Saturday, December 27, 2008

Self-Assessment

by Steve Pavlina

One of the best ways to bring more truth into your life is to conduct a quick self-assessment. Assign a numerical rating to each area of your life using a simple 1–10 scale. A 1 means this part of your life is terrible and could hardly get worse; a 10 means this area is absolutely perfect and you can scarcely imagine it getting better. Please take a minute to do this now. Here are the areas to rate:

Area of Your Life and Your Rating (1–10)
Habits & daily routine ___________
Career & work ___________
Money & finances ___________
Health & fitness ___________
Mental development & education ___________
Social life & relationships ___________
Home & family ___________
Emotions ___________
Character & integrity ___________
Life purpose & contribution ___________
Spiritual development ___________

Your answers should provide a nice snapshot of how you’re doing. Usually you’ll find that some areas lag behind the others, sometimes far behind. Interestingly, it’s in our weakest spots that we most often succumb to falsehood and denial, since those are the most difficult areas to face. But those areas can’t improve until you face and accept the truth.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Young Chuck

Young Chuck in Montana bought a horse from a farmer for $100. The farmer
agreed to deliver the horse the next day. The next day he drove up and
said, 'Sorry son, but I have some bad news, the horse died.'

Chuck replied, 'Well, then just give me my money back.'

The farmer said, 'Can't do that. I went and spent it already'

Chuck said, 'Ok, then, just bring me the dead horse.'

The farmer asked, 'What ya gonna do with him?

Chuck said, 'I'm going to raffle him off.'

The farmer said, 'You can't raffle off a dead horse!'

Chuck said, 'Sure I can, Watch me. I just won't tell any body he's dead.'

A month later, the farmer met up with Chuck and asked, 'What happened
with that dead horse?'

Chuck said, 'I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two dollars a
piece and made a profit of $998..'

The farmer said, 'Didn't anyone complain?'

Chuck said, 'Just the guy who won. So I gave him his two dollars back.'

Chuck grew up and now works for the government. He was the one who
figured out how to "bail us out".

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day

Here in the United States we're celebrating Veterans Day - a day to honor all of the men and women who are serving or who have ever served our nation as members of the military.

My own 4 years in the United States Air Force are what really makes me sensitive to this day, not to mention having the day off as a federal holiday :-)

Many lives have been lost in past or current wars. Many have suffered because of their injuries - both physical and mental. Yet young men and women continue to volunteer to serve.

I hope you'll give a special thought today to the men and women who make it safe for you and me to live our lives.

If you are one of the millions who serve - THANK YOU!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Colossians 1:5-6

5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel 6 which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth;

(is the gospel bearing fruit and increasing in my life?)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Colossians 1:4

Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints

(whom have I heard of regarding their faith and love? has anyone heard of my faith in Christ or my love for the saints?)

Colossians 1:3

We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you

(how and when do I give thanks to God? how often, and for whom, do I pray?)

Colossians 1:2

To the Holy and faithful brothers in Christ in Colossae: grace and peace to you from God our Father

(where am I looking for grace and peace? it only comes from God our Father)

Colossians 1:1

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God and Timothy our brother

(what am I by the will of God? thank God for Tim O., my brother in Christ)

Saturday, October 4, 2008

A Focus on God and His Instructions

  • Ephesians 6 gives us of some important instructions; obey your parents, honor you father and mother that it may go well with you and you may enjoy a long life; it also states not to exasperate your children but to train and instruct them in the Lord
  • Regardless of how…the important thing is that Christ is preached (Philippians 1)
  • Philippians 2 asks the question; are you looking out for your own interests or Christ’s?
  • Heaven is God’s throne and Earth is God’s footstool (Isaiah 66)
  • Philippians 4:6 instructs us to pray about everything…