Small Surrenders Make

Peace, the Fruit of Small Surrenders
Peace, the Fruit of Small Surrenders

“Small surrenders make up a stained glass mosaic.” — unknown

As you read this, on this day (Sunday), what comes to mind for you?

There are many possible directions and interpretations.

It reminds me, at first glance, the daily surrender necessary to overcome addiction.

One day at a time.

A small surrender to desire.

And sometimes in one day, there are many small surrenders.

And then tomorrow, begin again.

Repeat until death.

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May 2009

Self Control. Surrender. Service.

Self-Control. Surrender. Service.

Looks good on paper, but what does it really mean?

Self control is about focus and discipline. Stay focused on what’s really important. Discipline yourself to not get distracted or tempted.

Surrender is about letting go of your plan and following a bigger plan. This requires quiet and solitude, in order to have a two-way conversation with God. We often speak to God, but rarely wait and listen for the answer.

Service is about serving others before serving self. This is a tricky one. When the oxygen mask falls from the airplane cabin ceiling, who puts their mask on first, you or the child?

It’s a distinct privilege to write here every day. The vision i to serve you. To stimulate your thinking. To challenge my own convictions, as well as yours.

I surrender to what happens after you visit this site. Carpe diem, jeff 🙂

jeff noel.org

jeff noel.org

Where’s the humility in posting your name on your blog?

Not sure it has anything to do with humility at this point. It has to do with Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Others call it Search Engine Marketing (SEM).

By any name, it’s really about helping and serving others.

How?

How can you help someone if they don’t know who you are and especially if they don’t know that you would like to help? SEO and SEM help get the word out when people use Google, Yahoo, and other search engines.

This site is one of five, as I experiment with a “retirement” project to step up my efforts to Make the World a Better Place before I die.

Mid Life Celebration.com – Rethink. Reprioritize. Recommit.

Lane 8.org – Dream Big. Get There. Stay There.

jeff noel.com – Do Something Great.

jungle jeff.net – Daily Reflections On Excellence.

jeff noel.orgSurrender. Self Control. Service.

Ever get to a point in your life where you say, “I’m going to quit dreaming and start doing”?

I have. Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂

Surrender?

How often do I pray?

How often do you?

For me, as crazy as this may sound, it’s like breathing. It works best when I pray without ceasing.

When I pray “all the time”.

Constantly.

And when I don’t do this, my (spiritual) health suffers.

Last night I prayed for wisdom on a challenging decision I will need to make very soon.

All I could think about was surrendering the choice to God.

Dear Heavenly Father, I surrender. Please bless me with your wisdom and guidance. And please also bless me with your Grace, Mercy and Never-ending Love.

And, Lord, please do this for all my family, all my friends, and especially all those people less fortunate. Amen.

To you, Lord, all Honor and Glory. Use me. I surrender.

May the Peace that surpasses all understanding be with you every minute of this glorious day.

Carpe diem, jeff 🙂