How much have you challenged yourself lately, physically, mentally, or spiritually? Have you stretched beyond where you have always been or are you kind of stuck on the status quo? Lately, with these new business responsibilities that have been presented to me, I have found just how far my physical ceiling goes. I have truly gone the extra mile.
My motivation is part personal of course, but in reality it stems from what Christ has instilled in my soul. How far did he go for me, and how far, in whatever life endeavors I am involved will I go for him? Go "the extra mile" with my brother, do everything as if doing it for him, know the truth and the truth will set you free.....these words give me the freedom to be everything the Lord intended me to be.....because after all, I represent him.
So I am sitting here at a computer at the Central Florida Auto Auction with very klittle energy left after hours in the sun (thank God for no rain) and hours chasing after cars. No juice left in the tank so to speak, but entirely confident I have given my all. One of the drivers who I ran into several times during the auction had a Jesus hat on, He said, "when I woke up this morning I made up my mind it was gonna be a good day". This uttered through a mouth that was missing several teeth, but his smile was colossal.
Can we imagine what many folks have had to overcome and how many extra miles they have had to travel just to get somewhere close to normal? How many trials have we had to overcome just to stay sober, to stay solvent, to stay above ground?
Lots of questions I know, but think how the apostles laid a foundation for us of giving everything they had for what they believed in? This foundation tells me that I should never let grass grow beneath my feet, that faith is always moving forward not sitting still, never enough until we spring into action to be all we can possibly be....and when that happens we are free from the bondage of the status quo.
Go the extra mile tomorrow with someone, something, stir up your passion to excel (now I sound like Joel Osteen). Remember who your boss is, and think of how good he wants his employees to look.
From the land of Psalm trees, have a most blessed week!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.