Archives For Dreams

Inside every one of us is the dream of a destiny and a calling.

Somewhere deep inside is a cry for a purpose, a calling that will reveal our place in this world. These dreams all look different, but mine went something like this.

There I was walking along on a cold and dreary day the Oregon rain falling on my face when out of nowhere a light pierced the darkness. This light sliced through the darkness, as a host of angels begin to sing, Welcome to the Jungle.

From the light, a voice like Morgan Freeman’s boomed, “This is Zechariah Newman, and he is here to save the world!” The voice went on to detail exactly what I was to do and how long I would have to work. And yes, the angels were still singing.

This revelation would, obviously, transform my life. I would travel the world, work four hours a week, help millions of people, and make millions of dollars. A win-win for humanity—and me. I would be a cross between Mother Teresa and Richard Branson.

Maybe your dreams don’t include angels, 1980’s classic rock, or a voice like Morgan Freeman. Okay, it probably doesn’t include any of those things. However, there is one thing universal to dreamers: the great tension between reality and our dreams.

What we’ve dreamed up in the spaces in between our ears and beating in our chest can make us go emo.

Depressed and disillusioned we can give up our dream of a purposeful life.

Happiness won’t last when expectations are attached to them.

When we have expectations, we are in a constant state of comparing our reality to our dream. Hence the emo rollercoaster. Up down and sideways we allow emotions to be the running engine to the dream. So, we give up one day and want to conquer the world the next day. Stopping and starting we will never gain momentum.

A much better way then expectation is appreciation.

When we are grateful we have energy and passion to pursue that is in our heart and mind.

Appreciation allows us to work on today’s work today. It focuses us on what is right and we produce more of the good we see around us. Striving is removed and a focused joy will settles in.To raise my appreciation I do these 5 things.

  1. Start with God. The Bible says seek Him first and all these things will be added. When I start with God as my source I have appreciation in my heart and mind.
  2. I thank God for anything big and small.
  3. I list 5 things I am grateful for that can never be taken away.
  4. I see in you. I have one conversation with someone about the good I see in them every day.
  5. I exercise daily to get endorphins flowing that physiologically make me feel better.

When I build these 5 daily disciplines into my life I lose my expectations and they are replaced with anticipation and appreciation. As you chase your dreams remember you are blessed beyond measure with the right prospective. Be blessed on your journey.

How do you stay appreciative?
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The Mile

Zechariah Newman —  March 2, 2017 — Leave a comment

This last weekend I ran the Phoenix Marathon. I love marathons because they are just like chasing a dream.
Phoenix is my fourth marathon in my third state, and I have a dream goal to run one in every state. This marathon was a special one for me because my mentor and friend moved a year ago, to Arizona. We ran together and had a great time catching up.
Marathons hurt.


Marathons hurt and for me, they take a long time, but there is beauty in them as well. There are new people you meet things to look at and if you’re lucky great conversation. The thing that amazes me is that every marathon I get a life lesson. This marathon was no different.
Here is the wisdom from this marathon.
Enjoy the mile you’re in.
This was the mantra for the run but more importantly one I need to apply to my life.
Marathons are many different races within one.
In the beginning, you are excited and nervous. You are unsure if you will make it and have many concerns but you move forward with anticipation. In this stage of the race, you need to load up on liquids and slow down, or you will burn out.
Dreams are the same way, in the beginning, you are nervous, and your nervous energy can get you to sprint when you should be patient and pace yourself. Fill up with things that will energize you in the long run and practice restraint in your pace.
Slow and steady beat fast and empty every day of the week. Fill up and slow down. Enjoy the mile.
In the middle section of the race, you get bored. Nervous energy leaves your body and mind, and the ache starts to set in. You may find yourself slowing down, and you need to make sure your pace is maintained. Confidence is gained, but you are agonizing over the steps to go. You need to focus on what is right in front of you.
Dream chasers in this section need to have tenacity. When the dream loses it’s shine your dedication to the craft is shown. Don’t focus on what is ahead, focus on the mile. Keep your pace strong to reach your dream.
Fall in love with the process. The process will keep you when excitement is replaced with the grind. Enjoy the mile.
At the end of the race, your whole body hurts. Boredom is gone, and pain has replaced it. You wonder if you have what it takes, and want to quit. You are tempted to look at the whole race and get discouraged. You must focus on one object and reach that then focus on the next one. You must push down your emotions and put your shoulders back and grind out each step.
Dream chasers must stop asking themselves how they feel the longer the dreamer has chased a dream. They must focus on the next step and not focus on the steps behind them. Only the steps that are in front.
Embrace the pain of the step. Enjoy the mile.
There is beauty all-around as you focus on the mile you’re in and not the marathon. Eyes up, take a step, and power through. Be blessed on your journey.

