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Did you know that the best shortcut you can ever take is to do what God says in His timing? Shortcuts outside the will of God invite compromise and create strife and confusion.
Believers need to understand that we are long-distance runners. We are marathoners. We are not in a sprint, and we do not need to look for shortcuts that open the door to compromise.
There is an old saying that is absolutely true: "If you keep your attention on learning the tricks of the trade, you will never learn the trade." Watch out for fads - even for spiritual fads - because the letters of the word fad stand for "for a day."
There is a story about a beautiful bird that was known for its great singing. It would sit at the top of a tree and make lovely melodies. One day a man walking through the woods passed by the tree and heard the beautiful bird singing. The bird saw the man, and that he was holding a box.
"What do you have in the box?" the bird asked the man.
The man replied that he had large, juicy earthworms in the box. "I will sell you a worm for one of your beautiful feathers," he offered.
The bird pulled out a feather and exchanged it for a worm. He reflected to himself, Why should I work hard to get worms when it is so easy to get them this way?
The bird and the man repeated this process over the course of many days, and soon the bird no longer had any more beautiful feathers with which to pay for worms. Furthermore, he could no longer fly, nor was he still pretty. He did not feel like singing beautiful songs, and he was very unhappy.
Like this foolish bird, we are always tempted to look for shortcuts, ways to get ahead and obtain the results that we desire. But as the foolish bird learned, there is a price for taking shortcuts.
Eventually we will learn that there is no shortcut to success. One of the hidden truths of life is that the path to the prize is always more valuable than the prize itself. Shortcuts rob us of those valuable lessons that we need to learn along the way. When you are presented with a shortcut - a way that is not of God - say no. Be persistent and stick to the path on which the Lord has placed you.

Misery wants your company. But, you don't have to let it in the door. In Proverbs 27:19 (TLB) we read, "A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses." Proverbs 13:20 tells us, "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroyed." We become like those with whom we associate.
We need to be careful of the kind of insulation we use in our lives. We need to insulate ourselves from negative people and ideas. But we should never insulate ourselves from Godly counsel and wisdom.
A number of years ago I found myself at a stagnation point in my life. I was unproductive and unable to see God's direction clearly. One day I noticed that almost all of my friends were in the same situation. When we got together, our problems were all we talked about. As I prayed about this matter, God showed me that I needed "foundational-level" people in my life. Such people bring out the best in us and influence us to become better people. They cause us to have greater faith and confidence and to see things from God's perspective. After being with them, our spirits and our sights are raised.
I have found that it is better to be alone than in the wrong company. A single conversation with the right person can be more valuable than years of study.
The Lord showed me that I needed to change my closest associations, and that I needed to have contact with the right people on a regular basis. These were men of strong faith, people who made me a better person when I was around them. They were the ones who saw the gifts in me and could correct me in a constructive, loving way. My choice to change my closest was a turning point in my life.
When you surround yourself with the right kind of people, you enter into the God-ordained power of agreement. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10,12 (TLB) states:

Two can accomplish more than twice as much as one, for the results can be much better. If one falls, the other pulls him up; but if a man falls when he is alone, he is in trouble. And one standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer; three is even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

You need to steer clear of negative-thinking experts. Remember: in the eyes of average people, average is always considered outstanding. Look carefully at your closest association, because it's an indication of the direction you're heading.
Your best friends are those who brings out the best in you!
(From John L. Mason's "An Enemy Called Average")
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I have always been describing myself as the optimistic, the proactive, the positive-thinker. I come across a photo of these insights, so I decided to share it here, and spread the positivity. . . ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven and likeminded.
  2. Relationships should help you, not hurt you.
  3. Surround yourself with people who reflect the person you want to be.
  4. Choose friends who you are proud to know, people you admire, who love and respect you - people who make your day a little brighter simply by being in it.
  5. Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.
  6. When you free yourself from negative people, you free yourself to be YOU -- and being YOU is the only way to truly live.
Stay positive. Stay inspired. Stay awesome!
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In Hawaii, we have a custom of giving leis to one another as an act of hospitality, honor and friendship. A lei is usually made up of flowers strung together and draped around a person's neck. We give leis to say, "Thank you," and we give leis to say, "Goodbye."
I love the fragrant flowers of Hawaii. The pikake, the plumeria, the white ginger and the pua kenikeni are my favorites. These beautiful flowers are so pungent that everywhere I turn, the wafting fragrance adds a sense of Polynesian aloha to everything I experience. When I wear one of these leis, every person I meet smells wonderful! It does not matter whether the person is tall or short, happy or sad, coming to me with a complaint or a compliment, they all smell wonderful to me! Or course, this fragrance I enjoy has nothing to do with the person I am with but has everything to do with the lei I am wearing.
Attitude is like a lei. Each of us has one, but we have made a choice of what to string together to make up that lei. If you carry around a collection of dried fish, everything starts to smell fishy. If you string together old socks, the whole world seems to have this funny odor to it. Your attitude is like a fragrance you carry around with you. The difference is that skunks carry around a bad odor, while the beautiful Hawaiian plumeria blossoms carry a fragrance.
Whether you like it or not, each of us carries either a fragrance or a bad odor. You choose which you will carry. Some people's poor attitudes follow them around like bad cologne. Others who have wonderful personalities leave a fragrance in their wake as they pass through our lives.

(From Wayne Cordeiro's "Attitudes that Attract Success")

Now I am sharing a portion of Wayne Cordeiro's intro to "Attitudes that Attract Success" he said...
I love to watch people, specially successful people - people who are successful in business, relationships and finances. And I have to learned there is a reason they're successful. Success doesn't happen by accident; people don't stumble onto it by mistake. There are solid reasons why these men and women are successful, and they leave clues behind for us to observe and collect - if we will look for them. A willing student of life will examine these clues and learn that anyone can develop an attitude that attracts success!
One of my favorite pastimes while attending college in Portland, Oregon, involved going to the airport and finding a nice bench adjacent to one hour or two, I would watch people.
I know what you may be thinking, that I am a bit off-kilter. Maybe you're right. Nevertheless, that's what I did. Before you write me off, however, stay with me a moment longer.
I would see a businessman hurrying on his way to an important appointment. I would observe how he was dressed, his mannerisms, the speed with which he walked, the way he would countenance. Did he carry on his face a look of anxiety, joy, or despair or concern?
Then I would spot a young mother carrying a child from one terminal to another, I would try to discern what kind of a person she was. Was she secure or fearful? What kind of day was she having? Was she successful? Was there peace in her heart or was there worry?
I watched students, workers, airport officials and others as they walked to and fro in the concourse. I observed the way they stood, sat, walked and communicated with one another. I watched the focus of their eyes when in conversation. I observed how they greet friends or family members who had to pick them up. And I pondered what it was that made one person successful and another not. What made one life happy and fille with joy, while another seemed empty and hollow?
Each of the lives had a story behind it - a story of struggle or success, of abandon or hope, of pessimism or promise.
Through the years, I have collected and catalogued scores of observations of failure and success. I have attempted to distill the principles I learned and record them for other students of life, like yourself.
Never stop learning. Make it a lifelong goal. Discover new truths and insights that will awaken your spirit. New horizons will help you to look ahead and focus on your potential rather than on your problems, on your future rather than on your failures.
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