No Expectation

We cannot control how other people are going to live their lives. We cannot control how other people will react, respond, and or receive that which we give them. We cannot control other people’s thoughts, feelings, emotions, actions, or their perception of who we are. We literally, have absolutely no control over another person. But, we absolutely DO have control over ourselves. We definitely have control over our reactions, responses, and how we receive that which is given to us. We definitely have control over our thoughts, feelings, emotions, actions, and how we perceive others. And we most definitely have control over how we serve and love!

I am a thinker. I think a lot. I ponder a lot. I analyze a lot. I reflect a lot. I try to interpret what others are putting out there, a lot. My mind is busy. My thoughts are constant. I have been going through a situation over the last several weeks to where my thoughts have been super focused in one area, and one direction. I have been trying to interpret things. Trying to figure things out, work things out within my mind in this specific area. Random things, random words, random thoughts, random phrases and random quotes present themselves to me in my mind, often. I don’t know what it is, but for me, words are beautiful, words are powerful, words have significant meaning, and words play a significant role within my life. Words, phrases, etc. help me to stay focused on living the life I desire to live. This morning, the phrase, “Serve and love with no expectation,” came to me. As I have been wrestling with constant thoughts over this specific situation/area that I previously made reference to, as I have been trying to figure this situation out through my thoughts, pondering, analyzing, reflecting, and interpreting, I have come to the realization, or probably more accurately stated, have been reminded, of the fact that I have NO control over someone else. I CANNOT control someone else’s life. But, once again, I CAN control my life! I CAN control how I serve and how I love those around me! We must serve and love with no expectation. Too often we serve and love in order to receive something in return. We do certain things in life, so that we get certain things back. We live life too often in expectation, that if we live a certain way, if we perform certain tasks/duties, if we jump through certain hoops, then we will get specific results. We live expecting. We live to receive back. True service, genuine love, does not expect anything in return. You serve because you want others to be blessed. You love because you want others to be blessed. Serving and loving in order to get something in return, is again, not true service, nor genuine love. These are simply selfish actions to fill some void or emptiness within our life. We must serve. We must love. We must serve one another. We must love one another. With no expectation. With no strings attached. With no expectancy of anything in return. We serve to serve. We love to love. In order to build others up, to bless others. In order to be the men and women, God created us to be, for His glory. Serve boldly today. Love boldly today. Live boldly today. It’s not about you, it’s about others, ALWAYS.

Joshua Miller: Ultra-Runner, Mountain Addict, Business Owner, & Crazy Wild-Man

Joshua Miller is a free-spirited soul.  He is an Ultra-Runner out of Boulder, CO.  Joshua is also a self-proclaimed mountain addict.  Joshua and I have an awesome conversation covering a wide-array of topics.  We delve into his addiction to drugs as a young man, training, nutrition, recovery, 2019 race schedule, and of course, much more!  Joshua is by far one of my favorite guests up to this point on the 127 Fit Podcast!  Listeners, enjoy!

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Stephanie Wurtz: Ultra Runner, President of Pikes Peak Road Runners, and Constant Explorer

Stephanie Wurtz is the President of Pikes Peak Road Runners, Assistant Vice President of Communications at Colorado College, an endurance athlete, community leader, along with being a constant explorer and learner.  Stephanie and I were on a bit of a tight interview schedule, but our conversation was awesome!  We touch on numerous topics including how she overcame the sudden and unexpected death of her husband, balancing a chaotic schedule, ultra running, and of course much more!  Stephanie is a bright, strong, beautiful spirit!  You will thoroughly enjoy her perspective on life!

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Focused

You have to stay focused. You have to keep moving forward. You have to keep putting in the work. You have to continue to live relentlessly. Don’t let up. Don’t allow yourself to get comfortable. Don’t allow distractions to deter you. I know you wish some things were different, but you can’t control what you can’t control. You can only control what you can control. You control how you live your life everyday. You control your thoughts. You control your work ethic. You control your kindness. You control your love. I know you are lonely. I know you yearn to share life with someone. I know you yearn to help hurting youth. These will come. I don’t know when, but they will come. You continue to be someone to follow, each day. Be the leader you were created to be. Be the example you were made to be. Stay positive. Build others up. Continue to be real. Authentic. Straight-forward. Continue to be you. Unwavering. Disciplined. Consistent. Focused. Continue to live your life completely, fully, as if there were no tomorrow. Remain humble. God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Remain teachable. Remain steadfast. Your light is shining. People see. People know. You are having an impact. Just stay the course. Stay focused. Keep moving forward.

I Will

I want to serve you.  I will serve you.  I want to listen to you.  I will listen to you.  I want to love you.  I will love you.  I want to be the man you’ve always wanted.  I will be the man you’ve always wanted.  I am not perfect.  I don’t have it all figured out.  I am unfinished.  I am learning.  But I have been waiting for this moment for nearly 32 years.  Yearning for this moment, preparing for this moment, anticipating this moment.  I don’t know your future.  I don’t know my future.  I don’t know our future.  But, I will give you everything within me to give.  I will serve you.  Listen to you.  Love you.  The best I can.  The best I know how.  I will be the man God created me to be.  I can be nothing more.  And what will be, will be.

Seasons

I have walked through many seasons in 31 years of life. Seasons of great accomplishment, seasons of great difficulty, seasons of struggle, seasons of loneliness, seasons of anxiety, seasons of frustration, seasons of searching, seasons of questioning, seasons of rebellion, seasons of exploring, and seasons of great joy. Seasons in life come, and seasons in life go. Some seasons are short, others, endure seemingly far too long. What I have learned over the years though, is that each season we walk through in our life, is preparation for the upcoming season. Each season we experience within this life, offers us valuable lessons in order for us to continue to grow, mature, and become the individuals God created us to become. Seasons are opportunities for us to learn, apply, teach, and expand as human beings.

