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Want a better life?

Brad Stanton —  September 19, 2014 — Leave a comment

HolySpiritPowerfulIn U“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”- Eckhart Tolle

You can have a happier, more successful, more powerful life starting today. Do you believe it? Jesus said “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23

If you say affirmations out loud every day, you will feel much better. Try saying these every day, or many times a day.

I am blessed. I am loved. I’m equipped and anointed.

The king of the universe loves me and has a fantastic plan for my life.

I’m a conqueror and victorious. Romans 8:37

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

I’m a champion, a winner.

Go 24 hours without complaining or criticizing. Be especially careful not to allow your self-talk to criticize yourself. Why is it that many people realize they shouldn’t bully other people, but they bully themselves?

One thing that has made me a lot happier is to thank God for blessings in the morning as I get out of bed and get ready to go to work. Then on the drive to work I continue. It makes me happy and sets the direction for the day.

More about affirmations here.

Contentment

Brad Stanton —  September 16, 2014 — 1 Comment

“He who is happiest is he who is content…” ~Benjamin Franklin

Happiness

Happiness (Photo credit: baejaar)

A wise man said to his friend “Every time I see you, you are running around in a hurry. What are you running after?”

The man answered quickly “Success, money and the rewards of my hard work.”

The wise man said “That would make sense if you assumed all those things are ahead of you, but what if all those things were behind you, and the faster you run, the more difficult it is for those things to catch up to you?”

We all run after something. What are you running after?  Are you running after money, a beautiful house, a person, a position in your company, a degree, a relationship, a better relationship with loved ones? There is nothing wrong with these things, but they won’t fully satisfy you unless you learn to be content.

A writer found an old list of goals he had set for himself. He had written many books and spoke regularly to large groups of people. He was surprised that he had accomplished every one of his goals so quickly. But as he continued to think about it, he was also surprised that he was not more content with what he had. Many people expect outward circumstances to fulfill their inner happiness. Instead of constantly running, take some time to rest and enjoy what you have.

Many very successful people who train others for success say that one of the best things you can do to achieve more success is to enjoy what you already have and be thankful. You reap what you sow, if you think about happy things you will sow more happy things. Being grateful is one way of keeping happy thoughts in your mind. Happy thoughts can’t be in your mind at the same time as sad thoughts. The best way to push sad, angry or any other undesirable thoughts out of your mind is to think about happy thoughts.

Sometimes I count my blessings in my mind, sometimes I write out a list of things I am grateful for, but either way, I always feel happier after I do it.

Here in the USA, we have a holiday for being grateful. We call it “Thanksgiving.” People get together with family, eat turkey and other delicious food, and have fun.

Enjoy where you are instead of where you want to be, it will make you stronger and more likely to achieve your goals.

7 steps to success

Brad Stanton —  August 31, 2014 — 1 Comment

successful give upIn the book Law of Success by Napoleon Hill, (and also Think and Grow Rich) the author lists 6 steps to success. I added step 7 and 8 to his 6 steps. Over many years, Hill studied hundreds of people who had achieved what they considered to be success in their lives. His books still sell today, even though they were written many years ago. You can get the free ebook Law of Success here.

1. Fix in your mind the exact goal you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say, “I want success.” Be definite as to what that means to you. (There is a psychological reason for definiteness which was described in earlier posts).

2. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the goal you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.”)

3. Establish a definite plan date when you intend to possess the goal you desire.

4. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.

5. Write out a clear, concise statement of what you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for it, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to achieve it.

6. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before sleeping at night, and once after arising in the morning. AS YOU READ–—SEE AND FEEL AND BELIEVE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE GOAL. Notice it says you must FEEL the good feelings of achieving your goal. I can’t overemphasize this point. If you don’t feel it, you probably won’t achieve your goals if the going gets really tough.

7. Jesus said more than three dozen times that faith is the key to answered prayer. Pray for your goal. Believe that you have received it, even before you see it appear in your life.

8. If the date arrives and you have not accomplished your goal, think of different ways that you can accomplish your goal. Don’t give up. Read or listen to books and lectures that motivate you to keep striving for your goal. Most people have to do this daily.

Jack Canfield tried 144 different publishing companies before finding one that agreed to publish his enormously successful “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series of books. He suggests trying five different things every day to accomplish your goals. He has sold over 155 million books in many languages.

It is important that you follow the instructions described in these steps. It is especially important that you observe, and follow the instructions in the sixth paragraph. You may complain that it is impossible for you to “see yourself in possession of a goal” before you actually have it. Here is where a BURNING DESIRE will come to your aid. If you truly DESIRE something so keenly that your desire is an obsession, you will have no difficulty in convincing yourself that you will acquire it. It is critically important that you are clear about what you want, and to become so determined to have it that you CONVINCE yourself you will have it.


No matter how bad things seem, there is always hope for tomorrow.

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waltonChristians and atheists both believe in the power of faith.

Back when there was an East and West Germany, East Germany had the highest number of Olympic gold medals per capita. They had secrets they used to train the athletes. Basically, they built the athletes faith. Every knows that if you really believe you will win the prize, you are more motivated to work hard for it. A person who believes they have no chance of winning a gold medal, or even a bronze, will not work hard to train for the Olympics. I don’t feel I have any chance of winning a gold, so I don’t even try. But give someone faith that they can win the gold, and they will work very hard.

If a person really believes (has faith) he can succeed, he is more willing to work hard to achieve the goal, no matter what it is. He has to really love the idea of winning also. So you can say faith and love are two of the keys necessary.

What does this have to do with happiness?

Everyone has goals and dreams in life. Many decide they will set very low goals because they don’t have the faith to try for bigger goals. Most people who don’t enjoy life don’t realize that they lack happiness because they have allowed negative thinking in their minds for years. Fear, anger, guilt, depression are all negative thinking. All unhappy thoughts fall into those four categories. For example, worry is a kind of fear. Frustration is a mild form of anger. All of these negative emotions cause toxic chemicals to be pumped into the bloodstream.

Programed to see the negative

It has been said that the mind can made a hell out of a heaven and a heaven out of hell. That means a person can be in very good circumstances, but they feel they are in bad circumstances. A man had a great job, but wasn’t grateful for it and hated it, later he lost his job. A woman had a good husband, but was not grateful for him and later lost him because she separated from him to teach him a lesson and he never came back to her.

