Category: Christian Living

Put Your Dream to the Test – 10 Quotes from John Maxwell

Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It, by John Maxwell

I am now in the empty nest, and so I found the book to be very apropos. I have been trying to figure out the next season of my life this past year. Here are some great quotes from the book. I limited it to ten, but I highlighted so much more.  Enjoy!

  1. When the dream is right for the person and the person is right for the dream, the two cannot be separated from each other.
  2. Everyone experiences failure in pursuit of dreams.  One of your goals is to keep hanging on…until you finally become successful.
  3. Do something every day that relates to your dream.
  4. The real difference between a dream and wishful thinking is what you do day to day.
  5. All dreams are outside our comfort zone.  Leaving that zone is a price we must pay to achieve them.
  6. Dreams don’t come quickly or easily. And the rewards often don’t come until very late.
  7. The timing will never be perfect for you to pursue your dream, so you might as well start now.  If you don’t, then next year you’ll be a year older and not a step closer to it.
  8. Lead your life instead of just accepting your life.
  9. If you want to achieve a dream…you have to be willing to pay a price…that’s why dream believers are in abundance and dream buyers are rare.
  10. When you’re 18, you worry about what everybody is thinking about you. When you’re 40, you don’t give a darn what anybody thinks of you. When you’re 60, you realize that nobody has been thinking about you at all!

Confidence To Take A Selfie

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My husband sent me a selfie this morning. I loved it. I tried sending him a selfie too, but I couldn’t find a selfie that I liked. So I didn’t. No matter how I moved my head or how I moved the phone around I couldn’t find an image I liked. Sigh!

I wish I had the confidence to snap selfies. I don’t like the way I look in them. I see a double chin, forehead wrinkles, baggy eyes, and a face that reminds me I need to work on losing weight.

I know so many women take selfies, and they send them out. And I think “Wow, they are so confident.” I wish I had that confidence, too. But I don’t like seeing my true likeness in these selfies. They are so unflattering.

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But you know there is another selfie that is even harder to take.

That is taking a selfie of my heart condition. This selfie I can’t take with my phone. I take this selfie with the Word of God. The hardest time I have during my prayer time is confession. I don’t want to get into the ugly parts of my heart. I don’t want to enumerate my sins. I just want to say generic terms like: “Lord, please forgive my selfishness,” or “Please forgive me for my lack of love for his person.”

But every time I read God’s Word, I am forced to take a selfie of my heart and soul. There is no ignoring the fact that my heart selfie is not so good. I read the Bible and Jesus says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” It is hard to read through these passages in my quiet time without feeling uncomfortable, and I just want to hurry and get to the end of the verses and move on.

The Bible is the camera that I hold out to take a picture of my soul. I don’t like the selfies I get from the Word of God. But I have no choice. God’s word is true. I must humble myself and know that I am not so righteous after all.

The selfie I want to see is the likeness of Christ in me. Although I am not willing to take a selfie with my phone, I am willing to take a selfie with God’s word. I may not like the selfie God’s word takes of my heart right now, but I know God is completing me, and one day it will be a perfect and righteous selfie. That is the selfie I want to see.

I don’t have the confidence to take selfies with my phone, but when it comes to Bible selfies, my confidence is Christ.

“Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.” – Psalm 26:2