How to Make Your Life a Masterpiece…

I love motivational speakers.

The day Tony Robbin’s new movie “I Am Not Your Guru” came out on Netflix, I  invited my closest friends over and we had a screening party that night.

(Spoiler: it could have more accurately titled, “I am Not Your Effing Guru.”)

One of the all-time favorite quotes is from Zig Ziglar who famously said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”

As a result, there are quotes peppered around my house – which I see every day – like this:

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Of course, writing amazing copy and wandering around my home to look at quotes isn’t all I do.

These quotes need updating regularly.

The only way to do this properly, I’ve found, is to get an Amazon Prime membership and spend LOTS of money on books. Of course that’s only half the battle…

You’ve also got to carve out time to read them. In either case, you might own a bookshelf (or three) that looks like this:

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Most importantly, you I hope you have also begun to study the great men who came before the  current-day men and women who are transforming lives and inspiring our generation.

I’m talking about men like Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, Wayne Dyer, Norman Vincent Peale, Steven Covey…

[May they all rest in peace.]

I was reminded of those titans whose shoulders we’re able to stand on this morning as I read the following passage:

“Either make the tree good and it’s fruit good,

or make the tree bad, and it’s fruit bad,

for the tree is known by its fruit.”

This comes from the Bible.

My entire purpose in writing today is laud these wonderful examples of humanity and to point out their dedication to put their faith at the core of their message.

Their speeches, which you can still see And they encouraged daily Bible reading. Quoted scripture in their talks and writing.

It’s getting more difficult these days to find men or women who are willing to embrace  faith, to share the undeniable wisdom that comes from a daily practice with the Bible.

There’s a stigma involved for those who write, as I am now. In the past, I feared doing this, because “I didn’t want to turn off some of my readers.”

There is also a growing sentiment where people like to see themselves as more self reliant and accomplished. Perhaps admitting that God is necessary for some is a sign of weakness, that

Now I see this was wrong.

It’s vitally important for me to be 100% everything that I truly am, in all aspects of my life. Just as a tree can’t hide it’s fruit, it’s foolish for me to hide what I am.

I am a Christian. An imperfect, stumbling, fumbling, standing-up-again-and-again Christian.

Becoming who I am these past few years has been a challengin battle for me. My past has been shrouded in secrecy and shame, most of which was uninformed and unnecessary, harmful, in fact.

But today, I make a small stride toward greater transparency, by sharing a beautiful verse from Matthew twelve. It seems to me, Jesus was trying to say that we ultimately can’t hide what we are, that our fruit will always reveal us to others.

Our hearts will be known. 

My way of working on my heart is to read a page, or a chapter of this wise book, the Bible, each day.

Of course, this is what I strive for. A lot of times I completely fail.

But as I’ve already alluded to, my mission is far from complete. And failing only moves us closer to the goals, to the success that’s in store for those who never give up.

No matter your religious affiliation, I hope these words inspire you to do your best work, and be the best version of yourself you can be. Truly, you will be known by the fruits of your labors.

God Bless You in your particular journey.

One footnote:

Please don’t misunderstand me: if you’re not a Christian that’s fine. I have read books on all major religions. In fact, I’ve lived in Buddhist countries for nearly a decade, read the Quran from cover to cover and consistently found good people, redeeming characteristics, principles and practices in all people – when I look for them – from Atheists to Zoroastrians.