This Is The Stuff – Philippians 4:6-7

The Holy Spirt has been ministering to me today and I hope that this post helps someone out there today.

April has been a VERY full, good and potentially-stressful month for my wife and I. I’ve something had on the schedule almost every day – meetings, phone conferences, multiple doctor appointments, video shoot, photo shoot, 6yr anniversary, consultations, and a bunch of other small-but-big stuff. #crazy

This morning I started feeling overwhelmed because there’s just so much on my list that I need to get done. You know that feeling you get when you have so much to do that and then you get anxious and start to have anxiety?? And, you usually are short and snappy with people?? That’s how I was feeling this morning. I’m normally pretty good at keeping it all together and handling the stress, but sometimes things go beyond your control and you need the Lord’s help. Often times we feel like we can handle everything. We get so caught up in taking care of everyone and getting things done that sometimes we don’t realize how much we do until we can’t carry the plate any longer.

Today after the morning show, I told a friend (Meeke) how I was feeling and she gave me some great encouragement. She reminded me of this scripture:

Philippians 4:6-7 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

When I heard her quote the scripture, I was thinking to myself, “yeah I know the scripture; I’ve read it before”. But after about 30 minutes the Holy Spirit started to deal with me about that scripture and about my stressful situation and anxious feelings.

I know practical tips on how to be productive and keep stress down, but sometimes that stuff just doesn’t work. LOL. Sometimes, you need the Word of God to minister to your heart and mind. He reminded of a song by Francesca Battistelli called “This Is The Stuff”. I’ve always liked that song, but today it, coupled with that scripture, really helped me to calm down and get my mind right.

So I want to encourage you today: don’t worry so much about the day-to-day things that need to be done. If you don’t get those things on your list done today, guess what? They’ll still be here tomorrow. Try not to be anxious and let God minister to your soul as He did for me.
Christ Bless!

Don’t Waste Your Worry – A Lesson from Gary Heavin, Founder of ‘Curves’

Recently, I had a great opportunity to meet Gary Heavin, the founder of Curves. First of all, let me say that I was very geeked. He’s an extremely successful entrepreneur. He founded a fitness company whose 2013 revenue was $52 million. Needless to say, you can learn a thing or two from a guy like that; and it’s not every day that you meet a person of his calibre. Gary was a really nice, courteous man. And, when I shook his hand I knew that there was something unique about him that sets him apart from other successful entrepreneurs. That unique something is his spirituality and faith in God. That’s what I enjoyed the most about him. He even talked about how he wants to honor God in all that he does. But, Gary said something else though that really stuck with me:

“Don’t worry about the little things. Stay focused on your purpose.”

It’s interesting to me that he mentioned purpose because that’s exactly what I encourage people to pursue. There are so many things in life that fight for our attention on a daily basis. There is a lot of noise that surround us every day- noise from work, home, family, church, business, friends, problems… I could go on and on. What we really need to learn how to do is turn down the volume of that noise and turn up the volume of our purpose. When your purpose is louder than the noise, you don’t have to worry about the little things that create that noise.

If you will be transparent and honest for a minute, you often find yourself worrying so much over things that ale you. Whether it’s money, marriage, work or otherwise. If you just take a step back and look at those things from an objective viewpoint, you will see how little those things really are in comparison to what you were put on this earth to do.

When you pursue your life’s purpose, you’ll discover that success is inevitable. Now does that mean it will it be easy? Absolutely not. But, it will most definitely be worth it. So, my question to you is: what is your purpose and are you pursuing it?

Gary Heavin, founder of Curves, and Cortney Westbrook