Today is Turkey day in the US – that is what I call it, and everyone else, well, they call it Thanksgiving Day. As a result, I will be taking the day off from anything that involves not spending time with family and friends and reflecting on how thankful I am for all the blessings in my life.
I do want to take a moment to say, “have a wonderful day with your family and friends and truly take the time to give thanks for all the blessings you have been given.”
God bless and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
Are you one of those people who jump out of bed at the last-minute, rush to get ready, and then you’re out the door to a busy day of work? What effects does operating this way have on your life (Have you even thought about this)? Do you ever feel like you’re missing something and if you just slowed down a bit you just might find it?
For as long as I can remember, I would sleep till the last-minute, hurry up and get ready, and then run out the door on my way to where I needed to be. I would forget things, spill all over my shirt, run into something, the list goes on – you know what I’m talking about.
I did this for years (you might be living this way) until I realized that there was a better way to start off my day and the results were totally worth it!
Here is how I start off my day:
1. Pray and mediate: I Thank God for my faith, my family, my friends, and all the wonderful things he has blessed me with. I ask him for wisdom, understanding, and a servant heart.
2. Love: I tell my wife how much I love her and how blessed I am to spend the rest of my life with her.
3. Exercise: I take care of my health so that I can live a long life filled with great experiences. Each morning, I will either run, cycle, stretch or lift weights.
4. Eat: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and if you miss it you will feel it. For me, I try to eat a healthy breakfast that can give me the energy I need to get through my day.
How are you starting off your day?
This post is dedicated to Josh Lichtle; a friend, a brother, and one of the greatest motocross riders to ever walk this planet. Josh, I want you to know one thing, your legend will live on forever. You made an impact on so many lives in the short time you were here, and for that, we are all so very thankful. Peace be with you our brother. GODSPEED 811.
There once lived a man named Josh Litchtle #811 GODSPEED. You could notice him by his big, white, beautiful smile that could have stretched all the way around the world. You could also notice him by his love, compassion, and huge one footers! Yup, you got it, the largest one footers on the planet. If you don’t believe me ask around, it’s a legacy!
Josh Litchtle wasn’t your average man or human being. Josh was a man on a mission. Not just any mission either, a mission to live his life to the fullest. And there wasn’t anyone or anything that was going to stop him from doing just that.
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.
Just in case you happened to miss them, here are my top 10 posts for May 2011. It was an awesome month for me! With several several speaking engagements at high schools, universities, and companies I am energized and ready for the month of June. How about you?
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.
Lately, I have been watching people and listening to stories of pretty serious unremarkableness. After a few months of this, I have begun to think about the difference between people who live, and people who are living. I wonder which one you are.
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See, I have lived both sides of this. Looking back, there have been times that I was not living, I was just alive. Barely breathing, I would make it through the day wondering if it were ever going to change. There have also been times in my life, including today, that I am living loud and clear. What changed? Me.
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.