Quietude… Power in the calm

21 02 2012

I recently read an article by J.C. Ryle called “Peace! Be Still!”   This was an amazing description of Mark 4:37-40 where Jesus was awoken by His disciples during a raging storm because of their fear of death. –Pause–  Now I probably lost some readers and threw another group of readers into an analytical lens of how to look at Scripture.  I pray that you all stick around for the duration, because I may learn something.  Oh yah, you may also. –End Pause–

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I was born for the Storm….

17 01 2012

I hope you get a chance to read Bill Lewis’s recent blog, Are You Feeding Your Elephant? , and watch the short video.  What an amazing time of fun and celebration.  Just the thought of taking our buddies for a weekend to play and enjoy life is so exciting for Mary and I.  We build the LIFE business for these times.

Now I know that there may be one or two people out there that look at the adventure of driving cars and may say, “What a waste of time”.  But I would plead with you to continue reading.  Maybe no one else has ever felt like — It must be nice, or They are just showing me what they have and what I don’t have, or I’m not part of that group, or My situation will never allow me to have that.  Well I appreciate your sentiment because I have been there.  I want to give you a glimpse into what I have found.

A couple of years back, I heard a speaker say that she worked under the principle of — Have fun, Make money, and Make a Difference.  At least that is what she attempted to say.  The young lady misspoke and said, “Make funny..”   She quickly made the correction and moved on, but I am not so sure it was a slip of the tongue.  How many have heard that, “Life is fun”?  Some may say “Well, it ain’t fun, for sure!” But what if we could make the decision to Make funny — make our life fun.  Not pursue fun for fun sake, but find the humor in things without losing its importance.  Orrin Woodward– recipient of the 2011 IAB  Top Leader Award, exemplifies this attitude.  I picked him up at the airport a couple of days ago and he had a swagger about him that reminded me of a quote by President Andrew Jackson, “I was made for the Storm, the calm does not suit me”.  Not the steely-eyed conviction that grows with conflict like a General Patton, Maximus, or King Leonidas, which Orrin can produce if needed. But the attitude that whatever is going on, God planned it for good, so I am going to smile and enjoy the growth.  We can learn volumes from this.  What a pleasure to be around people like this.  They don’t make light of the situation, but bring light into the situation.   

What if we could take our moments and feed our elephant with fun?  What could change in our day if we didn’t take ourselves so seriously?  What if we woke up tomorrow and said that we were going to go out today and make someone smile?  What if in that process, you could discover their dreams and give them a picture of it?  Paying off a debt? Traveling to a warm island?  Driving that specific car?  Helping a loved one?  Spending time with a loved one?  Writing a check to a certain charity?

 I highly recommend listening to LLR 473  “Sprezzatura” by Chris Brady.   He illustrates this point so well.  Take time to enjoy and make fun part of your life.

God bless, Aron

Steel the mind and Tender the heart.





Grace and the AGO Series

4 12 2011

Recently the first instalment of the AGO series through LIFE featured the “Con of Man” by Chris Brady.

Chris has an incredible way of utilizing the Scripture to explain the ‘3C’s of Heaven and Hell’.  I would highly recommend you request to borrow or purchase this audio.  Whether you are one who considers yourself on a strong foundation or one confused on what is meant by a ‘foundation’, I believe this talk will enrich your life.  From the “foolishness of preaching’ wisdom is found.  Now I may lose my large following of readers at this point(likely it is now 1 – my wife, Mary) secondary to the thought of “here we go again. Another person who is going to preach to me”.  Just hold on.  Maybe even hold on tight.  I will at least give you something to comment on.

A couple of days ago, a friend of my father’s called me to tell me a story of his father.  I will do my best to retell the story. 

Several years ago, Fred’s father was approached by an oil drilling company in regards to drilling on their property.  The father was told that their was a large deposit of petroleum and that they would receive revenue checks for many years with the drilling.  The prospect came true and several checks began to flow in(no pun intended).  During this same time, Fred’s father was going through some strife with the grandmother.  To make the story short, the father ended up in a shouting match and cursed the existence of the oil well.  Fred happened to be there on this day, and thought in his heart when the great blessing of the revenue checks would literally dry up.  Sure enough, 6 weeks later, two representatives of the oil company knocked on the father’s house to tell him they were going to stop the pumping because the well was found unprofitable.  The pump was pulled. The well was capped, and the land returned to a corn field. [now hold on…   You may be one of those people, like I once was. “These two events are related?  For real?  Let’s get down to earth here!”  Just hold on and read on]

20 years go by…   Fred is now helping his father with some tree trimming.  Conversation breaks out with the father stating that another oil company came by a couple of days earlier to ask to drill on the former site again.  Apparently, the deposit is still there.  The father told the company with some excitement to begin drilling!  Fred hears this story and is amazed.  He asks his father to sit down and tells him the story(unknown to the dad) of being in the house the day of the argument and then the ensuing termination of the pumping well.  Fred expresses to his father about the need to follow God’s law and God’s rich grace and mercy to us.  His blessings to us without the deserving and His rich forgiveness through His Son. “God so loved the world…” John 3:16.   He stated to his father that God was giving the well back as a great gesture of mercy.  He stressed to his dad to watch his thoughts and words and know that this is God’s work.  Fred’s father dismissed the conversation as nothing of importance and within 2 hours, the father was back to his old ways of cursing and blaspheme.  Fred had remembered a story in the Old Testament very similiar where a captain mocked God and was killed within sight of a reward.  Fred’s dad observed the rich blessing of the oil well but died 22 days before the revenue checks returned again to his house. 

Fred told me that he remembered 2 Kings 6:24-7-20; known as the siege of Samaria. I encourage each and everyone to read this story.  The impact of the King, the Captain, and Elisha are far-reaching and impactful.  Whether you treat the Bible as a book of fables or as the Word of God, you know that the something can be gained from truth.  As I read through this passage, one comes to an understanding that there are powers at work that work for the good of His people and the glory of God. “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made…” Romans 1:20.  The King finds the truth in asking of God for help.  Elisha, a man of great wisdom, is there to expound on the Truth seeing what others don’t believe.  While the Captain, sees the blessings of God, but never gets to experience the blessings secondary to his mockery of God.  Now I am not one of the “Health and Wealth gospel” thinking. This states that good comes to those that are good and bad to those whom are bad.  So if you are only getting bad right now, you need to change something to experience God’s blessings. Read the story of Job and your thoughts will stray away from this.  But, I do believe God does want to bless His people and there is a lot of people out their that mock this Truth.  He asks for full submission in the Holy Spirit and faith in Jesus Christ’s finished work on the Cross. 

As Fred told me this story and encouraged me to read this passage from the Old Testament, I felt the deep concern God has for His children.  I have a deep interest in my children and only want what is needed for their well-being.  God reflects this and is concerned about you.  Look to Him in prayer and seek out someone in your path to help you with God’s great message of good news.  My prayer is for all you to have a personal relationship with your Savior.  As leaders, we need a rock to be our foundation.  Many are counting on us.  Look to the Truth.    And may I suggest looking into the AGO series from LIFE at www.the-life-business.com

God bless, Aron

Steel the mind and Tender the heart.