Thursday - October 2, 2014

Coping (October 2)

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“Success in life is not how well we execute Plan A; it’s how smoothly we cope with Plan B. And for most of us, that’s 99 percent of the time” (Sarah Ban Breathnach). MOST OF US ARE QUITE FAMILIAR WITH THE CONCEPT OF COPING. Coping is “the process of managing taxing circumstances, expending effort to solve personal and interpersonal problems, ... Read More »

Do We Expect God’s Help Too Soon? (October 1)

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“If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). GOD GAVE US THE ABILITIES THAT WE HAVE, AND HE EXPECTS US TO EXERCISE OURSELVES IN USING THEM. “If anyone will not work,” Paul wrote, “neither shall he eat.” In a world obsessed with ease and convenience, the problem of laziness is more of a problem than many ... Read More »

Experience (October 1)

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“The value of experience is not in seeing much, but in seeing wisely” (Sir William Osler). IF WE WISH TO MAKE ANY POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE, “EXPERIENCE” IS SOMETHING THAT WE’LL HAVE TO HAVE. For one thing, without any firsthand experience in dealing with the real world, we wouldn’t know what kinds of contributions need ... Read More »

Uncluttering Our Lives (October 1)

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“. . . that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing” (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12). LIFE HAS A WAY OF BECOMING MORE AND MORE COMPLICATED, AND THERE IS ... Read More »

What Can You See? (September 30)

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“Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad” (John 8:56). ABRAHAM “SAW” THE DAY WHEN THE MESSIAH WOULD COME, A DAY THAT WAS, FOR HIM, IN THE FAR DISTANT FUTURE. He also saw heaven: “he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10). So Abraham, like ... Read More »

Parenting (September 30)

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“As my fathers planted for me, so do I plant for my children” (The Talmud). ALL OF US HAVE HAD PARENTS (WHETHER KNOWN TO US OR NOT), AND MOST OF US WILL HAVE BECOME PARENTS BEFORE OUR LIVES ARE OVER. Most of us, therefore, will serve as some sort of bridge between the past generations and those of the future. ... Read More »