Monday, August 18, 2014

The Formula...

On a different note,

One of the first amazing things I realized when I started living my life by Faith was that I didn't have to be perfect. I'm sure to many that would seem quite contrary! For most of us, we live or have lived for extended periods of time with guilt or shame...a very heavy, destructive and defeating way to go through life. When You spend time with the Lord, you realize all He is looking for is Your heart, Your focus, and You Love! Perfection is Not in the cards my friends... None of Us will ever meet that frivolous expectation!
What I also noticed and know now in my heart, is that this relationship example is to be mirrored and echoed in All areas of our life. Putting our hearts into it, Investing out true Love, and giving it complete focus!! Does that seem so hard? Well, as human beings it is much harder than we might think... thus we must make the conscious choice daily!!
As artists, in whatever medium You choose, imagine if You just put half your heart into it. Or should I say, by expecting any level of success & achievement how could we do that without pouring our hearts into it? How many relationships have you witnessed fall apart due to the lack of effort of one person? You must choose where to put your heart and commit to it... Singers, artists, parents, spouses, workers, etc...We cannot be successful with out commitment & focus on the path we are choosing!
Once have a path laid out before us, a plan or objective to accomplish, we must keep our eyes on that goal! Just like when Peter stepped out of the boat and took His eyes off Jesus, things will sink if we do not maintain & refresh our focus daily! If My dreams are speared to thin, the intensity, energy, focus are shared thus weakening all of them. This is part of our life planning... Where do I wanna be? What am I trying to accomplish? Lord, what plans do You have for me? Don't let the world distract you, don't let 'Keeping up with the Jones'" keep you from your goals!!
LOVE... Love is the glue that binds us! Love is grace, mercy, kindness, forgiveness, patience, selflessness, and many more... it changes the world we live, it transforms our hearts, it will be the aspect that sets us apart! Love comes from personal reflection... what is in our hearts? When we seek perfection, that is a personal view, thus introspective, and self-serving. If we are focused on the ME, I, US, We of any situation, then our focus, our Love, and our Hearts are only seeking internally. If we continue to look only at ourselves, we will live a lonely & empty life... and this will keep us from focusing on the outward effort at hand in achieving our goals! We can spend energy on inward expectations, or put our efforts towards moving in the direction of the things we know to be important! You see, perfection is not achievable, thus not worth wasting energy in hopes of it... Focus on what is fruitful, put your heart into the areas that will be bring true fulfillment, and make sure LOVE is your biggest & best attribute! The formula is clear, repeatable, and proven!

Good day & God Bless,
Chris

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Love is...

On a different note,

As we venture through this life, we leave a wake behind us. Each of us with a purpose, with an impact, and with opportunity! We will endure trials & heartache but also the thrill of victories & fulfillment of completed goals... but there is not much which compares to the result of Love in our lives. Where would we be with out it?
We all grow up and probably become a little cynical as the dreams of youth get weighed down by the reality of adulthood. But that doesn't mean we need to stay there! As we mature and form our foundations in life, we must then begin to take ownership and make choices as to "Who" & "How" we want to live! We MUST choose to be a better man, a better woman, a better husband or wife, or parent... Life is a challenge, a journey, full of trials... some good and some not so good. but each creating the person we are to this day! But LOVE is what keep us moving... keeps us striving... and get us through those tough times!
Can we think of a larger characteristic in this world? One that has more of an impact on this life we live? We have generosity... rooted in Love! We have sacrifice... rooted in Love! We have relationships... rooted in Love! We have goals, objectives, dreams, passions... which are driven by love! So, even without realizing it... Love does propel this world we live... it does make the world go around!
We all need encouragement to prosper, we all need a support system to achieve the highest goals, and we all need the people around us to know how much they mean in our lives. You see, whether it is parenting, family, art, music, writing, ministry, marriages, etc... LOVE Must be at the core... actually, it IS at the core of healthy, flourishing, enriching, and fruitful endeavors... We just need to acknowledge it!
So, as You go about your day, everyday, be sure and reflect on this continually... it can change a situation instantly, it can renew a relationship over night, it can be the motivation you need to reach that next level of success! Being a man of Faith, I know where Love comes from... I also know it is in our DNA... we are born to seek & give LOVE. But we are also made of free will, thus we must choose it too!
We can get caught up in emotions, life, trials and such but never let yourself forget that You are Loved! You are special! You are vital to the world around you! Choosing LOVE will allow your impact to exceed all of our expectations! It is the life blood... and it can melt the hardest of hearts! Thanks for showing me Love by reading this letter... I hope it inspires you to do Great things!

