Imagine two people are in a relationship and they live by the rule “giving good when you receive bad.” Another way to think about this: when two people fall in love and get married, or when two people become friends, they do it for good reasons. No one ever said, “I love you because you’re so […]
The life of a Christian who hath dedicated himself to the service of God should abound with eminent virtues of all kinds that he may be really the same person which he is by outward profession. Indeed, he ought not only, to be the same, but much more, in his inward disposition of his soul; because he professes to serve a God who sees the inward parts; a searcher of the heart and reins, a God and father of spirits: and therefore since we are always in His sights, we should be exceeding careful to avoid all impurity, all that may give offense to Him, whose eyes cannot behold iniquity. We should, in a word, so far as mortal and frail nature can, imitate the blessed angels in all manner of holiness, since we, as well as they, are always in His presence. To this purpose it would be expedient daily to renew our resolutions of living well, and every morning to refresh and quicken that zeal with which they were made at first. To beg of God that He would help us, and enable us that day to begin well; to begin, I say, for all that we have done hitherto ought in lowliness of mind to seem, and to be acknowledged by us, as nothing!
Throughout the course of our lifetime we are guaranteed to face challenges. Do you know someone who is trying to train for a black belt? Stop smoking? How about someone who has received strict orders from their doctor that they no longer can eat any sugar or meat (insert sad face here) but can only eat […]
We live in a fast paced, stress-inducing, anxiety-filled world that oftentimes seems to shift beneath our feet. Some people find it difficult to trust in God because of past experiences. Others may be in a season in which God is deepening their character. Yet when you take your eyes off of the Creator and place it on […]
Imagine there was a plot of land available for purchase. It wasn’t very large, but it was enough to provide for your family. You worked hard, saved up enough money and purchased the title. Now, the land was yours. You owned it. Day after day you went out and slaved away. You turned over the soil. You […]
As parents, God has entrusted you with the most important job. His command is that you teach your children everything that is good, including telling them about Who He is and What He has done. It’s good for children to know that you love them for being who they are without having to perform for your love, […]
French philosopher Albert Schweitzer once noted that example is not the main thing in influencing others; it’s the only thing. Life demands that we be patient. We live in an imperfect world inhabited by imperfect people. Sometimes we inherit troubles from others, and sometimes we create troubles for ourselves. In either case, what’s required is […]
A functional family values no family member or outside person more than it values its children, and children are valuable merely for being born. They don’t have to do anything to have worth in the family. However, the family does not value any one child in the family more than any other member either. All the members of the family […]
Most people evaluate success in terms of what they can accumulate during their lifetime. But that’s not God’s perspective on success. From a spiritual viewpoint, success is determined by the ultimate destiny of your soul. After all, your life on Earth is only for a fleeting moment compared to eternity. Society gives us the message […]
When it comes to developing character strength, inner security and unique personal and interpersonal talents and skills in a child, no institution can or ever will compare with, or effectively substitute for, the home’s potential for positive influence.