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Holy Ambition

How do you feel about being ambitious? If you have an eager desire for rank, fame, or power, that's the definition of being ambitious. If so, are you okay with that being the driving force of your life? We should feel good about setting high-minded goals for ourselves and achieving them, but would you say that setting high-minded goals and striving to accomplish them equal the same thing as being ambitious? What is the difference between those who have an eager desire for rank and fame and those who seek to set a high standard of excellence in whatever they do in life?

Attaining Eternal Life

Our health is very important to us, so much so, that we do something habitually that is meant to improve or maintain our overall health condition. We do those things so that we can live as long as we can here on Earth.

Unconditional Love

Who hasn't been affected by the breakup of a marriage of either their own or by way of someone in their family of friendship group. The feelings of heartache and pain are overwhelming. The feelings of self-blame and internalization of the issues that led to the breakup of the marriage affect those who have had to suffer through it and all their family members as well.

Be Like Salt, Not Sugar

There are several reasons why we choose to compete with others. One reason is that the society that nurtured us also weaved into our collective consciousness the idea that those who are not with us are against us. "With us" may be defined as the people that we list as our family, friends, racial resemblance, same sexual orientation, political partners, and gender group, among many others.

Who do they think we are?

What if we asked our family and friends to tell us what the people around us think of us? We might be surprised at what they say. The thing that may surprise us the most is the wide range of characteristics they used to explain how they think of us - much of which we won't agree with. What some people think of us may be far different from how we think of ourselves. Those people may think that way not because of who we are or what we have done, but because of what their expectations of us are and if we measure up to those expectations or not.

Content in Our Connection

We are concerned about the care that we give to each other or need ourselves, especially when we face difficult situations that require special assistance to help us through them.

When you are going through hardships, how do you deal with them? Are you frustrated and feel that it is unfair that you must endure those tough circumstances? Does jealously overtake you when you see others around you having a good time while you are in the "winter of your discontent?"

The Condition and Tradition of Your Heart

What tradition has had the most influence in forming the person that you are now? Think about your family, racial, ethnic or tribal traditions. Consider your civic or social club traditions. Remember the scientific or sporting traditions you have engaged in. Finally, center on the influence of your religious and spiritual traditions as a child, teen and adult. Our religious traditions should bind us closer to God and each other in both thought and action when we participate in them.

Abundance Over Excess

Most of us want life and to have it more abundantly. This is a saying that has its' roots in the gospel of John. We know that we want to have abundant life because most people live their life in pursuit of that dream. What is abundant life and how do we achieve it?

Showing Comprehensive Love

Finding a balance in our life is very important. If we are to be balanced in our life as believers in God and followers of Christ, we find out what we are missing, then add that to what we have and seek to balance them out. As local churches we often tip the scales sharply to one side or another of that range of God's love. Many local churches are focused on strengthening their congregants' spiritual development.

Compassionate Faith

This week, I am looking at the ways that we assess the needs of those with whom we communicate. In our conversations, we can gather specific information directly about someone's life at home, school, or work or in face-to-face or phone conversations, a casual conversation can help me find out how those I talk to are doing spiritually and emotionally. We also can connect while sharing some laughs and assess their responses indirectly in this way.

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