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Didn't See It Coming: Overcoming the Seven Greatest Challenges That No One Expects and Everyone Experiences
Read between February 18 - March 04, 2020
Cynicism begins not because you don’t care but because you do care.
Cynicism grows beyond its infancy when you start to protect yourself from future hurt.
When you close your heart to people, you close your heart to God.
the very act of hardening your heart to people simply hardens your heart.
Cynics aren’t born; they’re made. Life doesn’t make you a cynic; you make you a cynic.
Cynics never change the world. They just tell you why the world can’t change.
hope is one of cynicism's first casualties.
God understands our world. He understands how brutal we often are and how awful human nature can be.
the curious are always interested, always hopeful, and always open to new possibilities.
Busyness is the enemy of wonder,
If you listen longer than most people listen, you’ll hear things most people never hear.
I sense that I hear from God when I read the Bible and get specific advice from godly people.
Blame is the opposite of responsibility.
Jesus prepared for thirty years before ministering for three.
Competency gets you in the room. Character keeps you in the room.
Solitude is a gift from God. Isolation is not—it’s a tool of the Enemy.
Great conversation is a beautiful art. It involves the exchange of ideas between two or more people who care enough about one another to listen as well as speak.
You won’t address what you don’t confess.
The challenge is not to resist change but to learn how to thrive in the midst of it.
Self-pity chisels into stone what discouragement whispers.
you can make excuses or you can make progress, but you can’t make both.
to think of others as better than ourselves. That’s a cornerstone habit of the humble.
The point is, the world may not be slowing down anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t. You really can.
You’re ready to change because the pain associated with the status quo just became greater than the pain associated with change. That’s the moment most of us change.
the greatest enemy of your future success is always your current success.
Growing older does not necessarily mean growing irrelevant.
there’s a big difference between taking things seriously and taking things personally.
Nothing kills pride like humility
great leaders will also often talk about luck or chance. They realize they’re not as smart as their success makes them appear. What they call luck I call providence. So much grace
Humility always keeps its notebook open.
It doesn’t matter how much water you pour in your bucket if your bucket is filled with holes.
God works through people. Sometimes the most tangible form of God’s love is the love you receive from people who love God.
If your season doesn’t have a beginning and ending, it’s not a season; it’s your life. Remember, working is healthy; overworking is not.
You know what motivates people to engage deeply at work? A mission that’s bigger than you and me—a cause that gets them out of bed in the morning.
Sometimes Christians can overspiritualize life. It’s so much easier to look upward or outward than it is to look inward. To look inward—to