“Set your mind on things above.” — Col. 3:2a (NIV)

In Christ Now

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  --Gal. 2:20 (NIV) Our new life isn’t our own.  Part of Christian Mindfulness is [...]

Selling With Others In Mind

I affirm the concept of elevating the customer.  I believe I’m there for the customer’s benefit, not the other way around.  I’ve failed when I haven’t served the customer.  I exist to add value, putting the customer’s interests first.  If the customer’s standing doesn’t improve because of a transaction, I’ve failed. (Inspired by the audiobook, [...]

In a sense, we don't really own anything.  We rent it.  During our relatively short 80 or so years on earth (if we're so lucky), we merely pay for use of things.  Knowing this helps us to keep perspective on our "possessions".

Opportunity Persistence Required

Life doesn't guarantee a living.  It would be nice if it did, yet it's more about  opportunity than a guarantee.  You might make a living running a business.  It's risky.  You could end up with too little profit to survive well. You keep trying, but nothing works well enough.  You make small, incremental improvements, but [...]

The first time I committed to read through the Bible in a year, I completed it in 13 ½ months.  I read it two more times in less than two years each. Several years later, I found and implemented "The Don Finto Bible Reading Plan".  I shifted from pushing to read the Bible to complete [...]

Entitlement What About Our Wants?

I hope everyone here has their needs met.  (I know this isn't the case for many.)  Assuming you're at least there, I'd like to address wants. I do believe that God does graciously offer some of our wants.  I know people, however, who feel entitled to most if not all of their wants.  There is [...]

I've been stuck in life more times that I'd like to admit; however, there's a way to get going, and after that to keep going.  It's living with an outward focus.  Mere continuous meaningless activity can't satisfy our deepest desires, though it temporarily satisfies some. While it's OK to focus on ourselves at times, doing [...]

"You are either going for your dreams or giving up your dreams."  --Jeff Olson and John David Mann, The Slight Edge It's all too easy to do nothing in the face of fear.  Obstacles hold us back from achieving our dreams.  Which is worse?  Inaction?  --or facing fear and acting in spite of it? We [...]

When I first heard the Prosperity Gospel in the 1980s, I rejected it.  The version I heard, I'll call it Prosperity 1.0, was the "name it and claim it" gospel.  If you believed you could have something, God would provide it.  Many who followed it pursued lavish lifestyles.  It emphasized giving to get. After twenty [...]

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