Keys for Successful Living

Temperament is the Disposition of Life

Temperament is the God-given characteristics that govern our disposition.  Disposition is defined as one’s customary frame of mind, nature, or temperament.  Temperament plays an important role in success in life because it affects behavioral patterns, emotional tendencies, and mental attitudes.  Personality traits are stimulated by environmental, outside […]

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Tears are the Catharsis of Life

When my youngest son was ten years old the wind was knocked out of him while playing football.  It frightened him and he cried.  One of his coaches said, “Football players don’t cry.”  Blake said, “This one does!” The philosophy that men don’t cry has been passed […]

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Sympathy is the Condolence of Life

Sympathy is the first step toward compassion.  Sympathy, empathy, and compassion are all interrelated.  Pity is merely feeling sorry for someone.  To sympathize is to understand their grief and misery.  To empathize is to feel their pain.  Condolence is the compassionate expression of sympathy that causes us […]

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Success is the Reward of Life

The story is told that a wealthy man was being buried “in style” with his Cadillac, expensive jewelry, and opulence of wealth.  Someone overheard a remark between two men nearby, “Now that is really living!”   Of course, that is not living, but in reality, God does want […]

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Submission is the Servitude of Life

The person who stands on the stage in the spotlight, or sits in the office with a title on the door is often envied because it appears to be a glamorous position.  In reality, the status of leadership is that of a servant.  To lead others, you […]

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Style is the Spice of Life

Have you ever thought about how boring it would be if God had made all of us exactly alike?  Can you imagine everyone created with cookie cutter conformity?  God designed every person uniquely different.  Our differences produce a variety of styles, which add spice to life. A […]

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Stubbornness is the Obstinacy of Life

I believe that almost every negative attribute can be re-directed into something positive.  For example, a dogged-determination could be confused with obstinate stubbornness.  When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he failed hundreds of times before he succeeded.  No doubt, many thought he was just being stubborn. […]

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Stress is the Agitation of Life

According to medical doctors, seventy to ninety-three percent of all disease is stress-related.  Emotional responses to stress are self-pity, anger, hostility, fear, anxiety, and worry.  Obsessive, negative thought patterns elevate the stress level.  This can have detrimental effects of high blood pressure, chest pain, stomach ulcers, migraine […]

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Spontaneity is the Excitement of Life

A person who is spontaneous has the ability to act on the spur of the moment.  Spontaneity is the freedom to burst out of the routine to discover creativity and adventure.  It is the cultivation of awareness that causes you to stop and smell the roses.  Spontaneity […]

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A Smile is the Happy Face of Life

One of the first things children learn to draw is a happy face.  They receive happy face stickers as rewards for accomplishments.  A smile is an indication of approval, acceptance, and joy.  Smiles are free, so be generous with them.  They are contagious.  Almost every time you […]

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