You know what I love about video games? They have a reset button. It doesn’t matter where you’re at in the game, or what you’ve done, all you have to do push that little button on the controller and whalla! The game resets and you are off to a whole new start. Now how cool is that?
I’m not a big gamer or anything, but I do love Super Mario Brothers. A few years ago when one of the new versions came out, I literally sat there and played until I beat the whole game. I had blisters on my hands, and my eyes were bulging out of my head!
How many folders do you have? This includes on your computer, inside your browser (I use chrome), maybe Evernote if you use it, or inside your file cabinet? After counting, I found that I had about a hundred or so.
I have folders for ministry, back burner folders, finances, consulting, speaking, writing, WordPress, references, cool stuff, and hundreds of others. You probably have similar folders.
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.
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.
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.
Do you ever just feel like giving up? Have things gotten so tough for you that you’re right there? The last few weeks I have felt this way. Several opportunities have fallen through and left me praying and asking God, “What are you doing?”
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With the economy and everything that is happening in the world, I know it’s an easy place to be -wanting to give up. What I can tell you is, we must keep on knocking becasue its in our faith and will that a door will be opened to us.
When I used to race motorcycles, everyone would call me ironman. At first I had no idea why. Then, I decided I would ask them. I found out that our friends and people at the races nicknamed me this because I would often times crash, fight from the back, and still win the race.
I was never the fastest rider or the most talented rider, but I was the strongest and I worked for it. If you ask anyone they will tell you this. I never gave up and I always believed that I could win. When I was young, my dad trained me to get up as fast as I could, when I would crash. He always told me to never give up and be tough. Like I said before, he was a tough love kind of dad.
I hope everyone had a very blessed week. I know its tough out there, and things seem to be getting worse. All I can say is keep the faith, stay positive, and all will work out in time – I promise. If you’re feeling down, pick yourself up, put on a smile, and let’s try and have a awesome week!
I’m really looking forward to a week filled with greatness! Lots of interesting blogs coming up.