Renew your mind

“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind…”

(Romans 12:2, AMP)

People can reprogram their minds to focus on the positive, happy things in life. If they are with a complainer they can leave or gently tell the complainer that talk like that isn’t helpful for happiness. They can quit being overwhelmed by negative stories in the news. It is good to be informed  but not inundated with negative stories.

One of the most powerful things to do is to think about things you are grateful for first thing in the morning. It sets the mood for the entire day. if you feel yourself losing joy, just count your blessings again. Thank God for all the good things you have, they outweigh the bad a hundredfold.

Dog jokes

Brad Stanton —  July 30, 2014 — 1 Comment

from old computer 825smallA man was passing through a small town and decided to stop for a soft drink. He parked and got out of his car. In front of the store was a girl, about 8 or 10 years old and a dog. The man was impressed by the dog and asked

“Sweetie, does your dog bite?”

“No, my dog doesn’t bite, mister.” the girl said.

The man reached down to pet the dog and suddenly the dog lunged and bit his hand.

“I thought you said your dog doesn’t bite!” the man cried out.

“That’s not my dog” the girl answered.

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It was summertime and a man walked past several boys with a dog. “What are you boys doing?” he asked.

“We are competing to see who wins this dog as a prize. Whoever tells the biggest lie gets to keep the dog.” One of the boys said.

The man was shocked at the morals of these young boys, competing to see who could tell the biggest lie. He decided he would do his good deed for the day and encourage them to find a more honest way to compete for the dog.

“Boys, it’s not a good idea to tell lies. Why, when I was a boy I became a Christian at an early age and I didn’t tell lies after that. In fact, I was so blessed by the Lord that I became a preacher.” He talked and talked, going on and on about how bad it is to lie and how he didn’t do that kind of thing. Eventually he paused to see if he had any effect on the boys. They were staring at him with strange expressions on their faces.

“OK, give him the dog. None of us can tell that big of a lie!” one of the boys said.

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Don’t give up now!

Brad Stanton —  July 27, 2014 — 3 Comments

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Success

A man who studied 500 of the most successful people in the world wrote a number of books about his findings. One idea that he stresses in his writing is:

“One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. Every person is guilty of this mistake at one time or another.” 1

They struck gold

A man named Darby lived during the gold-rush days of the west in the USA and moved to an area where many were finding gold. He searched for weeks and finally found  gold. He covered up the mine and went back east to raise money from friends and relatives so that he could buy the equipment he needed to mine the gold. Because he was so enthusiastic, many agreed to invest money in his gold mine.

He mined a sizable amount of gold with his uncle, but not enough to pay off the debt. In doing so he found that this was one of the richest mines in Colorado! He kept working, bringing up more gold and bringing it to the smelter.

Darby and his uncle drew up more gold and were very happy. But then the unimaginable happened. The vein of gold was mined and they found no more veins. They searched day after day but could not find any more gold.

They quit too soon

They grew weary and decided to quit.

They took the machinery that mined the gold and sold it to a junk man for very little money. They did not realize the junk man was very clever. He called in a mining engineer to investigate the mine and apply his knowledge of mines to search for more gold. According to the engineer, the original project failed because the owners were not familiar with “fault lines.” The amazing thing he found was that the owners had quit digging just three feet from a mother lode, a huge vein of gold. It pays to learn about how to accomplish your goals in life. There is a lot of information out there that can help you in just about any endeavor.

The junk man made millions of dollars from the mine because he knew enough to seek expert advice.

So it seems that it might be a sad ending for Darby. But the truth is that he learned a very important lesson. He realized he had stopped just short of millions of dollars’ worth of gold. He realized that he quit too easily and that even though the chances looked bleak, he should have kept going and sought expert advice.

Successful in the end

So Darby began to sell insurance. Many try and fail at this endeavor. But Darby had learned his lesson, he learned to keep going no matter how bleak things look and to seek advice. He learned not to give up when a potential buyer said no. Because of the lesson he learned he was able to sell more than a million dollars of insurance every year, and that was in the days when a million dollars was worth much more than it is today.

“More than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them. Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach.” 2

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1 Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill page 22

2 Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill page 23


0000000000000000000000000247If you believe you can do it, you work hard

There is a way to connect all nine dots with four straight lines. Can you figure out how to do it? If you have never seen it done it can very difficult to figure out.

Take six match sticks or toothpicks and make four equal sided triangles with them. All the triangles have to have three sides of equal length, the length of the match stick.

Both of these puzzles may look impossible. If you think it is impossible, you probably won’t work very hard to find a solution. But if you love a challenge, you will keep trying and probably figure it out. If you would like to see the solution, email me at brad at bradstanton.com (I’m writing it this way to avoid spam)

They said it couldn’t be done

There used to be an expression that people often used if they felt something was impossible. They would say “You can’t do that any more than you can fly to the moon.” Well, in 1969 that expression quit being used, because that was the year they sent astronauts to the moon.

The Golden Gate Bridge is another example of something that many experts said was impossible, but they did it.

At one time many believed that it was impossible for any person to run a mile in less than four minutes. Most people believed it was true, so they didn’t bother trying. But Roger Bannister believed he could break the four minute mile. He believed it so strongly that he ran and ran to prove he could do it. Then, to the amazement of many people, he ran the mile in less than four minutes.

It was belief, it was faith that caused Roger to work hard to accomplish that goal. He never would have worked hard to break the four minute mile if he didn’t believe he could do it.

I have read of many, many super successful people (by whatever definition of success) who said that faith got them where they are in life. Some are Christians and some are not.

Faith in powerful

Do you sometimes feel that it is impossible to get an answer to a prayer? Don’t give up. Maybe you have a limiting belief lurking in your subconscious. One way to find and get rid of limiting beliefs is to think about why God is not answering your prayer. If you find yourself saying to God, “But I really will be able to handle abundance if you give it to me.” You limiting belief is that maybe you can’t handle abundance. You might fear that too much money will cause you problems.

When you get rid of your limiting beliefs and have strong faith, miracles will happen. Several dozen times Jesus said the key to answered prayer is faith. It takes a long time to achieve strong faith. Keep building your faith, don’t give up.

