Grit Plus Peace

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Grit

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Grit or Grace

Grit is good, grit is great, most of the time! Everyday we seem to need more grit to carry on in this world. It would be very hard to survive, just exist without a lot of grit or determination and drive. There is a term for this grit in the country of Finland they call it sisu.  Sisu is not momentary courage, but the ability to sustain that courage. It is a word that cannot be fully translated.

There is something else that we need more than grit and it is free, it might possibly be the most important thing we can have. It is peace, we need peace, an inner peace that has much more power than all the grit we can conjure up. There is only one place to find that true peace and that is God’s peace that surpasses all understanding, it has so much power, the human mind cannot comprehend the power of God’s peace.

In Philippians 4:7 we have a wonderful promise: “The peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” It is important to note the context of this promise, because that’s where we find the condition: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (verse 6). God’s peace is promised to guard those who pray—with thanksgiving—about everything. This peace will transcend our ability to understand.

God’s peace is a personal bond between “Him” and each individual who follows him, when people  have his peace they truly understand it, although they cannot explain it. It is there to carry them, each and every day through all the trials and tribulations of this world.

Many people continually pray for peace, peace between peoples and nations to stop all the killing. That peace will never happen according to God’s word which says there will always be wars and rumors of wars.”Matthew 4:6-10 New King James Version (NKJV)”
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Human nature does not change, man cannot get along with man, they let their differences, in some cases large differences over freedom and individual rights control their actions. Many would never live with peace, treating their fellow man equally. Their only hope is in finding  God’s life changing peace.

People in the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church greet each other with, “God’s peace!” There could not be a better greeting than, “God’s peace”! if you have it, you know you want to share it and tell the world about it and hope they can have that same feeling of inner peace. If you have God’s peace in the church building and take it with you when you leave, people all week long, all year long, all life-long will be able to witness God’s peace through your daily actions and how you live your life and treat your neighbor. That is the true gauge of what God’s peace can do.

Our individual grit drives us forward, as we seek peace and Grace. When somebody asks, “How are you?” I hope you can say, “BLESSED.”

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Avid Determination

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Avid

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Avid Determination
I have to believe I was born a tinker, in a way, this is been a blessing. For some reason, I quit High School my junior year and went into the U.S. Air Force.This was not a very wise move at the time, I was not thinking about furthering my education at that young age. I did finish High School in the Air Force attending night classes and also taking some extra classes in electronics and math through MIT. That was in the year 1959. I said I was blessed to be a tinker because my life has really been that of an avid do-it-yourselfer. My life has been avidly repairing or rebuilding anything and everything. An avid Jack of all trades, master of many, different things throughout my life. My wife spent over 40 years volunteering my services to anyone and everyone if something needed fixing, or was not working correctly.

I also have to believe avid is a way of life, a philosophy, strive to do everything which determination, with an aim at completion and success. That is why I want to share with you the following information about AVID. It helps people complete their education, to fulfill their lives, with meaning and purpose. Education becomes more important each day. It requires work, grit, and determination. “AVID is not just another program…at its heart, AVID is a philosophy”
“AVID is not just another program…at its heart, AVID is a philosophy Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support,
and they will rise to the challenge.”

“AVID, , is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other posts Advancement Via Individual Determinationecondary opportunities. Established more than 35 years ago with one teacher in one classroom, AVID today impacts nearly 1.5 million students in 46 states and 16 other countries/territories. View our AVID Snapshot.”
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Never Say Never

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DAILY PROMPT
Quote Me
Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

“Never say never”

― Charles Dickens

Never say never is a very powerful quote.
If you even think the word never, you start accepting defeat for something that you are not sure your body is capable of doing. Our minds have the power to convince our bodies that they can do anything that our heart desires them to do. There are no limits unless we allow limits.

When you say never, your opening the door for weakness and indecision to go running wild inside of your head. They will mess around in there turning things upside down playing mischief. Your mind will have forgotten what you planned to do before never entered your mind the first time.

Be positive in every action that you decide to do in this world, strive to better yourself, to be healthy and the best at everything that you attempt to complete in your life’s walk. There is absolutely no room in your head for obstacles to stop you from obtaining the goals that you decide on. The only thing possible and capable of stopping you is allowing that one little word to creep into your mind, ‘never’.

The best possible solution for a successful life is to completely eliminate the word never from your vocabulary. The only time you can use it correctly is saying never to say never anyhow!

You do not want to ever use it as, “I never could quit smoking.” without the never in there you would have done it!

“Never say never” moves me because my life has been one incident after another, I just do what I need to do to press on with my life. Never got left on the roadside 51 years ago!

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