My Most Powerful Deliberate Spiritual Practice

Are you ever overwhelmed by circumstances beyond your control? Do you, like me, tend to default to manufacturing your own solutions? When things go badly, my immediate instinct is to solve, avoid, escape, or forge my own solutions to my situation.

This is a really bad habit—for several reasons. Why is it a bad habit?

First—because I’m not in control, so my solutions are merely my “best guess” or worse, maybe my rash reaction.

Second—because I’m not knowledgeable enough to know the purpose of my circumstances or exactly what God has in mind to accomplish. When I act my own solutions, I’m making the problem bigger!

Third—because my solutions usually prevent God’s bigger, better idea from unfolding. While I’m working “my plan,” I’m preventing His plan.

So, there is a single “most powerful,” deliberate spiritual practice in my life. I wish it were more instinctive. I wish it were always my first response. I wish I didn’t have to “learn the hard way.” But I have to say—the times I’ve made this a deliberate practice, it isn’t long before I see God intervene and unfold His bigger, more beautiful, and more ultimate plan.

Take whatever problem you are facing right now, whatever challenge, whatever burden, and deliberately differentiate it from the rest of your life. Look at it. Step away from it. Get some distance. Loosen its grip from your heart, your emotions, and your mental energy. Look at it objectively.

Now… here it is.

Once you have differentiated that problem from your life, and you can objectively look at the challenge, deliberately do/say this:

“God, this is not my problem, this is your problem. I am not the victim of this problem, I am the child of your loving heart. You are my faithful Father, and you have promised to care for me. You have invited me to cast my care upon you. So here it is, God. I am too small for this problem. I can’t solve or resolve it. So I am giving it to you. Thank you for it, now here it is. I’m giving it back! Show me what to do. Lead me in wisdom. Direct my steps and my decisions. I am choosing to be held by you, not by this problem. Show me your solution, and until you do, I will wait with patience, endurance, faith, and dependence.”

There it is. My single most powerful deliberate spiritual practice is to look objectively at a problem and intentionally place it back into God’s hands.

The outcome? I can say definitively, every single time I have done this, my emotions have been radically transformed, my problem has ceased “being in control,” and before long, God’s solution blew me away.

So, wherever this post finds you, go for it. Perhaps your challenge was handed to you simply so you can hand it back to God and experience just how great a Father He really is. Do it. Cast in back into His hands, and mean it. He’s big enough to take it!

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Original author: Cary Schmidt

Steve Jobs Last Words

These were Steve Jobs last words…

I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world
In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success.

However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to.

At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death.

In the darkness, I look at the green lights from the life supporting machines and hear the humming mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of god of death drawing closer…

Now I know, when we have accumulated sufficient wealth to last our lifetime, we should pursue other matters that are unrelated to wealth…
Should be something that is more important:

Perhaps relationships, perhaps art, perhaps a dream from younger days …
Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me.

God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth.

The wealth I have won in my life I cannot bring with me.
What I can bring is only the memories precipitated by love.
That’s the true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on.

Love can travel a thousand miles. Life has no limit. Go where you want to go. Reach the height you want to reach. It is all in your heart and in your hands.
What is the most expensive bed in the world? – “Sick bed” …

You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear the sickness for you.
Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – “Life”.

When a person goes into the operating room, he will realize that there is one book that he has yet to finish reading – “Book of Healthy Life”.

Whichever stage in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down.

Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends…

Treat yourself well. Cherish others.

Compassion Compels Me

Compassion to me is a word that compels me. It kind of provides the fuel for living. I try to preface every action, reaction, emotion or feeling with compassion. Understanding and identifying with people and their heartaches are what compassion really is. To me the way to overcome obstacles, reach goals and even pursuing your dreams is motivated through compassion. I mean what good would it be to have all these gifts with nobody to share them with. Therefore, even your most intimate dreams and vision for yourself can still be centered around others.   Make sense?

com·pas·sion – (kəmˈpaSHən)
  1. sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.

To me compassion is an outward expression of an inward feeling other people. As I alluded earlier, it compels me. I feel it’s important to live outside of yourself and take note of what other people do, who they are, what they want and hope for. Compassion is what compels me to give to Salvation Army once or twice a year. It’s what gives me the courage to stop and pick somebody up that’s struggling on the side of the road, and help them. We live in so much fear in this country, and everybody claims where free. We’re free yeah, but our minds keep us captive.  I’ll say this on more than one occasion in this website and that is “Your mind is where it starts.”.  That’s one of my sayings for 2018. I try to have a life quote every year that I live by. This year it’s “Moving Forward”. It’s my version of a New Years Resolution.   Anyway, your mind is where it starts says to me that to feel compassion for somebody you must think that way first. If you’re hateful towards the people in your life then more than likely you won’t have much compassion for somebody else.   What I find is that most people have a lot of love to give, they just never have been able to give it.  Sound crazy? We’ll it’s not at all.

Last thing I wanted to mention in this post is that people need compassion from others. We ALL need it! We all need a human touch of kindness.