- To help us all out as we work to declutter our homes (one less thing to think about!), I asked her to share her list of great places to donate; because if you’re clearing out, you just may be able to help out as well.
- To announce something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between 'call' and 'out.' Once everyone is seated, the host will call out the winners' names.
- An unusual subset of Covid-19 patients have few breathing struggles even though their oxygen levels and lungs show signs of terrible illness. It's called 'silent hypoxia' and horribly nicknamed.
We have so much together, I hope Relate can help us through. I know I’ll go on living whatever happens, but I think it will be a much emptier and loveless life for both of us. We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk from TEDxBloomington, p.
Christians are “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works” (Ephesians 2:10). And these last four words “to do good works” epitomize the behavior that glorifies God and makes Christ real to others. Granted, there are obstacles in our daily lives that can encumber our minds and hinder our spiritual progress, but only if we let them. Nonetheless, Christians are called to live lives that are “holy and pleasing to God” (Romans 12:1), and exemplary Christian behavior that allows us to fully commit ourselves to serving the Lord is made possible as we are empowered by the Holy Spirit who enables us to do the Father’s will (Romans 8:9). Indeed, “the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
Christians are a chosen people, belonging to God so that we may declare His praises (1 Peter 2:9). To “declare His praises,” then, it is essential that we spend time in His Word not just so we can learn how to behave in Christian fashion, but also so we can battle against the schemes of Satan. As the apostle Paul pointed out, without this biblical knowledge we are not only subject to buying in to every new teaching that comes along, but we can also fall prey to “the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming” (Ephesians 4:14). However, knowledge alone is not enough; we are called to do more than to know and believe. Christians are to be “doers of the Word” (James 1:22). As the apostle James informs us, we are deceiving ourselves if we think we are spiritual by only hearing the Word. Hearing is not the same as doing. “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17, 26). Faith must be demonstrated by actions.
The “actions” that glorify our Father in heaven are those that bear much fruit (John 15:8). This is, in fact, how we show we are His disciples. Indeed, the fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23)—should be the hallmark of Christian behavior, especially love. Yet our tendency is to sometimes look down on unbelievers or those whose lifestyles are not in sync with our Christian faith, and this is where the Christian life can be challenging. It is easy to show love to those who walk as we do. It’s not always so easy to be kind to those who ridicule our beliefs, show contempt for our Savior, or make a mockery of the institutions that Christians hold sacred. Yet Christ taught us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us. Recall how He dealt with the woman caught in adultery. Her captors wanted her dead; our Savior showed compassion even though He was the One who would have to die for her (and our) sinful behavior (John 8:11). Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15), not to condemn them (John 3:17), and if Christ did not come to condemn sinners, neither should Christians.
Christian behavior includes heeding Jesus’ call for us to be His witnesses to “the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). We are to share the gospel, which Paul defined as the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). The validity of our witness is in how we live our lives. In the second half of Ephesians (chapters 4-6), Paul discusses Christian behavior which can best be summed up in these few words: “Be imitators of God…and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us” (Ephesians 5:1-2).
Paul urged the Romans to “offer your bodies as living sacrifices” (Romans 12:2). This, ultimately, is the essence of true Christian behavior – surrendering our hearts and yielding our bodies to Christ so He might continue God’s work through us. We are to be beacons of light in a dark world, using our spiritual gifts to advance His kingdom. It is living here on earth the way Jesus lived when He was here. It also means living to please one Person – God. We do this when we abide in His Word and then live it out as we are enabled by His Spirit, just as our Savior did until He took His last breath. As He was dying on the cross, Christ looked out at His executioners and asked His Father to forgive them (Luke 23:34). Jesus was doing more than fulfilling prophecy and making “intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:12), He was practicing what He preached (Luke 6:27-28).
LinkedIn Influencer, Bernard Marr, published this post originally on LinkedIn.
If you find yourself in a little mid-week or mid-day slump, take a few moments to re-energize yourself with these inspiring quotes from some of the world’s greatest thinkers. Sometimes, all it takes is a little reminder to boost your spirits and refocus your day.
'Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.'
-- Carlos Castaneda
'When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.'
-- Helen Keller
'You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.'
-- Dr. Seuss
'Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.'
-- Steve Jobs
'Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.'
-- Seth Godin
'The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.'
-- Lily Tomlin
'A man should never neglect his family for business.'
-- Walt Disney
'Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.'
-- H. Jackson Brown Jr.
'Someone once told me that 'time' is a predator that stalks us all our lives. But I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment because it will never come again.'
-- Jean-Luc Picard
'It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.'
-- Charles Darwin
'Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.'
-- Thomas Edison
'You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.'
-- Wayne Gretzky
'Do or do not. There is no try.'
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'Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.'
-- Chinese Proverb
'Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches.'
-- Napoleon Hill
'You are not your resume, you are your work.'
-- Seth Godin
'Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.'
-- Theodore Roosevelt
'Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.'
-- Will Rogers
'Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.'
-- Babe Ruth
'If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.'
-- Ray Kroc
'When writing the story of your life, don't let anyone else hold the pen.'
-- Harley Davidson
'A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it.'
-- Alistair Cook
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'Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.'
-- Jim Rohn
'Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.'
-- Thomas Jefferson
'I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.'
-- Michael Jordan
'People inspire you or they drain you -- pick them wisely.'
-- Hans F. Hansen
'The Pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.'
-- John Maxwell
'Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!'
-- Henry Ford
'When you change your thoughts, you change your world.'
-- Norman Vincent Peale
'A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.'
-- Mahatma Gandhi
'There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.'
-- Denis Waitley
I hope you find these quotes as inspiring as I find them. Let me know your thoughts and also please share your favorite inspirational quote in the comments below.
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