“Calling Out to God” (Mirabai Starr)

The secret essence of the soul that knows the truth is calling out to God: Beloved…strip me of the consolations of my complacent spirituality. Plunge me into the darkness where I cannot rely on any of my old tricks for maintaining my separation.

Let me give up on trying to convince myself that my own spiritual deeds are bound to be pleasing to You. Take all my juicy spiritual feelings, Beloved, and dry them up, and then please light them on fire.

Take my lofty spiritual concepts and plunge them into darkness, and then burn them.  Let me only love you, Beloved. Let me quietly and with unutterable simplicity just love you.

“Why Feeling Sorry for Yourself is Ruining Your Life” (Donald Miller)

I’ve a friend who can’t hold a job. He’s actually had some great jobs, but he can’t keep them. And for each job he’s lost, he’s a story about how bad his boss was, how much they overworked him, how silly their systems were or some similar excuse.

Over time I’ve realized my friend suffers from a victim mentality. I noticed it because I used to have it myself. But in the last few years I’ve realized a victim mentality costs me success, relationships and inner peace.

A victim mentality means we consistently look for reasons life isn’t working out the way we want.

But here’s the reality…Very few things in life work out exactly as we’ve planned. But if we don’t play the victim, very often things turn out great and often they turn out even better than we could have dreamed.

Why do people play the victim? Because playing the victim means they don’t have to try, it means they don’t have to take responsibility, and often it means people will feel sorry for them and give them attention.

But make no mistake, it’s a spiritual cancer that in the long run may cost you everything.

Tim Schurrer, who runs Storyline plays golf every so often with Olympic skater Scott Hamilton. Recently while they were golfing, Tim noticed something. When Scott hit a poor shot, he only gave himself five seconds to be frustrated. He had such incredible control over his mind that he refused to dwell on his mistakes or misfortune. He’d likely learned this from all those years of training, where falling on the ice in competition means you have to recover physically and mentally at light speed. If you don’t you’ll never beat your competition.

What Scott does, as a knee-jerk reaction, is to make a quick list of why the bad thing that happened could actually be good. Missing a shot means he learns something about his swing. Missing a shot is humbling, so he isn’t tempted to get arrogant. Missing a shot means he gets to teach the people around him how to keep a disciplined mind. In seeing the world this way, Scott continues to get better and better. It’s the mentality of a champion.

If we feel sorry for ourselves, we’re enabling our own tendency to fail. Let’s not. Our teams are depending on our best work. Our families are depending on our best work. Don’t ever let self pity take you down.

This may be the greatest lesson I’ve learned in my professional career. And the better I get at it, the more potential I have. I’m convinced the same is true for you.

Hope it helps.

Sincerely,

Donald Miller, Founder, Storyline and StoryBrand

SOURCE: Storyline Blog

“Who You Are” (Martin Laird)

Your problem is, you don’t know who you are. Let me tell you who you are. You are a ray of God’s own light. You say you seek God, but a ray of light doesn’t seek the sun; it’s coming from the sun.

You are a branch on the vine of God. A branch doesn’t seek the vine; it’s already part of the vine.

A wave doesn’t look for the ocean; it’s already full of ocean.

“Threshold” (Robert Morneau)

An invisible line surrounds us.
Though unseen it’s as real
as one that is drawn in the sand.
Cross it,
and we are in a new realm
entanglement in a love affair,
blessedness of God’s life and grace.

Mary crossed the threshold with her “fiat,”
Abelard and Heloise in their embrace,
the founding fathers in the Declaration of Independence.

Each of us decides—perhaps each day—
to cross or remain behind that invisible line,
that threshold into a new horizon
that forever changes our destiny.

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