Sunday, August 31, 2008

Open up!

You know sometimes the Lord calls on us to let go of something in order to show our willingness to obey Him. Sacrifices are solely Old Testament stuff. He may call on us to do something to actively atone for our shortcomings. He may call on us to offer something, to give of ourselves when we think we have nothing to give! So when the Holy Spirit prompts you to give or give up something in His name then we must trust in His wisdom to know what is best. Don't ever hold on to anything so tightly that you can't be free to grasp God's hand!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Unconditional Love

An excerpt from Kristin Armstrong's book that is cool...

"We are not withholding our affection from you... As a fair exchange... open wide your hearts also. 2 Cor 6:12-13

When we are hurt it is a common reaction to be withholding. Parenting experts say the worst thing a parent can do is regress to a childlike state and punitively withhold affection in response to a child's behavior.

A child's heart grows properly when tended to with unconditional love. Affection does not depend on behavior, mood, or circumstance. Being pleasing does not equate to being lovable!

Open wide your heart--I would love to walk in

Friday, August 15, 2008

Ok college kids, before school starts...

Reasons to succeed Surround yourself with reminders of the reasons you have chosen to do the work you do. Keep the thoughts of those reasons foremost in your mind.
Achievement never happens for its own sake. Achievement is built when there are solid, meaningful reasons behind it.
The only enduring impediment to success is the lack of a reason for that success. Connect with a good reason, keep that connection strong, and you will find your way through whatever challenges you encounter.
When you have a reason, you have a stake in the outcome. When you have a reason, you're able to summon the discipline, commitment, persistence and creativity necessary to get the job done.
The best motivation is not to be found in some sophisticated secret technique or procedure. The best motivation is to constantly keep yourself in contact with your reasons.
Give yourself plenty of reasons to succeed. And you most assuredly will.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Lucky with friends...

I had a great friend in high school that taught me a valuable lesson. He was really popular in school and normally the popular kids are snobs. He was the farthest thing from a snob. He was friends with anyone and everyone. He told me that "everyone could use another friend, but no one can use another enemy." Awesome philosophy. So don't be a hater to the poor, or the ugly, or the whatever you want to categorize a person. Everyone is a potential friend. Everyone is a potential noboby or even enemy too. I choose to live my life wanting more friends, don't care who you are!