Fathers, take these 2 thoughts to heart…

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With all that you, as a father have going on in your head (work responsibilities, finances, etc.), please take some time to consider how things are going with your children and your vision for them.

Here are two words of wisdom from a man named Paul that I have found helpful:

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

And you know that we treated each of you as a father treats his own children. We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you to share in his Kingdom and glory.

How can we get ready to receive feedback?

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One of main themes that I stress to those I work with in my Life Coaching efforts is to “strive for excellence in every area of our responsibilities”.

A very effective way that we can get better in any area is to receive feedback from others on our performance. Although, it sounds easy, in reality, for most of us, having others point out things we can improve upon can be difficult.

Just the other day, I experienced this situation. I’ve just started to implement a new idea for my life coaching business and did a live run through with a small group of people.

The host and his spouse (and their son) gave me some specific (and very helpful) critiques on how they felt the night went and some suggestions on how I could make some future improvements.

Initially, I could feel my emotional resistance (its a pride thing) to being shown I didn’t do a perfect job. But later that evening, when I was at home reflecting on their comments, I couldn’t help but get excited about applying their suggestions and improving on my performance.

So, what was going on?

We have 2 parts of our brain that are responsible for our decision making.

One part of our brain is the amygdala. It is made for a quick response. It is geared to process things emotionally and stir us to take a “fight or flight” action. Think impulsive actions.

The other part of our brain in the frontal lobe helps us to think cool, logical decisions. It is not overwhelmed by emotions. As someone said, “it helps us thrive, rather than just survive.”

So, why get into this tangent on the “brain”? Its because we will bring incredible benefits to our life, like receiving feedback from others if we can understand how our brains are wired. If we can understand that it is normal to want to get act quickly, get defensive (and either fight or run away) from situations that come are way and if we can just relax and get away from our instinctive, quick response, then we can move into “frontal lobe” thinking. We can prepare ourselves to benefit from a broader perspective and respond in the wisest kind of way.

What book is #1 ?

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What is the most read book of all time? Without a doubt–its the Bible.

I understand that many people have commented about it and even quoted (or misquoted from it). My question for you is have you ever read it yourself?
There are so many awesome things said in the Bible about the Bible, but these are some of my favorites (found in Psalm 19 -NIV):
verse 7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.
11 By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

Sounds like some pretty cool benefits to those who read it (and apply it)!

If anyone has not really read it for themselves and would be willing to take a look at it for yourself, check out either the Holy Bible App from LifeChurchTV, or visit their website.

How about you… are you doing your part?

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Think of a hard time you’ve gone through. Maybe it was during a stressful time at work. Maybe it was the panic of realizing how far in debt you are. Maybe it was when you went through a very difficult relationship struggle with a loved one.

Whatever the specific situation, we’ve all been there. As you think about those difficult times, think how comforted and encouraged you were when you knew a friend was there who was willing to pray for you, or spend the time to talk with you.

In the Bible ( 1timothy 2:1-2) (nasb), it is written:
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.

I can’t think of a time when our government and church leaders need more prayer support and encouragement than today.

So, whether, you are a fan of our current president, congress, or your present church leadership, each of us has a responsibility as Christ followers to pray for them.

I don’t know about you, but I am convicted by this command from Scripture—how about you? Are you doing your part?