I Dare You

Well, it’s 2018, and we are officially off to the races!  When I went to the gym on the 1st of January, it looked more like a club than a fitness facility.  I’ve never seen so many people dressed in brand new work out gear, drinking smoothies, taking supplements, and snapping selfies in my life! Wow. Sadly, one of the personal trainers said, “don’t worry, the gym will be empty again by February.”  I wasn’t worried.  You see, I have always enjoyed watching people accomplish their goals.  When someone has the discipline and wherewithal to make their dreams come true, it has always inspired me to do the same. This year, I have decided that I will continue what I began a while ago.  So, here I am at my next point.  I’m not a religious man.  I am a very spiritual man.  In my very humble opinion, religion can be used as a tool for governance and control.  However, spirituality, (again in my opinion), connects you to something unseen, yet profoundly felt.  There’s that.  This year, I dare you to trust God.  It really doesn’t matter what you call God as long as you both trust and call on God.  They say that faith is belief in the unseen.  With that in mind, have faith. For me, I’ve experienced some of the most profound forms of change when I exercised faith.  This year, I dare you to trust God.  I dare you to believe that you are able to become the person that you are dreaming to be.  I dare you to give your relationship another shot because you’ve had more good days than bad days. I dare you to stop explaining your dreams and goals to people who wouldn’t understand them if they came with an instructions manual.  I dare you to stop allowing people to treat you as though you are insignificant.  I dare you to go to school for the knowledge, not the bragging rights.  I dare you to speak up in the face of injustice.  I dare you to maximize your potential within your parameters.  After your potential is maximized, I dare you to destroy the parameters.  The truth of the matter is that the parameters weren’t created by society, they were created by you. I was recently sitting outside, and I watched a flock of birds.  I watched in amazement at how they moved. I have come to the conclusion that birds have no concept of height.  I personally believe that they are so focused on where they want to go, they are not concerned about what they have to go through in order to get there.  In the past, I have been one of those people who was more concerned about what I had to go through rather than where I wanted to go. I dare you to trust God.  If you are able to demonstrate that type of trust, imagine what you can become.  This year, instead of exclusively focusing on losing weight, why not focus on losing wait.  Stop waiting for the perfect time because time is never perfect.  It’s not about your resolution, it’s about your resolve. What are you really made of?  Don’t you want to know?  I know that I do. This year, I dare you to trust God.  As controversial as this may be, I will say this.  I don’t believe that God waits at a building for us to come to each week.  I believe that God is all around us.  I believe that God is in the faces of the people that we see every day.  God is in the air that we breath.  God is everywhere and everything.  I dare you to trust God.  I dare you to help someone without taking a picture to document the moment.  I dare you.  I dare you to become what you were always meant to be.  When you get there, don’t forget to leave a roadmap for the rest of us.  Until next time, take care of yourselves and continue to try and change the world.  Happy New Year.  Patrick

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