I’ve found that I really have Fortune on my side.
I have a house, a job, great friends, and a wonderful church.
Why do I have so much? I think part of it is that I don’t see fortune as money I can get for myself. I see fortune as time, people and resources that I can use to help others.
I think that having savings is a good idea. but should it be at the expense of our beliefs?
If you have something you truly believe in, try giving to it.
Reasons I often hear and used to use myself…
I can’t spare the money (and by the way have you seen my new DVD?)
I haven’t got the time (oh yeah, did you see that tv show? I never miss it!)
I can’t find the right charity/church/organisation (but I’m not really looking anyway)
I found that once I dedicated my time, effort and yes, even my money into a cause, that I have been more fortunate than I could have imagined when I used those same reasons not to give.
I have a great spirit from doing what I know is right, I have more energy from using my time effectively, and I have more money left over than before.
I’ve found that in helping others to be more fortunate, I’ve been blessed with fortune myself.
What can you do to be more fortunate?
We all have great expectations of others, but what about us?
I always expect the best of myself, so that when I see the results of my work, I can judge myself not on how well I did, but how much I’d tried according to my self-expectations.
For example, I did very well in my teaching course. I studied hard, did all my coursework properly and stuck to the schedule I set myself. At the end it didn’t matter what kind of grades I received, because I knew that I’d done all I could to meet my own personal expectations of myself.
On the other hand, When I was at university, I slacked off in my final year, let myself get behind deadlines, and only put in half the effort. At the end of which, although I received my degree, I felt that I had failed myself.
I know enough not to beat myself up over that, but I have also learned enough from that experience to know that I don’t want to go through life like that. Just barely passing by doing the minimal effort.
What do you expect of yourself?
Are you trying to meet your own expectations?
So many people have high expectations of others.
Parents expect their children to go to university, children expect their parents to be able to solve any problem, and patients expect their doctor to cure them.
These aren’t bad expectations. We should always hope the best for our children, trust in our parents and expect our doctors to try their best.
But how far should we go?
Some women expect their future partner to come riding in on a white horse, some parents expect their children to get perfect in every test and become high level executives, and some people expect others to be infallible.
Is putting that pressure on other people really a good thing?
Most children will lie to their parents at some stage in their life, and a lot of people will try to make themselves sound more important than they actually are. The reason? There is this emotional need to have people approve of them.
What are your expectations of others? Are they high enough to challenge them or so high that they are unattainable?
Knowing that I’m a Christian, many people are curious to know, will they go to Heaven?
My response? Why does it matter to you if you don’t believe?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to be asked, but if people don’t believe in God, why do they believe in Heaven?
I love living my life, and am not in any rush to end it. But I’m not going to fear what comes after death, because I have something to believe in.
My question to you isn’t “Will you go to heaven?”
“What do you really want to believe in?”
Easter is coming!
It’s the biggest event of the Christian yearly calender and there is no way you should miss it!
What does it involve?
Chocolate, friends, church and the most inspiring story you’ve ever heard in your life!
If you want to know about what Easter is really about, please click on the link below, and find your nearest Jesus Lifehouse!
And even better news…
Whatever you do, don’t miss out on the biggest celebration of the year.
What does Easter mean to you?
Conversation is crucial to a good relationship (of any kind).
It doesn’t have to be sparkling, witty or intelligent (though this helps).
However it does have to be honest, communicative and equal!
I’ve never heard a girl say to me,
“I had this great conversation with a guy, he talked all about himself, then he was silent and didn’t talk to me, and what he did say, he lied about! That was fantastic!”
What I have heard on occasion is:
“I had this great conversation with a guy, he really listened to me, and opened up about himself. I felt we really got to know each other.”
This works in any situation, a guy, a girl, a friend, a colleague or even a stranger.
What are you really trying to say?
What is your vision type?
There are 3 types of “vision” that I’m aware of.
A personal vision.
This is where you have a goal for yourself. It will help you, make you better skilled, and it’s something you love. And it’s all for you alone.
Others oriented vision.
This is something you want to do for someone else. Either you decided to do it for them, or they requested it of you. It has very little to do with personal vision.
This is a vision that incorporates your talents, gifts and a love of other people. It is one in which you seek to change yourself for the better, help others and make a difference in the world.