Strong Finish

Athletes seek improvement
To gain their victory
And you too can aim
For a high trajectory.

With positive values
And being determined
By gaining inspiration
From a great sermon.

Always encouraged
With devout themes
To provide a path
Beyond your dreams.

Giving a mission
With planned out timelines
Which are so important
To meeting deadlines.

The end approaches
And all effort is spent
Like getting the best time
At a sporting event.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 02-22-2018
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Step Ahead with a Plan

When you look back on life,
Be able to say
I gave it my all
I followed the best way.

To step ahead,
There needs to be a plan
With a passion
To be all I can.

Create a list of dreams
To use as the blueprint
In building plans
Ahead of the sprint.

Match values to the plan,
Take inventory,
And evaluate
For God’s glory.

Map it out in the mind
To make history
Like an athlete
Plans for victory.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 02-15-2018
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Visualize

The mind has to
See it … believe it
And plan out the steps
To achieve it.

Many great athletes
Practice with thoughts
Before they compete
And give it all they got.

The batter in baseball
Will visualize
As the pitcher’s arm
Begins to arise.

Seeing the ball released
Towards home plate
Thinking will it curve
Or will it go straight?

The hitter strides
And the bat comes around
To hit the ball solid
With such a sweet sound.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 02-08-2018

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Higher Power

The thing about sports
Is that aims are defined
Everyone on the team
Has their goal aligned.

In football, it’s
Getting the ball
Across the goal line
Before one does fall.

In sports and in life,
There are keys to success
And it all starts
By having a process.

Doing your best
At all times because
You are working
For the greatest cause.

Firmly believing
That your finest hour
Your greatest fulfillment
Is accepting the Higher Power.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 02-01-2018
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Flourish with Purpose

In the journey of life,
Unfortunately
Good doesn’t happen
Magically
But is a result
Of a request
And commitment
To doing our best.

A lot of times
The things we sought
Turn out not as good
As we first thought.
And things we didn’t
Think would be useful
End up being what’s
Really good and crucial.

To get all we
Need to flourish,
The things of God
Are what we should cherish.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 01-25-2018


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Prayer and Devotion

The opportunity
To be all you can be
Is right before you
If you get on a knee.

Beginning each day
With a prayer from the heart
To plan … think … decide
A new thing to start.

Listing all your dreams
In your mind as you think
And adding more dreams
To stay in sync.

Reaching for the stars
Can be a threat
But not reaching
Could lead to regret.

So reach up high
To the ONE you can rely
To the ONE who provides
And always guides.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 01-18-2018
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Discoveries

Think of all the
Great discoveries
Made over the years
In various academies.

Many made by accident
By those who related
The unrelated
And just waited.

Taking objects,
Ideas, an asset
To meet various needs
That have not yet been met.

Objects unrelated
In previous years
Now linked together
Through blood, sweat, and tears.

By imagination
Planted as a seed
To grow for a purpose
And meet some need.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 01-11-2018
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The Journey

You seek to go further
To places not dreamed of yet
With a hope … a wish
And willing to sweat.

All that is required
Is a mission
A clear vision
With ambition.

For you have unique
Talents … abilities
Out – and – out potential
With possibilities.

So take in knowledge
About whatever
Be it art or science
And put it together.

With new thoughts that fill
Your mind even more
And new discoveries
Never dreamed of before.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 01-04-2018
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Think Big

A seed was planted
A long time ago
And during the spring
A flower did grow.

Over the years
More flowers grew
Until one day
I saw this view.

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The moral is
To always dream
And have a passion
Toward the extreme.

Even if it’s small,
It can grow bigger
With Just one idea
That acts as the trigger.

So explore … discover
This New Year my friends
And sail away
With the trade winds.

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Poem by Mark Shields – © 12-29-2017

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The Gift That Keeps Giving

Because of God’s gift of Jesus, grace keeps on flowing from day to day; from year to year; from generation to generation. If you or someone you know has not received this gift, here is a link for instructions to accept the gift that is useful for a lifetime and beyond: God’s Plan for Us.

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