Category Archives: Motivation

Keeping Him First in the New Year

Happy New Year!

A little late; I know. All of the action and thinking and messages about the holidays are all but gone – short of us who have not taken down our Christmas Lights and tree yet.  (Update: I did get those done!)

I’ve wanted to blog, but have been absent for quite a long time with the happenings of life that have been going on. But then, this morning, I read Jeremiah 17:10 and, to be completely open, the Holy Spirit came upon me and showed me something. Easy; short, but it made an impact. And, again even though the “Happy New Year / You are starting a New Year / think about those resolutions” messages are now concluded, this seemed like a perfect last hurrah.

This verse says, using my words, that God searches your heart and mind and rewards you appropriately. So, I started to wonder – I’ve kept my heart pretty darn pure.

LOL; funny I wrote that that way – I was going to edit it out but decided to leave it. With the kind-of-swear-word there, it goes to show my heart isn’t pure and perfect – but that’s okay – that’s who we are as humans in a fallen world. 😃

Also, in that moment, I said to myself, “I focus on doing good at work, and being good and of service to my family.”

So, in my groggy 4:50 AM brain I muttered, “So, Lord, though you certainly have provided for my family when we had none – and have blessed me with an awesome wife, kids and house, but why do I feel like you haven’t rewarded me?”

And that’s when the Holy Spirit stepped in. He said, “because you don’t put God first.” He pointed out that I had mentioned family and work. But I had not mentioned God – let alone put Him first.

One might think that in that moment you would feel commended; a failure; let down. But, our God is a good God all the time. The Holy Spirit brought a warm feeling over me; He made me smile. I think God was smiling on me. I was thankful for the reminder and wanted to write it down. I know I honor God. I pray continuously nowadays. But, this was a great reminder from Him to keep Him first. Then, I believe and can expect because it’s in His Word, that he will reward.

For what it’s worth, keeping him First isn’t easy and has to be a constant, intentional action. Heck (there I go again), I wrote this post six years ago – I was struggling then like I am now. But, just like the definition of the word “Gospel,” we have the Good News in our lives to keep us going – as long as we focus on it.

Happy New Year, everyone. Keep this Good News in your heart this year. It’s going to be a great year.

Quick Hit – Why I Hate Email, and You Should Too (Because It Kills Productivity) 

[Photo: Tim Gouw via Unsplash]

Ever find that it’s noon and you haven’t accomplished anything on your to-do list? Get a productive jump-start on the day with these tasks.

Source: The First Four Things You Should Do Every Workday

My Vistage leader sent this article out.  It so hits the mark.

Over the years, I find myself cycling back to opening email first thing in the morning, then, basically staying there all day.  This article notes “the morning goes by and nothing got done.”  In my case, much to my chagrin, I find that a week has gone by – and the critical things are not done.  It’s times like these when I need reminders like this.

Reading this article will be the best two minutes you spend today.

Make it a great day.

Food for Thought – Integrity

I was in Discount Tire a couple of weeks ago and saw this posted in the store.  Turns out they post it in every store.  Good food for thought to kick off the week.

“Integrity: When you are looking at the characteristics on how to build your personal life, first comes integrity; second, motivation; third, capacity; fourth, understanding; fifth, knowledge; and last and least, experience.

“Without integrity, motivation is dangerous; without motivation, capacity is impotent; without capacity, understanding is limited; without understanding, knowledge is meaningless; without knowledge, experience is blind. Experience is easy to provide and quickly put to good use by people with all other qualities.

“Make absolute integrity the compass that guides you in everything you do. And surround yourself only with people of flawless integrity.” — Karl Eller

(Photo Credit – Yelp.com)

Patience is a Virtue

Hourglass by Rachel

That is a phrase I have heard and used for a long, long time.
Before my Faith, it was more of a cliche I used.
Coming into Faith, I saw it work in my life more and more. Many times completely Faith based where I saw Him work in my life. Many times, just in everyday life.

Next time you are waiting to turn left, across traffic, without a stop light, and you feel like you are not getting a break – just tell yourself “patience is a virtue” and watch what happens.

Now, I’m fully exercising this as I am really reaching out to Him, and giving it all up to him. At times, me being without a job is very unnerving for me and Beautiful. But, He and Faith have come through before, and we know He will again.