Everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle

Are you fighting a battle? Everyone is. Someone said, “Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.”

Penny and I were in Washington, DC this past weekend with our oldest daughter. We love that city.

everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Freedom is not free.

We experienced several new sites this time. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is impressive—you can’t help but appreciate the preciousness of liberty after experiencing it. Another new visit for us was the Washington National Cathedral.

Overlooking Washington, DC on a hill across the Potomac is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. We’ve visited this site several times before, but we wanted to see it again.

If you’ve seen the changing of the guard, and the watchfulness of the sentinels, you know it’s a moving, and even sacred ritual. The tomb is guarded twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, in any weather by the Tomb Guard sentinels.

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Don’t Worry About the HOW. The WHY and the VISION are What Matters.

What’s the better stance for you?

  1. I know exactly where I’m going and how to get there. I’ve developed a bulletproof plan.
  2. I can’t tell you precisely what’s going to happen, but I have a deep-down sense of what it is, and I’m open to what’s emerging in my life.

how to live

Welcome these times and seasons in your life: You want what the Creator’s designing, but you’re absolutely clueless as to “how” to get there.

Abraham was a consummate entrepreneur.  He was more than just a start-up or business entrepreneur as we know it today. Eternity touched his core … he was a history-shaper in close partnership with the Creator.

By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going … for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God (Hebrews 11:8, 10).

Abraham put everything behind him and was on a quest for what God was designing. This will always be more than what we think we are seeing for our lives.

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Modern-Day Moses

He’s (modern-day Moses) met the maker, he’s met the reason he’s alive and he’s on fire inside.

I came across this strong tune by Kendall Payne on Frank Viola’s blog. (Dive into Frank’s site … it’s a rich vault of content, inspiring us to leave the shoreline and go deeper with Christ.)

Do you want to feel something? Anything? There’s no feeling like personal destiny and the fire of God on the inside. Nothing comes close.

Invest several minutes with this song (complete lyrics after the jump):

God is after a people … “Let My people go.”  He is advancing history — pursuing His dream of restoring all things — through a new people.

What about you and I? What never-before-seen place do we fill?

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The Ultimate Superorganism: The Body of Christ

It’s late Sunday afternoon, and I just finished watching a video podcast …

It’s apparent the host and his guest are not Christ-followers. Yet, I find that quite often when I listen to fascinating conversations in various fields of interest, a concept will emerge which I can easily see has its ultimate realization in spirituality.

termite mound, superorganism

A termite mound made by the cathedral termite is a superorganism (Wikipedia)

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Can We Grow into Water-Walking Faith? (show Jesus your initiative)

water-walking faith, sea

Sure we can …

Jesus is our standard. Our model.

His activity seen in the Gospels of the New Testament is meant to spark in us the same works. He not only taught about the Kingdom of God, He modeled it. Jesus is our touchstone.

Shockingly, He said we are to do the same things He did, even more so!  … “I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father” (John 14:12).

It’s really a matter of being an apprentice of Jesus, growing up into His nature (we partake of the nature of God, 2 Peter 1:4). And let’s member, Christ’s nature includes His activities, His works.

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Do the Impossible – 50 Stellar Quotes (slideshow)

Penny and I are on a new, healthy eating plan, and it’s paying dividends. Even so, at times, there is a strong temptation to revert to past patterns we have known for a long time. My wife was having one of these temporary episodes last evening. (Believe me, I’ve had my own!)

But she said, “I need to read again about this new style of eating.” She was right. I once heard a leader say that whenever he loses some steam about a project he’s working on, he will sit down at a large desk or table and spread everything out — all of the plans and paperwork related to his project. Soon the fire returns.

We all know there are times we need to inspire ourselves. Or at least place ourselves in a position where we can be inspired by others.

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Embrace the Power of the Underdog

Are you facing a challenge of some type? If so, should you feel good about being the underdog?

It’s likely you should …

There are advantages to being an underdog — we’re forced to be creative and innovative. We step out of that limiting “box” to hopefully rise to a new level.

power of the underdog, david and goliath

The almost 3000-year-old account of David and Goliath is the perfect underdog touchstone. The ginormous Philistine arrogantly presumed how the contest would be played. He had no way of knowing what was coming at him.

Even more, he was absolutely clueless about who he was dealing with.

David was clearly seen by everyone as the quintessential underdog. But he operated in the sphere of his genius and shocked everyone. And we can too.

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