We spend so much energy fighting ourselves and fighting what we were created for. Energy that could have lifted us up, instead it burns us up.

I was told once God is like a burning fire. If you resist, it will eventually burn you up. If you accept, you will become as alive as the fire and it will give you life.

May you surrender, in order to burn in the flame that give us life.

April 29, 2020

Are you crazy enough?

Steve Jobs said, "The people who think they are crazy enough to change the world are the ones who do."

If you are about playing it safe, and pleasing others, you might just be keeping yourself from where the action is. To make a difference, you have to make somebody mad. To bring the light, you have to be the salt.

Today, on The Pilgrim's Odyssey, we get a little crazy.

Within all of us is a magnificent journey, good and bad, divine and evil, scary and comforting. The collective unconscious is an idea, introduced by Carl Jung, that in our deepest unconscious we are filled with images and stories from our ancestors and unlocking them can lead to amazing discoveries everyday! It also helped me understand the concept of sin and what the real struggle in life is, the struggle with ourselves.

Until we have faced the black moment, sometimes life has never burned hard enough to force us to find our destiny. And until we have truly been able to see what the Gospel was all about, sometimes scripture is only words. Thankfully, I was able to find both destiny and the Gospel in Pendleton Correctional Facility, and my life has never been the same since.

A time of fear and loss of control can bring out the worse in us. Or we can use it as an opportunity to truly renew our mind and be a light to others. Today we discuss how you can renew your mind and become the kind of light that is so needed today in our culture of fear.

This is an epic show. It will encourage many, and anger more than a few. The title was suggested by my 10-year old daughter, a budding literary savant, and I obliged her.

We all have scabs. Any crisis or trauma can peel back them back. What you may be facing today is not the “pandemic” or “financial crisis” but past traumas and trials that are being exposed.

Some things to remember if this is happening: let it out, communicate, educate, and share. In today's podcast we talk about how to do this and more, including a poignant story on the impact of keeping your scabs hidden and not letting them heal.

There is hope, and you are not alone. Let's fly together.

Harvard and psychological studies have suggested that stories are more powerful tools for learning and teaching than facts and figures. I have found this to be the case, whether with my children or the survivors of trauma I speak to.

Join me today for some great examples on the power of stories.

Wise words are like deep waters, and wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook, so says the good book. Yet, how often have I forgotten the power our words carry, and the opportunities we have everyday to use them wisely.

A young man serving a long sentence for dealing cocaine taught me a valuable lesson on the power of words, and the importance of the good samaritan, today, on The Pilgrim's Odyssey.

Who would have thought the most profound answers I found on my 23-month motorcycle journey would be found in a Waffle House.

Why is it so hard to be good? And why do I recommend a hot mixture of steak, eggs, and grits? Listen today and maybe you'll find those first steps to a life filled with meaning.

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