The Shema tells us,
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”(a)
Soul refers to our capacity to think, feel, imagine and make decisions.
We love the Lord our God…with all our soul by aligning the functions of our soul to the will of God as revealed in His Word— by exercising the capacity of our soul in ways that demonstrate the character of God, in whose image we are created.
We also demonstrate that we love the Lord our God…with all our soul by taking good care of and nurturing our mind and our brain. The brain is the physical and the mind is the non-physical part of us that execute the function of our soul.
In a recent article, Mayo Oshin identifies nine ways that multitasking is killing our brain and diminishing our productivity.
Research is discovering that multitasking is not all that it’s cracked up to be.
In the context of the Shema, multitasking...
Michelangelo, the famous Italian sculptor, stared pensively at the shapeless block of marble.
Gouges bore evidence of previously unsuccessful attempts to create a worthy representation of David, the Biblical hero known for his courage in the face of the indomitable Goliath.
Slowly, the master circled the rough-cut mass of stone.
“A masterpiece lies hidden inside,” he muttered. “I must find it and reveal it for the world to see!”
Michelangelo chipped at the massive boulder.
With each skillful cut of his chisel, the indistinct mass took shape. Each deft stroke exposed increasing genius and magnificence.
Gradually, the youthful David emerged, a stirring masterpiece by the hand of the master.
What was Michelangelo’s secret?
When other artists saw only a common stone, like innumerable others hewn from the quarry, Michelangelo saw a unique masterpiece!
When others labored with tedious chiselling at a shapeless mass, Michelangelo patiently searched out the...
Have you noticed?
Leaders, influencers and successful people talk about how “HABITS are the key to your success”.
There’s good reason for the attention given to habits.
Habits are the bridge between
what you think and what you do.
And in the age of information…when ANYTHING you could EVER want to know is just a “Hey Siri!” away…
… it has never been so needed, that we find constructive things to DO with all our information!
And that’s where habits come in;
They take the information in your head…
…and implant it in your daily doings.
Here are 4 habits that make a huge difference in my life:
You’ll discover your passion and find your purpose as you cultivate these 4 habits.
They result in a meaningful, satisfying life.
No, I didn’t pull this from some “top 10 success habits” blog post (although, you will inevitably find them included in these lists)…
My initial meeting with Father upon accepting the 365 — 6 a.m. Challenge had taken a surprising turn.
The encounter began on familiar terms. For more than a year I started my morning prayer time with the three prayers described in my ebook 3 Prayers That Start Your Day Off Right.
Without fail, the declarations of those prayers awakened my awareness of God’s Presence and His Peace.
More than that, as I delved into the significance of words and terms in those prayers, I experienced what the Apostle Paul prayed for the Ephesian believers…
“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you
After acknowledging His Presence with the “3 Prayers”, the first part of the Father’s “365—6 a.m. Challenge”, I recalled a conversation God had with Joshua. He, like me, was facing a new venture filled with uncertainties.
God's instructions were straightforward, reassuring and somewhat unusual. As he considered the daunting obstacles ahead, Joshua was to “meditate day and night” on the “Book of the Law”.(a)
This Book was to shape Joshua’s perception, evaluation and responses to the situations he encountered. It was to guide his thinking, feeling and choosing as he, together with his generals, formulated battle strategies.
This all-inclusive immersion in and implementation of God’s Word would require great strength of mind and courage of heart on Joshua's part.
I saw where these thoughts were leading me. Like Joshua, I was to “meditate” on the Scriptures. But when I prepared myself for...
The “3 Prayers That Start Your Day Off Right” were definitely a good start to our special 6 a.m. time together.
But what next?
I waited quietly for further instructions. Father called the meeting, so it was only fitting and proper that He should determine the agenda.
God’s instructions to Joshua came to mind.
Joshua was about to embark on a conquest of new territory in which he would encounter fearsome foes and formidable obstacles.
He, like me, had been summoned to a special meeting with God to discuss the way forward.
I found the conversation in the Bible...
“I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Only be strong and very courageous…...
By way of introduction:
This series of articles describes in more detail how the 365 — 6 a.m. Challenge came about and how to implement it at the start of your day. They were originally posted to my Confident With Purpose FB group and on my Good Morning Cafe.
This morning I ‘m throwing down the gauntlet. Are you brave enough to take up the “365 — 6 a.m. Challenge”?
Several months ago, the Father challenged me to meet with Him at precisely 6 a.m. in the morning.
I tend to be a morning person, so the early hour suited me quite fine. At that time, the rest of the family would still be asleep. It would be perfect for a one-on-one with my heavenly Father.
The invitation had the feeling of a close friend inviting me to meet with him at a cosy cafe for a personable meeting over an early morning coffee.
I kinda liked the idea but had no clue what I was in for. After all,...
Sir Winston Churchill led Britain from the brink of defeat to celebrated victory in the Second World War. He shaped world history with his decisive leadership and inspiring speeches.
No one in his early childhood would have predicted Churchill’s greatness and impact. As a leader, he was not without weaknesses and flaws, yet he rose above adversity and failure to become what Britain—and the world—needed its most desperate crisis.
As a child, Churchill suffered often with ill health and struggled with various speech impediments including a lisp and a stammer. His physical frailties made him a ready target for bullies at school.
His inconsistent academic record drew concern from his teachers. The assistant master at Harrow detailed several of these—including forgetfulness, carelessness and a lack of punctuality—in a letter to his mother.
Churchill was accident-prone. Besides suffering several nasty falls and escaping...
After an intensive 2-month study, Professor Paul Rankin of Ohio State University reported that 70% of the waking day involved interpersonal communication.
Of that chunk of time,
That was 1939 and those were college students. Has much changed since then?
Despite the explosion of technology and information, human nature and basic human needs have changed very little, if at all. Communication is still a major part of our life and listening remains the cornerstone.
Consider these good reasons to listen.
1. Good listening habits earn respect.
By listening attentively, genuinely and consistently, you show you value people. In return, they will respect you, pay attention when you have something to say, welcome your ideas and look for your feedback.
2. Good listening habits help you understand.
There are certain people who simply love to give. Giving is a habit…it is their nature…it is their lifestyle.
These people—the givers—are busy and productive yet they readily give a listening ear, a helping hand, and a shoulder to lean on.
But they are not always visible. Many givers fly under the radar and are happy to do so. They are fully engaged in their own business, yet intuitively aware of others’ needs.
They passionately pursue their own success and prosperity, yet always have time to empower others to achieve theirs. Givers want nothing from you except to see you succeed.
Here are 4 simple but meaningful ways to give…
1. Give worth…
Address people by their name. When you speak to people by name, you affirm their human worth with a message that resonates deep in their psyche.
“You are not a faceless, generic, taken-for-granted human robot. You are a name-brand...