Are you following your dreams?
A few weeks ago I heard a great story about a very successful man who decided that he would drop everything and follow his dreams. Well, not everything, he still had his family, his friends, and the things that were important. Everything else was dropped; his house, his cars, and all the junk we pile up in our lives that hold us down from living our dreams.
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I was so inspired by the story that I thought I would share it with you.
Have you ever tried to lick your way to the center of a tootsie pop? How many licks did it take you? I think I tried once and it took me some 484 licks to get to the chewy center. It felt like forever. What a journey.
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I wanted to bite that stupid thing so bad, but I was committed to licking my way to the center. I was committed to the journey. Not the airplane ride, but the slow mundane car ride, right to the center.
Last Sunday, my wife and I were at my parents riding dirt bikes with my brother, his buddies, and our nephews. It was a beautiful hot, sunny, April day, and we were enjoying quality time with family and friends. As we raced around the track together we quickly became tired and thirsty.
We stopped and my wife grabbed us all a water. As we rested, quenched our thirst, and talked about the track, my little nephew who is five years old looked up at my wife and I and says,
Are we only interested in this crazy Zombie obsession because we are nothing but zombies ourselves? Have we literally become walking meaningless people filled with darkness and death?
Has this translated into a zombie world where we have become the walking dead? If you do not know what a zombie is, it’s a person held to resemble the so called walking dead.
I was talking with a friend of mine who owns a business, some real estate, along with a few other things. He went on to tell me that he is sick of having to put on his game face each day. He said, everyday I get up, put on my smile, and go out and be happy for everyone but myself. I am done with this.
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What about me? What if I’m not even happy? What should I do? He said, he just wants to be real and put on whatever face he feels each day. On the outside looking in everyone probably thinks I’m great; I smile, I laugh, and I am always positive. This is the face they see, but on the inside I’m lost, broken, and frustrated. Can I show this face? What would people think of me?
Yesterday morning I had breakfast with an old friend that I hadn’t seen in awhile. He reached out to me and wanted to spend some time together. We passed emails back and forth and finally got a meeting scheduled for yesterday morning at the Red Hot Inn. If you’ve never been, you got to try it out – super old school restaurant, great food, and great people!
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I was glad that he reached out to me and I was really looking forward to seeing him. Every time we get together we both leave the meeting inspired and encouraged. We had no agenda for the meeting, we just wanted to get together and see how each other was doing. I appreciate his heart and openness.
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.
How can we be worry free in our life? What are we worrying about? Over the past few years my Dad has lost two of his best friends and then today in the news a young man has a heart attack after scoring the winning shot at his high school basketball game, you can read the story here.
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God is allowing me to create a great story. It’s through this story where I continue to find hope, peace, and redemption. I’ve experienced and tasted all the things of this world. What did I find? I found Christ our saviour, the saviour of the world. What did I learn? I learned that it is not through worldly things that we find the things we seek, rather it’s through our faith and trust in the Lord that we find these things.
The working title of the book I am writing is Bankrupt for Jesus. What does this title make you think? How does it make you feel? I thought what better way to get feedback and challenge my thinking, than from the community?
Here are some of my initial working thoughts. When you think of bankruptcy you probably don’t think of Jesus. You think of something terrible, a debt that can’t be repaid, a life changing experience. The Dictonary.com definition, “The state, condition, or quality of being or becoming bankrupt.” Maybe you have been through a bankruptcy before. Maybe you know someone that has. Either way, you know what I am talking about when I say the word. Just the word makes you want to cringe. It’s like when your child says his or her first swear word in school. I hope this has never happened to you!