PMA


Shortly after I finished Seminary I felt this need to write. Not just once in a while, not because there was a deadline, not just because of something that I read and wanted to share my opinion about but I felt this need to write about everything that I was thinking, experiencing and reflecting on the God’s role in our everyday ordinary lives.
It was exciting to get up every day excited about what I would actually put down on paper. Sometime in the middle of the night I would get up and begin writing. While on one family vacation I filled an entire journal of devotions for family members in the Thomas, Dobbins, Shegog, Chaney tribe.There was never an expectation of publishing but a desire to be inspiring to my family. It was a driving passion for my daily journey at that time.

As a result of the burning passion write at that time in my life I have journals, yellow padPDA and Planners and notes better now in folders and notebooks all over my office. As email, projects escalated this joy for writing diminished and even experienced a crash and burn.

For the last few months I’ve been attempting to rekindle that fever and that passion that I had 20 years ago so that I can finish a current writing project. I have gotten up early and starred at my computer. I have read relevant books and even pulled out a couple of the old yellow pads and studied the lines as a possible way to reignite process of thoughts landing on paper. Reading my past journals didn’t help much because my thinking has evolved. (This happens with age). I was about to give up and then it snowed on Tuesday.

I watched children in the sub division playing in the snow. Snowball fights, sledding down the hill, building snow architecture and enjoying each minute of it.  I saw men in my neighborhood eager to show off their new snow blower toys and the more traditional among us out with shovels cleaning the sidewalks and driveways. This excitement and community bonding event was in full effect and faded as the snow began to melt Thursday.

This snow event helped me to realize that my attempt to rekindle my old passion for writing is a futile attempt. My new goal is the find a greater passion and a new excitement about writing. For this season I will get excited about the project that is before me and focus on how God can give me joy in this season before moving to the next season.  I’m not sure where this journey is will leave me but I’m inviting you all to take the journey with me.

Ecclesiastes 3Common English Bible (CEB)

A season for everything

There’s a season for everything
and a time for every matter under the heavens:
    a time for giving birth and a time for dying,
a time for planting and a time for uprooting what was planted,seedling sprout
    a time for killing and a time for healing,
a time for tearing down and a time for building up,
    a time for crying and a time for laughing,
a time for mourning and a time for dancing,
    a time for throwing stones and a time for gathering stones,
a time for embracing and a time for avoiding embraces,
    a time for searching and a time for losing,
a time for keeping and a time for throwing away,
    a time for tearing and a time for repairing,
a time for keeping silent and a time for speaking,
    a time for loving and a time for hating,
a time for war and a time for peace.

 

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“I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.”
Og Mandino

For those who live in the Baltimore, Elliott City, Columbia, and Catonsville area I would like to invite you to join me for a new ministry venture, Motivational Mondays.  We will be meeting at Panera Bread Company, 6600 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville, MD 21228.

I  will provide a short motivational scriptural reflection about attitudes, conflict management, coaching, time management, finding a job, developing a career and other related topics.  The goal is to assist people in connecting their professional lives to the Gospel.  We will be investigating questions on how the scriptures can influence and affect our relationships with friends, co-workers, family members. and ultimately impact our success.

Our first session is October 15th at 5:30.  Everyone is invited.  For more information email info@thegracecafe dot net or call 410 945 8397
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Recently I have encountered several people who are into “The Secret”. The Secret is a positive mental attitude motivation theory around “the law of attraction” mixed with spirituality (not scriptural Christianity) that  sparked a lot of interest by a book, DVD and an Oprah appearance. I am extremely disappointed in the pastors and believers who have bought into this erroneous teaching. This is new age teaching and incongruent with the scriptures.

I am not against individuals having a positive mental attitude (PMA). In fact we should all work to be positive but as believers the influences that we embrace to shape our lives must be grounded in the scriptures. PMA can not change your circumstances, doesn’t have divine power and can not be maintained without external stimuli. Evangelicals, main line denominations and Pentecostals all agree that we rely on the power of God to shape us not some popular self help book.

Faith on the other hand is the power of God in our lives. When we exercise faith we have the opportunity as believers in the Creator of the Universe to place our situations, issues and concerns in the hand of God who personally cares for us and is moving on our behalf as a fulfillment of His covenant to us. When we live by faith, walk by faith and move by faith we are living counter cultural to popular society. This should be our daily walk with the Lord not an event that is confined to when we have crisis in our lives. When we operate in faith God’s favor “attracts” people to us because of God’s power flowing through us not because we positively thought the attraction of these individuals into our lives.

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all of the ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.
Proverbs 3:5-6

This demands that our heart relationship with God be in alignment with God not things that we can figure out. Our life experiences while trusting God will not always be cheerful and fun but it will build your faith in the good times and in the bad times to know that God is there with you no matter what the circumstance is.

When you listen and follow new age spiritualist masquerading as having the answer for your life you dissipate the power of God moving in your life. God wants us to be faithful to Him alone. I am especially frustrated with the number of Christians who are being hoodwinked. They are in adulterous relationship with foreign gods and then they bring these teaching back to the church as if the Bible supports their false teaching. One reason that so many good church people are being sucked in by the dark side of the force is because they suffer from FDD. (Faith Deficiency Dysorder)

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
Romans 10:17

If people who are reading the Secret were to put it down and invest the same amount of time in studying and applying scriptures their positive mental attitude problems would be solved because they would be increasing their faith and watching God move on their behalf. This would cure FDD. In fact attitudes would change, circumstances will be affected, out look will be different and the daily conversations with God through prayer would take on a greater significance.

Paul gives the greatest and most powerful positive mental attitude speech in the scriptures

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:1-11

Paul concludes his lesson on attitude motivation

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
Philippians 4:8

Nuff Said!

Don’t write so that you can be understood, write so that you can’t be misunderstood.
William Howard Taft

People fall down.
Winners get up.
Gold medal winners get up the fastest.
~ Bonnie St. John ~

This quote blew me away this morning. I have been analyzing myself as I move through the stages of grieving when I should be visioning myself on the way to my next victory. I am clear that when we suffer a great loss we must go through the five stages but cherishing them as a prize is destructive to our long term goals.
For those who are curious the five stages of grief are denial, anger, barganing, depression and acceptance. I would like to develop or find the five stages to rebuilding after grief. For every action there is a seperate and equal reaction. I am searching for the balance within the cycle.
I want to focus on how to help gold medal winners recapture their championship fire after a great loss. I want to see champions exceed all of their previous records and goals. I want to see champions constantly re-engineeringing their lives so that they are peak performers in all seasons. We all hit some valleys but we need to be focused on the mountain top.
I am going to work on the five stages of (re) Building the Mountain Top Attitudes of a Champion

Have a wonderful resurrection weekend!!!
WTC