Perhaps the most important lesson I have learned (so far)

When was the last time you’ve heard the phrase “learn your lesson” used with a positive connotation? I’m not sure I ever have, but I promise this will be one of those times.

What I have learned and am currently working on putting into practice comes down to one word:




  1. The impetus gained by a moving object
  • The impetus and driving force gained by the development of a process or course of events.
Oh, thank you, Merriam-Webster. Could you please define impetus as well?

That’s not all too important, but what does matter is how momentum can be seen throughout the events of one’s life. The way I see it, momentum is getting your problem to work for you. It’s about disregarding the seemingly unachievable heights of the final result and beginning. Imagine a boulder resting on top of a cliff. Looks immovable enough, and yet one small push could send it crashing down. What I have gathered is that much of life is similar to a boulder resting atop a cliff. What does this mean for you?

I have spent too much of my life listening to Satan’s lies. My head seems to be filled with “you’re not good enough”, “you have nothing to offer”, and “you’re worthless”. I have accepted these lies for so long, and they have kept me from pursuing the desires God has placed in my heart. As a guy with experience, I know how difficult it is to disregard these lies. It’s so easy to listen to them and float through life, without direction, finally settling in the pool of mediocrity. I’ll end with a blurb from Mark Batterson’s Chase The Lion:

“Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Run to the roar.

Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-given passions.

Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention.

Stop pointing out problems. Become part of the solution.

Stop repeating the past. Start creating the future.

Face your fears. Fight for your dreams.

Grab opportunity by the mane and don’t let go!

Live like today is the first day and last day of your life.

Burn sinful bridges. Blaze new trails.

Live for the applause of nail-scarred hands.

Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshiping what’s right with God.

Dare to fail. Dare to be different.

Quit holding out. Quit holding back. Quit running away.

Chase the lion.”

Go, confront the problem. Fight! Win! And call me when you get back, darling. I enjoy our visits.

-Edna Mode