Other People’s Glasses

Episode 74 Other People’s Glasses

This story is borrowed from a friend. A little boy climbs up in his Grandpa’s lap and asks, “Can I try on your glasses Grampa?”

“Okay, but be careful, they’re pretty strong.”

He picks up the glasses and puts them on… followed by… “AAAGH!”

The little boy got up from his Grandpa’s lap, announcing to the rest of the room, “You live in a scary world Grandpa.”

We don’t do this often enough. You’re listening to Living the Freedom Life, and today we’re talking about Trying on Other Peoples Glasses, ep 74.

 

Have you ever tried to look through someone else’s glasses? That can be a really scary thing. They don’t see things the way you do, or better yet, those glasses aren’t designed to filter the world around you in the way that you see. 

To Grandpa, those glasses aren’t scary at all. In fact, they help Grandpa cherish his grandson. Grandpa sees things the way his eyes have adjusted through the years to his experiences.

When you try on someone else’s glasses and they don’t fit the way you see, you can’t deny that they filter the way that they see. Those glasses are made specifically for them.  You can’t deny that. The way they see isn’t wrong, it’s just… different. 

You’re probably saying to yourself, “yes, you’ve made your point”. 

 

Well, this is a scary world. If we experience something new if we experience something that we don’t know, that’s scary. Even what we do know is sometimes just as scary. 

So let me encourage you, keep looking, searching to understand, keep learning and listening, and trying on other peoples glasses. It takes two rare Commodities today, It takes a little time, and it takes a little effort. 

When we do that, We conquer our fears by seeing what other people see… Living in their shoes, seeing what they see, eating what they eat, hearing what they hear. In a way, we invade their world, that is, if we want to understand. 

I guess you could say that’s what Jesus did… he didn’t have to, but he took some time, and a whole lot of effort, He wrapped himself in human skin, He limited Himself in time and space,  lived with human ears,  human eyes,  and human hands. I guess you could say he crawled up into Humanities lap  and tried on the glasses. He came to see firsthand, how scary it is to be human. 

 

He certainly didn’t have to do this, because he’s not bound by time. He has all the time, ever. He’s also not bound by knowledge, because it’s Limitless. He’s the source of all knowledge. I suppose he did all of this for our account. So that we will know that He knows what it is to be human. 

 

And he left us with a profound backstory truth: “If we don’t learn to see what others see… to feel what others feel… we will never understand why we’re here.”

This life lesson is kind of a trial run while we’re here on Earth. Think about it. We have to learn this lesson taking time and putting forth effort to see what others see. Because, our challenge today, just maybe to see how he sees. 

It’s quite difficult to forsake the way that we see, and accept the way that He sees. 

The way He sees creation, The magnitude and Splendor of his creation is truly amazing, inspiring, and astounding.  

The way he sees others.  When we hone this skill, forgiveness will come much easier and healing will be quicker and more thorough. 

The way He sees us. Yeah, this is a big one. How we see even ourselves. I mean, I know what kind of person I am, and if anyone ever found out, you probably wouldn’t like me very much. So the challenge is to see myself the way God sees me? That’s a pretty tall order. And just for the record, I fail at it often. But for the grace of God, go I. 

 

Thank you Lord for the Incarnation… for taking the time and putting forth the effort, and for the eyeglasses that changed everything. Thank you for letting me try on your glasses. 

Living the Freedom Life, this is Kyle

Pre-Winter to Complete Fall

Let’s see, we have Fall, Pre-Winter, then we have a little bit more Fall, so we can move into Official Winter. Get ready for the weather confusion.

For Thanksgiving we were in Nashville, which is a little colder than what we’re used to in Texas. They actually got snow. Of which, I’m a little jealous. 

At home, we have a lot of plants that can’t survive a freeze. So when I woke up one morning and they were all brown, it was actually comforting. The first freeze is crucial for me to feel that “Complete Fall” is here. Because, as many of you know, I love fall. 

You’re listening to Living the Freedom Life, and today we’re talking about Complete Fall. 

I love Fall. If you’re a regular listener, that’s no secret. But we recently experienced our first freeze of the year, well, here in Texas, and that teaches us some things. 