Repeating memory verses out loud help a lot. Try memorizing Matthew 7:8, 9:22, 9:29, 17:20 or 21:22. Say them out loud often and your faith will grow. Along with that you will see more answers to prayer and more success in relationships and your career.

Gratitude strengthens faith. The more you thank God for what you have, the stronger your faith becomes and the more joy you find in life. “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” Neh 8:10

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Some people are deeply in debt and feel there is no way to get out. They say that the economic times are just too tough now. Or they say that since they have a job, there is a ceiling to the amount of money they can make. But many experts say that is not true. The quote below is from Joe Vitale. I don’t agree with all of Joe’s ideas, but I heartily agree with some of them.

 

When I talk about past recessions and the opportunities they presented, someone will usually say, “But things are different now.” My response is that they are and they aren’t. Yes, we live in a different environment than past generations. Technology has made our lives easier and more complicated at the same time – and it has also brought us more opportunity.

These days you can start a business from your computer, you don’t physically have to go find a market or open a brick and mortar store as people in the past did. One of my favorite stories is of Ashley Qualls – a self-made millionaire before she was out of her teens.

Ashley, who was only 16 at the time, started a website called whateverlife.com from her home in Michigan. She wanted to help her friends get cool layouts for their MySpace pages and provide her friends with easy to understand HTML tutorials. When she started her website, she gave all the designs for free. She earned her money from the advertising revenue. It was a very simple concept. Ashley saw the need and wanted kids her age to be able to get really nice page designs for free. The website now receives several times more traffic than most circulations of popular teen magazines including Seventeen, Teen, Vogue! – combined.

Back in 2006, someone tried to buy whateverlife.com from her for $1,500,000 and she turned down the offer. In September 2006, Ashley attracted enough money to buy a home for $250,000 cash. She works out of her basement employing family and friends and is attracting more money everyday.

Vitale, Joe (2012-05-29). Attract Money Now (Kindle Locations 251-263). Hypnotic Marketing, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

I have heard of many accounts of people who learned the right mindset and begin to make enough money to not only get out of debt, but also become able to give away a lot of money. Faith is powerful. Many times Jesus said that if you have a little bit of faith you can do anything, even move a mountain (stronghold). Matthew 17:20. A stronghold can be either good or bad. In the Old Testament, a city on a mountain was a stronghold. If the enemy held the city, it was bad. If friendly people held the city on a hill, it was a good stronghold.

It is the same with you. You have good and bad mountains in your life. A bad stronghold might be an addiction. Most of us are addicted to overeating. Realize that any stronghold can be overcome.

 2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

Many books have been written about how to make money. Most of them deal with your mindset. Most financial counselors agree that mindset is important for creating wealth. If a person is sure they can’t make money, they tend to “bury” their money, just like in Matthew chapter 25. Two servants doubled their money, but one servant buried his in the ground because he was afraid. He had the wrong mindset. He didn’t have faith.

People who have a bad attitude about God often end up with a bad mindset for making money. Others think that money is sinful. But Jesus said that the master (who was a symbol of God) was pleased with the people who doubled their money and displeased with the wicked lazy servant who buried his money because he had a bad attitude about God.

In the past I blogged about Og Mandino, the gifted trainer of salespeople. Read it here. He turned poor potato farmers into wealthy salesmen. They sold life insurance, one of the hardest things to sell. They did it because they completely changed the way they thought about themselves and others.

I know that some reading this may be going through difficult financial times. Have hope! You don’t have to stay where you are. Jesus said that he came to give us life and to give us abundance. John 10:10

I have seen many miracles happen and heard about even more. Keep the faith and a miracle will happen to you.  Verses about the power of faith.

Here is another quote from Joe Vitale:

I knew two hospital surgical techs that were facing a foreclosure on their home. The husband, Kenny, said he’d been in a state of depression for weeks and unable to see any options. I asked, “Options for what?”

He replied, “Options to keep our home.”

“Why are you so convinced those are the only options?”

He stared at me for a while like I’d grown a horn on my forehead. But a home is just a thing – nothing more, nothing less. His emotional attachment to that home was altering his perspective. There are many options and opportunities that we encounter every day, but we are so sure that only one type of option or opportunity will work that we don’t even consider any other possibilities. This doesn’t mean it’s easy. Kenny and his wife wanted a solution that included rescuing their home from foreclosure. I asked, “What would happen if you lost the home. Then what?”

He thought for a moment. “We’d have to start over.”

“And what would that look like?”

Again he thought. “Well we could relocate to an area with higher pay as our hours have recently been cut at the hospital.”

His wife chimed in, “We could even become traveling techs who earn even more money since we wouldn’t have a house to hold us here.”

As they talked, ideas flowed. Within an hour, they were convinced that losing this home was perhaps the best thing that could happen to them as it had prevented them from pursuing other opportunities that would have attracted much more money.

They had been so caught up in the drama and chaos of the foreclosure that they hadn’t looked at it objectively, in a detached manner. Once they removed all the negative emotions they attached to the event, they were able to think of many good things that would come from it. 

Vitale, Joe (2012-05-29). Attract Money Now (Kindle Locations 295-309). Hypnotic Marketing, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

 

By the way, I bought this book for 99 cents on Kindle from Amazon.com.


Dickens as a boyThis post about Charles Dickens turned out to be one of the most popular on my blog, with 143 likes. Click the link below to read how he changed the world for the better by getting the word out about the plight of orphans. I am working to start a charity to help street kids. http://bradstanton.com/street-kids/  I’m looking for people willing to help. If you are on Facebook and other social media, you can help get the word out about the plight of street kids today. If you want to help, leave a comment below. Thanks.

 

Charles Dickens changed the world.

 

Follow your hunch

Brad Stanton —  July 10, 2014 — 4 Comments

Have you ever had a hunch that you should make a decision and later found out that the hunch was right? Sometimes our subconscious mind puts together information without telling the conscious mind all the details and just gives us a feeling that we should do something. If you are led by the Spirit, it can often be the Spirit telling you something important.

