Be Humble

Humility is a virtue that we should all have, and practice everyday.  I like both kinds of music……both country and western.  Tim McGraw’s song says it best…..always be humble and kind.  I wish we all did that.  Just imagine what a wonderful world this would be.   The line in Tim McGraw’s song sticks with me “When you get where you’re going, don’t forget- turn back around and help the next one in line”.  Our role is to ensure that we always focus on helping others.  Their success is our success.     Humility is mentioned 33 times in the Bible.  God tells us, many times, the importance of being humble.  Here’s a couple of examples: Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility values others above yourselves.”  In Ephesians 4:2 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”   But my favorite verse is

Commanding Courage

The world is a scary place.  Our Nation is at risk.  There are external threats (Russia, Iran, North Korean, ISIS……) and internal threats (domestic terrorism, divisive people, lack of respect for law enforcement personnel…..)  It would be easy to spend each day cowered in fear, just waiting for something bad to happen.  I can’t imagine living a life like that.  Everyday I turn to my source of courage which is my personal relationship with God.  I pray to God for the strength, courage and wisdom to do the things that He wants me to do.  And He grants me that.  He never lets me down.   God tells us in Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” I think about that everyday.  And as it says in

Overcoming Limitations

Overcoming Limitations I enjoy watching Clint Eastwood movies.  One of my favorites is Dirty Harry.  At one point, Eastwood’s character Harry Callahan looks at the camera and says “A man’s got to know his limitations.”  I believe that is so very true.   I know that I have many, many limitations.  Everyday when I look in the mirror (the most important piece of furniture in your house) I remind myself of those limitations.  Then, I drop to my knees and ask God to give me the strength, courage and wisdom to do the things that He wants me to do that particular day.  I know that God will help me overcome my limitations.   I always turn to the Bible for insights and wisdom.  In Mark 10:27:  “Jesus looked at them and said, with man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”  I know that, because of my

Searching for Inner Peace

    There is so much anxiety across our nation, and our world, these days.  Everyone appears to be unbelievably anxious and concerned.  The results of our national elections caused many folks to be happy, and many much less happy.  These days there are protests in the street on a daily basis.  Every time you turn on the TV, or read a newspaper, there is something going on that causes us all to be even more anxious. We need inner peace, individually and as a nation.  Where can we find it?   Many folks turn to exercise, meditation, food or drink to attain some level of inner peace.  Those things work to some extent.  Some folks even deny that there is any anxiety at all.   They think they are living a stress free life.  Interestingly, sometimes in life we are so consumed by things that we aren’t even aware of.   I find my inner
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