If you want to live a successful life, you need to learn the gift of examining yourself.  It’s so easy to become busy and crowd out the need for self-examination.  We chat and stay busy, living our life on auto-pilot.

But the thoughtful person takes time to examine everything.  It looks at the calendar to see where there are times for introspection.  It examines motives for why we do what we do.  It asks “why” to most all we do.  It won’t accept easy answers.  It tries to take every thought captive, not allowing anything to inner the chamber of our minds, knowing the negative thought’s ultimate destruction.  

Successful people know the importance of an examined life.  They know how important it is not to let life control them, but to control life itself.  They think about the brevity of life.  They try to live “in the moment,” to live life to the full.

Successful people know this is true.  Does this describe you?

If not, why not?

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Worry is like a garden.  If you want to see it blossom, cultivate it.  Plant seeds of angst everywhere.  Keep tending them.  Keep watering them.  Keep returning to them, every day, to make sure they are growing!

Trust me, the angst will eventually take deep root and bring forth fear.  What is fear?  It’s simply worry on steroids.

Especially worry about things you can’t control.  Let worry control you, vex you and oversee your every step.  If you’re confronting a difficult problem today, don’t plan.  Don’t strategize.  Certainly don’t pray!  Just worry.  

If you practice worry, rest assured your life will become paralyzed.

What’s the answer?  Faith.  Prayer.  Letting go.  Trusting.  Believing there’s One who is greater than you are who is in control.

Worry leads to paralysis.  Faith leads to freedom.  

Which is you today?

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Even the mightiest of oaks starts as the tiniest of acorns. Neither is greater than the other. They are merely different forms of the same thing; yet we often look around our lives today and see things from only one perspective. We look up at the oak but down at the acorn. We fail to realize that it's really the acorn that makes the difference. Therefore, we should remember that we can control the little things. It's far easier to take an acorn and do something that it is to conquer an oak. If we look around our lives, we will see many, many acorns. 

And today is the day to grab the ones we want to plant, before they grow well beyond us. Remember this: We can nurture the little today. Bigger trees need more stuff - more sunlight, more water - but tiny things just need a little nurturing to get them started. Go nurture something small today and watch it grow into something great. 

But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. - Matthew 13:23

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Let me share with all of you something I've learned about the need for rest and how it can appropriately be applied to our lives. In weightlifting, for example, there is great resistance that causes my muscles to bulk up. But for that resistance to have it's greatest impact, I must also rest right afterward. First, there is great resistance, then there is great rest. As I repeat that scenario throughout the week - resistance and rest - my muscles become stronger. 

Now some of you are giving your life resistance without rest. If you do that, you are heading for diasaster. Yes, resistance in life in necessary. It is a part of living, but whenever you have resistance, give yourself some rest. Take your vacation time. Take some time to get away. If you're burning the candle at both ends, you're not as bright as you think you are. Get some rest as well as resistance. That's how you grow. 

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Whatever our hands touch, we leave fingerprints! On walls, on furniture, on doorknobs, dishes, books. There's no escape. As we touch we leave our identity. 

Fingerprints are a tangible record of our presence. Heartprints leave no tangible evidence, yet wherever I go today, I pray for help so I may leave heartprints. Heartprints of compassion, understanding, and love. Heartprints of kindness and genuine concern. May my heart touch a lonely neighbor, a runaway daughter, an anxious mother, or perhaps an aged grandfather. Send me out today to leave heartprints. And if someone should say, I felt your touch, may they also know the love that is deep within my heart. 

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You're an original. There's no one exactly like you. Why are people different from one another? Some people might say because everyone looks so different. But identical twins look exactly alike. So what really makes people different from one another? If we go to the dictionary, the definition of someone who is original is: "A person of fresh initiative or inventive capacity." 

Author Earl Nightingale once wrote, "Your world is a living expression of how you are using and have used your mind." So perhaps people are really different because of what they think and what they do. The choices each person makes shows what he or she thinks is important. Your choices allow you to be original and to show the world the many ways in which you are different.

Be different. Be Unique. Be you.  

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RECIPE FOR A HAPPY MARRIAGE

  • 1 cup of consideration
  • 2 cupfuls praise
  • 1 reasonable budget
  • 2 cupfuls of flattery carefully concealed
  • 2 cupfuls milk of human kindness
  • 1 gallon faith in God and each other
  • A generous dash of cooperation
  • 3 teaspoons of pure extract of “I am sorry”
  • Children (more or less, to taste)
  • 1 cup of confidence and encouragement
  • 1 large or several small hobbies
  • 1 cup of blindness to each others faults
  • 1 cup of courtesy
  • 1 small pinch of in-laws
  • 1 cup of contentment

Flavor with frequent portions of recreation and a dash of happy memories. Stir well and remove any specks of jealousy, temper, or criticism. Sweeten well with generous portions of love and keep warm with a steady flame of devotion. Never serve with a cold shoulder or a hot tongue.

