The worst part of making excuses isn’t the missed opportunities. It isn’t the guilt you might feel afterwards for lying to yourself. It’s not the money they will cost you, the relationships they will end, or the broken dreams. The worst part of making excuses, the hidden danger, is that you eventually start to believe them.
The longer you make excuses, the more you actually start to believe them. The longer you tell any lie, the most likely it is that someday you will no longer tell it as a lie, but as the truth.
You no longer cringe when you realize that what you are saying is false. The conviction you once felt disappears. The lie becomes the truth. The excuse becomes reality.
Your bowl of stew is costing you more than you think!
Say what? That sentence kind of made me want to break out into Tina Turner…”What’s stew got to do, got to do with it?” Yeah…about that.
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So what does stew got to do with anything? Well, that’s what Zechariah Newman shared with me recently. He said I can call him Zech, but you should probably stick to his full name. Zech writes and speaks about finding your calling and restoring significance to your life. He’s a smart dude, so check out his site after you read this.
Everyone is called to something higher than themselves.
Whether you believe in God or not, whether you are an artist, CEO, or “just” a mom or dad, I know that you are called to something great.
And when you do what you are called to, something amazing always happens. Like this…
WARNING: This is not a video that you play and listen to in the background. You need to watch it carefully. And it will blow you away.
Why did this happen?
Carlos Whittaker was doing what he is called to do.
Even if Danny never showed up and created a heaven-on-earth moment, Carlos was making his mark on the world.
Part of doing what he is called to do was being in that park on that day. In the cold wind. In a bad neighborhood.
And because of him, the world met Danny.
Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous?
Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies!
Turn away from evil and do good.
Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
Psalm 34:12-14 (NLT)
The secret to a long, prosperous, and happy life
There is a secret to a long, prosperous, and happy life. David shares it in Psalm 34: Don’t lie, don’t insult others, and don’t gossip.
I’ll admit that if those are the keys, I should have died six years ago after a miserable life. Thankfully, I didn’t and have learned (slowly) to live a life more in line with those parameters.
Note that David didn’t write, “Do you want to live a life more pleasing to God?” Or even, “Do you want to live a life that will benefit others?”
Can you imagine if we reduced the divorce rate in America by 99.999%?
We’ve all heard that approximately 50% of marriages in the U.S. end in the divorce. But what if it was only 0.001%?
If you’re married and want to stay married, you need to read this.
If you’re not married and want to have a successful marriage, don’t gloss over this. You need to know this for when you do get married. It will improve your chances of staying happily married by a factor of 500,000 (seriously).
So I’ll cut straight to the chase.
50% of all marriages fail. But there is something you can do to reduce that chance to 0.001%:
No really, that’s it. No classes. No books. You don’t have to buy anything or set aside hours a day to talk. Just pray together.
Someone already thinks you are pretty amazing.
And yet you keep trying to prove yourself to:
Even people you don’t even care about
______________ (fill in the blank)
My friend Ben is pretty smart. At our men’s group recently, he threw out this nugget:
That simple piece of advice holds great meaning.
Who are you trying to impress? Who are you trying to prove yourself to?