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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Attacking Goliath — Overcoming

14 12 2011

Bill Lewis recently published an incredible blog on facing one’s goliaths.

I would impress upon each one of you to take the time to read his blog.  I have been eye-witness to the characteristic of overcoming by Bill.  A lot of individuals in today’s world of ‘experts’ have great advice on how to make changes in your life, but there are few men who talk through action and mentor from experience.  The LIFE business that Bill co-founded has a stated purpose to change lives through information and association in the 8F’s (faith, family, finances, freedom, following, friends, fitness, and fun).  Change is only temporary if there is no paradigm shift as Stephen Covey states. Leaders like Bill make their life, a pursuit of their obstacles.  Chase them down and destroy them for those that follow.

The point I want to make is this.   Are you attacking the goliath’s in your life or are you cowering on the sidelines.  I am experienced on both sides.  It is not easy to face the goliath’s that we have in our lives but it is necessary for growth.  In leadership and life you are getting ripe or you are going rotten.  The second you stop facing goliath’s and growing from the experience you are beginning to rot.  It is even more of a tragedy if you have a mentor that can help you defeat goliath but you still choose to run circles.— Bill Lewis

Mark Batterson stated that we are imprisoned by what we know.  This profound statement is true for all people.  What we don’t know and what we do know keeps us put.  And ‘put’ is on our backside wishing there was another way.  As Bill stated, the rocks were right in front of David and likely all answers are just before us. Most answers are found through the use of faith.  Some come as new experiences but most come through the courage to ask someone who has gone through the minefield 1st.  “Faith is unlearning the senseless worries and misguided beliefs that keep us captive” states Batterson.  Take the time to find a mentor in life. The benefits are far-reaching and life changing.  Then as we fight our ‘goliaths’, we have a wing-man to endure the fight.  Discover those goliaths and hunt them down!  Happy hunting!

I would also recommend you grab ahold of and listen to the audio CD’s “Facing your Goliath” and “Developing your David” by Orrin Woodward

God bless, Aron

Steel the mind and Tender the heart.





Courage in LIFE – continued….

12 11 2011

For full article by Bill Lewis, click on: Bill Lewis/Team/Life

In the shadow of Veterans’ Day, we look toward and remember the sacrifices of men and women throughout history whom protected the innocent with their lives and sacred honor.  You will see courage come through the story of Master Sergeant Benavidez which I retold recently or the above picture of the troops storming Normandy.  But it is greatly needed today on the battlefield of the American mind and heart!

Bill Lewis, co-founder of LIFE, published a blog about the state of integrity and courage in today’s news.  It is a must read for all Americans.  Follow his link on the right of this page to ‘What has happened to America’s character.  It brings the value of courage and fear face-to-face with reality.  I compel you, also, to listen to LLR  509 – The Churchill Factor by Kirk Birtles, because Kirk expresses how to overcome the issues in war for the minds of men.  I will allow you to hear it for yourself, but he talks about it in a conversation with Orrin Woodward about the fear of man.  Orrin had told Kirk that he fears no man.  If only North American men could develop the thoughts Orrin expressed to Kirk and back them through Christian foundations, where would we be?  Men should look to protect the innocent and expose the wrongs. The leadership fell apart on a university campus secondary to a lack of courage to do what is right.

I recently heard a pastor speak on this issue of courage.  He gave four points to improving our courage.

1)  Courage is Purpose Driven.  If asked of your purpose, how would you answer?  Would you state it boldly and it is seen in your eyes as truth? Are you taking each step with specific intent? As a Christian man or woman, do you use every moment to glorify God?  Life is all about the line between your purpose-filled goal and where you are right now.   We each have the ability to control distractions that make curves in the line.

2)  Courage is Persistent.  “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials” I Peter 1:6.  Do you stop at trials?  Is it a ‘no matter what’ or is it a ‘if only’?  Can you be called ‘tenacious’?  We will make endurance our ally.  I would encourage each of you to listen to ‘Rascal‘ by Chris Brady.   It can be found attached to the back cover of Brady’s book with the same title.

3)  Courage is Prepared to Die or Live.  There is joy in serving.  Not just jumping on the hand grenade for your comrades, but living a life of example for them.  We should be always doing our homework: listening to experience through seminars or CD’s and challenging our assumptions through books.  Working out mentally and physically for our time when it arrives.

4)  Courage is Pervasively Contagious.  You are the best motivation for your family, team, or associates.  Compel people to be courageous and integrity-filled through your actions.  It is said that true leadership is found in the front.  As you proceed forward, others will follow.

Bill Lewis took the time to share his heart on the current issues plaguing character.  But what is even more powerful is Bill’s courageous walk in LIFE and modeling the correct behaviors in all of his 8 F’s. He knows we can change our expected future only with courage.  Thanks, Bill!

God bless, Aron