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!!
“Then he said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”
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?
What do you get when a 26-year-old dreamer and 62-year-old goal-setter meet? The answer is movement…and not just in terms of progress, but in our case, a literal movement.
As we’ve been preparing the roll-out of Project 26/62: Age-old wisdom for young dreams, we’re finding that the road ahead is steeped in possibilities and filled with opportunities.
For you, the audience, it is an oasis of tools and experiences designed to get your dream off the ground, to the finish line, or anywhere in between.
Our hope is that it will equip you, empower you, and inspire you to put one foot in front of the other and take the next small step.
Project 26/62 is coming soon…
By: Bill Speight
In case you haven’t heard, I’ve recently welcomed Jordan Oliver to iCoachLife. Jordan is 26 and I’m 62…and together, we’re quite the team. (And the way we joined forces is quite the story, too…but that’s for the next post…)
In the world we’re living in today, a team this different wouldn’t look like it stands a chance…and that’s exactly why we’ve partnered up.
Jordan and I may have years between us, but we both have one thing in common: we want to see if unity and healing are possible in such a broken world. One way we’re beginning our experiment, is by launching Project 26/62: Age-old wisdom for young dreams; a creative platform for a 26 and 62-year-old like us to discuss our points of view on relevant topics. The website is currently under construction and will be ready for launch next month.
As we’ve been writing and recording, planning and discussing, we’ve found that although it can be challenging to step into the others’ shoes, it’s necessary.
It’s necessary to have the experience and wisdom of those who walk ahead of us; and it’s necessary to have the passion, energy and relevance of those before us if we want to watch our dreams manifest.
So this is our official invitation to join the journey. Grab your walking shoes, but don’t tie them too tightly…you’ll be trying on a few other pairs along the way.
By: Jordan Oliver
Spring has sprung; and as much as we’re anticipating the “May flowers,” there’s no getting around the “April showers,” first—(even though we’d like to skip that part).
As we’re stepping into the first week of April and looking forward to warmer weather, let us be reminded that in order to “reap a harvest” of success in any area of life, we have to be willing to go through the pruning stage—we have to learn to handle the rain. Before we can enjoy the gift of satisfaction, there must be a reason to feel satisfied…and that reason must come from you.
We all have goals, we all have dreams, and we all have our own way of getting there. No matter how different those paths may look, there is one thing that is the same for everyone: there will be trials and stumbling blocks along the way, and it will be up to you, alone, in choosing how to maneuver around them.
As long as we don’t quit despite the “rain”, we will reap the harvest of our efforts. Take one day at a time, and remember that “this too shall pass”…the flowers are only days away.
By: Jordan Oliver
I don’t know about you. But I’m ready for Spring.
And just when I thought it was time—just when I caught glimpse of new blooms and buds—I woke up one morning last week to find snow on the ground! (And if you live in Nashville, there’s more this morning…) Really?!
I couldn’t help but think of how symbolic that is of life.
How often do we get our hopes set on one thing, and then just when we think everything is going according to plan, life hands us something completely different?
What I saw despite the snow, however, was that the next day, the sun was back and shining…blooms unharmed by the unexpected interference.
Seasons are specific. Their timing, their colors, the holidays they hold; they’re all part of a continuous cycle that constantly reminds us we’re never “stuck” in one situation or circumstance forever. There’s something about each turning into the next—at just the right time—that can inspire a sense of hope within us if we allow.
One of the keys to staying motivated is giving yourself something to look forward to…something to remind you that you’re never stuck where you are. As we look forward to the changing of seasons, let us be reminded that change is inevitable and good; we’re never “stuck,” for there’s always something to hope for…even if it’s simply a change in scenery.
By: Bill Speight
Famous motivational speaker Zig Ziglar used to say, “You have two choices of how to start your morning every day: you can start it with ‘Good morning, Lord!’ or with, ‘Good Lord, it’s morning.'”
That is so true.
Each and every day, you and I can wake up with a positive attitude or we can count all the negatives; (and in today’s world, there are plenty). So, I urge all of you to wake up each morning and choose your day. Choose good. Actually, choose great.
Ziglar also said, “Every morning you wake up is truly a good morning; if you don’t believe it, try missing one.”
Great morning to you all…and remember, it’s your choice.