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Thursday
Jun112015

I've got a secret

When I was growing up, there was a TV show my family and I watched every week called “I’ve Got A Secret.”

It was a panel game show produced for CBS television.

A panel tried to determine a contestant’s “secret”--something that was unusual, amazing, embarrassing or humorous about that person. It premiered on June 19, 1952 and ran until April 3, 1967.

Well, I’ve got a secret--actually two secrets.

A bit of background might be in order here.

From time to time people ask me how I “Do it."

At 75 years of age, how do I manage to keep vibrant and full of energy and vision for my life.

I often hear people say that I have more energy and enthusiasm than people half my age. So, I’m going to let the cat out of the bag, as it were, and tell you.

I have many secrets, but here are the two main ones:

1.  Understanding the Grace of God

A verse that is slowly but surely becoming an anchor and life verse for me is 1st Corinthians 4:7 in The Message:

“Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God? So what’s the point of all this comparing and competing.”

I truly believe that everything I have been able to do and be is a gift from God; from the day he saved me on February 24, 1960 until the present moment. I take no personal credit for anything.

2.  Practicing the Power of Habit

My second secret is that, by his grace, I have been enabled and empowered to acquire certain habits. It was Charles Swindoll who said, “The trouble with life is that it’s so daily!” That it is, and developing certain habits has enabled me to take it a day at a time and not be trapped by the regrets of yesterday or the fear of tomorrow.

Here are two of those habits that I have been graced to build into my life and to practice for over 50 years:

  • Consistent time in scripture and prayer

This has enabled me to keep trust high and worry low and to keep perspective on whatever God allows to come my way—both good and bad

  • Consistent time in physical exercise

I have been regularly exercising for 51 years and, except for injury or being in bed sick, have not missed a week. I take my running shoes everywhere I go in the world.

I believe that these two key habits have been used by the Lord to keep me joyful, in good spiritual and physical health, and have given me the energy and motivation to stay vibrant and expectant.

Here is a link to a book that speaks to the power of habit:

The Power of Habit

Here is a link to an article that has some of the best wisdom that I have ever read beside the Bible.

 "The Common Denominator of Success by Albert E. E. Gray

Allow me to close with another favorite verse of mine from The Message:

 “But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste. Haven’t I worked hard trying to do more than any of the others? Even then, my work didn’t amount to all that much. It was God giving me the work to do, God giving me the energy to do it.”  (I Corinthians 15:10)

 It is the ongoing deep desire of my heart to:

1. Be led by Him

2. Be empowered by Him

3. Be honoring to Him

…Until the day Jesus calls me home!

 

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