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The Madness

Everywhere you look it seems the world has gone mad. The craziest among us get the attention, and how dare we stand up for what’s right because we are marginalizing the minority.

Yet I believe in the goodness of mankind. There is good everywhere, too. You just have to look for it. And if you can’t find it? Be good…

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Teachers

Today is National Teacher Day in the United States. So first off, thank you to all of the dedicated, devoted teachers worldwide.

The best teaching moments are in the home. We, as parents, should model behavior for our children. Characteristics like kindness, forgiveness, compassion and honesty are best taught by example, not by forced behavior.

Our children are watching us all the time. Let’s make sure our words and actions align…

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Keep Going…

We live in an imperfect world, where failures, frustrations and setbacks come our way. It seems like every time we get our lives together we only get knocked down again.

That’s okay. No matter what you see on social media, everyone has struggles. The most perfect-looking people are dealing with stuff we don’t know about. It’s important to remember, we are in this beautiful life together. Encourage others. Strengthen them. And when you find yourself in a battle, keep going, no matter what…

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Opponents

The division in our country is destroying us from within. Was Khrushchev telling the truth when he said, “we will bury you and we won’t have to fire a shot?”

We aren’t opponents. We are citizens who, hopefully, stand up for what is right and true. Just because someone disagrees with your politics doesn’t make them a bad person.

Stand up and speak out for goodness. Otherwise, we will prove the communist to be correct…

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American Culture

The culture of the United States seems to be greed. Do more work so you can be more. And get more.

There’s nothing wrong with acquiring assets. The more you have, the more you are able to help others. If you are willing…

The other side of that coin is contentment. Contentment doesn’t mean you are devoid of ambition. Contentment comes from living in a constant state of gratitude. Be grateful for everything good in your life, and watch your mindset change…

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Everyone Matters

Every person matters. We can be impressed by the number of degrees people have, their titles, accomplishments or possessions, but that’s not who they are. We are all equally important in the eyes of God. His opinion is the only one that matters.

Treat others with kindness. Show compassion. We are in this battle called life together…

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Positive Thinking

Millions of books have been written about positive thinking. Millions more will be written. And we know too well that popular saying, “Let go. Let God.” That sounds great until you have to actually do it.

Ceding our desire to control is scary. We want our lives to have happy endings, so we try to control outcomes. Controlling things we have no control over doesn’t work.

Our Creator gives us control over one thing: our attitude. Keep yours focused on whatever is good, right and noble. That’s better than any self-help book…

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Why Forgiveness is Important

Have you been hurt by someone else? Most of us have, and we will be hurt and disappointed by others again. Why should we forgive them? After all, they are the ones who caused the damage.

When we choose to hold onto the hurt and not forgive, it damages us, not the offender. Unresolved conflict becomes bitterness and resentment. We focus on what we have lost, not what remains. Having a strong sense of gratitude reminds us of how much we have. Our focus goes from distressed to blessed. We recognize and remember all of the good in our lives.

Forgiveness is hard, and it takes time. If you try to force it, forgiveness won’t last. You will know when you are ready…

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