Article Moving Forward With Hope

Do you see yourself as a failure? Does it seem like everything you do turns out wrong? Do you worry that it will always be this way?  John Maxwell writes in his book “Failing Forward”, “The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.” Have you ever considered the distance between failure and success? Write those two words on a whiteboard, a scrap of paper or in your notebook. Draw a line between the two words. Now, define what complete success means to you; not to anyone else but just TO YOU. When you look at the length of the line, do you define failure as anything less than complete success?

In a line from the movie Princess Bride, Miracle Max says “It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive.” Success is like that. You can decide that you are able to reach success by defining it as something within reach, and failure is at the bottom.  Visualize your level of success, are you partly there? Are you getting there? We all need to have high standards for our lives but not set so high and judged so rigorously that we can never reach our goals.  In the Bible, Jeremiah 29:11 says; “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Write “Hope” above success and focus on reaching that point.

Are Your Habits Healthy?


Are Your Habits Healthy?
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Good habits add to us, unhealthy habits steal from us?”
Here is something to consider; if you get busy making new good habits, you may find that you don’t have time for the old “bad” ones. First of all you have to think about all of the things you do and define what you think is a good habit. Then, exercise that habit, feed it and encourage it to grow.
For example, what about eating: instead of denying yourself, if you stay focused on preparing and eating tasty, healthy foods, you don’t have time to think about “junk” foods that add nothing to your body but calories. Almost every magazine or newspaper has an article on what foods are good for you, suggestions on how much to eat and often recipes. Remember a complicated recipe can actually help burn calories!
For example, what about smoking: if you keep busy and active, you will naturally have less time to use for that activity. Consider keeping your focus on helping others and sharing your blessings. You will save money from not smoking a couple cigarettes each day and gain self-esteem by reaching out to lift up the needy.
Maybe you have found that your spiritual house is unhealthy. Have you let attending church, praying, and listening to God slide off your list of priorities? Are other activities eating up a lot of your time, causing you to walk away from your faith? The medical community agrees that folks with a spiritual connection and happy attitudes are often healthier. A good habit to work on might be to connect with your church and reach out to help others. Remember that a few good habits will add much to your life.

Jesus Saves…everyone?


This morning I am working on a few summery things. There are bills to budget, a class to plan, a sermon to study for and a story to finish. My white board is filled with thoughts and ideas and plans and stuffffffff. I get thngs done by prioritizing, and then shuffling thoughts into catagories of accomplishment/set-aside/drop off my desk. Some things I want to do, won’t get done. That reminds me that Jesus didn’t use a white board to set priorities for saving and healing. He opened His arms and accepted all people, not just His inner circle of friends and disciples.He asked John to baptize Him when John said he wasn’t worthy. He reached out through the surrounding crowd to heal a woman who could hardly touch the hem of His clothes. He healed the Outsiders who were unsure that God could love even them. Jesus reaches out to you (right now) to heal you, not to throw you on a white board and prioritize you. You do not need to be a member of a church or a religious group. He died for all, not just some special people.That is a warm and summery thought for me.

Is Your Umbrella Insideout?


 

Do You Feel Winter In Your Soul?
Can you hear the wind blowing through the cracks around the door and see the clouds outside the window scudding across the sky? Winter is coming, that’s for sure. Sometimes I kind of dread winter, how about you? The days are so short and dark and it’s hard to be warm. Snow is certain to fall soon and spring seems far away.

There are times in our lives when it feels like winter has overcome us. There is a pervasive cold somewhere deep down inside your soul. Perhaps you have been struggling with winter in your life.  Maybe someone taken away from you too young or just too early. Perhaps it is your health that troubles you, perhaps it causes you to worry and grieve. Maybe it is a lost job or home. Joyce Meyer recently wrote: “Worry is like a rocking chair. It is always in motion, but not going anywhere.”

That is so true. Often we really need to find a way to refocus our vision on something a little further away but it seems just too hard to do that. Be determined; hunker down and put your shoulder against that problem. Try to think about it in a whole new way and give it a good nudge to see if you can move it. Ask the Lord to give you a hand. Scripture says “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13. Trust in the Lord and give it everything you have, there is nothing in this life that He cannot handle. Don’t hold back. Have faith, pray, place your life in His hands and watch for the answer patiently. He’s listening!

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Living a life of Joyfulness


I have found that in my life those people who are truly happy are those who are not constantly focussed on their own trials and tribulations but looking outward trying to solve issues in the world around them.

There is, of course, a balance that we have to strike between looking within and watching without ourselves. Listening, constantly listening to the voice that prompts moral behavior and direction makes life a cleaner safer place.

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