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Looking In the Rearview

“Do not remember the former things, Or ponder the things of the past. “Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. ~ Isaiah 43:18-19 AMP

If you are looking in the rear view mirror, you are doing one of 3 things: (a.) Fearing whatever demons are chasing you; (b.) Dwelling on past mistakes or failures; (c.) Or admiring yourself and present situation.  Either way, you cannot and will not move forward by looking at what is behind you!

If you are fearing whatever is chasing you, you have yet to activate your faith and let whatever devil in hell know that God is GREATER than any problem and His power surmounts and surpasses any perceived fear.  When you walk in that knowledge, is there anything to be afraid of?  What weapon can bring you harm?

If you are still dwelling on the past, forgive yourself because God already has!  We are human, we will fall short and make mistakes, but we do not have to stay there.  Mistakes are only building blocks to become better and stronger.  We fall so that we learn how to get back up.  The past is just that… the past.

If you are admiring yourself in the mirror, you have become stagnant and have shined a light on yourself that will dim.  Life is ever evolving and you have to as well.  Do not become too enamored or full of self.  Life has a way of humbling us all and when we become too fixated on current accolades and allure, we inevitably come crashing down in a horrific fashion. 

It may seem cliché, but when you view life through your “windshield,” you realize how vast the possibilities become and how much road there is yet to travel.  Looking through the “rearview” only reveals a limited, close, and very small part of life.  Albeit important to know our history, learn from our past, none of us has to live in the days of old.  Each waking day is a new opportunity to travel to unknown places physically and metaphorically speaking.  Wherever we will allow our mind to travel, forward or in reverse, so will the rest of us, body, spirit, emotions, etc., follow.

And we can only see so far ahead. Looking ahead is exciting and adventurous, but even the keenest eye can only see so far in front of them.  The premise is to move forward, excited about what is ahead, but to enjoy the journey on the way.  Learn from the past and become stronger and wiser because of it.  Plan and be purposeful for the future, but do not rush it or be in haste.  The past is already done, the future will take care of itself, and the present provides its own roads to traverse.  Safe travels my friends!

“See, when you drive home today, you’ve got a big windshield on the front of your car. And you’ve got a little bitty rearview mirror.  And the reason the windshield is so large and the rearview mirror is so small is because what’s happened in your past is not near as important as what’s in your future.” ~ Joel Osteen

The past is like using your rear-view mirror in the car, it’s good to glance back and see how far you’ve come, but if you stare too long you’ll miss what’s right in front of you… ~ Unknown

 

 

 

 

Motivational Monday

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If you have not already, find yourself a mentor.  The insight, expertise, encouragement, testimony, and support someone else can provide is invaluable and vital to your success.  Surround yourself with people who have walked the path you are on and who have both failed and triumphed.  Learn from the mistakes and the victories and begin to shape the destiny you seek.

Although your vision and dream is unique to you, the lessons others have learned can provide tutelage, as well as a road map to help you circumvent dangerous obstacles and navigate tough terrain.  A mentor can help unlock the doors to your future and help build the bridges to get there.  Do not underestimate the presence, power, or how precious a mentor can be to one’s life.

Find a mentor who is transparent and brutally honest.  If your mentor does not challenge you, does not expose their and your vulnerabilities, is not willing to push you beyond your limits, that mentor is doing you and themselves a great disservice.  The whole purpose of a mentorship is growth, evolution, transformation.  Find the mentor who will provide all of the aforementioned and will walk with you through it all.

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”  ~ William Arthur Ward

“Teach them the quiet words of kindness, to live beyond themselves. Urge them toward excellence, drive them toward gentleness, pull them deep into yourself, pull them upward toward manhood, but softly like an angel arranging clouds. Let your spirit move through them softly.” ~ Pat Conroy

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Family and Future

Family

The death of a loved one is never easy.  That sense of separation and hurt is indescribable and there is very little that can soothe or comfort.  What does make a difference is support; support from family and friends and strangers alike.  It is normal to grieve, but how does a 17-year-old cope with finding their mother deceased?  Like anyone else, they keep going and lean on those closest to them.  Look at this heart-warming video and witness the purest form of family.  The shortcomings of our youth are constantly pointed out, but yesterday’s story and this one are shining examples of a bright future.

 Source: James Rose – KDFW – @Fox4

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Motivational Monday

BrotherWord - PastDwelling in the past will do nothing but keep you captured in yesterday.  There is nothing you can do about yesterday’s events but learn from them and move on.  What happened then was meant for that season in your life and unless you want to remain stuck, it is time to embrace a new season. (more…)

The Future of Relationships?

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As relationships continue to evolve and take on different priorities for different people, what was once thought to be the norm has warped into a different reality. Relationships and the pursuit of “the one” has taken on a new meaning and there has been a paradigm shift that has blurred what was once believed to be “proper protocol” when it comes to dating.

A recent study has shed some new light on what the future may hold for relationships and how people will perceive dating. I must say, it is quite eye-opening and definitely indicates a startling new direction to the idea of courting. The biggest change you will notice is why and how people date, the purpose and result they are hoping to gain through dating, and how that is very different from previous generations. Take a moment to digest the article as we dig deep into this and see how accurate it is or if the principles of the past still hold true. Make sure to come back to see what BrotherWord has to say, as well as how the readers react.  Leave your comments here or at Facebook.com/BrotherWord or @BrotherWord with the #FutureRelationships.  Enjoy!

 

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Thankful Thursday!

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Contentment does not mean settling or giving up.  It is about being appreciative and THANKFUL for the here and now.  It’s about finding peace with what you have and what you don’t have.  One of the biggest challenges in life is being satisfied with your present situation while striving for a greater future.  Don’t get bogged down with the what ifs, the could have been, or the when this or that happens, but instead relish in the moment and appreciate it for all it’s worth.  Right now is where you are meant to be and the peace you feel, the inner smile of gratitude, is God’s way of letting you know that just like yesterday took care of itself, so will tomorrow.  Be THANKFUL for today and find contentment in knowing that now is a great place to be.  Make it a mindset to grasp the moment and express THANKFULNESS in your current state.  The more we learn to seize every opportunity, the less we’ll feel we’ve let opportunities escape us – Carpe Diem!

Lose not yourself in a far off time, seize the moment that is thine. ~ Friedrich Schiller

 

Thankful Thursday! (Bonus)

It’s Thankful Thursday! Remember, life is all about what you make of it. Don’t let your situation dictate your destination. Similar to school, we are tested to achieve greater knowledge, better understanding, and to gain the tools needed to tackle life. If you are being tested, be THANKFUL, because it’s only preparation for your future!

U, Me, and We – Past, Present, Future

U, Me, & We:Past, Present, & Future
 

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery, today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.” ~ Author Unknown

Heard a topic recently about “Recalculating Your Route” and it began me to think about what happens when history spoils the gift and ruins the mystery?  As creatures of habit and self-preservation, our first instinct is to gravitate to what is comfortable and protect ourselves at all costs, and in doing so, we may miss out on the most important and beautiful things in life.

So often we rely on what we have experienced and although it is wise to learn from our past, we forget to enjoy the “present” when we allow those lessons to stifle our future.  Pain is a great equalizer and reminder of what to do and not to do, but it can also be a paralyses.  It can leave you stuck in a rut and life passing you by, especially when it comes to relationships and love.

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