What Are You Willing To Sell Your Soul For?

Blurring the Lines tells the story of Thomas, a driven young actor struggling to break into the entertainment industry in LA. Thomas’ conservative Amish heritage and his overwhelming desire to succeed continuously collide. His success, his survival and his soul, are at stake as he struggles to determine his life’s purpose.

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How to Get Rid of Self Doubt

How to Get Rid of Self Doubt

Andy’s wife, feeling a sense of doubting herself, goes out and buys a new line of expensive cosmetics guaranteed to make her look years younger. After a lengthy sitting before the mirror applying the “miracle” products, she asks her husband, “Darling, honestly, if you didn’t know me, what age would you say I am?” Looking over her carefully, Andy replied, “Judging from your skin, 20; your hair, 18; and your figure, 25.” “Oh, you flatterer!” she gushed. Just as she was about to tell Andy his reward, he stops her by saying … “WHOA, hold on there, sweetie!” Andy interrupted. “I haven’t added them up yet!” How often do you doubt yourself? You’re not alone. I think we all do. At times we feel confident about ourselves and other times we feel very unsure about our talents, our looks and maybe even our personhood. Madison Avenue has a great way of telling us, we don’t measure up, and we need their products to feel confident again. I always wonder, who am I trying to measure up to? Some doubting can be good. It makes us question things; examine our beliefs, or our behavior. But toxic doubting can be very destructive to our soul. “Good doubt is doubt that leads to constructive action,” In other words, good doubt works. “Toxic doubt does just the opposite. It paralyzes you. You brood, you ruminate, and you wake up in the middle of the night. Toxic Self Doubt Damages our health Causes the object of doubting to consume your thoughts Disrupt your productivity Reduces your ability to trust God When we start self...

The Hidden Truth to Self Discovery

  A man was being tailgated by a stressed out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the cross walk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection. The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup. As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell. After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects. He said, ‘I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him.’ I noticed the ‘What Would Jesus Do’ bumper sticker, the ‘Choose Life’ license plate holder, the ‘Follow Me to Sunday-School’ bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk; naturally…I assumed you had stolen the car.’ We get so impatient. Marketing firms have encouraged us to reinforce the concept of immediate gratification. We are told over and over again in commercials that we don’t have...
The Secret To Get More Out of Life

The Secret To Get More Out of Life

  As I walked into the funeral home I saw a woman and a man by the casket. There was a woman sitting in a chair in the back of the room with two other adults in their 30’s standing off to the side. I went up to the couple and introduced myself, “I’m Pastor Zehr, I have been asked to do the funeral for Mr. *****”. Are you members of the family?” They told me they were  second cousins but they wanted me to know they had been very involved in taking care of the deceased over the last year. I thought it was odd that they wanted me to know (my being a guest pastor and a stranger to the family) how involved they were in his care. I asked where the wife of the deceased was and they motioned to the woman up by the casket. I went over and introduced myself explaining the funeral home had asked if I would come to officiate the service. She introduced me to the man beside her as their attorney. I had noticed on the obituary form that they had three sons. I asked if I could meet them and she explained quietly that they had a fishing trip planned and they decided they did not want to cancel. When I had talked to the wife the day before, asking her for information about her husband so I could prepare for the funeral,she had not been very forthcoming. Now I knew why. As she told me about her sons trip, my mind started getting a picture of a man...
3 Steps to Developing a Structured Plan for Self Discovery

3 Steps to Developing a Structured Plan for Self Discovery

Have you had a desire to unlock the power of knowledge and love within yourself? Have you had a desire to find inner peace and  live life to the fullest ? Here Are 3 Steps That Will Help in Your Self Discovery.   Step 1-Desire Where Focus Goes Energy Flows. You can focus on the past vs. the future .Whatever you decide to focus on will determine the outcome of your efforts. What is the desire of your heart? If you don’t have a strong desire to begin the journey you should stop here. The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to live out their desires. There is a substantial difference in being interested in something and being committed to it. Statements such as “I’d really like to make more money” or “I’d like to make a difference” or “I’d like to be closer to my kids,” or “I’d like to give up smoking,” are not enough to make your desire come into reality. These words are  just stating a preference. These statements are very weak and hold no power. The power comes when you decide to be committed. A Pig and a Chicken are walking down the road. The Chicken says, “Hey Pig, I was thinking we should open a restaurant!”. Pig replies, “Hmm, maybe, what would we call it?” The Chicken responds, “How about ‘ham-n-eggs’?” The Pig thinks for a moment and says, “No thanks. I’d be committed, but you’d only be involved! The word ‘decision’ in reality comes from the Latin root meaning to ‘cut off from’ Making a true...
How to Discover My True Self

How to Discover My True Self

A boy in the woods found an egg in a nest, he took it home and put it under a goose. It hatched a freakish creature- that had deformed feet not web like- but claw like- which made it stumble as it tried to follow the other geese. His beak was not flat like a goose should be but it was pointed and twisted. Instead of having lovely cream colored down feathers it was an ugly brown color and to top it off he made a terrible squawking sound. He seemed like a genetic freak- a disfigured goose. One day a giant eagle flew across the barnyard , the eagle swept lower and lower until the strange awkward little bird on the ground lifted his head and pointed his crooked beak to the sky. The misfit creature then stretched his wings and began to hobble across the yard. He flapped his wings harder and harder until the wind picked up him up and carried him higher and higher. He began to soar. He was born an eagle and had been trying to live like a goose- We are born to soar. Do you believe you are born to soar? Some of us have been told as we grew up; we were a certain type of person. “You’re lazy”, “you’re stupid”, “you aren’t ever going to amount to anything.” We believed what was told to us because we didn’t know any different. I grew up in a very legalistic, fundamentalist church. I was always told, I was such a sinner. I always felt worse about myself after I left church...
How to Not Become Anxious

