There is a human attempt at perfection, yet the beautifully perfect imperfection of the umpires captures the essence baseball more than anything.
If God is not the center of our life, all the worldly success is useless.
It is not enough to do the will of his because his will is unavoidable. Nor is it enough to will what he wills because we have to. We have to will his will because we love it.
…since no man is an island, since we all depend on one another, I cannot work out God’s will in my own life unless I consciously help other men to work out His will in theirs.
One of my favorite things to do to unwind is walk through the local Barnes and Noble. The combination of the smell of new books and starbucks brewing bring a creative calm to my heart. I usually browse through history, current affairs, business and christian living. I love to read books. If I could read 10 hours a day, I would. Perhaps I may even have an addiction to books. My typical “poison” is Non Fiction. I’ve learned from reading well over a thousand books, that every Non Fiction book sells you a perfect life, with steps to this, and steps to that. All the success, effectiveness, and happiness you could ever dream of in 10 easy steps. Anxiety filled office overhaul day after anxiety filled office overhaul day, I have learned to manage expectations and be real. There are circumstances in life that are not excuses, and certainly not roadblocks to success. Managing our specific lives rather than comparing ourselves to others will vastly increase our happiness and drive further effort rather than stifle them in anxious self pity. I’ve done them all. Here are some key learnings from my anxiety filled attempt to become everyone but myself.
We love a good story. These stories connect through emotion, humor, and related experiences. Story telling is one of the common themes for the best blog articles on the internet. Jesus Christ, was the greatest blogger of all time. He currently has over infinity followers (although many are not engaged followers), and is still pushing great content. He tells a great story about a man seeking heaven. In Mathew, chapter 19: 16-30, Jesus meets a young rich man who takes this opportunity to assure himself of eternal salvation. Like many of us, this man feels like he is doing all the right things, but still lacks that assurance of salvation. “Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?” Jesus tells him to obey the commandments. Here, he gives a quick run down of the ten commandments. The young man, feeling a little better, yet still unsure replies, ” All of these I observed. What do I still lack?” Jesus, not mincing words replies with the following words that are clear as day, yet so difficult to understand. He says: if you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven”. The man leaves, after hearing this. He leaves in despair because he has many possessions. Jesus, knowing human nature better than anyone, turns to his followers to clarify, ” Again, I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God”. Luke’s Gospel, Jesus tells another parable of a rich fool. Luke 12: 16-21, Jesus tells his followers about a rich young man so with so many possessions, he cannot possibly need them all. He tears down his barns and builds bigger and bigger barns to store his stuff. God calls him a fool…:”for tonight your life will be demanded of you…thus it will be the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God”.