Archive for August, 2010

A Gentleman Handles Stress

Ever been under pressure? That’s like asking a scuba diver if he’s ever been under water. Stress is a part of life, and those who succeed must learn to handle well the pressures of living. It’s unavoidable, but like a quarterback learns to throw the ball straight when a 260-lb linebacker is charging toward him at full speed, the successful gentleman must learn techniques for performing well under stress and pressure. Read the rest of this entry »

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Values

How do you determine what a man is worth? Where would you start?

Some would use a financial net-worth calculator. Some would just look at his house.
Some would look at his level in the career ladder.
Some would look at his family, his friends. They might be getting closer.

But what if all of those things were taken away, including all his money? What would he have left? His values. And if he lost those, what would everything else be worth? Now we’re in the right perspective. Read the rest of this entry »

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To Be or Not To Be …Right

“Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.”

“Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.”

– Solomon, Proverbs

How many times have you heard someone ask the question, “You just always have to be right, don’t you?” Whether directed at you or not, surely you have heard the scorn in the voice of the inquisitor as he or she ends an argument, not understanding the point nor perspective of the other person. Usually by this time both sides have given up on the other joining their point of view, and neither thinks that the other is indeed right. Read the rest of this entry »

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Approving the Things That Are Excellent

Standard Excellence is all about finding and approving “things that are excellent.” This is a very biblical venture, and the concept can be found throughout scripture.

That ye may approve things that are excellent…” was part of one of Paul’s prayers. (Philippians 1:10)

The goal of any referral agency is to recommend and approve companies in their particular field that excel at their job. There are entire corporations whose sole purpose is to review and rate products. People pay for these services — as a matter of fact, so do you. Part of the price of that service is passed on to the end user at point of sale.

Why not incorporate that type of process into the everyday life of a Christian? Read the rest of this entry »

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