Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
FIND A PURPOSE
More than anything else, having a sense of purpose keeps a person going in the midst of adversity.
Identifying your mountain, your purpose in life, so that the work you do is meaningful.
Are you of the people in every day life who are basically climbing the wrong mountain.
People who have spent 20 years or more of their lives doing something that has no deep purpose for them. Suddenly they look back and go,
What have I been doing?
If you are a purpose-driven person naturally, then you probably already possess an innate sense of direction that helps you overcome adversity.
But if you’re not, then you may need some help.
•Get next to people who possess great desire.
•Develop discontent with the status quo.
• Search for a goal that excites you.
• Put your most vital possessions into that goal.
Visualize yourself enjoying the rewards of that goal.
If you follow this strategy, you may not immediately find your ultimate purpose, but you will at least start moving in that direction.
As Abraham Lincoln said,
“Always bear in mind that your resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing.”
HOW SURE ARE YOU THAT YOU ARE CLIMBING THE RIGHT MOUNTAIN?
2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”
“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.”
“I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.”
G. K. Chesterton
Leaders Leading Leaders
The two brothers
Once upon a time, two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side by side, sharing machinery, and trading labour and goods as needed without a hitch. Then the long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference, and finally it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence.
One morning there was a knock on John’s door. He opened it to find a man with a carpenter’s toolbox. “I’m looking for a few days work,” he said. “Perhaps you would have a few small jobs here and there. Could I help you?” “Yes,” said the older brother. “I do have a job for you. Look across the creek at that farm. That’s my neighboor. In fact, it’s my younger brother. Last week there was a meadow between us and he took his bulldozer to the river levee and now there is a creek between us. Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I’ll go him one better. See that pile of lumber curing by the barn? I want you to build me a fence – an 8-foot fence – so I won’t need to see his place anymore. Cool him down anyhow.”
The carpenter said, “I think I understand the situation. Show me the nails and the post hole digger and I’ll be able to do a job that pleases you.” The older brother had to go to town for supplies, so he helped the carpenter get the materials ready and then he was off for the day.
The carpenter worked hard all that day measuring, sawing, and nailing. About sunset when the farmer returned, the carpenter had just finished his job. The farmer’s eyes opened wide, his jaw dropped. There was no fence there at all. It was a bridge – a bridge stretching from one side of the creek to the other! A fine piece of work – handrails and all – and the neighbour, his younger brother, was coming across, his hand outstretched. “You are quite a fellow to build this bridge after all I’ve said and done.” The two brothers stood at each end of the bridge, and then they met in the middle, taking each other’s hand.
They turned to see the carpenter hoist his toolbox on his shoulder. “No, wait! Stay a few days. I’ve a lot of other projects for you,” said the older brother. “I’d love to stay on,” the carpenter said, ” but I have many more bridges to build.”
Everyday we have the choice of building fences or bridges. One leads to isolation and the other to openness.