Not very many things can survive a freeze. I know there are perennials, plants that come back each year, But even if we’re talking about those pesky mosquitoes, A good freeze will drive them down into the mud to keep warm. And kill the rest. 

I began to think about this, in Biblical times the Children of Israel were instructed many times to completely annihilate everyone and everything when they were going to the Promised Land, leaving no influence of what once was, in order to move into the future. 

There were a couple of accounts where they were instructed to kill the cattle, goats even the Bulls of the herds. And what does that mean? Think about it, if you kill the Bull of the herd, that means that there will be no Prospect of the Next Generation. I know, it sounds extreme. But it’s really, to protect us.

Look, if you’ve ever been in a position where you had no control over doing destructive things in your life, then you will understand what I’m about to share with you. In other words, if you ever had any type of addiction, you’ll understand this. 

The Hethite, Amorite, Canaanite, Hivite, and Jebusite, Perizzite, all of those “ite” people, well, God instructed for them to all be destroyed, completely wiped out. Why? Because they weren’t God’s people, and they didn’t WANT to be either. 

Look just because gravity is there, you don’t have to believe in it. It doesn’t change the fact that gravity is still there and true. 

God instructed the children of Israel to completely destroy them because of their influence. 

If you’re an alcoholic and alcohol has destroyed your life, why would you go to a bar? Why would you go inside a liquor store?  Exactly my point. Because of the influence that atmosphere has.

I’m going to get a little personal with you here. I had a lust for the country music industry. I spent a lot of years in Nashville. To some extent, I had some success. But it didn’t come without a cost. That lust drove me to use drugs every day, and it destroyed a life I once knew. It destroyed opportunities, it destroyed a belief in myself, and it also established some beliefs about myself too. 

So, there was a time in my life where I completely annihilated every source of influence that the Country Music Industry had on my life. It was extreme, but it had to be. It was necessary. When I think of that time in my life, there were some good things, there are fond memories and great friends. But a complete Annihilation was necessary for me to survive that season of life, if you want to call it a life. 

That is truly bittersweet. But necessary.

I’ve made several recent trips to Nashville, but for completely different reasons. A lot has changed but the atmosphere is still the same. The principles are still at work and now I know how to wield my sword. I know how to draw boundaries. I have experience in annihilation. 

So, now you have a little bit more insight on what the first freeze of fall means to me. 

I welcome it. Because no fall is complete without the first freeze. You can’t move forward until that happens. 

First, let me say, There’s a calling on your life. What that means is, when God created you, he had something in mind. That is a calling on your life. That’s what that means. 

So, now I ask you, What is it in your life that is standing in the way of the calling on your life, and what do you need to annihilate?

I have the privilege of helping people do this. At Kyle McMurray coaching, this is what we do. We help people walk through this very season in life. It’s a complete honor because I’m, thankfully, shown the victory before it happens. 

If you’re wanting to see victory in your life, reach out to us. Pretty soon you’ll be living the freedom life. If you’re walking through something like this, we would love to help. 

I’ll Have a Glue Thanksgiving Without You

Episode 72

If you’re listening to this today, Thanksgiving Day, instead of listening to this right now, let me encourage you to go check the turkey, check on the biscuits, hug your mother, sit down with your grandparents and listen to those stories they want to tell you. Then come back and listen to Living the Freedom Life. I want to share with you some things I learned about glue today. 

Happy Thanksgiving Day Everyone! You’re listening to Living the Freedom Life Ep 72 I’ll Have A Glue Thanksgiving Without You

It doesn’t take long to realize that you have something to be thankful for. It doesn’t matter if you traveled to get near family for this day, or they traveled to you for this day, I even have a friend that’s hosting a “zoom giving” day. A virtual Thanksgiving online. Pretty Innovative and cool if you ask me. 

Yeah, sure, all of us have a Hallmark type of gathering in mind but most of our holidays happen differently than that. Fractured families, exes, inlaws, grown kids, travel schedules, travel restrictions, Granny passing, there are some families that are reminded of a tragic event that happened around this time, whatever the case may be in your family, that no longer fulfills that Hallmark picture in your head, things are different than they were. 

You see, Things are different when the glue is missing. 

