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Second Half - Marcus 2229

The content of my weekly blogs is drawn primarily from ancient Hebrew wisdom literature, while the 2020 format was inspired by James Clear’s “3-2-1” Thursdays. Building from my recent book UNBEATABLE! Seven Pillars of Personal Excellence, each blog will contain One Pillar/Proverb, One Principle and One Practical.

One Proverb

Do not say. “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions.”-Qoheleth, Old Testament Wisdom Teacher

One Principle

July 1, 2020 marked the first day of the second half of 2020. For many people, this has been a year to forget. In fact, in my home country, Trinidad and Tobago, June 30th, the last day of the first half of the year, was marred by protests and tensions between civilians and the local police. There just seems to be a rumbling global tension and disquiet affecting the very fabric of our societies. At times like this, it becomes easier to think that the old days were better. Everyone’s perspective on that issue will vary depending on their own life situation.

We have no power to change the past, but our future is very much within our hands, against the backdrop of God’s divine will and our willingness to be guided by him. Are you optimistic about the second half of 2020? What about the second half of your life, especially if you are over 35? Every new day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the previous day with gratitude, since life is truly a gift. Each new morning also affords us the chance to look at the future through eyes of faith, not because we are sure of what tomorrow may bring, but because we trust in the majesty and omnipotence of God.

One Practical

Give proper consideration to answering the following probing question posed by author Ronald Rolheiser as he quoted Teresa of Ávila: “When one reaches the highest degree of human maturity, one has only one question left: How can I be helpful?”  

To learn more about these pillars of personal excellence, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Ronke Cunningham

    For me, the first half of the year 2020 has been amazing, it’s a year that I hope to remember for a very long time (of course, I want to be sensitive to those who lost loved ones to Covid 19, or the hurt that many of our African Americans brothers and sisters are experiencing). However, it is as if Someone pressed the reset button of my spiritual walk with God. It’s been a time of great learning, growth, a sensitivity to the voice of the Holy Spirit, a time of peace during these trying times like I have never experienced before.
    I turn 60 in a few days, so I may have lived more than half my life already, and I may not be here much longer. Nevertheless, I do believe with all my heart that better days are ahead of me. Trials and struggles I may still face, but my attitude when they do come would make all the difference. So I say, I am grateful for this season in my life.

    1. J. Tyrone Marcus

      This is so encouraging Ronke, especially as you approach such a milestone birthday. I am inspired that you have stayed on that steady path of spiritual growth which has allowed you to be such a servant to so many others. May your life continue to be a blessing to those who God allows you to influence.

  2. Cheryl Richards

    Great insight Tyrone. Being grateful in every season is truly what God expects from us. I’ve learnt that everything has it’s time and place so instead of comparing the past with the present I should instead focus on the promises of God . I can never go back but I can be thankful that God has brought me this far.

  3. J. Tyrone Marcus

    Wonderful Cheryl. Your approach is healthy and commendable. Thanks for sharing it.

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