I am away visiting my Dad in Arkansas as he begins his battle with colon cancer. Between doctors appointments at the VA hospital in Little Rock we passed by the chapel walking down the quiet and monotoned beige halls. My son Blake and I decide to go in and take a look. There’s no one there, but the pews and pulpit are still inviting and comforting.
Blake notices some camouflaged books on a bookshelf. They are daily quiet times by Dr. Norman Peale. We decide to leave some cash in exchange for three of these books, one for me, him, and one for Dad.
Today’s message for March 24th I’d call “Untapped-Power.”
“From a distance they look like angels doing their morning calisthenics. As we get closer to the wind farm in central Illinois, I pull off the side of the road so we can admire these towering pinwheels on the prairie. ‘They are so majestic,’ my wife says in a reverent voice. I respond, ‘Somewhere I read they are taller than the Statue of Liberty and their blades are larger than a 747’s wings.’
“We watch them a long time before reluctantly driving on, and soon the turbines are just white little daisies in my rearview mirror.
“The force of the wind has been present since the creation, but only lately we have learned to lasso these invisible horses and put them to work. It was just a matter of putting something up there to catch the power.”
I write this to you because I know you and I have untapped power that we have yet to harness. As I sit with my Dad in his numerous hospital visits, I realize that it is until most of us are up against the wall that we tap into these infinite sources of power.
What are these sources? First and foremost, the power of the will. When you lose the will to fight, be better, be positive, to live, you lose the battle. Another source of power is relationships. The people you associate yourself with have a lot to do with your success, and failure, for that matter. You can’t soar with eagles when you hang out with turkeys.
Rely on your team. We all have teams. Your original team is your family, then your friends and your circle of influence. These are the people you put yourself around to help you and them achieve goals.
There is yet another source of untapped power, and that is the power of prayer and meditation. I have throughout my years as a believer done daily quiet times. It’s critical, it’s important, it’s necessary. It’s a time to get your mind right and your thoughts clear. Take time today to sit and be still for 10 minutes. To pray, to meditate, to ponder life and choose a direction you want to take this day. Tap into this power and watch how your day unfolds in a positive way.
Peter San Nicolas is owner of Ramona Fitness Center, ramonastrainer.com.
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