I remember as a kid, we had to have a separate table for me and my cousins to eat. We would run around in a pasture, get in trouble for playing on the Round Hay Bales, then go play in the barn, then we were restricted to play inside, We’d go down to the basement and play games there, those were great memories. All of it was because we were together, and that takes glue. 

Things are different when the glue is missing. 

My daughter now lives several states away and she is at the age where she needs some furniture. I’ve been restoring a table for her, and we’re taking it to her for Thanksgiving. 

As I was restoring this table, when I put it back together, I forgot to use wood glue. I found out quickly that I needed to disassemble this table (again) and then use wood glue in addition to what I had used. It made the table stronger, solid, I could trust setting something heavy on it. I could tell, it was going to be dependable for many more years to come. 

Things are different when the glue is missing. 

Let me pose something to you. 

My grandmother was the glue that held my family together. My wife’s mother was the glue that held her family together as well. When I was restoring that table, it wasn’t even going to make the trip, unless I had glue holding it together. 

Things are definitely different when the glue is missing. 

You may say “Well, You just have to have the right mindset to see it” …and I think that is a problem in our society. To be in the right mindset, it takes work to apply glue. And one of the main issues that I see is that people don’t want to put forth any effort. They don’t want to work for it. They just want to experience the Hallmark feeling. There is a consumer mindset to this. We just want to plop down, in front of the TV, and watch. 

I want to challenge you to be the new glue. I know, it’s obvious that the glue is missing. We’ve established that. There is a problem. The question is, are we going to just continue to be depressed about the situation and try to find ways to avoid it, or do something about it? 

Be the new glue. 

It’s going to take effort and applying glue takes work. Hard work. Hmmmmmm.

Restoring that table for my daughter taught me something about glue. I want to point out 7 quick things that I learned about applying glue.

  1. I had to disassemble the entire table…again. 
    1. You may have to undo some things over and over again. 
  2. Once I started, applying the glue wasn’t that big of a deal.
    1. The hardest part is starting. That’s true in Ministry, 90% of ministry is just showing up. 
  3. Then it required pressure 
    1. When you apply glue, the parts just kinda slip and slide around because they don’t know where to land. Family will be like that too. You may have to apply some new pressure in order to give direction. When you glue wood together, you use clamps and screw them down tightly until it dries. That’s pressure, that’s also direction.
  4. It also required clean up
    1. Whenever you apply glue, things are going to get messy. Just expect it and be prepared for it, and things will be okay. 
  5. The reward is far greater now. 
    1. It’s one thing to go to a store and buy a piece of furniture. But it’s entirely different when you restore something and it’s reward is far greater. The Hallmark movie that you liked so much, that took screenwriters, producers, an entire crew to film, lighting, audio and then editing. There was a lot of work done to put that movie in production and it provided a livelihood for a lot of families. That person who was a part of working on that movie, they watch it with a different intention, now don’t they? The reward is far greater for them.
  6. Because of the Glue, The table is now trustworthy. 
    1. Before, that table was rickety. Now, I can trust it to set things of value on it, things of weight, I can show it to the ones I love.
  7. And the last thing I want to point out about what I’ve learned through glue is that it will last much longer now 
    1. I signed the bottom of the table, where no one would see it, just for her. No one else needs to know…well, okay, YOU will, but if you are looking for something that means much more than the wood and the function of a table, that is what lasts. The work I put into that table, will now last much longer than that of the table.

So today, things may not look like the picture in your head about Thanksgiving. 

Things are different when the glue is missing. 

Now, go be the new Glue.

When you dare to do that, you are Living the Freedom Life.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone. Until next time, this is Kyle

Forgiveness

With Thanksgiving coming up I thought we would have a discussion about something that I’ve found everyone struggles with. Forgiveness. You may even have someone that comes to mind. 

Even as I mentioned the word, Forgiveness, you already have a picture in your mind of what that looks like. Even if you don’t, That’s okay, Most of us don’t have an accurate picture of what true forgiveness is anyway. You’re listening to Living the Freedom Life Podcast Ep# 71 and we are starting a new series on Forgiveness.

Thanksgiving is supposed to be the prerequisite to the happiest time of the year, we have more data and proof that we are heading into the most stressful time of year. With Thanksgiving approaching and travel, We’ve been dealing with covid-19 for so long now, that’s enough to stress anyone out. 

