Archive | July, 2013

Encouraging the Future

28 Jul

This week’s post is part of the Jon Acuff Start Experiment. We receive homework every day, and today’s assignment was to write our Time magazine article. This is mine!

20130728-151233.jpgWe met in a tiny coffee shop in Florence, AL. There was nothing significant about it, except that every customer was treated with the same warmth. Song walked in wearing a simple pair of blue jeans and a comfortable fitted tee. She stepped up to the counter and ordered a decaf coffee black. I expected an easy interview because I could tell she wasn’t going to hold anything back. What you see with her is what you get.

“I have always sort of told it how it is when it comes to my struggles,” she said. “It may not be the best approach because that type of honesty can intimidate people. I’ve learned how to curb that some, but I refuse to curb it anymore. I want to surround myself with people who appreciate honesty and want to be real. I don’t have to share everything with everyone I meet. But the circle of friends I surround myself with welcome my honesty. They believe in me and encourage me. That means a lot to me because I enjoy encouraging others. I told myself once that if I could find a job where I could get paid just to encourage people, that would be my dream job.

“The funny thing was, I was already doing something I enjoyed. I didn’t want to give up that job. I decided, instead, to encourage others because it’s who I am and what I love. I made a vow to just be the best cheerleader I could for everyone that crossed my path. After reading David Dunn’s Try Giving Yourself Away, I knew that it would only bless my life and the life of others. Sure, sometimes people are put off by my words, but I would rather say something kind and thoughtful than to regret saying nothing.

“I hope that my legacy lives on. I hope that others will continue to adopt this mindset. A nation and world full of encouragers can’t be a bad thing. We certainly see what a nation of cynics and Eeyore’s can do. I used to be the best Eeyore of them all. Now, I’m a Tigger.”

I thanked Song for her time, and she left me with one final thought, “You’re future is dependent on your belief in yourself. I’m here to help you believe in yourself if you need it. Enjoy the future. I hope to read about it soon!”

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Living One Day at a Time

20 Jul

dayI am currently involved in Celebrate Recovery, which is a twelve-step recovery program based on the Alcoholics Anonymous twelve-step program. One of the elements of the recovery prayer is “living one day at a time.” I never really understood what that meant until I entered a recovery program myself.

My choice to enter this recovery program is based mostly on emotional issues I have that tend to permeate and invade most of my relationships.

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Mid-Year Review

11 Jul

It’s the middle of the year, and I thought it might be fun for me and my readers (all six of you) to do a review of my 13 goals for this year. Drum roll, please…
1. I want to run a 10k before the year is up. I plan on running three 5k races and then moving up to a 10k. I will keep you all posted!

I have run two 5k races this year. I also participated in another run but did not run the entire thing. I am currently training for my 10k. It’s going well so far, and I have registered for the Monte Sano 10k for August 31. Eek! Continue reading

Handling Failure

6 Jul

20130706-214835.jpgThis journey that I’m on is filled with stumbles and failures, successes and victories. Most days I experience all of these. How I respond to the failure is what really matters.

Failure is defined as the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective. Failure, or maybe I should say “falling” is a part of life. We all make mistakes, and it’s important for us to pick ourselves off the mat and try again. My pastor’s wife told me once “we cannot fail if we don’t quit.”

I’m trying to learn that still. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve quit trying because I didn’t believe I’d ever get it right or I just didn’t have the energy or courage to do it again.

Now, I’ve got a drive to be better. I still make mistakes. And I still struggle with how I handle my mistakes. They’re no fun! Especially when the mistakes involve other people. When people are hurt by our mistakes, it’s not just about getting over our own mistakes. We have to forgive ourselves for the harm we’ve done to others. We have to make it right if it’s possible. Then, we move on.

I’ve made many financial mistakes. I still am! But I refuse to give up. I refuse to quit! I’m going to keep on keeping on until it becomes a little easier. I believe that the Lord wants to help me conquer this struggle. As long as I lean on Him and continue to put people in my life who believe in me and want to help me, I won’t fail. I may stumble and fall, but I will not fail. I’m just going to get back up, over and over again. Because I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

I will close with this thought: Our failures are just moments. They do NOT define us.

How do you handle failure? Do you have a support group to help you during fallen moments?

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