MORE ROCKING CHAIR QUOTES AND BITS OF WISDOM

There are five common barriers to achieving a goal; (1) a poorly defined goal; (2) laziness; (3) procrastination; (4) distractions; (5) impatience.  The good news is that all of these can be overcome. A good leader is one who seeks to serve rather than be served. The greatest hunger problem in the world is the hunger for love. Wise is the person who knows the difference between wants and needs and lives accordingly. It’s ironic, but it’s in the face of death that we hav our greatest appreciation of life. If you have a good friendship, pray that it will … Continue reading MORE ROCKING CHAIR QUOTES AND BITS OF WISDOM

YOU SHOULD NEVER HAVE TO EARN TRUST

TRUST is not something to be EARNED because you can NEVER EARN it. UNCONDITIONAL TRUST is like UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.  It’s a GIFT. In its pure, gracious form, it is given without conditions. Even when a person makes a mistake or does a serious wrong,   the goal is still to TRUST the person. TRUST means believing that down deep the person has the ABILITY to do what is right. to make the right decisions. It is motivating and confidence-building to feel that someone trusts you UNCONDITIONALLY,   and you don’t have to figure out how to EARN it. It doesn’t … Continue reading YOU SHOULD NEVER HAVE TO EARN TRUST

TEN “DEADLY SINS” THAT CAN DESTROY A RELATIONSHIP

Over the years there have been many lists of “the seven deadly sins,” including one popular version by Ashley Cooper. Below is another version, only there are ten on this list instead of seven.  Each item on the list is POSITIVE in nature but, if used inappropriately,can destroy a relationship. TEN “DEADLY SINS” THAT CAN DESTROY A RELATIONSHIP TRUTH — if it is used to hurt others. TOLERANCE — if it leads to apathy. LOYALTY — if it becomes blind obedience. LOVE — if it is given with conditions that have to be met. FAITH — if it becomes divisive. … Continue reading TEN “DEADLY SINS” THAT CAN DESTROY A RELATIONSHIP

PARABLE OF THE GIRL NOBODY WANTED

In one of the border skirmishes that the Russians had with the Ukrainians, little six-year old Anna‘s parents were killed and she was placed in an orphanage. Americans often visited the Ukraine to find children to adopt.  On this one occasion, a group of American couples were at the orphanage talking to the children, hoping to discover at least one child that would appeal to them, one they could adopt and love and take home to America. Anna was never chosen when the Americans came.  Perhaps it was partly her unkempt appearance.  Perhaps it was partly the smudges on her … Continue reading PARABLE OF THE GIRL NOBODY WANTED

WHAT HAPPENS “IN BETWEEN” HELLO AND GOODBYE IS IMPORTANT

The older I get, the harder it is to say goodbye to the people I love. Yet I try to be realistic. Time may last forever but LIfe does not. All we have to work with and enjoy is “in between” HELLO and GOODBYE. It’s what we do with the “in between” that counts and where our focus should be. It’s the “in between” that makes us feel fortunate to have had the OPPORTUNITY to LOVE someone who is hard to say GOODBYE to. Though the distance  “in between” may be close or far away, OPPORTUNITY allows us to DO … Continue reading WHAT HAPPENS “IN BETWEEN” HELLO AND GOODBYE IS IMPORTANT

GROWING A HEART THAT LOVES UNCONDITIONALLY

May I grow in my ability to love others unconditionally, without restrictions, without expectations, without demands. May I learn to accept others for who they are, as they are, and all the baggage they carry, and not try to change them. May I grow a heart that loves others at their worst, and always be ready with open arms to hold and support them at their weakest. Continue reading GROWING A HEART THAT LOVES UNCONDITIONALLY