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Commit Yourself

When I was in management, I determined that there are basically two types of people that “succeed” at work (or at church, or on a sports team, etc.)–this could probably apply to any group of people. By success, I mean that they are able to continue in their endeavor indefinitely; it’s a rough definition. To better clarify, there are actually three types of people in a group, it’s just that the third type is functionally irrelevant. They are the ones who aren’t very good at what they do and end up fired from their job, leaving the church, quitting their team, and such. Based on my observations, I developed the following list to describe the former two types of people. See if you identify with either. Maybe you’d be able to add a few of your own? Would like to hear them if you do.

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Being compliant is acceptable; you’ll stay under the radar which will “get you by” until the sweet bye and bye if you so desire but your accomplishments will be mediocre at best. Being committed is exceptional; you’ll be all over the radar, elevating yourself to a higher level where your accomplishments will be masterful (that is, full of the Master). Paul knew the value of being committed when he said, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” (1 Corintians 9:24) Why walk when the Word says run? Commit yourself today!

The achievement of your goal is assured the moment you commit yourself to it. ~Mack R. Douglas, accomplished author

When you’re interested in something, you do it only when it’s convenient.  When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results. ~Ken Blanchard, accomplished author

So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’ ~Jesus Christ, Luke 17:10

Christless = Crisis

There is any number of events in life that attempt to rob us of our joy, the kind of moments when all hope seems lost. There are child-rearing challenges, advancing age, billion-dollar bailouts, bankrupted businesses, a corrupt government, damaging and sometimes life-threatening diseases, strained relationships, financial struggles, economic collapse, broken marriages/families, teen pregnancy, dissatisfaction at work, unemployment, home foreclosures, mounting bills, political unpredictability, war, raging storms, global warming, a morally-declining society–you name it. Life is not really “like a box of chocolates” like Forrest Gump said; I never met a chocolate I didn’t like. Life has circumstances that are not so appetizing.  Life often seems more like a box of matches, ready to go up in flames at any time. There is a smorgasbord of adversity waiting to befall us. It’s as if worry is the rule rather than the exception. “In this world you will have trouble…” Jesus said.

“But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33b If worry is your rule, let Jesus be your ruler. Allow the “streams of living water” to douse your flames of despair. When life hands you crisis, you give it Christ. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t some “pie in the sky, all my problems go bye-bye” plan. Your troubles will remain, but it is the Lord who will sustain. Sorry for sounding like Johnnie Cochran in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit!” Let me remind you though, as corny as it was, it worked (at least for that trial–he wasn’t so lucky just a few days ago.) Likewise, Jesus works. Despite my cheesy clichés, He truly is “the way.” And though He may not take you out of the fire, He will keep you from getting burned; life is not as much about the journey as it is the destination.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. Move your focus from your circumstance to your stance with Christ–He is the only true source of hope and joy.

No Easy Button for America

BREAKING NEWS: A revised $700B financial industry bailout bill passed Senate by 74-25 vote tonight; the House is to vote Friday

Government interference, corporate irresponsibility, public ignorance in part—a trilogy of events that has lead us down this path of economic calamity. Unfortunately, there is no “easy button” for this dilemma; there will be no easy street for Wall Street or Main Street. Either strategy, the pay out or play out, has its share of consequences that will likely burden America for years to come. And while the economic fate of America hangs in the balance waiting for elected officials to act, what are we to do?

Trim the fat—America needs a diet!

For government:

  • Govern more and meddle less when it comes to business
  • Don’t prostitute citizens to big business but protect them from it
  • Reduce wasteful, excessive spending
  • Don’t accept handouts from corporate America (or other special interests)

For corporate America:

  • Stop the madness of overinflated executive salaries at the expense of the company’s performance
  • Limit risky ventures like sub-prime lending
  • Run lean even in prosperous times
  • Don’t expect handouts from the government

For the American people:

  • Reduce debt, spend frugally, increase savings
  • Quit confusing privileges for entitlements
  • Don’t expect handouts from the government
  • Hold your public officials accountable
  • And by all means—VOTE!

Here’s a question:

$10 trillion deficit overall, $400 billion budget deficit just this year and the US government has the audacity to describe their plan as a “bailout” and “rescue.” Does that even sound logical?

The answer to bad government is not more bad government, to paraphrase Jeffrey A. Miron, a senior lecturer in economics at Harvard University.