How we view life is called our perspective. It shapes our outlook, our decisions, and our actions. Whether we’re on the job, shopping, working in the yard, leading a Bible study, or watching a football game, our perspective interprets what we see and experience. Like a pair of glasses, our perspective can either distort or finely tune reality.
If there’s one universal sin that we’re all guilty of it would be pride. Pride is what caused Satan to fall and he used the same ploy to instigate the fall of mankind. He tempted Adam and Eve with the false promise, “You will be like God…” (Genesis 3:5) And ever since the fall, all of mankind has struggled with pride.
The Creator of the universe who made all things has also left His signs for us to follow. The Apostle Paul pointed out that the evidences of God’s presence are so numerous and obvious that everyone knows something about Him. In His creation we see His majesty, His unfathomable wisdom, His power to give life, and His amazing creativity.
Center of Gravity (CG) is a term that applies to various realms such as physics, aerodynamics, warfare, and human anatomy. Much of martial arts is based upon keeping your balance while unbalancing your opponent. If we understand the spiritual warfare application, as taught by Jesus, we will have a clearer understanding of the authority of the Word and the proper exercise of this authority delegated to us for this purpose.
In today’s busy hustle-and-bustle world, genuine appreciation is rare. How often do you write a thank-you card, send flowers to your secretary, wife, or mother — or visit an older relative in a nursing home? Appreciation is something we should endeavor to show regardless of how busy we are or how saggy the economy or circumstances around us.
We are social people and suffer under prolonged isolation. There’s a reason prisons use solitary confinement as a severe form of punishment. But isolation occurs in more insidious ways as well. When we feel hurt, depressed, frustrated, or angry we often act like a wounded animal and crawl off into a hole somewhere by ourselves to lick our wounds. But isolating like this is a dangerous path to walk.
The conscience is an interesting human faculty. It defines the moral code by which a person lives, or at least hopes to live by. As far as I know, everyone has a conscience. But it’s also clear that not everyone lives by the same standard of conscious morality.
Are you struggling with getting older? Someone once said, “As you get older you will understand more and more that it’s not about what you look like or what you own, it’s all about the person you’ve become.”
My feeling is we can’t be afraid of failure. The only way we can grow and mature is to take risks that sometimes end in failure.
Shortly after taking off, the co-pilot guided our craft towards the notorious pass. Within minutes it became very apparent that the limited visibility would not let us proceed. We would’ve been flying blind. Beads of sweat began to pop out on my forehead as the plane became engulfed in clouds.
When I see a football player do his “touchdown dance,” pound his chest, and point to himself after a touchdown, I must wonder. It’s as if he’s saying, “I’m the only one who accomplished this task! I’m the greatest!” Too often our ego gets in the way of recognizing who gave us the opportunity to succeed.
Life sometimes has a way of dealing out circumstances unevenly. Dads and moms often try to balance praise and reward so that each child can feel fulfilled and encouraged. As encouragers we try to be even-handed and fair with our appreciation in order that each child feels equally blessed and loved.
One of my fishing partners had taken his motor home to a state bass fishing competition. In his haste to get some pre-fishing completed, he failed to check the water in his motor home. The half-tank of drinking water had set for many weeks. Giardia had built up in the tank and quickly infected him.
We hunters often get a “bad rap” because of our hobby. Many naively believe that the hunter is to blame for the dwindling populations of many threatened species in our world. On the surface, this may sound logical, but the truth is that the sportsmen have done a great deal to preserve and enhance fish and wildlife resources.
He shut off the car, got out and walked around the vehicle, but not seeing anything wrong, he got back in, started it, and pulled forward very slowly. Then, he felt the right rear end of the car sag and he knew immediately that the wheel had come off!