5 Ways to Achieve More

Winner

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Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut? Do you have lofty ideas and goals, but they never seem to amount to anything more than dreams? We’ve all felt these frustrations from time to time. So how do you turn all of that around? How can you turn those frustrations into achievement?

Alright, let’s go do this!

An Open Letter to You

“An Open Letter to You from the Rest of the World”, by Josh Irby

You have something to offer the world that no one else can. And your contribution is needed, desperately! This is the message of Josh Irby’s new eBook/Infographic.

Book Review: Graffiti

Graffiti
Alene and Rick come from different sides of the street. Alene’s comfortable, suburban lifestyle was worlds apart from Rick’s experience as a homeless vagabond. As their worlds collided, however, God revealed that each had something of value to offer the other. Together, their story has much to offer to the world.

The List

My friend PamPam Nelson, a dear friend and high school classmate, recently posted to her Facebook status a thought-provoking list of “to do” items that will make anyone’s life more meaningful. I was intrigued as to the source of the list, so I Googled a few of the list items and found several websites with a nearly-identical list of 39 items, including the items from Pam’s Facebook list. I have edited the list in a few places for increased clarity or meaning, and have included relevant sources where appropriate. I want to share the list with you on the eve of this new year. Some of the list items will resonate with you more than others. That’s OK. Pick and choose the ones that mean the most to you, and resolve to incorporate them into your daily journey. I pray God’s richest blessings on you and yours for a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Sing Your Song

Mighty Joe Young movie poster - Wikipedia

Mighty Joe Young movie poster – Wikipedia

In 1998, Walt Disney Pictures released a movie called “Mighty Joe Young”. The movie was about a huge gorilla named Joe living in the jungles of Africa. Joe is brought to the United States to save him from being killed by poachers, and he eventually ends up back in Africa on a wildlife refuge created especially for him.

It was a pretty good movie. But the best thing about the movie was an enchanting lullaby that kept appearing in the soundtrack throughout the entire movie. The song is entitled “Windsong”, and it was written and sung in the Swahili language.

Listen to “Windsong”.

I was captivated by this incredibly beautiful, soul-stirring composition the first time I heard it. But not knowing Swahili, I had no idea what the song was saying. So I did some research.

Make Your Life Count

Cemetery on a Crisp October Day with vivid Leaves

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When you are dead and gone, what will your life have counted for? Will the world be a better place because you were here?

One of my biggest fears in life is mediocrity – just sort of drifting through life without ever really accomplishing anything worthwhile. I don’t want to come to the end of my life, look back over all those years, and wonder, “What was that all about?” I want to know that my life counted for something, that I somehow made other people’s lives better. I don’t want to just take up space.

Every one of us has the ability to make our lives count for something. It doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are, how famous or unknown; it doesn’t matter what side of the tracks you live on, what color your skin is, or whether you are male or female. No one is destined for mediocrity. Your life matters, and you can make other people’s lives better. And the really cool thing is, you have the unique ability to do that in a way that no one else can!

So I challenge you to rise above mediocrity. Make your life count for something. Make the world a better place. Here are four ways you can do just that.

Moral Courage (Part 1)

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(cc) Walt Stoneburner - Flickr

What do you think of when you hear the words “moral courage”?

Webster defines “morals” as: “moral practices or teachings; modes of conduct; ethics”. [1]

“Ethics” is defined as: “the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation; a set of moral principles; a theory or system of moral values; the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group; a guiding philosophy; a set of moral issues or aspects (as rightness)”. [2]

So your morals can be defined as “what you believe about what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is bad, what your moral duties and obligations are, and how you should conduct yourself”.

Is Human Life Holy?

Two Hands Two Generations

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[PART 2 OF 6]

What exactly do we mean when we talk about the “sanctity of human life”? Is that even a valid concept?

Princeton University’s online WordNet dictionary defines sanctity as “the quality of being holy”. Holy is defined as “belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power”.

So the question arises, “Is human life holy?” Does human life belong to, or is it derived from or associated with, a divine power?

The Sanctity of Human Life

[PART 1 OF 6]

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan established National Sanctity of Human Life Day to commemorate the millions of innocent lives lost through the legalization of abortion in this country.

Since that first declaration nearly 25 years ago, National Sanctity of Human Life Day has been recognized every year by proclamation of the sitting President of the United States (except for the years that Bill Clinton served as President), on the third Sunday of January. That date was chosen because it is the Sunday that falls closest to the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision of January 22, 1973.