The world promises us happiness in so many things. Wealth. Success. Popularity. Awards. The list goes on and on.
Most of these things aren't inherently bad - and they can in fact contribute to our happiness. We have certain needs that these things can fulfill.
However, sometimes we try to use these things for purposes they were never intended for. Sometimes we let money or popularity take the space in our lives that can only be filled by God.
There are many celebrities who have everything that is glamorized by pop culture - and yet they are incredibly unhappy. The God-shaped whole in their lives is empty - and this God-shaped hole is the centerpiece that holds everything else together. Like a mansion built on sand, a "rich" life that is not built on top of God will quite likely fall apart.
One famous example of this is Michael Jordan. Jordan is arguably the greates...
Trying to find your future spouse can be a stressful endeavor. Sometimes you're single for years on end because you can’t find someone you feel you’re compatible with. Other times you may go through several relationships that don’t work out, which can be even more frustrating. It can be easy to turn to God in anger and shout, “Where are they?!?”
But what if all this waiting was actually working to your advantage? What if God was actually trying to help you out?
Imagine you’re preparing to go out on your first date with someone. You get all dressed, showered and spiffied up, and as your date is walking up to the door, you ask your friend, “How do I look?” They say you look alright, but you totally forgot to brush your teeth. They’re stained Gatorade blue and your breath reeks. They agree to stall your date to give you time to go fix yourself up - to make yourself presentable...
1. Thought: The pessimists are usually right, but the optimists change the world.
2. Book: Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard by Chip Heath
3. Life-hack: Comprehensive Life Assessment Exercise
Identify what your three biggest goals currently are. Then for each goal, ask yourself three questions:
1. What am I doing to reach this goal?
2. What must I start doing to reach this goal?
3. What must I stop doing to reach this goal?
In a similar exercise, you could also do this for each facet of your life. Identify socially, financially, spiritually and personally, what you are doing, what you need to start doing, and what you need to stop doing. Write all of this out on paper and take you time to really think about it. I recently started doing this once a month and it has been life-changing!!
1. Thought: Jesus did not choose perfect people to be his 12 apostles. Nor did he criticize them, and give them a laundry list of their character flaws.
He went to them despite their struggle, despite their sin, despite their brokenness, and said: You are beloved and I have chosen you. Come follow me.
2. Book: Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
3. New Habit: Hold the door open!
What do you do before you cross the street? Look both ways!
What should you do before you walk through a door? Look behind you! And if someone's there, don't awkwardly pretend you don't see them! If someone can't appreciate that you took a moment to hold the door open for them, that's their problem, not yours. Be kind :)
1. Thought: When persuading Pepsi executive John Sculley to join Apple, Steve Jobs asked a simple question:
Do you want to spend the rest of your life making sugar-water, or do you want to change the world?
Let us pause and ask ourselves this question. Are we spending our lives making sugar-water (binge-watching Netflix, Youtube, social media etc.) or are we committed to doing things that will change the world for the better?
2. Book: Start with Why by Simon Sinek
3. New Habit: Morning Power Hour
When we wake up in the morning, it can be tempting to lie idle in bed and do nothing but perhaps scroll through email and social media. This is not the way to start a great day. You're a great person capable of great things - therefore your time is valuable and it should be spent wisely. Try starting every morning with at least one hour of something productive, whether it be homework, practici...
The position of the NFL quarterback is the most influential in all of professional sports. In no other sport is there a single player who touches the ball on every offensive play of every game. This being so, a very high amount of an NFL team's success can be attributed straight to the QB, and it is why the "franchise quarterbacks" like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers win so many MVP awards.
I thought this would make an analysis of NFL quarterbacks and their histories a great way to illustrate my strong belief that talent has very little to do with success.
If "talent," or natural ability is the key factor in a player's success, we would expect that all QBs great enough to win a Super Bowl be top shelf athletes throughout their careers, from high school all the way through the NFL. After all, if talent is to be defined as naturally ability that you're born with, it rema...