All You Can Be

There are moments,

where you take a chance and it blows up

it your face, and you feel like an idiot

but you knew if you didn’t do it, you

would always been standing at the precipice

asking God,

“why’d didn’t I jump?”

Not all risks will end pretty

sometimes you jump and you splat,

but if the intention is honest,

and the passion is real

and you’re not out to play games or plug yourself,

then it’s worth it, because you tried

and maybe that girl will say no,

or the casting director won’t give the time of day,

or maybe nobody will understand what you tried to do,

but it’s okay.

You were you.

And that’s all you can be.

6 Seconds

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via Marines Magazine

Recently my brother-in-law, who is a Marine, shared a story with me the other day about two Marines who stopped a car bomber from killing 150 American and Iraqi troops… in six seconds! When we think of acts of heroism, we think them in terms of heartfelt speeches, counting costs, and tactical actions; but no, these two men were provided none of that. They had a few short moments as the car hurdled towards them to react. All the months of arduous training they had previously received had prepared them for this exact moment.

It is an excellent reminder of two things: 1. The huge sacrifice being made daily, both here and abroad, by our brave servicemen and women. 2. The importance of practice and preparation in our own lives. No matter how you’d wish you’d act or react in any particular situation, it is how you do so right now that makes all the difference.  “Practice makes permanent,” as they say. So, if you’d like to rock that next guitar solo, play your scales. If you’d like to like to score that next deal, rehearse your presentation. If you’d like to have just the right words for that questioning seeker-friend of yours, be in the Word daily.

Sooner or later, the opportunity you seek will come. The question is: will you be ready?

The Man* who Wrestles with God

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The man who wrestles with God

loses everything.

The man who wrestles with God

gains everything back.

The man who wrestles with God

is a fool.

The man who wrestles with God

becomes a king.

The man who wrestles with God

knows not what he  is doing.

The man who wrestles with God

learns great wisdom.

The man who wrestles with God

must eventually submit

-humble himself-

to be exalted on High!

Practice Makes Perfection

“Practice makes perfect,”

yes, but what is perfected?

why is it perfected at all?

All those hours of seemingly vain repetitions,

the pain, the frustration

the cursing at the art form

and the Divine

and whatever thing or being you can think of

to blame your inadequacies on.

 

But yet, still, despite all this the best of us press on,

through the dark times

and the periods of fault and failure.

Finally, after all the falling down

and getting back up again,

we reach the top of the mountain

and suddenly everything-

every unsavory experience-

was worth it

for that one, fleeting yet sublime glimpse

of heaven