Do you believe in God? More than 9 in 10 Americans still say “yes” when asked, “Do you believe in God?”; this is down a bit from the 1940’s, when Gallup first asked the question. Even with the small declines the belief has remained very strong and stable. The belief of God is lower among younger Americans, Easterners, and liberals.
Here is a great chart released by Gallup on June 3. The chart shows the different percentages dating back to 1944 when Gallup originally asked the question.
Even with all the major changes, broken economy, and sense of hopelessness in our nation, many still believe in the divine existence of God. I am really not that surprised by this poll, are you?
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.
How many of us need to be more like Mother Teresa? Talk about a woman on a mission! She was a Catholic nun of Albanian who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India in 1950. Ministering to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, she guided the Missionaries of Charity’s expansion, all throughout India and into other countries.
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She was as tough as nails and never turned away from doing things anyways. She said, “Feel the fear and do it anyways”.
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?
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.
Did you run the Fifth Third River Bank Run?
This year was my 5th time running the Fifth Third River Bank Run. After only training for a few months, I decided I would step it up and make the commitment to run the race. I actually needed it too!
Both my sisters and my brother in law also decided to run this year. It was one great big family standing there in the rain waiting to take off. It was awesome! As we waited I was pumping them up, cracking jokes, and cheering them on. I was so proud and thankful to have them there with me.
I remember being in class when my professor wrote on the whiteboard K-I-S-S. Next to it, he wrote, keep it simple stupid. Keep it simple stupid? What does that mean? I thought, “Who was he calling stupid?”
I had no idea where he was going with this. He started to explain by saying, “life is already messy, why make it more messy”? He said, ” You want the truth? We like to make things much harder than they really need to be. All the ridiculous messes and crap in our lives, guess who created it, we did”.
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?
Have you reached your happy place? A place in your life at which you feel happy. Maybe this is an easy question for you. For others this is probably a very difficult question.
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I think finding our happy place is something we all struggle with at times, would you not agree? Why do you think that is? Do you think we have the wrong map? And because we have the wrong map we continue to go in circles never to reach our happy place?