Saturday, October 08, 2005


Heart is the essence of creative activity. Fire the heart with where you want to go and what you want to be. Get that goal so deeply fixed in your unconscious that you will not take no for an answer. Then your entire personality, your total mentality, will follow where your heart leads. You will go where you want to go, be what you want to be.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Reduce the Error

The secret of successful life is to reduce the error and increase the truth. It is because of the error in us that we make so many mistakes, do so many stupid things, get ourselves into so much trouble, and have things turn out wrong so much of the time. The opposite of error is truth. Jesus Christ said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6). When we follow Him we follow the truth. The more truth, the fewer errors. It is just that simple.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Personal Conduct

One of Thomas Jefferson's rules of personal conduct was: "Always take hold of things by the smooth handle." Go at a job, or at a difficulty, or at a personal-relationship problem by a method that will encounter the least resistance. The less resistance, the faster things move.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

You Are Greater Than You Think You Are

A tornado swept throught a northwestern city doing great damage. A mother there, confined to her bed because of infantile paralysis, paralyzed from the waist down, at the height of the tornado became alarmed for her two small children in the next room. There was no one to help; the tonado was striking the house with force. Her limbs were assumed to be without power, but concern of the safty of her children was stronger than her limitation. Slowly she got out of bed and painfully she made her way into the adjoining room. Taking her babies in her arms, she walked with them out of the house. Love proved more powerful than the paralysis from which she had been told she might never recover. Some people become paralyzed, not in their limbs, but in their thoughts. They accept limitations by saying, "That is all I can do." But that depriciating the self-appraisal is not the turth. You are greater than you think you are.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Sturdiness of Will

Bible gives a tremendous statement which, in the softness of these days, is scarcely ever quoted, at least not often enough. I heard frequently in the sturdier days of my boyhood: "Quit you like man, be strong" (1 Corinthian 16:12). We simply have to develop sturdiness of will if the tough, hard problems of life are to be handled effectively. Every person has a will. If it is soft, exercise will streghthen it. Think of your will as a "muscle" of the spirit. If not exercised, it becomes flabby. But, with repeated uses, it toughens up, acquiring tone and resiliency.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Build a Fire in Him

A businessman told me he was going to fire a certain employee because the man was slow, dull, and sleepy. "Instead of firing him out of the business, why not firing him into the business." I asked. "You mean build a fire under him." he demanded. "No," I said, " build a fire in him. Give him excited. Give him motivated." The employer did just that and now he reports of the same employee, " The man is a ball of fire."

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Real Forgiveness

Real forgiveness involves no holding back at all. One must go the whole distance in restoring relationships. If one say, "I will fogive you the wrong you have done me, but I can never forget it." That is only qualified forgiveness. To make it real forgiveness, forgetting must be added.