Have you ever played with clay before? I am sure you have, we all have. What was it like for you?
For most people, playing with clay is at first a disaster. Clay is flying all over the place, nothing is taking shape, and your patience’s are running out. Suddenly, as your hands are engulfed in clay madness, something amazing starts to take shape. What is it? No one knows, but it is awesome looking and you created it.
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What started out as a disaster is now turning into something pretty awesome! How did you do it?
At the time I stopped racing professional motocross I was a very lost, scared, and confused. The thing that was driving me at this point in my life was my faith and Jesus. Even Though I was lost, scared, and confused I knew deep in my heart that God had a plan (It wasn’t always this way). No idea what that plan was, I started down the road determined to figure it out, and figuring it out was just what I was about to do.
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I thought to myself, what am I going to do with myself? All I had ever known was racing. I started riding at 4 years old and racing at 11. The biggest difference in my life at this time was Jesus. I was born again, and ready to make a difference in the world.
When I was a kid my dad would get these huge rubber bands from work. When I first saw one of these rubber bands I could not believe it. Never had I seen anything like it, some 3 feet long and 2 inches thick. These things were dangerous. All I could think of was wanting to shoot my sisters with them!
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I remember asking my dad, “dad, can I play with them?” He said, “Yes you can, but be careful they recoil fast”. I had no idea what that meant, but I would soon find out.
Normal people suck. Why do normal people suck? Because they do what normal people do. What do normal people do? They sit around, commit adultery, steal, have idols, eat to much, drink to much, and end up never really doing anything with their lives or in this world. This is pretty normal these days. This is what normal people do.
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Divorce rates are at the highest they have ever been, depression rates are sky rocketing, and we treat suicide as something people do all the time and it’s ok. None of these things are ok. In fact, everyone should be very pissed off right now because we have gotten to the point where we think these things are normal.
Struggling the last 7 years of my life and persevering, has taught me about what it means to be a survivor. Not just any old survivor, but one who lives on to tell his story. My survivor story might not be as awesome as, say Aaron Ralston, but I have a story and I have never given up.
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I think we all stories of survival do we not? Think of life. Life is filled with challenges, obstacles, and tragedies. We all face them. When you persevere and make it through, that makes you a survivor.
Have you already given up? If you have then I am really sorry for you because this is just the beginning of something amazing.
When everything including our economy is falling apart, there is also something very cool happening. Think of revolutions, they all seem to happen when things are falling apart. What happens in the midst of it all? A new start. An even better one than before. This is what is happening right in front of you. Either embrace it or get out of the way.
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No longer do we see the mass markets, instead they are being replaced by smaller more focused and micro markets. With the internet, we can now connect buyers and sellers from all over the world, more effectively and more cheaply. People are working out of their homes, smaller co-working spaces, yet creating the same if not more value and revenue than before.
Greg Groeschel the pastor of LifeChurch.tv talked about this paradigm shifting idea, “That in order to reach people no one else is reaching we must learn to do things no one else is doing”.
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After hearing this thought, thousands of pastors all over the country started embracing this idea. You can find ministries in bars, awesome christian bands playing all over the country, and people coming up with all kinds of brilliant ideas to reach people for Christ.
What was your conversion like?
How has it changed your life?
Can you remember the exact moment?
Who have you told your conversion story to lately?
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Do you realize that just your conversion story can move and change peoples lives forever? Think deeper about how your conversion changed your life. Do you remember the new found peace and joy? The new sense of breath and life? Clear as day, I remember all of these things.
Have you ever felt that your community is just jacked up? You have no idea what is happening or going wrong? Maybe you’re at that point of giving up. If this is you, don’t worry about it, this does happen to everyone.
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However, something you need to know is that it all starts with you. The community might not have to really change, you just might be the one who has to change. Unless you can change yourself, you can’t change your community. You are the game changer almost all the time.
Have you ever read the book “The Tortoise and the Hare”? I am pretty sure we all have right? Who always wins the race? The slow, humble, diligent tortoise, or the loud, cocky, boasting hare? If you have read the book then you know it is the tortoise. Why do you think that is?
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What do you think the writer of this fable was trying to teach us? Who was the teaching for? Was it just for the kids or the adults too? Do you think the writer was trying to communicate to both the children and the adults at the same time? Was there a simple beautiful message that if learned and applied at a very young age could change our lives forever?