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Chris’s parents were proud of him when he graduated from college. But it’s been six months and he hasn’t gotten a job yet. In fact, he hasn’t looked seriously. He has no idea what he wants to do and he’s thinking of grad school.

He’s living at home with his parents and things are getting tense, especially with his father, who accuses Chris of being lazy and afraid to enter the real world.

Chris thinks his dad is being totally unreasonable. After all, he’s only young once and he needs some ‘space.’ During a recent argument, Chris said, ‘I’m not you, Dad. I have my own way of doing things. I want a job I enjoy.’

His dad replied, ‘That’s a nice idea, but in the end they call it ‘work’ because it’s about making a productive living – not having fun.’

There are many youngsters like Chris who are having trouble getting started with a serious job and becoming self-reliant. Some, like Peter Pan, just don’t want to grow up. Some are afraid of making a wrong decision or of being rejected. Others are victims of what psychologists call ‘magical thinking.’ They believe that when the time is right, everything will fall into place. So they wait for opportunity to come knocking or until they feel inspired or excited about their next step.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. What’s crucial is to begin. Things happen and opportunities appear most often when we’re moving, not standing still.

Momentum is vital. Basic physics says it’s easier to alter the course of a moving object than to start movement initially. In the end, it’s not really about finding yourself. It’s about making yourself.

The first steps are the hardest, but the key to success in anything is getting started.

Heb 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, ….”

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Perfection

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The way to achieve excellence and perfection is through experience. And experience is filled with mistakes. If it were not, we would not learn very much from it.

It is admirable to aspire to perfection, but foolish indeed to expect that it will come quickly or without mistakes. It certainly pays to expect the best of yourself. It also pays to be realistic and patient. Keep in mind that it’s not you that should steer you, but if you have God’s Spirit in you and if trusted will direct your steps.

Perfection in any endeavor is an aiming point, not a starting point. Let the desire for it push you, but don’t let the absence of it stop you. If you’re ever going to get anything done, you must start somewhere. More specifically, you must start where you are.

Even in our world of instant fortunes, instant communication and instant gratification, it is still true that anything of true and lasting value takes time and effort. Aim for perfection, and follow the less-than-perfect road that will get you there.

This Year

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Last year I planted a seed,

This year I start watching it grow…

This year I start with Thanks

This year I start with true Happiness

This year I start by Letting Go of last year and years past

This year I start by Appreciating, every good thing I have

This year I start by Giving my full effort in everything I do for others

This year I start by Accepting trials as a lesson to be learned

This year I start with Understanding God uses us to touch people’s lives

This year I start by Focusing on what God wants me to do, not what I want

This year I start to Live my life one day at a time, without dwelling on tomorrow

This year I start by Stepping out of the “ordinary” normal way of doing things

This year I start to plant more seeds

This year I start with Truth

This year I start with more Love

This year I start with more Wisdom

This year I start with more Compassion

This year I start with more Understanding

This year I start with good morals

This year I start in the passenger seat

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This year I start with GOD in the drivers seat,

Credit: Christina M.

Thanks Christina, your year will be great!

Eph 5:1 “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; …”

1 Pet 3:13 “And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?”

 

80TH LEVEL

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There were once 2 brothers who lived on the 80th level. On coming home one day, they realized to their dismay that the lifts were not working and that they have to climb the stairs home.

After struggling to the 20th level, panting and tired, they decided to abandon their bags and come back for them the next day. They left their bags then and climbed on. When they have struggled to the 40th level, the younger brother started to grumble and both of them began to quarrel. They continued to climb the flights of steps, quarreling all the way to the 60th floor.

They then realized that they have only 20 levels more to climb and decided to stop quarreling and continue climbing in peace. They silently climbed on and reached their home at long last. Each stood calmly before the door and waited for the other to open the door.

And they realized that the key was in their bags which was left on the 20th floor

This story is reflecting on our life…many of us live under the expectations of our parents, teachers and friends when young. We seldom get to do the things that we really like and love and are under so much pressure and stress so that by the age of 20, we get tired and decided to dump the load.

Being free of the stress and pressure, we work enthusiastically and dream ambitious wishes.

But by the time we reach 40 years old, we start to lose our vision and dreams. We began to feel unsatisfied and start to complain and criticize. We live life as a misery as we are never satisfied. Reaching 60, we realize that we have little left for complaining anymore, and we begin to walk the future episodes in peace and calmness.

We think that there is nothing left to disappoint us, only to realize that we can’t get any rest because we have an unfulfilled dream …… a dream we abandoned 60 years ago.

So what is your dream? Is it to write a book? Is it to start a church? Create a new website? Is it to leave the country? Do it! Don’t wait. The stairs may be numerous, but they still travel upwards. Make the commitment.

Follow your dreams, so that you will not live with regrets.

1 Corinthians 10:31Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”