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Why You Resist Looking On The Bright Side
Mike Foster
By Mike Foster
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Have you ever done something wrong and then been irritated when someone told you to “look on the bright side?” Sometimes it just feels better to wallow in the sorrow of our own loss/failure without letting anything positive taint it. It’s like we don’t want to accept that anything good could come from the bad we caused.

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Jesus Wants Us To Use Common Sense
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller
15

In John 7, Jesus decides to go to Galilee and avoid Judea because the Jews in Judea were hatching a plan to kill Him. I often turn my faith into voodoo like seances and emotion-filled prayers in seeking God’s will, while Jesus Himself just uses common sense. I’m not going to Judea, He says, because […]

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What Would You Have Done Differently?
Susan Isaacs
By Susan Isaacs
8

My friend Alicia and I used to meet for yoga a few times a week. We loved the strenuous workout, the relaxation… okay, mostly the strenuous workout. We were actresses in our forties and needed to stay fit. We were competitive, too, with the mindsets of our younger, more limber selves — a competition you can never win in yoga, by the way. It didn’t matter how often the teacher said, “Every body is different; don’t compare yourselves to others,” I’d still end up envying some chick who was doing a hand stand while the rest of us were in child’s pose.

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Get Rid of the Takers in Your Life
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller
17

My friend Ben, who is an accomplished photographer, told me a long time ago he got rid of the takers in his life. I’ve done the same, and it’s improved my life and relationships for the better. This is a harsh thing to talk about, because most of us think we are supposed to love and be accessible to everybody. But here’s the truth, if you were accessible to everybody, all the time, you’d be spent.

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Is the Advice You’re Giving More Harmful Than Helpful?
John Richmond
By John Richmond
15

Our culture habitually judges people by the skewed subjective standard of personal experience. This means that we generally show compassion when it makes sense to us, is convenient, or makes us feel better about ourselves. However, our personal perception does not define reality for other people.

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More Money Won’t Make You More Generous
Pete Wilson
By Pete Wilson
7

One of the greatest illusions of our day is this: More money will make me more generous. My wife, Brandi, and I have always enjoyed hosting small-group Bible studies in our home. Over the many years we’ve been married, we’ve almost always had a group that met regularly in our house. I’ll never forget something […]

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Resist the Urge to Create Out of Anger
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller
8

When you are criticized, you are going to want to create in retaliation, but don’t. As a creator, you are a person that feeds consumers, and you mustn’t feed consumers anger. Yes, there are reasons to be angry, good reasons, but don’t let anger evolve into the act of creating.

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The Only Religious Formula That Ever Helped Me
By Donald Miller
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Why You’re Terrible At Goodbyes
By Andrea Lucado
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You’re Not Giving Yourself Enough Credit
By Joshua Becker
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Another Tip for Good Writing
By Donald Miller
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