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Sometimes the biggest results come from the smallest beginnings.

Have you ever stopped to think about how tiny an atom is?  But strangely enough the most enormous power ever seen from a bomb is released from tiny atoms of uranium or plutonium. These atoms are split, releasing enormous energy. But these atoms are much larger than some of the smaller atoms. The hydrogen atom is the very smallest of all atoms and yet the hydrogen bomb is much more powerful than the atom bomb.  It gets its enormous power from fusing hydrogen atoms together.  Isn’t that amazing?  The most powerful force known to man at this time comes from the smallest atom.

Prayer is the same way.  We may think that our prayers are small and insignificant, but God knows that they are not.  I heard a preacher say that he began praying for the country of Libya during a certain year.  Seven and a half years later he talked to a man at a conference who told him that he had a high government job in Libya.  He personally killed over 90 people as part of his job.  That was in the days that Libya was heavily involved in terrorism.  But one day he suddenly had a burden to become a Christian.  He became a Christian and some of the other officers found out about it. He was brought before the leader who told him he would have to renounce his Christianity or be killed.  He said he could not renounce.  Later he was taken away to be tortured but he escaped from the prison by a guard who helped him.  He went to another country and began preaching on the street corners.  But he learned through the grapevine that a team was sent from Libya to kill him.  So he moved to another country.

Later he ended up at the conference talking to the preacher that prayed for Libya.  The preacher was absolutely amazed that he had become a Christian the very month that he started praying for Christians in Libya.

Do you feel your prayers don’t matter? Don’t feel that way. Your prayers are much more powerful than you realize.


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 would have to love the game to be willing to put in the incredible number of practice hours that he did. And Einstein loved physics. He would have to really enjoy it to work as a patent clerk in the daytime and work on his Theory of Relativity in the evening and during his free hours at work.

A husband who really enjoys his wife and children will be a better husband and father. He will not only be more loved by them, but he will love them more and be happier with the results of their lives.

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.

A couple of years ago I did some studying on what American companies are looking for when they hire employees. I found that attitude is considered very important by most companies. In fact many large companies say they prefer a person with a good attitude over a person with more experience and skill.

The Apostle Paul told us to be overflowing with thankfulness. A person who is really thankful for what he has will enjoy life more and be more excellent in his relationships and his job. When Bill drives home from work he begins to look forward to seeing his wife and children. He enjoys them. He takes time every now and then to think about the benefits of being married to his wife and the joy of each of his children.

When Tom is driving home from work he is thinking critical thoughts about his wife and children. Probably the dinner will be late and he is very hungry. The kids will be naughty and noisy and he won’t be able to rest. He will probably lose his temper with either his wife or one of his children and then everyone in the family will be unhappy for awhile. They will sit down and eat together, but it will be very quiet and rather tense.

If dinner is late for Bill he eats a snack or lies down for awhile until he is rested and refreshed enough to face this new challenge. He enjoys the noise the children make because he knows they are having fun, and he enjoys seeing (or hearing) them have fun. If the dinner is late, it doesn’t matter, he knows his wife has been busy with many different tasks around the house all day and she won’t finish work until all the kids are in bed.

Psychologists and business experts tell us that positive reinforcement is more effective than negative. That means if we want to change other people’s behavior it is better to tell them what they are doing right instead of what they are doing wrong. Getting angry and shouting at people may change them for awhile, but it usually brings about more harm than good in the long run.

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John Grisham, the famous writer, was turned down by 16 agents and a dozen publishers before he got his first book published. It is amazing that he was only turned down that many times because many great writers were turned down ten times more than that.

John was a lawyer working 60-80 hours a week in Southaven Mississippi. But he still found time to write. He would get up at 5 AM every morning to write for an hour. After three years he finished his first novel – A Time to Kill.

Actor Harrison Ford was told by the VP of Columbia that he just didn’t have what it takes to become an actor. Ford became a self-taught carpenter and made cabinets and other things for the rock band The Doors, Sally Kellerman and a recording studio for Sergio Mendes. He made cabinets in the home of Georg Lucas, who gave him a role in American Graffiti (1973). Lucas didn’t give Ford the part of Han Solo right away. It took a lot of work and persuasion by Ford, but that role made him extremely famous.

Steven Spielberg tried to go to filmmaking school but was not accepted. He visited Universal Studios and met Chuck Silvers, an executive there. Silvers invited him to come back. Spielberg did and hung around the whole summer, pretending to be an employee there, wearing a black suit and carrying his father’s briefcase with nothing inside it but his lunch.