I don’t know about you, but I want to travel for the holidays just to get away SOMEWHERE. Now people are trying to put restrictions on how we gather with family for the holidays. Not to mention any family grievances, pent up feelings, sorrows and just downright wounds that this time of year reminds us of, thrusting those memories to the forefront as if we are re-living them just by driving down that old familiar driveway.

This is a stressful time and, it’s filled with, well, unforgiveness. 

Unforgiveness is a big deal. In fact, the Bible talks a lot about this. 

Luke 23:34 “Father forgive them, they don’t know what they’re doing”

Luke 6:37 Don’t hold unforgiveness so that you will be forgiven. 

Eph 4:32 Paul instructs us to forgive others, just as we have been forgiven

Mark 11:25 Says that even if we hold unforgiveness in our heart, it will hinder our worship and prayer. We are to take care of that first, then we can go worship.

So, scripturally speaking, there’s a lot of pressure put on forgiving others. We can easily interpret this as, we better know how to do it and do it completely or it will not be done for us. 

I don’t mean to get legalistic on you, but this does sound like a requirement. Forgiveness is a pretty big deal, and it’s probably the number one issue that I run across with my coaching clients. So, if you struggle with forgiveness please understand, you are not alone. 

That’s why I wanted to begin this series on forgiveness during this time of year. Because usually we hold unforgiveness towards the ones we love the most, and that’s usually family. Thanksgiving is not always a happy time, we don’t have the Norman Rockwell picturesque type of Thanksgiving, especially in 2020. Thanks covid-19. And just for the record, yes, I was being sarcastic. And I do listen to my own podcast, by the way.

You’ve probably already heard this, but Harboring unforgiveness in your heart is like “Drinking poison and wanting it to affect someone else”. As absurd as that sounds, that’s what a lot of us believe. And I’m here to tell you today, that Speck of unforgiveness is like Darkness invading your heart. It’s like a seed of Darkness that will grow. And God doesn’t want that for you. He doesn’t want that for me. 

I want to share with you a couple of First Step exercises to begin the Forgiveness process. And yes, it is a process. How many of you know that you can’t unsee something? I know, there are times where that would be awesome. Anyway, forgiveness is a process, And forgiving someone challenges the way we see that person. 

As much as I wished, you can’t snap your fingers and instantly forgive someone. That’s just religion, most any way you slice it. That may be acceptance, but it’s not forgiveness. 

I’m sure you already know this about me, but I’m a follower of Jesus. That means I follow him, which means I study what he did, how he did things, and why he did them.

Well, as it turns out, he gives us a pretty good and extreme example of the beginning stages of forgiveness on the Human side of things. 

(Yes, to you theologians out there, that is the Human side of Jesus, not the Deity side of Him, God does instantly forgive, because he knows no time and therefore that process happens in an instant. There is still a process to Forgiveness.) 

You know the story, at the height of his pain and agony, after he has been humiliated, beaten, stabbed and everything else, that’s when he musters the statement “Father, Forgive them, they don’t know…” 

Here are three things I would like to call to your attention:

  1. They don’t know, understand, comprehend ~ the same as you. 
    1. This has nothing to do with intelligence, it has everything to do with uniqueness and choices. One is not better than the other, they just don’t know, understand or comprehend the same as you. 
    2. Why then, would you not forgive them?
  2. They don’t feel, see, hear ~ the same as you.
    1. Our senses are how we interpret the world. How we interpret the world depends on our choices and how we interact with it. They don’t feel, see and hear the same as you. 
    2. Remember, unforgiveness is like a dark seed in your heart. 
    3. Why then, would you not forgive them? 
  3. They don’t react, respond, are empowered  ~ the same as you.
    1. This is a combination of the first two points. This is the process of how a person makes a choice. Your process and theirs usually aren’t the same. 
    2. If you want to forgive someone, one of the worst things that you can do is try to figure out their logic. 
    3. When we release their logic to them, why then, would we not forgive them?

Now, before we run out of time I want to make one more point. And please, let me be very clear. 

Forgiving someone has nothing to do with me trusting them.  I learned at an early age that trust is not given, it’s earned. Once you’ve earned trust, you have it until you do something to tear it down. Once it’s torn down, in other words, you don’t trust them anymore, it’s our job to present opportunities for them to build back Trust. 

