Worth the wait

“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.” 1 Peter 5:6

Our latest Facebook devotional video talked about the importance of acting on our ideas. Following through with a dream or vision that we have for our lives isn’t going to be easy…but it’s always possible. If we step out in boldness and do what we can, God will show up and do what we can’t. He has given each of us a purpose for our lives, and our passions and desires have been placed inside us to point towards that purpose. One of the hardest parts about pursuing an idea or dream however, is maintaining the patience to endure the time it takes to get there.

Just because God gives us an idea or a dream for our lives, doesn’t mean it’s going to manifest right away. Oftentimes, God wants to test us and prepare us so that we’re able to handle the responsibility that comes with our dream when it’s time to carry it out. That’s where 1 Peter 5:6 comes in…

This verse is an important reminder that even though we may be confident in the direction we’re headed, we are not in control of the timing it takes to get there. We must learn to set aside our pride and trust that God will get us where we need to go. His ways are not our ways, and therefore we must remember that He knows the best training we need in order to become the best version of ourselves. This is a hard lesson to learn because it asks us to believe in God’s promises regardless of what see with our eyes. (For example: you may know that God has told you that you’ll have a business one day, but right now you may have to work for someone else who runs a similar business. God may have told you that you will be playing music on a stadium tour one day, but right now you’re waiting tables and playing in bars.) 

Every stage of our lives brings new skills to learn and people to learn from. Trusting in God to give you your success requires complete surrender and belief in His promises.

If you’re not quite where you want to be right now, remember that God is testing and training you; when you finally get there, you’ll be grateful that you’re ready.

Happy new year…again

“And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” -Mark 2:22

I love the beginning of a new month. With the turn of the calendar, comes a “new-year’s-eve-style” celebration…at least it can be if that’s what you choose to make of it.

When something comes to an end, I think our first reaction as humans is often sadness. Think about a child graduating and going away to college, a friend moving to a new state, or a business closing down; there’s often someone in these situations who is left with the feeling that something in his or her life has “died” or “ended” in some way as a result.

But just like Jesus had to die on the cross in order for the resurrection to occur, we too must experience different forms of death in our lives. Without endings, nothing new can begin, progress can’t be made, and growth is impossible to occur.

Mark 2:22 says it best using the symbolism of old and new wineskins. To pour new wine into old wineskins would be a waste, for the old skin isn’t strong enough to hold what’s new. The same can be said for our lives. We are constantly given opportunities to grow, mature and deepen ourselves spiritually, mentally and physically. Sure they’ll challenge and stretch us. And they’ll almost always ask us to step outside our comfort zone. Sometimes these opportunities come from others, and sometimes we have to make them happen ourselves. Regardless though, it’s up to us to choose whether or not we want to change; it’s up to us to choose to celebrate “new-year’s-eve-style,” or complain that life is no longer as we knew it or that we’re stuck in stagnancy.

Make it your “new month’s resolution” to change your mindset to one of celebration…and cheers to making the changes that make us better!

Small speaks loudest

Have you taken a minute today to think of a way to inspire someone? I mean really inspire them. This may sound like a daunting task, but what I want to help you realize, is how easy it can be.

To inspire someone is to cause a shift in their thinking—a shift that takes them one step closer towards a better and more positive version of their best self. To inspire someone is to give that person a reason to want to be better as a result of something you did or said. And it doesn’t have to be a big something. It’s oftentimes the smallest things we do or say that leave the biggest impact in another’s heart or mind.

Think about this example:

You’re walking on the sidewalk and bend down to pick up a piece of trash and throw it in the trashcan. Someone driving past you watches the small act of kindness and is inspired to pick up a piece of trash the next time he or she sees it on the ground. Someone watches them and does the same. Look at how one tiny act ripples on and on.

This is just a minor example, but it illustrates the power of inspiration within our actions. The same goes for the words we speak. We can make someone’s day through a compliment or by simply asking how he or she is doing; or we can ruin a day by cursing at a person who made a poor driving decision. Both interactions will leave the people we encounter feeling one way or another: inspired or weak. What kind of ripple effect do you want to create?

The moral of the story is that it doesn’t take a motivational conference to inspire someone to do good. It takes everyday people like you and me to simply be kind in everyday situations. That’s how inspiration takes hold and legacies are made.

How do you want to be remembered?

Stay tuned for the release of iCoachLife’s newest platform for transformation in every phase of life: INSPIRE2020. Details coming soon…   

Opening Day!!!

Nope. It’s not baseball opening day. That’s another 82 days away. It’s opening day at iCoachLife. The Bill Speight Company.  INSPIRE Inc. Franklin TN. is our new location, and I’m officially in love. The atmosphere. The Vibe. The new office complex, The Reserve at Cross Creek. Amazing people, all of them.  We exist here to help you. Change you. Lead you. Push you. Make you new. Renewed. Restored. Come see us.  The coffee is brewing. We stand ready…..ready to lead your life to the CHANGE you so need and desire. It’s opening day around here, and it feels Like the Yankees and Red Sox. Play ball!!!

The End and The Beginning

It’s that time of the year. The END of 2018. Heading toward the Beginning of the NEW YEAR.  All those questions come floating up. Did I do enough? Did I ACCOMPLISH enough?  Did ANY of my Dreams for 2018 come true??  Here’s what I know: You TOOK STEPS.  Maybe small….maybe medium…..maybe a HUGE one or 2.  But you are now closer to that dream of yours than ever before!  Time to keep stepping.  Time to keep working.  Plan. Pray. Step. REPEAT. 2019 is coming!  It CAN be your year. Roll up your sleeves, put on a pot of coffee. Plan. Pray. Step. REPEAT.  Now…….GO!!

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The reward in rest

“Then he said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”
                                                                                                                              -Mark 2:27

I try to read my Bible often, but I’ve never seen this verse before.

Lately, Bill and I have been focused on the word “rest,” and what it looks like to do so in a world—and job—that is so demanding and never-ending.

In our culture today, resting is almost viewed as a sign of weakness. With technology that keeps us connected 24/7, it’s nearly impossible to “turn off”…and so even when we’re resting, we’re most likely doing so with a phone or an iPad or laptop in hand. In other words, we’re never fully unplugged.  

Mark 2:27 gave me an entirely new way to look at the importance of rest. When we make the connection between this verse and the 10 Commandments (keep the Sabbath day holy…) we realize that God doesn’t just want us to rest, he demands we do so! (After all, even He rested after creating the world…)

Sunday doesn’t have to be your day of rest, but one day does. How can you adjust your lifestyle to make rest a priority?

One step at a time

Simplicity is key to progress. We oftentimes stop ourselves from progressing forward because we overwhelm our minds with what we know we “should” get done or “want” to get done rather than what we CAN get done.

Taking one step at a time is the true catalyst to change…because it’s POSSIBLE. Here are a few first steps to get you moving, so stop thinking this weekend and start doing!  

 

-Take a walk outside
-Read one chapter of a book you’ve been meaning to “get to”
-Eat one healthy snack
-Say a quick prayer
-Type out one goal you have for next week
-Tell someone what they mean to you
-Listen to your favorite music