Defeating Our Goliaths
We can defeat Goliath-like problems-life-threatening disease, financial crisis-as David did.
There's Always a Way Out
If we feel trapped, scared by emotions or situations, we can trust God's loving hand to rescue us.
A Life Lesson from Noah: Patience
Technology has sped up our lives. If emails don't pop up instantly, something is wrong! Patience is waning. And then there's Noah.
Selfishness Is Not a "Right"
We have the right to be happy, but does that mean we have the right to be selfish? No. Selfishness hurts others and creates only temporary happiness. To find true joy we must be selfless.
Defeating the Goliath of Anger and Resentment
Anger and resentment help no one. In fact, they are consistently one of the main roadblocks to healthy relationships and happy lives. Anger and resentment are our Goliaths, and God has provided as many stones as we need to conquer them.
Cheating – What's the Real Price?
Honesty is central to good ethics and nearly all relationships we form. Yet, we often find a double standard for those that cheat and don't get caught. To maintain good ethics, we must maintain that cheating is wrong and works against God.
Too Much To Do?
There is never a finite amount of the Good we can do in a day. Often we might feel pressured by the clock and think about falling short of our daily goals. If we trust in God we will find both time and peace.
Responding to Bad Weather
Bad weather can be a major downer. It can ruin plans, cancel flights, and seem like it might never end. Many of our Biblical forefathers faced challenges far greater than bad weather and worked through them by remembering that their challenges will pass, just like the weather.
Everyone wants a second chance, and all it takes is a change in thought. If we stopped worrying about the situation or the mistakes we've made and focus on God, we will feel the instantaneous change in our thought, which will be reflected in our lives.
Make Room for Peace
Our minds are cluttered with distractions. To find peace, we need to make room. We need to let go of the earthly desires, let go of self-interest, and replace them with an interest in others and a desire to serve God.
Live Without Complaining
Most of us complain fairly often, about nearly everything. It seems natural and can feel good to let off steam. However, complaining is negative and detrimental. The act of complaining wastes time that could be spent gratifying our opportunities or working on solutions.
Our Response to Failure
Failure has a negative connotation, but many influential figures, like Thomas Edison, saw failure as a learning experience. Messing up doesn't mean we should give up, it means we have been given another opportunity in which to learn and succeed.
Performing Without Fear: Be Self-Less
One of the best ways to express God is by performing in front of others. Although it has the potential to petrify some of us, when we focus on the audience and what we are able to give, it becomes the perfect opportunity to demonstrate love.
Endurance: Bending Not Breaking
God made us with endurance in Mind. With qualities like patience, happiness, gratitude, trust in God, and Love, we are able to endure any hardship.
Competition – Bringing Out the Best
Competition is not about winning or losing. It is an opportunity to honor God by striving for our best and to pace us against peers. Whatever the outcome, when competition is done properly, all parties involved gain from the experience.
Where Do I Belong? With God!
We all want to belong and fit in, but what do we want to belong to? We should select the groups we associate with based on morals, not social standing.
Temptation Overcome: The Story Rewritten
Just as it was not in Adam or Eve's nature to eat of the forbidden fruit before being beguiled by the talking serpent, it is not in our nature to give into temptation. We have both the conviction and the faith to stand strong against temptation.
No Need for Jealousy
Jealousy is very subtle. One minute we can be thinking about a friend's new car and the next we might be wishing it were our car instead. To combat jealousy we should rejoice in others accomplishments and take pride in our own.
Face Down Fear
Fear can be petrifying, but only because we give it power. When we remember that God is beside us, all of our various fears that seem so real turn out to be nothing more than the monster under our beds.
Joy Defeats Depression
Depression tells us that our joy can be taken away. This is not true. God provides our joy, which is eternal and ever-present.
Anger can seem uncontrollable, but that is a false idea. Anger is a reaction. To defuse it, stop reacting and respond. If we take time, focus on peace, and then respond to the problems at hand, our anger will have dissipated.
Overwhelmed? Yes, by the Power of God
When tasks build up, do you become overwhelmed? You don't have to. When we realize that God provides us with all we need to complete our work, our panic fades away.
Stress is a Choice
It is easy to blame our stress on external factors – work, gas prices, projects. Yet, our stress is a product of our thought. We alone control our thoughts.