This works in great harmony with setting boundaries. A topic we can discuss later. 

And by the time I see now, we need to discuss everything later, in other words we are out of time now.

Join us next week as we will continue this topic on forgiveness. Thank you so much for listening today, and thank you for giving me an opportunity to earn your trust. 

Until next time, living the freedom life, this is Kyle. 

Happy Trash Day

With all of the celebration coming up, of us surrounded by holidays, let’s talk about the one that no one admits to celebrating until we don’t have it in our lives. Trash Day! Yeah, Trash Day. 

I know, you may think that I’ve gone off my rocker…When we don’t take out the trash, it doesn’t take long for it to pile up and things get nasty. You’re listening to Living the Freedom Life, ep 70 Happy Trash Day!

I’ve recently seen a lot of evidence supporting Taking out the Trash lately. Just look around, it doesn’t take long for you to see the need to take out the trash.

There’s even a TV show that highlights people that are unable to tell the difference between trash and items that are usable to them. Over time, they collect all of this stuff until there is no room for…well…anything else. 

This is why there is a multi million dollar industry that banks on us having more stuff than sense to get rid of stuff! Some spend hundreds each month on storage they don’t need, on stuff they don’t use. When all we need to do is realize, . . . we need to take out the trash.

Yes, you could argue that Americans generate more trash than any other nation and that is a concerning problem. 

But outside of the political viewpoint of this, let’s look at three things that Trash Day can teach us, if we look harder.

Here are three things:

  1. We are made to be Consumers

Even the Garden of Eden was set up so that we can be consumers. We were told to partake of the garden. 

  1. Which means there will be Waste

Naturally, when you are a consumer that means you “consume” something and  whatever is left over, becomes waste. However, when we are consumers and that’s it, that can be a problem. Which moves us to the next point.

  1. We are made to be Contributors

Let me ask you this, have you ever had restless leg syndrome? Most of that is caused by pent-up energy with nowhere to go. We are made to make a contribution to our circle of influence. A few episodes ago we talked about our circle of influence, everyone has a circle of influence. We are made to be contributors. 

  1. Which means there will be Work

It isn’t always fun, but there will always be work, and a lot of times it’s extremely rewarding. I do not like to go to the gym, but when I go, I find that it is not that bad once I get there. Getting there, showing up, is usually the hard part. Okay, who am I kidding, all of the gym is the hard part, that’s kinda the point. But the reward we get from it, I have found this to be a common avenue for God to transport His blessings to us, is through work. Maybe we’ll get into this topic on a later episode. There’s a lot to say about that, so for now I’ll just put it in our third point. 

  1. We are made to be Conquerors

That’s right, not to sound like a DJ Khaled song, but we were intended to experience, personally, conquering things. Bragging and gloating means something entirely different, and that’s not what we’re discussing right now. That reveals something else in your heart that we can discuss later. But I’m talking about things that conquer you. and this happens to everyone. We are made to conquer those things, no matter what they are. We are made to be conquerors. 

  1. Which means there will be Winners

And simply put, that’s you. Jesus is sitting on the edge of his throne just waiting for this to become truth between your ears. 

But, we all have to start somewhere. And for some, that beginning may mean taking out the trash, in one area or another. It may be extreme for you to do that, it may feel like you are losing a lot. But you will gain so much more. 

For all of us, If we don’t maintain the trash in our lives, things will get cluttered and hinder the rest of what we explained. It will hinder us being the Conqueror that we were made to be.

We can help.

These are the reasons I’m so passionate about Coaching. I had an example this week, that I can’t coach myself. That’s a hard truth. But, I can’t coach myself. 

It’s like me standing up, reaching down to my feet and trying to pick myself up off the floor. It can’t happen. 

I have coaches in my life. And that’s what we offer others at Kyle McMurray Coaching. 

We want to help. We appreciate you listening today, thank you for letting us come into your life, into your routine. It means a lot to us.

Until next week, Living the Freedom Life, this is Kyle.

Ep 69 Veterans Day!

I just found out that this broadcast goes further than I expected, Living the Freedom Life isn’t just in the United States. I want to say welcome to our listeners that are abroad. 

Zech 4:10 says “Don’t despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin. 

