Searching for “Your Passion” is dumb.

I’m so sick of hearing these so called experts telling people to “find your passion”.   This is unintelligent and causes more harm than good in most cases. It leads the people who don’t hate their jobs into discontent, thinking there is something so much better out there and they go looking for greener pastures. They end up roaming from field to field looking to find there elusive “passion”.

You need to ask yourself, do you need to “find your passion” or just bring passion into what you already do? Passion is nothing more than a high interest level. Finding your passion is like finding happiness. It’s on the inside not the outside.  You decide to be happy. You decide to be passionate. It’s not some secret treasure you have where you have to go on world wide search to find. If you are having a hard time just look for why, how and who you do it for. There’s your passion. What a miserable life it is to depend on external forces to make you happy or passionate.

How to Deal with Arrogant People

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Ever been to a stuffy party on the good side of town and you can almost cut the pretentiousness with a knife because it’s so thick? One person is trying to one up the other.  No one is really listening to the other ramble on and on; they are just waiting for a break in the conversation so they can do their part of pompous bragging.

A party is bad enough but you can leave the party. What if you have to work with these people? You better learn how to diffuse these people’s attitudes and put them in check or they will poison the entire organization fast.

A good leader wants self-confident people but not arrogant and you must know the difference between the two.  Self-confidence is required for any kind of success in any part of life.  Self-confident people will just roll their eyes at arrogant people.

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It’ll Run Without Gas…… But Not Oil

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An old ATV rumbles to a stop in front of the house on a Sunday afternoon.  An older man swings his leg over the machine and hops off the seat and heads toward the house with the zest of a person in his early thirties and walks up to the front door.  He gives a slight polite knock and he turns the knob and announces his arrival by saying “knock knock.”

“Hey Dad.”

“Hey,” the old man says matter-of-factly. “Is my granddaughter here?”

“Well yeah”, the son laughs. “Where else would she be?”

About that time a bright eyed dark haired beauty scampers down the hallway. “PAWPAW!!!” she screams as she runs toward him with one sock already off and the other flopping from the end of her tiny three year old foot.  She runs as him full speed and locks her arms around the neck of her now kneeling…

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Pray don’t Pout

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As a young man pulls in his long driveway from a long day at the office his grandfather notices his SUV pulling in from the old rusted tractor he is using to bushhog the apple orchard. The old man throws his arm it the air to wave at his grandson enthusiastically. The young man sees the greeting from the well know man in faded overalls. He says to himself, “I’m starting to get the feeling that moving my family in next door to my grandparents wasn’t such a good idea. He always comes at the worst possible time.” Acknowledging his grandfather he looks over his shoulder and raises a finger and a half no higher than the top of his head.

A few minutes later while sitting on his leather recliner he hears the old tractor stop in the middle of his new driveway and slowly shut off. A few moments later he hears a light tapping on the door.

After a deep breathe, “Come in.”

The old man steps in and takes off the old trucker hat he probably got at the feed store and holds it at his waist.  “Everything okay with you son?”

“That obvious huh?”

“Work got you down?” the old timer replied

” ……… Work, the people at work, the people at home, you name it.  It seems like every time I turn around someone is taking a shot at me. I think I’ve earned more respect than that. I have a good mind to go in the office tomorrow and let them know what I really think of them. Oh and then not to mention my in-laws. I have a good mind to skip the holidays all together.”  ranted the obviously frustrated young man.

The old man just stared at his grandson until the invisible tension was so much that he looked up and made eye contact, “That don’t sound like a good mind to me. Listen son. I’m gonna tell you what your grandmother taught me an if I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a hundred times.  Pray don’t pout.  I’ve seen a lot of good Christians hold grudges against coworkers, fellow church members, and relatives and it ruins em. Let me tell you, when you become mature enough in your own head to pray instead of pout, that’s when you have a good mind. You see your emotions follow your thoughts not your circumstances.”  The old man turned around, put on his hat and walked out.

Stay out of the weeds

Train yourself to stay out of the weeds or you will become bogged down in non-sense. Keep the main thing the main thing and what you focus on. Forgive and move on. Focus on your own actions not the intent of someone else. Forgiveness doesn’t necessarily mean you forget. It means you give up your right to retaliate or seek justice.

4 give live  Let this become who you are and part of your character.

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Salvation is for Everyone – even you!

Salvation Is for Everyone

For Moses writes that the law’s way of making a person right with God requires obedience to all of its commands.[c] But faith’s way of getting right with God says, “Don’t say in your heart, ‘Who will go up to heaven?’ (to bring Christ down to earth). And don’t say, ‘Who will go down to the place of the dead?’ (to bring Christ back to life again).” In fact, it says,

“The message is very close at hand;
    it is on your lips and in your heart.”[d]And that message is the very message about faith that we preach: If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”[e] 12 Jew and Gentile[f] are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

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Silos

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A local law office has been growing the last couple of years slower than it had in the early days. Maybe it’s the economic climate causing the slowing growth. Maybe it’s the win percentage that’s gradually creeping down that is scaring off new clients.  Maybe it’s simply bad customer service. Whatever it is, it has to stop. Things can’t continue to decline or everyone in the firm will be out of a job.

The founding partner decides to take action. He goes out and finds a hungry outside salesmen that will bring in new clients and head the firms marketing campaign.  The salesman is energetic and knows he has to be because his pay incentives are set up as a commission for each new client he brings in.

The founding partner is thrilled after the introduction of the salesman to the rest of the partners because everyone gets along so…

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Hope will not…

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Romans 5 New Living Translation (NLT)

Faith Brings Joy

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

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