– Author Unknown

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I once interviewed Hersey Hawkins on my weekly radio program. Hersey played in the NBA for a dozen plus years and is one of the professional sport’s good guys. I asked him what is his best memory from his distinguished career. Immediately, he told of his rookie season when his team was playing the Chicago Bulls. Michael Jordan was in his prime. Hersey took shot after shot but nothing was dropping. At the free throw line, Jordan could see Hersey’s discouragement. Jordan leaned over to him and simply said, “Hey, just play basketball.” It was Jordan’s way of telling Hersey to relax and enjoy playing the game he was good at playing. Hersey said he hit his next shot and went on to play well the rest of the game. A word of hope was given at the right time to a discouraged person; that then gave his heart hope and invited success.

Do you know someone today who has missed several shots in a row? Why are you waiting? Pick up the phone!

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One of the hope-drainers in our lives is our incessant worry about what other people are thinking about us. We begin the day trying to please people. Throughout the day, we constantly make decisions based on what they are thinking about us. By the end of the day, we are not only fatigued wondering if we've decided correctly, but we're angry these people control us! Here's some practical advice given to me by a wise friend years ago. Quit thinking about what other people are thinking about you. They're not thinking about you at all. They're too busy thinking about themselves. It's the truth. Most people are self-absorbed. They're spending their day trying to figure out how to get ahead and bring more acclaim for their own glory. You are the last thing on their mind. Kick back today. Decide what you want to do. Enjoy life!

Don't let others drain your hope. Believe me, most could care less!

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If you want to succeed at success, please remember these two truths.  We leaders should never forget them.

  1. Examine your successes with the same intensity with which you examine your failures.  There were reasons you succeeded.  Learn from them.  Repeat them,  You’ve probably then laid a good foundation for another success to occur.
  2. Don’t focus on how far you’ve come.  That invites you to repeat the “glory days” that may not be relevant any more.  Instead, look at how far you still have to go.  This keeps you challenged and humble.  It doesn’t allow you to rest on your laurels.  It keeps you hungry for the next challenge.

Success can be a greater challenge than failure.  It can easily calcify any hope of moving forward unless you are intentional about continuing to be successful.

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Here’s another lesson I’ve learned about success.  Don’t let success define who you are.  It can’t be your identity.  Why?  Because you may soon fail.  And if/when you do, you don’t want to be identified as a failure.

Success and failure are a part of all successful people.  And most successful people have learned the valuable lesson that they are not defined by what they do but by who they are.  They are human beings, not human doings.

If you allow success to define you, you can soon become fearful and insecure.  You are petrified to fail.  Then you can’t operate in the freedom you need to be successful again.

You are much more than your success.  You are a special creature created in the image of God.  You are deeply loved by the one who made you.  If you really believed it, you would never fear failure.  And you’d never let success define you.

You realize both are deadly.  And you know that life is so much more than even success and failure.

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If you want to be successful, here’s a key that helps success continue: thank everyone who helped you succeed.  That means you thank the parking lot attendant (if you have one), the receptionist, your assistant and teammates.  You didn’t reach your success by yourself.  Most likely, there were several, even many people who helped you along the way.

There is something very powerful in that one word, “thanks.”  It encourages other people’s hearts to keep trying harder.  It helps conquer pride and breed humility in your heart.  It lets others see you as a servant leader.  It encourages others on your team to thank you for all your hard work.

You just can’t thank people too much or too often.  Thank them once, twice and over and over again, as long as you are the leader.

It helps create success.  And it breeds a culture of success like nothing else.

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This may sound counterintuitive but it’s nevertheless true.  Here it is: be very careful about success.

Why is this true?  Success has cycles.  First, it confirms all the hard work you’ve done.  Nothing feels better than accomplishing a successful project.  But then success solidifies.  Since nothing breeds success like success, it wants to be repeated.  But, when repeated too often without careful oversight, success eventually can destroy.  You wrongly believe that repeating past behavior will automatically bring more success.

In a world that is changing as quickly as ours, the past can quickly make you irrelevant. 

Therefore, continued success demands new initiatives and challenges to the way you may have dome something in the past.  Your processes, organization, even yourself need to be carefully examined under the microscope.

Continued success means making sure you are creating for today, not living in yesterday’s success.

That’s not counterintuitive.  It’s true!

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I know I’ve needed to learn that my growth trajectory in life is a process, not an immediate completion.

This is important for all of us to remember.  We are the sum total of all our life choices and experiences.  Often, we take two steps forward and one step back.  Then, over time, we become the person we’ve always wanted to be.

If you really believe that growth and maturity are parts of a human growth process, you’ll be much gentler on yourself.  You’ll see failure as simply learning how to grow.  You’ll understand the importance of patience and waiting.  You’ll be able to see that growth never happens in a vacuum.

We are all in process.  We are all growing.  We know more than we did yesterday.  But we’re not as intelligent as we will be tomorrow.

