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Activated October 2012

Investing in Eternity - October 2012

What matters most? What do you want from life? What kind of person do you want to be? This issue aims at helping you take stock, refocus, and chart a course toward greater happiness and fulfillment.
 

01-10-2012
Pearl of Great Price
Pearl of Great Price

Life is made up of choices, ranging from mundane to mind-boggling. What should I wear today? What do I want for breakfast? What career should I pursue? Should I marry this person? Big and small, our choices work together to order our days, define who we are, and largely determine our levels of happiness and fulfillment.

Ironically, it’s the little choices that often get more than their share of our time and attention, while the most fundamental choices, the ones that matter most and could make the biggest difference in the long term, get overlooked or put off. What do I...

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01-10-2012
What Matters Most
What Matters Most

“I’ve been so busy with life that I haven’t had time to think,” a terminally ill woman in her forties told me when I visited her at a hospice. “I realized while lying here that I barely know my husband, my children, or my mother-in-law, who also lives with us. I’ve been wrapped up in caring for them—shopping and cooking, doing their laundry, cleaning after them, helping them with their homework—and yet I can’t say that I really know what they are thinking or what they are going through. I can’t tell you when was the last time that I...

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01-10-2012
Man, It’s Hard to Be a Christian!
Man, It’s Hard to Be a Christian!

Being a Christian can feel like an uphill fight, because much of what Jesus taught goes against human nature. Look at the list below and ask yourself if what Jesus said comes naturally to you.

Love your enemies.

Do good to those who hate you.

Bless those who curse you.

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01-10-2012
God Is Timeless
God Is Timeless

I have come to realize that God takes His time. Perhaps that comes from being eternal. He has all the time in the world, so why should He hurry?

God is an investor, not a speculator. He doesn’t “buy” something today with the intention of “selling” it tomorrow. Sure, He wants to get high returns on His investments, but He can wait a very long time if need be. He invests in people, and He doesn’t seem to mind the time it takes for that investment to pay off. Knowing the future also comes in handy, no doubt.

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01-10-2012
My Miracle Wedding
My Miracle Wedding

Jesus said that if we will “seek the kingdom of god above all else,” God will give us everything we need.1 If you work hard and do your job well, it’s in your boss’s best interest to notice and reward you with a pay raise or promotion. God thinks that way too. If we invest our time and energy in His work, helping others and living as He would have us live, God will notice and see that we are rewarded.

As a career Christian volunteer, I’ve spent my life sharing God’s love with others and trying my best to live...

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01-10-2012
The Secret of Life
The Secret of Life

Jesus said that the secret to happiness and success is to “seek the kingdom of God above all else,” but does that work today? Can we lead God-centered lives, do more than survive in this materialistic world, and still be ourselves? I believe we can.

To “seek the kingdom of God above all else” means to bring our priorities into line with God’s, so the first step is to honestly assess our values and goals in life.

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01-10-2012
The Choice
The Choice

Have you ever thought about the choice Moses had to make when he forsook Egypt? That choice is what made Moses great. Solomon is known for his wisdom, Daniel for his vision, David for his psalms, and Peter for his zeal, but Moses was great because of the choice he made.

We read in Hebrews chapter 11 that Moses is included among the heroes of faith in God’s hall of fame. “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy...

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01-10-2012
Today Is My Birthday
Today Is My Birthday

Today I’m 65. I have officially entered the ranks of the elderly. As of today, I’m an “old man.”

What a wretched little word—“old”! It conjures up other words like “decrepit” and “declining” and “dementia.” It doesn’t describe what I am or how I feel. It’s almost insulting!

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01-10-2012
Sight Adjustment
Sight Adjustment

When I am not wearing my glasses, everything a few feet away strains my vision, and anything past that is a blur. I have been wearing glasses for about 20 years, but sometimes there are situations where I can’t or won’t wear them. When that happens, I invariably miss most of what is going on around me.

Once my husband Mike and I were leaving a hairdressing salon when, out of the blue it seemed, Mike started talking about a friend of ours. She had, in fact, been in the salon the entire time, but my range of focus had been...

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01-10-2012
Life’s Priorities
Life’s Priorities

No matter what you’ve done for yourself or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?

—Lee Iacocca (b. 1924), American businessman and author

 

If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.

—Albert Camus (1913–1960), French author and philosopher

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01-10-2012
The Sky at Night
The Sky at Night

"Two things fill me with constantly increasing admiration and awe, the longer and more earnestly I reflect on them: the starry heavens without and the moral law within."—Immanuel Kant1

This is an exercise for the evening or nighttime, preferably on a clear night, when the stars and moon are clearly visible. Outside is best, but if that isn’t possible, anywhere with a view outside a window will suffice.

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01-10-2012
What Is Truth?
What Is Truth?

That age-old question is being asked less and less these days. Some people don’t ask because they’re so wrapped up in satisfying their material needs and desires that they never stop to consider their spiritual needs. Others don’t ask because they’re afraid they won’t like the answer. And some don’t ask because they don’t believe that there is an answer; their inborn hunger for truth has been dulled by the skepticism and notion of “relative morality” that pervade modern thought.

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