Just thinking about a devotional I ran across the other day. It included some wonderful reminders and I felt compelled to share them with you. Here are ten scriptural principles to help you live as God intended.
- Guard your tongue. Always say less than you think and others will respect you.
- Make promises sparingly, keep them faithfully and people will trust you.
- Never let an opportunity pass to say a kind word, and someday you will look back with joy and not regret.
- Be genuinely interested in others; show it by listening attentively and expressing your appreciation.
- Be cheerful. Don’t dwell on your aches and pains; everybody has trouble. There are people in hospitals who’d gladly trade places with you.
- Keep an open mind and try to get all the facts. Discuss, but don’t argue. Learn to disagree without being disagreeable. Give other people the benefit of the doubt.
- Discourage gossip, it’s destructive.
- Be sensitive to the feeling of others. If you do, people will consider you to be wise.
- Pay no attention to ill-natured remarks about you. Live so that nobody will believe them.
- Don’t worry about getting the credit, just keep giving your best and be patient. God records and God rewards!
Source: The Word for You Today – www.rumc.com
Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending some time with Morehouse men. Dr. Gwendolyn Williams, a faculty member at Morehouse, invited me to be a judge in her Reading and Critical Thinking class. The young men in her class participated in group assignments that were based on Hill Harper’s book: Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny.
For those of you who are not familiar with the book, Harper, through a series of letters to young brothers, addresses several topics that young men have asked him personally. The topics cover everything from school, money and careers, to girls, family life and achieving goals. The book is an inspirational read, ideal for any young man whether he has questions or not. As far as I’m concern, it should be mandatory reading for any male who is age 13 or older. Keep in mind there are some sensitive topics Harper covers in the book, but he does it expertly.
But getting back to the presentations. Out of five groups, I judged two of them. Each group took a different aspect from the book and presented on it using their personal styles. The first group’s topic was part three of Harper’s book – The Real Deal: Girls, Sex, and Responsibility. They presented using monologues/poems and had videos to drive home their point. Needless to say those were some pretty…dicey topics, but I thought they handled them beautifully. The second group I observed did a skit for their presentation. Their group’s topic was from part two of Harper’s book – School, Work, and Money: Mining Our Resources. Through a series of scenes, the skit followed a young man as he confronted various issues in his young life where he had to make tough decisions with the assistance of an angel consulting in one ear, and the devil chattering in his other.
Personally, I was impressed by both groups! It was encouraging to see young men who were not only able to articulate their words and thoughts superbly, but who also exhibited passion on the topics they spoke on. My hat goes off to Dr. Williams for giving these young men a platform to show their intellectual, acting, and creative abilities. I felt honored to be invited!
Let me know if you’ve ever read Harper’s book. And if so, what did you think?
Yesterday I started reading this book 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller. It’s not one of those books that you just read from cover to cover, no, it’s a laid out plan meant to guide you to your purpose in life, giving you the tools you need to discover part of the plan that God has for you. It looks like I’ll be spending some time on my internal being in order to help me find my true purpose. Though I feel like I know what my purpose in life is (as it relates to the work I enjoy), I’m curious to see if this plan will help me get to where I want to be in fulfilling this purpose on a higher level. I’m looking forward to trying this 48 day plan. Besides…I’m curious to see if it really works. I figure I have nothing to lose.
Okay, so after each chapter in the book, the author has a section entitled: Countdown to Work I Love, where he poses several questions. I’m only on chapter 1 (remember I just started yesterday), but one of the questions is: What would be the key characteristics of an ideal job or career?
I’ll share a little from my response. At this point in my life, I believe that the key characteristics of my ideal job or career would be: 1) Doing something that I’d be willing to do for free. 2) Flexibility to do my work when I want, as long as I get the job done in a timely manner and in a way that is pleasing to me and my client. 3) Satisfies my financial needs and wants. These are just a few that I’ve come up with.
What would you say if someone asked you to name the key characteristics of your ideal job or career?
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