Archive for January, 2014

Going through college I was living a life that leads to emptiness…a life that eventually leads to a sad death and not necessarily a physical death…but a spiritual death. I was impacting people’s lives, but not in the right way. When I look back on how I was living life I can see that I as on a path of destruction. You know what they say…hindsight is 20/20. They also say you learn from your mistakes. I live that saying every day at work. The days that I learn the most are also the days where I mess up the most. I mess up one day, but the next day I am better at my job because of it.

In life you mess up…we are born as sinners. Sin is in our human nature, but that is no excuse for sinning. In life you learn from your mistakes and grow from them. It took a few mistakes to make me appreciate what life is all about. If dying has taught me anything it has taught me how to live.

Again, I am not talking about physically dying…but…some people do deal with that in their life. Think for a second…what if you were diagnosed with a terrible disease that was incurable. It would really force you to look back on your life think about everything that you had done up to that point. Have you made an impact on people’s lives in your short time…that has now become shorter due to your diagnosis? All of the sudden you realize there is so much you want to do. You want to make people smile….you want to make people happy. It usually takes something tragic for a person to figure out how to really live.

It does not have to be that way. You can learn from other people’s experiences or you can learn by experiencing it yourself. Againstiflow wants to help you learn how to live life. Do not fall in to the traps of today’s society. So many people just go with the flow and make the same mistakes the people before them are making. I can’t tell you how many people leave college and say “I did so many stupid things in college. I was crazy.” It does not have to be that way. You do not have to follow the crowd when you go to college. Let us help you experience what life is all about. You can watch inspirational videos and stories about people changing their lives, but why don’t you come and feel that for yourself.  Here is a good quote I heard from the documentary “The Art of Flight”:

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“Experiencing the world through endless second hand information isn’t enough. If we want authenticity we have to initiate it. We will never know our full potential unless we push ourselves to find it. It’s this self-discovery that inevitably takes us to the wildest places on earth.”

Whatever that means to you we want to help you find it. We do not want you to sit there dreaming of doing something else with your life day after day. We want you to be excited about the day ahead and excited about what is to come. The only way to find out what YOU want to do with your life is by initiating that yourself….not through reading other people’s success stories or other people’s life changing moments. Those videos and stories are amazing and I love watching them more than anyone else, but at some point you have to find that in yourself. The reason an inspirational video inspires you so much is because it is showing you what life is all about! Your story will not be the same as the ones you have seen in the video because God has a unique plan for you. He has a plan for you that is greater than any story you have heard or video you have watched. But you cannot find out what it is without initiating that first step. God will not do everything for you. Like any relationship it works both ways. But, if you do your part….I can guarantee you that He will do His. So watch this video and then join us in finding out what life is all about…againstiflow – http://www.faithit.com/his-dying-wish-to-steal-a-donut-truck-and-do-something-crazy-to-inspire-thousands-seriously/

It is that time of year again where we promise to stop eating so much junk food, hit the gym harder, stop watching so much TV, and the list could go on and on. There is something about the New Year that brings a sense of a clean slate and all the junk we’ve done the past year is gone. The chance to start fresh on January 1st is what we all look forward to…until that day actually comes.

If you are like me, then you know the feeling when you have been putting something off and you are to the point where you can’t put it off any longer. I am a very ambitious person, but the procrastinator in me pushes all that ambition to tomorrow or the next day. January 1st has traditionally been the metaphorical “brick wall” for myself and many others. So many good ideas have accumulated in our mind and because it is a New Year we are going to make them happen! But give it a week or two and we’re right back to where we started on December 31st…back to the same ole ways of saying, “I’ll do it later” or “maybe tomorrow.” Our intentions in making a New Year’s resolution are very good, but we can’t get past the “brick wall.”

I haven’t exactly figured out why we can’t stick to the things we commit to every New Years…but some good thoughts, prayers, and conversations have gone into this subject and I might have a few pointers to help everyone out. This is not some magic formula that will solve all your problems and help you go through with all your New Years resolutions. They’re just a few pointers that, to me, come across as Againstiflow!

Over-commitment

Every year I tell myself that I am going to be a better Christian. Read my bible more, pray more, stop lusting, commit to church, commit to a small group, commit to every little bible study I can find, lead every homeless person I see to Jesus, etc. The task seems so huge to me that I quickly just give up and use Roman’s 7:15 as my excuse (“For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not what I want, but I do the very thing I hate”). What I have discovered is that this goal is much more manageable when I break it down into simple daily goals. My challenge to myself and to you is to not just be a better person or Christian, but to walk in the light that Jesus has put at your feet step by step.

Fresh Start Daily

When January 1st rolls around we have to realize that it is no different than any other day.  The Bible says in Lamentations 3 that God’s “Mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.”  Every morning when we wake up is a fresh start and to steal from the wise Jimmy Buffett, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.”  Well, it’s morning somewhere too which in our case means that God is renewing his mercies and his grace for us every second of everyday.

Stumbling is not Falling

When you are committing to your goals know that you are going to stumble a few times along the way. Don’t let one mishap ruin it all.  If you mess up just keep in mind that you’re starting over right there with a clean slate.  Set another simple goal and get it done.

Lifeline

It’s simple…just find a friend to team up with and get after it!  It is wired in our human DNA that we cannot do life without the help of others.  So team up and tackle these goals no matter how small you have to make them… TOGETHER!

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