How To Move On With Your Life

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Articles, Interviews & Articles | 0 comments

One of the toughest questions to answer is how to move on with your life. Why? Because it’s both personal and painful. Unfortunately, it’s a question no one else can answer but you. I’ll never forget a few years back when I sat in my church’s counseling office. I had booked an appointment last minute because my life at that time was in major crisis mode. I never knew when I was going to have a panic attack or how long it would last. But, I remember her vividly. The lady whom I didn’t like or care for much. She was just someone who could see me at the last minute. Not to mention, I didn’t have to pay her an arm and a leg for counseling appointments. It was during our last visit that she told me, “I think you should go back on your anxiety medication and stay on it for the rest of your life!” Or maybe she said “for a long time.” I don’t really remember much after that. She scared the crap out of me. Her words hung over me like a death sentence. *** Recently, I woke up. It was as if a light bulb suddenly went off inside my mind, and I yelled at the top of my lungs. “I reject those words spoken over me by her.” I said those words of freedom loudly and resolutely. It was one of those rare moments of freedom I’ve experienced since that fateful day at the counselors office, and I didn’t want to let the moment go. I want to be free of my anxiety. I want to let go of my past. I want to move on with my life. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been on anxiety medication before–a few times in fact. It helped me when nothing else did. What I appreciated about my nurse practitioner is that she took the time to listen to me. She didn’t just tell me there was nothing (or everything) wrong with me. When she diagnosed me with Generalized Anxiety Disorder as a young 20-something–it felt nice to finally know what the heck was wrong with me! But. But anxiety medication was never prescribed as a forever pill. It was meant for a temporary fix to help me through my moment of crisis (and I’ve had a lot). *** I’m excited that I am ready to share my story! In my new book, Forgiving Others, Forgiving Me I share the good, the bad, and the ugly about forgiveness and how it took me a really long time to forgive myself. I am no longer hiding. I am a giant mosaic of brokenness, and I’m finally okay with it. I know...

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Gold Rush

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Articles, Interviews & Articles | 0 comments

I was more than pleasantly surprised yesterday to see that my DVR suddenly had on about 5 episodes of Gold Rush.  For the last few years it’s a been a Saturday Morning ritual…Sitting on the couch with three kids huddled on top of me while I watch the show. I don’t have any other shows that I claim as “my show”… so when it’s my turn…it’s my turn!   I love this show, watching the exploits of Todd Hoffman, his dad Jack, and his crew as they stumble about the Yukon, trying their best, working hard, making good and bad decisions, and making blind leaps of faith as they go for the gold. What is it I love so much about this show?  I think in many ways it reminds me of me… First, on the most simplest of levels, we all trudge through life trying to make it.  These guys are inspiring in that they are breaking the mold and trying to do something that will provide a windfall of money…  Who doesn’t want to strike it rich? That really appeals to the entrepreneur in me. But even more so, it reminds me of my spiritual life.  The Psalmist writes in Psalm 19:9-10: The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; I work hard to seek the righteousness of his calling…and I dig for it with all my might as something much more precious than gold.  But sometimes I just make bad decisions.  Sometimes I utterly fail.  Sometimes for all of my hard work I seem to get very little reward.  And sometimes, I feel like I have a dozen cameras and a full film crew there to capture every stupid move I make at every angle to show it to all the world, waiting to watch it on their DVR. But I also know how it feels at the end of a day to cradle a jar full of “more precious than gold”…to be able to share it with my brothers and sisters who labor alongside of me and tell them “they get a cut!” Regardless, whether I end the Season with a dozen full jars, or a few flakes in a vial, I know it is God’s reward for seeking Him and honoring His ways, and He tells me “Well done!”  He is the Producer of my show, and He’s always ready to prepare me for a new season! (“More Precious than Gold Rush: Season 44, coming this October!”) Gotta go!  The show is about to start! Written by Brett Burner, publisher, Lamp Post Inc....

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Count Your Days

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Articles, Interviews & Articles | 0 comments

Remember last year?  The Mayans had it all figured out.  Their calendar had come to an end.  Winter Solstice, December 21, 2012.  The end of the world. I don’t think anyone really took it seriously.  There were some “End of the World” parties.  It made for a few great movies, most notably the wildly erratic, completely far-fectched and totally entertaining “2012″.  Waves crashing over mountains, Woody Harrelson dying in a massive thermonuclear volcanic explosion, John Cusack racing his limo through the tectonic upheaval of Los Angeles… (Gotta love Hollywood!) And as the 21st came to a close, there was a soft exhale and wiping of the brow, and we all steeled ourselves toward the stresses of a new day.  (Those darn Mayans!)  Life would go on… Recently a reporter was talking to a cancer patient. All remedies had failed, and now the patient was laying in a hospital bed, waiting for his inevitable passage into eternity. The reporter asked, “What’s it like waking up every day knowing you are going to die?” Locking his gaze with the reporter, the patient smiled and asked: “What’s it like waking up every day and pretending that you’re not?” There is a well known statistic we all often ignore:  100% of ALL people are going to die. (Sure there was Enoch and Elijah…but they are serious exceptions to the rule.) And not one of us knows the day or the time.  I may live to be old and gray…I may not make it through tomorrow.  The only time we have guaranteed to us is right now. I’m not trying to be morbid, nor am I obsessed with death. Rather, I am feeling a sense of urgency. In Psalm 90:12, the psalmist prays:  “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” When we count our days, we recognize our time in this life is limited.  It is in this recognition that “a heart of wisdom” is gained! Life is not something to be wasted put off or thrown away. We are here on this earth for a purpose:  To know God, to love God, and to tell others about God’s love!  Our whole lives are to be lived within this framework. If I am not expressing his love…by my life, my actions or my words…then I am not living up to my calling. Of course I am speaking “practically”—we work, we eat, we sleep, we play—but when we do those things for their own sake, our focus shifts.  We think…”This part of my life is mine, that part of my life is God’s.” Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 that “You are not your own; you were bought...

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