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Enliven your speech

One of the groups I work with has this sort of goofy recognition program call “Pizza Slices”, where when one of your coworkers does something worth while or whatever, you send then a mythological pizza slice, by recognizing their work via a nice email.

Well, one of our fellow daily buffeters, and recent contributor, Joel A,  has been on fire with these lately.  Not quantity, but quality.  He has been encouraging others and building them up with his words – his enlivened words.  That’s a great way to impact people.  Even though his pizza slice was not for me, his encouragement of others has even given me some encouragement.  Sort of reminds me of the type of reaction that the gifts from God spurn in us!

15-17So, friends, take a firm stand, feet on the ground and head high. Keep a tight grip on what you were taught, whether in personal conversation or by our letter. May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17, The Message)

How will you enliven your speech to impact others today?

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Cha Cha Cha

There is only one of these reality shows that I get sucked into.  No, its not American Idol, or Biggest Loser, or Jersey Shore ( surprising I know) – Its Dancing With The Stars.  Yes, I can’t explain it.  I don’t even really want to watch.  I just keep getting sucked into the room where it is playing like the TV like I have some sort of fatal attraction.  If may also help that two of my most favorite people in the world are usually lying in the bed watching it- and sometimes a third one joins them.

Buzz Aldrin and Ashly Costa dance the Cha-cha-cha. (ABC)

Anyway, last night it kicked off for the tenth season, and it was a good and welcome relief from the events and the seriousness of the day.  With all the twisting and turning going on, the thing that impressed me the most was the one dude who could barely dance.  It was 80 year old Buzz Aldrin.  Yes the dude who walked on the moon in the sixties. Its amazing that his body can actually still get out on the dance floor at his age and that he actually had a few moves.  Now, its obvious that he probably will not last many weeks on the show this year with his dancing skills – but what an inspiration.

When his dancing partner asked him if he had any dancing experience he replied – sure, we had hops back at West Point.  Think about how long ago he was in West Point!  Essentially he had no dancing experience, and yet there he is out on National TV taking a major risk and stepping out. What an example of transformation and continual change!   This is the stuff that I spend a lot of time thinking about.  How to continually take risks and step out in our spiritual lives.  Continue to find ways to get out of your comfort zone and transform yourself.

What can you do today?  Whats holding you back.? If Buzz Lightyear can fly, and Buzz Aldrin can dance, what is it again that you are saying you can’t do?

Transform yourself, take a risk – one day at a time and watch what happens.

15So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.

16May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:15-17 (New International Version)