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.
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 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
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
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/
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Many 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.
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
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
This blog has ideas that will help you in every step of the way.
When 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 amazing thing is that the principles for getting better relationships with friends and loved ones are the same principles for doubling your income in a year (more on this later in the post), for excelling at your career, losing weight or doing well in sports.
Brian Tracy did not graduate from high school, and while he was in school his grades were low. He failed high school English, but went on to write many books that have sold millions of copies. He became a multi-millionaire. After leaving school, he began laboring jobs, and moved from job to job and eventually got into sales.
He didn’t sell well, but he found a salesman who was making 10 times more than anyone else. He sold the same product to the same people during the same times, but always sold much more. Tracy asked him how he did it, put those ideas into practice and began to become very successful. He became a top salesman by reading and learning how to sell. Later he became a sales manager and began reading how to succeed at that.
It really is true, leaders are readers.
The law of cause and effect (sowing and reaping-you reap what you sow) says that the effects, the circumstances in your life are happening because of certain causes. You can change the causes to achieve the effects you want. In other words you can change what you are doing to achieve the results you want. It is possible for every person and it is possible every time. The law of cause and effect is a powerful law that can change your life for the better, or for worse. Use it to your advantage.
Success leaves tracks – if you study the tracks of successful people (study what they did) you can learn how to be successful.
Nothing works the first time. One of the keys to success is that one keeps trying even after he has failed. It is impossible to find a person who always succeeds the first time he tries something new.
Most people see that their relationships, career, finances, etc. are not as good as they want, but they often just assume that it will always be that way because they have tried in the past, year after year, to improve a relationship, but didn’t see any improvement, so they gave up and quit trying.
Most people wish they could have a better relationship with their husband or wife. Well, guess what? It is certainly possible if you learn how to do it and are willing to work hard at it
Skills are learnable. If you can read this and use the internet you can learn the skills you need to achieve the goals we are talking about here. Tracy talks about certain skills that are necessary to achieve goals, and all are learnable.
Brian Tracy says you are one skill away from doubling your income, improving your relationships, excelling at your career.
Dream big dreams. You probably want to be happy, healthy, wealthy, slender and with good relationships. If your life were perfect in five years, what would it look like? The starting point for great relationships is that you dream and believe you can achieve it, and really want it enough to change what you are doing in order to get your goal. The starting point for success in creating wealth is the same as that, and is the same for career goals.
Develop resilience and bounce back. You will be knocked down many times, be ready to bounce back.
click here for the 15 skills by Brian Tracy and for a link to his youtube video. Tracy talks about how to double your income in a year.
Does prayer even work? Is it as powerful as Jesus said it is? Over 3 dozen times Jesus said that faith is the key to answered prayer. Click for verses about faith.
Some of the most successful people in the world said that faith is powerful, for example:
“If you think you can, or think you can’t, either way you are right.” ~Henry Ford
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” ~W. Clement Stone
So Jesus said that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed nothing will be impossible for you. He also said everything is possible for one who believes. If that is true, wouldn’t some people become fabulously wealthy from faith?
Well the answer to that question is –YES! Many of the people who became self-made millionaires said they used faith to become rich. Henry Ford, W. Clement Stone, Jack Canfield, Rhonda Byrne, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and many, many more people said they used faith to become rich.
Many people who are rich use their money to glorify God. Many give millions of dollars to charity.
But what’s up with that? Arnold Schwarzenegger is not a strong Christian, he never was, right? So how does that work? Well, the Law of Faith is so powerful that people use it to achieve amazing things even when they are not strong Christians.
Olympic athletes are taught to visualize themselves winning the competition and getting a gold medal. That means they are exercising their faith. They may not call it Biblical faith. They may call it any number of things, but in reality, it is faith.
The main reason to pray is to draw close to God. If a person is praying only to get things for themselves, he is cheating himself.
