Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Dash in Your Lives

The Dash In Your Lives

As we are celebrating and reflecting on this Memorial Day, let us be ever mindful of the price paid for the freedoms we enjoy.   With our lives behind us and the opportunity for a brighter day today and hopefully tomorrow, spend the next few minutes reflecting on your Dash.   May this be an encouragement to spend your lives such that your Dash will be more meaningful to you while your are dashing and for others when you are gone.
God bless your day!

Encouragement for Your Life

Mental Health and a Restful and Peaceful day are part of the Five Pillars of Health. This post is moving in that direction focusing on encouragement for your day.

Please click on the link above to get the heart of the message below. Have a blessed Memorial Day Weekend.

JSJ Friends,
This excerpt is taken from a message from Dr. James Denison, May 24, 2012 talking about how we should react to HP letting off 27000 workers. I am sharing it because of the heart of the message that I have highlighted below. We all have challenges in our lives. Some of us are doing what we love, and other doing what we have to do to survive. Perhaps this will lift your spirits, lighten your load, and encourage you to move forward.

At the end of this I have included a video from an address by Lt. Col. Oliver North who will be our guest speaker at for the Honoring America’s Heroes Gala Friday, November 9, 2012 at the Marriott Town Square. Watching that video will put eyes and ears to the heart of this message.

Have a blessed day.


“This morning I'd like to encourage you to see the challenges of our day in a different light.

Eric Greitens was the commencement speaker for last Sunday's graduation at Tufts University. He graduated from Duke University in 1996. While in college, he aided war refugees in Croatia and Rwanda, where he learned a principle that would change his life. As he told the Tufts graduates, "Those who knew that they had a purpose that was larger than themselves, whose who knew that others were counting on them, they grew to be stronger."

After Duke, Greitens was named a Rhodes Scholar. He earned a master's degree from Oxford in 1998 and a Ph.D. in political science in 2000. An accomplished marathon runner and boxer, he then became a Navy SEAL, serving four tours overseas. He targeted terrorists and survived a suicide truck bomb in Iraq. There he learned another lesson about service.

Visiting those who were injured more severely than himself, he asked them what they wanted to do when they recovered. Their answer? "Every single one of them said to me, 'I want to return to my unit.'" Those who were injured too severely to continue in the military said they would go home and find another way to help others. Once they had begun a life of service, they knew they would not be fulfilled doing anything else.

Greitens then told the graduates, "The best definition I have ever heard of a vocation is that it's the place where your great joy meets the world's great need. There are infinite possibilities for you for joy, for service, to make a contribution, and we need all of you to find your vocation. To develop your joys, your passions, and to match them to the world's great need.

He concluded: "I would like to ask something of you. Let's decide that today will be both a day of celebration and a day that we embrace a challenge. Let's look back with pride at all that you have accomplished, and let's also look forward with confidence, knowing that you will go forward to use all of your talents and abilities, all of your creativity and energy to find a way to be of service to others. If you do that, life will not be easy, but you will have chosen for yourself a very meaningful adventure."

The One who called us to "wash one another's feet" (John 13:14) and prove our discipleship by our love (v. 35) would agree. Hard times are the best times to serve. Whose need will you meet today?”

"The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."
Numbers 6:24-26

Advice from our Pastor, Dr. Phil Lineberger
1. Listen to your heart-search the Scriptures and be still for the message
2. Give your life to something you care deeply about
3. Don't give up. Be flexible
4. Remember that, with God, all things are possible