Still in Me …

by Ray Reuter on August 30, 2018

I was given a copy of A Prayer for Stillness (by Ron Rolheiser) followed by 20 minutes to contemplate such prayer. What a gift! I was hit square between the eyes with one particular area of “stillness.”

Still my unrelenting need to be busy all the time, to occupy myself, to be always planning for tomorrow, to fill every minute with some activity, to seek distraction rather than quiet. Soothe the unacknowledged anger I feel from not achieving much of what I’ve wanted in life, the failure that I feel in the face of all that I’ve left untried and unfinished. Still in me the bitterness that comes from failure. Save me from the jealousy that comes unbidden as I begrudgingly accept the limits of my life. Give me the grace to accept what circumstance and failure have dealt me.

See … I had been feeling a lot of discontent and God said, “I hear you. I see your unrelenting need to be busy. I sense your anger in not doing all you want to do. I notice your bitterness and jealousy at your limitations. Now … let it all go and BE STILL.” He knows me; He knows you.

So clear, and yet so counter intuitive. Stillness trumps busyness?! Really?! Funny … God doesn’t say, “Get BUSY and know that I am God.” LOL! He simply says, “BE STILL.”

Here is the closing part of the prayer …

Still my heart so that I may know that you are God, that I may know that you create and sustain my every breath, that you breathe the whole universe into existence every second, that everyone, myself no less than everyone else, is your beloved, that you want our lives to flourish, that you desire our happiness, that nothing falls outside your love and care, and that everything and everybody is safe in your gentle, caring hands, in this world and the next.

Amen!

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No More Training Wheels!

by Ray Reuter on August 2, 2018

Within the last couple of weeks, two of my grandsons have discarded the training wheels on their bikes and are “training wheels free!” Wow are they proud.

Watching this experience tied in nicely to some work I have been doing with a client on busting through COMFORT ZONES. Discarding one’s training wheels is a beautiful illustration of leaving one’s comfort zone. The book The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkerson is a story about a person named Ordinary, a Nobody who leaves the land of Familiar to pursue his Big Dream. The story is all about the process of stretching outside our comfort zones beyond what is familiar.

We are all little boy and girls with names who hopefully have Big Dreams we want to pursue. But leaving our comfort zones, our land of the familiar, takes courage. We could fall. We could hit something. We could get hurt. — OR — We could achieve our goals! We could learn something new! We could make a difference in ways we never imagined and become EXTRA-Ordinary!

What aspect of your life that is ready for no more training wheels?!

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Inspirational Capital

August 2, 2018

In my work, my services often contain thoughts, ideas, concepts, models, quotes, stories, illustrations, and the like. This bucket of stuff is often called “intellectual capital” or “intellectual property.” It is not *real* property like a car, house, boat … it is *intellectual* property. It is MY thoughts, ideas, concepts, insights, models. I thought it […]

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The Road Less Fettered (#16)

July 5, 2018

The Road Less Fettered has been traveled before by many wise and wonderful people. Below are six more of my favorite quotes that are worth pondering and lead to unfettering … Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and […]

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Radical Discipleship

June 28, 2018

My Dad transitioned to eternal life 10 days ago. I share this post in his memory. My Dad was a suffering servant. In the last 10+ years of his life, he was constantly burdened with health challenges and asked to suffer pain and discomfort. Dad consistently, and without complaint, would offer up his suffering for […]

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Leadership Thru Service

June 14, 2018

Growing up I spent countless hours and days at Reuter, Inc. in Carroll, Iowa. Reuter, Inc. was my Dad’s business — an International Harvester farm implement dealership and an International Trucks dealership. I started out cleaning bathrooms, emptying trash, and sweeping floors. I moved “up” to working the parts counter and assembling equipment. (I never […]

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Like Me or Not Like Me?

June 7, 2018

To WIN … we must see ourselves as a WINNER. To ACHIEVE … we must see ourselves as an ACHIEVER. To PERFORM … we must see ourselves as a PERFORMER. To LEAD … we must see ourselves as a LEADER. You see the pattern … how we behave will always be inline with how we […]

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Thoughts Approaching • Stand Clear

May 31, 2018

“TRAIN APPROACHING” • “STAND CLEAR” • “DOORS CLOSING” On an extended weekend in Washington, D.C., my wife and I heard words to this effect over and over and over again as we rode the Metro throughout the city. There was an orange line, red line, green line, blue line, silver line. Trains would come for […]

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The Idolatry of Self-Reliance

May 24, 2018

I trust you have had this experience … you read or hear a series of words that stops you in your tracks. For example … Thank Me for the difficulties in your life, since they provide protection from the idolatry of self-reliance. (From “Jesus Calling”) The Idolatry of Self-Reliance … thinking it is all about […]

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“C” Change

May 17, 2018

Historically, a “sea change” was a change brought about by the sea. Today, a “sea change” is defined as a marked change, a transformation. Here is another “C” change that is transformational. MOVE FROM REACTIVE TO CREATIVE. Two words with the same exact letters, with just a slightly different – and ever so important – […]

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