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This last nine months life has been a whirlwind for me. It has been a mixed bag of everything from a nervous breakdown and health scare, sickness in my family, and more responsibility than time. In the last year, I gave up on my long-term dreams to write a book that people actually would read. My dream that I was shooting for felt like it would never happen and in the end, I laid it down and honestly thought I was done writing on this platform. I became jaded by the whole thing. Thinking things like, “Why was everyone else getting this platform thing to work, and I wasn’t? Why was it easy for them? I don’t want it anyway.” My identity became so wrapped into how many times something got shared. I found myself in comparison mode and depressed. Feeling like a fake and a hack I stepped aside, writing two posts in 9 months.

I think we all have moments of feeling like a failure and questioning our worth. We all struggle, we just struggle with different things in different ways. It is easy to want to be made different, but in reality the desire to want to be different than who we are is a trap to put us on the sidelines. I have never had trouble moving with the end in mind. I can envision what I want and what it will be like to achieve the desire in my heart. However, this can make me focused on what has not come to completion. If you have a dream in your heart, I have a few cautions for you.

Who is your dream for? We can act more sacrificial than we are. The reality is that your dream is a mix of wanting to help people, but also a self-serving portion. The longer I pursued my dream, the less it became about help and the more it became about me. I needed a refocus on who this dream was for, that it wasn’t about me. When you get frustrated, remember it’s not about you. Ask yourself, how can I serve others better?

One is all that matters. If you want to help people you need to treat each customer, email subscriber, or employee as an actual person. Dream big, but never greater than serving one human being at a time. It is tempting to play the numbers game and not the life transformation game. Growth only tells us if we are doing a good job of serving the one person that is listening to us. Ask yourself, how can I serve just one person better?

Priority. Priority is a simple word to write, however, a hard thing to practice. We can become a slave to our dream instead of having it flow out of our lives. There will be a time that you stay up too late, work too hard, and get out of priority, but have checks and balances in place so that out of priority doesn’t become your new standard.

Calendar. If you are going to chase any dream that is in your heart, it will take over. Sit down and calendar out the year. Start with personal days and family vacation days, then move into significant events, and lastly the dream and how you are going to get there. If you don’t put it on the calendar, it won’t happen. My wife and I want to go back to Hawaii and I believe we have said “next summer” for the last four years. Life happens. Plan it or you are lying to yourself and your family about what you are going to do.

At the end of the day, my dream not being comfortable is one of the greatest gifts of my life and it can be that way for you with the right perspective. When your vision looks dead, it will challenge your why and your ulterior motives. Don’t give up, however, you may need to step back and take a break. A new direction may be required. Take some time to yourself and your family. Life is short, but it is also long. Make sure to step back and refuel. Focus on others and run in such a way that honors the dream giver. Be blessed on your journey.

What cautions do you have for dream chasers?

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I want answers, and I want them now. As I sit on the precipice of a major life decision I want reassurance from everyone and no discouragement.  That’s why we ask so many people what we should do. Searching for the answers on the outside and not looking inward at what God has been speaking. Can’t trust myself and what I feel God saying I need a second, third, fourth, and hey a thousand agreeing voices really would be nice. Then if something happens, I can blame them. Look all these people thought it was a good idea. Like a child wanting someone to blame, to remove my responsibility. “Go through the process,” my pastor keeps telling me. I hate the process. The process sucks!

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Reaching my arm out slowly wanting to grab hold but afraid to let go. I’m stuck in the middle between faith and fear. Frozen like a deer in the headlights, between safety and adventure. Standing in the in between, I am about to go splat.

Like, could all the lights to go green before I take a step. Can I get a stamp of guarantee?

That’s what I want to know, the beginning to the end. Is that too much to ask? A little god-like power would be nice.

No mystery, no trust needed.

The reality of calling and following Jesus is much different than my no trust plan. Often it is like driving through fog. We are moving along feeling are way around not able to see more than a few yards in front of us. When driving in fog, you don’t stop because you will get rear-ended by others struggling to see. You don’t go fast either because you could run into someone or venture off the road. You simply plod along waiting for the dense fog to lift. Eyes fixated on what you can see. No thirty thousand foot views here. We only think that this is the way to go, and we are trusting God for the rest. Fixated and dedicated to the little bit we can see, we do our best on what is right in front of us. We trust Him that eventually the fog will lift, and it will all make sense. We must live through the principles to get to the promise.

