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.
Beyond all of the different ages people argue we are living in, I believe we are living in the age of whiners and wimps. Yeah, you heard correctly whiners and wimps.
Take a look at people these days, look back on the conversations you’ve had lately, what do you hear but a bunch of whiners and wimps. This might even include you so you better be careful.
Dad. Father. Pops. I don’t care what you call him, today we take the time to celebrate him. Every year we pause to celebrate and honor our fathers for their hard work, dedication, and influence on our lives and society.
It is because of our fathers that we are who we are today. For good or for bad, it is because of our fathers impact on our lives.
Do you realize that happiness does not come from all your stuff? I want to ask this again, do you realize that happiness does not come from all your stuff? It is true.
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For years and years I thought the more stuff I had, the happier I would be: more motorcycles, more cars, more houses, more money, more, more more, I wanted more. What was I thinking? I guess I wasn’t, I was just trying to fit in.
I remember growing up always thinking to myself and asking the question, “What does it take?” I am still asking this question.
I would ask and still ask:
What does it take to be a great athlete?
What does it take to be a professional athlete?
What does it take to start a business?
What does it take to be a great husband?
What does it take to be a great father?
What does it take to be a great leader. All questions with no answers.
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.
Are you someone who talks about priorities, but struggles to show your priorities? How would your wife or family answer this question? Talking about priorities is easy, living them out is where the rubber meets the road.
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Growing up, our parents usually set our priorities. When we graduated, moved out, and went to college or started a life everything changed. We had to start setting our own priorities. Do you remember this time in your life?