LIAM 020 – Do You Believe in Miracles? You Should!

In this episode, I talk about the importance of looking back through your life to examine all of the miracles that have happened in your life. By looking at what you have come through, you will find strength and encouragement to face current and future obstacles. Do you believe in miracles? You should because you are one! Listen as I unpack this important mindset.

Quotes from the show:

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. — Albert Einstein

If your life were a book and you were the author, how would you want your story to go? — Amy Purdy

Don’t let the miracles that haven’t happened yet blind you to the ones that already have! — Bruce Van Horn

Show Outline:

  1. Are you in a rough place right now where you think only a miracle can save you?
  2. Dr. James Dobson shared one my articles with his audience
    1. Don’t let the miracles that haven’t happened yet blind you to the ones that already have!
  3. Are you letting your emotions rule your choices?
    1. It is so easy to let our emotions, particularly our fears, to dominate our thoughts and choices.
    2. Our “negative” emotions, like anger, anxiety, fear, stress, betrayal, worry create a kind of “mental myopia”
      1. Nearsightedness
      2. We can’t remember our past and the previous low points we’ve overcome
      3. We can’t see a future where all of what’s happening now has been resolved favorably
      4. We only see the present and a life filled with more of the same
    3. In the midst of crisis, all we can see is the immediate, insurmountable need
      1. We need to focus on the problem, but as calmly and rationally as possible
      2. What we really need is a new perspective
        1. a different way of seeing things
        2. there are more options than we think!
    4. The myopia of crisis often turns usintoparanoids
      1. We think the world, God, universe is out to get us or punish us
      2. We can only think of ourselves, our pain and struggle
      3. We forget we are part of a much bigger plan; that we are loved by many and we have come so far, though so much already!
  4. Emotional, spiritual endurance is so important! It’s what this show is all about
    1. When the hard times come, you’ll have the strength, the resources, techniques to get through them
    2. It gives you the ability to detach, in a healthy way, from the “now is all that exists” pattern of thinking
    3. Allows you to see that the tree in front of you is part of much larger forest
    4. Allows you to see more options, ponder and choose the best one
    5. Can turn us into “reverseparanoids”
      1. God, the universe, people, want us to succeed and are here to help us
      2. This is just a challenge, a test, not a punishment
  5. Replay the past to find your “Ebenezers”
    1. Ebenezer means “Stone of help”
    2. Monuments, reminders of having come through a hard time, or remind you of a place you never what to go back to
    3. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing – Here I raise my Ebenezer; Hither by Thy help I’ve come; And I hope, by Thy good pleasure, Safely to arrive at home.
  6. If you have been alive for very long, you have experienced miracles in your life
    1. So many things are unexplainable by rational thought
      1. Bags of groceries, envelopes containing cash
      2. Missed or changed flights
      3. So many amazing 911 stories
    2. Miracles/Accomplishments:
      1. You were born
      2. You learned to walk and talk
      3. You’ve lived as long as you have in this fragile, dangerous world
      4. Sometimesweare blinded to the miracles in our lives because we think we’ve produced them
        1. Cynical: why give thanks for something I did by myself
        2. Question: just because we did it ourselves, does that make it any less of a miracle?
    3. Perspective: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle” — Albert Einstein
      1. Sometimes the miracle is simply our decision to make the best of a hard circumstance
      2. E+R=O You get to choose how you respond to events in your life!
        1. Choose to create miracles in your life!
    4. Perspective: Maybe what you’re going through is preparing you for a new life that you can’t imagine
      1. Very often, the miracles that happen in our lives, come in the form of tragedy
      2. Amy Purdy: “Living Beyond Limits” via @TedTalks
        1. If your life were a book and you were the author, how would you want your story to go?  — Amy Purdy
          1. Your life can take a detour
          2. Sometimes you have to rewrite the story
          3. Sometimes you have to let go of the life you have been living and embrace/create a new life, a new story
        2. Lost both her legs, her spleen, a kidney and the hearing in one ear
        3. Sat in despair for months and months
        4. Decided to live again
          1. Olympic gold medals
          2. Dancing With The Stars
        5. Has inspired thousands, if not millions, of people around the world
        6. Would never go back to life with her own legs
      3. In the midst of crisis, it’s hard to see the good.
        1. That’s why having a firm understanding of your miraclous past is so important!
    5. Perspective: Believe all that has happened, is happening, and will happen is foryourultimate good
      1. This is one of my daily affirmations
      2. This is the perspective I brought into my battle with cancer
        1. No matter what the outcome, this is what is supposed to happen in my life
        2. I believe it is for my ultimate good, and part of God’s purpose for me
      3. It may seem delusional, but it’s better than the alternative of panic, pessimism and perpetual bitterness
  7. Peace comes when we let go of our story of the waythingsoughtto be and accept the truth of what is
    1. This breaks the bond that our emotions have on our lives
    2. This allows us breathe more deeply, think more clearly and make better decisions about how to move forward
  8. Don’t let the miracles that haven’t happened yet blind you to the ones that already have!
    1. Need proof? Go look in the mirror. YOU are the miracle you have been waiting for!

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3 Responses to LIAM 020 – Do You Believe in Miracles? You Should!

  1. Ken Jaquith October 27, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    Bruce, this is absolutely amazing. I am going through a very difficult time and I’ve been stuck there for almost 6 years. I’ve been praying for answers and a miracle… This podcast was exactly what I was looking for! Thank you so much. God bless.

  2. Mary Whitworth October 28, 2014 at 5:23 am #

    Thanks Bruce, Woke up early this morning thinking about all the aircraft repairs I incurred yesterday and the ones still needing done and worrying about all this debt. Seems I can never get a head. I was given the vision of a new company, started it, and have struggled with finances since the launch. I believe it will eventually be very successful, but know I have all the trials of a start up that weigh me down. Thanks for your encouraging words. The miracle yesterday was that I landed safely before loosing all my oil or having the airplane engine catching on fire with all of the oil landing on my exhaust. I am grateful I noticed the oil pressure dropping before it was too late to land on a runway! I am believing in more to happen, maybe even today! Thanks!

  3. Miriam August 16, 2017 at 6:14 am #

    Dear Bruce,
    I just started to listen to your podcast and am totally in love with it. It is so inspirational and with having a rough time recently it helps me getting on the right path again. When you talked about the miracles in our lifes and suggested to look in the nearest mirrow, I did and immediately teared up, in a good way!!! I said ‘yes you are a miracle and I love you’ and smiled. Thank you so much for the work you do and I am so happy that I still have about 300 episodes of your podcast to listen to. Have a wonderful day and thank you again!
    Miriam from germany.

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