Good day & God Bless,
Chris

Monday, August 4, 2014

Life of Harmony...

On a different note,

In music we consider "Harmony" a simultaneous combination of tones. In life we consider it a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts. Balance... If we are always subject to the reactions of this world, or only seeking to fulfill our own personal desires; we then become off balance. Is your life Harmonious and in balance?
It is normal and healthy to set personal goals. But we must all be conscious of the world we live, our choices, and how balanced our life is. Look around and You can see many people who are only focused on a single path. In that, we are closing off opportunities in 80% of our lives. We are missing out on life, and we are shielding ourselves from growth, fulfillment, fruitfulness and possibly prosperity. I remember some one asking me when I was in full time ministry "What are of Ministry did I think God had for Me?"... this of course was an easy answer... None! At the time I was doing Worship, Preaching, Writing Devotionals, etc... My response was that any given day the Lord could use me in any context He desired... My only goal, was to be willing!
But, year prior to that, all I wanted to do was Worship... I was a singer, I wanted to sing! But this kept me from truly growing spiritually... Self serving, even if for a positive objective of singing for the Lord! Now as a singer/songwriter/performer I must also keep my life in balance. If my only goal was to be famous, my life would be very empty... It would hurt those around me, it would close off doors in my life, and it would probably be filled with years of frustration, loneliness, and doubt. We must seek to take back control of our day to day choices!
God, Family, Work, Health, Rest, Fun, etc... We ALL must stop and evaluate... and we must do that periodically. This allows for a more balanced life. Example: Being healthy in general is much more than working out. If You are not strict on your diet, If You are not consistent in the Gym, if You are not getting rest, if You are sacrificing for the better good of your body, you are going to have a hard time. Shoot, even with all those things, it's still an uphill battle... is it not the same for life? Evaluating our choices, seeing the ramifications, or how it will affect all those in our life?
Harmonies in music are very pleasing to the ear... it is pleasant, joyous, and perfectly equal... Don't you want the same results for your life?

Good day & God Bless,
Chris

Monday, July 28, 2014

Are You ready?

On a different note,

Because we so often look to the media, TV, & famous for our motivation, let's be honest and admit it skews our judgement. It forces us to set unrealistic goals, and to continuously feel inadequate or like failures. Not only is this unhealthy but are we really trying to keep up with the Kardashians?
We have moved to a get rich quick with less work mentality because of shows like American Idol or Survivor. And the funny thing is, they make us believe it is quick & easy, but that is far from the truth. Those shows are about as real as Sesame Street. So, in turn it makes us feel defeated... or worse we strive for the wrong things... Oh, If I'm prettier, If I sing better, If I dress more provocatively and so on... we think this will be our ticket. When in reality, having a talent or gift is only part of the equation. Talent without opportunity is a non factor! You could be the best singer in America, sing better than Katy Perry, but without an opportunity to prove that it doesn't matter!
Here's the thing, a reality show is not a sincere opportunity for most of us. They are looking to make money off the people on that show. So unless You exactly what they are looking for, it's not a True opportunity for most (12 seasons of American Idol = 12 winners... How many Million tried out?). Of course everyone's next question is... "Well then, how do I get a true opportunity?!?"
That is the million dollar question... and not a clear answer. BUT I will say this... We must create our own opportunity through focus, hard work, sacrifice, faith and confidence! This of it like this... Let's say with a lot of hard work we all get ONE opportunity... what if Your's was tomorrow? Are you prepared? Are you ready? That is a question most learn the hard way... You see, we must be honest, transparent and open with ourselves. Example: If you are an musician, then YOU very well might be The Product. Is your product compatible to the Best in Your Area of focus? Total package: Quality, Look, Packaging, Output, etc... How would we know?
You know by getting feedback, input, followers, supporters, reviews, etc... Being the best karaoke singer at a local bar doesn't make You Katy Perry, but it could be the start of an amazing journey! Not trying to scare You, just being a realist. Having some talent & having a dream equates to not much in the business world. If You are looking to create a career from your LOVE, then You must view as a business. Opportunity comes through work... waiting for the BIG break won't happen for 99.7% of us... so you better get moving!
I personally pray daily for the Lord's intercession... in any way He deems fruitful! I may want to sing for a living, but maybe that's just not where I am going to be best utilized! Be transparent with yourself, follow your dream, and be prepared for anything! ANYTHING! Your opportunity is coming, are You ready!?!

