It's Time for Slow Motion

action motion preparation Mar 13, 2020

Every Season has its own purpose - and appropriate actions.

James Clear, in his book, Atomic Habits refers to two kinds of purpose.

Motion: is a time that refers to learning, gathering information or contacts, organizing, preparing and planning.

Action: is a time that refers to behaviors that produce outcomes or results.

Often people get the purposes of what they are doing confused.  Sometimes they think they are getting things done when they are only in motion.  And sometimes people try to take on action without necessary preparation.

As you consider this season, I encourage you that this is a time for motion.  Do what you can to deepen, clarify and prepare for the next season of your life that will unfold soon enough.

~ Coach Tom

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Three Wisdom Centers - Source Real Growth

gut head heart wisdom Feb 20, 2020

Wisdom is important.

It is the application of knowledge/understanding that comes from our Head, Heart and/or Gut. 

Here is a short (and a little shaky) video that speaks of relating to God, self and others through awareness of your Three Centers.

Let's all continue to grow in wisdom not just in age!

~ Coach Tom

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You Can "Blow It Up" Right Where You Are

placement plan purpose roles Dec 21, 2019

I walked into a friend’s office and I was surprised to see a large handwritten calendar on his wall that he used to scratch out each day as it passed.  He was using it (publicly I might add) to count down the days till he left his job.  He was using the calendar as one might if they were a castaway on a desert island, waiting to be delivered from their isolation, or as a prisoner counting out the days left on her sentence.

Maybe you aren’t as blatantly crossing off your days, but you may feel like your weeks are somewhat purposeless, meaningless or boring.  You may feel like you are passing your time more than living your life.

Today, I want to help you to lift your eyes … right where you are … to see your life from a totally different, life-changing vantage point.  Are you ready for a life-upgrade?

Recognize that you have been placed in your exact location.

This may seem strange to you, but God has placed you in your spot, you...

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Do You Want to Be Affirmed and Rewarded?

affirmation invest reward Nov 15, 2019

Do You Want to Be Affirmed and Rewarded?

There is a lot to be gained by understanding who you are and investing your life wisely.  There’s also a great deal at stake if you misunderstand, self-protect and do nothing.

The Good News:
You can have impact, be affirmed and rewarded in this life … and even the one to come. …

You’ve been Designed:
You’ve been created on Purpose with a Purpose.  “We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10).

  • You are His work of art to accomplish things He puts in place for you.

David sang out to God in Psalm 139:13-16 
“You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful; I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret...

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Your Life Story

Are you busy living your life, or are you aware of your storyline?  Your life is an adventure – a novel to be read, a screenplay to be enacted.  It is peppered with hopes, fears, destinies and barriers.  It is an emotional and gripping tale.

This world is “fallen.”  It is beautiful, and there is so much good within it.  Yet, it is marred deeply by sin.  The world is full of suffering, it touches every person and every corner of creation.  We fall and we suffer ... it is part of every life, everyone’s story.

Psalm 107 is a great – “slow read.”  We see again and again that when people were suffering, “They cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress.” (Psalm 107:6, 13, 19, 28)

When we cry out to God - from that desperate place, He hears us - and we “know” it.  Real prayers are desperate prayers.  They are the prayers that...

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Choices - Choose Well, It matters!

choices kingdom reap sow May 21, 2019

Life is a matter of choices.  Every day, we make a series of decisions. Some are trivial, such as what sox to wear, while others determine success or failure in our lives. Scripture clearly reveals that we are who we are, and we are where we are because of the various choices we have made. We make choices - and then our choices make us!  What you consistently choose will mark your life.

I once read of “the Law of Focus.”  It states that “What we focus on, we make room for.”  If you focus on making an “A” in a class, you will make room for the necessary study.  If you focus on dating a certain person, you will make room in your schedule to get near him/her.  The focus of our lives starts to determine the kind of input we receive, and that input begins to create a kind of thought-atmosphere in our minds.  Our repetitive thoughts then determine our choices, and those choices determine our destiny.

Thus, our...

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Sky Diving ... Say What? It was Awesome

Uncategorized Mar 22, 2019

Sky Diving in tandem is an exercise of trusting other - and of risking your life!  Both can expand your life in exhilarating ways!

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Don’t Get Caught Fantasizing

greater formaton Mar 08, 2019

Do you ever find yourself worrying about your career future – your position at work, your title or responsibilities?  Do you wonder how valuable you are – whether your skills should be “seen” more clearly by others, whether you should be promoted and/or paid more?  These are common questions – and feelings.  They are probably asked more silently and out loud in the United States than in any other country in the world.  We are often caught up in positions, effectiveness, responsibilities and remunerations.

James, John and their mom came to Jesus one day with a request.  Mom wanted her boys to have the highest positions in Jesus’ coming kingdom.  Jesus gave an interesting response.  He made it clear that Kingdom leadership – and Kingdom participation for that matter – involves great suffering.  There is a cost to following Jesus.  He also said that in terms of position, “These places...

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Do You Have a Dream?

Uncategorized Jan 11, 2019

Where do you want to go with your life? 
What do you want to be? 
What do you want to accomplish? 
What do you want to do for others?

Have you asked yourself any of these kinds of questions lately?  Possibly not.  It’s hard to lift our heads from the weekly treadmill to think of the big questions of purpose and direction.  It can also be scary. 

Isn’t dreaming of a future for myself a selfish pursuit?  Shouldn’t I content myself with my life rather than spend time considering the future?  What if when I am very honest with myself, I find I don’t have any dreams, sense of purpose or aspirations?  Maybe my lot is to be a “worker bee” – someone who goes through life without many highs, lows or accomplishments. Maybe dreaming isn’t for me.  What if I allow myself to dream big, but can never realize my dreams?  What if my dreams exceed my abilities?  Wouldn’t it be...

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When God’s Promise is Too Big

Uncategorized Dec 12, 2018

Have you ever received a thought, image or a “word” from the Lord that was bigger than you could handle?  Maybe it was an idea regarding what He wanted to do in your life, or what He might want to do through you, in your family, work or future.  The impression may have been accompanied by excitement and a sense of faith, but soon it became too much to believe.  Possibly it would require more on God’s part than you had faith to believe, or maybe it demanded more from you than you thought you could give.

Zechariah was doing “temple duty” as a priest when an angel appeared to him.  This was not just any angel, this was Gabriel who appeared to Daniel in the Old Testament (Daniel 8:15) and who stood in the presence of God.  He was sent from God to speak great things to Zechariah concerning a child that would be born to him and Elizabeth - though they were now “very old.” (Luke 1)

This promise was more than Zechariah could...

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