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Tuesday, March 16, 2010


( We believe that the following article is a eye opening one and thanks to
Rise To Shine) New World
Battling Selfishness

As citizens of God's Kingdom, we live by a different value system. "Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others" 1 Cor 10:24. Now let's be honest; that's hard to do and easy to forget, because selfishness is a battle we fight daily.
When Jesus was hanging on the cross in intense pain, He took time for a condemned criminal hanging next to Him Luke 23:39-43. When Stephen was being stoned to death, he prayed for those who were killing him, asking God not to lay the sin to their charge Acts 7:59-60. Though Paul and Silas were beaten and wrongly imprisoned, they took the time to minister to their jailer. Even after God sent a powerful earthquake that broke their chains and opened their prison doors, they remained there just for the purpose of ministering to their captor. How tempting it must have been to run away while the opportunity was there. How easy it would have been to take care of themselves and not worry about anybody else. But their act of love moved the jailer to ask how he might be saved. As a result, he and his entire family were won to Christ Acts 16:25-34.
When we begin to win the war against selfishness and walk in love, others will take notice. We'll never win the world by being like them. So here's the question you need to answer: How many of your loved ones might come to know Jesus if you demonstrated that you genuinely loved them, instead of ignoring, judging or rejecting them? It's time to find out!
The Power of Discipline
Your ability to discipline yourself to set clear goals, and then to work toward them everyday, will do more to guarantee your success than any other single factor. Wayne Gretsky said, "You miss every shot you don't take." It seems that only 3% of adults have written goals and plans, and they earn more than the other 97% put together. Why is this? The simplest answer is that, if you have a clear goal and a plan to achieve it, your focus is fixed on a set course of action. Instead of becoming sidetracked by distractions and diversions, your time is focused on a straight line from start to finish. This is why people with goals accomplish so much more than people without them. The tragedy is that everyone thinks they have goals. But what they really have are hopes and wishes. A wish has been defined as a "goal with no energy behind it." Hope is not a strategy.
Goals that are not written down and developed into plans are like bullets without powder in the cartridge. People with unwritten goals go through life shooting blanks. Because they think they already have goals, they never engage in the hard, disciplined effort of goal setting, the master skill of success. The disciplined act of setting goals, making plans for their accomplishments, and then working on them daily, increases the likelihood of achieving your goals by ten times, or 1000%. This does not mean that goal setting guarantees success, only that it increases the probabilities of success by ten times. These are very good odds to have working in your favor.
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