Prayer, are we just wasting our time?

We close our eyes and whisper words before a meal. We kneel down beside our beds, bow our heads, and speak to someone we don’t even see. We see our loved ones in pain, and we call out to someone that no one can see. Do our prayers actually matter? Are we just mumbling words to make ourselves feel better.

It’s a relevant question. Some of you will be repulsed my such a question. Some of you will say “Thank goodness someone is asking it besides me”. But if you stop and think, it’s a really good question.

When we pray, do we see the one we’re praying to? Do we hear their actual audible voice answer us. No, we don’t. But, do we need to?

There is an unspoken language in the world that exists. This language is spoke between humans, between animals and humans, in “intuition” about a situation, and between nature and us.

How many times have you stood face to face with an animal and could see their intentions in their face? How many times have we looked at a baby and felt immense peace? How many times have we looked up into the sky and the twinkle of a star gave us hope? That’s communication.

Sometimes we can feel a conversation and not a word is spoken. Sometimes we can feel love without any sort of contact. Often times, more than we even realize, the unspoken language is spoken and we participate in the conversation.

Isn’t that how God communicates with us? We don’t hear his audible voice and we don’t speak to his visible face, but we communicate with him.

Next time you doubt there is a God, and if there is if He listens to you, go outdoors and look around. Watch a bird land in a tree and sing a song. Watch a dragonfly dart around in opposing directions. Watch the clouds float overhead. If that’s not enough, spend five minutes outside at night. Watch the moon shine bright on the sky and trees around you. Watch the stars as they twinkle. Listen as the crickets and frogs serenade through the darkness. Then ask yourself this question. Is this all an accident?

Steven Spielberg: “This is what I was put on earth to do”

Photo from USA Today.

He’s directed movies that we love including titles like “E.T.”, “Men in Black”, “Back to the Future”, “The Goonies”… Should I go on?

His name is Steven Spielberg and he is a master at Storytelling. I was recently glancing over a USA Today newspaper when I saw the quote “This is what I was put on earth to do”. It was a quote from Mr. Spielberg himself. My immediate thought was “directing movies”. He was put on earth to make and direct movies. I was close, but it wasn’t exactly what he was referring to.

According to the USA Today article (available in it’s entirety at the link at the bottom of this post), he was put here on earth for a much more noble reason. In the article, he states his purpose is “to record the personal accounts of Holocaust survivors”. Well, I didn’t see that coming. I didn’t even know he was working on this project. It’s awesome and amazing! To think that of all the movies that he’s made that have touched thousands, if not millions of lives, he feels there is something much bigger that he was put here to do.

Here’s the question for you. What is that one thing you were put here on earth to do? You can go ahead and lie to me and yourself and keep on going on with your life the way it is, or you can pause, take a deep breath, and for once admit it. Let that deep desire that’s in your heart come out.

Do you want to help people in your local community? Do you want to go on a mission trip? Do you want to take a chance on that career that everyone else calls you stupid for even considering?

What is it that lights a fire within you that you feel you were put here on earth to do?

Time is going to pass one way or another, whether you fulfill this desire within you or even if you don’t.

When it comes down to the end of your life, and you feel it slipping away, will you be glad that you chased that dream or will you regret that you didn’t.

Today is the day to make the decision. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Today.

The USA Today article can be seen in its entirety at http://www.usatoday.com/experience/weekend/entertainment/this-is-what-i-was-put-on-earth-to-do-steven-spielberg/8531973/.

How you can “Escape the Ordinary”

Those three words were on an advertisement for a new attraction in town, “Escape the Ordinary”. The brochure I had picked up caught my eye as I was getting out of my car.

“Escape” from what we do every day, “the Ordinary”.

I started thinking about that statement and realized, I don’t like it….at all. We do too much escaping the ordinary, don’t we?

We take vacations. We travel to new cities. We go on adventures. We go to theme parks. We do anything and everything to escape the “everyday” that we do. I mean, they’re good and everything, but what if we could do more? What if we could go up a notch, and instead of “Escaping the Ordinary” we “Change the Ordinary”?

Instead of living our life, as we feel society has boxed us in to thinking is the only way, that we instead fullfill our dreams. What if we at least tried? What if we are successful?

 

Will it be difficult? Yes, at times.

Will it be challenging? Yes, going against the grain is often harder and sometimes lonely.

Will it be worth it? YES, it will definitely be worth it.

 

That dream whispering to you during the “Ordinary” days? Listen to it. Since it’s whispering, you may have to listen hard but it’s trying to tell you something. It’s trying you tell you what life is really supposed to be about. It’s trying to tell you how you can help the world and satisfy that longing inside of you at the same time.

What’s your assignment? Easy. You have two choices…

You can sometimes “Escape the Ordinary”

or

You can “Change the Ordinary”

 

Photo credit: dvanzuijlekom / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

I don’t know what I’m doing, but I’m doing it anyways

It’s the truth. I don’t have a masters in the English language. In fact, I hated English class. I’m not a huge presence on social media. Often times, I’m not sure what’s going on. I’m not Max Lucado (my FAVORITE author). In fact, I feel like he’s Picasso and I’m using a box of crayons.

But, you know what? It doesn’t matter. I’ve discovererd I have a “little” talent so I’m gonna use it the best that I can. I know I can help someone and I know I will. I’ve also found that my harshest critic is me. I want everything perfect, but I know it probably never will be.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. Where it ends up, I have no idea. But to quote a line from one of my favorite songs, “one foot in front of the other”.

How about you? Scared to step out and take a chance on your dream? Here’s some ground breaking news: All of us are! I don’t even know what I’m doing, but I’m doing it anyways.

I challenge you to write down your dream on a sheet of paper. Next, I challenge you to put down the date you’ll take action toward achieving it.

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Let me know what you wrote?

Are you brave enough or are you chicken?