This article is inspired by Anita Foss, one of our subscribers. She sent me an email yesterday with a great idea. Here it is:
“Dear Tom -
I don’t know about you, but I am getting tired of hearing about the
wretched state of our economy which is predicted to remain “in the
tank” for the next 24 months. We cannot turn off the mike on Bernanke
and the Doomsday Brigade, but we can have faith and pray. Rather than
continuing to just pray in general for our economy, I have compiled a
list of the companies that each family member works for. I have asked
each person in our family to take this list and commit to pray for
each company every day until Thanksgiving.
Now, I realize if you were to do this with your family, it might be a
very short list; :) but I wonder if you might encourage other families
and small groups to do something of this nature.
Let’s pray for our companies to have discipline, wisdom and hope; to
find opportunities and create solutions.”
Faith, love and prayers for Ziglar -
This reminds me of what Dad says about times like this. These are some great quotes and the wisdom contained in them is very deep.
“It’s not the economy out there that is the problem, it’s the economy between your ears that is the problem.”
“Life is tough, but the tougher you are on yourself (self-discipline) the easier life will be on you.”
“How many of you today believe there is something you could do in the next few days that would make your personal life, your family life, or your business life…..worse? Could I see your hands? Doesn’t it makes sense that if you could make your life worse, you could also choose to do something that would make your life better? You are in control and have the ability to make your life either better or worse, the choice is yours.”
“You are who you are and what you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change who you are and what you are by changing what goes into your mind.”
In a follow-up email with me Anita said this:
“Have you read “48 days to the Work you Love” by Dan Miller? www.48days.com I love his ideas about work being an extension of our worship and the direction he provides for people to find the work God created them to do. His podcast, (available on iTunes/career) is full of ideas, inspiration and hope.
On one of his podcasts, he asked the question, “What is most commanded in the Bible?” I guessed it would be to obey or to love, but it was:
“Do not be afraid.” What a great thing to remember at this time!”
This truth is something I have watched first hand with Dad. His joy, his happiness, is not dependent on his circumstances! The past year as he has had to Embrace The Struggle with his head injury, I can honestly say I have not seen him discouraged or unhappy about the situation at all. Instead, he constantly reminds me of everything he has to be grateful for and he focuses on what he can do next to improve his situation and make a difference in someone else’s life.
Dad is the happiest man alive not because of his circumstances here, but because of his faith and hope in our Lord. The power in this is that circumstances are always changing, but God and His love for us never change.
So how do you get out of the pit if your circumstances have knocked you down? Another Zig quote for you (I think he quoted someone else on this one!):
“Logic will not change an emotion, but action will.”
So get busy! You can start right now.
1) Join Anita – pray for your family and their current work situation.
2) Do what Dad does – write out a gratitude list and carry it with you. I bet in a day you can think of 50 things you are grateful for.
3) Change the economy between your ears – listen to Dad, Dan Miller, Dave Ramsey just to name a few.
4) Develop an action list of things that will improve your life – and JUST START!