"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?...Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly;" 2 Cor 9:24-26

Childlike Faith

Posted by Emma on April 30, 2010 | Filed under: Analogies,Christianity,Daily Thought,Perspective,Picture Perfect

Children and adults have different perspectives on things. I think dandelions show this difference. Kids like dandelions. They find them fun to play with, pretty to pick, and nice to wear. Adults do not typically like dandelions. They find dandelions a nuisance and a weed to be removed. I think sometimes it is a shame that adults cannot like dandelions. They have lost that childlike pleasure. Losing childlike pleasure is not the end of the world, but losing childlike faith might be. The difference in views on dandelions just begins to show the differences between adults and children. One of the biggest difference might be their faith. Children have a lot better faith than adults have. We must all have childlike faith. Jesus says in Matthew 18:3-4 “Verily, I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little children, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Good Advice

Posted by Emma on March 5, 2010 | Filed under: Daily Thought,Perspective,Quotes

“The greatest possibility for failure is not in giving up: the greatest danger is in losing focus” -Dr. Jeff Myers

Ninety Degrees Fahrenheit

Posted by Emma on August 14, 2009 | Filed under: Perspective

Is ninety degrees fahrenheit hot? Is it comfortable? Is it unbearable? 

The answers to those questions would all depend on your perspective. I’ve been in Texas all summer helping out at the International ALERT Academy with the STEP program. Texas can be hot. This summer was no exception, it was hot, unusually hot. It was in the hundreds most days from the middle of June on. The heat index got above 110 many days. When the temperatures dropped the last week I was there into the nineties, it felt nice.

Then I came home to the north, where the summer was unusually cool. This past weekend, a few days after I got back, the temperatures were suppose to reach the nineties and everyone was commenting on how very hot it was going to be. I felt like laughing. 

How can it be that the nineties would be considered nice in one place and very hot in another? It all boils down to perspective. What your perspective on something is will change how you view things. Your perspective dramatically effects how you look at life. It effects your life. Things will seem good or bad depending on your perspective. You will see learning opportunities or failures depending on your perspective. You will succeed or fail at something depending on your perspective. I have found, if I consider ninety degrees to be nice, because it could be hundred or higher, than I will enjoy the day much better than if I look at ninety degrees as very hot. So how do you view ninety degrees?

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