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.