In World War II the Battle of Midway was a very decisive battle fought between the Japanese and Americans. Each side had several aircraft carriers. The Japanese found the US fleet and attacked first, doing a lot of damage. Later, the US launched their airplanes to go search for the Japanese carriers. It was a daunting tasking, pretty much impossible. There were millions of square miles of ocean to search and the planes had to stay together. They flew north, but on a “hunch” of the squadron commander they turned left and finally found the Japanese carriers with their planes on the decks-the worst possible scenario for Japan.

After fierce fighting, all four Japanese carriers were sunk and all 248 planes destroyed, all because someone had a “hunch” that turned out to be true.

These hunches happen often. In modern warfare today, they still happen. Naval Admiral William H. McRaven said this about the war in the Middle East:

A young Army officer makes a decision to go left instead of right down a road in Baghdad and the ten soldiers in his squad are saved from close-in ambush.

In Kandahar province, Afghanistan, a non-commissioned officer from the Female Engagement Team senses something isn’t right and directs the infantry platoon away from a 500 pound IED, saving the lives of a dozen soldiers.

But, if you think about it, not only were these soldiers saved by the decisions of one person, but their children yet unborn—were also saved. And their children’s children—were saved.

Generations were saved by one decision—by one person.

In Seoul, South Korea, a young lady was walking down the street when she felt God was telling her to go to a certain house and pray for them. She had no idea who lived in the house and was a bit nervous about knocking on the door because she was alone and vulnerable. She obeyed and found a middle aged lady at home who thanked her for coming and asked her to pray for dying son. She did and he was healed. He was so thankful to her and to God that he went on to start the largest church in the world. It was Dr. Younggi Cho.

Napoleon Hill studied 500 of the most successful people he could find. One thing he found was that they often knew how to go on a hunch to make the correct decision. I have read about and talked with many people who by years of practice have learned to hear God’s voice, that still, small whisper in the spirit that guides and directs and keeps us out of trouble.


10260032_733336706703961_741405142712697955_nI remember when I was a child I would help my grandmother with her garden. She grew roses and fruit trees. I still remember the delicious peaches that we picked ripe from the tree in her backyard.

She was an organic gardener. She didn’t use artificial fertilizers. Instead we would sometimes go out to the “sludge” place and scrape up a few buckets of sludge to bring back to put on her garden. The sludge was actually manure. It looked bad and smelled lousy. But it made the plants grow lush and green. The roses were beautiful and the fruit was delicious.

Maybe you have difficulties in life that are a bit like that sludge. It is no fun to be kept in the dark and have people stack poop on you. Maybe someone left you, or a boss was unfair to you. Maybe a spouse cheated on you. But just remember, you can use those difficulties to get better, not bitter. The things in your life that seem like poop can actually make you much stronger.

God will bring good out of all the difficulties you have gone through. Romans 8:28 says that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called by him. Don’t worry, if you love God, you are called by him to do great things. Ephesians 2:10 says that you are God’s masterpiece, his workmanship, created to do great things that he planned in advance for you to do.

It is really true, every difficulty you have been through makes you stronger and better. It makes you able to climb up to the next level in life.

So keep a good attitude, because it is true, your attitude determines your altitude in life, it determines how high you go.

Motivating and encouraging ideas on my facebook.

 


amazing-planDon’t give up.

Maybe you have been working on a relationship for several years and it looks like it just won’t get any better. Perhaps a child is going the wrong direction in life or ignoring you. Maybe your spouse doesn’t understand you and causes you grief. Or maybe you are working on a promotion at work and it just seems to be impossible to get it.

Don’t give up, but learn to enjoy life while striving for your goal.

I remember a Vietnamese lady telling me that her husband had ideas for a number of different businesses to start here in the USA. He would start one business and if it didn’t do well after a couple of years he would move on to something else. She said he didn’t have the patience to stick with something until it was successful. The average new business takes five years before it becomes profitable.

If you have friends who seem to have a knack for solving relationship problems or career challenges, maybe you feel unlucky, like you are just not blessed in life. But when you compare yourself with what someone claims they have (maybe their claims are overstated) you often get discouraged.

To those of you reading this who have goals and dreams in life that just don’t seem to be possible, just remember, Jesus said that with faith all things are possible. Not only Jesus, but many other successful people said the same thing.

Don’t give up, you will make it.

Abraham Lincoln failed many, many times before becoming president of the United States. Many consider him our best president. Winston Churchill also failed many times and struggled with depression almost constantly before becoming the outstanding leader who guided Great Briton through one of their most dangerous times in history.

When discouraged, there are many things that can get you feeling better. Read or listen to encouraging, motivational books and sermons. Take a walk. It is amazing how much better a person feels after exercise because it releases the “feel-good” chemicals into the bloodstream.

Count your blessings.

Gratitude not only helps you make it through the day with a happier mindset, it also makes you stronger and it certainly makes your prayers more effective. Gratitude is one of the 10260032_733336706703961_741405142712697955_nkey faith lifters, and Jesus said many times that faith is a key to answered prayer.

So if it seems that God is not listening to you, don’t give up. Remember, he loves you more than you love yourself and he is always looking out for you.

Remember, the people Moses led to the Promised Land had to fight sword to sword with giants (or more correctly, they thought they would have to) and you probably never will fight a giant. However, you may have to fight against your impatience. It may take longer than you expect to see success.

 


What if your manager came to you and said that if you work hard for six months you will be promoted to a much higher position with much better pay.

But you would have to do the following:

  • work hard (could say work smarter, not harder)
  • work a few extra hours when needed,
  • find ways to solve problems without being asked to do so
  • try to make the company more efficient
  • have a great attitude

Your attitude would have to be that the company you work for is a very good one and that you have a great future there.

Your attitude would be that you make a big difference in the company and that you are responsible for turning around some of the problems and making things better whenever you can.

Actually, most managers would promote anyone who would do all these things, even if they didn’t sit down with the employee and tell them so. That is the kind of employee that gets ahead and the kind of employee that companies are looking to promote.

Not many people achieve great success in life (by whatever definition of success) but then, not many even try. So the number of people that achieve great success compared to the number of people that really try for great success is not that that small. In other words, not many people become famous actors, but then, not many people try to become famous actors.

Jenean Turner had up to 4 auditions per day for acting positions from the age of 15 until she was 27 years old. She was turned down over 1000 times before she got the big role in the TV show Northern Exposure. That is not to say she didn’t get any job offers, she did, but not the big stuff she was looking for.

