While others are doubting … Believe.
While others are playing … Plan.
While others are sleeping … Study.
While others are delaying … Decide.
While others are daydreaming … Prepare.
While others are procrastinating … Begin.
While others are wishing … Work.
While others are talking … Listen.
While others are pouting … Smile.
While are others are criticizing … Commend.
While others are quitting … Persist.
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We live in a society with destination disease. Too many people want to do
enough to "arrive," and then they want to retire.
My friend Kevin Myers says it this way:
"Everyone is looking for a quick fix, but what they really need is
fitness. People who look for fixes stop doing what's right when pressure is
relieved. People who pursue fitness do what they should no matter what the
People who are constantly improving themselves make
three processes an ongoing cycle in their lives:
When individuals are intentional about learning
something every day, then they become better prepared to handle whatever
challenges they meet.
Time alone is essential to self-improvement. It
allows you to gain perspective on your failures and successes so that you can
learn from them. It gives you the time and space to sharpen your personal or
organizational vision. And it enables you to plan how you can improve in the
Musician Bruce Springsteen said, "A time comes
when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being
the man you want to be." In other words, you need to apply what you've
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. - 1 Cor. 9:25 (NIV)
By: D. Delay Our family enjoys the fun andrefreshment of water slides and lazy rivers during hot summer vacations. At
most water parks, there are also one or two spots where large buckets hang overhead
filling little by little with water. The closer the bucket gets to being full,
the larger the crowd grows beneath in anticipation—children and adults alike
wait for the outpouring. Then SUDDENLY the bucket tips and a great flood of
refreshment crashes down on all below! In the Book of Revelation, the Bible
describes golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints
(Revelation 5:8). In other words, the prayers of God's people collectively fill
heavenly bowls with sweet aroma, much like the burnt offerings did in days of
old. In Revelation 8,
we discover what these bowls are used for: "Then another angel, having a
golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he
should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden alter w…