After reading many books about prayer, and studying what Jesus said about prayer for several years, I have found some key things that bring about powerful prayer. I am amazed how many more of my prayers are answered now that I do things to strengthen my faith. It is like the difference between night and day.
I can’t write about all the keys to answered prayer here because it will take too long. But I will sum it up briefly like this:
F Find a verse in the Bible that gives a promise for what it is you are praying for. Example: if you are financially distressed, do a word search in www.BibleGateway.com for the word “prosper” or “prosperity.” Memorize one or more of them and say it out loud several times a day.
A Ask God for it, believing that he will give it to you.
I Imagine that you already have it. The more you picture it in your mind, or put up pictures of what you want, the more you visualize it, the stronger your faith will become. Faith is a key to answered prayer. In fact Jesus stressed faith more than any other thing.
T Thank God for it. This is very important. Don’t keep asking for it, keep thanking God that he is giving it to you. If you have faith, you believe God will give it to you.
H Hold on while you wait and be Happy. Just like the bamboo takes five years to grow a root system under the ground which you can’t see and then suddenly in the fifth year it grows four inches a day, God is preparing all the right people for your answer to prayer.
More about prayer in my book Amazing Power of Prayer. All profit from this book this month goes to spreading God’s love, faith and hope on the internet. This blog goes out to almost every country in the world.
The most important reason to pray is to grow closer to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. If you are a Christian, you are filled with the Holy Spirit and that gives you great power. But prayer is talking to God, and a relationship with God is the most important thing in our life. If we pray only to get things, or go to God in prayer only when we want something, we are being selfish and missing out on the true meaning of prayer, and missing out on huge blessings.
Here is a short account of how I learned the incredible joy of the relationship with the Holy Spirit. It happened one summer.
Some summer sounds certainly seem sweet. Summer sounds such as crickets chirping, honking horns, kids laughing sounded like an orchestra being played every summer evening during that unforgettable time in my life when I had just recently lost half a dozen of the best friends I had ever had. Crickets chirped, cars occasionally whizzed by, dogs barked in the distance, a train honked a horn. They sounded more beautiful than at any other time because I had spent the whole month praying after work, a new thing for me. I spent time talking to God, not really asking for anything, just talking to Him.
I was in my mid-twenties, single and living in a little one bedroom apartment not far from a train track. The horn of that train always brought back happy memories for me and was very comforting. But about my friends….
It just so happened that during those years I had made friends with half a dozen of the most fun and interesting people I had ever met. We were very close, sort of like the TV show Friends, or Cheers, the little bar where everybody knows your name.
They were the kind of people who could drop by any time and we would have a wonderful time, with plenty of laughter, bantering and fun stories. But during a three or four month period, some of them got married and disappeared from our little gang, the others moved out of town. Suddenly I had no close friends at all.
I had to find something to do with my time, so I took walks at the nearby park. I began to pray and meditate on the good things in life that I still had, even though it was tough to lose my friends. At first it was hard to think of things to feel grateful for. But the more I thought and felt grateful for a few things, the more things came to mind that I could be grateful for.
I started out praying for 30 minutes because I had nothing else to do, due to the fact that my friends were gone. Then as the days went on, the prayer stretched into an hour, then two hours. There were some days that I prayed for three hours at a time in the evening. That brought me close to God and brought me a lot of joy. I wasn’t praying to seek anything from God, just to be close to Him.
Sometimes after an evening of prayer, the sounds of the night seemed like a beautiful orchestra being played for anyone who was willing to take the time to stop and enjoy the sounds.
Even nowadays when I hear the crickets chirping, the comforting sound of a fan or my neighbor’s air conditioner humming, these sounds bring back the feelings of that Kansas summer that I learned to be thankful no matter what, and that I really could be happy even in the toughest of times. But most of all, I learned the joy of the Holy Spirit, the incredible wonder of being close to God.
This is from my book Amazing Power of Prayer. Click to see the ebook.
