Posts Tagged ‘success’

Story of the day:  Don’t give up!

Whether you are an artist, athlete, missionary, or fill in the blank, sometimes the things that you are doing may not always work out the first few times that you try.  

Even the most talented people may not get it right the first time.  In a 1995 interview ex-Beatle Paul McCartney said that he once wrote a song with the first line “Scrambled eggs, oh my baby how I love your legs.”

Have you ever heard that song?

Not likely.  McCartney tossed those words and wrote, “Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away.”

Since then, “Yesterday” has played on the radio more than six million times, more than any other record in history.  “Yesterday” also happens to be McCartney’s favorite song.  [750 Engaging Illustrations]

Quote of the day:  Craig Larson

“The difference between failure and success–between “Scrambled Eggs” and “Yesterday”–is persistence.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Discouragement can come easier when nothing seems to be going the way that we plan.  Father, I pray to persistently continue on the path that You have chosen for me, regardless of the outcome that I may be expecting.  I give myself fully to Your work knowing that my labor is not in vain.  Thank You for showing me that being persistent in all that I do for Your Will, will lead me to success.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Play on the one string we have

     Chuck Swindoll writes:  “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company…a church…a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past…We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude….I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how to react to it.  And so it is with you.  We are in charge of our attitudes.”

Quote of the day:  William J. Bennett

“There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.”

Bible verse of the day:  Ephesians 4:23

“and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

My attitude sets up the outcome of circumstances in my life.  Father,  I pray to have a good attitude towards things or people that I come across.  Soften my heart that I may treat others the way that You treat me.  Father, I know that I have the choice to either have a good attitude or a bad one, and I ask for wisdom in choosing the one that is good.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  You are of infinite worth to Him! (Billy Graham)

     “A certain rich man died and the question was asked at his funeral, “How much did he leave?”

     “He left it all, ” came the reply.

     Often, I hear someone introduced this way:  “This is Bob and he works for…,”  as if where a person works or what a person does determines his or her value.  (I have noticed it is usually only the well-to-do or those who are thought of as “successful” who are introduced this way.)

     Yet God does not judge us by our success.  He loves each person the same.  Your value and mine does not come from what we do, the clothes we wear, the house we live in, or the type of car we drive.  Our value comes from the fact that God made us and loves us, and Christ died for us.  Our value comes from the fact that He adopted us into His family, and we are now His children forever.

     Don’t depend on possessions or position for your identity.  Get your identity from Christ, for you are of infinite worth to Him!”

Quote of the day:  Anonymous

“Come work for the Lord.  The work is hard, the hours are long, and the pay is low, but the retirement benefits are out of this world.”

 

Bible verse of the day:  Proverbs 8:19

“My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, and my revenue than choice silver.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

So much of what I see today is based on the value of what people do or how much money they make.  The media sets up a false sense of security that by having these things, fast and quick, that people can find happiness.  Father, true happiness is not based on what we have or as the story so greatly said, what kind of car we drive, or house we live in.  These things are all for today and can’t be taken with us when we die.  My prayer for today is that people can recognize that the treasure that they should be storing up is for Heaven and not here on earth.  I pray that my children will continue to learn the value of who they are in You which is so much more important than the material things here on earth.  I am grateful for the things that You have blessed us with, for You always know what we need, and when we need it.  I thank You for this day and for all that it holds!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

                                                                                                             Story of the day:  God shaped vacuum

   The vacuum in our house has a detachable platic container that holds all of the dirt once it has been sucked up off of the ground.  The vacuum knows only what it is designed to do at the hands of it’s owner and that is to be filled  If I were to guess that if the vacuum had feelings, that it would desire a close relationship with it’s owner so that it can do what it was created to do.

   “Our God is a personal, knowable God who desires a close relationship with the people He created.  Each of us has been created with a God-shaped vacuum, an emptiness that only He can fill–a deep thirst for God. 

   We thirst for so many things–for significance, success, comfort, peace, wisdom.  But our real thirst is for a closeness to our Creator who alone can give wholeness and peace.  Only God can satisfy our deepest longings.  He offers us the water that can and will satisfy these things.  All we need to do is come and drink.”  Living Stone Corporation

Quote of the day:  J. I. Packer

“The fruit of wisdom is Christlikeness, peace, humility, and love.  And, the root of it is faith in Christ as the manifested wisdom of God.”

Bible verse of the day:  John 4:14

“but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst.  But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for filling me with Your wholeness and peace that gets me through my day.  God, I pray to continually draw near to You and to seek You in my life.  I am grateful that You desire a close relationship with me and it is through our relationship that I am able to know that I am Your child and that Your love for me is greater than anything anyone else can ever offer.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen