Tomorrow Never Comes – Start Living for Today

Tomorrow never comes; once tomorrow gets here it’s today. Waiting for tomorrow to do what you should have started long ago is only going to keep you from ever succeeding.

It’s so easy to get into the habit of saying “Wait” or “I’ll do that later” instead of taking up the mantel of responsibility and just getting on with living life fully today. This isn’t saying you have to ignore the facts:

  • Yes, the timing must be right to pursue your dreams.
  • Yes, you have to get the right obligations out of the way, like taking care of family, children, elderly parents, if that’s what you are supposed to do.
  • Yes, you may have to finish the fight on the hard challenge that have come your way.

But once those have gone and you know the time is now, you have to get started on living the true purpose of your life.

  • Do you ever wonder why certain people have a yearning in the heart to do something big?
  • Do you think this is a universal yearning or do you think some people are content to be where they are in life?

It seems that for some the yearning is stronger or more real than others. I believe everyone is born with a purpose to fulfill in life that will leave the world a better place as a result. That task may be small or only touch one single life. But touching that life will cause a ripple effect that will reach out to places unknown.

I also believe that some people refuse to do what is on their heart. Knowing that there is a great thing to do, they refuse to answer that life calling and ignore it until life is over for them.

  • You know in your heart that you are supposed to be doing more.
  • You know you are supposed to be doing greater things.

I believe a life purpose is set in the heart of every person at birth. When you refuse to heed the persistence of that life calling, you live a life unfulfilled.

  • Are you denying the call of your life purpose?
  • Are you letting the past, or your fears, or unforgiveness, or confusion keep you from identifying what is great about you so you can start sharing it with the world?

I’ve been in settings where the most unlikely person got up and made a presentation that changed the direction of everyone in the room. Through very simple words or a brief exercise or by sharing a piece of art or playing a simple arpeggio, lives were changed.

What about you?

What are you supposed to be doing with your life? When will you start doing it? Drop a comment and tell us your commitment to Live Live Fully Today!

Also, check out the lesson of Queen Esther.  She probably never thought her day would come either but teaches Christian Business Women to wait on the Lord who will reveal your life calling in due time.  Click HERE to check it out.

Even Youth Need Goals

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

During a public speaking event at a Junior High School, I asked the students to tell me their goals for the future. As their motivational speaker for the day I had planned to use their responses to give specific examples of how to reach their goals.  

I was shocked when not one of the students raised their hands with a response.  At first I thought they were too shy to share in front of their friends. But after a bit of prompting I learned that was not the case. None of them were too shy to talk because they freely let me know the problem with my question.  

The response I got was they did not have a life goal. 

There was no reason for them to have one, they said because they would not be able to reach those goals anyway.  I urged them to tell me what they planned to do with their lives then. The majority response was “whatever I can get to do as work, that’s all.”  

So I changed my talk to give them examples of kids just like themselves who had great goals.  I told them about young people who had gone on to do great things with their lives through advanced education, community volunteer work, running businesses or working for large companies 

This talk was at a public school so I couldn’t share the many Biblical examples about young people who had fabulous goals early in their life. 

David was only a boy when he killed a giant.  He was being prepared to lead people and build a kingdom for God.    

And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was but a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance.” 1 Samuel 17:42 

At only 7 years old, Jehoash became King of Judah and had to make decisions that affected the life of a whole nation.  He did this with the leading of the Lord. 

“Jehoash was seven years old when he began to reign.” 2 Kings 11:21 

Not to be forgotten an 8 year old Josiah also became a King of Jerusalem. 

“Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years inJerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father; and he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.” 2 Chronicles 34:1-2  

Mary of Nazareth was probably only 12 or 13 and a young virgin when she was chosen by God to become the mother of the Savior, Jesus. 

“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city ofGalileenamedNazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary”. Luke 1:26 

God gives us goals and He doesn’t even forget young people when giving them.  Starting with goals as a youth is important.  If you haven’t set goals in your life it might be difficult for you to do so as an adult.  That makes being able to know how to set goals in business and your personal life difficult. 

Goals provide direction, purpose, motivation, and hope.  A goal allows a person know there is something lined out for her to accomplish in this world.  

What are your current goals?  You might think you have goals but it you wake up each morning without the feeling of expectation that there are specific things for you to work on accomplishing that day, rethink your current goals.  Write your goals down very clearly and put them where you see them each day.  

Offer your goals to the Lord in prayer each morning when you wake up and each night before you go to bed and listen to how He tells you to pursue them.  Then write these directions down and take the steps needed to move closer to your goal. Maybe one of those goals will be to help a young person in your life learn to set and achieve a goal, even though they are just a youth.

Top Tips to Prevent Knee Pain

Are your knees giving you trouble? There are ways that you can prevent knee pain from becoming a part of your life.

Did you know that your knees shoulder three times your weight? With each step the pressure is triple. Over time, this can lead to problems with the cartilage, bursa sacs and bones of your knee joint.

Here’s a little background on the knee and other joints. The bones of the joints have cartilage on the ends. This prevents the bone from being worn down. There are also fluid filled sacs that help the joint to move without pain. The fluid cushions the joints. When that fluid is gone or the cartilage is worn down, then the bones can rub against bone and you have knee pain.

So what can you do to avoid this pain? Here are a few suggestions to keep your knees healthy.

* Weight loss – Carrying as few as ten extra pounds can affect the use of your knees. Proper diet and exercise can help you to shed pounds and limit the pressure on this joint.

* Exercise – The knee is a joint that supports a lot of weight. To keep it working, strengthen it with weight-bearing exercises. Using a program targeted at improving joint health can help you strengthen the muscles and ligaments that support the knee so that the patella (knee cap) doesn’t shift or move during normal activities.

