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2015 Photo-Some-Days 4.16.2015

According to yourdictionary.com, the poet author of “Piers Plowman” is credited with penning “Patience is a virtue.” I was reminded of that today during a telephone conversation with a coworker. Sales, especially in my line of work, is a process. In our conversation my coworker reminded me that it is important to be patient and allow the process to play out, because it will play out over time. It was just what I needed to hear, and I thank God for that conversation at that moment. God can use anybody to achieve His divine purpose. We must pray for His intervention and then tune in, for He may surprise you with His source.

“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.”  ~ Arnold H. Glasgow via brainyquote.com

What does this have to do with patience? Sit, sometime, and watch a sunset. You'll understand.

What does this have to do with patience? Sit, sometime, and watch a sunset. You’ll understand.

Have You Ever Asked Yourself…

…Is this all there is?

We all wonder sometimes how we impact our world. Is my impact helpful? Are people better off for having known me? Are my daily life, my priorities, my hopes, my dreams pleasing to God? Should I be doing something different, or should I be doing what I do in a different way?

We tend to forget that we are where we are for a reason. We touch people in some way each and every day. As we ponder our future with it’s possibility for life changes, let us not forget about the people we impact today. Let’s celebrate those opportunities! God has a plan, and that plan is coming to fruition, even as I write this post and you read it.

Take me for example: I work in corporate America. I also enjoy writing my blog, even though I don’t write as regularly as I’d like. I enjoy public speaking. I think it would be cool to publish a book – a book that people would find helpful and inspirational in some way. Could I make a living doing these things? Should I even try, or is this the proverbial mid-life crisis finally knocking at my door?

One of my favorite promises from God is recorded in the book of Isaiah:

People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them.Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Then you will desecrate your idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, “Away with you!” (Isaiah 30:19-22, bold added for emphasis)

I stand firmly on that promise. At 51 I see lots of road in my rearview mirror and, God willing, I have much road yet to travel. No matter where we are in life, we all see that road, don’t we?

Be open to change, but remember also that, right now, you are exactly where God wants you to be. Honor Him by making the most of today as you continue to explore the possibilities for future change. I see today’s opportunities with a fresh set of eyes. With that clear vision I will explore the pursuit of my dreams. God will show me which road to take. Where is He guiding you?

Feeling Insignificant?

This morning, as our pilot guided us into Chicago O’Hare International Airport on final approach, I looked out my window and saw two planes flying alongside us. My immediate thought was humbling: Look how small these jumbo jets appear in the sky. Now I know what it feels like to be a grain of sand on a vast expanse of beach. As big and important as I may sometimes think I am, I’m really just a speck in the vast realm of human existence.

Planes on approach into O'Hare 10.7.2013

Planes on approach into O’Hare 10.7.2013

As I considered this revelation, this passage of Scripture came to mind:

“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” ~ Matthew 10:30

Through this simple verse, God reminded me that, although I may be insignificant in the context of the world, I am not insignificant to the One who matters most. The reality of being loved by the Creator of all things, the One who saves me from my sins, is overwhelming. In that instant, God reframed my point of reference. He knows me more intimately than anyone, even myself. As we landed at O’Hare and approached our gate, I was reminded that God has joined me on this journey. He reframed my perspective on today. And for that I am so very thankful.

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