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ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING

#ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING

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Genesis 27:46 (BBE)
Then Rebekah said to Isaac, My life is a weariness to me because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob takes a wife from among the daughters of Heth, such as these, the women of this land, of what use will my life be to me?

of what use will my life be to me? Gen 27:46

As I was reflecting on this verse, a tweet by Max Lucado about striving for C.A.L.M in 2018 came to mind.

Rebecca walked up to Isaac to ask a difficultly challenging question; of what use will my life be to me. The question was from a concerned, distressed, upset and dissatisfied mother who had come to the end of her self-rule and schemes. The disappointment and dissatisfaction of her elder son’s marriage to daughters of Heth (Hittite) (see Gen 26:34-35) could be the reason for scheming for Jacob to receive the blessing and caused Esau to plan to murder Jacob. Every self-effort complicates.

Rebecca came to the end of herself and expressed the genesis of her frustration, which gave rise to self-rule and independent living – life would no longer be worth living if Jacob should go the way of Esau in marriage. Have you come to ask yourself also; “of what use will my life be to me?” Life without Christ is like living with fear on an island that is surrounded by sharks. Any self-effort gets you closer to the shore and may cause you to wonder –of what use is life?

Rebecca did the right thing by coming to Isaac with her fears and her concern. Will you also come to Christ too? Being religious does not mean life with or in Christ. Church attendance does not mean life with or in Christ. Life with Christ is a life surrendered to the Father who Jesus Christ came to show or reveal to us (Jn 14: 7-9). The way to peace, meaningfulness and fulfillment in life is not to continue in your schemes but like the lost son- “ I will arise and go to my father…” Lk 15:17-18. In His most agonizing and painful time of His life, Jesus prayed; “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” Lk 23:46. Will you also commit not just those concerns, what upsets you or causing gross dissatisfaction but your whole life and future into the FATHER’S HANDS? Having gone through worst experience, it is written that Christ is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. Heb 7:25.This is the way to stay C.A.L.M. Happy New Year 2018

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Mindset is the Key

What do you do with the bricks thrown at you? Stepping Stones or Stumbling blocks. 

 Sometimes the simplest things are the most profound.

“A successful person lays a FIRM FOUNDATION with the bricks others throw at her.” The quote summarizes the life of Sara Blakely. 

Billionaire CEO Sara Blakely Says These 7 Words Are the Best Career Advice She Ever GotSometimes the simplest things are the most profound.
Sara Blakely founded Spanx in her late 20s. The company made $4 million in sales in its first year and $10 million in its second year. In 2012, Forbes named Blakely the youngest self-made woman billionaire in the world.
She is clearly massively successful. Yet when asked what the best advice she ever received was, she doesn’t talk about success.
Instead, she talks about how, as a child, her father would sit her down at the dining room table and ask her the same question:

“What did you fail at this week?”

He didn’t want to know how many As she’d gotten. He wasn’t interested in how many girl scout cookies she’d sold, how many goals she’d scored on her soccer team, or whether she’d gotten a perfect score on her math test.

No, he wanted to know what she had failed at. And when she told him, do you know what his reaction was?

He high-fived her.

Think about that for a minute: Every week growing up, her father made her reflect on something she’d failed at, then showed her that not only was she still loved after failing, but she was celebrated for it.

In an interview for Fortune, Blakely said, “I didn’t realize at the time how much this advice would define not only my future, but my definition of failure. I have realized as an entrepreneur that so many people don’t pursue their idea because they were scared or afraid of what could happen. My dad taught me that failing simply just leads you to the next great thing.”

Speaking of that, Blakely herself failed the LSATs twice before founding Spanx. On that particular chapter of her life, she says, “It was one of many tests that showed me how some of the biggest failures in our lives just nudge us into another path.”

Those who’ve made it big repeat that one of the main reasons they got to where they are is by taking risks. Over and over, they talk about the importance of taking leaps, which sometimes means falling down:

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” –Robert F. Kennedy

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” –Winston Churchill

“Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” –Oprah

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” –Thomas Edison

Yet, for as many times as we are told that taking risks is good and failing is OK, we tend to shy away from it in our own lives. Why? Probably because we grew up in schools that tended to only reward “success” (getting the answer right). We were trained to become perfectionists.

If you’re going to rewrite that script, it’s not going to be by convincing yourself of it intellectually. It’s going to be by actually doing things you’re not sure of or good at, then being proud of yourself for failing. It’s not just the failing that’ll help you get there–it’s the encouragement for trying in the first place.

So: What have you failed at this week?

If you can’t think of anything, go find something to suck at. If you can, give yourself a high-five.

Then go fail at something else.

Resurrection comes after a death. Success is embedded in failure. You may fail at it but you not a failure until you stop at it. 

Article first appeared at Inc.com