Saturday, September 3, 2016

Story Telling Saturdays: Don't Just Read About Life...

I never ever thought I would quote the Bible on this blog, but here we go.

In the Bible there is a section called the book of James. James is reported to be the half brother of Jesus. Same mom, different dad kinda thing cuz...ya know.

Anyway. in the first chapter, James says something interesting. He writes the following. "For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror and, on going away, immediately forget what they look like."

I have friends that are devout Christians. They constantly quote the Bible and their favorite inspirational authors and then, when life gets rough, crumble under pressure. I also have friends of other faiths or no faith who do the same with inspirational books, self help gurus and other things.  I have friends that are business people. They go to seminar after seminar and still do not know how to run their business or market.

What is the point of reading these thoughts, sharing them online and going to convention after convention is you are not going to live it.

Who we are is not what we quote and share online. Who we are is how we behave when the chips are down. Who we are is found in our real actions and thoughts when life happens. Some will say we are tested. No. I do not believe in universal life tests. Life happens.

Medical tests are sometimes positive. Children do dumb things. A partner or friend may betray you. Someone you love may die. You may make a mistake or lose a job or the car may break down. That is life. That is what happens.

If you have something that inspires you and resonates with you and gives you hope and encouragement, it is only useful if you live it.

It is like buying groceries and never using them and wondering why you are starving to death and complaining about it. You told me you have groceries and now you tell me you are hungry. Go make a sammich. You have food.

Sometimes we will try to live out a principle that inspires you and it does not work out for us. That is all right. Sometimes when I go grocery shopping I try something new and it turns out I do not like it or it is too hard to prepare. But if that happens. I stop talking about beets. Beets do not hold up in reality.

Just to beat my analogy with a dead horse. I have lost count how many times I have bought bananas only to have them go bad. I finally stopped buying them. I did not live the banana life.

At the end of the day, it is not about what inspires us, it is about what we do and how we try to live. If something inspires you....try it. Live it.

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