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Looking for something better"
March 11, 2014
March 11, 2014 Issue #096
Looking for something better makes life more excitingDissatisfaction is a common thread running through the lives of singles. Usually that's a bad thing--but sometimes it's good.
Positive discontent spurs us singles on to improve our condition. You may go to college or get special training to get a better job. If you get a raise, you might move to a nicer home. If your vehicle constantly gives you problems, you might save up to get a more reliable one.
On the negative side, we have to guard against comparing our life to the life of somebody else and feeling that we always come up short. Contrary to what many people think, life is not a game where the goal is to acquire the most "toys" before you die. Whoever came up with that bumper sticker was an idiot.
This month, as we go into Lent and approach Easter, we'll be exploring the things it's wise to change and the things it's wise to keep.
As I seem to keep repeating, the world tries to tell us happiness is found in buying more, more, more. Try that for a while, as I did, and you'll discover it's a lie. Peace and joy, our true aims, are never found there.
Here are some thoughts on singles who are looking for something better.
Let it goI held onto my hurt like a valuable prize,
I nurtured it and watched it grow,
until it became like a part of me.
And God said, "Please let it go."
"Let it go?" I cried. "I can't do that.
But I am stubborn and don't want to lose
"My Son took your hurt and pain to the cross.
Then I sobbed and I sobbed
~ Jack Zavada, 2014 ~
March Quote of the MonthOur March quotation is a blunt bit of wisdom from Dr. David Livingstone, famous explorer of Africa and a Scottish Congregationalist medical missionary:
~ David Livingstone (1813-1873) ~
When the Bible tells us to fear God, it means to hold him in awe and reverence. We do that by worshipping him, loving him, and following his teaching. That's hard in today's world, especially for us singles. We have to hold ourselves to His higher standards.
The second half of Livingstone's quote is equally difficult. It's a real temptation to slack at whatever we do. Things begin to make more sense when we understand that we're working for God, not for ourselves or even our employer. We always give God our best effort.
When you set a goal for yourself, work hard at it. Set realistic goals but
high goals. Dream giant economy-size dreams. Teensy dreams are for wimps. You're a child of a big God. Honor him with the size of your dreams.
Yep, it's the Big Kahuna!When I wrote Single & Sure, I wanted it to be big. I wanted to pour into it all the mistakes I made (so you can avoid them) and all the lessons I learned, so you can benefit from them.
Well, there were a lot of mistakes to cover, but a lot of good lessons, too. Single & Sure runs 240 pages. But it's also an easy read, in a quick, conversational style. You won't get bogged down.
You'll get practical tips on how to be confident instead of a worrier, how to find fulfillment instead of frustration, how to build enthusiasm instead of depression, and how to have a sense of sureness about your future.
Single & Sure is not for sissypants singles! It's about tossing out your wrong ideas about yourself, and that may be painful.
Even so, this is an encouraging ebook. You'll download it to your computer in a PDF file and read it with Adobe Reader, a f'ree program. You'll also get a moneyback guarantee. And only $9.97.
Now that's big. Check out the details and get a f'ree sample of Single & Sure.
Spring clean your mindWhew! Wrong thoughts are like dust bunnies. They have a way of multiplying.
It's time to clear the cobwebs out of your cranium. Attack those antiquated notions that are holding you back. You don't even need to work up a sweat. Just tune your eyeballs into these articles about renewing your mind:
The Dangers of Obsolete Thinking
Is it Time for You to Start Over?
Remember to be kind to yourselfFor many of the singles reading this, the world seems to be a lousy place. They feel as if everything is conspiring against them to make them miserable. I know, because I felt that way for many years, longer than I care to admit.
It's a strange thing. Some singles treat themselves in a cruel way they would never think of treating another person. They never give themselves a break. They're constantly disappointed in themselves. In their self-talk, they're mean and insulting.
If you're that way, it's time to change. It's time to grab onto the truth that God loves you. He sees the best in you and forgives all the other stuff. So forgive yourself, too. It's not prideful to love yourself. You're just agreeing with God, and God has good taste in friends.
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That wraps up the March Inspire-O-Gram, single friend. Remember that tomorrow starts the life you've always wanted. With God, change is possible. God wants to help you make things better.
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