Technology can be both amazing and discouraging at the same time.
It’s amazing because it gives us instant access to information and other people no matter where they live around the globe. It’s discouraging, however, because it’s easy to get caught up in comparing ourselves to others.
We read someone’s success story on Facebook or online and think, “Man, I must really stink because I don’t make that much money or have that kind of impact.” And then we get discouraged and feel we are wasting our efforts.
As a result, many people settle or compromise or give up.
We live in a celebrity-focused culture where we are told if we look a certain way, have a certain talent, make enough money, or have lots of stuff, we will be “something.”
But it’s not true. [click to continue…]
The only sport I follow somewhat faithfully is hockey. I love the speed of the game, the finesse, and the excitement.
But when the playoffs start – which starts in the month of April – it’s by far the best of hockey. And I think the reason is because the players give their very best.
Why? Because the know what’s on the line – the Stanley Cup – the ultimate achievement in professional hockey.
As a result, every player gives it all they have. Every second of every play counts. [click to continue…]
John Maxwell said, “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”
I actually like the word respond better than react… but Maxwell’s point is clear. 10% of life is well, just life. You can’t control it. You can’t wish it away. Unexpected events happen, sickness, job loss, pain – this is life.
But 90% is how we respond to that 10%. Wow, that sure is sobering! [click to continue…]
Something I’ve never forgotten when I first started working with refugees a number of years ago was how shocked most of them were at seeing how busy American life is.
“All you do in America is work, work, work. When do you have time for rest?” one of my clients told me.
“We don’t rest much,” I said, with a bit of embarrassment. [click to continue…]
Steadfast (adj.) – “marked by firm determination and resolution; to be firm and steady.”
To be steady in a constantly changing world is not easy. To be firm amid difficult or unexpected circumstances is a challenge, to say the least.
In John Bunyan’s immortal, Pilgrim’s Progress, there is a character named Mr. Steadfast. Bunyan had a remarkable imagination and a deep understanding of human nature. As a result, his characters in Pilgrim’s forever live on. Mr. Steadfast is one of them. Allow me to give you a brief sketch of his life, and then draw some lessons for us so we can better be steadfast in our lives. [click to continue…]