Thomas McGreevy

You Will Have Trouble

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“After the beheading, William Wallace’s body was torn to pieces. His head was placed on top of London Bridge, his arms and legs sent to the four corners of Britain as a warning. It did not have the effect that Longshanks planned.” – Robert the Bruce (Braveheart) Have you ever woken up in the morning and just felt the weight of resistance against you… that feeling that you just don’t want to get up and face another day?  Have you ever looked at the burden of the responsibilities that are…read more

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There is a Third Option

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You have a choice… you can work hard to become really good at operating within the system, or you can just acquiesce and live a life of resignation.  That is the paradigm that most of us live with.  Some of us go and push really hard to be good… good at the system.  The system could be religious or corporate or any other system that we are trying to navigate to make something of ourselves.  Others can’t stomach the system so they have given themselves over to a life of resignation…read more

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The system is killing you

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“Almost our whole education has been directed to silencing this shy, persistent, inner voice.” – C.S. Lewis Much of what you were taught growing up about what you are supposed to do in life is keeping you imprisoned.  Most of it pretends to be morality but it is really the art of silencing your heart.  If you think about what you really want, that something that burns deep within you, you’ll quickly realize that the system has no place for it.  That’s probably why you’ve had such trouble understanding what…read more

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Do the Scary Part

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Bob Sutton is a professor at the Stanford Engineering School and a well-known author who has written on the topics of management and leadership.  I took a class taught by Bob over the last few months.  He made the point that there are two significant pieces to innovation; creativity and implementation.  As it turns out, there is rarely a lack of good ideas (the creative part).  What sets successful innovations apart is the fact that someone went through the scary process of bringing them to the world and implementing them….read more

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Yield to God

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That’s what we’re supposed to do right?  I have to admit… my heart sinks.  For me, this has always meant that I’ll have to let go of my dreams, that I am resigned to a life of duty and obligation, that I’ll have to buckle down and try to love all the things in my life that make me feel trapped.  The truth is that when we refuse to yield to him we head down a path that traps us in the very small stories that most of us live in.  If…read more

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That Is No Trinket You Carry

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Today is one of those grey days, lacking much evidence of the life we were created for.  As I ponder this I realize how often I find myself waiting for some form of life to come bursting on the scene.  I find myself disappointed by the daily drudgery, and then it occurs to me.  Jesus came that we might have life and have it to the fullest.  So where is that life?  Where does he deposit that life?  Where can you find it in this world?  In us!  Astounding! “Whoever…read more

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Slugging It Out

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Your stuff… you know, the stuff you were meant to bring to the world, the stuff God entrusted to you… it isn’t ready yet.  It isn’t as good as it was meant to be.  It isn’t what you want it to be.  It needs to be refined and perfected, and the only way that happens is by offering it as if it were ready.  The key to getting there is slugging it out through years of offering a work in progress.  That’s you, a work in progress.  The scary part…read more

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Your Question

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Every human being has a nagging question buried deep within them, and most of what we do is an attempt to get an answer.  The question?  “Can I ever be the person that I long to be?” or put another way, “Can I ever become the person I know in my heart I was created to be?”  Here are some of the answers that we have settled for; “No, that person you wish you were is a childish dream.” “No, but you’re doing pretty well considering what you’ve been through. …read more

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