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Living Intentionally

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. Matthew 25:13 (NIV)

Having good intentions does not mean you are intentional. If you knew that your days were limited, you would become much more intentional with your time and resources. You would have more clarity about your priorities and what you needed to do to get everything done.

Jesus tells a parable along this line in His final days before His death. You can read it in Matthew 25:1-13. Though our marriage customs are different today, the point of the parable remains constant. It’s foolish to wait until the last minute to be prepared. Yet, how many times have I been guilty of doing just that? I tend to put off the things that are most important to me. Why is that? Continue reading “Living Intentionally” »

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Discovery Your Spiritual Gifts

“When I stand before God at the end of my life,

I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left,

and could say, ‘I used everything You gave me.’”

Erma Bombeck

Are you as grateful as I am that a GPS – Global Positioning System – has become available for in-car use? I don’t know how I found my way without one. But, a GPS isn’t just for navigating between geographic locations. It represents a great way to consider what God has instilled in us to help us find the road to an abundant life. As we explored yesterday, our individual identity and unique purpose go hand in hand. If we want to know what we’re called to pursue in this life, then we must look at how God created us. We must be willing to activate the GPS that our Creator has installed in us. If we’re going to find our way through the many circumstances and choices of life, we must be willing to use three crucial resources: our Gifts, our Passions, and our Struggles. Continue reading “Discovery Your Spiritual Gifts” »

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Discovering Your Real Identity

There lives in each of us a hero awaiting the call to action. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Ever wonder why you matter to God? In one of his poems that we know as the Psalms, David reveals that he had the same question. “When I look up into the night skies and see the work of Your fingers – the moon and the stars You have made – I cannot understand how You can bother with mere puny man, to pay any attention to him!  And yet You have made him only a little lower than the angels.” (Psalm 8:3-5, TLB). Here’s a very important person of his time, a man who God selected from obscurity and anointed as the king of Israel, wondering why God made him. Basically, David said, God, when I look at all that You’ve created, I feel like just a speck of dust. Who am I and what is my place, what is my location, my niche, my position in the grand plan of life? Who have You created me to be?”
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Communicating from Your Heart

Say what you want to say when you have the feeling and the chance. My deepest regrets are the things I did not do, the opportunities missed and the things unsaid.
- Saint Arthanasius

Someone once observed, “Communication is not what I say, it’s what you hear me say.” Experts tell us that 80 percent of all communication is nonverbal: facial expressions, hand gestures, body language. So, when we talk to someone on the phone, we’re only expressing about 20 percent of what we’re trying to convey. Continue reading “Communicating from Your Heart” »

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An Attitude of Gratitude

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. Thornton Wilder

We talk about gratitude a lot in our culture, but we find it difficult to practice. The consumer mindset, instilled by media and advertising, combined with our human tendency to compare, leaves us coming up short. We’re told – and, often, believe – that what we have isn’t enough.  We’re conditioned to automatically accept that the next electronic gadget, the next pair of designer shoes, the next tropical vacation, or the next romantic relationship will fulfill us. But, material goods, exciting experiences, and other people can never quench the spiritual thirst in our lives.

Only God can slake our deepest thirst with His living water. Cicero wisely observed, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” When we are thankful, we become content and full of the peace that only He can provide. Focusing on how grateful we are for what we have prevents us from becoming bitter and greedy for more. Continue reading “An Attitude of Gratitude” »