|Sir Isaac Newton|
Sir Isaac Newton the established mathematician, philosopher and physicist was born in Woolsthorpe, England, January 4, 1643. A devout christian, he considered his discoveries proof as to the existence of God. His most acclaimed work, Philosophiae, Natrualis, Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy), which was published in 1687, has been called the single-most influential book on physics. Few realize Newton's laws of motion are equally applicable to success as it does a body in motion. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand the application. In my study success, all my case studies have one common thread; the individuals have all applied Newton's Laws.
Law #1: An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.
This means an individual will continue to act in a manner that is normal to them until alerted or by an unbalanced force. There are two forces that normally causes a change in the awareness in the life of an individual and thus create an unbalanced force. These are (1) a fear of loss and (2) a desire to gain. One day I met a friend who was spiritually bankrupt and was looking for a reason to reignite his faith. I told him he was not hungry enough. Observing his shocked expression I explained, "Imagine it's winter and the temperature has dropped dramatically with a wind chill of below zero and on top of that it's snowing." He leaned against a wall as he listened intently. "You looked," I continued, "at the miserable weather from your bedroom window and thanked God you are home. However, as you arrive in the kitchen and begin to prepare breakfast you realized you had forgotten to pick up supplies from the supermarket. You knew you should have a few days prior but you kept procrastinating. A co-worker was heading your way last night and because you wanted to get home before the storm arrived you elected to get a lift instead of picking up the things you needed and taking the bus. You look everywhere in the house but there was nothing. The refrigerator and the cupboards are empty. To add insult to injury, your stomach begins to growl.
You begin cursing yourself for being stupid. You need to get rid of the hunger; so without thinking about the weather condition outside, you layer up, open the front door and head to the nearest supermarket. At this point what is your most pressing concern? The weather or your your stomach?" I asked. "My stomach," he replied. "You have answered well," I said smiling.
"Now, if you had a few packets of that three minute soup, a half loaf of bread and some cheese in the cupboard would you have left the house?" I asked.
"Most likely not. I would have used that up and put off going out for as long as possible," he replied. "Exactly! Until you have a desire within you which surpasses your level of comfort with your yourself and your present situation spiritually then you will remain in the state you are currently in."
To be successful there needs to be a burning desire or a hunger to achieve the goal that one has set. If there is none then one will remain at rest or keep going along at the same pace one is accustomed to. This is considered 'the constant'. The fear of loss creates a momentum as well.
Man's inventions have all been born from his desire to create the solution to a problem or from the fear of losing something dear to him. It can also be something intangible as in the case of the Psalmist in his hour of distress prayed, "Create in me a clean heart, O God and a steadfast spirit within me (Ps. 51:10). David knew if his desire to serve God was not greater than his state of depression he would continue dwelling on the negative aspects of his life. He cried out to God for help.
Like my friend there may be things holding you back from moving forward, however, if you think it's impossible for you to achieve, like David ask God to create in you a clean heart and a renewed spirit. With self all things are impossible, however, is there anything impossible for God?
Have a great week and remember in all things be prosperous and in good health.
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