March 6, 2014
I think this about sums up what God was trying to tell me today…
February 26, 2014
We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God.
The world is crowded with God. God walks everywhere incognito. And the incognito is not always hard to penetrate.
The real labor is to remember, to attend. In fact, to come awake. Still more, to remain awake.
February 18, 2014
The secret essence of the soul that knows the truth is calling out to God: Beloved…strip me of the consolations of my complacent spirituality. Plunge me into the darkness where I cannot rely on any of my old tricks for maintaining my separation.
Let me give up on trying to convince myself that my own spiritual deeds are bound to be pleasing to You. Take all my juicy spiritual feelings, Beloved, and dry them up, and then please light them on fire.
Take my lofty spiritual concepts and plunge them into darkness, and then burn them. Let me only love you, Beloved. Let me quietly and with unutterable simplicity just love you.
February 15, 2014
I’ve a friend who can’t hold a job. He’s actually had some great jobs, but he can’t keep them. And for each job he’s lost, he’s a story about how bad his boss was, how much they overworked him, how silly their systems were or some similar excuse.
Over time I’ve realized my friend suffers from a victim mentality. I noticed it because I used to have it myself. But in the last few years I’ve realized a victim mentality costs me success, relationships and inner peace.
A victim mentality means we consistently look for reasons life isn’t working out the way we want.But here’s the reality…Very few things in life work out exactly as we’ve planned. But if we don’t play the victim, very often things turn out great and often they turn out even better than we could have dreamed.
Why do people play the victim? Because playing the victim means they don’t have to try, it means they don’t have to take responsibility, and often it means people will feel sorry for them and give them attention.
But make no mistake, it’s a spiritual cancer that in the long run may cost you everything.
Tim Schurrer, who runs Storyline plays golf every so often with Olympic skater Scott Hamilton. Recently while they were golfing, Tim noticed something. When Scott hit a poor shot, he only gave himself five seconds to be frustrated. He had such incredible control over his mind that he refused to dwell on his mistakes or misfortune. He’d likely learned this from all those years of training, where falling on the ice in competition means you have to recover physically and mentally at light speed. If you don’t you’ll never beat your competition.
What Scott does, as a knee-jerk reaction, is to make a quick list of why the bad thing that happened could actually be good. Missing a shot means he learns something about his swing. Missing a shot is humbling, so he isn’t tempted to get arrogant. Missing a shot means he gets to teach the people around him how to keep a disciplined mind. In seeing the world this way, Scott continues to get better and better. It’s the mentality of a champion.
If we feel sorry for ourselves, we’re enabling our own tendency to fail. Let’s not. Our teams are depending on our best work. Our families are depending on our best work. Don’t ever let self pity take you down.
This may be the greatest lesson I’ve learned in my professional career. And the better I get at it, the more potential I have. I’m convinced the same is true for you.
Hope it helps.
Donald Miller, Founder, Storyline and StoryBrand
SOURCE: Storyline Blog
February 10, 2014
Your problem is, you don’t know who you are. Let me tell you who you are. You are a ray of God’s own light. You say you seek God, but a ray of light doesn’t seek the sun; it’s coming from the sun.
You are a branch on the vine of God. A branch doesn’t seek the vine; it’s already part of the vine.
A wave doesn’t look for the ocean; it’s already full of ocean.
February 7, 2014
An invisible line surrounds us.
Though unseen it’s as real
as one that is drawn in the sand.
and we are in a new realm
entanglement in a love affair,
blessedness of God’s life and grace.
Mary crossed the threshold with her “fiat,”
Abelard and Heloise in their embrace,
the founding fathers in the Declaration of Independence.
Each of us decides—perhaps each day—
to cross or remain behind that invisible line,
that threshold into a new horizon
that forever changes our destiny.
January 31, 2014
The only problem with not castrating
A gigantic ego is
That it will surely become amorous
A hundred screaming ideas and kids
Who will then all quickly grow up
And skillfully proceed
To run up every imaginable debt
And complication of which your brain
This would concern normal parents
And any seekers of freedom
And the local merchants nearby
They could very easily become forced
To disturb your peace;
All those worries and bills could turn to
The only problem with not lassoing
A runaway ego is
You won’t have much time to sing
In this sweet
Source: translated by Daniel Ladinsky
January 26, 2014
I am not only called by and covered in grace,
I am called to something graceful,
something beautiful, something strong and tender.
I am called by a Love so
Strong it surrenders control, but is
Filled with truth and tenderness.
And justice is sweet on her lips,
And fire from her fingertips, and mercy
Wraps her world when all else fails.
I am held by an urgent compassion,
And blessed with a burden. Darkness does not scare me,
And shadows ever shifting are sacred
For this grace is so compelling that in the end
I know all will be enveloped in Love, and all that
Ever was & is & is to come will be set aflame with divinity.
January 24, 2014
I see or I hear
that more or less
that leaves me
like a needle
in the haystack
It is what I was born for—
to look, to listen,
to lose myself
inside this soft world—
to instruct myself
over and over
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,
the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant—
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,
the daily presentations,
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help
but grow wise
with such teachings
the untrimmable light
of the world,
the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?
Source: Why I Wake Early
January 21, 2014
Which one is giving up and which one is giving in? Which one is active and which one is passive? Is there a difference? And if so, would I even know what that difference is?
I am writing this in a proverbial mirror, not knowing truly if I where I am right now is more about running way from something or journeying towards Someone and a grander destiny.
I truly do not know. But God does and when it comes to giving up or giving in, faith and fear become guides that in some way ‘will’ us forward. The question is, when it comes down to fear or faith, which one will I choose to be my guide?
Surrender involves faith; faith in a Loving God who desires to be known and to know.
Resignation is about fear; fear that is a poisonous and ruinous drug making the world seem random and chaotic.
If truth be told, I have much and little of both. But the choice is mine.
Which will it be kid? Faith or fear…the answer could change the world.