I’m not going to tell you that you will get everything you want through prayer. No, I’m going to tell you about something even better. You will get everything God wants for you through prayer because God wants the best for you. He wants even better things for you than you do. God loves you much more than you love yourself and wants you to have joy and peace even more than you do. You will get everything you want through prayer if it is God’s will and you have faith. Faith is the key to answered prayer, but it takes months, years to develop.
Yes, it’s true: You will experience powerful answers to prayer if you use the guidelines for prayer found in the Bible. We’ll explore these guidelines as we travel this prayer journey together. It is said we use less than 10% of our brainpower; but I think it’s very safe to say that most Christians use less than 10% of their prayer power. I have been in many churches across the United States and I find that most people don’t understand the power of prayer. Why is it that some churches see remarkable answers to prayer and others do not? Perhaps you know some Christians who have very powerful prayer lives. Yet others, who seem to be “good Christians” do not. Those believers with powerful prayer lives have learned and practice what the Bible says about how to have a powerful prayer life. After you read this book, you’ll know the secret, too.
This is from my book Amazing Power of Prayer. Writing this book changed my prayer life for the better. I am amazed at the ideas I found in the Bible and explained by many different people in many books that show that faith is a key to answered prayer. After learning how to strengthen my faith I see many more answers to prayer. Not only that, but I found ideas that make life a whole lot more fun and happy and I included them in this book. This month, every penny of profit from my books will be used to spread God’s love around the world, through this blog and face book. This blog reaches 180 of the 191 countries in the world with ideas that make life better. Want to help spread the word? Buy the book and the profit will be used to help people around the world.
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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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Words are much more powerful than most people realize. If you have goals and dreams in life, write them down. Speak them out. Words have an amazing, powerful effect on your subconscious brain. That in turn has a powerful effect on your life. Once you energize your subconscious, it finds ways to accomplish things that are often remarkable.
Suze Orman, the author of the bestselling book 9 Steps to Financial Freedom started out as an ordinary salesperson. She was afraid she would not meet her sales goals, so every day she wrote out these words many times a day “I will sell $10,000 worth of product this month.”
It didn’t take long before she did, in fact, begin to sell $10,000 worth a month. Then she began selling much more than that monthly.
She used the same strategy to become a bestselling author, speaker and radio and TV host. She is now an international speaker.
Scott Adams, the author of Dilbert comics, used the same strategy. He was working in a small cubicle in an office, doodling during the day. Finally he decided to pursue his dream of writing a comic. He began writing but newspaper after newspaper turned him down. He decided to write out his dream 15 times a day. “I will be a syndicated cartoonist.”
Then a newspaper decided to run his comics. Later another and another picked up his comics.
Then he decided to write something different. He wrote “I will be the best cartoonist on the planet.” 15 times a day. Now his comic is in over 2000 different newspapers around the world.
Your words have incredible power. In fact, an ancient Jewish proverb says “Your tongue has the power of life and death.”* That means that your words have power to ultimately cause things to happen, even life or death. Your words have power to do amazing things.
Be very careful, because your words have destructive power also. You have probably heard of children being scolded by their parents and developing a bad self-image. Most kids have that experience. They say it is important to praise children 4 times for each negative, or scolding.
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For thousands of years people have realized that human beings have different temperaments. These personalities or temperments fall into four different categories: Click on each to learn more about it.