Most people quit if they hear too many no’s. But what if you could predict the future and saw that you only had 20 no’s before you got a yes. You would just keep working, keep hearing the no’s because you knew without a doubt that you would finally get a yes. But the Law of Attraction, the law of faith says that whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Jesus said everything is possible for one who believes.

90% of first time businesses fail. 90% of second time business succeed, but 80% don’t try after they fail once. Isn’t that amazing, so many people don’t try a second time?

One of the bestselling writers of the past two decades was turned down 144 times by publishers until he was told yes. The Chicken Soup for the Soul books have sold over 100 million copies in 47 different languages because Jack Canfield and Victor Hanssen would not stop trying, no matter what.

How many people gave up trying to stop an addition, trying to start a business, save a marriage, keep kids on track, get a promotion–just before they would have succeeded?

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000000000000keysSmallWhen you form a picture in your mind of your dream, your goal in life it helps you reach your goal. There is some kind of power involved with visualizing. It works on your subconscious mind. Olympic athletes are trained to visualize themselves going through their routine and standing on the gold medal platform.

It never ceases to amaze me that God considers faith so important. Faith is critically important to answered prayer. Not only that, it is the vehicle that saves us and brings us to heaven. Ephesians 2:8,9 says we are saved by grace through faith.

If we believe that God is good and that he will reward us, we go to heaven. If we don’t believe it, we don’t go to heaven. If we believe there is no heaven, for us it becomes true. To a certain extent, what we believe brings about our reality. If we believe it, it happens. Seems hard to believe, doesn’t it? Jesus said “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23 http://bradstanton.com/2012/08/15/faith-bible-verses/

Many people use a different name for faith. They call it “positive thinking,” or “positive mental attitude.” Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote a book called “The Power of Faith.” No one would publish it with that title, so he changed it to “The Power of Positive Thinking.”

In South Korea, Dr. Cho prayed for church growth when his church was very small. What did his faith look like? It looked like happy optimism that what he prayed for would happen. He prayed that a large number of people would join the church. He visualized what the church would look like. He visualized the people sitting there in the church. Then he actually got a tape measure and began measuring how much space he would need for all those people. He was so sure that it would happen that he took action.-.And he and many others in his church were rewarded when God answered his prayers.  Dr. Cho now pastors the largest church in the world.

Another pastor asked his congregation to stand up, turn around and visualize a big church building behind them, reaching all the way to the street. He did that every Sunday. After some years, they had a huge church there.

The Holy Spirit living in you (if you are a Christian) is much more powerful than you can imagine. He provides power to dramatically change your life from a life of losing to a life of winning. He gives you the power to demolish strongholds in your life such as additions, bad habits, worry, sadness, or any other negative emotions. 2 Corinthians 10:4 “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

The power of the Holy Spirit within you is waiting to give you the peace and victory most people would not even believe is possible. Belief is the key. You have to believe and have faith that your dream will come true through prayer. If your goal is to improve a relationship, you have to believe that your relationship will improve. You have to believe that you will achieve your God-given dreams and goals in life. A great man of God once said “Work like everything depends on you and pray like everything depends on God.” It is true.

Jesus said, in Luke 17: 21, “The kingdom of God is within you…”  Did you know that you have a very powerful kingdom living in you? Stop and think about that. There is so much power to achieve your dreams that you will never stop finding the end to that unlimited power.

You have probably heard about the man who strung a wire cable across Niagara Falls. A large crowd gathered as he walked across the wire. He got a wheelbarrow and asked the crowd if they believed he could push a wheel barrow across the wire. Most clapped and expressed their faith that he could do it. But then he said “Okay, who will ride in the wheelbarrow?” No one volunteered. They apparently didn’t have enough faith to ride in the wheelbarrow high above the waterfall. This is the difference between weak faith and strong faith—action.

From the book Amazing Power of Prayer http://bradstanton.com/buy-ebook/

 


waltonIf people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish. ~Sam Walton

Do you feel that your ideas are not well received by others? We all probably feel that way from time to time. Here are some examples of people who had great ideas, but no one wanted to listen. They should have, because the people in these examples took their ideas to other people and made a fortune. Keep trying, don’t give up. Whether you are struggling to improve your marriage, your career or anything else in your life, keep the faith. God loves you and is looking out for you and he will give you the power you need to life a victorious life.

Long ago Sam Walton (the founder of the huge Walmart chain of stores found in numerous countries around the world) worked at K-Mart. He worked and thought very hard and came up with a better way of buying things to sell at K-Mart. He carefully put together a pitch to sell it to upper management. They listened and chuckled and told him “Son, that’s not the way we do business here.”

Sam believed in himself and the idea so he took his idea out and started a business with it. Now K-Mart has a hard time keeping many of their stores open due to competition with Walmart.

Long ago an engineer realized that since crystals can be made to vibrate at a very constant rate when energized with a small electrical current, one could put a crystal in a watch and keep more accurate time than ever before in the history of the world. Swiss watches dominated the world market. So he carefully planned out a pitch to bring to the top leaders of the Swiss watch company for which he worked and told them about the benefits of crystals. . They listened and chuckled and told him “Son, that’s not the way we do business here.”

He believed in himself, so he brought his idea to Texas Instruments and Casio and the rest is history. Now it is hard to find watches for sell that don’t use crystals.

Alexander Graham Bell attempted to sell the patent for the telephone to the president of Western Union. The president sneered and asked what in the world he would do with a silly electrical contraption like that.

A few  years later, writes Julie M. Fenster in American Heritage, the president of Western Union “told colleagues that if he could get the patent for $25 million he’d consider it a bargain. By then it wasn’t for sale.”

You have probably heard of other similar stories. Belief, or positive thinking is so important. Jesus called it faith. People are usually not open to new things. Some of the ideas in this blog are new to some people and they think the ideas are crazy, but the ideas I blog about have changed my life for the better. I try to only choose powerful ideas to write about. Unfortunately my book The Amazing Power of Prayer gets put in the category of “silly ideas” quite a bit but finding the ideas and writing about them really changed my life for the better. http://getprayerpower.com/i


Naval Admiral William H. McRaven

Naval Admiral William H. McRaven

Incredible speech by navy admiral who was formerly a SEAL. click to read. BTW, he is doing the “Hookem’ Horns” symbol for the University of Texas, not the devil sign.

