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I have been to many places and seen many things, from the Normandy beaches, which reminded me of those who fought for freedom, to the tropical island of Fiji where I saw God work in miraculous ways. Each new place, every new city, all the people I have met; change my life. In England I learned the value of loving my work, Africa taught me the joy of quietly observing.

If asked which was my favorite place… honestly… I couldn’t say. I loved every country I visited, each had something new and different to offer.

Different.

Often people stereotype about this country’s culture or that country’s food, but they are supposed to be different. If each place or person were the same, life would be incredible boring!

You don’t have to leave the country or even your town to find someone different than you. At school, work, the grocery store, we encounter a multitude of people. Do we stop to consider… Who are they? What is their story? What makes them unique?

I don’t understand society today, we don’t want to talk to people, we don’t want to share who we are, but we will post on Facebook or Instagram what we had for breakfast. Does this really make sense? We go around not knowing people and not caring enough to ask.

I wonder what would the world be like if we took the time to care?

If we took the time out of our day to stop and ask, what is your story?

What makes you…well…you?

I could visit every country in the world and every city each country and never find two people who were the same. Each person is unique with their own story and from each person’s story we can learn and grow. So, I would like to know.

WHAT IS YOUR STORY?

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Start Now

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Our lives are busy, full of people, events and somedays!

WAIT… What? Somedays?

I know it sounds weird, but we go around life thinking…SOMEDAY we will do this and SOMEDAY we will do that… But I wonder, are we taking the steps towards that? Are we pursuing our dreams?

Life can get complicated and we get distracted. I don’t want to get to the end of my life and realize those somedays have not come.

We might think that we have years to accomplish our goals, but do we? The story of Josiah shows the importance of Starting Now.

“Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign; and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem.” 2 Chronicles 34:1.

This one sentence may not seem important, but when we remember that kingship was for life, we add the time together and it shows Josiah died at the age of 39. Josiah was considered one of the greatest kings of Israel, he brought the city back to God.

Josiah could have easily waited to start his work… HE WAS EIGHT! But waiting was not part of Josiah’s plan. He had not reigned for long when he began to purge the city of its evil ways. If Josiah had waited until when people thought he was ready, his impact would not have been as great.

Look at today. Where do you want to be tomorrow? Next week? Next year? In five years? START NOW! It may be just a little step, but start now working towards your goals. Take action in your life which will help you achieve your dreams. Don’t wait for someday, because it may never come. Start now on your future.

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Bring Us Together

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S'moresWe hustle and bustle all day long, we work, we go to school, we do chores, we go out.  Sometimes I even forget to breath!! This weekend, I have been able to take some time off with my family.  We started the fall season early, a fire, s’mores, rainy days and hot coffee (and tea).  If you can’t tell already, I love fall… I love all the seasons, but the fall lends itself to more family times.  There are many holidays (which are fun), but for me it is the weather cooling and the nights lengthening which brings us together.

Our society has started to drift apart.  We live in apartment buildings with hundreds of other people and we know few, if any, of them.  I remember as a child knowing every person in our neighbor hood and if we were an egg short for a recipe we would run over an ask.  But this has changed, we each want to be independent and to not be a burden.  We are missing the fun and company of many people.

Maybe it will take some planning and getting used to, but explore the possibility of bring people together.  Get to know your neighbors, spend quality time with your family, shut down the technology and put away the work.  The fellowship and fun to be found in the company of others is one of the precious moments of life.

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Explore!!

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A fun hike up Camelback Mountain, Arizona earlier this year.

A fun hike up Camelback Mountain, Arizona earlier this year.

Day after day, month after month, we do the same thing. Wake up, eat breakfast, exercise, go to work, come home, eat dinner, watch TV, go to bed. Most people’s schedules are similar to this, with some variation. It was just in the past few months that I decided I had to do something about this in my life.

There are so many things in this world that we will never experience, but there are also a multitude of things around our homes that we can do.

         Challenge: Do something new each month.

                I am not saying that you have to totally turn your life upside down and backwards, but just get out and explore. It can be something small, but do something new. Recently, I went Geocaching with my cousin and friends. Not only did we have fun, but it is something that I will continue to do. Look around your area, find events or places to go. In the cities, look up the museums, the fun restaurants, local events or in the country, look up hikes, festivals and parks. It is amazing the things you can find by just looking.

Go and explore, explore your area, explore your options, have fun with your life.

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