Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-ordained passions. Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention. Keep asking questions. Keep making mistakes. Keep seeking God. Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution. Stop repeating the past and start creating the future. Stop playing it safe and start taking risks. Expand your horizons. Accumulate experiences. Enjoy the journey. Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can. Live like today is the first day and last day of your life. Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshiping what’s right with God. Burn sinful bridges. Blaze new trails. Criticize by creating. Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks. Don’t try to be who you’re not. Be yourself. Laugh at yourself. Don’t let fear dictate your decisions. Take a flying leap of faith. Chase the lion!
~ Mark Batterson
Do not regret your story;
It has made you who you are.
It is there to remind you
that you have come so far.
The ups and downs, the good and bad,
the times that you recall;
Are there to guide you, make you laugh
that you survived at all.
Do not lament the times gone by
or wish other choices made.
The past is past and that is that,
the debt already paid.
Memories come like ocean waves
crashing on the shore.
Make new waves, new actions made,
new memories you will pour.
So live your life with no regrets,
rarely looking back.
Look ahead, live well today
and keep running down the track.
© Adrian DeLeon 2015
It may feel like you’ll never get ahead.
Doing your best to escape your dread.
It’s tough watching others live your dream,
Makes you mad, makes you steam.
But keep on going, don’t lose heart. Remember why you got your start.
Your day is coming, keep pushing on.
You’re writing your story, just stay strong.
Frustration is very good for you.
Let’s you know there is work to do. So get up and run your race.
And you will wake up at a different time and place.
~ Adrian De Leon
Our faith must find its centre of peace in a babel of noise;
In the changing ways of the world of men it must keep its poise;
And over the sorrowing sounds of earth it must hear God’s call;
And the faith that cannot do all this, that is not faith at all.
~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox
A fire burns deep within,
Sometimes raging, at times kept in.
A passionate hunger welling inside.
Pushing and pulling like a tide.
Driving and guiding every move,
A needle following a records groove.
Rapids coursing through the veins,
An altering elixir to the brain.
Reason passed by feeling’s stride,
In the open, no place to hide.
Correctly focused becomes elation.
Wrongly focused becomes damnation.
A powerful force, this is true.
Designed intently to carry us through.
The torrent cannot be dammed or stopped.
It must give all it’s got.
Do not try to hide desire.
It will not stop till you expire.
It can be focused like a light,
used for feeling and for sight.
Learn the best paths to take.
A valiant journey you will make.
It’s the warmth of the Sun,
the laughter of fun.
The flow of the stream,
The drive of the dream.
The touch of a kiss,
The lover you miss.
So let passion move you on.
The secret of all those who’ve won.
~ Adrian M. De Leon 2015
Be careful when claiming to do your best.
Walking around inflating your chest.
Standing, looking at what you’ve done,
The thing you did till the setting Sun.
Maybe the task was a job done well,
Not bad as far as you can tell.
But was it really time well spent?
Was time wasted that you were lent?
There are many things that consume our time
A penny taken in place of a dime.
The urgent always compels the doing.
It’s the important though that needs pursuing.
Maybe the reason for unnoticed deeds
Is because it meets no one’s needs.
You’ve given up the best of your days.
For what? A little extra pay?
Or the distraction that seems stress relieving.
A promise of peace that is deceiving.
When time is spent and not invested,
Stress remains deeply nested.
Live your life with others in mind.
Thinking ahead and not behind.
Remember those things you wish were true?
Don’t you think others want those too?
Invest your time in service of others.
A gift that gives back, one heart to another.
~ Adrian M. De Leon 2015
O Thou, the first, the greatest friend
Of all the human race!
Whose strong right hand has ever been
Their stay and dwelling place!
Before the mountains heav’d their heads
Beneath Thy forming hand,
Before this ponderous globe itself
Arose at Thy command;
That Pow’r which rais’d and still upholds
This universal frame,
From countless, unbeginning time
Was ever still the same.
Those mighty periods of years
Which seem to us so vast,
Appear no more before Thy sight
Than yesterday that’s past.
Thou giv’st the word: Thy creature, man,
Is to existence brought;
Again thou say’st, “Ye sons of men,
Return ye into nought!”
Thou layest them, with all their cares,
In everlasting sleep;
As with a flood Thou tak’st them off
With overwhelming sweep.
They flourish like the morning flow’r,
In beauty’s pride array’d;
But long ere night, cut down, it lies
All wither’d and decay’d.
~ Robert Burns
O Thou Great Being! what Thou art
Surpasses me to know;
Yet sure I am, that known to Thee
Are all Thy works below.
Thy creature here before Thee stands,
All wretched and distrest;
Yet sure those ills that wring my soul
Obey Thy high behest.
Sure Thou, Almighty, canst not act
From cruelty or wrath!
O, free my weary eyes from tears,
Or close them fast in death!
But if I must afflicted be,
To suit some wise design;
Then, man my soul with firm resolves
To bear and not repine!
~ Robert Burns