Good day & God Bless,
Chris

Monday, July 14, 2014

Confidently Believing...

On a different note,

I often catch certain words & phrases which either get taken out of context or used in the wrong manner in which to capture the true intent. Or certain things get associated with certain topics, and it elevates or decreases the value of the sentiment. The word "Believe" these days seems to primarily be associated with Faith... i.e. Religion. This is absolutely understandable... as it is used more often these days in that field... but why aren't we believing in each other these days? Have we become so cynical that we have lost any bit of trust in ourselves & others around us?
As a Believer, I can grasp the concept of believing. Having trust, faith, & hope in something. As we venture through this life, we choose path's and are then reflected in these choices. You so often hear me speak of "Living on Purpose", which partly speaks to living with belief. We should be committing to our choices & decisions, not just getting caught up in the world or being reactionary. This would in turn give us a sense of confidence. Whether anyone agree's or not, if You have made a thoughtful decision; You should stand by it. Let's take it a step further...
If I choose to invest time as a singer songwriter. I have chosen a path. I should then be confident in that choice, and believe in myself to accomplish or at least put effort, focus, time, and energy into it. Not being reliant on, but aiming towards an expected outcome... even if just the pure enjoyment. have You set your goals? Have you pondered quality? Have you researched or evaluated your plan against previously successful ventures? Are you working on growing that area of your life? If not, why did you choose this path? Are You confident you are willing to put in a sincere effort? Do You believe in this decision?
Example: When You choose a career, You are then expected to perform at a certain level. The job comes with requirements, objectives, compensation, etc... What would happen if you did half the effort? What would happen if you just gave up? What would be the outcome if You didn't believe in that position?
Now... use this in the loves you have in your life... Artists, musician, parent, husband or wife, and so on... You must believe in YOU! And then, by choosing to be That Person on Purpose, you must commit to that decision which brings confidence. Life is waiting on YOU! You can be someone of Belief... who changes the world they live in! Have Faith in the path made for YOU, Believe You can accomplish goals through effort, focus, sacrifice, and perseverance. Once you've take on this role & perspective, take action on your objectives! Let's not waste time on things we do not believe in... I believe in You! I am a man of Faith & Belief in the one Who carries the weight for me! In that I find confidence in His leading!
Let's go Live Life on Purpose!

Good day & God Bless,
Chris

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In Motion...

