Faith and Decisions by Rick White, President 180BIZ
In this episode I’ll talk about our faith in different part of our lives, about being able to tap into something bigger and greater than we are. I am not the most religious man. Lord knows I've got a mouth sometimes. I am perfectly imperfect and at the same time I have such faith. I think that is what's helping me get through everything that I've been through in my life. It got me through two divorces and a bankruptcy. When I went through those divorces, I couldn't understand why I would ask God, “Why am I going through this?” Then fast forward 20 years and I'm helping other people stay married. I'm helping other people go through the pain of divorce. I'm helping other people find love. It’s all because I went through that pain.
I think what is really screwing with us right now is that we are all so self-reliant. We have been brought up or taught ourselves that our success is completely on us. If it is to be, it’s up to me. I believe that we must take action, but we shouldn't get our sense of security from outside circumstances or outside situations and events. If so, we’ll be on a constant roller coaster. It means we feel great when things are great, and we feel horrible when things aren’t going so well. I don’t think that's the way life is supposed to be lived. Do you? I am going to share with you the reason why I'm bringing this up today.
In the past week I've been working with shop owners that are making decisions based on fear. I read a book called Peaks and Valleys by Spencer Johnson. One of the things that really stuck with me is that you never ever, ever make a decision in a valley. Why? Because it's always going to be a reaction. It’s always going to be a retreat. I have to be completely transparent here. Out of all the daily doses, this is the scariest one for me because there's that little voice inside saying, “Who are you to share something of faith? You are a sinner, you are weak, you are bad.” But I truly believe this is why God put me on this earth. It’s to help others. So, I'm thinking about making decisions in fear. I’ll give you four things I want you to do.
Paul said, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable. If there is any moral excellence, and if there is anything praiseworthy, dwell on these things.” Give yourself the gift of feeding your mind positivity and hope and faith and belief. That doesn't mean walking through a garden and pretending there's no weeds. That's not real. Faith is understanding that there are weeds but knowing you can do something about them and knowing that there's somebody bigger and better than all of us. That bigger and better somebody has us in their hands and has a plan for us. It says in the Bible that God will turn beauty from ashes. This virus sucks, and what it's doing to us sucks, and it's going to take some of us to step up and be that hero, to be that ordinary person who will step up in extraordinary circumstances or situations and be the bright light.
I want to thank everybody for being here and I'd like to end this with a prayer. Dear God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Please protect those that have this deadly virus. Please keep us safe, keep us smart and keep us positive. Help us to be the light in the world, to spread your love, your word, and your sense of peace and calm. I ask this in your son's mighty name. Amen.
Remember, Pause, Pray, and Prepare. Okay? And then if you need to find someone to talk to, get yourself grounded, get yourself thinking the right way. Again, you're going to make totally different decisions. God bless.
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