When building body strength, resistance training can be one of the most productive techniques to keep your body strong and tone without any weights or sweat.
But this is not the best way
to handle life.
As I review the scope of what I want to share….
I see that this is going to be a book.
I’ll start with some fundamentals
This has been an unusually cold winter.
Is there heat?
Is there cold?
There is no cold. We cannot measure cold.
We can only measure the absence of heat…
down to 458 degrees below zero.
We cannot get colder… that is the absolute absence of heat.
0 degrees Kelvin
Is there darkness?
There is only the absence of light.
Is there death?
No, there is only the absence of measurable life (here on this planet)
Is there evil?
No, there is just the resistance of good.
And that is where I want to speak to you.
If you want to live a good life…
You have to stop resisting good.
You have to stop resisting life.
Yeah, easier said than done.
If you want to strengthen your muscles.
you use resistance training to build them up.
If you hurt your arm…
you immobilize it.
Break your leg
you cast it up.
You find healing to our natural state when the resistance is gone.
People who are in emotional anguish, financial difficulties or lost their heart
often have great resistance.
Resistance to life
resistance to health
resistance to reality
even resistance to love.
If you want to be a light to the world…
stop looking for darkness.
If you want to live life to the lees and suck out the marrow of life…
then by all means, stop doubting and having negative thoughts.
If you want to have an impact in the world…
influential, financial, relational, or ????
then you must cease living only in your dreams.
Next issue, we are going to focus on defining
and begin discovering what we are resisting
Many blessings to you
I’ve carried these quotes for some time.
It’s always the question that drives us… not knowing the answer
We are always getting ready to live, but never living. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live. Margaret Fuller
Many go fishing their entire lives without knowing it is not fish they are after. Henry David Thoreau
We are never living, but hoping to live. Blaze Pascal
And I still haven’t found what’s I’m looking for. U2
Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but that it shall never have a begining. John Henry Newman
Every man dies, but not every man lives. William Wallace
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. Henrey David Thoreau
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. Albert Camus
I have seen all the works that have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind. the Preacher Ecc 1:14
I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. Jesus Christ jn10:10
For me, that was one of the joys of giving my life to Christ at 25.
Life had meaning.
And not only did life have deep meaning, but I had purpose with in it.
My pursuit of living has been a struggle in many areas, but also great growth and accomplishment.
So, I want to answer the question..:
What makes Life worth living?
I love a good story.
I love my kids
I love tickle fights and fart jokes.
I love teaching and sharing
I love walking in the green
I love watching squirrels and kittens spaz out in play
I love a deep conversation… pulling out the soul of myself or me to another
I love watching water fall
I love seeing how business works and creating inventions
I love the dreams I have
I love seeing my kids’ eyes brighten at the opening of a gift or delight
Everything you love… is what makes life worth living.
take a moment and write down all the things that you love. I could come up with hundreds but just wrote down the first few. there is no priority or condemnations… if you love to dance naked at night with the lights off ;p well, then we are alike. Whether it’s people or things or animals or characters… you love them. know them
A life filled with loving is a life close to the one God lives, which is life as it was meant to be.
I truly hope you find rich life in your love.
keep your thoughts on life and love
else you’ll get swept away in the darkness
Do you think God want’s religion?
God gave us a heart and free will so we could become intimate allies.
He’s not looking for good church people or moral politicians. He’s looking to change the world through the weak, broken, friends and lovers of Him.
Think of it.
Jesus came on an adventure.
He was going to save mankind.
He suffered under family, public taunts
people with wrong expectations for him
put downs, scurging, beatings, humiliations
He took the deathblow for all of us.
He ransomed our lives before the Father.
He allowed any of us to call on His name and become followers
He was so holy even death could not keep Him.
Would he trade all that so we could do it all alone?
So we would simply follow some rules?
That we would be a nice guy?
There is something much deeper going on…
Ask Him and you’ll find out.
May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships
So that you may live deep within your heart
May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitaion of people
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace
May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy
And may God bless you with enough foolishness
to believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.
Many blessings to you all
It may seem that being alone is attractive
Our wounds are not scratched
there is no rejection
We can get our closet closed enough to be comfortable
“I can do it on my own
“I don’t need anyone
“they just wouldn’t understand
“No one loves me
“I’m just fine here
“I can’t be vulnerable with people
“I’m surviving and that’s good enough for now
“I don’t fit in anywhere
And when you believe those lies…
then you will exist there
I don’t think that’s what you want.
in fact, as someone who grew up there for 25 years
I know you are dying for friendship, community
love, relationships, deep conversations, intimacy,
healing joy and something to be proud of.
I was rescued by Father.
Jesus Christ took me by the hand and led me down different paths
The Spirit revives my strength, joy, love, hope, faith and abundance every morning and as needed daily.
I live a pretty awesome life today.
Now, I’m not selling anything here.
I’m just say’n,
you have a choice.
You can starve your life until you die…
Or you can choose LIFE.
I choose abundance every day
May God bless you richly
How much money would it take to fulfill your dreams?
What if there was another way?
I couldn’t sleep last night.
I didn’t know what was going on… I typically sleep very well.
So I began praying for some people at the Klemmer conference I’m at, who have just played a game that exposed some great weaknesses in their life. I’m praying they receive grace and hold that broken part up as an offering to be destroyed.
See, I can only say God has shown me how truly powerful I am… how loved and more…
He’s shown how truly set apart He is.
I hadn’t been reading my Bible lately and I got the impression He wanted to show me something.
So, when that impression is upon me, I open the Bible to a random spot and see what He has for me.
I opened to Ezra 7 18-20.
I was curious what God was saying until I finished verse 20.
Then I was dumbstruck.
“Lord, did you just open the vaults of the Royal treasury to me?”
Granted, I’m to take care of His house, but their is plenty of overflow
and to do what I want.
I was still dumbstruck and tears.
So I said I wanted confirmation.
So I flipped to another place to see if that talked about money as well.
I landed on Luke 6: 30-38.
It talked about giving love, doing good and “lending” without receiving payback.
It showed me His heart.
He is giving all the time.
He is blessings, loving, sharing, reproving, training up, maturing,
speaking to, comforting, encouraging, speaking into, and yes, lending
to all of the almost 6 billion people here on Earth each moment of the day.
So, opening up His treasury for His will to be done is totally
within His character.
He just needs the right messenger.
And apparently, He decided I’m ready.
tears keep filling my eyes.
Do you know what kind of wonderment recognition blessing
this is doing to me right now.
I’m in total awe of God.
I’ve just been trying to deal with some resentments and speak love into some people’s hearts.
There is so much pain going on in the world.
So much misunderstanding.
I’m really lost with all this compassion.
And feeling so overwhelmingly blessed.
I know I was not asking for money ‘per se’
but knowing that the vaults are open and the money for
what I am asking will fall in my lap?????
That is true blessing.
So, I opened my devotional for today.
It talked about Cinderella.
How when the invitation arrived, she opened her heart to go to the ball.
God sends an invitation and our desires can go free.
I feel I just got an amazing invitation this morning.
I feel like my heart is bursting.
Like I’m dancing between intellectual and mystic
which is maybe what God wants to use right now.
And where I am weak
He will show strength.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.
And may you be blessed
in many ways and wonders.
I love to be alone.
But my purpose lies beyond the safety of my walls.
And to that end, I must learn people.
For much of the riches of life are spent with people