Posts Tagged ‘life’

boxing gloves

Many boxing fans can remember the epic fight on February 11, 1990 in Tokyo Japan, between Mike Tyson and James “Buster” Douglas.  Like many, I know right where I was when watching that great fight that night.  Tyson was the unbeaten World Champion.

In the eighth round Tyson knocked Douglas down. Douglas was being given a ten count by the referee, but got back up before he was counted out.  Later in the fight, he went on to knock out “Iron” Mike and became the new heavy weight champion of the world.

From my life experience, I think God sometimes has His own way of giving us a ten count, and at nine if you’re not back up, his grace starts patiently counting over again UNTIL YOU GET BACK UP!

I have often heard success defined as getting up one more time than you have been knocked down. What a great definition?!  Life is difficult…  So, what do you do when life knocks you down?  When a dream is shattered?  A hope is deferred?  A business venture sputters or fails?  

You do what you have always done, get back up one more time!

Written by Jim Shearer for Leading Hearts: the Spirit Ranch Blog; http://spiritranch.us/feelingdownforthecount

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Gratitude

As we just concluded the Thanksgiving holiday season, I wanted to share a quotation from Brennan Manning that has often encouraged me:

“The foremost quality of a trusting disciple is gratefulness. Gratitude arises from the lived perception, evaluation, and acceptance of all of life as grace – as an undeserved and unearned gift from the Father’s hand. Such recognition is itself the work of grace, and acceptance of the gift is implicitly an acknowledgement of the Giver.” (Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin’s Path to God, p. 24-25)

 May we live our lives in a continual celebration of thanksgiving for the gift of grace, and may our attitudes daily reflect gratitude to the Giver of life.

 Reflect:

What are some of the specific “Thank You’s” you’d like to offer today?

written by Jim Shearer for Leading Hearts: the Spirit Ranch Blog; http://spiritranch.us/gratitude