Why do God’s principles have to be the opposite of what I want? Sow then reap. Believe then see. Give your life to get one. Make yourself a slave to Christ to be free. Die to self to be born again. It is always the principle before the promise. But at least, there’s a promise. Do you know what is on the other side of emotion?

Nothing!

If we trust emotion, we are deceived. Emotion makes us foolishly wonder around zigzagging from one excitement to another. Emotion causes us to quit right before the fog lifts. Emotion causes us to settle for safety instead of PEACE. Emotion confuses lust with LOVE. Emotion mixes up happy with JOYFUL. Emotion leaves us empty and wanting more. However, there is a promise behind every principle

Here are a few promises of God:

He promises to be with us.

He will give you wisdom if you wisdom if you ask for it.

If you bring your request to God and refuse to worry, you will have peace that transcends all understanding.

If you seek Him, you will find Him.

Trust and faith are needed in the principle before every promise, and it’s not easy to trust sometimes. We have been let down by people and wonder if God will do the same. We have are eyes on the result all the while God is asking us to be formed and molded in the process. We are invited into trusting the process. Into allowing Him to mold you and shaped you. He promises to finish the good work that He began. Will we embrace the process and trust God on the journey? Trust the One who knit us in our mother’s womb. Trust even when we think it sucks. Only then can we be blessed on the journey.

Do you struggle to move?

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I have struggled off and on with faith and how that works with my analytical thinking. I don’t struggle with all faith, but mostly “balancing” my   t-chart personality with God’s plan. Somehow charting my course and weighing out the pros and cons can feel like a lack of faith. Struggling in my own mind can take precedence over weighing the calling of my heart.

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It can be hard to figure out what God wants and it can leave many people including me zigzagging through life. When things go well and smooth God must be in it and when things are tough perhaps I picked the wrong path. I know I’m not alone with this thinking and unfortunately it sidelines many people at times.

Our life’s journey is like sailing.

Chart the course. No journey is taken without a direction. It is not a lack of faith to plan, weigh, and proceed in a direction. In fact, this can be a step of great faith to plan out and set goals. Often I have associated God’s movement in only sudden things or surprises, however, He is in the planning with the right heart and mind. I, just like you, am created in the image of God and my t-chart mind was created by Him and for Him. Chart your course and plan your steps.

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” ~Proverbs 16:9

Raise the sails. Faith comes into our lives as raising the sails. Charting the course is needed. Until you exercise the faith of raising the sails you will remain in the harbor. You will be safe and sound existing in the harbor, but the open sea journey is where living happens. Faith in action. Raising the sails is our main part of the journey. God always has His part and He always wants us to do our part. Partnering with Him is one of the greatest blessings of this life. Raise your sails to prepare for the wind.

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. – John A. Shedd

Use the rudder. With the ocean pushing on us from side to side, slowly and sometimes quickly it can yank us off track. A constant readjusting is necessary to stay on the narrow path. We will fail, we will get distracted, and life will always demand us to steer back in line. The rudder for me is the Word of God. This puts my life back on center. The Word fills, sustains, and helps me to remain. The Bible has every answer. Sometimes indirectly, but it’s there if we are willing to look. Alive and powerful the Word of God examines us. Allow the Bible to be your rudder on your great journey.

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” ~Hebrews 4:12

THE WIND. God’s will and plan is the wind. It doesn’t mean that it will be smooth and easy sailing because sometimes you maneuver into the wind winding back and forth. This is called tacking. Too often we think of ease as being God’s will when many times in the Bible it points to the opposite. We may go with or against the wind in sailing, however, some sort of wind is needed to move the boat. Without wind sailboats sit idle rolling with the waves being cast about. We are powerless on our own and in this recognition of powerlessness is might and strength because we turn towards the One with all power.

We take the course we think God is leading to the best of our abilities. We do what we think God is leading and if we are wrong we must trust that He will gently redirect us. No matter what God’s promises are true for your life; both consequences and blessings. It does not say IF you pick the right path God will be with you, but that He will be with you. Do your part of charting the course, raising your sails, set the rotor, and trust the wind to guide you. Without the wind we are nothing and that is where trusting God is so important. Trusting that He is gentle and good and has a plan to prosper and not to harm you as long as you go with the wind instead of fighting against it. You are called according to His purpose. Now be blessed on your journey.

