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

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

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

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

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

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

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journey thousandWhen I was a missionary to Asia there was a profound sense of joy in my life because I knew I was doing exactly what God wanted me to do. I was making sacrifices for God, but they did not seem burdensome.  They seemed easy, in fact they were joyful. I remember hearing a missionary preach about suffering for Jesus. He brought his wife and three children to Africa and a few months after they got there, they all got sick. They were too sick to get out of bed. He said “Be happy, rejoice because we are suffering for Jesus!”

I feel a little bit like the apostle Paul. There were times in my life when I had so much money I didn’t know how to spend it all, and there were times in my life when I lived in deep poverty. They say that rich people are not necessarily happier than poor people.

Mother Teresa lived a very simple life. She always seemed to be happy. She knew her purpose in life and she constantly stayed on track to fulfill the purpose. What a joyful life that is. There have been thousands of people, probably millions who were as dedicated to God as she was, but did not get the publicity that she did. They did not need publicity to make them happy. Serving God and having a passion to please him was all they needed to be joyful. The apostle Paul said that he learned the secret of being content in any circumstance whether he had plenty or very little. He had completely dedicated his life to serving God.

When you realize that your purpose is to love God and serve him, you know that nobody can take that away from you. They can put a person in jail the way they did the apostle Paul but they could not take away his purpose in life. Instead of hindering the gospel it promoted the gospel. There have been many times in my life that I felt distressed or sad. One thing that would always make me feel better is to realize that no matter what happens to me, my purpose in life is still the same and God will make sure that I can fulfill his purpose. There is no force powerful enough, no person persuasive enough, no circumstance bad enough to force us to quit fulfilling God’s purpose in our life. To really latch onto this idea and let it sink deep into our soul is a very joyful thing.

Confidence is key

Brad Stanton —  January 6, 2014 — 4 Comments

7232b51d1e780b1845a7bba362702254_mOnce there was a middle school boy who desperately wanted to become a professional basketball player. He was tall, and his huge feet indicated he would grow even taller. However, he was so big that it was difficult for him to get up and down the basketball court. His huge, heavy feet were often a disadvantage because they were just too big. But he was a good basketball player.

His coach had seen many students throughout the years who wanted to play pro ball. He knew that only a tiny fraction of them would ever make it to the pros. He knew that students that age needed a plan B, not just a plan A of playing pro ball, so he tried his best to instill other dreams in the kids.

The coach realized he needed to talk to the big boy who was so intent on becoming a pro basketball player, even though he was built more for football. He didn’t want to discourage the boy, but he knew how difficult it had been for other students who put all their eggs in one basket and didn’t have a plan B.

Finally after watching the boy slow down during the game because he was too heavy to continue to run up and down the court, the coach took him aside and put his arm around the boy and said “Shaq, maybe you need a plan B.” The boy’s name was Shaquille O’Neal, but he went by Shaq.

In high school Shaq sometimes became discouraged about his goal to play pro ball. Then he met a college coach who understood that he needed encouragement. The coach realized he needed something to overcome his difficulty getting up and down the court. On a piece of paper he wrote out some exercises that would give Shaq more stamina. He gave him a pep talk, telling him that he really did have potential and that if he worked hard enough he might make it to the pros.

Coach Brown of LSU (shown above) was a gifted motivator and encourager. His words had a profound influence on Shaq, who later became a pretty good basketball player.

Who can you encourage? There are many people out there who rarely hear an encouraging word. One of my goals in life is to help street kids. Some of them have been abandoned by their parents, and that is definately not good for the self image. They not only need food, shelter and clothing, they also need encouragement and an education. More about street kids here

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English: The Dead Sea just before sunrise. The...

English: The Dead Sea just before sunrise. The picture was taken at dawn from mount Sdom in Israel. The Dead Sea is the lowest place in the world. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

People who travel to Israel are amazed by the Dead Sea. The water is so dense that a person can actually sit in the water and read a book without sinking. The only problem is that people won’t want to be near you after you get in the water, because it stinks.

The reason the water is so dense is that the Jordan River flows into it, but nothing flows out. The water evaporates, leaving all the sediment and other chemicals. The sea is dead because the water is trapped, with no way to go out. There is little or no life in the Dead Sea, hence the name.

If you want to add a little joy in your life, give a little joy. People are a lot like a sea. If nothing is going out of them, they have a really hard time getting more into them.

Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Jesus said that if we give a lot, we get a lot. If we give nothing, we get nothing.

It is often said that if a person is depressed, he should help someone else and in doing so, he will find some joy. I think it is true because I have proved it over and over again in my life. One reason I blog is to give a little of the joy that I have received, but the more I give and the more people I help, the more I get.

Want to help me help children in the Philippines who have been affected by the typhoon? Pray, give or go. To donate, click here

For the rest of this year, every cent profit I make from my books will go toward helping street kids.

You reap what you sow

Brad Stanton —  April 23, 2013 — 7 Comments

000Beggar“Good morning” said a woman as she walked up to the man sitting on ground. The man slowly looked up.

This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life. Her coat was new. She looked like she had never missed a meal in her life.

His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before. “Leave me alone,” he growled….

To his amazement, the woman continued standing. She was smiling — her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows. “Are you hungry?” she asked. “I’ll buy your lunch at the cafeteria across the street.”

She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest. She stared at him intently. “Jack, do you remember me?”

Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes. “I think so — I mean you do look familiar.”

“I’m a little older perhaps,” she said. “Maybe I’ve even filled out more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through that very door, cold and hungry.”

“I was just out of college,” the woman began. “I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn’t find anything. Finally I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment. I walked the streets for days. It was February and I was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat.”

Jack lit up with a smile. “Now I remember,” he said. “I was behind the serving counter. You came up and asked me if you could work for something to eat. I said that it was against company policy.”

“I know,” the woman continued. “Then you made me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that you would get into trouble… Then, when I looked over and saw you put the price of my food in the cash register, I knew then that everything would be all right.”

“So you started your own business?” Old Jack said. “I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually I started my own business that, with the help of God, prospered.” She opened her purse and pulled out a business card. “When you are finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons…He’s the personnel director of my company. I’ll go talk to him now and I’m certain he’ll find something for you to do around the office.” She smiled. “I think he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your feet… If you ever need anything, my door is always opened to you.”

There were tears in the old man’s eyes. “How can I ever thank you?” he said. “Don’t thank me,” the woman answered. “Thank God, He led me to you.”

God is going to shift things around for you today and make things work in your favor.