Letting Go of Old Identities

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Life’s too short for drama and negativity,
Pointing out the problem doesn’t take much ability.
Saturate the day with encouragement and optimism,
It’ll take focus and work, the opposite of passivism.

Only you can go to places that will stretch & grow you,
It will be scary, difficult, but it will reward you.
No one will cheer you, but go there anyway,
Few will understand, it’s the price you must pay.

The sign of maturity is to become less dramatic,
Being the victim has now become anti-climatic.
Energizing those around, you’re no longer a drain,
Hope is your new choice, like the smell of spring rain.

Jesus came to remove the sin of exclusion,
The Pharisees felt threatened like he was an intrusion.
Gandhi was puzzled by the churches prejudice,
He stayed Hindu because there was no difference.

We create our own boxes, it’s time to get rid of them,
We’re far more creative than we can fully comprehend.
So don’t get caught up in main stream philosophies,
The world needs your uniqueness with no apologies.

The only prayer you need is a simple “Thank you”,
Gratitude’s the answer, and miracles are the clue.
Thankfulness leads to joy, it’s the obvious fruit,
Waiting for perfect conditions is a destructive pursuit.

As we grow older we gravitate towards safety,
Talk is cheap, where have you gone lately?
To see justice we must run towards the unknown,
Uncertainty and discomfort, it’s where faith is grown.

His love is unconditional, no grading on a curve,
A stunning faithfulness, it’s not what I deserve.
It’s easy to forget, I strive for perfection,
I’m vulnerable to fail, but grace is my protection.

I have more pants than days in the week,
My 4g is slow, it’s new products I seek.
Lack of sanitation kills, statistics show it,
More people have mobile phones than a simple toilet.

Too many people choosing not to forgive,
It’s become their story, the way that they live.
I must let go of old identities, it’s a matter of will,
I’m canceling the debt, it’s paid in full.

 

TOP 10 THOUGHTS BOUNCING AROUND IN MY HEAD THIS WEEK (nearly unedited)

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And not in any particular order:

10. To acquiesce to evil is the same as perpetrating it.

It’s easy to preach about it, talk about it, know about it and even agree on it, but we are asked to put our life on the line for it. For sake of heaven and hell.

As Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

I’m tired of talking about it.

9. Feeling good does not nearly feel as good as doing good.

As we live on the shallow surface of feelings, true joy waits for those who mend hearts that have been broken and give hope to lives that have been forsaken.

Christians need to quit living their faith off of  feelings.

8. Narcissism 1) excessive interest in self & physical appearance 2) extreme selfishness w/grandiose view of own talents & craving for admiration

Narcissism: hmmmm….this might be our problem.

People who are narcissistic are really insecure. And people who are insecure are narcissistic. I don’t know which one comes first. I have been both.

7. Acronym for victim is witness. When we witness: to see, hear or know by personal presence & perception, then we have no time to be a victim.

Steve Maraboli shares this thought in a very subtle way, “Your complaints, your drama, your victim mentality, your whining, your blaming, and all of your excuses have NEVER gotten you even a single step closer to your goals or dreams. Let go of your nonsense. Let go of the delusion that you DESERVE better and go EARN it! Today is a new day!”

I think he was talking to me.

6. Find young people who want to change the world, spend time with them, mentor them, challenge them, dare them to be great and lead by example.

This new generation is looking for our validation, but they are also looking for a dare and at our actions. They need truth and a dare, a dare to change the world.

Quit looking on the surface of their lives and know that there is a thirst in their soul that can only be quenched by brave, selfless living.

5. Most are paralyzed by the moment. Visionary leaders liberate people to a better future.

Visionary leaders see the past as something to learn from but not to get stuck in.

Visionary leaders see the problems around them  as opportunities to make progressive change and not to get depressed from them.

Visionary leaders see the uncertainty of the future as glorious and hopeful and not immobilized by fear.

Martin Luther King Jr. was being a visionary leader when he said, “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”

I’m tired of people pointing out the problems. It doesn’t take a genius to know we have problems. Someone point out the solutions and I will follow you!

