The funny thing about working out is I find I solve a lot of the worlds problems during the SWEATING!.
Mentally I feel so much better every time time I work out.Â I now feel like some sort of a crack-head or in this case “Sweat-Head” because I just gotta get my daily fix.Â Plus if you will look below, I am constantly running from this old fat guy (the one with the Charlie Brown tie on).
Anyway, during one of my sweat to solve the world’s issues I concluded the following.
We spend most of our life running after things, doing things. If you are like me, we forget that being comes before doing. Those who remember this secret make an effort to “be” and discover that when we stop and observe, life helps and brings whatever is needed.Â Learning to be is learning to be at peace.Â It is our most fundamental nature.
OneÂ last parting thought before i bid you a GR8T Weekend:
The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those, which fail.
This is a mirror moment for me today.Â I hope this realization that I have come to will somehow bring about a measure of peace for you as well in terms of dealing with shall we say challenging folk.
I now realize, but must constantly remind myself, that we have the power to tolerate anyone and any situation. But tolerance is not just suffering in silence.Â It means going beyond any personal discomfort you may feel, and giving a gift to whom ever you would tolerate.Â Give your time, attention, understanding, compassion, care – all are gifts, which paradoxically, you also receive in the process of giving.Â And, I feel that as we do, we will experience improved self esteem and inner strength growth.Â In this way we can turn tolerance into strength.
Now how cool is that!Â “I HAVE DA POWER!”. Now, if I could just always remember that!
As we venture into this weekend remember, whatever has happened is now in the past. We have now laid down another week.Â So, do me this favor…Do not think about the past. Learn from whatever has happened in the past (this week) and be cautious in the future. The past belongs to the past.Â LetÂ us nowÂ let go of it, because it does not belong to us anymore.
As I reflect on the curse of divorce, broken friendships and even estranged family members, the story of the clay balls seems most appropriate to share. What amazes me the most as I do my research for the things that I write I am especially saddened that amongst us Christians, who should be the shinning example of successful marriages, we are the largest growing numbers of divorcees.
Perhaps if we keep the following story in mind going forward in 2007, we can circumvent throwing away…the clay balls.
A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he
found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake.
They didn’t look like much, but they intrigued the man, so he took the
bag out of the cave with him. As he strolled along the beach, he would
throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could.
He thought little about it, until he dropped one of the clay balls and
it cracked open on a rock. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone!
Excited, the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each
contained a similar treasure. He found thousands of dollars worth of
jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had left. Then it struck him.
He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of
the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of
thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of
thousands, but he had just thrown it away!
It’s like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves,
and we see the external clay vessel. It doesn’t look like much from the
outside. It isn’t always beautiful or sparkling, so we discount it.
We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or
stylish or well known or wealthy But we have not taken the time to find the treasure hidden inside that person.
There is a treasure in each and every one of us. If we take the time to
get to know that person, and if we ask God to show us that person the
way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth.
May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay. May we see the people in our world as God sees them.
I am so blessed by the gems of friendship I have with each of you here on the Life Train. The list grows everyday. While I am not most gifted blogger (writer) I want to Thank you all for looking beyond my clay vessel and taking the time to visit my blog.
The Bible says:
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10: Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him that is alone when he falleth, for hath not another to help him up.
That is also the scripture for “Chuckie’s Challenge”.
I write from the heart…I make no excuses…
Let’s go out on a date tonight.Â A concert to for Jazz lovers who can appreciate mother earth.Â Let’s grab some dinner, hold hands as we walk through the auditorium to our front row seats and enjoy the concert!
Hey, as you may or may not know I am in Ft. Lauderdale this week.Â I flew in on Monday. My girl fay (as in Hurricane) was just waiting to see me.Â Lemme tell you for about 30 seconds I thought I was a gonner, but I think god heard your prayers and maybe my time here on earth has a bit more purpose.Â Anyway, you are stuck with the current conductor for a while longer…Thanks for the prayers and thank God I have a few more days left with yall.Â Anyway,Â I am glad to say to yall again….
Hey Passengers can you agree that most of usÂ can subscribe to the this statementÂ that: sentiment that saysÂ -Â “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”Â Well, if so maybe this will give you a different perspective.”
There used to be a group called the Manhattans. An early 70’s group. This group had one of the smoothest tenor lead singer of all time. His name was Gerald Austin.Â The hit song was entitled ‘Let’s Just Kiss and Say Good-bye.’ It was a song about a break up between a couple that had been together for a long time. Many ofÂ us old-heads may say, ‘What do yall know about that song!.’ Well mom and dad used to play it a lot on the record player, we had it on 45!! Some of y’all know what I’m talking about. When I thought of the lyrics of the song it made me wonder about a kiss. ‘I had to meet you here today. There’s just so many things to say. Please don’t stop me til I’m through, this is something I hate to do. We’ve been meeting here so long…..etc….Please darling don’t you cry, Let’s just kiss and say good-bye! Powerful lyrics. But why a kiss? A kiss is a term of endearment. A kiss is something that is the seal of approval. Us guys always felt that getting the first kiss from a young lady was the start of something. A kiss is usually how you greet your wife. A kiss is how you say good night to your children. A kiss is what you share when you want to let a person know that you love them! So why in Luke 22:47 did Judas betray Jesus with a kiss? This gives a whole new meaning for a kiss! Jesus had 12 friends that we know as disciples. He chose his disciples Himself. The bible says that he knew one of them was the devil. So for 3 years of Jesus’ life he walked, talked, and had breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a man that he knew would betray Him. Some may wonder, why didn’t Jesus expose Judas for what he was? Why did Jesus allow Judas to continue on with Him. The answer is simple. Jesus knew that prophecy had to be fulfilled. He knew he had an ultimate purpose in life. So in order to fulfill the promise, Jesus had to let someone he didn’t necessarily care for as a person tag along to keep Himself focused on the purpose. Here goes….Get ready to SHOUT! There are people in Your life that are there only to bother you.Â These people are in your life to keep you on your knees. These people are in your life because they are apart of the problem and the solution. These same people will help catapult you to your destiny! When Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss, he opened our eyes to the fact that a kiss is not always what we intend it to be. Be careful who you let put their lips on you. When I say lips it’s not always in the kissing
form. Be careful of who speaks well of you. Be careful of who always has an answer. Be careful of the ones that seem to like you but it’s just something about them that you just can’t put your finger on. Everyone in your life is not meant to stay in your life. Let’s just kiss and say good bye. You can’t carry everyone with you.
There are some places that GodÂ wants you to go that only you can go. Learn to love, leave, and live your life as God intended! Next time you’re betrayed by someone you THOUGHT was a friend, just remember ‘Let’s Just Kiss and Say Good Bye! Jesus already knew the betrayal was on the way. So get over it, step on it, but don’t live your life Wondering Why…
God’s gift is what you are;your gift is what you become.God’s gift is what you
are;your gift is what you become.