After having been dealt with wrongly or unfairly, it is so tempting within our human nature to respond likewise to our offender. However, taking the high road is a much honorable position as it demonstrates not only to yourself, but also to the other person that you will not descend to their level. Be cool, be calm, be assured that Nothing has ever happened that God did not see.
The absence of hope is a major cause of depression. The fact that one’s circumstances appear bleak and unchangeable feeds what, in the mind, is a personal reality. However, true hope and faith glares in the face of one’s dismal surroundings, painful plights and seemingly insurmountable challenges. As long as one can envision a brighter future, his hope remains alive and becomes the vehicle which will take him toward that future reality. Steady hope in the midst of trials will ultimately make the seemingly impossible – possible.
There is no good you do that will not return to you or your loved ones in some way. Oftentimes, the people you have helped will not be the ones you can ever say thank you to. Instead, someone you have done nothing for will be the vessel that returns with your blessing. Never stop doing good, even if those you are there for aren’t there for you.
It’s not what others think of you that really matters. Ultimately, it’s what you think of yourself. The danger with that is when you don’t have a healthy personal perspective – whether you think too lowly or too highly of yourself. If you see yourself the way God sees you, you will ultimately be all that He created you to be.
A bad attitude can keep you down better and longer than any external force. Sadly, so few people take the time to check themselves.
A wise person doesn’t just digest every bit of information he is fed. While listening, he is instinctively examining the source of that information (the person who is sharing it). The way he handles the knowledge–whether to believe, disbelieve, remain neutral or other–depends upon whether the source is a natural gossiper, back-biter, snake, or someone who is honorable and trustworthy. When it comes to information, always examine your source: It makes all the difference in the world.