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With the fast approaching of New Year’s, it is a time when I and many others look back at the year and plan for 2016. This year I have had so many good things happen, however, it has also been a year where I have lacked focus and intentionality. I was moved too often by emotion and ran from exciting thing to exciting thing. With my family, health, spiritual life, and personal finances I would draw this year up as a success, but with my business both online and offline I lacked more focus as I would have liked. That’s a nice way of saying I adopted a shiny thing syndrome this year. “Oh look at that! That looks cool, I’ll try that. Oh wait, look at that!” This would sum up my year in business. It has not been a year of failure, although I need to come up.

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“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams

I am dedicated to getting more out of 2016. Here are 5 things I am using to set and keep my goals.

Make Plans. Where do you want to be in 12 months? Year goal setting is really as simple as asking that question and writing down what you want. As a Christian I get caught up in thinking, Is this what God wants? Though that should happen it shouldn’t be an excuse to not move. If you are frozen in fear, stutter stepping with every goal and plan, stop it! What I have begun doing now is praying and then moving in where I think I should go. If you don’t have a point of reference in where you are going you will not get there. Make a plan for 2016 to get more out of it.

Proverbs 16:3 Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established.

Submit Plans. Just like submitting our architecture plans to the building department, you and I need to submit our plans to God. We do not want to get frozen in fear, however, we do need to remember that without God we are a shell of what He intended. It is all about Jesus and sometimes I can get caught up in my goal that I forget this foundational thing. If we submit our plans to God, we need to trust that if we our outside of that plan He will guide us and put our feet back on our path. Submitting your plans to the Lord is necessary to get the most out of 2016.

Psalm 37:5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.

Shut up? There is a great Ted talk by Derek Sivers and a great post by Matt McWilliams on shutting up about your goals. The long and short of it is that your goals are less likely to happen if you are sharing them. The reason is that sharing your goals give you psychological satisfaction like you have reached your goals. So this year my inner circle that will hold me accountable will know my goals. Other than that I am keeping my goals to myself. Zip your lip to reach your goals.

Make a commitment to yourself today. Vow to yourself today! That you will make whatever sacrifice! That you will pay whatever it takes! That you will do whatever you have to do! To be amazing.
– Eric Thomas

Decide. There comes a point in every journey that we need to decide. Setting principles to live by and making a commitment to the process is key to hitting any goal or vision for our lives. If we don’t make a decision to the process we will be moved and swayed by emotion. Though emotion can be great for starting, it is horrible for keeping you going. Emotions are fickle and no matter how awesome and cool your goal is your emotions will eventually turn on the goal. Decide and commit to the goals that God has placed in your heart to reach higher in 2016.

Move. Don’t sit any longer analyzing once you have prayed, submitted your plans, and decided. Run! Focus on one thing that will move the needle the most in your life out of the goals you have written down and move. Dave Ramsey calls this gazelle intense. You have to move like you are a gazelle being chased for dinner. This does not mean that you don’t rest or that you can’t enjoy life, but each and every day first thing in the morning you must move toward your main goal. If you don’t take actions goals are worthless. Run toward your goals to make 2016 the best year yet.

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” ― C.G. Jung

Focus in on what you want out of life. Submit your plans to the Lord and He will bless them. If you didn’t get as much out of 2015 as you would have liked, it is okay. Neither did I. It does not mean that the year was a waste or that you failed. Let’s learn and grow together making this next year a prosperous and significant year. Be blessed on your journey.

What helps you reach your goals?

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This week has been a whirlwind. There are so many things that have just happened and I am stunned with the speed of breakthrough. I will be launching a new podcast with a good friend. We sold our home in less than 24 hours and found a home that is a house I use to only dream about being able to afford. I landed two huge writing opportunities and have watched all the timing work out perfectly. Finances, favor, and timing have been seamless.

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If you looked at this week you would think that everything is just happening. You may wonder how all of this happened overnight? You may want to know what the secret is to having any of these opportunities. Isn’t that how we operate? We want to know what the secret is and how can we get there quickly. I have done this as I fought and still fight jealousy. I have focused on the wrong things and as a result instead of blessings I got frustration and burnout. These 4 things will lead to sudden breakthrough.

Run your race. It takes discipline to focus on what only what you are doing instead of what other people are doing. You easily can lose yourself in the shuffle. I struggle with seeing a shiny new object and getting distracted from my goals and what I sense God is calling me to. You have been entrusted with certain things that only YOU can do. Stay in your lane and do your thing. Be faithful and you will see breakthrough.

