The Personal Control System – A Tale of Two Outputs

A personal control system produces desired feelings and behaviors.  The system itself does not care about the outputs.  It is programmed to do something and just does it, converting inputs to outputs using a feedback loop. Do you have one?  Yes, we all have one.  The better question is, is yours producing something good and… Continue reading The Personal Control System – A Tale of Two Outputs

Fred & Jesus

What does Fred Rogers, a.k.a. Mr. Rogers, and Jesus have in common?  They were both kind to others.  They were gentle.  They taught patience.  They promoted peace and wanted everyone to live in harmony as neighbors, despite living in a world of discord.  They demonstrated self-control. I would submit to you that at the top… Continue reading Fred & Jesus

Motivational Affirmation

I love my kids so much I would lay down my life for them.  There is no greater expression of my love for them than that. No matter what they do wrong, they are still my kids.  It does not reduce my love for them.  My love for them is unconditional. I tell them that… Continue reading Motivational Affirmation

You Have Kept a Record of My Tears

If you want to be free to live the life you were meant to live, the meaningful life for which you were created to fulfill, then you have to learn to relinquish the right to get even.  It's natural to want to seek revenge, but unlike animals, humans were given a unique ability, freewill.  We… Continue reading You Have Kept a Record of My Tears

True Encouragement: Sit, Wait, Weep

Reaching the proper mind-heart balance involves developing a set of character qualities that enable you to find your life's purpose.  These qualities are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.  They are the fruit of your new spirit. A by-product of mind-heart equilibrium is an intuitive sense of what the right thing… Continue reading True Encouragement: Sit, Wait, Weep

The Forgiveness Quiz

Pastor Rick Warren gave me this quiz recently.  I passed.  Before reading any further, please take it by deciding if each statement is true or false.  A person should not be forgiven until asking for it.  Forgiving includes minimizing the offense and the pain caused.  Forgiveness includes restoring trust and reuniting a relationship.  You haven’t… Continue reading The Forgiveness Quiz

Love & Dominoes

What if I told you that you have something in you that is stronger than anything this world can produce? Would you believe me? Something greater than anything life could throw at you. Something that you’ve had since you were conceived. Something that has been attempting to grow since you were born. When you were… Continue reading Love & Dominoes

No Excuses

Do you have a special day of reflection and rest during the week, i.e. a Sabbath?  There are no excuses not to have one, even during your busiest of times.  If fact, that's when you need it the most. A day when you don't do any real work and rest your body. A day where you decompress, have fun and… Continue reading No Excuses

The Battle of the Mind (Part 2)

The outcome of daily battles that occur in your mind between the you want to be and your old self, pop culture and Satan is determined by what and how you think.  Knowing your enemies and the strategies and tactics they employ to keep you depressed, hold you back and create chaos in your life… Continue reading The Battle of the Mind (Part 2)

The Battle of the Mind (Part 1)

Whether you realize it or not, every new day when your eyes open, heart beats, lungs breathe, and blood flows is a gift.  It is a new day of opportunity and possibility.  Be grateful for it.  Be a good steward of it. To do that, you must recognize that your day will be a series… Continue reading The Battle of the Mind (Part 1)