Saturday, October 8, 2016

When the Music Stops

“You can’t control your results,
but you can control 100% of
your focus, relentless behavior,
and maximum effort.”
Stephen Palmer

The Kilgore College Rangerettes performed in the Opening Ceremonies of the State Fair of Texas.  After the first group or Rangerettes completed their dance routine, a second group took their place on the street and began their performance.  A few measures into the recorded song, the music stopped.  Not one performer paused, quit dancing or missed a step or kick in the routine.  Soon you could hear someone audibly counting to 8 over and over again as the young ladies completed the dance routine.  Because of the hours of preparation and practice, the girls knew what to do, even without the music.

Although I cannot control everything that happens, I do have a choice about who and what I choose to focus on, how I will respond to the situation, and how much work, time, and effort I am willing to invest to bring about the desired results.  Because the Rangerettes had practiced for countless hours, they were prepared to complete their dance, even when the music stopped.  When life’s challenges come, may our focus on Jesus, relentless behavior, and maximum effort help prepare us for positive and productive results.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
Colossians 3:23

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15

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