The universal mind

Brad Stanton —  May 28, 2014 — 11 Comments

Carl Jung coined the term "Collective unconscious"

Carl Jung coined the term “Collective unconscious”

I took a couple of psychology classes in college, which I enjoyed very much. One thing they talked about that I didn’t believe at the time is the Universal Mind or Collective Unconscious. It says that we are all connected somehow, that our thoughts can be connected to each other. Read the comments below this post that people have written about their experiences with this.

After college, I dated a girl who had a strange experience years earlier when she was a child. Suddenly she felt that her father had been killed. Later that evening she was at home and she heard a car pull into her driveway. She looked out and saw it was a police car. She knew without a doubt that the officer would tell her that her father died. And he did.

I believed her when she told me that, because she seemed honest, and because I had heard other people say similar things. But how could she know that her father was killed in a car wreck on the other side of town? The only thing I can think of is that there is some kind of Universal Mind.

Jesus said we are connected to each other and to him, well, Christians are at least, in John chapter 17 and 18. See also Philippians 2:2  1 Corinthians 5:3 1 Corinthians 6:17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

When I was a child I had a close relative who was schizophrenic. She hallucinated about people saying things they did not say. Sometimes she would hallucinate that my sisters and I had insulted her, and she would rail against us in retribution for something we didn’t do. She was very hard to get along with and caused a lot of grief for anyone who was close to her. She was also bi-polar, extremely ADD, BPD, and had early onset Alzheimer’s. As the years went on I began to realize that sometimes when she hallucinated that my sisters and I insulted her when we had not, there was a shred of truth to her hallucinations. If my sisters and I talked about how difficult she was and that she caused us hardships, I might get a call from her later accusing us of insulting her to her face. We had done it behind her back, but she somehow sensed it, even if none of us had spoken with her after we gossiped about her.

Isaac Newton was the greatest scientist who ever lived. He discovered calculus, many ideas in physics, astronomy and other sciences. He claimed that God revealed some of these secrets of the universe to him. At first, his ideas were very well received, but as time went on his discoveries became so advanced that people thought he was crazy. Unfortunately volumes of his work were left unpublished because of the resistance he met. He understood Einstein’s theory of Relativity. He wrote in his Queries “Does not gravity act on light rays and bend it at a distance?” and “Are not mass and energy convertible one into the other?” These are two of the most outstanding ramifications of Einsteins Relativity. Newton discovered F=ma, where F=force, m=mass and a=acceleration. Mathematicians simplify equations to their very simplest forms. But Newton did not write F=ma. He left it in terms of calculus (not simplified) so that it would stand up even to Einsteins Relativity. Newton believed very strongly in some kind of mystical form of the Universal Mind, but he didn’t use that term.

Napoleon Hill studied 500 of the most successful people to find out how they became successful. He studied at least one president of the USA, presidents of large companies, people who had become self-made-millionaires, and other people who achieved all sorts of amazing success. He found that most of them firmly believed in the Universal Mind, in fact they found how to tap into it to learn what they needed to know to achieve success. Seem hard to believe? It is for most people. I certainly would not have believed it if I had not seen some of the strange, amazing things I have seen throughout my lifetime.

Have you, or someone you know ever had an experience like this? I’ve had a number of them. Please leave a comment if you have.

For the free ebook “Laws of Success” by Napoleon Hill click.

 


Og-Mandino-Quotes-1Og Mandino wrote The Greatest Salesman In the World in 1968. It was incredibly successful and continued to sell about a million copies a year for 30 years. It is still selling well today. The reason it is such a powerful book is that Og knows how to be successful and teach you how to be successful in anything you do. But more importantly, he teaches how to have a happier life and good attitudes that bring about success.

In the book there are ten “scrolls” or short lessons about how to be successful. All ten are listed here. (click to read them) I have already written about Scroll One in my own words. Here is scroll 2 from Og’s book:

The Scroll Marked 2

I will greet this day with love in my heart

For this is the greatest secret of success in all ventures. Muscle can split a shield and
even destroy life but only the unseen power of love can open the hearts of men and
until I master this art I will remain no more than a peddler in the market place. I will
make love my greatest weapon and none on whom I call can defend against its force.

My reasoning they may counter; my speech they may distrust; my apparel they may
disapprove; my face they may reject; and even my bargains may cause them
suspicion; yet my love will melt all hearts liken to the sun whose rays soften the
coldest clay.

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

And how will I do this? Henceforth will I look on all things with love and I will be
born again. I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it
cleanses my spirit. I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the
darkness for it shows me the stars. I will welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart;
yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul. I will acknowledge rewards for they
are my due; yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge.

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

And how will I speak? I will laud mine enemies and they will become friends; I will
encourage my friends and they will become brothers. Always will I dig for reasons to
applaud; never will I scratch for excuses to gossip. When I am tempted to criticize I
will bite my tongue; when I am moved to praise I will shout from the roofs.

Is it not so that birds, the wind, the sea and all nature speaks with the music of praise
for their creator? Cannot I speak with the same music to his children? Henceforth
will I remember this secret and it will change my life.

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

And how will I act? I will love all manners of men for each has qualities to be
admired even though they be hidden. With love I will tear down the wall of suspicion
and hate which they have built round their hearts and in its place will I build bridges
so that my love may enter their souls.

I will love the ambitious for they can inspire me; I will love the failures for they can
teach me. I will love the kings for they are but human; I will love the meek for they
are divine. I will love the rich for they are yet lonely; I will love the poor for they are
so many. I will love the young for the faith they hold; I will love the old for the
wisdom they share. I will love the beautiful for their eyes of sadness; I will love the
ugly for their souls of peace.

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

But how will I react to the actions of others? With love. For just as love is my
weapon to open the hearts of men, love is also my shield to repulse the arrows of hate
and the spears of anger. Adversity and discouragement will beat against my new
shield and become as the softest of rains. My shield will protect me in the market
place and sustain me when I am alone. It will uplift me in moments of despair yet it
will calm me in time of exultation. It will become stronger and more protective with
use until one day I will cast aside and walk unencumbered among all manners of men
and, when I do, my name will be raised high on the pyramid of life.

