Category: Inspirational/Motivational


Sunday Inspiration: Don’t Confuse Happiness With Merriment

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

Don’t confuse happiness with merriment. Merriment comes from joy, not happiness, and understanding this is crucial to your emotional well-being.

There are times when we can’t and shouldn’t be happy—when people are hurting, going through tragedy, or losing jobs and loved ones. In the face of injustice happiness is inappropriate, if not impossible.

Yet the joy that comes from knowing that you are unconditionally loved and accepted by God enables you to remain joyful. That’s because:

  1. Happiness is external; joy is internal.
  2. Happiness depends on outward circumstances; joy depends on inward character.
  3. Happiness depends on what happens to us; joy depends on who lives within us.
  4. Happiness is based on chance; joy is based on choice.

So today—choose joy!

Source: https://sacrificebeyondprice.wordpress.com/2016/12/09/experience-it/

Sunday Inspiration: Enjoy Each Day

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

In the ninth chapter of the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon writes about the importance of seizing life, living in the moment, and learning to enjoy each day.

Which introduces the question: what are you waiting for? To graduate? To get married? To have children? To retire?

Life is about the journey, not the destination!

Your life is here and now, your family is here and now, your marriage is here and now, your career is here and now.

The journey takes place every day, and you can find meaning when you search for a greater purpose. You can find small joys every day if you have eyes of faith.

Solomon recognized that ultimately we all end up at the same destination-the grave. The only difference lies in how much we enjoy the journey.

Instead of obsessing over the things you can’t control, focus on what you can control and leave the rest to God.

Phil Cooke writes:

“I have to believe that God’s in control, and for me to always demand answers is to assume His role. I’ve decided to sit back and let Him be God and let me be me.”

That’s a philosophy we would all do well to adopt!

Source: https://www.jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/enjoy-each-day

Is Your Comfort Zone Really All That Comfortable?

Do you think your comfort zone is really all that comfortable?

Well, let’s see. Does any of this describe your current situation?

If any of the above sounds familiar, your comfort zone is anything but comfortable.

The Line Between Your Comfort Zone and the Life You Really Desire

Instead, it’s what I call the THRIVE ZONE.

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Are You Willing to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone?

Are you fed up enough with how uncomfortable your comfort zone is you’re willing to experience some temporary discomfort and make some changes?

Next Steps to Your Thrive Zone

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Sunday Inspiration: Find the Key Log

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“I thought about my ways.” 
Ps 119:59 NKJV

One of the great keys to success in life is having the right approach. But to improve your approach you need to assess where you’re starting from.

This may take some time. And depending on how self-aware you are, it may even be difficult.

The key is to look at yourself objectively, to separate yourself from your attitude. Your goal isn’t to condemn yourself; it’s to see yourself clearly so you can make positive changes in the way you think.

When professional loggers discover a logjam, they climb a large tree near the river so they can look over the problem and find the cause. What they’re looking for is the “key log” creating the jam. Once they remove that, the river takes care of the rest. An inexperienced person could spend hours, days, even weeks moving logs around without results.

The point is you don’t necessarily need to change all your thinking—just the few items that keep you from having the right approach to life. Once you do, your life will begin to flow in the right direction.

Here are some questions that may help you discover the “key log” that’s holding you back.

  • How do you feel about yourself?
  • When do you feel the most negative about yourself?
  • What causes you the greatest problems when dealing with others? Insecurity? Resentment? Inferiority?
  • What negative thoughts constantly control your mind?

These are important questions, for “as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Pr 23:7).

If you want to change your life for the better, ask God to make you aware of what’s impacting it for the worse.

Source: https://www.jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/find-the-key-log

Sunday Inspiration: If You Say So

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“Because you say so, I will.” 
Lk 5:5 NIV

The Bible says: “When he [Jesus] had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will’…When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break… When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees…For he and all his companions were astonished…Then Jesus said…‘Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.’ So they …left everything and followed him” (vv. 4-11 NIV).

The real test of your faith comes when nothing you’ve tried has worked, and God tells you to do something that stretches your faith to its limit. At that point you have two choices: Give in to your doubts, or say with Peter, “Because You say so, I will.”

This story teaches us God works in three ways:

(1) He uses the common to do the uncommon. In their workplace where nothing special ever seemed to happen, Jesus showed up, called them, and changed their lives. So look for God in your daily routine, and don’t be surprised when He surprises you.

(2) He moves you out from the security of the shallow to the risks of the deep. The great catches and the great storms are both in the same sea. If you want one, you have to contend with the other. No risk, no reward.

(3) He involves you in one thing to teach you another. Christ’s plan for these men was to involve them in an even greater miracle: fishing for souls.

Today that’s His plan for you too. And it begins when you say, “Lord, because You say so, I will.”

Source: https://www.jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/understanding-how-god-works