Using Your Gifts to Change the World – Inspirational Video

“Greatness should serve a greater purpose.”

This video is powerfully inspirational. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Let’s change the world.

(*Note, this video includes very brief immodesty)

 

 

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Pornography & Me: From Darkness to Light

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It’s not every day that someone recovering from pornography addiction speaks publicly about it. But yesterday I had the privilege of posting one courageous man’s story called “Pornography & Me: A Journey Into the Light“. May those struggling and suffering see the hope woven into this story and seek the help they so desperately deserve.

 

Live Your Song, Bravely

“Be brave. Your melody’s worth it. Be strong. Your melody is needed. I dare you to live out the purpose for which you were born. That your melody would soar above the past, above the pain above the dissonance. That the song you were born to sing would come to life. The Composer of time and space has given you a part in this great symphony. This is your moment. This is your opus. This is your life. I dare you to move.” Jon Foreman, TedTalk

The Great Blog Post I Didn’t Share

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This morning I gathered some worthy thoughts in written form and chose not to share them.

It took discipline.

The reason?

I’m working on my book.

Any gems of wisdom I unbury during this season will likely be planted there instead. It doesn’t mean I’ll avoid all posting (after all, here’s a post!) but the sweetest fruits of my labors will be saved for my work in progress. Then, when all is ready, it’ll be shared with the world in book form.

Stay tuned!

What One Person Can Do: The Ripple Effects of Living in Alignment

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We all experience moments when one choice changes the trajectory of our lives. For me, such an event occurred on February 6th, 2015. One year ago tomorrow, I was inspired to write the controversial piece “What One Person Can Do To Stand Against ‘Shades of Grey’“. To say that it had a “ripple effect” would be understating the truth. When I shared this article with the world, it made waves…HUGE waves. The views increased exponentially, arriving at 3625 in one day (February 12), with thousands of shares. It received both praise and criticism. To date, the article has gotten almost 18,000 views and 5,500 shares on Facebook. This was the starting line of an amazing and unexpected season, brimming with opportunities to writespeakteach, and connect with others. `And more chances to serve and inspire are on the horizon.

Of greater value than the opportunities this action opened up was the character created in me.  This was a journey of hope, trust, and courage. It expanded my perspective of what was possible. I am stronger, bolder, and more purpose-driven because of this journey. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Even if the outward results were disastrous, it would’ve been worth the experience of inward alignment.

Of even greater value than my growth, others found hope and healing because of it all.

Priceless.

This all begs the question: What courageous leap lies ahead for YOU?

The pursuit of a dream?

The battle against an injustice?

The initiative toward an ambitious goal?

The commitment to recover from addiction or trauma?

I am convinced that when we boldly live in alignment with our values, we experience unprecedented possibilities and growth. We cannot predict the outcomes of our actions but our lives are deeply enriched when we stand up and speak up, becoming the change we wish to see on the world (Gandhi).

What can one person do?

You decide.

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What We Can Do in Periods of Pain

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If you are human, you are either in a period of pain or in between those periods. Suffering and living walk the same road. Whether we’re in it, preparing for it, or rising out of it, may we take comfort in knowing that the the Comforter is with us. Also, recommend the following video, which is brimming with practical wisdom. May we all find courage, even as we walk through the darkest valley.

“Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil

Psalm 23:4a

 

Soul Fuel

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This morning as I prepared my soul for the day, the word “fuel” surfaced in my mind.

Let me ask, what fuels your soul?

Do you run from day to day on empty?

Do you fill your tank with dirt and sludge, in denial of the natural law of sowing and reaping?

I am reminded that the source of my soul’s strength is my Savior.

Jesus said, “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:4

May we remain mindful of our soul’s strength and deficiencies today.

May we invest in the seconds of solitude that lead to the refueling and refocusing our souls thirst for.

Finding Higher Ground

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Today, I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. I am groggy, tired, and sensitive. I am not fun to be around. Realizing this, I seek strength beyond my own, higher than my own.

My soul whispers in unison with the Psalmist

“Hear my cry, O God;
    listen to my prayer.

From the ends of the earth I call to you,

    I call as my heart grows faint;
    lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge,
    a strong tower against the foe.

I long to dwell in your tent forever
    and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.

Psalm 61:1-4

My success today depends on my steadfastness in seeking His higher ground. My Maker, not my mood, must mold my mind today.

To my amazement, my Abba’s response is one of attention, attunement, and affection.

He’s just that kind of Daddy.