It doesn’t matter where you are or where you stand on political issues, here in the states, this Wednesday we will celebrate Veterans Day, the people who served our nation and preserved our freedom. That’s what we are talking about this week on Living the Freedom Life.

We may have our problems and issues as a Nation, but our everyday freedom, is only afforded to us by people we should celebrate next Wednesday on Veterans Day. 

You don’t have to think very long to find someone you know who has served our country. Please, make sure and thank them for your Freedom. 

Even if you don’t know them, especially if you don’t know them, this wednesday, walk up to someone that you recognise as a verteran and Genuinely thank them for serving you and securing your freedom that I hope you exercise in our nation. 

I was watching a recruiting video the other day and it was introducing a new branch of our Military. You may already know about this. It said due to a shift in the security environment in space, it’s validating the nation’s newest branch of the military, The United States Space Force. Touting their Motto, Semper Supra (Always Above) 

They conclude that “The sky is not the limit”. I looked at some videos explaining what their cause and mission is. You can see them too.

https://www.spaceforce.mil/Connect-With-Us/Videos/

They are not only focusing on space exploration, and emulating what you may have seen in a movie or TV show. They are starting out, well, according to the scale of things, they are starting out… small

They introduced and addressed the need for our immediate atmosphere and the security of it. Everything that we do depends on satellite connectivity. The Space Force will begin their focus on the importance of keeping that Network stable, secure and safe. 

Think about this. We’re only one generation removed from people not knowing how to even turn on a computer, much less care to depend on it. Now I don’t have to explain to you how important our devices are today. The DSM 5 even explains that our attention toward our devices are far excessive and cause other, peripheral behavioral issues.

Cyber attacks and data manipulation are probably some of the greatest threats to our nation in this day and age. These networks not only give us the capability to say hello to Aunt Edna up in Jackson, Wyoming, but it controls our fuel, food, traffic, Commerce, any type of financial need… and that is just a personal level. Think about on a National scale. Not just civilians, but the welfare of our nation would be at risk if anything happened. 

We would have to be agile enough to revert back to some technologies and Military tactics that are fading away if we don’t get ahead of this growing need of “Orbital Security” we will have to face it in catastrophe. I don’t know if that’s what they call it, I just made up the term Orbital Security. But you know what I mean.

Something as small as a quarter, that is floating in our atmosphere at 19 miles a second, that’s 67 thousand miles an hour, could now be a weapon that could take out an entire satellite, supplying data to an entire region. Affecting millions!

That’s a pretty big deal and it needs protecting. I don’t know about you, but not everyone can go up into space. It takes a lot of training, I mean everyone’s seen the movie The Right Stuff, So they already have recruitment and boot camps active with leadership in place. They are ready to go.

Well, do you think I’ve gotten off track from talking about celebrating Veterans Day? No, I haven’t at all. I’ve been in fact explaining the importance of Veterans Day all along. 

Veterans, I hope I don’t offend any of you here. You see, a lot of people think Veterans Day is all about old people. Honoring those who served in Wars that we read about in history books. That’s not accurate at all.

 As a civilian, there are things on a global scale that go on daily that we don’t know about, that I don’t want to know about, because I can’t do anything about those issues. 

But they still need to be taken care of or my personal space that I enjoy, will be, well let’s just say it will be disrupted. That needs to be protected. That is personal freedom. That is Living the Freedom Life. 

Veterans Day is not some archaic holiday, honoring old people wearing hats with ships and planes on them. Because, in their prime, those old people were, well, you wouldn’t want to mess with them.

Veterans risked their lives, gave up their lives, and they do not need to be forgotten. We need to thank them.

Let me put it this way, to the amount that we are able to show appreciation to our Veterans on this day, Look at how we show Jesus our gratitude that He gave HIS life for us. 

I’m not trying to throw guilt on anyone. I’ve got news for you, ALL of us fall short of this. Everyone. 

All we can do is live the life worthy of His death. He died a death that we don’t have to. He gave up His life and now it is our responsibility to live the life He was supposed to live here on Earth.

