Just Thinking

Live Purposefully
8/26/2019 12:00:01 AM by: C.L. Lawrence

        Dinah Washington sang, “Oh What A Difference A Day Made.” The lyrics express the feelings of a woman whose life changed upon meeting the love she dreamed of.

        On a You Tube video of an event about 20+ years ago, there were several luminaries of the faith, whose names, faces and voices are still quite familiar to us now. The host called the names of five “high profile” individuals who headed the rather short list of those with “celebrity” status (meant respectfully) in their field. Nothing unusual about that because all such illustrious events, (Oscars, Grammy’s, banquets) at some point pause to recognize relevant dignitaries.

        There was something surreal about this retro video. As each one stood, graciously receiving the accolades offered by the host and the thunderous applause and cheers of affection from the adoring audience, not one of them would have imagined the tsunamic circumstance ahead that would change the trajectory of their lives. Each one, alive and still in the game, but today if asked to stand, the applause would be, at best, polite. That isn’t an indictment against them. It’s just, Oh what a difference a day made.    

        Have you ever sat with your circumstance and wondered, “What day was it that I …..?” That one day you lost control of your financial good sense. That one day you couldn’t pay the piper. That one day when you didn’t think before you spoke. That one day when you began believing your own press. That one day that you began hearing the accolades and applause in your sleep. What day was it?

        By now you’re wondering (or have some idea) who’s who on the video. Doesn’t matter who because it could have been you or me. Have you ever thought about that?

  • one moment
  • one incident
  • one decision
  • one decision in a moment can take 25 years to undo
  • one thought acted upon can profoundly change your life forever – for the better or for worse.

The kind of decisions you need to be aware of ahead of time, lest you be caught off guard

        There are warning signs, sometimes so subtle we miss them. Other warnings are like the Hiroshima explosion and we choose to ignore them. We’re faced with decisions every day, all day. What shall I wear? What shall I eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, …? Coffee or tea? Call today or next week? Those are conscious decisions with minimal thought energy required, almost auto-pilot.  

        Then, there are those decisions, choices, that cannot be left on auto-pilot; the kind for which you’d better be on conscious duty all the time lest your foot slip. Hmmm, if your foot slips, is it the end of the world. “NO,” it isn’t the end of the world, but your world might change in a way for which you did not plan; or in a way that is less than your desire. The responsibility of choice and decision can feel scary and quite intimidating, nevertheless, it is yours. 

       Everyone lives purposefully one way or the other. If you believe in luck or coincidence, then you purposefully put your life in the domain of a crap shoot or roll of the dice. You deal with whatever happens as it happens.

        For others whose personal life radar beams beyond the realm of mediocrity, living purposefully means you understand and agree that there is no such thing as luck or coincidence. It’s one choice at a time. One decision at a time.

Living purposefully means you take responsibility for your well thought out decisions;

that you’ve weighed consequences and every possible outcome you can think of.

        You don’t want to live a life wherein things just happen. I know you don’t. Take control of your life. Set your intention. Decide what you want in your career, your social circle, family life, love relationships, … You really don’t have anything to pray about until you make decisions about what you want. In other words, praying for happiness and God’s direction isn’t enough. Neither God nor the GPS can give you direction until you, first, decide where you want to go.

        Oh, what a difference a day makes? Oh, what a difference a moment makes. Let this be your day. Let this be your moment. Right now, in this very hour, decide to live purposefully. Set your intention. Create a vision of what that would look like. That is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Your purposefulness and focus create the energy that is the substance and the evidence. Now! Spirit has something to work with. Now! All the cooperative components will be lined up on your behalf.