10 years later Spielberg directed Jaws, which made more money than any other movie at that time.


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Ideas from a free class by Jeff Goins

What is voice?
1. It’s your style
2. It’s your unique way of expressing yourself
3. It’s how you see the world


Why do we read the authors we read?
1. We believe in them
2. We resonate with their worldview
3. We like the way they tell a story
4. We trust them

Who are you and what do you want to say, how do you want to say it? Until you become Hemmingway or Faulkner you may be uncomfortable with your style of writing. Some people will like to read your stuff even if you say the same thing someone else says because you say it in a way they like. It is not a good idea to try to copy someone else’s voice, but it is a good idea to think about what you like that others write and learn from them.

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How long does it take to find your voice? A long time! Maybe not until you write five or six books, or maybe a lot less.

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How do you become a great writer? Begin writing! Set aside 30 minutes at a certain time. (my note: it is best to do it at the same time of day in the same place) Don’t try to do 3 hours to begin with. Just write what interests you and don’t worry if it is good or bad. Don’t get up until you have written something. Don’t edit it until later, just get as much content down as you can. You have plenty of time to improve it. Worrying about whether what you write is good or not will hinder the flow of ideas. The secret to success is to write, write and write some more.

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Stephen King says the secret of becoming a great writer is butt glue. In other words sit down and write!

Ask for feedback from friends and blog readers. Hey you all, leave a comment, what are some things you don’t like and like about this blog? Be honest!

Seeds of greatness

Brad Stanton —  March 15, 2013 — 1 Comment

163917_16 - CopyYou have seeds of greatness inside you that enable you to achieve the goals and dreams in your life. When you plant a seed, you probably water it often, weed it, and put fertilizer on it. The more you cultivate it, the better the harvest will be. In the same way, your seeds of greatness need cultivation to grow and cause you to be extraordinary.

Your goals may be a happier marriage, a promotion at work, to get out of debt, or better health. These are all possible goals and dreams.

Some ways to cultivate your seeds of greatness are to think positive thoughts instead of negative. Set goals and believe that you can achieve them. Be persistent, diligent and enjoy working for the dreams and goals in your life. The more you enjoy working toward the goals, the better you will work. You will end up working smarter instead of harder. Thomas Edison said he never worked a day in his life because he enjoyed it so much it was fun, not work.

Faith, belief, optimism are powerful forces that help you achieve the extraordinary. Most people don’t even think about becoming extraordinary. They don’t believe they can do it, so they don’t even try.

Affirmations are one way many people achieve success. The famous story of the Little Engine that Could is an example. The little engine was faced with a task that seemed impossible, but he repeated “I think I can, I think I can” over and over until he mustered the gumption to pull a heavy load. He accomplished the task and all the other engines cheered.

If you are a Christian, there are plenty of powerful affirmations you can use. One of them is “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil 4:10

The problem is, accomplishing big things takes lots of time, sometimes years. It is easy to get discouraged along the way and give up. But you have never failed until you quit. The old saying really is true: winners never quit and quitters never win.  http://bradstanton.com/2013/03/09/amazing-coincidences/


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It is said that some of the top leaders of England were at a party with Oliver Cromwell, trying their best to make friends with him in order to win favors. One man apparently had a habit of talking before thinking and saw a homely young lady enter the party with a man.

“Who is that unsightly creature with Lord Smith?” the man asked Cromwell.

Cromwell winced and said “That sir, is my daughter.”

Trying hastily to overcome his mistake the man said “No, no I mean that shocking monster on the other side of him.”

“That, sir, is my wife.”

I don’t know if that story is true or just a joke, but the following is true and I thought it was very interesting because it is the account of a man who rose from obscurity to a very high position.

Oliver Cromwell (1599 – 1658) was an English military and political leader and later Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland. Born into the middle gentry, he was relatively obscure for the first 40 years of his life. After undergoing a religious conversion in the 1630s, Cromwell became an intensely religious man and he fervently believed that God was guiding his victories.

He was elected Member of Parliament and later entered the English Civil War. Nicknamed “Old Ironsides”, he was quickly promoted from leading a single cavalry troop to become one of the principal commanders of the New Model Army. (From Wikipedia)

He later became head of state of England, Scotland and Ireland and changed the course of history. It just goes to show you that your luck can change at any time, and you may be propelled into a wonderful life.


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We all want to persuade people (our kids, boss, employees, spouse) to do certain things.

