Are You Regressing, Maintaining, or Thrusting Forward Like A Rocket?

Happy Wednesday!

What are you currently doing to fill your mind with new information? Is your mind bored, sleepy, and negative… or challenged, awake, positive, and powerful?

What about your spiritual experience? Are you drifting backwards, or moving infinitely closer to God?

Are you losing your grip on life, or taking proposed steps towards greatness and promotion?

While you hope and pray for a breakthrough, is GOD waiting for YOU to significantly up your game… so that He can answer those prayers?

Sometimes, it seems that God moves despite our actions. He gives us many things we have not earned, and do not deserve.

But more often than we can imagine, God is paralyzed from giving us the bigger blessings because WE PREVENT HIM.

God gives every human certain natural talents. These talents will not benefit our lives until we recognize them and REFINE them!

What are you currently doing to turn you God given talents into refined SKILLS?

I’m not asking you about what you’ve done in the past. This blog is about NOW.

Where are you on the momentum scale?

Are you regressing, maintaining, or thrusting forward like a rocket?

Here is a powerful section from my new book…

Make Me A Legend, Chapter 7: Earn Your Keep

My Bizarre Passion for Learning

Recently I received my current academic transcripts from Life Christian University and found that after I finish this manuscript, I will have achieved a total of 204 college credit hours, and I will have finally earned my Doctor of Ministry degree. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Undergraduate Studies—120 credit hours, GPA 3.73
  • Graduate Studies—36 credit hours, GPA 4.0
  • Post-graduate Studies—48 credit hours, GPA 4.0

Not too bad for the class clown who barely made it out of high school, and who never read a single book cover to cover until age 19! I lied on every book report and squeezed my way through English with a string of low Cs and Ds. When I was younger, I hated the classroom. I refused to read because I felt that I already knew so much; to me, school was a big waste of my work and social time. Then I hit the real world, and I struggled unbearably! Thank God it didn’t take me long to see how much I had to learn.

Here I am two decades later, and wow, how things have changed! My passion for learning is a work of God’s grace. Sometimes, when I think about where I came from, it’s as if I’m hearing about a man I’ve never met! Believe me, this radical degree of transformation can happen to anyone. Once the mind is awakened, it rarely goes back to sleep. All a person needs is one good book to get the learning started—the rest is history!

I know this is going to sound super-spiritual, but it’s true—the Bible is the very first book I ever completely read. By the time I was 21, I had devoured it—cover to cover—several times. I was reading ten to twenty chapters a day at times. On one quiet Saturday, I read the Book of Daniel three times and the entire Book of Jeremiah—all in one sitting! I began a routine that was popular back in those days—reading and meditating on one chapter of Proverbs each day. I swallowed down every morsel of insight I could pull from every chapter. By the grace of God, I’ve maintained this same commitment to reading the Bible for more than 19 years now; it has been life-changing!

I’m sorry if this sounds like a mountain of bragging, but I hope to rouse within you this same acquired love for learning. Think about it—you’re reading a full-sized book, written by a guy who never read a book in his life before the Bible at age 19—except maybe Clifford the Big Red Dog and a few dinosaur pop-up books that don’t really count. Maybe you didn’t do your best in high school either. There is still time to learn—it’s amazing what a mature adult can learn and add to classroom discussions. There are many colleges and universities that offer online learning opportunities in every area of interest.

In my early 20s, I began taking Bible college classes, and I haven’t stopped studying theology and ministry since then. At age 24, I caught something important from my world-renowned real estate coach, Mike Ferry—his rare appetite for new information. I’ll never forget how much it inspired me every time Mike spoke of the number of books he read each month and how committed he was to multiplying his effectiveness. During that time, I started reading at least four books a month—a habit that has stuck with me. Thank God for people like Mike Ferry! Attending his seminars was so much more to me than the profound information he presented; it was really about catching his passion. To this day, I’ve never met a man more inclined to learn.

