Archive for July, 2010
Most of the difficulties we face in life can be made better by simply changing your thoughts. The scripture says that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness.
The enemy knows that if he wants to get you down and focusing on the negative all he has to do is get in your mind. All day long he’ll cause you to feel downcast. He wants to convince you that you’ll never make it, that trouble that you’re facing there is no way you can overcome it. He wants you to feel discouraged in your life. In fact, John 10:10 says that the enemy comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. But Jesus says that I’ve come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.
You see, the enemy wants to steal your Joy. He wants to steal your confidence. He wants to steal your dreams. But the word of God declares that you are Read More→
Part of optimistic thinking is learning to accept the unexpected. In fact, I believe that one of the biggest misconceptions about positive thinkers is that they expect only positive things to happen in life. The truth is that no matter what happens, having a positive mind-set is all about striving to view the current situation in the best possible light.
I love how they say hope for the best but expect the worst. So what happens when you wake up in the morning and that perfect day that you declared turns out to be seemingly the worst day possible? What happens when you don’t make the cut for that team that you trained and worked so hard for?
The hardest type of disappointment is the kind that takes us by surprise. So you didn’t get the advance that you were hoping for, will you crumble? Will you fall by the way-side?
In the future try to make a habit of preparing yourself for disappointments. I’m not saying that you should speak negative instances into your life, but just prepare yourself in advance.
When we were in grade school we had fire drills for our safety. They weren’t looking for a fire to happen or a tornado to come but they had to make sure we were prepared just in case. Experts even recommend that you put extra money into savings for a rainy day. You Read More→Share
I heard about this young couple that had recently gotten married. And the man noticed that every time his wife cooked the ham she cut the ends off of the ham. He thought that was kind of strange and wondered why she would waste the ham like that.
And one day while his wife was making the ham, he got his nerve up and said, “honey why do you cut the ends off of the ham?” She got kind of defensive and said, “Well, my mother made the best ham in the world and she always cut the ends off the ham.”
He said, “Well that’s fine… but do you know why she did it?” She said, “I have no idea.” He said “well can we call your mother?” She said, “sure!”
So they called her mother and he explained, “my wife’s cutting the ends of the ham off and she says she does it because you always did it. Can you tell me why you cut the ends of the ham off?”
And her mother got kind of defensive. She said, “well my mother made the best hams in all the world and she always cut the ends of her ham off.” He said, “Well that’s fine… but do you know why she did it?” She said, “I have no idea.” He said, “well can we call grandmother?” She said, “sure!”
So they called the grandmother and he explained that, “my wife cuts the ends of the ham off. She said she does it because your daughter did it – and your daughter said she does it because you do it - Grand-momma can you tell us why you cut the ends of your ham off?” She said, “Yeah, that’s easy – because my pan is too small.”
Are you stuck in a rut? Falling prey to tradition? Doing things because that’s the way it’s always been done?
Today, I dare you to think out of the box. Just because something has Read More→Share
The other day I was watching a National Geographic documentary on wolves. It turns out, that this very intelligent species of animals have a language of their own.
Often they hang in packs, therefore if you see one wolf chances are there’s another not too far away. Wolves have the awesome ability to tune into the howls of those in his own tribe. Even if there is another pack of wolves nearby, each wolf knows the call of his own.
Sometimes the alpha-male, the leader of the pack, will call out to all in his camp and signal them to assemble together.
He might communicate that it’s time to hunt prey. He may communicate that it’s feeding time. He might even signal that seasons are changing and it’s time to migrate south. Whatever he’s communicating, all the wolves in the pack know the call of their own.
They can filter out the howl of a nearby wolf who isn’t in their tribe. But they know to come running at the call of their own leader.
Like the wolves we should learn to tune into the voice of God. Stay true to your own – remain faithful. We should be reminded that we are the sons and daughters of the most high God. Therefore, when He calls we should hearken to His voice. He’s guiding us in the right direction.
Oftentimes the enemy may come and try to tempt you. He may try to throw Read More→Share
Often enough when faced with disappointments in life, we have a tendency to dwell on the upset. We find ourselves focusing on the way things look instead up pushing forth to overcome whatever upset we may be facing.
In the interim, you may find yourself tempted to get upset and discouraged. But just like the scripture says, God has your steps ordered today! Another scripture says that He’s the Alpha and the Omega – the beginning and the end.
The enemy may be plotting an attack but remember, if God be for you who dare be against you. Know that God is on your side and He has the last say so. You see, the enemy may be constantly coming at you with ways to get you to crumble. But there is nothing the enemy can do to offset the plan of God for your life.
