Avoid negative sources, people, places, things and habits. Believe in yourself. Consider things from every angle. Don’t give up and donate give in. Enjoy life today, yesterday is gone, tomorrow may never come. Family and friends are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches. Give more than you planned to. Hang on to your dreams. Ignore those who try to discourage you. Just do it! Keep trying no matter how hard it seemsâ€”it will get easier. Love selfless if u loves. Make it happen. Never lie, cheat or steal; always strike a fair deal. Open your eyes and see things as they really are. Practice makes perfect. Quitters never win, and winners never quit. Read, study and learn about everything important in your life. Stop procrastinating. Take control of your own destiny. Understand yourself to better understand others. Visualize it! Want it more than anything. X-celerate your efforts. You are unique of all God’s creations, nothing can replace you. Zero in on your target and go for it!
Ruth went to her mail box and there was only one letter. She picked it up and looked at it before opening, but then she looked at the envelope again. There was no stamp, no postmark, only her name and address.
“Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus…endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus… if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops…” ~ 2 Timothy 1:1-7
We are all too familiar with getting a hole in a sock. It’s common to children, youth, and even adults. It’s part of the journey of life along with the missing sock that gets sucked into the black hole of the watching machine, leaving behind an unwanted orphaned sock, forever abandoned. At least we can mend the hole in a sock and look forward to another cozy day together. But what do we do when we get a hole in our spirit?
A change of planes in LA, a stopover in Japan, and the tourist arrived in Singapore, like thousands before him. The flight was smooth, but the next part of the journey was a bit of a shock. “Marina Sands” the tourist requested. The taxi driver, accelerated into traffic, driving on a different side of the road behind a steering wheel positioned on a different side of the car. It seemed that drivers enjoyed honking horns incessantly and careening around corners. To the big visitor, jammed into a small back seat, the ride seemed chaotic and dangerous. A couple of times he felt he was going to die in a head-on collision.
Parents often question why youth no longer wish to do things with them outside the home. It almost seems that youth are embarrassed to be seen with their parents. Dr James Dobson explains one reason why…
I sometimes wonder if there is a place for grace in the church today? Churches get berated for “cheap grace.” But grace was anything but cheap. It was costly. it doesn’t matter if you are a youth that doesn’t know better, or a seasoned youth worker that should know better. We all fail and we all need grace. It is only through grace that anyone is saved.
“I want you to know that I haven’t always looked like this.
You see, there was a time when I was just clay. The Master came and He pounded me, and He pounded me so long and so hard. I said, “Let me alone; LET ME ALONE!” And He looked at me and He smiled and said, “Not yet.”