending 5 hours without music to help fill the time, is crazy.  But this time was different.  I needed life breathed into me and he did.  My experience has given me a reality of my need for a daily connection with God.  I need Him.  I need life breathed into me by the life giver.  You may have known God for a long time, but have you really come to the place of needing him?  I faked it for a while.  I confess.  But I am so thankful for his love and grace.  Now, I look forward to meeting Him everyday.