The Pygmalion effect (also called the Rosenthal effect) is a phenomenon that has been proven to work very well by scientists, including Dr. Robert Rosenthal of Harvard University and UC Riverside. It has been shown that when you have high expectations for your students, spouse, children, employees, etc. that they will perform better just because you have faith in them.

Also, it has been proven over and over that positive reinforcement (reward) works better to change people than negative reinforcement (punishment).

So when your child comes home with poor grades, it is best to say,

“Honey I know you can do better next time because you are smart” than to say “You are grounded for a week, dummy.”

Self-fulfilling prophecy is powerful. Listen to the way you talk to yourself in your mind. Do you call yourself stupid, lazy, ugly? If you do, you will start to become what you call yourself.

An MMA fighter named Tito Ortiz talked about this. He had grueling workouts to prepare for fights and tried to motivate himself by calling himself lazy if he quit a workout early. He called himself a loser and other names people should never call themselves or others. Ortiz was unpopular in the ring. He was often booed, and he could not understand why people didn’t like him.

Later Ortiz got a new coach who told him to be careful of his “self-talk.” Ortiz began to call himself a winner and a hard worker. To his surprise, the fans quit booing him and he dramatically improved his fighting ability. It became easier to finish his workouts.

Do you want to change someone? Wives I know you want to change your husband. The best way is to use positive statements. “Honey, I really admire you when you take out the trash” is better than getting angry and not talking. Silence only makes things worse, because us men are never smart enough to read your minds.

If you really believe in yourself and your people, great things will happen!

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Brainstorming for solving any problem

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A technique called brainstorming can be used to solve just about any problem, whether it is a relationship problem, a technical problem, a writing block, or anything else.
Brainstorming just means that a person or group of people sit down and write down as many solutions to a problem as they can think of. No one should take time to decide whether the solutions are good or not, just list as many possibilities as possible. Later go through the list and keep only the good ideas. It is amazing how many discoveries were made on things not related to the original problem were found by using this method, and how many good solutions to the original problem were uncovered.

 

 

Creativity is a must for brainstorming. Most people use creativity in their home life and jobs. Whether you are a writer, an engineer, QA, manager, business person or other, creativity is a must to be competitive in the world today.

 

 

So if creativity is so important, how do we strengthen our creative brain muscles? One way is to do brainstorming. Sit down and write out a list of all the possible, including silly, things a pencil can be used for. A team of three people came up with over 50 uses for the lowly pencil. Here are just some of the uses:

 

 

• To write with
• As a paperweight
• As a weapon (use it as a knife)
• Tent peg
• Fire kindling
• Chew toy
• Use pencils as Tinker Toys

 

 

For example, if you are dimensioning an engineering drawing and you can’t decide whether to use a Perpendicularity control or a Surface Profile, you can sit and write out all the possible outcomes you can think of for each.

 

 

If you are trying to solve the problem of ensuring that your teenage son comes home to dinner on time you can sit down and make a list of methods you can use. Of course it might help to talk to a person very knowledgeable about that sort of thing first.

In the book A Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger VonOech, the author gives a hypothetical situation: Suppose you get a call from a company that accidently bought $1,000,000 too many ball bearings. The company asks you to think of some way to monetize the situation. Here are some possible uses of the ball bearings:

 

 

• Use them as level testers.
• Sew them into a canvas vest and use them as “weight clothing” for athletes.
• Make jewelry out of them: earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.
• Use them as confetti at a punk rock concert.
• Put them on the bottom of uneven curtains and use them as curtain weights.
• Serve them as robot caviar (when your “home robot” is having friends over).

 

 

The last idea is rather silly, but it’s brainstorming, right?

 

 


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 “I will be faithful with the talent, time, and opportunity God has given me.02a14

 I realize that when I make the most of what I have, God will multiply it and give me more.” ~Victoria Osteen

I will fill my thoughts with things I love and like, because that not only makes me stronger, more loveable it also makes me happier. Thinking about things I don’t love (worry, anger, lack of forgiveness, fear) only make me weaker and bring more bad things into my life.

I will live my life doing the very best I can today, because I know my thoughts and attitudes shape my actions and my actions determine my destiny.

I will spend time helping people around me, my friends, co-workers, loved ones, because I know a person always reaps what they sow, if they reap good things, they will sow good things.

I will do my best and do everything I can because I know that God will do what I can’t do.

I will focus on the good things I have and really enjoy them instead of thinking about what I don’t have.