On a different note,

Ever notice the movement that happens all around us? The leaves blown, the sand disrupted, the clouds coming & going... We are in a world that is constantly changing, progressing, adapting, and flowing. I would imagine that's why we all appreciate the serenity of the Forrest or a vista view... as this world doesn't stop for very long. Every second flies by... We were made in motion!
I've heard many a quip/quote speaking to the continued learning, growing and progressing in life... stepping out in Faith. We are still learning... it doesn't end after childhood... New experiences, new paths, new objectives and so on. If our lives are constantly in motion, so instead of feeling over whelmed, instead of feeling behind, we should try and catch the wave! I look at it like a train... we can get on board or choose to miss out on life. Life is Happening whether we choose to enjoy it or not!
We have so many excuses for being scared, fearful, or intimidated by the Journey of life. Tired, broke, not smart enough, not as talented, and so on... It's a choice we ALL must make! There are children in poverty stricken countries who might eat once a day... have no money for the foreseeable future... Does that keep them from living? No, they make soccer balls out of any material they can find... running, laughing, and feeling the rewards of living this life we've been given! Maybe we're too caught up in the expectations instead of the actual experiences of life. We were put on this earth with opportunity & purpose! Why do so many choose to neglect, defer, and opt out of an opportunity to feel the joy of experiences.
You can be a painted, teacher, singer, artist, dancer, etc... Instead of thinking how long it might take, instead of being worried about what others think, instead of finding reasons Not to do it... Why not try it? Nothing ventured, nothing gained... Imagine being a fish, with no choice... You are born, you swim upstream to lay eggs and die... THAT'S IT! You have options, You have today, and You have endless opportunities. It's choosing to be in the game of life!!
I am Not perfect, I am Not the best at anything I do... yet, I find joy, happiness, fulfillment and seek out the opportunity to inspire, motivate, and affect the lives of those around me. Choosing to LIVE today... it may be my last!! God has a plan for me, and my only decision is whether I'm willing!
What have you neglected or regretted... what will you do with this time that is passing you by? READY, GO!

Good day, God Bless,
Chris

Monday, June 30, 2014

Ready for the World?

On a different note,

This week I am writing on perseverance, hard work, focus and the feeling of Victory! A feeling we all should experience and all have the opportunity to experience. Our lives are but a passing breathe, moments ticking by and we must choose how to use this time in any given moment. So, I ask, If we do not extend or push ourselves to new limits, how will we ever feel a true sense of success?
As a child, we are able to experience new things, new situations, and to learn & grow from these... and we are applauded as such! Small victories are plentiful! As we grow up, the opportunity for "Something New" becomes less prevalent. We are then challenged to come up with goals, objectives, dreams to spur ourselves to Achieve! We must find new paths in life to venture down in search of new horizons. The unfortunate side of this, is not everyone chooses to look or step outside the box. Thus, equating so a safe, mundane, simple, and typically easier life. Not a whole lot of Victory or feelings of success in this regard.
My father grew up with foster families, and was fortunate to seemingly always be around horses. They became his life and allowed him the opportunity to step outside the lonely and abusive world he lived. As he grew it became his career goal, temporarily derailed by Vietnam. Following 3 Purple hearts and time served, He started a 2nd career in Law Enforcement... but horses were never that far away. I remember he worked nights as a police officer, and then worked days on the farm. He took naps when he could, slept on off nights, but never sacrificing that time on His dream. I also remember Him saying to my brother and I, that he was gonna be the best in the World! And we believed Him! He had a fire, drive, and focus I've hardly seen in anyone else I've met. His love for horses never waned, it never faded... why? Cause He constantly invested & sacrificed for it!
Horses did become His primary career and he built a nationwide reputation in the horse world. Training, driving, judging, mentoring, and always giving himself to others... but giving Himself in the area closest to his heart! This weekend he competed in the FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championship... World Cup of Horse Driving... Invitation Only! Representing the USA, a country He proudly served years prior, again but in the area he so cherish and strives for! Team USA took the Bronze, but my Dad Bob Giles took the overall Silver!! At 67 years old... a dream probably 50 years in the making had become reality! There are Not many words to describe my adoration, pride, excitement, and I can only imagine how He feels! AMAZING!
I share this story, as we ALL have dreams, goals, and the opportunity to feel the sweet taste of Victory! How many of us are willing or able to hold on for 50 years? How about 10? 5? Anything of worth takes time, sacrifice, loss, commitment, focus, drive, perseverance, faith, and LOVE & SUPPORT from All those around You!
I personally already thought he was one of the best in the world... Now everyone else does too!

Good day and God Bless,
Chris