How to Not Become Anxious

A couple vacationing in Colorado rented a tandem bicycle and decided to attack Pikes Peak. As they began the ascent, they both soaked in the Rocky Mountain sunshine and the crisp air. The difficulty of the climb hit earlier than they expected, and the thin air stole away the oxygen they desperately needed. After a seemingly unending climb, the couple finally reached the top and nearly collapsed to the ground. The wife turned around and panted, “That was the hardest climb I have ever done in my life:’ “You can say that again;’ the husband gasped. “And if I hadn’t kept the brakes on for all of it, we could have rolled backwards.” The husband was so anxious they were going to roll back wards he applied the brakes and made the bike ride harder than it had to be. A little anxiety isn’t bad, it can motivate us to move off dead center or to be sharp in our presentation but too much anxiety can be destructive. I used to be very anxious. I would sit in front of my computer and wring my hands over all the possibilities that might happen that would ruin the project I was working on. I was making my own life miserable. My anxiety was making me too tired to be productive. How you ask? When we let anxieties take over the main room in our brain and spirit. This stops us from being creative and productive. Anxiety can do that. It can paralyze us from moving forward. I started to examine what was making me so anxious. Anxiety is a secondary...
Get the Junk Out of Your Trunk

Get the Junk Out of Your Trunk

When I lived in an apartment complex we had to take our garbage to a certain location on the property. I would put my garbage in my trunk and drop it off on my way to work. One time I loaded the garbage but forgot to take it to the dumpster. It stayed in my trunk for two days. I had forgotten all about it. Finally, the smell became so strong as I was driving , it reminded me I forgot to get the garbage out of my trunk. This happens with our spiritual lives as well. We carry a bunch of garbage in the trunk of our hearts that continue to spoil and smell up our minds and spirits. How do I get the Junk out of my Trunk? Begin here… Make a list of the things that spoil your body/mind/spirit. Is it things of the past? Experiences or feelings that you feel like you cannot let go of? Is it people around you that are so toxic that you feel like you collect their garbage when you’re around them? Is it things that you are doing that are self destructive? Here is an interesting story titled, “First Things of Our Past” There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced in the woods; but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner. As he was walking back he saw Grandma’s pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck...
The Secret to Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

The Secret to Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

Many times we have bought into a set of beliefs that might have benefited us at one time but now limit us. I Dare You by William Danforth was a book that had been given to my father when he took a course through Dale Carnegie in 1959. The table of contents had a chapter entitled, You Can Be Bigger than You Are. There were also chapters entitled, I Dare You to Build Character, I Dare You to Think Creatively, and I Dare You to Share. He gave this book to me in 1979. I have read it numerous times over the years. This was a theme my father lived by and challenged me to live by. As he grew up in a conservative Amish lifestyle he felt he wanted more in his life. He dared to leave the farm and branch out to explore the world in front of him.  My father taught me by his example to always examine the beliefs we have been taught and be open to new understandings. Are there beliefs that you have lived by but do not fit into your world view today? Here Are A Couple of Steps to See If Your Beliefs Limit You or Enrich You? 1. Do Your Beliefs Make You Feel Guilty, Shameful or Bountiful and Gracious? God doesn’t want us live in shame. God wants us to live in abundance. I was taught as a young person that we born into original sin. I was taught we were sinful in our very DNA. For the longest time I believed I was a bad person. I felt...
Living Life To The Fullest In 3 Easy Steps

Living Life To The Fullest In 3 Easy Steps

Morris and his wife Esther went to the state fair every year, and every year Morris would say, “Esther, I’d like to ride in that helicopter.” Esther always replied, “I know Morris, but that helicopter ride is fifty dollars — and fifty dollars is fifty dollars.” One year Esther and Morris went to the fair, and Morris said, “Esther, I’m 85 years old. If I don’t ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance.” Esther replied, “Morris that helicopter is fifty dollars — and fifty dollars is fifty dollars.” The pilot overheard the couple and said, “Folks I’ll make you a deal. I’ll take the both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say a word I won’t charge you! But if you say one word, it’s fifty dollars.” Morris and Esther agreed and up they went. The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers, but not a word was heard. He did his daredevil tricks over and over again, but still not a word. When they landed, the pilot turned to Morris and said, “By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn’t. I’m impressed!” Morris replied, “Well, to tell you the truth, I almost said something when Esther fell out, but you know — fifty dollars is fifty dollars!” Is Fifty Dollars really that much to withhold from someone to fulfill something on their bucket list? We can get so focused on money that we forget that it is only a resource to achieve our dreams. Do you know people...
Ever Wondered How To Change Your Life?

Ever Wondered How To Change Your Life?

I have many people ask me,“How can I change my life?” If you have wondered how to change your life don’t worry, it’s a pretty common thing for people to ask themselves when they find themselves in a place of discomfort. First I try to help them understand this statement. When someone says “You’ve Changed” It simply means you’ve stopped living your life their way. Who are you living your life for? That might sound like a crazy question to ask but I think in reality many of us are living our life to receive an affirmation or a blessing from someone. We all want our life to be validated. We want others to affirm the path we have chosen to follow. In reality we will never receive the affirmation we desire unless we live our life the way they want us to. So I come back to my first question, ”Who are you living your life for?” “I love this quote…”The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide our problems are your own. You do not blame them on anyone or anything. You realize that you control your own destiny.” – Albert Ellis Ahhh, there’s that word “Destiny.” What Do We Want Our Life (Destiny) To Be About? Before we decide to change our life, we better decide what we want our life to be about. If you had to write down on paper what your life would look like a year, three years, and five years from now, what would write? Describe the different aspects of your life. Where would you be...

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