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Do You Believe You Are Good at Relationships? The Question Matters.
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I’ve had a couple friends speak into my life who changed it dramatically. Both of them told me something on the same theme: “Don, you are good at relationships.”

At the time, I thought nothing could be further from the truth. I was going through a painful breakup in which I’d made enormous mistakes. I was terrible at relationships.

Today, though, I no longer believe this is true. And partly, I don’t believe it’s true because I had friends around me who refused to see me in black and white or good vs evil terms. They saw my…

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4 Reasons New Years Resolutions Don’t Work and How to Make Next Year Great!
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Goals like “lose weight” or “decrease debt” are vague and uninspiring. Goals work much better when they’re set within a narrative context. Frodo would not have gone on his journey unless the fate of Middle Earth depended on it.

It’s like that with us, too. Without a narrative context, we have little motivation to become different people than we are. When God created the Garden of Eden, He didn’t put a gym in the middle of it. Instead, He gave Adam an ambition that made him come alive. He told Adam to name the animals. Then he motivated Adam with a love story, then a family. He launched man into a story and man has been designed to live within a story ever since.

Here are four reasons resolutions don’t often work, and a few tips for making 2013 a bit better…

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The Writing on the Wall – A True Story About Hope
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“Florence was murdered three nights ago,” Robinah said, grieving not only the loss of her friend, but also that she had missed the funeral. She had seen Florence on Monday night. Now she was in her grave on the edge of the Kampala slums.

They found her when the sun came up on Tuesday morning, crumpled on the muddy, red clay like some discarded rag doll. After she was raped and beaten by a group of men who will likely remain forever anonymous, they shoved sticks…

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5 Tips on Surviving Criticism
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The Top 5 Regrets of The Dying
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Why We Should Rest – Avoiding a Dust Bowl
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3 Keys to Winning the Mental Game
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Sunday Morning Music, Jason Eskridge
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Saturday Morning Cereal: Renewing our Faith in Humanity, Caine’s Arcade
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What Makes a Happy Life?
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If You’re Rushing, Something is Wrong
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