Strengths of a Sanguine The Sanguine’s Emotions
- Appealing personality
- Talkative, Storyteller
- Life of the Party
- Good sense of humor
- Memory for color
- Physically holds on to listener
- Emotional and demonstrative
- Enthusiastic and expressive
- Cheerful and bubbling over
- Good on stage
- Wide-eyed and innocent
- Lives in the present
- Changeable disposition
- Sincere at heart
- Always a child
Strengths of a Choleric The Choleric’s Emotions
- Born leader
- Dynamic and active
- Compulsive need for change
- Must correct wrongs
- Strong-willed and decisive
- Not easily discouraged
- Independent and self sufficient
- Exudes confidence
- Can run anything
Strengths of a Melancholy The Melancholy’s Emotions
- Deep and thoughtfully
- Serious and purposeful
- Genius prone
- Talented and creative
- Artistic or musical
- Philosophical and poetic
- appreciative of beauty
- Sensitive to others
Strengths of a Phlegmatic The Phlegmatic’s Emotions
- Low-key personality
- Easygoing and relaxed
- Calm, cool and collected
- Patient well balanced
- Consistent life
- Quiet but witty
- Sympathetic and kind
- Keeps emotions hidden
- Happily reconciled to life
- All-purpose person
Alexander the Great is an example. In Alexander’s day, an oracle proclaimed that whoever unloosened the Gordian knot would become ruler of all Asia. Alexander cut the knot with one stroke of his sword – and rose to tremendous heights and power. Napoleon was given a star sapphire when a child, with the prophecy that it would bring him luck and some day make him Emperor.
J. Edgar Hoover took over the FBI before it was the Federal Bureau of Investigation, when the agents didn’t even have the authority to carry guns. He had a strong sense that he was destined to build a mighty empire. He believed that he would and should build the FBI and he did. He often wrenched power from congressmen by illegally spying on them and blackmailing them, so he wasn’t the nicest guy in the world by any means. But he had great faith in his goals and because of this he brought about the massively powerful organization that is called the FBI today.
Many bad men have used the power of faith to bring about bad things, so one has to be careful how one uses the power of faith. For example, Hitler was a genius at building confidence, or faith, in the German race. He had amazing talent that enabled him to convince his people that they were the master race. Because they believed that, they achieved some very amazing things. The size of the war machine that small country produced was way beyond their proportions.
Jesus said everything is possible for one who believes. He also said that if a person has faith, they can move mountains. Nothing will be impossible for them.
One powerful way to strengthen faith is to visualize getting the results you want. The more you visualize, the stronger your faith grows. Also, thank God for giving you what you ask for. Obviously we should not ask for things that are not God’s will. But the more you thank God for answering your prayer, even before it gets answered, the stronger your faith becomes.
Claude Bristol wrote a book called The Magic of Believing. In it he expands upon the idea of Positive Mental Attitude, Power of Positive Thinking, or as Jesus called it, faith. Bristol noted that to achieve goals and dreams, it takes more than just hard work. Many people have worked very hard and never achieved their goals. Other people seem to magically achieve their goals.
Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about the power of faith, of visualizing a goal and working for it to achieve it. Tomas Edison talked about the amazing powers of the mind. The outstanding scientists Steinmetz, Tesla (invented AC motors and over a hundred other of today’s most useful inventions) and Marconi (invented the radio) all agreed that there was something very powerful in the mind, call it faith or something else, that could bring about amazing results.
Bristol studied the science of faith and taught it to some of his workers when he was a vice president. “All of the employees sat around in a half circle and as I began my remarks, I asked each man to provide himself with paper and pencil.” He told them to write down whatever it was that they most wanted in life. He told them that he would explain to them how to get it.
Some of the men laughed but Bristol told them to do it or lose their jobs. “If this stuff doesn’t work, we’ll all be out on the street.”
One of the men who laughed apologized later, but said that the idea of writing down a goal and learning how to make it happen in such a way seemed unreasonable.
But the amazing thing is that in the years that followed, Bristol asked all of the men if they obtained what they had written down. “Without exception, every man had. One had wanted a wife of a certain nationality. He got her, and there are two fine boys in the family. Another man put down the figures of a very sizable fortune. He got it. Another man wanted a beach cottage, and other a better home and so on. Steadily through the years every one of these men has constantly made money, many of them averaging monthly more than they had ever made before in their lives, much to the astonishment of many others in the same line of business.” Page 167 The Magic of Believing by Claude Bristol
What was it that Bristol taught these men? It was the power of faith, of believing. It is the same stuff that I constantly blog about in this website. Jesus said “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“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.”
