My cucumber in the greenhouse is now fruiting. I planted on the 14th of January. Each day I have to water, weed, aerate or fertilize. Life pretty much the same – you have to water to stay cool, weed distractions, aerate to stay fresh and fertilize to grow
A few more insights:
1. Every place has a specific grace. A greenhouse enables fruit to produce faster, bigger and cheaper
2. What you order you can control. The order in a greenhouse means you can control growth
“…I am eighty-five years old. I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent us on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then! So I’m asking that you give me this mountain ” Joshua 14: 10-12
At 85 Caleb didn’t ask for a valley, he asked for a mountain. At the time when many would rather be pressured, he was pressing in! A few insights:
1. Act your WAGE…not your AGE
2. Don’t count your days, make your days count
3. Define your life by the STRENGTH of your dreams not the LENGTH of your days
4. Never sell yourself cheap because you feel short. Think of what you can give, than what you can get. Your value add!
Go out today and get your mountain!
Years ago a very successful entrepreneur shared with me that “a leader is a reader”. I took his counsel literally and each year I set learning goals.
As I write I am currently doing my PhD thesis, an online leadership course with University of Pennsylvania; a 12 month “Majoring in Men” course and an Entrepreneurship Course facilitated by my Pastor. That sounds like a lot right? But so do the demands of the things we need to accomplish in this world. Earlier this week as I chaired a weekly meeting with my team I challenged them to read and learn.
Why is this so important?
1. When you learn more you can earn more
2. You can’t receive responsibility beyond your ability
3. Learning is the carrier of your career
4. Opportunities gravitate towards those with capacity to solve problems
“So Moses, the disciple of the Lord, died …. and the Lord buried him in a valley near Beth-peor in Moab, but no one knows the exact place” – Deuteronomy 34:5-6
It is instructive that God buried Moses out of sight. The children of Israel up to now do not know where the grave of Moses is. It’s pretty clear God wanted the Israelites to move on and possess the land and not be sentimental about Moses the deliverer.
A few insights as I read this scripture:
1. Emotions take you to the past. Motion takes you to the future
2. You were created for movement, not monuments
3. Aim for attainment not sentiment. Sentiment affects your mood but brings no good
4. Not everyone who starts with you must finish with you
5. Move on…you are not a robot. Your feelings don’t always get it
Planting this Agave earlier on today…I marveled when I looked at those roots. Life is pretty much the same – when you are planted in the wrong place your roots don’t go deep enough – as they meander so does your life. You can’t grow tall or big if your roots don’t grow deep enough
If we have found favor in your eyes,” they said, “let this land be given to your servants as our possession. Do not make us cross the Jordan. - Numbers 32:5
The Gadites and Reubenites wanted to settle before crossing the Jordan. Moses rebuked them. Although this land was good…it wasn’t what God had promised. Imagined they begged to settle for less. A few thoughts crossed my mind:
1. Don’t settle for less when you can have more
2. Not everything that is good…is godly
3. If you are hunting for elephants don’t be distracted by rabbits
Why should our father’s name disappear from his clan because he had no son? Give us property among our father’s relatives – Numbers 27:4
The daughters of Zelopehad had real guts. Their father died in the wilderness. He had no sons so according to Jewish laws his daughters could not inherit any land. They challenged this and they got the land!
1. Rules are for those who can’t make their own
2. If it has never been done before…there is always a first
3. Never accept a NO…when there is a YES in you
4. Lack of precedence does not stop an incidence