Father’s Day

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Today many in the United States will celebrate “Father’s Day” as a good way of giving and showing honor to our dads. Though honoring our fathers should be an ongoing practice, there is nothing wrong with giving dads their own special day of honor. This holiday, as practiced in America, is not rooted in paganism and fits well within the commandments of God. “Honor your father and mother” (Exodus 20:12)— which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. (Ephesians 6:2-3). Considering these verses, and many others, it would seem to be perfectly God-honoring to celebrate a day in which fathers, the God-given spiritual head of the family, could and should be honored. What a nice and considerate way to “honor” someone by giving them their own special day. Continue reading “Father’s Day”

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Harnessing Willpower

WillpowerWillpower touches on nearly all aspects of living an overall healthy life: eating right, exercising, avoiding drugs and alcohol, studying more, working harder, spending less. Willpower underlies anything that involves a decision. Understanding it makes all the difference. In simple terms, willpower is the ability to resist short-term gratification for a long-term goal. It’s no wonder that self-control has become a hot topic in our society, for scientists interested in understanding the roots of human behavior and for practitioners who want to help people live healthier lives. Self-control separates us from our ancient ancestors and the rest of the animal kingdom. It is the ability to subdue our impulses to achieve longer-term goals. Rather than responding to immediate impulses, we plan, evaluate alternative actions, and, often enough, avoid doing things we’ll later regret. The practical significance is enormous. Most of the problems that plague individuals in our modern society — addiction, overeating, crime, domestic violence, sexually transmitted diseases, prejudice, debt, unwanted pregnancy, educational failure, underperformance at school and work, lack of savings, failure to exercise — have some degree of self-control failure as a central aspect. Continue reading “Harnessing Willpower”

J-O-Y

r1620105_246933643 little letters one powerful word J-O-Y. All of us want to experience Joy; observations show that the demand is extremely high for this elusive commodity. Making it difficult to experience Joy is life itself. Every day we are faced with life, and in life, there are stories that remind us of our own mortality as human beings, but when you lose someone who means the world to you, someone you love with all your heart, something deep down on the inside, deep within you changes forever. The everyday drama we allow into our lives falls away and suddenly seems insignificant. We find ourselves reaching out and opening our heart to let others in. We start to notice the simple pleasures. We become acutely aware that we never really know when our time might be up, and we make a pledge to let joy into our life. Continue reading “J-O-Y”

The Quest

life-changingThe quest for peace and contentment is at the core and purpose of human existence. We yearn to experience a level of inner emotional, mental, and spiritual balance that will literally result in us achieving peace and contentment – not just the idea or illusion of it. Every morning when you wake up and get out of bed, you have a choice as to how you approach the day. You can either be sour and grumpy, or grateful and thankful. In our daily lives, we often rush through tasks, trying to get them done, trying to finish as much as we can each day, speeding along through life in our cars to our next destination, rushing around to do what we need to do, and always speeding off to our next destination. Continue reading “The Quest”

Distracted Living

distractionsConsidering all that’s going on in the world today, you may not hear much about the crisis of “distracted living.” Where living in a perpetual state of distraction, you miss out on most of your life because you generally aren’t paying attention, or your attention is so divided, torn in so many directions that you don’t focus on anything.  Let’s face it Google is making us stupid, multitasking is draining our souls, and the current generation is leading us into a dark age of bookless, mindless, power browsing. All those e-mails and social media notifications, casual internet browsing, schedules overloaded with meetings and appointments, result in missed dinners, neglected dates, and forgotten birthdays, and the list goes on and on. Embracing the Internet as the hub of our work, play, and commerce has been the intellectual equivalent to adopting fructose as the center of our national diet, and we’ve all become mentally obese. Continue reading “Distracted Living”

The Life I Never Had

Life I Never HadAs I was cleaning up my garage today, I found myself becoming emotional at times. As I open each box, I remember the way life used to be, my life — the interests I used to enjoy, the things I used to do. Skimming through pictures and other keepsakes, I am again reminded that the life I’m living now isn’t the one I thought I’d have at this stage of my existence. Nothing is remotely close to being what I had planned. Continue reading “The Life I Never Had”

Make it a Happy Life

Every human being seeks happiness without exception. Whatever different means they employ, everyone wants to be happy. What if I told you generally speaking, that you are as happy as you have made your mind made up to be? What if I proposed to you that most of our days are what we make them be? Simply stated to rejoice is a choice. All things considered, you and I can choose happiness or not any sour spirits, for the most part, are the results of a poor choice, not poor circumstances. Continue reading “Make it a Happy Life”