Marie Calendar is famous for desserts. She started out as a waitress at a restaurant. One day her boss told her that he wanted her to bake pies. At first she resented this because she already worked hard and this would mean even longer hours. But instead of resisting and complaining she decided to give it her best effort. She cooked the very best pies she could. Soon customers were commenting on the delicious pies at that restaurant. The manager noticed that business was up and many people came just for the pies.
Maria decided to go into business for herself. It was a bit scary for her, there was equipment to buy, a kitchen to rent and other costs. But she had faith that she could do it. The faith she had in herself and in her abilities gave her the courage she needed to take the risk. The rest is history, now she is famous across the USA for delicious pies that are available in most grocery stores.
I have found that people who have achieved enormous success in life have the attitude that they are responsible for their actions. Not only that, they believe that they are responsible for their success. They don’t believe anyone else is responsible for their failures except themselves.
You probably notice that people who go through life making excuses are not winners.
They say that you reap what you sow, some call it karma. That seems simple enough. If you plant corn, you will harvest corn. If you plant wheat, you reap wheat.
You harvest what you plant.
You get what you give.
That seems simple enough at first, but if you think about it, it is not that simple. Notice it does not say you reap what you sow and you also reap what you don’t sow.
Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Why was Paul more adamant here than just about any other place else in his writings? Why did he stress this idea so much?
Hold on, this will be difficult for some people to believe.
Do we reap what we do not plant? Do we get things in life that we do not give? NO! It says we reap what we sow, period. That means that everything that is coming in to your life, you have brought in to your life by your thoughts, words or actions. God is in complete control, he won’t allow things to happen to you that you did not sow, or plant because he loves you so much.
If you sow love, you bring goodness and well-being into your life. That means if you “plant” thoughts, words or deeds of love, you bring goodness into your life. If you think about things you don’t like or love, you feel unhappy. You bring unhappiness into your life. Unhappy thoughts bring more unhappy thoughts. If a person continues to think unhappy thoughts he begins to speak and act in unhappy manners and brings more unhappiness to himself and others.
So the bad things that are coming into your life are there because you brought them there. Hard to believe? But the upside is that you can change and quit bringing bad to yourself. I’m not saying you will never face difficulties. Maybe a perfect person could pull that off, but none of us are perfect. Jesus said in this life we will face difficulties. But he also said that we should rejoice because he overcame the world. That means he overcame all the bad in the world. John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Some people intentionally bring difficulties into their life. Navy Seals, for example, willingly go through training that would be considered torture if it were done to prisoners of war. Some people run marathons or take difficult college classes to improve themselves. Some people travel to far-away countries and put themselves in danger to serve God.
God allows difficulties to come into our life to make us stronger. We will always face some difficulties. But we can know that all the bad things are ultimately for good. Romans 8:28. “All things work together for good to those who love God…”
You can renew your mind by changing the way you think and bring less and less bad into your life.
The Bible says to rejoice in all circumstances. Be joyful always. If your situation seems bad, realize it will work together for good (Romans 8:38) if you trust in God for good things. When the Bible talks about hope it doesn’t just mean hope for salvation. It means to trust God to do good things in every area of your life.
But if we worry and fret and feel sorry for ourselves when bad things happen it tends to make the very thing we fear come true. Example: a man gets moved to another group at work and doesn’t like it because he feels it is a demotion. He gets a bad attitude and starts to criticize and complain. Because of this his boss feels he is not doing a good job. Faith is more than just believing in God. It is trusting God to take care of everything in your life.
Romans 5:2 And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 2 Cor 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which come from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
In heaven we have a lot of glory. We will reflect God’s glory. It is like the moon. It doesn’t shine by its own power but reflects the light of the sun. But the moon is beautiful. That is how we will be in heaven. We will reflect God’s light, his glory. The Bible says that the whole creation is groaning with anticipation, longing to see us Christians.
