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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Awake My Soul

What a glorious morning God has given us today!

I love running on Sunday mornings - it's quiet, everything is blooming, it smells fresh, and it kind of begins my worship before church.

Today was especially nice though. I saw the bright sliver of the moon. I saw a deer - just a few feet away as I ran along. And then, the sunrise. I was in the right place at the right time and it was rosy and purple and beautiful.

I had such a sense of peace and hope come over me as I realized that God is in control of everything.

He reminded me once again that I need to be present in each moment - aware of the sights, sounds and people He has placed in front of me.

Had I not looked up when I did, I would have missed the deer as she dashed into the trees.

Had I not looked, I would have missed the glory of that sunrise, because when I looked again, the vibrant colors had faded to pastel, and then were gone.

I could barely see the moon as I rounded the turn to come home, but it was bright and stunning when I started out.

I will face the day with eyes wide open to see what God has in store for me!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Today's the Day

I spent three days last week at the most effective leadership training I could imagine. It was the EntreLeadership 3-day live event with Chris LoCurto, based on principles in Dave Ramsey's bestselling book EntreLeadership. This is intense, effective training for leaders in business and in life. And I'm hoping to unpack some of the information over the next few weeks here in writing.

Life must be intentional. It's not how old am I, but how many days do I have left and what will I do with those days?

Do you have a life plan? A life goal?

One of the things we talked about early in the training was the importance of dreams, visions and goals. "Life does not hand you your dreams; you have to make them happen. Dreams are essential to winning, but they must come out of the clouds and be more tangible and touchable." That's what we heard, along with the fact that you take a dream to a vision, and the vision to goals.

Also, goals will have more impact if they are in each of the 7 areas of the "Wheel of Life" -- career, financial, spiritual, physical, intellectual, family, and social.

So be honest, how many of you have goals in each of these areas? And also live your life with these goals in front of you? How much better would life be if we did live with these goals in front of us?

I will admit right now that I don't. I have goals for my work, but I can't say that I have a real "life plan." I have always struggled when someone asks, "where do you see yourself in 5 years?" I need to change that.

Time spent praying, contemplating and dreaming would be time well spent, I think. Before I can really incorporate any of the other principles we learned, I need to start with being intentional about WHY I want to incorporate them into my life. What is God's plan for me? Where do I want to be in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years?

I think my three words are a start - CONNECT, TRAIN, and ENJOY are keeping me grounded in the day to day of life. Now it's time to figure out where those three words are taking me, and be intentional about going there. Starting today.

What dreams, visions and goals do you have?