As I was preparing the material for this week, I was reviewing Randy Pausch’s last lecture and revisited some of the videos of this amazing and inspiring speech. While I was doing so I ran across a speech he gave that I believe was equally as impactful that I had never seen before. Randy truly epitomizes what you can choose to do in the face of adversity.
I recently read an impactful post on the Forbes website entitled “How To Be At Your Best When Life Is At Its Worst” by Mike Maddock. In the post Mike talks about 3 techniques that he has seen some of his most resilient mentors use when faced with adversity. I will attempt to briefly provide you with his insightful methods:
Ask the question “I wonder, what will this teach me?”
Mike explains that you have the power to use adversity to learn and improve
Reinvent your future—constantly
Mike explains that when faced with adversity it’s important to remember your power to choose and help determine the future outcome
Don’t get furious, get humorously curious
Lastly Mike reminds readers to never take work and yourself too seriously and to seek help from others.
I will leave you with Mike’s last thought as a challenge for you this week:
“I often wonder if the challenge I am so distracted by today is going to make a bit of difference to me when I am old and gray. Likely not. Here’s to wisdom.”
First we see that true prayer begins with God, vs 17, where God reveals to Abraham that he is going to go down and see if the sin in Sodom is grievous. God engages with Abraham “a friend of God” and tells him that he is going to destroy the cities. God doesn’t say specifically what he will do, but says He will go and see, and “I will know”. Abraham who knows all the sins of the city, knows the cities are doomed and thus begins to plead with God, because he recognizes Gods mercy. Verses 22-32 detail the conversation and back and forth negotiations between Abraham and God, and it’s quite interesting.
Abraham begins asking for the city to be spared, if there are but 50 righteous who are in it. He boldly prays, “Far be it from thee to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be it from Thee! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? God agrees that he will not destroy the cities if he finds 50 righteous. Abraham then asks for the city to be spared if there are but 45, he humbly states, “Behold I have taken upon myself to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.” God agrees to spare for 45 righteous. Abraham asks to spare for 40, God agrees. Abraham again shows humility and more boldness, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak, suppose 30 be found”, God agrees to spare for 30. Notice here that Abraham began his negotiations by increments of 5, but now asks in increments of 10. Abraham asks to spare for 20, God agrees. Abraham asks to spare for 10, God agrees, and then the Lord went his way.
There are several lessons from these verses that God is revealing to us.
True prayer starts with God, it’s about His will and intentions not ours.
We should be humble and know our place, we are speaking to God the creator and ruler of the whole universe.
When appealing to God’s gracious nature we can be very bold.
Pizzas were being delivered to Interstates Companies in Sioux Center Iowa from the local Pizza Ranch.
When the delivery driver showed up, one of the admins went up to the front desk to get the pizzas. Apparently they knew each other from school started chatting, getting caught up on what was going on in their life.
The admin asked him if he was full time there and he said yeah; the GM offered me to come work full time for really good pay so I’m doing this instead of construction.
AND then he said this “you know, if I get to drive a delivery van and talk to people while doing it then so be it, I like what I do”
“What an AWESOME way to look at your job and what you do?” (As reported by the Administrative Assistant)
We want to make an impact and glorify God, and yet what is often overlooked is that simply enjoying your job and being passionate in what you do leaves an impression upon the people we serve—our guests.
Put one thing on your schedule each week that will bring your family or friends together. Date night. Family night. Family outing. Going to church together. Backyard bbq. The choices are endless. But they won’t be realized until they’re on your schedule.