If God promised you that job then it’s yours! If He promised you that beautiful house on a hill then it’s yours!
I don’t know many people who I can honestly say that their word is the end all be all. But fortunately with Christ, He does indeed have the last say so.
Jeremiah 1:5 says “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Know today that no matter what comes your way or how Read More→Share
Sometimes in life we have a tendency to tailor our personality to be the person that we think others would like us to be. Like a chameleon out in the wild, we’re able to adapt to our surroundings. I believe that this all stems from our need to fit in.
This can be a great trait to have to an extent. In fact salesman, have the awesome ability to conform to his prospects.
But what about that golden personality? What about the tailor-made personality that God has given you? Well you may say, “I’m shy, who would want to be shy?” No, I believe that if you’re shy, God made you shy for a reason. It may have been His ultimate plan that you make peace among people.
Maybe you have a tendency to be over the top with laughter, jokes, and fun. That’s okay. No need to change who you are. It’s healthy to laugh. I love how they say laughter is the best medicine. Someone may be having a down day and in need someone to make them laugh and cheer them up. If this role fits you then try going out of your way to make someone laugh today.
You see, it’s important to remember that people want to see the real you. When you first meet someone, you’re weeding out those who are drawn to you naturally and those who aren’t drawn to you naturally.
Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not. You’re only going to Read More→Share
One of the things that hold us back in life is the limiting beliefs that we hold against ourselves. We look at our circumstances and allow the way things look around us to hold us back from taking a step out on faith.
The truth is you are closer to your destination, you just don’t know it because you’re not taking action.
That dream home that you’ve been always wanting, you’re closer than you think to achieving that reality. That goal that you’ve been planning so long is just around the corner. That ideal body that you’ve been wanting to achieve is obtainable. You just have to go out of your way to make them come to pass.
Don’t look at your past. No, God doesn’t grant you favor based on your past. Don’t allow what seems to be a curse rob you of the destiny that God has for you. No, take a leap of faith today!
There’s a house out there with your name on it. Dare you claim it today! I dare you to call that real estate agent. You may be surprised at how much you have going for you. You may find that all this time you’ve been blinded because you’ve been focusing on what’s going against you.
That business that you’ve been wanting to start, why not get with a consultant today and map out a business plan? Maybe, you want to get in shape but you don’t know Read More→Share
I heard a story about these doctors that found a new way to treat patients with depression. Instead of using the traditional methods like just giving them medication, they started having their patients make positive declarations.
After doing this, they told how these patients had remarkable results. In fact, some of these patients were facing life threatening diseases and they didn’t feel like there was any hope.
The first thing the doctor would do is ask these patients, “has anyone ever survived this disease? Has anyone ever made it?” And of course the answer was always yes – and the doctor said, “well I want you to start saying, ‘I will be one of the ones to make it! I will be one of the ones to beat the odds!”
And they begin to do this day in and day out. “I’m getting better. I’m recovering. I’m going to make it.” And it’s amazing how many of them, not only came out of that depression, but many of them did make full physical recoveries!
..This story should inspire us in many ways to evaluate our state of mind. It speaks volumes on how our mind plays a big factor not only on our ability to accomplish goals or learn new things in life, but it is a big contributor to our state of well being.
I’m not saying that if you’re depressed to just simply “change your thoughts” and everything will be alright. (No, depression is a mental illness and should be treated with extreme care. If you have symptoms Read More→Share
You know, everything you do says a lot about you. Every job you perform speaks volumes about your work ethic, integrity, and how much you care about the work you put forth.
A wise man once said, “Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work in excellence.”
Whether you’re doing that personal do-it-yourself project around the house or braving that big presentation for the office, you should always give it your best shot. Put your best foot forward.
Speaking of the work place, most people have a tendency to put their best foot forward on the first day of work. They do their best to arrive on time or even ten minutes early. They dress their best. They do all they can to finish the assigned tasks with their best effort applied. They want to do their best to make the best impression.
But something happens over time. After a while, the ten minute early arrival time turns into just barely making it on time, or dragging their feet in the door. They lose the pep in their step. They don’t feel as much of an urge to make a great impression.
What happened? They’re showing their true colors. They’re showing others what type of work ethic they truly have. Does this sound like you?
If so, know that it’s never too late to get straight. Fix the root problem. Make a choice today to put your best foot forward. Don’t endeavor to just make that best Read More→Share