Monday-June 20th 2016, Lose Yourself in Nature and Find Peace

Monday-June 20th 2016, Lose Yourself in Nature and Find Peace

This morning when I woke up I had that same uneasy feeling on the inside. Stress, worry, anxiety, “no-peace”. I knew how much work I had to do. I’ve got jobs piling up, deadlines, and I felt like I would never have enough time to get it all accomplished. These feelings and thoughts that I was having were not healthy thoughts and I knew that. As I walked out my front door to get some fresh air I looked down and saw a yard ornament that I had purchased years ago that said, “Lose yourself in nature and find peace”. I knew exactly what I had to do. I put on my rounded “explorer” hat, packed a backpack, and took a hike through my woods. It wasn’t that I wanted to procrastinate with my work, I just wanted to clear my mind and get these anxious feelings out of my body.

 

As I walked through the woods and spent some quality time with God’s creation, I found my inner peace. The deadlines faded away, the anxiety dissipated, and I gained some insight on a better way of living. My message today: work hard, but don’t waste another second worrying!

 

As I was walking I noticed all of the animals. I saw a few rabbits, squirrels, birds, and plenty of insects. I thought about all of the animals and insects and how they lived their lives. They work hard all day finding food and building nests. They have fun, play, and sing with each other. Do you think that they spend their time worrying? It reminded me of the bible scripture in Matthew (verses 25-27):  “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?  Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

 

I also thought about how there has always been a lot of work to do. There has always been a deadline. There always will be! Yet somehow I am still here. Somehow I still have these incessant thoughts of anxiety and stress about having to get it all done. Do you have similar thoughts and life patterns?

 

Here are my goals: simplify my life. Be like the animals and insects: that is to get up, work hard without worry, and rest when the day is over. To laugh, play, and sing some in between. To just live my life and enjoy what God has given me. If the stresses of life get to be too much, I’ll just take a nature walk and regain this clarity over my life.

 

O.K., I have to get to work. Happy Monday

Tommy Sapp

Monday-June, 6th 2016-An Ode to the Naysayers

Monday-June, 6th 2016-An Ode to the Naysayers

Here’s to the naysayers:

This is for the people who told me “you can’t do it!” For the ones who said it can’t be done. Here’s to the guy who told me when I was sixteen years old, “you won’t amount to anything in life.” Oh and how could I forget all of the people who said they would help me, said they would be there but never showed up. To all of you I say “thank you!”

 

You made me work harder. You helped me to understand the concept of resistance. You gave me the extra push I needed when I almost gave up in life. You showed me that I can’t always count on other people. I now understand how important it is to keep your word when you say that you are going to do something. Because of you, I did amount to something.

 

So here is an idea. It’s not a new idea but something that we could use in our journey. When they say you can’t or you face resistance, use it to your advantage. When you are on the brink of giving up, remember all of those people who said you couldn’t do it and use that to push you over the edge. The next time that someone doubts you just say “thank you”, and push forward with your dream!

Friday-June, 3rd 2016-The Warrior Code

Friday-June, 3rd 2016-The Warrior Code

Start living your life like a warrior! In whatever arena you are currently in you can function in the same manner that a warrior functions. Now I don’t mean that you should bring a sword to work and start a war! Being a warrior is a mindset change. Warriors live by a certain ethical code. Some of the attributes of a warrior are:

 

Vigor, courage, aggressiveness (going after it), valuing honor, faithful, loyal, sincere, merciful, respectful, and self-disciplined.

 

Having a warrior mindset means to adhere to this code and not your feelings! Are you ready to wake up that warrior spirit on the inside of you? Are you prepared to live by the warrior’s code?

 

Write down the attributes that you have and also the attributes that you are striving to live by. Make this your warrior code and start putting it into practice.

 

Friday-June 1st 2016-Summer Push!

Friday-June 1st 2016-Summer Push!

A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.

