I’m sure not everyone out there follows the NFL team New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees (Quarterback) as closely as I do. In his press conference after their first day of training camp for this season, he said the following:
“Be comfortable with feeling uncomfortable. Always be willing to grind. Always have something to prove.
Always fight to improve. Always fight for your job. Jesus Christ first, I’m second!”
Has he been reading my blog?
John 6:30-35 “So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see, and believe you? What work do you perform? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, `He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'” 32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.”
Does this mean that Jesus is the best thing since BEFORE sliced bread???
“It’s interesting what we learn from movies and music and society. We’re taught to be sad when someone dies, we’re taught to be angry and vengeful when offended. We’re taught that beauty only really matters when it’s on the outside. If we don’t completely understand something, we should be afraid of it because it may hurt us. Emotions are not necessarily the best guides. They’re a bit like dating someone who is not good for you. Sometimes they lead you down the wrong path because it’s easier to just ride the emotion roller coaster. I believe emotions are from God and we certainly should be respectful of our feelings, but we should never let them lead us away from God’s course.
There is a lot of pressure these days to be “normal.” People may make comments about Christians being strange because we try so hard to be “perfect.” The most beautiful thing about living an ever mindful life, however, is that you don’t have to live in disappointment. When you can honestly look around and say you know that you’re doing what God wants you to do and you’re avoiding what He doesn’t want, you have a certain kind of peace. It doesn’t matter what my situation or my surroundings are because I’m happy with who I am and where God is leading me.”
Many of us feel that God has given us a promise. At one time or another, either someone has spoken into you or you’ve received a word in your prayer time. There’s a plan and a purpose and something great you will achieve or accomplish before you leave this earth. Many people I’ve spoken to refuse to believe that they’re living their lives aimlessly. God created us that way and there’s something inside of us that drives us and spurs us on. Often times we must be reminded of that promise as our carnal minds begin to drift. We live in such a fast-paced world that it is hard to continue believing something when it doesn’t happen quickly. It doesn’t help that our adversary spits his venom of doubt at us every time we turn around. That’s why it’s important to remind yourself of your promise and memorize Bible scriptures that support it, so that you have ammunition to fire back as soon as the Satan rears his ugly head. I believe God knows not only the plan for each of our lives, but also the timeline that will be most beneficial. His ways are higher than ours and we cannot get upset at Him when He moves slower than we’d like.
That is the opening paragraph from chapter 10 of my book “Becoming Ever Mindful.” I’m re-reading it myself as to ensure that I don’t give up on getting this published (insert your dream here). The obligation is on me to be more diligent. I have ideas and leads to look into that I haven’t really taken advantage of. So, I guess I’m saying that believing in your dream isn’t enough. Your passion for your dream must be matched by your discipline to make a plan of action and following through on it (fingers pointed at myself of course).
Over the next few weeks I will be pulling more out of this chapter and expanding on it. Please comment on the Facebook page or here and feel free to talk about your dreams and what you’re doing to keep yourself accountable!
I was in charge of four guys who were helping us with a barbecue at work recently. They each stood at a certain location to guide people where to line up for the food. One location had more foot traffic and one was directly in the sun so I thought it would be smart to rotate the guys every hour or so. Just a few minutes after the first rotation, one of the guys had a seizure. Fortunately he had just been moved from the furthest location (where it might not have been noticed for a while) to the closest location where most of the staff were standing! Because of this, we were able to attend to him immediately. I’m not saying that I was necessarily being ever mindful, but it is interesting (and coincidental) that the idea came to my mind at that time. I do believe God cares about the smaller things and can work in very simple ways!