Posts Tagged Success

The Chance to Begin Again – Thomas Crowl*

PHIL:3:13…No dear brothers and sisters, I am not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.

THE CHANCE TO BEGIN AGAIN

As I sat on the grass at my high school many years ago I listened to my track coach say…”Just when you are about to throw in the towel you will find a new depth within you…a second wind…to help you finish the race and find glory”. The coach looked around and saw many who shook their heads thinking he must be talking about someone else! I was thinking something else…maybe he’s right…maybe I do have that inner strength if I just pushed a little harder. This experiment would lead me to victory not only on the track but also in life. It seems like every time we reach a barrier a gentle voice is urging us on to be a little better. New Years is just such a time.

We are never too old…never lacking in knowledge…never without hope such that we cannot grasp the golden ring handed us by Paul’s words above for, just like my track coach, victory lies just beyond the next challenge. This time of year calls out for many “resolutions” that may never be kept. Weight Watchers…treadmill salesmen and an endless list of folks stand waiting to sell us on some new plan or device. In reality the greatest tool for our success was given us by our Savior. The chance to begin again needs no special tools, is not a mindless listing of promises that won’t be kept. It is the spark that gave us life and the promise of God for the blessing of eternity.

It is in the realization that we are perfect and possess all the capability to meet any challenge… the genuine hope for a better life…a better year…and the blessing of eternity that must live in our Christian spirit. When we begin to accept the perfection that gave up life on Calvary, that we might know grace, we find the absolute reassurance to finish the race. Draw in that sacred promise and fulfill the blessed hope God gave us at our birth and this year and all those to follow will be better for it.

HEAVENLY FATHER…Let us draw in the great strength that finds its being in your finest gift. Never let us forget you are always there for us urging us on to fulfill the special destiny that lives in this New Year.

PAUL’S ADVICE TO THE CORINTHIANS AND THE SPECIAL COURAGE TO BEGIN AGAIN IS GOD’S GREATEST GIFT TO MAN.

*Thomas Crowl is a retired judge living in Florida.

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168 Ways To Communicate Better Now Plus Two – 120 – 121 – 122

120. Visualize outcomes.

It clarifies your objectives.

Seeing is believing.

Others will buy into your vision.  

121. Visualize success.

It will be a magnet.

It makes the journey easier.

It makes the dream real.  

122. Volunteer.

Others need your help.

You need to be useful.

You will understand humanity better.

You’ll improve lives.

You will be a contributor.

 

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Promise Yourself – The Optimist Creed

Promise Yourself (The Optimist Creed)

Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can
disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to
every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel like there is
something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your
optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best,
and expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on the
greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give
every living person you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, and too
strong for fear, and to happy to permit the
presence of trouble.

(The Optimist Creed,  from The Optimist International

 

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168 Ways To Communicate Better Now – 120 – 121 – 122

120. Visualize outcomes.

It will clarify your objectives.

Seeing is believing.

Others will buy into your vision.  

121. Visualize success.

It will be a magnet.

It makes the journey easier.

It makes the dream real.  

122. Volunteer.

Others need your help.

You need to be useful.

You will understand humanity better.

You’ll improve lives.

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