Therefore, enjoy the ride!  Enjoy today to the full!

You’ll never get it again!

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Pride leads to a fall.  There is a way to combat pride.  What is it?  Choose humility.  Choose the antidote of pride: the choice to be humble.

Are you a humble person?  If you’re not sure, give yourself this humility test:

  1. How much time do you spend in thanksgiving?  When you do, it shows you know your life’s success is dependent on others.
  2. How often do you serve others?  Your times is a valuable asset.  Do you use it to help others or is it all about yourself?
  3. How much money to you give to help others in need?  Generosity recognizes the world’s resources need to be shared.
  4. Do you want to serve or be served?  Which one makes your heart glad?

A self-made person worships his creator.  A humble recognizes everything in life is a gift.

Which one describes you?

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There is a maxim in the wisdom literature in the Bible that says, “Pride comes before the fall.”  It’s a dire warning to avoid the pit of pride at all costs.

Pride is the belief the world revolves around you.  You believe that your accomplishments are only because of you.  You have an inordinately too important view of yourself.

How might you know if pride is a part of your life?  Give yourself this pride test.  See if pride has consumed your life too much.

  1. How often do you give thanks?  To God?  To others?  Thanksgiving shows you know your success has depended on others.
  2. Are you easily offended?  If someone comes close to criticizing you, do you immediately become defensive?  If so, it’s a sign of pride.
  3. Do you want your friend’s kids to fail and not succeed?  If so, it’s a sign you’re too proud about your own kids’ success and threatened when someone else does.
  4. Do you celebrate when a colleague gets a promotion and raise?  That shows you are more concerned for others than yourself.

Pride eventually leads to a fall.  It’s imperative we immediately eliminate it.

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Today I want to talk about the value and importance of what I call “procrastinational decision-making.”  What is that?  When confronted with a problem, it’s the ability to wait as long as possible before making a decision.  That way, you can gather as much information as possible before finally having to pull the trigger and move ahead. Yes, sometimes an immediate decision is necessary.  Sometimes you just can’t wait.  But I’ve discovered through the years that most decisions do have the ability to be put off for awhile.  They aren’t as imperative as you may think.

Therefore, wait as long as you can.  Smoke often clears over time, the fog eventually lifts, and you’ll be able to see more clearly…and decide more ably!

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Andy Rooney could transmit great truths with a few words.  Here are some of his wise sayings: -I’ve learned….that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

-I’ve learned….that just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day!

-I’ve learned….that having your child, or grandchild, fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

-I’ve learned….that being kind is more important then being right.

-I’ve learned….that I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in any other way.

-I’ve learned….that sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

Thanks, Andy Rooney, for some wise words today!

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Dear friends, In over thirty years of ministry, I’ve discovered that most often God's best, richest blessings come when I’m least expecting them.  For example, when I met Marilynn, I was convinced that I would never get married.  Then she came along in a magnificent, sanctified serendipity.  Thirty-six years later, I’m very grateful.

The same has happened recently in our life and ministry together.  I’ve never sought any kind of television opportunity.  Yet recently, two different opportunities have come my way.

First, GEB, a network that will reach into 33 million American homes, has asked Forest Hill to place my messages on air on a weekly basis.  The cost is minimal.  They simply felt like my Gospel-centered, Biblically-based messages were needed on their station!

Second, INSP's international broadcast offered us a similar opportunity in a prime hour that will go into over 150 nations throughout the world.  It would have been wrong not to accept it!

Therefore, starting September 12th on GEB and September 14th on INSP, Forest Hill will have the opportunity, on a weekly basis, to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ both nationally and internationally.  Practically every nation on the face of the earth will see and hear a Forest Hill witness! It is a fulfillment of Acts 1:8 and Matthew 28:16-20.

I wanted you to know of my commitment to preach to Gospel in season and out of season, whenever God gives me the opportunity.  I want you to know that your tithes and offerings are being used in many different ways to fulfill what Jesus commanded his church to do.

Again, we didn't seek this out.  It sought us out.  But God's best blessings are most often surprises, as is this case.

As always, please know I only want the Lord Jesus to receive any and all the glory!

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Here is a leadership truth I’ve gleaned in my over three decades of leadership.  More and more, I believe this truth is the key for long, successful leadership. What is it?  It’s simply this: your job as the leader is not to use people for your glory but to serve people for their purposes.  My job as a leader is not to see people as means to get what I want.  My job as a leader is to serve people to help them get what they want.

In other words, the leader’s job is to serve, not be served.

People are smart.  They sense if you are using them for your own glory.  They may not see it initially, but eventually they will see it.  They will tell others about it.  They will resent the leader.  And, over time, the leader loses his or her effectiveness.

But when people genuinely see a leader caring for his people, giving not getting, serving not being served, they will run through a brick wall for him. They will go to extraordinary lengths to help him succeed.  When this happens, everyone wins!  But it’s only because the leader has set the example.

But what a great example to follow!

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