June 25, 2016

We become leaders of integrity when we learn to serve without concern for recognition. (Scott Morton, fund-raiser, author)

Entrepreneurs who want to be leaders can be energized by a number of incentives. Some try to create a profit-making enterprise by introducing a new means of production or a unique strategy. Others may be motivated by ambition and self promotion. Respected leaders, as Morton suggests, however, are more concerned about their contribution to society’s benefit.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves (Philippians 2:3).

June 24, 2016

Setbacks are just temporary timeouts that let you catch your breath and regroup so you can bring your A game to life. (Shonn Scott, motivational speaker)

Many would probably like to live a life of ease, one filled with happy experiences and no hindrances or obstacles. But as we mature, we learn that life is not like that. When difficulties arise, you have to take the time to evaluate the situation and determine a strategy to overcome the setback. That regrouping time is invaluable for future success.

God: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore . . .  I delight in weaknesses . . . in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

June 23, 2016

Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here. (Marianne Williamson, author and lecturer)

Children raised in a loving home learn very early what it is to be loved. They are constantly shown love in word and action. Children learn quickly to respond in loving words, too. As to fear, our experience might be different from Williamson’s. Little children express fear quite naturally, it seems, but the loving care of good parents will help to lessen that fear.

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe (Proverbs 29:25).

June 22, 2016

Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real. (Iris Murdoch, 20th century Irish author and philosopher)

Parents come to realize very quickly that their young children are very self-aware but seem almost completely unaware that anyone else really exists—except as a resource to provide for their needs and wants. It takes a measure of maturity to realize that others are important, and that realization may not be fully appreciated until you discover love.

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law (Romans 13:8).

June 21, 2016

Delayed obedience is disobedience.

When he heard this axiom, a father said that he knew he had found a principle to use with his children. It’s a  notion that we all would do well to remember and pay attention to. Too often we think, “I’ll do it later”; but too often “later” never becomes the right time. Prompt obedience will please those we are responsible to, and it will give us a great sense of peace.

I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands (Psalm 119:60).

June 20, 2016

The more you practice, the luckier you get. (Ray Floyd, professional golfer)

Like any athlete, no doubt, Floyd has discovered the importance of practice. Is practice really related to luck? Some people think that “practice makes perfect.” In reality, of course, poor practice does not help a lot. In fact, in that case, too often  practice makes permanent. Be sure to practice but practice carefully and don’t trust in luck.

Be prepared in season and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2).

June 19, 2016

Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. (Winston Churchill, former British prime minister and author)

After diligent preparation and hard work, it’s sometimes difficult for a person who has achieved some worthy accomplishment to realize that such an effort is only one step forward. Success in one endeavor is not the end. There is always more to do. Likewise, if you don’t succeed in one area, again, it’s not the end. You must move on with courage.

[The Lord] holds success in store for the upright (Proverbs 2:7). Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong (1 Corinthians 16:13).

June 18, 2016

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. (Coco Chanel, 20th century French fashion designer)

Have you ever found it difficult to express your views in a lively discussion on, say, politics or religion? Do you feel intimidated by the intelligent and well-expressed opinions of others? In circumstances like that, it may be difficult to say what you think, but the courageous expression of what you believe to be true needs to be shared with others.

There is a time for everything . . . a time to be silent and a time to speak (Ecclesiastes 31, 7).

June 17, 2016

When you are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger. (Epictetus, 1st & 2nd century Greek Stoic philosopher)

When you see someone’s evil deeds and failings, does it make you angry? Perhaps it should. We ought to be angry when people are hurt by the hateful words and actions of others. But, such events should cause us to examine our own hearts and lives, too. Are we guilty, also, of hurting others, intentionally or accidently?

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. . . . Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? (Matthew 7:1, 3).

June 16, 2016

Books are like people in that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them. (Emma Thompson, British actress and writer)

Isn’t it strange how people turn up at unexpected times and you discover a relationship that you had forgotten? Similarly, you may suddenly recall a passage from a book you’ve read that is just what you need. This will be especially true if you memorize passages of the Bible. You will often find them coming to mind at just the time you need their truth.

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you (Psalm 119:11).