After this book is published and I have received my Doctor of Ministry, I will continue to read a few books a month for the rest of my life. And I will complete another 45 post-graduate credit hours to earn my Doctor of Philosophy. Beyond this, I might study law or medicine, or something else that will help me better understand government, society, or certain intriguing aspects of our physical universe. Hopefully, I’ll form a writing team and we’ll publish a hundred books or more. I’d like to learn classical piano and study new languages and learn how to communicate in sign language for the deaf. I certainly plan to study and experience God for the rest of my life! I want to know everything a human can know about Him before I head for Heaven.

I will never, ever stop learning. Neither should you. No matter your age, I pray that you will make a radical move toward learning, just like I did. Today, I hope my thirst for education inspires you just as much my real estate coach, Mike Ferry, inspired me. Maybe you’ll enroll in night classes at a community college. Maybe you’ll register for classes at a trade school or enroll in Bible college or law school. Maybe you’ll commit to some other fascinating field of study online. I do hope you start to up your game, and keep upping your game from today forward.

Really, who are we to brag in this 21st century compared to the legendary students of centuries past? Please consider John Welsey—the great evangelist from the First Great Awakening and founder of the Methodist church. In the course of his ministry, John Welsey “rose daily at 4 a.m., was preaching at 5 a.m. so working men could attend his services…traveled 225,000 miles, mostly on horseback, and preached over 50,000 sermons.” That’s 1,000 sermons per year for 50 years (or three per day)! Simultaneous with this preaching schedule, Welsey “wrote 233 books on all sorts of subjects, including some health remedies (Primitive Medicine, in use for almost 200 years) and one of the earliest texts on electricity!” He published “fifty volumes of theology called the Christian Library…a complete commentary on the whole Bible…composed hymns which live to this day.” John Welsey left behind him 750 preachers in England and 350 in America; 76,968 Methodists in England, and 57,621 in America.”2 We should be shocked to new life with biographies like this one.

A Few Great Quotes About Learning

  • I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. —Eartha Kitt
  • Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. —Abraham Lincoln
  • Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. —Henry Ford

Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven columns. She has prepared a great banquet, mixed the wines, and set the table. She has sent her servants to invite everyone to come. She calls out from the heights overlooking the city. “Come in with me,” she urges the simple. To those who lack good judgment, she says, “Come, eat my food, and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple [foolish] ways behind, and begin to live; learn how to use good judgment” [be wise]. —King Solomon (Proverbs 9:1-6)

Please meditate on this information throughout the day!

Your thoughts?

I just finished praying for you today. With much love…

Chuck Balsamo

Ps: Have you read the most recent Make Me A Legend book reviews on Amazon? WOW! Stop waiting, order your SIGNED copy on this website now!

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8 thoughts on “Are You Regressing, Maintaining, or Thrusting Forward Like A Rocket?

  1. Well, I got a break from what I will call a bipolar psychosis as if an angel told the racing thoughts to cease instaneously like someone flipping the light switch “off”. I do not know if this is temporary or permanent, but it does feel good to get a very much needed night of rest. Truly, sleep is a necessity in life, but not to be used as an excuse or remedy to escape reality.

    Without a doubt, some chose to use “worldly” remedies to cope with the stresses of life, and when these methods are exercised, he or she needs to ask him/herself two questions everyday:

    Who is God to me?
    What am I to God?

    In closing, I close with a recent FB post:

    “Sometimes being wise means taking the unpopular stand. Likewise, submission is like a huge pill to swallow but a necessity when we consider the fact that we are “beneficiaries” of His Will. This is when it helps to really consider the “terms and conditions” as well because we need to be in agreement with God” Christine Boyle

