Getting Stronger

Here’s an insight from biology and anatomy that we can apply to any area of life and work.

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You’re at the gym doing resistance training with free weights. One of the exercises in your routine is to work out your calves by standing upright while holding two dumbbells at your side.  You rise up on your toes and then lower again. You’ve worked up to 2 sets of 20.

I’ve recently learned that the key to toning and building muscle tissue is that on your 2nd set, your last few reps need to push you to the point of muscle exhaustion. This is the point where it would be very uncomfortable to go any further.

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Extreme Mountain Biking — Insanely Dangerous Ride on the Cuillin Ridgeline

Danny Macaskill is a Scottish daredevil, an extreme mountain cyclist. In this short film he returns to the Isle of Skye, Scotland, his native home, and defies death on the Cuillin Ridgeline.

As I watched this, I thought about risk tolerance. Am I too risk-averse? I’m not going to bike a ridgeline. But there are other areas to think about. Macaskill inspires us to transcend our territory in life and work …

Heaven Can Breathe Anything into Your World

He specializes in mixing dust with breath… He can breathe anything into your world.

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And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. — Genesis 2:7 NKJV

This is the life-essence of our origin as humans—the mixing of dust with heaven’s breath.

Can we not believe, then, that He can breathe anything into our personal world? This is where it begins. The personal world. Then, with lives overflowing, He renews and continues to create in the world-at-large through us.

You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the earth. — Psalm 104:30 NKJV

Is there dust in your personal world? Does something need to come into existence ex nihilo—out of nothing? Or is there dust because something has decayed and needs to be restored?

And then, where is it in the larger world that you long to see His breath fill the earth through you?

Be inspired. He specializes in mixing dust with His breath… He can breathe anything into your world.

Related: Don’t Worry About the HOW. The WHY and the VISION are What Matters. and God is Ginormous… so Play Big!

image credit: Marsel Minga (creative commons, flickr)

This is Not the Time to Get Weak-Kneed

This is not a time to get weak-kneed.

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When Jesus was told by the Pharisees that he should leave the area because Herod wanted to kill him, he referred to the king as a “fox,” and sent a message back to Herod … he would remain for another 2 days, healing the sick and casting out demons, and then he would reach his goal.

Clearly in command of his own agenda.

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