I will constantly expect good things to happen and look beyond where I am now, believing that good things will always flow to me in life if I have faith. “Surely good things and mercy will come to me all the days of my life and I will live with God in paradise forever.” Psalm 23:6

I will always keep in mind that everything, whether good or bad, will turn out for good. “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. “Romans 8:28

Better relationships

Brad Stanton —  September 27, 2012 — 2 Comments

Surveys show there are at least seven important things that people want in relationships.

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  • to be heard
  • to be physically safe
  • to be affirmed
  • to be praised
  • to be touched (depends on which kind of relationship)
  • to be passionately desired
  • to be included in your life

1. Your friend/child/spouse/employee wants to be heard. In some of the lessons which were used to train supervisors in a fortune 50 company they explained the importance of listening. One of their key ideas was to listen to people. Chances are, what they are saying is important. Remember to listen to your significant other and make sure she/he knows she is being heard. Not a good idea stare at the TV or computer while she is talking. She may be telling you things that are the most important things to her in her entire life. 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, whether or not she admits it. 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, your wife needs to hear it.

Love brings excellence

Brad Stanton —  September 15, 2012 — 49 Comments

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 would have to love the game to be willing to put in the incredible number of practice hours that he did. And Einstein loved physics. He would have to really enjoy it to work as a patent clerk in the daytime and work on his Theory of Relativity in the evening and during his free hours at work.

A husband who really enjoys his wife and children will be a better husband and father. He will not only be more loved by them, but he will love them more and be happier with the results of their lives.

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.

A couple of years ago I did some studying on what American companies are looking for when they hire employees. I found that attitude is considered very important by most companies. In fact many large companies say they prefer a person with a good attitude over a person with more experience and skill.

The Apostle Paul told us to be overflowing with thankfulness. A person who is really thankful for what he has will enjoy life more and be more excellent in his relationships and his job. When Bill drives home from work he begins to look forward to seeing his wife and children. He enjoys them. He takes time every now and then to think about the benefits of being married to his wife and the joy of each of his children.

When Tom is driving home from work he is thinking critical thoughts about his wife and children. Probably the dinner will be late and he is very hungry. The kids will be naughty and noisy and he won’t be able to rest. He will probably lose his temper with either his wife or one of his children and then everyone in the family will be unhappy for awhile. They will sit down and eat together, but it will be very quiet and rather tense.

If dinner is late for Bill he eats a snack or lies down for awhile until he is rested and refreshed enough to face this new challenge. He enjoys the noise the children make because he knows they are having fun, and he enjoys seeing (or hearing) them have fun. If the dinner is late, it doesn’t matter, he knows his wife has been busy with many different tasks around the house all day and she won’t finish work until all the kids are in bed.

Psychologists and business experts tell us that positive reinforcement is more effective than negative. That means if we want to change other people’s behavior it is better to tell them what they are doing right instead of what they are doing wrong. Getting angry and shouting at people may change them for awhile, but it usually brings about more harm than good in the long run.

Please leave a comment and let us know what you think. :)


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A writer who inspires me to write is Jack Canfield. His style is clear, simple and crisp. He is much more concerned about getting his ideas across than sounding flowery or lofty. When I read his books, I always feel inspired to write because his writing inspires me and makes me feel that I can accomplish my goals. This post is dedicated to him.

Someone might have a goal and dream of taking a fun vacation. They might state their goal as:

I want to take a vacation to a beautiful place.

But this is not specific enough to cause the subconscious mind to start working on the goal and seeing things that can be done to achieve the goal. A better goal would be:

I will take a cruise to the Bahamas from January 15th to 29th of 2013.

If you called a travel agent and said you wanted the first goal, they would have to ask you questions about when and where you wanted to go. They would need to know the specifics. Your brain needs specifics in order to start working on a goal and doing “magic” to get the goal accomplished.

In World War II soldiers were sent out to walk an area that was close to enemy territory on an island in the Pacific Ocean. They would be questioned after they came back to see if they had seen any clues that might show the enemy was planning a raid. It was found that if the soldiers were hypnotized they were able to recount much more information than when not under hypnosis. For example, under hypnosis a soldier might remember that he heard a noise that could have been an enemy soldier or he saw a broken shrub which could mean someone stepped on it.

This means that your subconscious deals with much more information than your conscious. So if you have a specific goal that you write down and think about twice a day every day, your subconscious will start to see ways to accomplish that goal that you never would have thought of otherwise.

