October 20, 2019

Strength Through Change

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“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”--
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)

There are only two guarantees in life: taxes and death--a hard truth. That means everything else in life can and will alter:
  • Weather
  • Jobs/Careers
  • Relationships
  • Health
  • And the list goes on…

Transforming events are a natural part of our existence. They may push us forward a mile, or they may make us afraid to take even one step. Please see the table below, which lists the alterations mentioned in Ecclesiastes 3:

Ecclesiastes 3:2-8 (KJV)
Embrace/Refrain from embracing
Keep/Cast away
Break down/Build up
Rend (tear)/Sew
Keep silence/Speak
Cast Away Stones/Gather stones

Bruce Lee (1940-1973) (Some information taken from the 2016 movie, Birth of the Dragon.)

He was a trendsetter from Hong Kong. The martial-arts master was one of the first to bring Kung Fu to the West. Lee may have been criticized for exporting the longtime method of Shaolin monks. At the least, he felt limited by the traditional technique. He wanted to make martial arts more accessible to every person on the streets of the U.S.

In 1969, he launched his own hybrid style: Jeet Kune Do. What’s remarkable about Lee’s style? It’s fast and fluid—poetry in motion. The technique is also the forerunner of today’s Mixed Martial Arts. The video below shows the teacher demonstrating his technique:

My Conclusion

There are some characteristics we learn that might not always help us. We need to be willing to adapt.

“Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.”-- Colossians 3:9-11 (KJV) (italics added)

If you aren’t where you want to be, are you willing to make changes?

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