      • Truth be told, I love to write, but often struggle with putting my thoughts together because of the bipolar tendencies,daydreaming and other issues…and I didn’t really comprehend how gifted I was until after you’ve told me numberous times, “Christine, you write some powerful stuff”. It didn’t really sink in until my curiousity behooved me to ask my husband, is what I write really that good. He said yes. It was after that, that I kept responding to your blogs as best as I could and when I didn’t, my husband would inquire if I did. Then, he would ask me, what did Chuck say in response. Truly, I didn’t really realize how your internet ministry through this blog really helped me. And, in the biblical sense, I feel as though your ministry is a true example of the old bible story of where the Samaritans took the wounded to where Jesus was even if it meant removing a portion of the roof so that they could lower the the bed…as if they knew that if they move something the wrong way that it may make matters worse…so they left the wounded on the bed and lowered the bed as is…isnt the annointing the same way? doesnt God use the good and the bad experiences to make us a jewel? just thinking…just praising God in advance for what shall appear in the coming days.

  2. Great message, Chuck! I absolutely hate school, but I love to learn! Sounds weird, huh?! One good thing about writing and blogging, I’m always reading other people’s blogs and books. I’m learning so much, I love it! When God called me to write, I didn’t even know where to place a comma. I’m serious! I didn’t have the time, money, or desire to go back to school to learn, so I’ve had to refine my writing through reading and learning from others. I’m not even close to being a great writer yet, but I can see a huge improvement since I started 2 1/2 years ago. I pray I never lose that desire to continue learning. Thanks for the reminder. Have a super blessed day!:)

  3. To many people I may sound crazy, but I LOVE SCHOOL! I mean this year at school in doing crazy important exams, my GCSEs (Dont know what you call then in america!) and life is a bit manic, but I’m loving every second of it!

    I’m currently filling my head with music, Religious Education, history, media, maths, chemistry, biology and my two favourites, german and physics! Because I’m attending the Academy, top school in the town, I am recieving a top class education, which I think I sometimes take for granted.

    A lot of people at the school in my year aren’t even worried about getting back next year because most of them are farmers, and it’s a big family business here…they already have their whole careers planned out fir them. A lot of them time though while I’m studying I ts constanly on my mind that I am not doing enough to get through to some people in my year. It is scary to think that some if them may never be back and I have not told them the good news.

    I think another factor for my enthusiasm for learning has grown out of my current school. The most of my teachers are Christians and that helps me so much. It is not a Christian school as you would know it, but it is run by a Christian headmaster who knows everything about every single pupil and takes the time to care for all 1200 of us individually. Our Deputy Head is the loveliest man you will ever meet in your life, he teaches me physics and I think he is one of the reasons why I love the subject so much! Our teaching staff are world class..thy are such caring and probably overall hilarious people! We have junior, middle and senior school councils that consist of pupils from each of these sections of the school and through them, the voice of the pupil body is heard, and more importantly, things get done through them such as changes to the uniform, what is sold on the dining hall and changes made to particular subjects.

    I am proud to wear the royal red and blue tie and very proud to support the Braidmen in their famous rugby winnings. More schools should be like this, because the encouragement and dertermination I have now is not something I’ve always had. If every school was like Ballymena Academy we would have many more well educated people who enjoy studying and getting their head into a book!

    Sorry for the complete rant I have just imposed on you..but education, and a good education, is something I firmly believe everyone should have! I will never forget any of my teachers, and that is something to be said. Every past pupil I have spoken to who went to the school 20/30/40 years ago can recall nearly all their teachers…there’s something to be said about that.

    Everyone needs a top class education like mine, and everyone deserves to have it and fill their head with knowledge, but unfortunately not everyone can get easy access to it. Lets pray that not another soul loses the sight for Gods Will in their lives, whether they have a top class eductaion or not

    • Deborah, you have inspired me this morning. WOW, really… I’m more addicted to learning (and growing) than anyone will know. One of my biggest sadnesses is that time is running out on my life… and I can’t grow fast enough to accomplish all of my dreams. I pray for contentment, but I have a God-sized dream of CHANGING THE WORLD… It runs in my mind while I sleep… and when I wake, it is still with me.

      Dear God, we have the mind of Christ. I pray this morning, for every person who is craving for MORE… that you oh God would grant them the length of days and good health, and everything else they need to CARRY ON and finish strong!