turning mountains back into molehills

Here come the cliches …

Making a mountain out of a molehill.

You can’t teach a old dog new tricks.

In my job as a Functional IT Analyst, I am currently transitioning from some older legacy technology and software to more current up-to-date technology, software and productivity tools.  And I have struggled in that transition.  Fortunately this week I have experienced many breakthroughs in that transition … thank you Jesus!

Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks … if that old dog is still willing to learn and will venture out of his comfort zone …

So I have been carrying a small stack of index cards around for the last two or three weeks to challenge me in the transition … so thought I would share them on the blog tonite (BTW anything in double quotes below is attributable to John Maxwell)

CARD 1 – HOW DO I RESPOND TO CHALLENGES?

“Leaders stretch with challenges.  Followers struggle with challenges.  Losers shrink from challenges.”

“Most of our problems are in our heads.  Its not what happens to us; it’s what happens in us.”

CARD 2 – ARE YOU PARALYZED BY TOO MANY PRIORITIES?

“The discipline to prioritize and the ability to work toward a stated goal are essential to a leader’s success.  (success: the progressive realization of a predetermined goal.)  Too many priorities paralyze us!”

NEED MANAGEABLE/REACHABLE LIST OF DAILY PRIORITIES

CARD 3 – I WILL NOT PROCRASTINATE!

“All my problems become smaller when I confront them.”

CARD 4 – ARE YOU SELF-DISCIPLINED?

“No matter how gifted a leader is, his gifts will never reach their maximum potential without the application of self-discipline … If you know you have talent, and you’ve seen a lot of motion but little concrete results – you may lack self-discipline … A life in which anything goes will be a life in which nothing goes.”

CARD 5 – WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM?

WHAT GIANT IS STANDING IN YOUR PATH?

“We look at the Goliaths in our lives in the same way the army of Israel looked at them, and our thoughts focus on not being defeated … when we focus on the pitfalls rather than the prize, we often fall right in.”

CARD 6 – WHAT TASKS DO YOU FEAR?

WHAT TASKS DO YOU CONSTANTLY PROCRASTINATE?
(procrastinate: postpone doing what one s/b doing!)

WHAT TASKS IMMOBILIZE YOU?

CARD 7 – DO YOU BELIEVE?
DO YOUR ACTIONS REFLECT WHAT YOU BELIEVE?

IS JESUS GREATER THAN YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

CAN CHRIST OVERCOME YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

CAN YOU TRULY DO ALL THINGS THRU CHRIST JESUS WHO STRENGTHENS YOU?

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Now let me be clear … I am nowhere near dealing with the various issues addressed by these cards in all the ways I would like to … but I’m making progress albeit the fact they are baby steps.  But progress is growth … and I thank the Lord for all growth in my life … may it continue until the day I die!

Let life’s journey … with all its challenges and obstacles … continue!

Bernie

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About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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2 Responses to turning mountains back into molehills

  1. Carrie says:

    I needed this…and need to make some cards of my own. Last week was one of those weeks. (My former manager left at the end of July and I’ve been filling in since. Last week it got to me more than usual.) 🙂 Thank you for your encouragement, dear brother. We do continue to pray for you. 🙂

  2. bwebbjr says:

    Sorry to hear you needed it … but glad to hear the post could challenge and encourage you. Sounds like you have been facing some real challenges. So appreciate the prayers Carrie … God is answering them in amazing ways each and every day.

    May you be blessed of God dear sister!

    Bernie

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