Brain researchers estimate that your unconscious data base outweighs the conscious on an order exceeding ten million to one. This data base is the source of your hidden, natural genius. In other words, a part of you is much smarter than you are. The wise people regularly consult that smarter part. ~Michael J Gelb, Author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

Goal: I want to spread hope to lots of people.
Better goal: I will use my blog to spread hope to 10,000 people by December 25, 2012.

Goal: I will make a lot of money this year
Better goal: I will make $100,000 by New Year’s Eve this year.
Better still: I will make $100,000 by December 23 this year (that way you can rest for the holiday instead of working up until New Year’s Eve).

Make a $100,000 check and post it somewhere you see every day. Try different ways of accomplishing the goal. If the first five dozen things you try don’t work, try a few dozen more. The more specific steps you try, the more chance of finding methods that make money.

Puns and other humour/humor

Brad Stanton —  September 7, 2012 — 18 Comments

The short fortuneteller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
He often broke into song because he couldn’t find the key.
Local Area Network in Australia: the LAN down under
The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered
When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds
The glasses maker who fell into his lens grinding machine made a spectacle of himself
A backwards poet writes inverse
A will is a dead giveaway
A bicycle can’t stand on its own because it is two-tired
The worst place to have a heart attack is during a game of charades. …Especially if the people you are playing with, are really bad guessers.
How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb? Just one, but the bulb has to really want to change.
How do you make a group of lawyers smile for a photo? Just say Fees
What’s the difference between a lawyer and a mosquito? The lawyer has a briefcase.
Doctor! Doctor! I feel like a pack of cards! Sit down and I’ll deal with you later.
Doctor! Doctor! I feel like a bridge! What’s come over you?
Doctor! Doctor! I feel like a pair of curtains! Pull yourself together!
Why did Santa’s little helper feel depressed? He had low elf esteem
Why couldn’t Dracula’s wife get to sleep? Because of his coffin
What was the witches’ favorite subject in school? Spelling
Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road? He didn’t have the guts
Why is the book Women Who Love Too Much a disappointment for many men?No phone numbers
A man said his credit card was stolen but he decided not to report it. The thief was spending less than his wife did
Did you hear about the dyslexic lawyer? He studied all year for the bra exam
Why don’t cannibals eat clowns? They taste funny
What did Mr. Spock find in the toilet? The captain’s log
Did you hear about the dyslexic devil worshipper? He sold his soul to Santa
Did you hear about the dyslexic agnostic? He stayed awake all night wondering if there really is a dog
A brand new communist solder fought bravely but was beaten up by another soldier. He may have been a green red who was black and blue but he wasn’t yellow.
Leave a reply and leave a pun if you can, pleeeease

Your enemies help you

Brad Stanton —  September 1, 2012 — 14 Comments

David Slaying Goliath

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Use your imagination for a moment. How would you feel if the leader of your country or a celebrity that you really admire called you and invited you to dinner? Not only that, but your enemies would be invited, along with your friends, but they would all have to pay for their meal. The celebrity would make a speech about what a wonderful person you are and put out a big spread of delicious food for you with steaks, fish, cakes, breads, fruits and plenty of other delicious things to drink.

All of your enemies would be sitting there thinking, wow, maybe this guy isn’t so bad after all. Or maybe they would be jealous of you. Certainly you would feel vindicated.

Psalm 23 is considered one of the most beautiful poems ever written. It is filled with incredibly powerful affirmations. Verse 5 says “You prepare a feast for me right in front of my enemies.” NIRV

If you are ever troubled about people who have hurt you, maybe hurt you very badly, use this affirmation. Say it out loud ten times every time you need it and it will make you feel wonderful.

Romans 12:19(NIRV)  My friends, don’t try to get even. Leave room for God to show his anger. It is written, “I am the One who judges people. I will pay them back” says the Lord.

Goliath was the worst enemy in the world for the Jewish people. But a boy named David was promoted because of his enemy. Killing Goliath put David in a position to later become king. Who are the Goliaths in your life?

Recently I read an article trashing a politician. But it just so happened that the things they didn’t like about that person were the things I did like. So by trying to cause him trouble, they were actually promoting him in many people’s eyes.

Joseph was promoted to one of the top positions in Egypt and stood before his brothers. His brothers sold him into slavery long before that, meaning it for bad, but it turned out that God used it for good.

God is in control. No one can ultimately harm you because God will use every bad situation and turn it into something good if you love God. Romans 8:28 We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.