Momentum

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 Today my thoughts are on the theories surrounding momentum.  The folks at http://www.yourdictionary.com lay it out for us like this:
Momentum is defined as the amount of motion occurring in something that is moving, or the force that drives something forward to keep it moving.
    1. An example of momentum is how quickly a car is moving down a hill.

My little science guy explains:

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Never underestimate the power of getting your mass in gear!   In my own life I have found that a steady rhythm keeps me (my mass) moving forward.  I look forward to running likes it’s a reward and not a chore on the list to be checked off.  If I sit down for more than a week (due to illness) I could lose my momentum.  I have only maintained my running schedule for almost 2 years without failure because God called me to do it.  I have His motivation to continue.  It is the same with my life’s work/calling and I am grateful!

If you or I push a car downhill and it has no driver (or someone who can’t drive) , eventually the car will crash into something.  As we are coming to the close of 2015, it is always a good time to reflect and see if the direction you have been driving your life has allowed God to be in the driver’s seat.

Psalm 31:3-5  You’re my cave to hide in, my cliff to climb. Be my safe leader, be my true mountain guide. Free me from hidden traps; I want to hide in you. I’ve put my life in your hands. You won’t drop me, you’ll never let me down.

Momentum is great!  You pick up speed and begin to feel yourself moving quickly toward that which you are striving for.  But what if your momentum is not God-ordained?  You can be careening head-long in the wrong direction!  If you are not sure if your plans are His plans, this is a great time to step aside from the forward movement just long enough to check in with the Big Guy.  Momentum is pointless if you are running in the wrong direction.

Psalm 16:11 Now you’ve got my feet on the life path, all radiant from the shining of your face. Ever since you took my hand, I’m on the right way.

2.  Another example of momentum is the encouragement of your parents, which keeps driving you forward and encouraging you to continue to succeed.

The second example displays how much power words and positive action play a role in our success.

Ecclesiastes 12:11 The words of the wise prod us to live well. They’re like nails hammered home, holding life together. They are given by God, the one Shepherd.

Paul states in 1 Thessalonians that we are to encourage and build one another up.  This is vital if we do not want to lose momentum in where God is taking us as individuals and as a body of believers.

Whether you are speaking to your children, co-workers, family or friends, it is essential to be speaking words that will propel individuals with forward momentum to their God-given goals.  Don’t let jealousy, comparison, frustration, etc. cause your mouth to shift others from the momentum they have going in their life’s aspirations.  Also, do not speak momentum halting words over yourself.  That is called self-sabotage.

Proverbs 10:11The Message (MSG)
11 The mouth of a good person is a deep, life-giving well,
    but the mouth of the wicked is a dark cave of abuse.

If you are one who makes new year resolutions, this may be one that is worth setting.  If you choose to make a concerted effort at only speaking momentum shifting words of life over yourself and others, I am willing to bet you will see increase.  Your words may even move the masses closer to their Savior.

Be blessed.

 

 

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