4. One life, one opportunity, one change, one legacy, may we love mercy, walk humbly & act justly.

When it comes down to it life is pretty simple, so why do I complicate it? I am easily distracted.

3. Keeping your eye on the prize will not always make you popular, but it will bring you respect. None of us are called to be popular.

There is nothing worse than hanging around someone whose number one goal is to be liked.

Scott Boyle explains the difference between popularity and respect: “The simple difference between popularity and respect is that popularity is a state while respect is a trait.”

The state of popularity is fleeting and fragile.
The trait of respect is earned and durable.

2. Stay focused on your vision today. Many people will try to sidetrack you from the passion and purpose that you have been divinely given.

To do something great, to accomplish your divine mission will definitely not be easy, but God never promised easy.

Winston Churchill challenges me with these words, “It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.”

You may be discouraged, not seeing things working out like you want them to but remember the words of Francis Bacon, “A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”

1. Justice is practical, relentless, courageous. It’s not easy and it doesn’t always feel good but it puts you in the center of God’s heart.

It has been said that, “From ancient times the God of the Bible stood out from the gods of all other religions as a God on the side of the powerless.”

These are just a few thoughts bouncing around in my head, and they are edited, trust me.

Wake up! Breathe deep! There are treasures we must find!

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You are far more amazing than you’ll ever realize
Much more greater than the world’s pack of lies

People won’t appreciate your hard work. Work hard anyway
Sleep deep, dream well, for tomorrow will quickly become today

You can live fully alive, or you can live waiting to die
One is risky and fun, the other is safe and a lie

Today move from the victim’s role to the role of creativity
Victim’s look for blame, while other’s risk new activity

Move from finding someone to blame to finding someone to extol
Move from finding someone to judge to finding someone to know

Try something this week that is out of your comfort zone
Even when the crowd runs to safety and you are all alone

Being relevant takes more risks, creates more ups and downs
It’s more difficult than popularity, which is easy to be found

Judging others has to do with low self-esteem and holding a grudge
My job is to offer grace to those the world has already judged

I spend my time creating my own caste arrangement
Though we are far more the same than we are distant

I want to save the world, but I’m having trouble saving myself
My focus is on others while I’m struggling finding my own help

700 million dollars spent on Valentine’s for our pets
While children die for lack of 10 dollar mosquito nets

350 million spent on pets at Halloween
While 55 dollars gives families water that’s clean

93 percent of Californians don’t go to church, lack of hope
I’m spending too much time trying to please the 7, lack of scope

God’s biggest desire is to have our presence
I talk about his goodness, though it’s past tense

I need his mercy, but I leave it behind
It’s new everyday, yet it bleeds out my mind

Grace turns quickly to rules, morals and obligations
It turns into committees, methods and gyrations

We pack God in a box, in our minds it’s a clear history
We have lost all the awe, we have lost all the mystery

Faith is called faith, because we cannot see
Yet we preach that less doubt leads to maturity

I say, the closer I get to my creator, the less I know
Big words, eloquent prayers, it’s all about the show

Faith is calling out, it’s doubting while believing
Everyone wants it, yet still everyone is leaving

A better understanding of God takes a world view
Compassion grows while walking in another’s shoe

I pray that God doesn’t dress like a politician
I pray he doesn’t gossip like a beautician

I hope He laughs at my vain attempts to be perfect
I know He cries and  heart breaks when he sees injustices’ evil effect

God says that he is close to broken-hearted man
He also says, when we love them, we love him

Righteousness is more than morality and being right
I’m thankful because I don’t look good in white

A widow’s mite is worth more than a portfolio on Wall Street
I waste more money in a day, than Africans earn in a week

I am told not to live on guilt, yet I wrestle with much affliction
My struggle is daily and good, for it is leading to healthy conviction

I am thinking that we have just scratched the surface of potential
I am looking for a new storm of grace, drowning us in its torrential

Fear comes not from God, it comes from another kind
God give deep love, sustaining power and a sound mind

Wake up! Breathe deep! There are treasures we must find!
In the words of C.S. Lewis, “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”