Here on earth many people have dreamed of glory. Many a boy has dreamed of catching the game winning pass in the end zone to win the homecoming game. What a hero he would be, what glory! Everyone in school would be grateful to him. Another example is a fireman rescuing a little girl from a burning building while dozens of citizens stand watching. The high school girl dreams of becoming the homecoming queen. What glory she would have as she wears the crown and sash and stands beside the home coming king. Or the girl who dreams of winning a gold medal in Olympic swimming or a famous singer with thousands of adoring fans gathered to hear her sing.
But all these things are glories that last only a short time. Not many people can remember more than a few, if any, names of last Olympic gold medal winners.
Yet the glory we will have in heaven will last forever and ever. Ten thousand years after we arrive in heaven will be like we have just got there. All kinds of creation, from angels to other Christians to some of the heavenly beings mentioned in the book of Revelation will stand in awe when they see our glory, the reflection of God’s glory.
Og 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 learned how to sell and teaches others how to sell in this book. But more importantly, he teaches how to have a happier life and good attitudes that bring about success in any endeavor.
After reading his book, I decided to take the principles I have learned from reading many dozens of books about achieving success and structure the ideas similar to the way Og Mandino did it in his book, because it has proven so successful. Not everyone that reads his book becomes a great salesperson, it takes a strong desire and persistence. It also takes a lot of faith – a strong belief that you really can achieve success. The following are these powerful ideas:
Today I begin a new life.
Today I leave failures and bad habits behind. I leave mediocrity behind me. I will be transformed by the renewing of my mind, by changing the way I think and act.
Today I will learn wisdom from some of the wisest people who have lived on this earth, because this wisdom has been tested and proven to bring good results. Today I will be successful because I put this wisdom into practice.
Life is full of good opportunities
There are many good opportunities all around, however, many people encounter failure and despair. I will not fail because I know that a person only truly fails if he gives up and quits.
Failure will no longer be mine. Success and happiness are fruits that I can and will achieve over time, although it may take time. I will never give up because I know that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
The olive tree is the king of all trees, it takes one hundred years to mature. The mighty oak tree also takes many years to develop. I will be successful today and achieve some goals today, but I realize that full success takes time. I will remember Thomas Edison, who failed thousands of times to build a light bulb when he said “I have not failed a thousand times, I have succeeded in finding thousands of ideas that didn’t work.”
I have failed in the past and sometimes have fallen into the destructive habit of self-pity. I will succeed and become a truly successful person because I am learning the principles of success that have been proven to be useful for thousands of years.
What is success?
Success is reaching my goals and dreams in life. I will be successful in my relationships, in my work life and in my family life. I will be truly happy and remember to count my blessings every day and as I think of my blessings, I will enjoy them and feel happy.
Good habits are the keys to all success. Bad habits bring failure.
1st principle: I will form good habits.
My bad habits must be destroyed. The best way to quit a bad habit is to replace it with a good habit. The first new habit I will form is to read this lesson as soon as I wake up in the morning. Then I will read it after my mid-day meal. Then, most importantly, I will read it aloud before I sleep at night. I will read only this one lesson, not the other lessons that follow this, three times a day for one month. Then I will move on to the next lesson and read it three times a day for a month, and so on.
Each of these lessons destroys a bad habit and brings me closer to success.
Say this affirmation: I am happy, healthy, wealthy, wise and good looking. Remember the affirmation in Joel 3:10 Let the weak say “I am strong.” So even if all the qualities in the affirmation are not true yet, go ahead and say it. It will make all of those qualities much more likely to come about in your life.
People are praying for you as you go through this series of steps and I know that God is good and will help you and give you all the strength you need to live a victorious life because he promised that we are more than conquerors. This means I can conquer bad habits, self-pity and sadness.
Why is it so important to form this habit of reading this lesson three times a day?
Because when I read this three times a day, it causes this information to seep into my subconscious mind. The subconscious is much more powerful than the conscious mind. It can change my actions without me even realizing it is happening. For example, have you ever bought a new car, maybe a white van, and after buying it realized there are many white vans on the roads that you never noticed before? Buying the white van made you think about white vans. Maybe in the past you never even noticed them. Now you will notice opportunities for success that you have never noticed in the past because your subconscious mind will bring them to your attention.
