Keys for Successful Living

Rest is the Refreshing of Life

In only six days God took nothing and created everything that exists, and on the seventh day He rested.  Obviously, God, who is omnipotent, did not rest because He was tired.  He created twenty-four hour time periods and then modeled the importance of being refreshed by rest […]

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Responsibility is the Maturation of Life

Maturity is seen when a person takes responsibility for himself.  Maturity means to stop making excuses.  For example, it’s time to stop making excuses for being late.  The responsible thing is to be on time.  It’s time to stop making excuses for our indebtedness.  The responsible thing […]

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Respect is the ‘Golden Rule’ of Life

Everyone desires to be respected and held in high regard.  Whether we admit it or not, we are affected by the opinion of others.  The people we admire the most are those who respect others.  Respect begins with what Sunday school teachers call, ‘The Golden Rule:’  “Do […]

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Reputation is the Credibility of Life

A reputation of credibility is the capital that appreciates over a lifetime of wise, positive choices.  You are many decisions away from building a reputable legacy, but just one unwise decision away from the need to rebuild a lifetime of prudent choices.  That is why ending well […]

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Repentance is the Reformation of Life

Repentance produces reformation.  Reformation brings about corrective, positive improvement in behavior.  It demands a total transformation of the mind, will, and emotions.  True repentance is remorse that results in an “about-face” change of direction.  Jesus said, “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13:3 One […]

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Relaxation is the Recess of Life

Have you become so busy and weighed down with the cares of life that living is not fun anymore?  Relaxation is not a waste of time.  It is an extremely important part of life.  Our educational system understands the value of fun and relaxation.  The children are […]

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Rejection is the Curse of Life

Love, acceptance, a sense of belonging, and self-worth are key ingredients in our growth and development.  When those elements are missing it causes dysfunction and emotional instability.  A person who is neglected of touching and positive spoken words is starved of personal acceptance.  The curse is that […]

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Promotion is the Achievement of Life

In the corporate world promotion is all about your performance.  In the kingdom of God, performance is important, but character is paramount.  The sky is the limit in terms of achievement, when you have both.  You can serve your way to the top by making yourself indispensable. […]

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Profanity is the Blasphemy of Life

In the Old Testament God gave Ten Commandments for the purpose of successful living.  They are commands, not suggestions.  Since the Third Commandment addresses this subject, it should be taken seriously. The use of profanity is a form of rebellion.  It is the cheap thrill of breaking […]

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Procrastination is the Delay of Life

An old proverb says, “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”  Human beings are prone to procrastinate, but we are not guaranteed a tomorrow.  Some issues are difficult to deal with because we don’t want to face reality, but it doesn’t make them go […]

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