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

And how will I confront each whom I meet? In only one way. In silence and to
myself I will address him and say I Love You. Though spoken in silence these words
will shine in my eyes, unwrinkle my brow, bring a smile to my lips, and echo in my
voice; and his heart will be opened. And who is there who will say nay to my goods
when his hearts feels my love?

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

And most of all I will love myself. For when I do I will zealously inspect all things
which enter my body, my mind, my soul, and my heart. Never will I overindulge the
requests of my flesh; rather I will cherish my body with cleanliness and moderation.
Never will I allow my mind to be attracted to evil and despair, rather I will uplift it
with the knowledge and wisdom of the ages. Never will I allow my soul to become
complacent and satisfied, rather I will feed it with meditation and prayer.

Never will I allow my heart to become small and bitter, rather I will share it and it will grow and
warm the earth.

I will greet this day with love in my heart. Henceforth will I love all mankind. From
this moment all hate is let from my veins for I have not time to hate, only time to
love. From this moment I take the first step required to become a man among men.
With love I will increase my sales a hundred-fold and become a great salesman. If I
have no other qualities I can succeed with love alone. Without it I will fail though I
possess all the knowledge and skills of the world.

I will greet this day with love, and I will succeed.


Cathy Goodman healed of cancer

Cathy Goodman had breast cancer. She kept her faith strong by being thankful for her healing that she believed had occurred. Every morning and afternoon she constantly said “thank you for my healing.” In the evening she watched funny movies with her husband because laughter has a healing effect. She was healed of cancer without any chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

I am not suggesting that you avoid medicine; I take medicine when I am sick. But certainly there are people who take medicine and continue to get worse. Others combine prayer and faith with their medicine and heal quickly.

Cathy’s husband, Morris was in a plane crash and was told by many doctors that he would never breath without a machine, eat, walk or talk again. But he had incredible faith that he could do the impossible. He told himself over and over again to breathe, and as time went on he was able to breathe without a machine. The doctors said it was a miracle. But he didn’t stop there. He decided he would walk out of the hospital by Christmas. No one believed it at first, because the doctors told him he would never walk again. But he kept the faith, kept believing. He worked hard at physical therapy. There were times when he felt like giving up, times when he didn’t see himself making any progress, but he kept working at it. He pushed himself a little harder each day. He kept working hard and dreaming of success, and finally he walked out of the hospital on his own. Now he can walk, talk, eat, breath on his own, without help from the machines that all the doctors told him he would need.

You have heard of placebos. They give a sugar pill to certain people and the real medicine to others in a group. Some people get healed by the placebo. Why do some get healed by placebos? It’s because they have strong faith. I used to think they were suckers. Not anymore. Now I feel they are champions.

Many medical doctors believe that a positive mental attitude overcomes many illnesses. The opposite is also true. My grandmother told me that when she was in the hospital she began to feel depressed. She told the doctor about her feelings and how she wanted to get out of the hospital and go home. He let her go home because he knew the depression was not conducive to healing.

Scientists, religious leaders and most people who have achieved great success in life agree that positive thinking, or faith, is very important.

Dodie Osteen healed of cancer

Prescription placebos used in research and pra...

Prescription placebos used in research and practice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A woman named Dodie Osteen was battling cancer but she wanted to keep faith in the ability to get well and she wanted to keep a good attitude, so she used what some people call “props.” Props are anything that you can see, feel, touch, taste, etc. that helps you build your faith. She found pictures of herself before she was sick and posted them where she could see them often.  After getting sick she turned a yellow color and lost a lot of weight. If she spent time looking at herself in the mirror, it didn’t help her faith or attitude. Seeing the pictures of herself healthy helped her believe that she could overcome cancer.

She put up a photo of herself riding a horse and having fun doing other things. People prayed for her. Slowly she beat cancer and is healthy now and has been for many years. She did it without medicine, because at the time she had cancer there was no medicine available for her type of cancer.

Sam Walton, the man who founded Walmart said “If people believe in themselves, it is amazing what they can accomplish.”

W. Clement Stone, who was very poor but became extremely rich by selling life insurance said “Anything the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

Jesus said “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed (very little) you can tell a mountain to move and it will do it. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 Note: mountain probably meant difficulty, just as in our modern idiom, “don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.” More than three dozen times Jesus said faith is a key to answered prayer.

Bringing about strong, unwavering faith in your life takes a lot of time. One way to bring about faith is to repeat promises (some people call them affirmations). For example, repeat any of the quotes above. Say it out loud ten times every day and it will strengthen your faith. There are many other things you can do to increase your faith. I wrote a book about that very subject, there is way too much information to write in today’s blog, but I plan to add ideas about this to my blog often.

Here is a link so some of the scriptures Dodie Osteen made about healing. http://hopefaithprayer.com/scriptures/healing-scriptures-dodie-osteen/

What do you think, does faith work? Where have you seen faith work? Leave a comment or click Press This if you want to reblog this post.

I wrote a book about the power of prayer and doing the research for it changed my life for the better.www.TLC33.com

You WILL succeed!

Brad Stanton —  May 21, 2014 — 4 Comments

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAMany people have accepted less than they can achieve in life because it is too much work to achieve their dreams. Many don’t really get what they want and dream about in life because it is just too much trouble to get it. But if God has put a desire in your heart, you can achieve it. When you submit your will to God and his desires are aligned with yours, you know that you are in harmony with him and he will give you everything it takes to achieve your goals.

Many people pray and don’t get what they pray for, so they think, well maybe it wasn’t God’s will. Maybe I shouldn’t ask for what I want. But if your desires are in harmony with God, he wants you to ask for things. What parent doesn’t like giving good gifts to his children?

Many people get discouraged because they have tried and failed, so they quit trying and decide to live in the land of “just good enough.”

When God promised the people the land of Canaan, Moses led them to a land filled with wealth and good things—houses they didn’t build, incredible crops they didn’t plant. It was prosperity and goodness. But they decided that the risk of taking the land outweighed the benefits. They didn’t have faith that God would really give them what he promised. They felt God was a harsh God, who didn’t care about their everyday lives.

In Matthew 25, the story of the talents shows us that if we consider God harsh, he will be harsh to us. The account of Moses and the people show the same thing. All through the Bible, we see that when people did not have faith that God was a good God who loved them and cared about their daily needs, they missed out on blessings.

