Sunday Night Thoughts on “Seeing the Signs” 7/15/12

In any other place in the country, I would be enjoying a wonderful Summer evening, but that is not the case with me set to embrace temperatures headed back into the triple digits very soon.  The last couple of days have been almost unbearable with the rain leaving plenty of moisture in the air to go along with the heat.  I am probably several weeks behind in bringing some of my thoughts to life, but I think the extra time has allowed me to develop them a little deeper.  With every breath that I take I can see the growth in my life as my world becomes more clearer.
There have been a few things on my mind that most people probably experience on a daily basis as well.  In everything we encounter in life, there are indicators/signs around us in many different areas of our lives. 
Think about heading out to your car preparing to go somewhere.  What happens every time you stick the key in the ignition and turn it?  You probably see an ABS indicator light, seatbelt warning light, and an airbag light just to name a few.  What else do you see and what other things can you think about before you put the vehicle in gear?  As you drive does your vehicle tell you anything?
I thought about the vehicle example as it is something that most of us can easily relate to, but what are some other things that give you indicators/signs before you proceed further?
No matter what we do or where we turn there is some sort of indicator/sign that’s telling us something.  It could be a welcome sign or a warning sign, but it is up to us to know where we are currently to figure out what the sing is telling us.
Has there ever been a time that you where questioning something that you see only to realize later on that it was a sign for you to do something?  Could have been a sign to make a move, make a decision, or just to remain steadfast in your actions.
By a design greater than my own, I believe that I wasn’t supposed to stop thinking about signs before because these thoughts still needed to be developed.  No matter what we do we can not escape the signs that are meant for us, but it is always our choice to embrace or ignore them.
As we think about signs, I want to pose a question that maybe you can answer for yourself and maybe me as well.
As we think about character, what are the signs that let you know someone is of good character?  Are there signs in their conversation?  Or are all the signs in their actions?
Sitting back reflecting about what I have typed brings me to the realization that have chosen to ignore many signs over the course of my life.  The experiences I wouldn’t trade for anything, but I would hope that I am still maturing in reading the signs.
Over the last couple of days, I have seen some more serious signs that have reminded me of how precious this breath I am taking is.  The next moment is not promised and we must all do a better job of letting people know what they mean to you while you can.  I can’t stress that enough to you.
As you prepare to start your week, I would like to ask if you wouldn’t mind to send your thoughts and prayers up for two families that I am close to as cancer has entered the body of their loved ones. 
“The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers. Are the followers reaching their potential? Are they learning? Serving? Do they achieve the required results? Do they change with grace? Manage conflict?” Max De Pree  
“Some people believe that holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength…however, there are times when it takes far more strength just to let go.”   “Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality . Wake Up and Live!” Bob Marley   “Mankind is notoriously too dense to read the signs that God sends from time to time. We require drums to be beaten into our ears, before we should wake from our trance and hear the warning and see that to lose oneself in all, is the only way to find oneself.”   “A really great man is known by three signs: generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success” Otto von Bismarck   “When we become aware that we do not have to escape our pains, but that we can mobilize them into a common search for life, those very pains are transformed from expressions of despair into signs of hope” Henril Nouwen   “Don`t be fooled by the signs. Don`t read in between the lines.”   “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” Robert H. Schuller


About thejrchronicles

What can I say about me? I want to be very careful and not come off as conceited or anything, but I guess this is one of those times where I have to toot my own horn. OH BOY, where do I start. I guess the easiest way to put this in perspective is to say my experiences in life have allowed me to become very cultured up to this point and prepared me for the future. I was born in Mississippi, but had the opportunity to spend 12 years of my life living in Germany. For those of you that don't know, that was an interesting experience. If ya wanna know more about that one, just ask. Believe you me, I got stories!! Now, I guess I am grown and working in corporate america! Boy is that fun! I am enjoying what and do and look forward to being an influential leader in the business world someday! At least that's my plan! Being around people that genuinely care about me. When you go through a few rough times in your life, you immediately learn who your real friends are. Sometimes it takes a few rough spots in your life to happen before you truly know who you can count on. I enjoy being around people that enjoy being around me.
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