Who do you believe in?

Here is the testimony of a Chinese Christian: “I walked through the road of life and had fallen into a great ditch. The ditch was filled with depression, discouragement, and sin. As I lay in that ditch, Mohammed came along and said, ‘It’s your fault you’re in the ditch. You offended Allah, and this is your just punishment.’ Then Marx came by and said, ‘You’re in the ditch because of class warfare. You must revolt.’ But after the government changed, I was still in my ditch. Then Buddha came along and said, ‘You’re not really in that ditch. You just think you’re there. It’s all an illusion of the mind. Be at peace.’ Then Confucius came by and said, ‘Here are the 10 steps of self-attainment by which you can get out of your ditch. If you will struggle, you will climb...

Who is saved

In my Bible reading, Jesus has been talking about saving gentiles and others outside of the Jews. . .and then today I read Matthew 15:24 “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” I know He eventually sends them to share the word to all nations but reading earlier in Matthew I had the feeling he was spending His time on earth helping believers.

Who Do You Choose Your Actions For?

This scripture captured my thoughts this morning: Matthew 14:9 NIV “Then the king regretted what he had said; but because of the vow he had made in front of his guests, he issued the necessary orders. “ How many times have I done something just because of my “audience”? More than I’d like to admit. Trying to be mindful of God and His will in my life.

What Does It Take to be a Man?

I had a subtle reminder from 1984 last night at the Boston Concert so I thought I’d share it with you: What does it take to be a man? What does it take to see It’s all heart and soul A gentle hand? So easy to want and so hard to give How can you be a man ‘Till you see beyond the life you live? Oh, what does it take to be a man?   We can be blind, but a man tries to see It takes tenderness For a man to be what he can be And what does it mean If you’re weak or strong? A gentle feelin’ can make it right or make it wrong What does it take to be a man?   The will to give and not receive The strength to say what you believe The heart to feel what others feel inside To see what they can see   A man is somethin’ that’s real...

Are you putting your kids first? Should you?

  Your kids should not be the most important in the family from Naples Daily News, January 1, 2017 by John Rosemond I recently asked a married couple who have three kids, none of whom are yet teens, “Who are the most important people in your family?” Like all good moms and dads of this brave new millennium, they answered, “Our kids!” “Why?” I then asked. “What is it about your kids that gives them that status?” And like all good moms and dads of this brave new millennium, they couldn’t answer the question other than to fumble with appeals to emotion. So, I answered the question for them: “There is no reasonable thing that gives your children that status.” I went on to point out that many if not most of the problems they’re having with their kids—typical stuff,...

“There’s danger in putting up security for a stranger’s debt; it’s safer not to guarantee another person’s debt.” –Proverbs 11:15

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Super Mom Realization

Don’t read this over dinner…it’s kinda gross.   So, the morning was a bit different than usual. I was a bit late coming home from the gym so Leah took the older ones to school and left me with the 3 little ones. It was pleasant, I had 20 minutes until Erin and Bet-z woke up so I sat down to breakfast with Spencer. I gave him a bit of doughnut so he could bite of bits of it. . . BUT he promptly stuffed the whole thing in his mouth. One hurdle jumped.   Entertaining? Yes, but the “different” isn’t over.   Then Erin came out of her room. My first need is to attach the upper brain to the lower brain, the lizard brain so I looked at her and said a big and cheerful “good morning” and held my breath. A moment later the...

Encouraging Scripture for Masterminds and Coaching

Just gathered these scriptures together today as I consider the gift of the masterminds I participate in: “and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”–Hebrews 10:24-25   “Iron sharpens iron,So one man sharpens another.”–Proverbs 27:17   “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who...

Why do we work?

This talk really described the way I think but I didn’t know it until I listened. I love being told something about myself and my thinking to have it completely resonate in me: Did this surprise and resonate with you? Tell me about it in the comments.

What Has Your Attention? And How Does That Hurt You?

What are you paying attention to? Why are you paying attention to that? Who told you to do that? How much do you trust them? Do you miss anything by following their advice? Now, after watching that video. . . make sure to stop before the bike part and apply it to your life and thinking. . . Do you miss anything by following their advice. I like to think I’m really good at paying attention. My wife even asks me sometimes how I keep track of so many details. So, when I saw this video at church recently it raised by awareness that my paradigm probably isn’t as open minded as I think it is because of what I choose to pay attention to. I can do better and always try to seek first to understand and Stephen Covey put it. Have a great...

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