All tagged Personal Disciplines
We all want our children to turn out well. Nothing thrills us more than seeing them go through school, marry well, excel in their career, and fulfill God’s purpose on their lives. Raising children who love, respect, serve, marry well, and contribute to society is not easy.
Here are five principles Melanie and I followed for the entire 32 years we had children in our home:
Your attitudes are determining your altitude. This phrase tells you if you are headed for the “jet stream” or a “slow crash.” How do you adjust your attitude? The “Beatitudes” are 8 HEAVENLY ATTITUDES and it is time to “think heavenly.” The Sermon on the Mount is the greatest sermon in history. Spoken in Matthew 5-7, its theme is “heavenly.” It describes a mindset on Heaven, a heavenly ambassador who represents how things are done back in his homeland.
God despises pride. He is all-powerful yet humble enough to wash the feet of His disciples. He knows that pride was Satan’s downfall. When I review the history of God’s generals and kings, I come to one grand conclusion: “STAY LOW.”
Here are 5 ways to guard your humility:
You might be saying, “I don’t need this. I would never have an issue with sexual temptation.” You are the perfect person to read this (see point one below!). Satan targets the most stable, fruitful leaders in an attempt to land a dart right in their heart.
Pay close attention to these thoughts and guard your heart:
Quick to hear…slow to speak…slow to anger. Those three phrases in James used to bother me. I had trouble with all three, especially the first one: “Quick to hear.” A better “translation” for me would have been, “Slow to listen…quick to speak…quick to get angry!” Notice that your “listening” starts and controls the whole rest of the cycle. First listening, then “words” and then your “emotions.”
What are the secrets to better listening skills?
On time is what every airline strives for. I’m told the Swiss run a news story if a train is a few minutes late! What difference does it makes to be “on time” and how can you hit that elusive mark? I can help you with that.
Every Wednesday morning at 7:30 for six years I met our Governor and his staff for a Bible study. One morning, I WOKE UP at 6:50! In eight minutes I was up, showered, dressed and out the door! I walked in breathing hard with five minutes to spare…and learned a valuable few lessons.
Here they are: