How Do You Describe Your Potential?

How do you describe your potential?

Do you focus on your obstacles?

So many times I have limited myself, not because of my potential, or even my obstacles, but because of my thinking. I tell myself I can’t, without even really trying. If I try and don’t succeed the first time it doesn’t mean I failed, it just means the first effort was unsuccessful. Do I give up or try again? That is a decision. That is a decision we all have the opportunity to make. Do we, or is it too hard?

My friend George Guzzardo posted this inspiring video that caused me to examine myself.

Watch this inspiring video and be honest with yourself…..do you and I really have obstacles?

I think most of us would all be embarrassed to say we did.

Rather than watch and be embarrassed, let’s watch and be inspired into ACTION.

Trystan says; “It you don’t try you will never know what could have been”

Act until we succeed or as Trystan says; “You have to try new ways to live your fullest potential. If I can do that, you can surely do that.”

Be Thankful for who we are, but strive to be all we have been created to be!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Birthday

We as people seem to love to celebrate. Growing up  my parents always had a party to celebrate each of our birthdays. Likewise as we had children we had a party each year to celebrate their birthdays. We have anniversary parties for friends and family members. We’ve had engagement parties and bachelor parties, baby showers, and house warming parties. In fact my wife and I once went to a wedding in Poland where the celebration lasted a week. Yes everyone in the world seems to love a party!

We seem to have a party for everything.

Here is a list of a few I found;

Christening Celebrations First Holy Communions
Bar/Bat Mitzvah’s Reunions
Birthday Parties Pool Parties
Sweet 16’s Beach Parties
New Born Celebrations Retirement Dinners
School Dances Holiday Parties
Proms EMT Annual Awards Dinners
Block Parties Wet downs
Wedding Receptions Boat Parties
Fundraising Events Night Clubs
Corporate Events Singles Dances
Karaoke Sing-a-long College Formals
Dance Parties Graduation Parties
Anniversaries And many more!!!

At Christmas, we commemorate one of the most significant events in history, a party if you will, the birth of Jesus Christ. Just about the whole world will celebrate (whether they believe in Jesus or not) the birth of Jesus. Not unusual to celebrate someone’s birthday. Every year millions of people celebrate birthdays by throwing a birthday party for a friend or family member. But Christmas is an unusual birthday. First it is the biggest birthday celebrated that I know. But it is unusual for another reason, as Pastor Stephen Davey says; “imagine celebrating a birthday and buying a gift for everyone but the one whose birthday it is. Take that one step further by saying that everyone will be invited but the birthday boy”

In your home this Christmas, will you invite Jesus to his own party, so he can celebrate with you? If you invite him not just into your home this Christmas, but into your heart, then he can celebrate for you not just his birthday but yours (John 3:16). You can then experience Christmas with a joy by knowing the true meaning of the celebration of Christmas, the birth of your Savior.

Mary – A Woman of Strength

Imagine a young girl from obscurity to prominence. Imagine coming from a small town to becoming world renown and the without a doubt the most recognized woman of all times. Who is this young woman? Mary – the mother of JESUS

This young girl who was a virgin and soon to be married is confronted by an Angel who said;

‘The angel went to her and said; “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you”. Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. You will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered, “May it happen to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.’ (Luke 1:28-38)

What a sudden confusion she must have experienced. Try wrapping your mind around what just happened to this young lady. Soon to be married, a virgin, and now not only to give birth, but without conception as we know it, and then to be told you will be giving birth to the Son of God. How did she respond? Her response was simply; “I am the Lord’s servant, may it happen to me as you have said”

The consequences living in any time with that type of announcement would bring a host of difficulties for any woman, but to live in a day and place where customs and expectations for a woman were quite different than today, elevate the pressure she must have experienced to a level few people could have endured. People gossip and can be cruel and I’m sure while living in a small town the looks and talk had to have caused her consternation.

Joseph and Mary lived in north Israel, and Bethlehem was in the south. God arranged circumstances so that Mary, even though she was very pregnant, had to travel to Bethlehem as prophecy dictated:

“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem, the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who has pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room in the inn.” (Luke 2:1-7)

It takes a strong woman to travel a distance when expecting a child (remember were not talking a Cadillac Escalade with heated seats). Then to give birth in such a lowly place as a stable and to place your child in a feeding trough knowing you are giving birth to the Son of God and never complain but to be grateful.

As she raised her child to an adult there was conflict in her family as even Jesus’ younger brothers didn’t believe in him. They made fun of him and mocked him. Imagine the pain Mary had to endure with not only disbelief and talk from outside the family but also the conflict within her own family.

“Jesus’ brothers said to him; “You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him.” (John 7:3-5)

As Mary watched her son grow she must have heard the criticism of him as many refuted he was the Messiah. She must have continued to receive criticism herself as she was his mother and it was she who received the message from the Angel proclaiming she would give birth to “The Son of the Most High”. I’m sure the Internet Critics of the day were busy tearing her down and belittling her giving birth as less than honorable.

Mary was there as her son was crucified on the cross, to witness the ultimate denial and criticism of his claim. How many people, man or woman could have handled as Mary did the criticism she sustained from her son’s birth to death, an entire lifetime?

As we approach this Christmas day to celebrate the birth of Christ, remember the woman of strength who was chosen to serve as bearer of the Savior of Man.

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible NIV (New International Version)