I have never been a big fan of new years resolutions, but as I survey this past year, I have one for 2010, "Not Again!". What was 2009 like for you? As you inventory this past year, what would you say was your underlying emotion throughout the majority of the year? I believe for a lot of people it was fear. If you go back and survey the major news stories of the year, most of them were gloom and doom stories that painted a very bleak outlook for our future. I guess it's these kinds of stories and negativity that has "pushed me over the edge". I mean, you can only get so close to the edge of the abyss and then you have to decide whether or not you're going to 'jump off' or stop and take an honest look at where you are and what you're doing.
What has brought us to the cliff's edge? For the most part it has been greed, corruption, deception, and propaganda. So let me ask you; Are you a greedy person? Are you a corrupt person? Do you purposefully deceive people for you own gain? For everyone reading this blog, I think I can confidently answer "No" for you. Isn't it ironic that a minority of people with an agenda for control through power have cast upon us a fear so great that it seems we have no alternative but to entrust them with that power and ask them to 'save' us? What is driving this mentality? FEAR. Fear of losing a house, a job, a car, a dividend, a privilege, in other words, fear of failure.
Wow, we have become afraid of the one thing that has made our country so great!
Go back through our history and you will find that most of the great inventors and businessmen of all times experienced 10X the amount of failure as they did success. You can't succeed without failing! Failing is what teaches you to persevere, it's what teaches you to change an ingredient or procedure, or way of thinking. Take away failure in a society and you produce a nation of slaves. And guess who the master is? It's that power hungry, greedy, corrupt, group of people who are living off of your fear. And living quite comfortably I might add.
I've had enough gloom, doom, anxiety, and fear!
So for 2010 I say, Not Again. My resolution is to cast off all fear and anxiety and go for broke! If that's where I end up, then I'll get back up, dust myself off, and go at it again. That's a life worth living. That's a life that has flavor, excitement, and danger. That is the kind of life we were created to live. We were created to fight in the wilderness like lions, not grope in the pasture of fear like cows!
So what is that dream that you have? What is it that you want for your family? How do you see your future? Are you looking through the lens of our media and politicians? Theirs is a lens of empty promises and false hope. You were created to be free, truly free, to be all that you can be. Know who created you, know His character, and then find the courage to risk failure. After all, failure produces success. You need to hear that again;
Failure produces Success!