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Paralysis from analysis

Sometimes I think we absorb so much information and analyze things to death, to the most minute detail, that we basically paralyze ourselves.  We spend to much time absorbing and not enough time actually doing.  This post should have come before the last one, but that is just how my brain works and how God intended it to happen.  In my life I have tended to analyze everything to a “t”.  I would weigh each and every decision as though life and death hung in the balance.  Where to eat? McDonalds, or Crispers?  What to do first on saturday?…ect  You get my point.  I have even analyzed the thoughts of what it would take to write a book and even delve into the story of a dark part of my life.

So where am I going with this post you might ask?

Jesus says in Matt 5:37 NLT
Just say a simple, `Yes, I will,’ or `No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.”

For much of my life I have suffered from what I have heard many gifted leaders and motivational speakers refer to as Paralysis from Analysis.  This means that instead of just doing something based on a decision you made you instead analyze it further and further until you get to a point that you think you just need even more information to make the decision…and in the end you end up with either lots of good books on the subject or millions of bookmarks saved in your favorite internet application (firefox 3 btw is mine!).  Now, if you do the analysis in your head, well then you have millions on thoughts that probably made their way onto pieces of paper at some point, and they are probably floating around your office or room in no particular order.  One thing God has been showing me is how to be a man of either Yes or No and what it means to trust him to make that decision.
To Trust or Not to Trust?

See, God showed me that Trust is the key.  If I have confidence in who He is and what he has led me to do, then I will walk in that confidence and trust him with the decision.

Charles Stanley puts it like this-

“Simply trust God and leave all the consequences to Him”

For so long I have analyzed things and decisions out of fear of trusting God and the inclinations and confirmation he has given me in the decisions I need to make.  So that covers the big ones right… now for the smaller decsions.  Well, simply, I just decide and let my yes be yes and my no be a solid no.

So in conclusion-

I have decided to do these 4 things.

1. Pursue God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength.
2. Plan my life out, by making decisions and sticking with them.
3. Invest more time in the relationships with people that mean so much to me.
4. Start saying “no” to so many things now, so I can say “yes” to so many things later

Now, sure, there are many other thing that could make that list, but those are it.  And after all it is really not worth my time to sit there and analyze and think about what I might have missed, I will just leave that part to God.  I trust Him.  After all that is what it is all about isn’t it?

Look for the next post… where I will be starting to talk about Porn and its effects.

Beginning of a Revelation

So I must be honest and say I have been slacking majorly on this blog.  Not that you can’t tell, right?  The truth is that my mind just gets so cluttered with so many things that I forget all the other things that I want to do, and then when I finally accomplish all the things I need to do, then I try and pick back up on those things I wanted to do?  Following me?  Leading into my main point of posting this post, I had honestly forgotten a big part of my life, a part I would rather not talk about, but it seems God wants me too.  Porn-  Like it, Love it, Need it, Can’t get enough, Hate it, Sick, Disgusting, Demeaning… Those are all various short descriptive words that I would expect to hear in regards to just mentioning the topic.  God has been working on me lately, big time, and a part of my life that I would like to forget, is now becoming more and more heavy on my heart to share.  It had so much to do with pulling me away from God, and yet, also it is what convinced me even more of my need for Christ as my savior.  I will exploring some ideas and topics associated with Porn and its effects in the coming weeks.  I just have to do this, and It really needs to be addressed.  So to all 3 of my readers…( I know what your thinking…wait?  You have readers?)… anyways …to all of my readers, Stay tuned.  And in the mean time check out this blog: www.outsidebutinporn.com

It is by a very unique individual, Justine Jacobs, who is having to live with the consequences of being on a pornographic website.  She has alot of very good comments and hearing her story brings up so much regret and sadness, but also so much Praise…Our God is amazing and changes lives!   Say it with me… “Whom the son sets free, is free indeed!”

Daniel 6 and the worlds secret hope

So many companies have a mission statement, but how many of those companies derived their mission statement from God?

I was reading in Daniel 6 today and could not help but notice how God seemed to speaking to me. Right now I am like Daniel. I have a choice of whom or what to serve and try to devote myself to God. It occurred to me though how much the king was watching Daniel. You can almost hear the king saying to himelf “please oh please deliver Daniel…please oh please be real God of Daniel!!”. The scripture in Daniel 6:18-20 really helps paint the picture. The king can’t even sleep!
Now to bring this back to where you and I are in today’s world…Imagine how many people could be just like King Darius in todays world. They look at us going through some crazy and scary circumstances and the whole time they are looking, hopeing, and looking for our God whom we say we believe in to come through and deliver us or comfort us or get us through our circumstances. How awesome…scratch that…how life changing would it be for that unbeleiving but hopefully doubting person to realize “that He is the livng God and he edures forever…He rescues and He saves…”. That is what I can’t stop thinking about right now. No wonder the devil hits you at certain times when you are on top of the world spiritually. He wants to destroy us. Lord let us realize people are watching and some are hopeing that what we say is true…that our God does live ad deliver and save and change us! I pray that they melt from realizing that their one tiny hope turned out to be true.

“There is no one like our God…for greater things are yet to come…and greater things are still to be done in this city…you are the God of this city.”

Rachel Scott’s father…

I was checking my email, before bed, even though its late. I cant Sleep! Anyways, I just got this and decided it was definitely worthy of a post and especially a prayer! And since NATIONAL PRAYER DAY is this week, i thought it would be good. This man, said it all, he really did. Let’s pray that the men in that room, heard him.
Guess our national leaders didn’t expect this, hmm? On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father
of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton , Colorado , was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.

They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness. The following is a portion of the transcript:

“Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.

“The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart.

“In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA – because I don’t believe that they are responsible for my daughter’s death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel’s murder I would be their strongest opponent.

I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy — it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.
Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You’ve stripped away our heritage,
You’ve outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question “Why?”
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!

“Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational
systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs — politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.

“As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA — I give to you a sincere challenge. Dare to examine your
own heart before casting the first stone!

My daughter’s death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!

wow…