Tag Archives: motivation

Couch to 5k 2.0: Even the best laid plans…

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Last week I outlined my strategy for getting up off my comfy chair and back into the game.  I am happy to report no progress was made.  You may be inclined to think happy and no progress are conflicting ideas but that’s not the case.  Let me explain.

First, and foremost, I am happy to be on the other side of a bad case of the flu.  It was a week long affair.  Second, I lost 5 pounds in the process.  Aside from a nagging cough and some post-nasal drip I am almost fully recovered.

As the weather continues to warm into the 40s I look forward to spring with enthusiasm.

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A Fifth Key to Happiness

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Carry a stone with you in your pocket. A more practical solution might be to keep one on display in a prominent location in your home or place of work. This suggestion certainly requires some explanation.

In one of his mysteries, “The Heartbeat of a Miracle,” Jonathan Cahn compares a rock to the miracle of a heartbeat.

“The rock exists as a rock with no heartbeat. It retains its shape, its size, its consistency, with no need of a heartbeat. But you have a heartbeat. Every moment of your existence hangs on a heartbeat. The moment it stops, your existence is over. That’s the difference between a rock and your life. God ordained it. Rocks just exist. But life never just exists. It must strive to exist, fight to exist. Your heart must keep beating, every moment of your life. Even if you do nothing, your heart beats. Even when you sleep, it keeps beating every moment so that you can remain alive. If you waste your moments on earth, still it beats that you can waste your time. When you sin, when you gossip, when you covet and hate, still it beats while you do so. When you weep, when you give up hope, still it beats so that even in your tears and despair, it still fights for you to live and to be able to cry.”

Jonathan goes on to say.

“How does one apply this?” “You cease taking your life for granted. You stop wasting it, mistreating it, treating it as something less than the miracle it is. You cease to allow your life to be given to sin and what is less than God’s will. You treasure the existence with which you were entrusted. You stop throwing away your moments. You treat your life and your time on earth as a treasure. You treat your every moment as if there was a heart beating behind it, striving for that moment to exist. In short . . . you live a life worthy . . . of every heartbeat.”

Cahn, Jonathan (2016-09-06). The Book of Mysteries (p. 21). Charisma House. Kindle Edition.

May the stone you carry with you remind you of the miracle of your life.  So, where have you placed your stone?IMG_0379

I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.  Ezekiel 11:19

Purpose

9b690ff5a369e8141e553af6d69d6062Purpose, now there’s a word! It fuels so many motivational posters. Take word like “Ambition,” “Aspire,” “Dream, ”Determination,” and feature it against the backdrop a breathtaking scene and you have instant inspiration. Purpose provides a point of focus and a source of motivation.

Do you know what your purpose is?

Bill Jones and Terry Powell, in their book Knowing God: Fulfilling God’s Purpose for Your Life suggest that you consider the following before you answer:

  • Everyone has a purpose whether they know it or not.
  • You get out of bed every morning to serve it and satisfy it.
  • Purpose is not defined by what you say or think
  • Purpose is defined by what you do
  • To find out what your purpose is they recommend sifting through your resent past. Examine your checkbook, bank statements, calendar, mobile device, and look honestly at how you spend your time.

Are you ready to answer the question?

Is your reason for living money, fun, fame, power or something else? These are pretty selfish reasons for getting up out of bed in the morning. But, then again, aren’t we living in the age of the “selfie”? Did you happen to notice these things are limited by your physical ability to acquire and sustain them?

What about the Christian who believes in eternal life? How does God fit into his or her purpose? 51DDFYJE26L._SX292_BO1,204,203,200_Jones and Powell ask, “Is God just another resource to get what you want?“

Perhaps if it would help if we took a closer look at the word itself.

Google defines purpose as, the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. Other definitions include intention and drive.

MS Word offers these synonyms: drive, determination, resolution, resolve, persistence, perseverance, tenacity, single-mindedness, commitment, devotion, dedication

The English-for-students website suggests these antonyms: vague, meaningless, aimless, and unplanned. Others included indifference and demotivation.

My purpose for living is ___________________ .

If you are still undecided or you are seriously looking for an alternative purpose to the one you presently have, read on.  Jones and Powell suggest we read the following Bible passages and then form a definition or statement of purpose we derive from them:

Genesis 5:21-24

Hebrews 11:5

Isaiah 43:7

Jeremiah 9:23, 24

John 17:4

2 Corinthians 5:9

After reviewing these scriptures, they came up with the following definition: The purpose of my existence is to bring glory to God and to live a life that brings Him pleasure.

They conclude using this definition will give life:

  1. Significance (not just success) – success achieves a goal, significance focuses on the right goals
  2. Meaning (not monotony) – establish a relationship with God and align your life accordingly. Then, even the most mundane tasks can be accomplished with purpose.
  3. Joy (not the pursuit of happiness) – some people spend their whole life pursuing happiness only to discover how fleeting it can be, a godly purpose accounts for our present joy that is also everlasting.

The balance of the book outlines how this can be accomplished; seeking God with the right habits and with the right heart results in glorifying God.

What facet of starting and ending my day glorifies God?

What part of my personal life brings God pleasure?

Is the role I play in my family pleasing to God?

In what way does my work or career glorify God?

How do I glorify God in the most mundane tasks?

Is God glorified in how I use my resources (time, money, talent)?

purposeWhat pleases God and how do we know we’re pleasing Him?  Loving God according to the definition given in Mark 12:28-30 and maintaining that love relationship throughout the day, brings God pleasure. If your stated purpose is aligned with God’s purpose then this quotation by Jones and Powell will make sense, “As a child of God you exist for His sake, He doesn’t exist for yours.”

Consider these words by J. I. Packer:

What makes life worthwhile is having a big enough objective, something that catches our imagination and lays hold of our allegiance; and this the Christian has, in a way that no other man has.   For what higher, more exalted, and more impelling goal can there be than to know God?