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Time

About a year ago there was a quote given that when I had read it, I immediately wrote it down.  Though this person usually does not have the most  awe inspiring quotes,  he Tweeted something I think most can really relate to.  The Tweet was from NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson (Ochocinco).  He said,  “Sitting here in my locker.  I just realized I’ve never really lost a game in my career I just happen to run out of time. Four quarters wasn’t enough.”

To often we are in a struggle about what time we have.  In 1 Corinthians 9:24, Paul writes, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way to get the prize.”    I think to many times we can worry about the time we have lost or our  missed opportunities.  If we live our lives as a race, and run in such a way to win.  We will never be ashamed of our finish!

Finish Well!

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Cotton Sharpens Iron? Never!

Cotton sharpens iron.  Strange statement isn’t it?  But many peoples actions today live true to that statement.  What I am referring to is that when you  are challenging someone to grow (spiritually, emotionally, ethically) many times we tend to put kid gloves on and hope we do not offend.  That we often feel if we have something to say to someone that is tough or challenging we often don’t say it or do not say it tough enough.  Now I am not saying that you should  be rude, overbearing or superior to everyone with your opinions, I am speaking about is the opportunities that we have to help someone be more.

Have you ever seen a Blacksmith at work?  It’s an amazing process to see.  The Blacksmith always knows what the piece of metal is going to be when he starts.  The fire is hot, and as he forges the piece, hitting it, bending it, molding it, it can be stressful.

Proverbs 27:17 says “As iron sharpens iron, so one persons sharpens another.”   If we are to truly sharpen one another we need to realize that sometimes that process will not always be pleasant.  That there maybe some heat involved, you maybe chipped at and feel beaten, but it is to make you into a better, stronger, useful tool.

True leaders need to realize the need to be sharpened and sharpen others.  That sharpening  maybe hard at times, but always for a purpose.

Who are you sharpening and who is sharpening you?

I Should Have Known Better

The Cactus in Question

Last week during spring break I was taking a hike with with my family in Georgia.  Along the trail I noticed a cactus growing in the wild.  In Indiana we don’t see that too often, so being a little curious, I touched it.  Seeing that cactus had no visible spikes on it, I thought I was safe.  As I pulled my hand away from the cactus, I noticed dozens of fine hair-like spikes on my fingers.    My niece who was with me, giggled, thinking I should have known better.  I should have.

Paul writes in Romans chapter 7, ” I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate to do.”  I see this all the time.  Even in my own life.  I know how I want to live but I often find myself doing things that distract me from what I want (or need) to do.  I don’t know Paul’s state of mind at this time, but I know when I am struggling with this issue, it is because I have not had my time with God.  When I look back on my life I can see that when I was distracted most it was when I was not pursuing God.  That hurts more than those spikes.

You would have thought I would have learned my lesson with the cactus, but later that day I messed with a fire ant hill. I do what I don’t want to and what I want to do I  don’t.  Ouch!