On Fire: Finding Your Gift And Using It

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. — Steve Jobs, CEO, Apple Computer …when I get to heaven, God won’t ask me ‘Why weren’t you more like Moses?’ or ‘Why weren’t you more like King David?’ God will ask, ‘Zusha, why weren’t you more like Zusha?’ — Zusha, Rabbi In…

You’ve heard the quotes. The minute you set your will to pursue your calling or some higher realm endeavor—art, a business venture, guitar lessons—Heaven comes to your aid. Doors mysteriously open. Synchronicity happens. The missing piece you need shows up. Hogwash.  I haven’t found that to be true. At least not as true as this:…

Do you need a: Solution? Product? Book topic? Idea for a painting? Whole new chapter in your life? A guru or mountain retreat may help. However, on an ongoing basis, the #1 tool for creating something new is this: Openness. Oh shoot, you may be thinking—I was hoping for something specific—something I could do or…

The problem with comfort zones is that they are so comfortable. Scientists conducting a now-famous experiment with frogs plopped them into boiling hot water. The frogs immediately leaped out of the pot. However, when they placed the frogs in cool water, they settled in and remained as the scientists heated up the water gradually. The…

The world news hangs over me: “Army suicide rate hits record in July” (USA Today) “Years After Haiti Quake, Safe Housing is a Dream for Many” (The NY Times) “‘Pussy Riot’ sentenced to 2 years in a penal colony in Russia” (CSMonitor) “20 Shiites pulled off Pakistani bus and shot dead” (NY Daily News) Why…

This post is a postscript to Finding Your Own Story.  Stories are the only enchantment possible for when we begin to see our suffering as a story, we are saved. -A. Nin diary 1943 I used to think life was a type of contest. Through tests of will, perseverance, serving God and resisting worldliness we…

I was slightly depressed and didn’t feel like working out at the YMCA. However, I knew I was on a roll with exercise and needed to keep up my routine. I had a goal of losing 10 pounds. Down by three, I was starting to feel good—strong, fit, more lean. I couldn’t choke now. I…

Growing up I had a minor role in my parents’ story: Move from the farm into town and work day and night plus pinch every penny to save enough money to buy a house. Later I teamed up with my husband to further his story: Minister’s son also enters the pastorate to bring a more…

Dan Piraro’s cartoon (left), ironically, is making the rounds on Facebook.com. When I saw it, I chuckled and promptly posted it to my own home page. The cartoon pokes fun at us. It also asks us to reflect on how we are spending our lives. How am I spending my time? Watching, reading, listening to…

The more we get what we now call ‘ourselves’ out of the way and let Him take us over, the more truly ourselves we become. The alternative is the real disaster. The more I resist Him and try to live on my own, the more I become dominated by my own heredity and upbringing and…

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