Pain. To accomplish breakthrough you will go through a lot of pain. The fact is no matter what, we will experience pain and discomfort. We will either have pain then a harvest or have a false harvest and then pain. Pain is inevitable so you might as well get a reward from it. Falling for the instant gratification of debt will only prolong and put off your breakthrough. By trying to avoid the pain of cutting expenses you will cause yourself a greater pain. Embrace pain and you will leap forward.

Focus. In a culture that can’t focus on anything for five seconds you will need to buck this trend. When aiming at a goal or vision you will need to work at it a long time without seeing any results. We have been paying extra on our mortgage since we moved into our house nine years ago. Nine years has not been a piece of cake. We have had lean months and months of abundance, but we kept hammering at the mortgage. We haven’t done everything perfect, however, we have stayed focused. Focus over time will carve out your own personal breakthrough.

Abundance. One of the biggest keys to enjoying the journey on your way to breakthrough is having a world view of abundance. To be totally transparent at times, I struggle here and it leads to jealousy and covetousness (having or showing a great desire to possess something, typically something belonging to someone else). On the journey to breakthrough we must remember that God is the God of more than enough. Someone else getting what you desire does not stop you from getting it. I believe that God tests our hearts on this journey. We must be faithful with our attitude and we will see breakthrough!

I wish things just happened like it appears. I wish that there was a magic bullet, but I haven’t found one that exists. I looked for the painless and quick answer for so long that I missed the answers that I didn’t want to hear. Pain, focus, and time are not fun things to talk about, however, it is how businesses are built and dreams are fulfilled.

Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Keep grinding and keep trusting God. Your harvest is coming. Be blessed on your journey!

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The Correct Way to Hustle

Zechariah Newman —  September 6, 2015 — 5 Comments

It seems like everywhere you look whether it is a blog, podcast, or YouTube video they are telling you to hustle. In fact, I have even posted about this very subject. I have encouraged and exhorted you to hustle. To throw a brick through your television and get out and get things done. The problem is that some people need to get off their rear-end and get stuff done, but most entrepreneurs don’t struggle with this type of hustle. Most entrepreneurs struggle with a different hustle.

Most entrepreneurs struggle with and confuse busyness as hustling. Scurrying around doing a bunch of things is not hustle. It looks like it, however, really it is undisciplined and unfocused behavior that ends in burnout and frustration. I have been guilty of this more time than I can count. No time for faith, family or living, this “hustler” blames the dream. I have fake hustled and blamed everything except the man in the mirror.

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I have had enough! Enough blaming the dream instead of the way in which I was going after the dream. Blaming the business instead of the way I was running the business. Anytime we allow the vision and plan to rule us, there is a problem. The dream becomes the master and we slip into the role of the slave. These are 4 ways in which you should redefine and start proper hustling.

Intentional. Hustle is being intentional. It is making sure that our activity is focused on the correct things. Rather than running around like a chicken with its head cut off, it is focusing on one thing at a time until it is done. Getting maximum use of time and energy with intentionality is crucial to the hustle. Equally as important with intention is knowing what not to do. Knowing what to avoid and leave undone will catapult your life to a whole other level.

Rest. Hustle is resting. This eluded me for a long time. I would work non-stop and take twice as long to do activities because my mind was numb from overworking it. Hustle to me now is taking time off. It is resting and recouping making sure that I am sharp and ready for action. Rest is not only crucial for enjoyment, but also for productivity and efficiency. Rest is an essential part of a healthy life and a healthy hustle. Take your hustle to the next level by resting.

Grit. Grit is defined as courage and resolve; strength of character. Grit gets one dreamer and entrepreneur back up while a lack of grit moves someone else to the sideline. You must rest, but you must never quit. Get back up when you fail, have some resolve and decide that you aren’t going to stop until you cross the line. Back up, rest, reexamine and shoot again.

Enjoyment. We must build our vision in a way that causes us to enjoy the journey. Waiting to enjoy the journey until the end will make for a miserable ride. This kind of limited destination type of dreaming is short-sighted. We need to come from a place where we are living out our calling daily no matter what is going on. Your family, vocation, and rest should all be part of the journey; don’t leave any of it out. Enjoy and savor the moments because you will look back fondly on the early years.

Next time you hear the word, “hustle,” think of these 4 areas. Your hustle should not be exhausting. If it is for a long period of time you are doing one of these things wrong. Realign back to what is truly important in the hustle. Hustle with wisdom and passion and you will be blessed on your journey.

Are you hustling the right way?

