Thanks in hard time

With everything our nation has been through this year, it might seem counterintuitive to set aside a day for giving thanks. But then, one might have said the same thing 157 years ago when our nation was embroiled in a brutal civil war. Yet it was in the midst of that nation-dividing, death toll rising, fear and striving moment that President Lincoln issued his Thanksgiving Proclamation. His words then ring just as true today - we must never lose sight of what we've been given, of what God's done, and of who He is.
Tags:  Thanksgiving, Trial, Roberts, Theology of Work

A selfish reason for being thankful

A study by Dr. Robert A. Emmons, a psychologist and professor at the University of California-Davis, "discovered scientific proof that when people regularly engage in a systematic cultivation of gratitude, they experience a variety of measurable benefits: psychological, physical, and interpersonal.” So even with so much going wrong in our world right now, could it be that gratitude is as healthy a personal discipline as working out or eating right?
Tags:  Gratitude, Thanksgiving, Thankful, Tamasy, Grateful

Almost welcome

Even with all the division, fear and suffering in our nation today, we see examples almost every day of people helping people, going out of their way to lend a hand, supply a meal, extend a courtesy. Do you see these acts of kindness? Look for them, be inspired by them, and be one of them!
Tags:  Gratitude, Welcome, Hospitality, Sanders

Optimism: a vital part of resilience

As a general rule, optimists tend to cope better with adversity because they face it and, on a deep level, believe that they can rise to the challenge. Michael J. Fox, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991, puts it this way: “Optimism and hope related to how we think and feel about the future. If we really believe that things will work out for the best, all setbacks become easier to deal with.
Tags:  Optimism, Resilience, Hope, Thurman

Hope for better days

Jesus offers help for anyone who feels in trouble, and for any kind of need or burden. This includes those who are sick or discouraged, and those who are worried or afraid. He can turn around any situation for those who are willing to come to Him and call on Him for help.
Tags:  Hope, Optimism, Rest, Inspiration Ministries

What's to be optimistic about?

Have you ever known someone who had a disease or a disability, but who had the most cheerful personality and seemed gifted at seeing the good things in life? It’s confusing and inspiring at the same time, isn’t it? What's the key to being optimistic in a world with so much trouble?
Tags:  Optimism, Confidence, Hope, Tamasy

A heathy will for the future

The longer I live, the more certain I am that people who only talk of how corrupt everything and everyone is are not the people who make a good difference. Their points may be valid and they may raise our awareness, but the people who change the world for good have a healthy will for the future because God's love is at work in their lives.
Tags:  Optimism, Theology of Work

What do I do when everyone around me is getting promoted?

Perhaps nothing exposes our conditional happiness more than when people around us are getting the things we want. Sometimes this turns to jealousy. Other times, it fuels our resolve to try again, or try harder, or try elsewhere. But what if not getting what we want is the way to find true contentment?
Tags:  Contentment, Workmatters, Ambition