When powerful ideas are planted in your subconscious mind, beneficial results happen. This idea has been used by many people to achieve success. But not everyone who does this achieves success because they may not persist and do the other things talked about in the other lessons.
As these ideas are cultivated in my subconscious mind, I will begin to awake with a new vitality I have never known before. I will be able to get rid of negative thoughts as soon as they begin, and in fact, before they begin in my mind. My enthusiasm will rise and my fears will fade away and disappear. I will be happier than I believed possible.
Soon, I will react to any difficulty with strategies for success that I learn from these lessons.
Today I begin a new life.
I make a solemn oath to myself that nothing will slow my growth. I will not lose a day from reading these principles. For that day cannot be retrieved. I must not, I will not break the habit of reading these lessons. Truthfully, this is a small price to pay for a new and better life, a life filled with happiness and success.
I will not underestimate the simplicity of these principles because they have been proven successful for thousands of years. Today I begin a new life and I will be successful! Truly, I will be successful.
I will post more principles later. You don’t need them for another month, right? :)
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- to be heard
- to be physically safe
- to be affirmed
- to be praised
- to be touched
- to be passionately desired
- to be included in your life
1. Your friend/child/spouse/employee wants to be heard.
Large, well managed companies often teach their supervisors the importance of listening. Remember to listen to your significant other and make sure she/he knows she is being heard. Don’t stare at the TV or computer while she is talking. She may be telling you things that she feels are extremely important.
Most men don’t understand how important the ideas are that a wife expresses. If she says she is feeling overwhelmed, don’t just say OK and then go on with your work. Understand that there is trouble and it may be really big trouble. Also, your wife probably looks to you as the leader in the family in some ways. Think about how you feel if your boss at work does not listen to you. Furthermore, how do you feel when your boss is harsh to you? Your wife probably feels the same way when you don’t listen to her or you are harsh to her. Listen to her, remember what she says, and realize it is important. Act on what she says. Women, your husband needs you to do the same.
Your wife or husband may have grown up in a family in which her/his emotions and feelings were not valued. There may have been a lot of loneliness in her life even though she was surrounded by sisters, brothers, mother and father. She needs to talk about how she feels. Never say that her feelings are not important. Don’t react to her in such a way that she feels you consider her feelings unimportant. This can cause enormous emotional distress, even mental illness in people if their emotions are not validated. Husbands, learn to talk about how you feel. You wife needs to hear it.
2. Your wife wants to be physically safe. If you have been physically aggressive to her, hitting, pushing or otherwise, it can cause much bigger problems than you think. It may have taken away her security. But safety is more than just this. She needs to know she will have a roof over her head and clothes to wear. Wives, remember to be content with what you have. Nothing is more difficult for a man than a woman who is never grateful for what he provides for her and always nags about wanting more, more, more.
But you both need to feel safe about expressing your feelings. Don’t belittle or ridicule each other’s feelings or desires.
3. Affirm each other. If your husband does the dishes for you, be sure and thank him. If your wife does something kind for you, don’t forget to affirm her and let her know that you appreciate it.
4. Praise each other. This is important because men need respect very much. They want you to respect and praise them for the efforts they make for the family. Your husband working extra hours at work may get tiring to you, but realize it may by your husband’s way of showing love for you and your children. Use positive reinforcement instead of negative to bring about changes. For example, say “It is so good for the family when you get home on time so that we don’t have to wait for you while our supper grows cold.”
5. Touch is very important in family relationships. Research shows that babies that are not touched, left alone in the hospital are likely to die. That is why hospitals hire people to pick up the babies and talk to them. Touch is important for children and adults, too. You may have seen the bumper sticker “Have you hugged your kid today?” It is important to do. I remember when my seven year old was crying about something that had happened to her at school. Her friend had gotten mad at her and pushed her down. I told her to sit on my lap and put my arms around her. Within a few seconds she was no longer crying and began to laugh.