 

-John Maxwell

 

Summer is upon us and it is time to set some new goals. Today is the first day of June and if you are like me then you are probably looking for a “fresh start” in one or more areas of your life. I find it highly likely that there are areas that you have tried to improve in the past and have not succeeded. I bet there are goals that you have set that have never been reached. I want to encourage you by saying that you have not failed until you have stopped trying. Just like the quote from John Maxwell says, it is all about persistence. So how about we start fresh today and go for that goal again? If you slip, if you have a set-back, keep pushing and eventually you will cut through that rock.

 

Take a few minutes today to think about what goals you have never reached and what life improvements that you would like to make. Be persistent. Get up every single day and work hard to achieve those goals and sooner or later you will get that breakthrough.

Friday-May, 27th 2016-Facebook or FaKebook?

Friday-May, 27th 2016-Facebook or FaKebook?

Search today for what really matters. Quit getting caught up in things that seem important, but are soon forgotten. There will always be a crisis. There will always be another “problem” in life. Once you find out what really matters in life, find out what things are eternal or long lasting, then you can shift your focus to those things.

 

For me it’s God, family, other relationships, and my contribution to this world. It’s about living a life of service. I want to do things that won’t be forgotten the next day, but have lasting effects.

 

Facebook or Fakebook? We can get caught up in how many likes we get or how many friends we have. Don’t act you haven’t checked to see how many likes your posts have gotten. Here’s reality. After someone hits that like button, do you think that they remember your post? Do they think about it the next day? Is it making a difference in their life? I’m not saying Facebook is bad, but I’m saying to quit focusing on it so much, it is not reality. Focus on your priorities instead.

 

Make a list. I love the acronym of W.I.N. “What’s Important Now”. Make a list of your priorities and you can always remember to ask yourself the question of W.I.N. when you get caught up in things that don’t matter in life. I guarantee you that Facebook won’t be on that list, but how much time do we spend on it?

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Wednesday-May, 25th 2016-Short Fuse

Wednesday-May, 25th 2016-Short Fuse

Today I want to talk with you about being ambitious. The definition of ambition is a strong desire to do or achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work.

 

There are two quotes that I have been living by when it comes to ambition:

 

A dream without ambition is like a car without gas…you’re not going anywhere.

 

-Ambition is the path to success, persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.

 

I’ve had a bad habit of being a short fuse. I have had great ideas. I’ve always had BIG dreams. I’m the type of person who comes running out of the gate. “I’m only going to have only 2,000 calories today” or “I’m going to start that new project”. I usually start out really strong but I lack the persistence. I lack the follow through. I’m ambitious with the dream, but when the excitement of something new wears off, my short fuse burns out. Just ask my wife how many unfinished projects I have had.

 

Remember the definition of ambition was a “strong desire to do or achieve something”. I have that part down. In fact, my ambition in life right now is to write a book. I’ll just put it out there. In fact I have found that when you begin to tell others about your dream it becomes real. What I have been lacking is the second part of the definition. The “determination” and the “hard work”. So my resolve and what guarantees that I will complete this book is that I am determined to set aside time every day where I will work hard on my book until it is complete. I will finish this book!

 

What are your ambitions? Are you determined? Are you ready to put in the work?

Monday-May, 23rd 2016-Are you Ready to Commit?

Monday-May, 23rd 2016-Are you Ready to Commit?

Leadership is a choice and not a position. Time to time you may doubt that you are called to be a leader. You may doubt that you are called to do great things with your life. You may even doubt that you have a purpose. Sometimes you might say things like, “I’m not a leader, I don’t have any followers” or “I am not even in a leadership position in my life right now”. Again, leadership is a choice.

 

Being a leader or being great is about choosing to work just a little bit harder than everyone else around you. It is a grind. It is getting up early and working late. It’s having integrity and character. It’s a life of service to others. Leadership is a lot of things, but most of all it’s a lifelong commitment.

 

So I ask you, are you ready to make that choice? Do you want to do more with your life? Are you angry with yourself and where you are? Are there dreams that you’ve buried? If you make the choice to be a leader and start grinding, the followers, the leadership position, the promotions, and the self-mastery will come. Start now, right where you are, and don’t let your foot off of the gas pedal!