(A featured post from my side-project blog, The Half-Marathon Project - following my experiences in training for a half-marathon this October)Why a half-marathon? Because goals unleash energy. The more clearly defined the goal is, the more energy I feel to pursue it. For instance, for a long time, it has been my goal to increase my health. We all … Continue reading The Power of a Clear Goal
There are times when we are so worn down, so tired, so demoralized, that we have no idea what to say to God. At these times, we may not even be sure that God is there. If we had the energy we would shout. If we had the energy we might cry out with the … Continue reading You Are Not Abandoned. Here’s How I Know.
Have you stalled in your pursuit of your big dream? Then consider Vinod Khosla. Khosla made his mark as a co-founder of Sun Microsystems. Since then he has built a career on daring venture capital investments in clean energy technology. One of his big ideas was to convert wood chips into crude oil. Unfortunately, that … Continue reading How One Simple Principle Can Help You Pursue Your Dream
Do you feel like you need a reminder that you are not forgotten? That you matter? That your presence and your effort have had some effect? Believe me, you matter. You have been God’s instrument of blessing in someone’s life. There is, out there, someone who is very thankful that they encountered you along the … Continue reading An Easy And Simple Way You Can Make Somebody’s Day (Meditation on Ephesians 1:15-16)
“You are a fraud.” Imagine opening your mailbox - the real one, not your email - and finding those words handwritten on a tidy notecard. What would you feel? How would you respond?Next question:How often do you mentally recite those words to yourself?A lot of us do. It’s a condition called the “Imposter Syndrome.” I … Continue reading Is There Relief From The Imposter Syndrome? (Meditation on Ephesians 1:14)
Jenny went to see Dr. Daniel Amen, a prominent neuroscientist, with a troubling problem. She had been wanting to become pregnant for two years. Finally, she believed that she had become pregnant. Things progressed as they normally did, with all the attending physical signs of pregnancy. At eight months, she went in for her check … Continue reading Take Control of Your Mind
You’re creative. You’re active and working on many different projects. What is your greatest resource?Your time? Your collection of inspirational stuff? Your network of connections?How about your brain?That little three-pound organ sucks up one fifth of your body’s oxygen. It devours a quarter of your body’s blood sugar. More importantly, when it functions well, the brain … Continue reading Stay Creative – Take Care Of Your Brain
Don’t worry. Easy to say, hard to accomplish. There are so many things that needle us into worrying: the economy, cultural changes, natural disasters, taxes, epidemic diseases, violence, and mayhem. Beyond those broad cultural forces, we each have individual worries: health, career, relationships, money. I know I worry, and I’m pretty sure that you do to (but … Continue reading Overcoming Worry Through Prayer.
Imagine that every human has a valuable commodity – and has been given an equal amount of it. They can spend it as they will. Some will squeeze as much value out of it as they can. Others will fritter it away on triviality, or worse, let it slip through their fingers, oblivious to its … Continue reading Your Most Undeveloped Resource
When you read, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” (Matthew 5:44) how do you respond? Are you an easygoing person? Do you think you have no enemies? Think again. You don’t have to be paranoid. You don’t have to imagine a vast conspiracy. Just ask yourself, have you been angry, irritated, … Continue reading How To Pray For Your Enemies When You Don’t Have Any (and when you do)