Veterans Day is a wake up call for us to see that there are everyday Freedoms that we have that cost someone their life. Now it is our duty, it is our responsibility to live a life worthy of someone laying down their life. Go, live a life that will make that person who is now in eternity, make that person proud of how they see you live. I pray they are able to say “Now THAT is why I did what I did and it was worth the sacrifice.” I hope that Jesus will speak those words over you one day when He says “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Mt 25:23).

Until next time, Living the Freedom Life, this is Kyle

Ep 68 Listen to What You Are Saying

I know that we’ve already talked about Halloween a couple of episodes ago, but I want to expand a little more on something I mentioned then. You’re listening to Living the Freedom Life and this is episode number 68 Listen to what you’re saying 

I wasn’t raised in an overtly Christian home. Both of my parents were decent people, but we NEVER talked about eternal things. We only went to church to pay homage to my grandparents. And here is what I would like to share with you today. I’m a Halloween baby. Now, I’m not mentioning that for Happy Birthday accolades, but I’m sharing this with you today because of the messed up theology I had about my birthday when I was growing up. I somehow formed a belief system that the day of my birth had something to do with who I was. As I mentioned before, I even had life examples to confirm what I was believing. 

Which brings us to a saying we have at Kyle McMurray Coaching “You will find what you focus on”. 

This is true with our political situation that we are facing, it’s true about our past, it’s true about how we interact with people, it’s true about how we face the day ahead of us.

If you, in a genuine way, say to yourself “today is going to be a tough day”, how many of you know that today now has a greater likelihood of being a tough day. 

Have you ever talking to someone and couldn’t recall the name of something, and then you say aloud, “Oh, I’ll think of it in a minute”. Then 20 minutes later you interrupt everyone and say “Rumpelstiltskin!” No? None of you. Well, I hear that it happens to people. 

Now on the other side of this, I’m not one of those “name it and claim it” people. Just because I say that “I am a kid of the King and God, I’m expecting a miracle”. You know what, He just may do it, He surely has the power to do that. But more than likely, He wants to see me get off my rear and go to work every day, love and encourage my wife, do the same for my daughter and be a good friend to those around me and invest wisely into the people who need and want it.

I saw a post the other day that read, “Want to see me turn $40 into $400? Spend the $40 to fill up your gas tank and go to work”

If I have a tendency to do those things as an expression of who I am, well, of course things are going to change.

 Sometimes God is just waiting for us to take action and use the gifts He has given us. “Walking by Faith takes my initiative to walk, then He does His part.

So, getting back on track, There is power in our words. That’s how God created, He spoke. And we are made after His image, so that is how we work as well. But that is where it begins.

You can see this in three ways that there is power in your words.

  1. That by speaking, you listen too. Because it sets the stage on our actions by telling yourself “This is what we are doing”. David used to tell himself things all the time. He would say “Soul, we are going to worship God today” and as it turns out, during some of the crummiest days of his life, that’s what he did. There is power in your words.
  2. It tells the enemy to sit down and back off. If you set your mind to it, think about this, the battlefield is the mind, you are clearing the battlefield. You are wiping the enemy off of the battlefield. There is power in your words.
  3. It builds our faith! It gives us a “see, I told you” moment within our own logic. It gives us opportunity to see and make connections in our own logic, to have examples that no one else can disprove that God’s goodness towards YOU is true. In the OT they were told to stack rocks and build altars in order to remember the things that God has done in their lives, so that they have examples to teach their children and others. This is the power of your words, and you have this power in you. 

In Genesis and the account of Creation, God spoke to the light, darkness, the air, and the waters. But in the account of creation, after He speaks, then it forms. It may take some time for it to happen. 

I’ll say it again, Sometimes God is just waiting for us to take action and use the gifts He has given us. “Walking by Faith takes my initiative to walk, then He does His part.

Which brings us back to our opening statement, “You find what you focus on”. 

The power of our words helps us focus on different things. 

We have a coaching practice and a lot of what we do, I touched on today. We help people get to the place where they can look back and say “Wow God! You are real because there is no way I could be here without You”. We had a client say this very statement this week. We get to show people that path, the path to their next level of finding out what God’s plan is for their life and activating it. We want to help that to become a reality in your life as well. 

I really appreciate you listening today. You trust me to come into your life each week through these speakers. Thank you. 

To our clients, thank you so much for trusting us to walk with you and coach you along your path. There is no greater honor.