Day 67: Sacrifice


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The lock locked.

The tie straightened.

The button buttoned.

 

The tear fell.

The heart pumped.

The pen signed.

 

The accepted challenge read,

 

If it would save someone’s life later, could you walk away, indefinitely, so it would?

If you could, would you have the wherewithal to usher in its unplotted course?

 

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Day 275: A Prayer for Wisdom


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The dissection of wisdom.

Like most things in life, the first line is not the last line, except, maybe in poetry. {Inward smile}

Case in point: the dissection of wisdom

Pray for wisdom & our Father in heaven will give it to you.

True, he is faithful & his promises are true.

Yet, what is silently hidden in the prayer is the required response.

Wisdom comes through overcoming the insurmountable.

Wisdom comes through facing adversity with limited resources.

Wisdom comes through losing the one you love, to find, the one you need.

Wisdom like winning an Olympic medal is not easy. It requires dedication, sacrifice, conditioning, vision, and follow-through against all odds.

So pray for wisdom, but understand the prayer is the opening line of your favorite book.

Achieving wisdom comes through how you write the story.

The dissection of wisdom.

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Day 229: People of Faith


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As people of Faith, we occasionally endure situations or people unnecessarily. I surmise we confuse longsuffering with the power of faith.

Jesus experienced longsuffering as he prepared the disciples to carry on his God News Message.

Yet, he cursed the stubborn fig tree refusing to bear fruit and suffered no more.

In both cases, neither were ready to produce. Neither had reached the time for return on investment.

Yet, the disciples were allowed to continue on so the message would be carried forth. The fig tree writhed up and died never to birth another fig.

Sometimes we have to condition our mind to understand some situations and some people unwilling to move must be left, because even though it is not their time, it is our time.

That’s why many are called, but few are chosen.

My experience shows the chosen rely mostly on Faith and less on timing.

Faith in understanding being called has more to do with being willing than being ready.

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Day 186: Please Retire the Phrase “You’re Coming Out” – Groundhog Season is Over an it’s Independence Day


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Sometimes, I feel like the message, “You’re coming out” should be retired under Juneteenth.

In Texas, we celebrate a holiday of being made aware even as we sat in chains we had been pronounced free almost two years prior.

Really, it’s like being imprisoned, watching the guard unlock the cell doors, announce your freedom, hand you – your release papers, and you turning over and going back to sleep.

In life, we are already out, but it’s easier to complain than to be held accountable for producing. I cannot be called out of a prison that no longer exists, unless I lock the cell door on myself. And, that’s not captivity. That’s self-imprisonment.

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Day 185: The Offering


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I did not learn, because I took the offered advice.
Sure, I listened.
I might have even been seen taking a few notes.
Yet, the learning came from living and not just listening.

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Day 183: Distinguished Mirage: Cause & Effect


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The true liar convinces self – the lie is real.
The lie becomes so real it covers the truth.
Breathing fire does not make you a firefighter.
Do not spew venom and call it a cure.
Venom is poisonous and can lead to an infection.
The antidote cures the infected.
Know the difference.
Then live it differently.
And, your life will be different.

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Day 96: Sponge vs Broom (Knowledge vs Emotion)


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Being a sponge when knowledge is the objective is an edifying process. Simply squeeze the sponge when the source of knowledge moves from objectivity towards subjectivity.

Being a sponge when emotions are on the table is a dangerous dance. You can trap other people’s feelings into your own consciousness. In this case, be the broom and not the sponge.

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Day 95: Peking Duck


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Several weeks back, I watched a video on how Peking Duck is made – from the egg to the table. The entire process for a geek like myself was fascinating. Ducks lay eggs that are immediately separated from the duck and placed in a mass gestational machine. Over a period of time and through many stages the duck embryos grow closer to hatching until one day, they chip away from the inside out at the once protective shells. As they grow the shells are no longer a form of protection. Their shells have become a prison for their growing bodies. Eventually, the little ducklings break through and move on to the next stages of their lives.

The interesting thing is during the filming the interviewer picked up a partially cracked open egg shell and broke it, thus, freeing the duckling inside. I cannot help but wonder how will the duckling fare compared to the other little ducklings who broke themselves free.

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Day 94: Listen


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The more you listen the more you learn. That’s why the Word says to be quick to listen and slow to speak.

 

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Day 93: Knowing


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Ever wonder why mathematicians insist on having you show your work. Because knowing how you arrived at the answer is a greater achievement than knowing the answer.

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Day 92: Timing


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I know a lot about a lot of different things. It is because I know things, I understand timing is everything.

Releasing the baton in a relay race too soon might cause a delay in winning the race. Releasing your knowledge too soon might hinder the steps of the receiver along their journey. Sometimes, the best way to help is to simply say nothing at all.

Once you understand how powerful your words are, you start to understand why successful people always measure their spoken words against their target’s understanding of the topics at-hand.

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Day 52: Powers Differences


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I cannot, does not mean I will not. Sometimes it just means – I know I should not.

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Day 47: Recognizing Closure


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At some point the battle has to be over.

Even Jesus said, “It is finished!”

And, he came for whosoever.

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Day 8: Knowing Thy Power Helps in Destroying The Obstacles


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If my words are powerful enough to create, it bears to reason my words are just as powerful to destroy. Keep talking.

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Day 7: The Duality of Boundaries


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Boundaries are designed, created, erected, or installed for one of two purposes. Boundaries either keep something out or to keep something within.

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