Need encouragement? Feel stuck in an area of your life? Not much of a reader? I'm pretty sure that I just wrote the perfect book for you! It's a little (power packed) book that I believe can make a big difference in your life. The title of the book is, "Momentum: How To Keep Moving Forward When Life Seems Stuck." It is currently available on kindle (click here) or you can pick it up at each of our campuses beginning this weekend. Within the pages of this little book, I share 5 thoughts that can transform your life and help you get unstuck no matter you may be facing! Below is the introduction, enjoy!
The Chinese Finger Trap
The brilliant Albert Einstein once said: “I don’t believe in combs.” (I kid, I kid. Although he must have been, right? Have you seen his hair?)
What he really said was:
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
We all have childhood memories of places we’ve gone on vacation, friends we’ve enjoyed hanging out with, and toys that provided countless hours of fun.
Some of my favorites included Nerf basketball, Atari, Operation, UNO, and G.I. Joe, to name a few. All of those toys were great, but looking back I can only think of one toy that I couldn’t put down, not because it was fun, but because it was so frustrating!
The toy was called the Chinese finger trap, and if you’ve never played with one before, shame on your parents for depriving you!
The Chinese finger trap - pictured on the front of this book - is simple. You place one finger into either end of this oversized, woven tootsie roll and attempt to remove them. When you start to pull away you suddenly realize that you’re trapped!
Funny how this little toy can cause a child, specifically yours truly, an irrational fear of having imprisoned, non-functioning fingers for the rest of his life.
The harder you pull back, the tighter the trap gets. And the tighter the trap gets the more you want to pull back! As a kid I experienced real moments of panic when I first started playing with this thing, wondering just what life would be like living with only eight fingers!
It was only a few years ago that I was studying for a message series on building holy momentum into your life when the Holy Spirit spoke to me in one of those oddly divine moments. I wasn’t quite sure what a Far East-inspired party favor had to do with living a momentum filled life. Then it hit me:
Momentum is all about movement.
The only way to get free from the Chinese finger trap is the only way to get free from whatever may be holding you back.
You have to push forward.
You can’t keep doing the same things over and over again and expect a different outcome. That’s what Einstein called “insanity,” remember?
This simple, yet powerful reminder was emblazoned in my heart in that moment, and it has stuck with me ever since.
Within the rest of the pages of this little book we’ll explore what this idea means because I believe it can make a huge difference in your life.
If you want to experience the freedom and life only God can offer through your one and only life, keep pressing on and never give up!