Thomas McGreevy

Hungry? Take Action!

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Sometimes I am shocked at my appetite.  There are times when I just can’t seem to get enough of just about anything.  My desire to consume can be insatiable.  I’ll find myself overeating or going for another drink as if I’m feeding a ravenous monster.  Like any person trying to get control of some vice I’ll go through cycles of better control and then relapse.  People often talk about willpower when it comes to controlling your vices.  They are usually referring to a person’s ability to exercise control over their will.  If you’re…read more

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Get in the Ring

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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the…read more

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Leave the Religious System Behind

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Why is it that so many people find religion irresistible?  How do we end up becoming so dependent on the system that we choose?  I think it has to do with how uncomfortable we are with the unknown.  Let’s consider the definition currently listed in the Wikipedia entry for “Religion”.                 “a collection of cultural systems, belief systems, and worldviews that establishes symbols that relate humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values.”  (Clifford Geertz, Religion as a        Cultural System, 1973) What we seek is a system that will relate…read more

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Your Heart is Good

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We need to stop questioning and second guessing ourselves and begin living out of our hearts.  That is where our Lord dwells.  That is where we love and believe.  That is where we see things as they really are.  If you’re like me you spend a lot of time thinking and analyzing life in an attempt to determine how you might achieve good results in the future.  Jesus never called us to this sort of approach.  He called us to listen for his voice and to follow him.  Most of…read more

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The Open Sea is Calling

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Our absolute autonomy might be the scariest thing about life.  It’s one of the reasons we constrain ourselves with dogma and culture, so we don’t have to steer our ship in this world, so we don’t have to choose a direction and set out.  I remember visiting a local amusement park when I was a kid.  One of my favorite rides was called the Log Ride.  It was a kind of water roller coaster.  You sat in a small log-shaped boat and floated through a series of manmade water channels. …read more

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Kids Day

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When my siblings and I were young there was a question that we used to ask my parents on every mother’s day and every father’s day.  We used to ask, “when is kids day”.  My parents would always answer, “every day is kids day”.  Now that I am a parent I realize that they were right. I think God is going to say something like that to us some day… indicating that he has made every provision for our health and nourishment and exploration of the world.  Everything has been…read more

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You Don’t Have Much Time

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“In every work of genius, we recognize our once rejected thoughts.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson   So maybe the only difference between a genius and the rest of us is the fact that the genius went and did the work to make something happen.  What thoughts do you have that you are tempted to reject?  Are you going to wait until someone else does the work?  Are you going to recognize your rejected thoughts in someone else’s courageous and brilliant work or are you going to be the one who…read more

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A Different Kind of Test

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I heard the person in the cubicle next to mine arguing with her teenage daughter about studying for an important test that was coming up.  It brought me right back to when I was in high school when I used to get the same lectures about taking responsibility for myself and disciplining myself so I could arrange for my future.  I realize that discipline is important and a necessary component of any successful person’s life.  However, none of my teachers ever told me that the real gold was inside me…read more

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Unbelievers

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As you endeavor to find your life’s work and give it to the world, you are going to encounter unbelievers.  These are people that don’t understand your work or do not have eyes to see the value that you deliver.  Unbelievers can make it very difficult to follow your calling.  They can take the power out of your gift.  Jesus Christ himself encountered these people.  There were certain areas where He was not able to do miracles because the people did not believe in Him.  His home town was one of…read more

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You Can Defy the Laws of Nature

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Since I am an engineer I often look at the world through a scientific lense.  Many people have been led to believe that such a perspective is the antithesis of faith, but actually the opposite is true if you’ve got the courage to accept it.  Anyway, allow me to rant with my engineering hat on.  The world is filled with inputs.  There is almost no limit to the number and variety of stimuli in this world.  The world is also filled with processes that are going on constantly.  Those processes take…read more

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