6. Desire each other passionately. If you do this, it will bring fun back into your marriage. Pray for it. It is possible. You want to be the only man in your wife’s life, she wants to be the one and only woman in your life. There will be many times when she doesn’t feel that is number one. Spending all your time at work and neglecting her shows that there is another woman – your job, that is more important than her. Or it may be your mother, sisters, brothers, friends, hobbies.
Men and women both want to be included in each other’s lives. Most women begin to think about marriage when they are in their early teens. They think about sharing their life with a man. Men probably don’t think about this until they are older but it is important to them too. Do you include your significant other in your life? Ask her if she feels that you do.
OK, now you know some very important information. Don’t just read it and forget it. If you do, you are just wasting your time at this web site. Find a way to remember these ideas and make a plan as to how you will apply them to your life. Sit down and write down your plan. Keep it in a safe place. What I do is to find a way to remember these life changing ideas from the survey. I make an acronym from the main ideas. Let’s give it a try. The seven ideas are listed above. the first one is “Hear.” Use the letter H for hear. The next idea is safety-use an “S.” Make an acronym and spell something to memorize these ideas. Write a plan about how you will do these. 1. H (hear) 2. S (safe) 3. A (affirm) 4. P (praise) 5. T (touch) 6. D (desire passionately) 7. E (enter her into your life). You have seven letters: H, S, A, P, T, D, E. You can arrange the letters to form a word like this: SHAPED T. This word will help you remember the seven things people want in life so that you can find ways to give and receive these seven things.
Have you ever stopped to think that the more you enjoy something the better you will do at it? For example Michael Jordan loves basketball, he loved his job as a pro basketball player. He would have to love the game to be willing to practice so many hours each week.
The more you love your job, the better you will perform.
You can learn to love your job. I don’t care how much you hate it now, you really can learn to be happy with your job. I find that I can love my job or hate my job. Every week I have to give myself a pep talk to keep my attitude about my job positive. Sometimes I say out loud “I love my job.” It may sound corny, but it really helps. Other times I think of all the good things about my job. You have probably heard of counting your blessings, well, it helps to write a list of blessings about your job.
A couple of years ago I did some research on what American companies are looking for when they hire employees. I found that almost all companies consider attitude to be very important. In fact many large companies say they prefer a person with a good attitude over a person with more experience and skill.
Attitude increases performance in relationships too. People who really love their spouse are better husbands and wives.
We can take a look at two hypothetical employees, Bill and Tom. Bill has learned to love his job and continues to learn to love his wife more and more. Tom hates his job and does not get along well with his wife. His boss would tell you he has a bad attitude and doesn’t get along well with others.
Bill comes in to work about fifteen or twenty minutes early almost every day. He has plenty of time to go to the coffee machine and buy a steaming cup of black coffee, just the way he likes it. He goes to his desk and organizes his day so that he can control events instead of events controlling him. He is relaxed and ready for a brand new day.
Tom often comes in ten minutes late. He is in a rush every day and it stresses him out. When he arrives at his desk a coworker is already waiting for him with a question about a project he is working on. Tom doesn’t have time to relax with a cup of coffee and his day is already set – stress and frustration.
Bill likes his job. He is grateful for it. That does not mean he never faces problems or difficulties. But he has a good attitude and that helps him cope with anything that goes wrong.
Just as there are physical laws that govern
the physical universe, so are there spiritual laws
that govern your relationship with God.
God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.
“God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever
believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NIV).
[Christ speaking] “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly”
[that it might be full and meaningful] (John 10:10).
Why is it that most people are not experiencing that abundant life?
Man is sinful and separated from God.
Therefore, he cannot know and experience
God’s love and plan for his life.
Man is Sinful
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his own stubborn
self-will, he chose to go his own independent way and fellowship with God was broken.
This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference,
is an evidence of what the Bible calls sin. continue reading click here