Article Title: Run Your OWN Race: The GREATEST Race
Shared by: Craig Lock
Category (key words): Spirituality, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Thoughts/Writings, Awareness, God, empowerment, self-realisation
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If this piece helps others "out there" on the 'amazing journey of life', then we're very happy.

"We share what we know, so that we all may grow."

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Submitter's Note:
These are some brief notes that I took from an adress by American televangelist, Joel Osteen some years back. I hope you find them as uplifting and inspirational as I do... and that is my reason for sharing.

RUN YOUR OWN RACE: THE GREATEST RACE

Plant seeds of hope in others. David (say = I) fulfilled his purpose for his generation.
God has equipped each one of us exactly what we need to achieve our destinies.
When God made you, He (?? or choose whatever means to you, male, female or "gender neutral - It") threw away the mould. Be comfortable with who God made you to be. Then make the most of what God has made.

Don't compare yourself with others; otherwise you'll lose focus.

God has not equipped you to do something outside your vision.
God, the Ultimate Source has equipped you to fulfill your unique destiny.

Follow your own inner vision for your life - be comfortable in yourself. ("I can't run your race, run with your vision"). Only YOU can do that.
Stay focussed. Say :Even in the valleys, this situation will work out for my ultimate good.
"Greatness is forged in the valley of adversity.”
Just be the very best you can be.
St Paul: "I have kept the faith. I have followed the course."

Celebrate yourself: who God made you to be.
God has already equipped you with all you need to achieve your dreams. You DO have the tools for your calling, to be victorious.

Like an eagle, you will soar high on the journey of life and be all the person God intended you to be.

Shared by craig

"God has already equipped you with all you need to achieve your wildest dreams."

"Make your dreams big enough for God to fit in"

"Lord, make me a channel for Your peace to flow through to everyone I meet"

"The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you...and the often seemingly difficult or even "impassible") path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you."

"Success to others may be apparent in what you DO; but significance, meaning and purpose lies, then reveals itself in what you ARE and BECOME down the 'river of life' - how and the spirit with which you face, then overcome the daily obstacles, the frequent trials and tribulations along the often rocky path-way of life's magical and mysterious journey. Light your path brightly."
- craig

"Let the light of your BEING shine brightly;
so revealing Who You Really Are.
Be a Bringer of the Light, which emanates from our soul, God, our Creator, the Source, the Essence of Life (and Ground of our very Being).
Therefore, it can do more than illuminate your own path.
YOUR spirit will help makes the lives of others easier by illuminating others paths.
For this light is our humanity, the spirit of God, truth, wisdom, beauty and especially love...
and it lies within each ONE of us.
Through your actions and your being,
let your light, YOUR spirit truly shine brightly on the world,
like the radiance emitted by a candle at midnight."
- craig (as adapted from Neale Donald Walsh in
'Conversations with God Book 3').

"Together, one mind, one life at a time, let's see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials."

"What we are is God's gift to us.
What we become is our gift to God."

PPS
Someone ("an unknown human angel“”) sent me these inspiring words some time ago (I don’t know the author), so am sharing. Enjoy…

“When you cry out to me,

I will hear you.

When you feel tired,

I will carry you in my arms.

When you think the waters are too deep to cross,

I will build you a bridge.

When you start wondering where to go,

I will lead you in the right direction.

When you feel alone in your life,

I will be there to hold you.

When you start to fall,

I will pick you up and dust you off.

When you feel you can’t go on,

I will show you there is à better way.

When you feel that life has becoming nothing but stormy waters,

I will calm them and give you the peace you need

When you think you’re blind to all who are around you,

I will open you up to all the beauty in this world by enlightening your heart and soul.

When you feel you have nothing left to give,

I will help you to overflow like the eternal spring within you.”

- author unknown

This poem is extracted from a novel I'm currently writing, called 'Stirling'., a "rewarding tale of faith, hope and especially love". “Faction”, but perhaps even a true story!!!!

Author's Bio: 

About the submitter:
Craig believes the spiritual dimension is something we can all "tap into" if we so CHOOSE)... it's like 'a sixth sense', which gives each person 'superior wisdom' ("Infinite Wisdom from the Ultimate Source") in making decisions and choosing one's path in life. www.craiglockbooks.com http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html
Craig's blog (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) is at http://en.search.wordpress.com/?q=%22craig+lock%22&t=post and http://craiglock.wordpress.com