Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Complacency is akin to failure

Mahatma Ghandi was uncomfortable. Marie Petrie was uncomfortable. Leonardo Da Vinci was uncomfortable. Michelangelo was uncomfortable. Everybody who ever contributed to the world was uncomfortable just before they made major strides. Complacency leads to stagnation and ultimately death. Complacent is not a characteristic of change, nor does it contribute to creativity. Stagnant water will make you sick. 

If individuals become comfortable, they will become complacent and stagnate. Embrace discomfort. Discomfort is the root of creativity. Motion is life. Sitting still leads to death. World changers are never comfortable, never stagnate, never happy with the status quo. Comfortable is the enemy of a world
changer. It's easy to stagnate. Stagnation requires less effort, less energy.

If you have reached a level of success and are sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the fruit of your labors, it will not be too long before your fruit runs out, or you dry up. Successful people play hard, work harder, use rest to restore, but not to get comfortable and stagnate. Successful people do not retire, but go on to new adventures, continuing to produce and contribute. Successful people are driven by a relentless pursuit of excellence.  Complacency is the root of failure, stems from a mindset of self rejection and low self esteem, formulated in early childhood. 

Tear up the root of rejection, get up, get going, move to a new city, start a new course, learn a new skill, purpose to place yourself in a new environment, make new friends, enlarge your social circle, go back to college, finish that degree, take up painting, but never quit, never surrender and stop feeling sorry for yourself!



Monday, July 29, 2013

Covenant

What does covenant mean to you?  To me, it means the following.

Covenant means forgiveness.
Covenant means patience.
Covenant means sacrifice.
Covenant means service to another.
Covenant means I Love You, even when I dislike you.

Do you have a real covenant relationship?  

Friday, July 19, 2013

Role of the modern day prophet

Before we knew about Mount Everest, what was the highest mountain? I was asked this question one day by an insightful man that wanted to demonstrate a simple concept. Just because we had not discovered Mount Everest, did not make it any less present. Our lack of knowledge did not make it any less. Mount Everest was always there, despite us not knowing it was there.

Even though many "scholars" teach there are no modern day prophets, does not mean that is truth. It may be 'true' for you, but does not make it truth on a universal level. Truth will often challenge us to change our paradigms, and that by its very nature can be fearful. 

So, if we were to presuppose that there were modern day prophets, what would their role be? Prophets were always called to inspire people to change, to seek God, to repent. Has this "need" been removed? Do we not need to seek God more now than ever before? Have we as a larger generation not turned from God more than any previous generations? Why then would we think there is no longer a need for prophets? 

Theologians mistakenly attribute the role of the prophet to foretell future events. While that is an aspect of the prophetic, the major role has always been to call people to repentance. We know from the bible that this was never the role of the priest. In fact, the priest was often complacent in the church. Eli comes to mind, and that's why Samuel was raised up. Samuel called the people to repentance. 

It would be a tremendous error to suggest there is no longer a need for the office of prophet, except of course if you feel there is no longer a need for people to be called to repentance? It seems to me that the ones wanting to do away with the office of prophet are those not appreciating the message of the prophet. If we eliminate the prophet, then we do to have to heed his message. Sounds like a plan...