* Stretching – Stretching isn’t just good for a warm-up before exercise. Making a habit of performing some sort of stretching each day can increase the pliability of your muscles. When muscles move better they can help support joints better. There is less chance of injury.

* Practice ergonomics – Part of joint pain could be attributed to poor body mechanics. When we fail to stand or sit properly, joints are pushed out of alignment. Tendons and ligaments can be stretched over time and this can add to pain on the knee. Pressure is evenly distributed across your hip, knee and ankle when you use proper posture. Any changes can affect the knee. So, your knee pain may be the result of a weakness in another part of the body.

* Protect the knee – Avoid exercises that put a lot of pressure on the knee. This can be a team sport like hockey or soccer. It can also happen in the workplace. Improper technique when bending or lifting can affect the health of the knee. Bending from the knee protects the back, but putting the balance in your glutes protects the knee.

* Know your limits – When you feel pain in your knee, stop what you are doing. Contrary to popular opinion, pain is not a sign of any type of physical gain. Choose a less strenuous exercise, especially if you are getting back to exercising after a sedentary life. See a doctor to learn how to deal with your particular pain.

Knee pain is not pleasant. It may be a result of misalignment in other parts of the body. Learn to take care of yourself to prevent it.

Take Charge of Arthritis

Are you dealing with painful joints? You might have arthritis. Here are some ways that you can take charge of your condition.

Arthritis is painful. It is a condition that involves inflammation of the joints. This can be from an accident, injury or just plain wear and tear. In any case, it is not just the pain that can stop you in your tracks. Arthritis also involves limited mobility and swelling when a joint is overworked.

Risk factors for Arthritis

Are you at risk for arthritis? There is a gap between normal wear and tear and aggravated wear and tear. The difference is your level of risk. These factors can include weight, injury, infection, occupational hazards, age, gender and heredity.

Knowing your risk and what has led to your arthritis can help in making changes that will better your life in the long run. Let’s begin with factors within your control. These would be things like weight, infection and your occupation.

Added weight to the body increases the pressure on your joints. A healthy diet and exercise plan can help you lose those extra pounds that are affecting your joints.

How about your job? Is there heavy lifting involved? Inflammation in the joints can be caused by a lack of lubrication and more bone rubbing against bone. That supportive cartilage and fluid can be displaced by poor technique when lifting and through falls and injuries.

There are also risk factors that you can’t control. We are all getting older each day. Part of aging is the wear and tear it takes on the body. Women are also prone to bone issues like osteoporosis, especially after menopause. You could also be predisposed to some forms of arthritis depending on your family history.

What You Can Do about It

Arthritis doesn’t have to rule your life. You don’t have to go into a shell just because your joints hurt. There are ways that you can fight back.

* Exercise – Exercise is not the enemy. It can help you to lose unwanted pounds that are increasing the pressure on your joints. It can also strengthen the tendons and ligaments supporting your joints.

* Medication – There are many choices in this category. It is always best to choose the one that will manage your pain at the lowest dose. Consult your doctor before deciding which pain reliever to take. A good portion of the pain is caused by inflammation. Taking NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) will reduce inflammation to manage pain. There are also steroid injections which work for months to limit chronic joint pain.

* Eat for your health – Sometimes what we eat has an effect on our joints. Consume more vitamin D and calcium to build up stronger bones. Certain foods can provide antioxidants which fight the effects of aging like arthritis.

Don’t let arthritis beat you. Use these suggestions to limit the pain and get back to your life.

Natural Cures for Aching Joints and Muscles

Are you experiencing pain in your joints and/or muscles? The cause could be something minor but you don’t want the discomfort. Before reaching for the pills, here are some natural ways to deal with your pain.

Maybe you have just started working out again or have started a new job that is very physical. You may go home with sore, aching muscles. Those muscle aches can also be a result of the effects of aging.

How to Stop Aching Muscles

Ever had a knotted muscle? It can be painful to deal with. Even stretching out that muscle is hard to do. But, here are some ways to get relief fast.

* Cold compress – Applying cold to a muscle numbs and dulls the pain. Nerve endings can’t send messages to the brain. It is a little startling at first but after about twenty minutes your muscle will calm down.

* Hot compress – Now that you have your pain under control, applying heat will unknot the muscle. You can use a heat patch or a hot water bottle if you prefer. During this phase, give your muscle a little kneading. You can work the kink out of your muscles and increase elasticity in the muscle.

* Massage – It may be hard for you to knead your own muscles when they ache. Go to a professional. Let them know where you are carrying your pain and they can recommend the proper massage technique. Sometimes the knot is deep in the muscle and requires special attention to get relief.

How to Stop Aching Joints

Each time you move there is a creaking sound. It is not the door but your joints. Here are some ways to stop the pain without medication.

* Non-weight bearing exercises – For many, there is nothing that can be done medically for them. The reason for the joint pain is weak muscles or ligaments surrounding the joint. One exercise that is good is swimming. The natural resistance of the water can help strengthen weaknesses without adding to your pain. Also, performing flexibility movements that target specific muscles and ligaments can stop the transfer of pain to the joints.

* Increase nutrition – Weaknesses can be due to a lack of nutrients in the diet. Increase levels of antioxidants and protein to nourish muscles and joints. Increasing omega-3 fatty acids can reduce incidents of inflammation in the body. Eating more cold water fish can help.

* Acupuncture – This is an alternative therapy that can release pain in the joints by removing blockages that stop the flow of life-giving energy to the body. The procedure is virtually pain free and new sterile needles are used each time. Some clients feel less joint pain after only a few sessions.

Are you dealing with aching muscles or painful joints? Look for natural remedies to heal your pain.