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We are alive.
We have a pulse.
We are still breathing.
There is blood coursing through our veins and oxygen in our lungs.
We are alive.
We only get one shot at life and this is it.
This is our chance to make history.
This week, our Wi-Fi went down, so I prayed that it would be restored quickly.
God suggested that I learn patience instead.
I then prayed that some of the challenges in my life would disappear.
He thought that learning resilience and persistence would be a good idea.
I wanted Him to remove temptation from my life so that I could better focus on being pure and noble.
He recommended that I try self-control.
Over the Easter weekend, we visited the regional city of Bendigo to celebrate Karen’s sister Heather’s 50th birthday.
I haven’t been to Bendigo for many years and it was lovely to see the small miner’s cottages around the periphery of the city.
As I walked the streets and marveled at these cottages, I thought of you
Not that you are a relic of a bygone era (that would just be rude).
But I thought of you in two ways:
- You are built for a purpose,
- And you are built to last.
Today, Christians around the world remember the day when Jesus was crucified.
Despite being without sin, He was found guilty in a mock trial and sentenced to death.
With a crown of thorns shoved onto His head, He carried His own cross up a hill and then was nailed to it.
Naked and between two thieves, Jesus died a horrible death.
Why would He do this?
You may not be a protegé, with the rare ability to make the freakishly difficult look remarkably simple.
You may not have a chiseled jaw-line or abs of steel.
You may not have been brought up in a world of privilege and opportunity.
You may not have had good fortune smile on you.
You may have spent most of your childhood being reminded of the things that you’re not good at.
You may have a strange accent, different coloured skin or beliefs that others don’t understand.
A car stuck in mud with its wheels spinning doesn’t go anywhere until it gets traction on the ground.
We live in a world where everyone is busy, but too few seem to be actually getting anywhere.
We hustle and bustle about like hamsters on a wheel, but no progress is made.
We have devices and technology that is designed to save us time, but we end up using them to waste time.
We’re all action, but no traction and it’s time to change that.
Lately, I’ve had a lot of excuses for not writing new posts for this blog.
I’m too busy.
I’m too tired.
I don’t have the ideas, motivation or inspiration.
But every weekday, I’ve been able to overcome them to maintain my writing routine and keep the content coming.
And as I’ve done so, I’ve realised something that’s very powerful.
At the hospital where I stayed with Hayden last weekend there is a wall with a fantastic quote from the wonderful Maya Angelou which says, “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
It reminded me to be more joyful and passionate in my business.
To treat parenting as a privilege, not a chore.
To be more generous with my money, my time and my expertise.
To encourage and equip those who have no hope of paying me back.
(Feel free to read this using your best Sir David Attenborough impersonation)
The African savanna is dotted with thorny acacia trees.
It’s a source of food for many species of herbivore and is crucial to their survival.
At the bottom of the tree, the tiny dik-dik antelope nibbles at the small leaves, nimbly avoiding the sharp thorns that protect the tree from such raiders.