 

Share This Blog:


Previous Posts

Connected But Blocked
9/9/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

I am David / I am Goliath
9/4/2019 1:14:09 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Live Purposefully
8/26/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

It Isn't A Test. It's An Opportunity.
8/19/2019 9:48:59 PM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Rest Stops
8/12/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Just Be!
8/5/2019 6:40:27 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Bridges
7/29/2019 4:23:18 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Ask Not, Have Not
7/22/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Update Your Dreamware
7/15/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Adjust Your Focus - Adjust Your Flow
7/8/2019 4:59:19 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Can You Go With God's Flow
7/1/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Karma's GPS
6/24/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

The Lost & Found Department
6/17/2019 6:32:55 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Clean Your Cluttered Closet
6/10/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

What do you think of you?
6/3/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

What's Your Vibe Saying?
5/27/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Invisible on a Deeper Level
5/20/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

What Are You Willing to Give in Exchange?
5/13/2019 7:03:59 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Dancing With The Bumble Bee
5/6/2019 6:22:38 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Why You Still Here?
4/29/2019 5:42:17 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Watch Your Step!
4/22/2019 12:46:02 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Your Slip is Showing / Your Fly is Open
4/15/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

What's the Entrance Fee to Your Inner Circle ??
4/8/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrencwe

The Grass Might Be Greener!
4/1/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Your Blessing is Already Prepared
3/25/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

One Step At A Time
3/18/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Meditation from Three Magic Words
3/11/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

On the Rocks or Straight Up?
3/4/2019 8:08:36 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Don't Know What You Don't Know
2/25/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

What's Your Average?
2/18/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

What's Your "Because ...?"
2/11/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Nothing Wasted
2/4/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Is Your Needle Stuck?
1/28/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

What is YOUR Next Best Level???
1/21/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Are You Ready For The Next Level???
1/14/2019 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

No Elevators, No Escalators
1/7/2019 7:56:51 AM  by: CL Lawrence

New Year's Eve
12/31/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

The Nightmare Option
12/24/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Energy Flows Where Attention Goes
12/17/2018 12:24:07 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Pre-existing Conditions
12/10/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Castles in the Sand
12/3/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Scars Remain
11/26/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Eye Chart
11/19/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Cruise on the SS New Perspective
11/12/2018 7:06:28 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Your Blessing Habit
11/5/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!
10/29/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

NFL (No Free Lunch)
10/22/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Ask The Right Questions
10/15/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Check Your Feathers
10/8/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Justice???
10/1/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Talk Talk Talk
9/24/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Cost of the Oil
9/17/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Know When To Let Go!
9/10/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Hurricane Season
9/3/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Schitt's Creek
8/27/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Need to Know
8/20/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Sit By The River ...
8/13/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

What if God says, "Yes?"
8/6/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

The HAT
7/30/2018 12:15:55 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Name It & Claim It!!!!??? Really!?
7/23/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

At The Party Part 3
7/16/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

At The Party Part 2
7/9/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

4th of July Picnic Conversation
7/2/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

At The Party Part 1
6/25/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Do You Want to be Healed?
6/18/2018 7:06:10 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Light That Fuse, Baby
6/11/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Has Life Passed You By?
6/9/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Release and Allow
6/4/2018 10:31:35 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

It's Never Too Late
5/28/2018 10:22:17 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

It's Offering Time
5/21/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

The Table is Set
5/14/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Just Say No!
5/7/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Can't Be Afraid to Try New Things
4/30/2018 8:23:48 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Teachable Spirit
4/23/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

OK, God, Here's the Deal
4/16/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Words - No Expiration Date
4/15/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Is There a Mulberry Bush in Your Yard?????
4/9/2018 2:48:32 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Appetite
4/3/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

So, What's Your Crazy?
3/26/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Aimlessness
3/19/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

PURPOSE
3/12/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

$1.00 STORE BLESSING???
3/5/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Thoughts in Plain Sight
2/26/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

So, What's in Your Garden?
2/19/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Power Point
2/11/2018 8:00:34 PM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Get Your Mind Right
2/5/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Throw the Dog a Bone
1/29/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

On Friendship
1/22/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

There's Only One Closet
1/15/2018 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Clean Up & Take Control
1/8/2018 1:24:23 PM  by: C.L. Lawrence

What You Allow Will Continue
12/31/2017 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Last Night's Dirty Dishes
12/18/2017 12:00:01 AM  by: C.L. Lawrence

Two Old Bitties
12/4/2017 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Under The Juniper Tree
11/30/2017 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Stay in Your Lane
11/22/2017 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Never The First Choice?
11/15/2017 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

No Need to Speed
10/27/2017 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Who Do People Say You Are?
3/9/2017 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Life's Priorities
1/24/2017 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

God is Always in Control
3/3/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence

Can you Keep A Secret?
2/23/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: CL Lawrence