I decided “better late than never” and ventured into something new and long overdue: at age 50-plus, I registered for lessons at a local driving school.
To my horror, during just my second class, I was taken to drive in the chaotic Nairobi traffic.
“Try to create space around your vehicle,” was one of the first instructions.
1. Count your blessings. Expressing gratitude does wonders to lift your spirit. There is spiritual power in praise that can counterbalance whatever is weighing on you.
2. Get in touch with Jesus. He loves and cares for you, and He’s got the solution to every problem. Talk to Him about how you feel; read God’s Word; bolster your faith by holding on to promises from His Word.
I read an article in a running magazine that explained how caffeine could enhance a runner’s performance in a race by diminishing the perception of fatigue. I tried it in a marathon, and sure enough, not only did I set an all-time personal best, but I did so after expending precious energy conversing with a fellow runner during the entire first half of the race. Had I realized that my tongue would be stimulated along with my legs and had I focused more on the race, I’m sure I could have finished even faster.
Every morning I wake up and board an express train leaving from fast track station. As I speed along life’s rails, I stare out the window and think. Where has the time gone? How did my children manage to grow up so quickly? Now it’s happening with my grandchildren. I catch my reflection in the window and wonder where all that gray hair came from. It seems like only yesterday…
1. Spend quality time in God’s Word.1 Read it, listen to it, memorize it, meditate on it. “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.”2
2. Read accounts of divine intervention. Accounts of answered prayer, both in the Bible and in modern-day settings, put “skin” on God’s promised help. What He has done for others, He can do for you.
Just as good food is essential for physical health,we must nourish our spirits in order to stay healthy and grow spiritually.We do that by making reading or listening to the Bible and other faith-building material a habit. Here are some tried and proven tips for getting the most from those times.
1. Pick a time and duration.
Try setting aside at least 20 minutes daily for reading and reflecting on God’s Word. It can be difficult to get much out of this time if you don’t spend at least that long. If you aren’t able to fit it in daily, then try three or four days each week. Whatever you decide, it will be easier to follow through if you establish a definite time slot and make it part of your routine.
Good communication depends on a few basic principles. Learn these, and you will be well on the way to happy, productive relationships.
Honesty. If you want to get off on the right foot with others, be honest and straightforward from the start.
Tact. It’s important to be honest, but it’s also important to be loving and considerate in your presentation, especially with people who are naturally sensitive or when the subject could be sensitive.
Question: I’m having such a hard time keeping to my budget, even though I know that’s the key to staying out of debt. Do you have any tips?
Answer: The key to good budgeting is plugging the leaks that drain your resources—and even small leaks will drain you over time. If you’re not already doing the following things, you might want to consider them.
Live within your means. If you use credit cards, pay your monthly balances in full to avoid charges.
One thing that makes life stressful and even worrisome at times is a lack of money.That’s when it’s important to remember that God is the source of financial supply. “The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.”1 It’s His to give, and He’s happy to give it. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”2 But no matter how much God wants to help you out, if your financial “house” is missing some of the main pillars, it won’t stand. You need to believe God is able to supply, and then ask and take action. That’s where knowledge, good business sense, and planning come in. Thankfully, God has given an abundance of practical advice on how to put yourself in the best position to receive His financial blessings.
Question: I want to get along well with others and be liked, but often I don’t know where to begin. How can I build strong connections with people?
Answer: Here are some tips to get you started. The point is not to pretend to be something you’re not, but to make a conscious effort to cultivate qualities that will make people feel at ease and be happy to be around you.