Wednesday, January 28, 2015

An Unusual Quote

Most who know me realize that I love a well-turned phrase, so I collect quotes.  Most also know I use a day-planner, but most don't know that it has a quote at the top of each page.  Todays quote:

"Just as your car runs move smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance."  Brian Tracy

Read carefully and you will note an oddity- it is a small mixed metaphor.  Mr Tracy is the author of a book, "The self-made millionaire, and I checked, and the quotes appears to be correctly quoted.

The quote could be repaired by either changing the first wheel reference to "perfectly balanced" or change the last part to "values in alignment", but as is, it is a bit mixed.

The quote makes the most sense with the "alignment" metaphor maintained.  If a person's "thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values" are out of alignment, then the car does not go as well as it could.

As someone attempting to PRACTICE Christianity as the aligner for my life, I find his recommendation challenging.  My"thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values" seem to wander in different directions at times.  As Christians, if we look to Scripture, we have at least a MEANS to align ourselves, but as I said, I find it challenging.  My thoughts go one way, my feelings another, the small emotions I have seem to have a mind of their own, and let's forget my goals, and values, they ought to go where I wish them to, but those crafty values wander at will it seems.

BUT, we do have a craftsman at work.   The Holy Spirit would like to align us, would align us with the will of the G^d, but the Holy Spirit is a gentleman, who only works as we permit.  Odd that the MOST POWERFUL force in the Universe, the Holy Spirit, restrains itself.

I cry out, and perhaps you will join me, "Come Holy Spirit!  Confrom me to YOUR WILL.  Align my thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values!  I want to do your will.  In the same way we received salvatioin, we trust in Your work in us.


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