One of the greatest seasons of my life occurred in my early and mid 20’s. I had graduated from college and was living in Sioux Falls, SD at the time. Through God’s working, I had the opportunity to move into a small, one bedroom house in a lower-income part of the city. Again, through God’s working, He began to open my eyes, ears, and heart to the hurting youth of my community. Many of the children in my neighborhood were Native Americans. I began to learn a great deal about the Native American poverty, plight, and generational struggles during this season of my life. God began opening doors like crazy for myself and others in my church family at the time, to begin reaching out to kids not only in my specific neighborhood, but kids throughout the city of Sioux Falls as well. But this was just the beginning. Doors began opening for us to serve youth in JDC’s and drug rehab facilities. Then, the greatest door for me personally opened. God opened the door for a trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South-West South Dakota, one of the poorest places in the United States. Through the service opportunities in Sioux Falls and Pine Ridge, my heart began to change. God began a work in and on my heart towards youth. I could not get past the fact that my childhood was so good, but in comparison, so many children experience a childhood that should never have to be experienced. I had it so good, but so many have it so bad. My heart began to yearn to help. My heart began to fill with love and compassion toward the hurting youth I was encountering and serving. A fire began to be kindled deep within my soul. God was awakening me to my purpose for existence. A purpose that was not about me, but about the next generation. Throughout this powerful season in my early and mid 20’s, I learned a lot. Many invaluable life lessons. I learned so much about myself. I learned so much about others, specifically children, even more specific, the Lakota children of South Dakota. The greatest lesson of all from this season, was the lesson of what this life is all about. God has taught me that this life isn’t about me. This life isn’t about me getting mine. This life isn’t for my glory, fame, or recognition. But, this life is first of all, about Jesus. The Son of God. Secondly, this life is about serving others. When we realize the great power in serving others, the great joy in serving others, and the great impact we can make within this world through serving others, then we realize why we are alive. Through the service to others, we become alive. We step into the purpose for our existence. We step into the reason for our being. Jesus Himself did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. We were created in the image of God, we were created to serve one another. God is good. Be open to what God wants to teach you in this season and in the seasons to come. Be open to humility. Be open to the uncomfortable. Be open to the new. Be open to being transformed, changed, and becoming a different person. God loves you. God is interested in you. God has a plan for your life. BUT, YOU have to be willing to submit to His plan. Open your eyes, open your ears, open your heart. God is working, God is moving, God is always willing, God never fails.

The Inner Struggle

I struggle. I struggle a lot. I struggle everyday. It is an inner struggle. An inner battle. I know you struggle. I know you struggle a lot. I know you struggle everyday. The inner struggle. The inner battle. No one is exempt from the struggle.

I have nothing to hide. I know who I am. I know what I am. I know my passion. My purpose. I know why I am alive today. I know my strengths. I know my weakness’. I know where I need to improve. I know my shortcomings. I know my failures. I know where I have missed the mark. I know that I and you, are imperfect, works of art in progress. Knowing all of this, allows me to know, you need to hear what I am saying. WE ALL STRUGGLE. WE ARE ALL GOING THROUGH AN INNER STRUGGLE TODAY. Each one of us have thousands of thoughts racing through our minds. Each day. Every day. Positive, negative, and indifferent thoughts. They attack us constantly. The thoughts are relentless. All of us struggle on some level controlling our thoughts. The most confident individuals on earth, struggle controlling their thoughts. The wealthiest individuals on earth, struggle controlling their thoughts. The greatest athletes in the world, struggle controlling their thoughts. All of us have insecurities. All of us have had life experiences that have caused us some kind of trauma. All of us have been embarrassed. Made fun of. Laughed at. At times, ridiculed. All of us struggle on some level with wondering what others think about us. All of us struggle on some level with comparing ourselves to others. All of us have jealousies. All of us have annoyances. All of us have prejudices. All of us have body image issues. Some of us have eating disorders. Some of us have severe addictions. All of us have, a lot of issues. With all of our issues, come thousands and thousands of thoughts. Thoughts that can control us. Thoughts that can create fear, anxiety, nervousness, and a host of other debilitating factors. Thoughts are powerful. Thoughts dictate our perception and reality. Our perception and reality of our surroundings, as well as ourselves. Thoughts create an inner struggle. The inner battle. Thoughts become reality. As a man or woman thinks, so they become. As a man or woman thinks, so those around them become.

I want you to know, wherever you are today in your life journey, whatever you are struggling with in this moment, whatever internal battle you are fighting in this moment, as you read this, please hear me, please understand, please grasp, please accept the fact, that you are beautiful. You are beautiful. You are beautiful. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. You are in progress. An artwork, a masterful, beautiful piece of art, in progress. You have gifts. You have talents. You have abilities. You have capabilities. You have opportunities that you have been given to you. You have a Creator that created you to love and to be loved. The struggle is intense. I know. The battle can be overwhelming. I know. The fears, the anxieties, the yearnings for things to be different can be nearly unbearable at times. I know. I’ve been there. I am there. I will continue to be here, in the struggle, in the battle, just as you are. We struggle together. We battle together. Your struggles may be different from mine, your battles may look different then mine, but you struggle, I struggle, we all struggle, we all battle from within. Lift up your eyes. Look around. See the beauty. The beauty within the struggle. The beauty within the battle. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. YOU WILL OVERCOME.