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There is a difference between hustling really hard and getting into works of the flesh. I am sure that like me you want to not only include God in your dreams and aspirations, but you want to do what He has for your life. It is quite simple to slip into works of the flesh and try to do things on our own strength. Heck it’s not just easy, but natural to operate in the works of the flesh. What feels unnatural to us is being led by the Spirit. Although this feels unnatural it is the only way to have true peace.

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Getting into works of the flesh is a common problem for all of us. It is not cut and dry because you can be Spirit led and work really hard and can also barely work and be into works of the flesh. To help you on your journey here are 4 signs you’re into works of the flesh.

1. Out of priority. The moment we get out of alignment is a sign that we are into the flesh. Your priorities should be God, then spouse, kids, the body, and then your career. This is a life priority, not a time allocation. When you notice that you are out of priority quickly realign your life back into “balance.”

2. Jealousy/comparing. Both of these go hand in hand with each other. We compare to show how we are better than someone else or we compare to show how we are more “spiritual” than someone else. Comparing your hustle or work to others is a sure-fire sign that you are operating in the flesh. It is hard for me to not get into comparison and jealously. I often struggle with the thought of, “What does he have that I don’t?” When I have a thought like this, I am focused on myself and not on Christ.

3. Loss of peace. One of the attributes of being plugged into Christ is peace. No matter what the storm is in your life you can have peace. It is overwhelming and passes understanding, however, it is ever-present when you are plugged into the vine. It is an impossible peace to describe until you encounter it when everything around you is falling apart.

4. Mental weariness. When you are operating in the flesh you are trying to figure things out and rationalize life. The ways of God will not always make sense. Mental weariness comes in when we try to “figure it out.” Trusting God is moving when He says move and not going around and around in your mind. Get off the mar-a-go-round in your mind and trust God!

Galatians 5:19-21 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,[a] fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders,[b] drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

In the end, the moment we start to get frustrated is the point at which we move from working in the Spirit to working in the flesh. You can be working 100 hours in a week and be working in the Spirit or you can be working ten hours a week and be working in the flesh. Being led by God will have fruit that is of God. Not fruit of strife and confusion. If you are off the path get back on with Jesus.  Be blessed on your journey.

How do you recognize when you need to readjust? 

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Doing what is right is not always easy. In fact, doing what is right is usually a lot harder than compromise. As you build your dream you must stand on principles and truths. For me this is the word of God. Standing on this truth is not easy, but when I follow what the word says peace comes to my life even when it is hard.

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A few weeks ago my good friend, Jared Easley invited me to a great event called Podcast Movement this summer in Fort Worth, Texas. This event is for podcasters and by podcasters. It is a one of a kind event and many people who I have become friends with will be there. This is on my short list of events I want to attend and if you are available you should be there!

I looked at the calendar and I had committed to be somewhere else that weekend. I had committed to help my parents with their restaurants and though I knew they would let me out of my commitment I also knew that I was needed. I didn’t and still don’t want to put them in that situation.

My emotions were saying no, but my conscious was saying let your yes be yes and your no be no. In 1 John 2:5 it says, “But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him.”

Ugh! Sometimes verses suck. Sometimes doing what we know we should do isn’t easy. Sometimes adulting is hard and doing what will steal our peace is easy.

Choosing the hard right is better than choosing the easy wrong. (Andy Stanley paraphrase)

For you and your dream:

Decide. Decide up front what principles you are going to stick to. If it is the Bible, which I hope it is, let those principles guide you. Decide before temptation comes or you will be cast about like the wind. Temptations don’t become easier as you advance, rather it is actually the opposite. Decide what principles you are going to stick to no matter what.

Don’t compromise. Let your principles override your emotions. Be unmovable on your principles. Even when it looks like you will miss out on a big opportunity, be rock solid on what you stand for. You will fail in this as I do, but get back up and try again. Be a man or woman of integrity which you only become when you stick to principles.

Believe. Believe that in the end choosing the hard right will advance you more than the easy wrong. In my situation though, Jared was bummed I couldn’t make it yet I gained respect in his eyes. He knows I will keep my word. I want to be known as a man of character. As you stand for something people will be drawn to that. You have to believe that in the end the hard right is the best way.

As you build your dreams make sure you can lay your head down at night in peace. Build a dream with integrity and honesty and it will be a dream that lasts. Build a dream with deceit and compromise and it will crumble. Choose to live a life that if what is hidden comes out in the light, you will feel pride and not shame. Be blessed on your journey.

What is a time in your life where you stood for what was right when it was difficult?

 

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