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Sudden Impact

 - by Tom Telesco

This weekend Tonya and I had our first "3-day date night" ever. With the launching of our leadership company, we've been putting in a lot of late nights behind the scenes.

A perfect date night for us is going to church and then choosing between Italian or Mexican for dinner! Going to church fills our spirit, whereas eating out fills our need to NOT be in the kitchen cooking.

Our "3-day date night" was at pastors and leaders conference. The title of the event was "Collide," and the theme of the talks was "Suddenly."

When you put the words together, it would seem that a "Sudden Collision" is pretty typical. Almost without exception, the evening news will show a traffic collision during rush hour traffic. But at this conference, the way that they used those two words interchangeably gave me a whole new way to look at things.

Here are the dictionary definitions: - Collide - an instance of one object striking violently against another. - Suddenly - is something happening or coming unexpectedly.

When people talk about finding the love of their life or pursuing their dream they may use the words suddenly and collision in their descriptions. For example;

"Suddenly, I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life."

"Neither of us were looking for a relationship and then bam, it was like a collision, we found each other."

In the faith-based world, a typical testimony may sound like this, "I went through a difficult time in my life and then "suddenly" I found my faith."

I would like to point something out. Those situations may appear to have been sudden collisions, but perhaps they weren't.

Have you ever stopped to consider that the unspoken desires of your heart may be guiding the decisions you make and the directions you take? Sometimes the subconscious mind and the Holy Spirit leads us like a feather. We can't explain it, but things just come into alignment. Some people will call it intuition or a sixth sense. I call it divine intervention. One of my favorite verses in the Bible states it so eloquently, "Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, 'This is the way; walk in it.'"

At the end of the year, we write out our goals for the new year. We focus on the immediate.

May I suggest that you start envisioning your ideal future 3 years, 5 years and 10 years down the road.

If you define your dreams today, you're actively engaged in designing your future. Once you begin to clarify your vision, the things you call sudden collisions today will have a new description tomorrow. Your sudden collisions will be "expected collisions."

A collision doesn't have to have a negative connotation to it. A collision takes place when what we're hoping for becomes an expected reality.

Don't give up when you get tired. Don't give up when things seem out of reach? Don't, don't, don't ever get up!

If I were coaching you, I would simply say, "You are closer than you think!"

2018 is going to be an in

credible year in your life. Anticipate collisions, because if you set the goal and don't give up, you will collide with the desires of your heart!

Next week we will reveal our big announcement! It will bless you and those you share it with! Until next Tuesday, follow your dreams and create your future by getting it on paper!

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