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Like millions of others around the world, I marveled at the remarkable words of poet laureate, Amanda Gorman, when she spoke at President Joe Biden’s Inauguration.

Her poem, “The Hill We Climb” concluded with this now immortal phrase:

There is always light,

if only we’re brave enough to see it;

if only we’re brave enough to be it.

Wow, what a challenge.

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If you’re doing a jigsaw puzzle and you can’t find a spot for the piece in your hand, what do you do?

Do you give up?

Do you try to force the piece to fit?

Or do you put that piece down and pick up another one?

Sometimes in life, we go through seasons where nothing seems to fit.

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Today, we remember Martin Luther King Jnr and are inspired by his life and words.

One of my favourite quotes of his is,

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

Not tomorrow or next week.

Not when you feel like it.

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At church this past weekend, we were reminded by our Pastor of James 1:19, which says,

“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”

It’s a simple quote from a long time ago that has never had more relevance.

Too often we are desperate to be heard.

We think that our opinion is more important than others.

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We need motivation.

It’s important to have relevant, compelling goals.

The emotion attached to them is powerful and gets us moving in the right direction.

But alas, motivation rarely lasts.

In those times, we need discipline.

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Today, we took the kids to a theme park.

It had water slides, go-karts, toboggans, a big wave pool and a range of other fun attractions.

Madison and Hayden were excited from the moment they woke up this morning and took full advantage of the day’s allurements as soon as they walked through the gate.

I was feeling old and past it.

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I’m not quite at the point of wearing bifocals yet, but I’m getting there.

I’m sure that one day I’ll need assistance with seeing what’s up close and what’s in the distance.

But for today, I’ll make do with encouraging us all to have a bifocal perspective.

The ability to see what’s important in the moment, today.

To focus on what we’re doing now.

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I have a friend who is an amazing runner.

He has run 5km in under 17 minutes.  A time that I can only dream of.

I found out today that he has an injury that has held him back from running for about 6 months.

I have another friend who constantly battles with her fitness and running.

Her best time over 5km is just under 37 minutes, but more often she struggles to get to 45.

Both of these wonderful people are inspirations to me.

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You may not have done it yet.

You may feel as though you’ve still got a long way to go.

You may have lost all belief in yourself.

But we still believe in you.

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Reading one book won’t necessarily change your life.

But reading lots of books over a long period of time will.

Going to the gym once won’t make much difference to your health.

But maintaining a disciplined, daily regimen of exercise over many years will.

One act of love won’t transform your marriage forever.

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