Got Any Ideas?

Ideas come to those who are looking for them. You wonder why there are certain people who always have exciting ideas or a fresh perspective? They have trained their brain to see and analyze situations differently than most. They are constantly searching for new thoughts or breakthroughs. Each conversation, each person is an opportunity to learn or discover something new. You don't have to be a creative personality to think outside the box.

You can uncover valuable gems of wisdom and ideas by approaching life with a slightly different perspective. Ideas are everywhere, they just require a little effort to discover.

Moments of Mediocrity

To be great, you must be okay with being ‘less than great’ at certain moments. Those who become successful, have had the determination and foresight to see past the moments of mediocrity, knowing that if they push through, they will eventually achieve their goals.

Frustration can convince people to give up. Often people give up right when they were close to a breakthrough.

True, you need to know when you’re fighting for a lost cause, and have the wisdom to withdraw gracefully. But often, people just lack the courage to continue because they aren’t seeing results fast enough.

Everyone has to start somewhere and it’s a slow climb to success.

For the athlete:  There will be numerous crappy workouts where you wonder if you should just retire to the couch and abandon yourself to soaps and bon bons.

For the Writer: unimpressive blog posts, and you second guess hitting the ‘publish’ button.

For the Mom: Days of endless bickering children, chicken pox, and cereal suppers.

For the Scholar: All nighters with mountain dew and stacks of paper as your only weekend entertainment.

Those days, it seems so much easier to just throw in the towel, give up and go home. But often your greatest moments of glory are just after those hours of unrewarding work.

You set yourself up for success when you push through the agony, writers block, smelly laundry, and bad grades.

When you refuse to give up, knowing that these moments are experienced by everyone, and often they’re enough to force those people to give up. But you're stronger than that, and it's your determination to push through and your willingness to have moments of failure which will lead to success.

What I Learned From No.

We all have moments in our lives where we think “I’m so glad my mother never let me do that ” Whether it was playing video games all day, dropping out of school at 13, or riding your bicycle without a helmet. Whatever, it was, we can all be grateful for a mother’s wisdom and guidance. So thanks Mom for not letting me............

buy Jeans for $50. That taught me to spend my money wisely.

Have whatever I saw in the checkout line. You taught me to avoid impulse buying.

Have a boyfriend at age 12. I learned that dating should be purposeful and serious.

  • Take whatever medication prescribed by the doctor. It taught me to research and ask questions.
  •   Eat junk food to my hearts content
  • Go tanning
  • Leave my room a mess
  • Wear makeup at 8 years old
  • Drive with teenagers
  • Stay up all night on the weekends
  • Gossip
  • Watch hours of television
  • Swear

Thanks Mom for not letting me Say, Do, Eat, Go, Wear, Watch, or Experience, anything that I wanted, whenever I wanted. It set me up for success in making my own decisions.

So here’s to my mom and the times she said No!

Is God Overbearing?

So often people perceive God as an overbearing parent or a dictator who doesn't want them to enjoy life, or have any fun. The standards and guidelines that we follow seem to squelch all good times and interesting experiences. A couple thoughts on this: First off, God could have created us as robots who were unable to do anything contrary to his will. Yet, he allowed us the freedom to choose how we would behave. Dictators typically force everyone to obey them.

Secondly, almost all children at some point thought their parents wishes and commands to be outrageous, overbearing, and ridiculous. As a child we wanted to do what we thought was best. (8 year old wanting to do backflips off a bicycle) now looking back, we are thankful our parents imposed rules and regulations for us to follow because they were for our own good. We didn't understand the repercussions of our actions, and were hardly wise enough to make good decisions about our safety or any number of issues.

This is what God does for us! He has given us guidelines and commands to follow that are like a manual for the human body. Think about it, if God created this body then obviously he knows what is best for it, and under what circumstances it will function optimally. Would you question the manufacturing company of Toyota cars as to whether you really need an oil change? of course not! They know what 's best and we trust them. We are allowed to do whatever we want, but we choose to follow the recommended course in order for things to work well.

God has placed these laws for us to follow so that we are functioning at our highest potential. He as a concerned parent, watches out for us and our well being. He in his wisdom withholds things that would be detrimental long term, and gives us that which will help us to grow in every way healthy, strong and saintly.