Many times in the Bible, we are promised that we will prosper if we do certain things. Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1, Deuteronomy 5:33; 6:24: 29:9; 30:1; Proverbs 11:25; 13:21; 1 Kings 2:3.

1 Kings 2:3…and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands… so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go…

What did the word “prosper” mean in ancient Hebrew, the language of the Old Testament? It means much more than just to prosper financially. It means to be successful, to avail, to thrive, to rise. (From Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

Don’t give up. Never, never, never give up on the goals and dreams that God has placed in your heart. He will give you everything you need to succeed.

 

The following is only for people who enjoy the study of languages.

Well, we can be sure of one thing the word “prosper” had a much broader meaning than our English word today because the Hebrew vocabulary was much smaller than English. The entire Old Testament used a vocabulary of less than 10,000 words. The entire New Testament was written with only 6000 different Greek words and many of them were names of people and places.

English is a combination of at least four different languages, it started out as German. Then 2000 years ago the Roman armies brought Latin and Greek. Later, after England was overrun by France, many French words came into the English language. Because of that, we have many words with very specific meanings. It is hard to understand the difference between English and ancient languages if you have never lived in a country that uses an old language. Speak an ancient language for 10 or 20 years and you will have a very keen understanding of the way Hebrew and Greek used words.

 


418697_ “You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.”

~Abraham Lincoln

Once there was a poor man who had several paintings in his house. He died, and his relatives took the paintings and found that one of them was worth 3.5 million dollars. The man had lived for years with that painting hanging on his wall, and he didn’t know that it was worth millions.

You are the same way. You have incredible talent but you don’t fully know how to put that talent into use and achieve your goals and dreams in life.

How do I know? I have read of many people, average people who wanted something so much that they were willing to do whatever it took to achieve their dreams. They had incredible self-discipline, persistence and they learned to enjoy their work.

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This blog is all about reaching your goals and dreams in life. Here are some of the things that have helped me and countless others achieve goals:

Decide what you want in life
Think about what you do well
Clarify your values
Set goals, write your goal
Visualize it
Make a plan to achieve it
Believe you can reach your goals
Find other people to work with
Be disciplined and persistent
Enjoy your work and work hard
Never, never, never give up
Pray

This blog has ideas that will help you in every step of the way.


35224_european_bistroWhen I was about five years old I had my first encounter with the Holy Spirit, the spirit of God. I felt the incredible love of God as I walked through a forest with my Sunday school class. The teacher had talked to us about how much God loves us, and how we can see him in the things that he made, the trees and brooks, the wind and the leaves.

Today I was thinking about the incredible beauty of the love of God. Anyone who has felt it will always want it. Then I heard a sermon about it.

The sermon I heard tonight went something like this:

You might be in a low point in your life. You might be in the pit of despair. You might be feeling very depressed right now, or maybe you are doing fine, maybe you are going through a happy time in your life. But no matter what, God’s love is washing over you, taking care of you much more than you know.

Thousands of years ago, in fact even before anything existed, God already thought of you and decided to choose you and love you. God has been waiting your entire life for this moment, where he could get you to sit still for one minute and say this to you:

“You have no idea how much I love you. I have always loved you. There was never a moment of your existence when I didn’t love you. I planned that fertilization of the two cells that came together to make you. I planned your conception. I allowed that conception. I wanted you alive so I could love you because you are special to me. There is no one else like you, you are completely new and unique to me. I heard your first cry, there was no moment of your life that I didn’t love you. Through all your celebrations and difficulties, your sadness and happiness I loved and adored you even more than you loved yourself. I wanted good things for you even more than you did. Whether you realize it or not I have been gazing upon you in love because I made you to love you.”

How would your life change if you knew how much God loved you? Think about how it would feel if you got up in the morning and the first thing you felt was that you are deeply and unconditionally loved by God. What if you felt the love of God as you got out of bed to brush your teeth? And in the car on way to work or school you felt the love of God. What would it be like if you felt God’s love unconditionally, knowing that no matter what you do or don’t do, you know that God loves you? No matter what you do or don’t do, God will still love you the same amount.

Your first and most important calling in life is to let God love you. What happens if you accept this call?

You feel accepted rather than ashamed or condemned. You feel totally accepted, and that will change your life. Many avoid God because they feel ashamed or guilty. Maybe you feel guilty, criticized. God is perfect and I’m not. Why would I hang out with a perfect God to remind me of all the ways I’ve failed?

But God did not come to condemn the world but to save it. If you feel God is down on you, guess what? You are totally wrong. God is not down on you at all, he is totally for you, totally cheering you on, bragging to the angels and even the devil about you. He certainly did that about Job in the Old Testament.

You have spent your entire life in order to get peoples approval and love of other people. You dress the way you do to get approval. You wear your hair the way you do to get approval. You talk and act the way you do to get love and approval. You have been trying to get approval from some unpleasable people your entire life and you are not going to get it. Realize you don’t need the approval of other people. Most of your life you have been worried about what other people think because you don’t feel unconditionally loved by God. When you realize how much God loves you, criticism doesn’t bother you. You will no longer need other people’s approval to be happy. This idea will set you free.

The man who spoke these words is Rick Warren, the author of The Purpose Driven Life.

The Cracked Pot

Brad Stanton —  April 27, 2014 — 12 Comments

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I found this story some time ago and wanted to share it because it is sooo good.

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck.  One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. 

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water in his master’s house.  Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.  But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfections, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream.  “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.”  “Why?” asked the bearer.  “What are you ashamed of?”  I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house.  Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work and you don’t get full value for your efforts,” the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some.  But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path but not on the other pot’s side?  That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it.  I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them.  For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table.  Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”

Each of us has our own unique flaws.  We’re all cracked pots.  But if we will allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Father’s table.  In God’s great economy, nothing goes to waste.

So as we seek ways to minister together and as God calls you to the tasks He has appointed for you, don’t be afraid of your flaws.  Acknowledge them and allow Him to take advantage of them, and you, too, can be the cause of beauty in His pathway.

Go out boldly, knowing that in our weakness we find His strength and that “In Him every one of God’s promises is a Yes”.

My note: I can’t remember where I found this story, but I wanted to pass it along.

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