Your most priceless possession

Vincent van Gogh first began to experiment with impressionist techniques during his Parisian period, the time from 1886 until 1888. The Dutch artist wrote to his sister in 1887…

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Avoiding what hampers your heavenly focus

On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister became the very first man in recorded history to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. But within 2 months, John Landy eclipsed his record by 1.4 seconds…

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The reward of good accountability

Former New York Yankee great Mickey Mantle recalls that as a teenager in the minor leagues he began playing poorly. Discouraged, homesick, and feeling sorry for himself, Mantle tearfully called his father…

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How to stand firm in the face of pressure

Back in the early 1990s, it was no secret that President George H. W. Bush was not a fan of broccoli. In fact, his distaste for the vegetable was so strong that…

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Fostering inclusiveness in the body of Christ

One Sunday morning in 1865, a black man entered a prominent and fashionable church in Richmond, Virginia. When communion was served, he walked down the aisle…

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Finding God’s favor through perseverance

Psychologist Martin Segilman of the University of Pennsylvania advised the MetLife insurance company to hire a special group of job applicants who, although they had failed a normal aptitude test, tested high on optimism…

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Are you too easily satisfied?

Over 2,000 years ago, a young Greek artist named Timanthes studied under a respected tutor. After several years, the teacher’s efforts seemed to have paid off when Timanthes painted an exquisite work of art…

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Avoiding the danger of overconfidence in yourself

When it comes to overconfidence, golf legend Arnold Palmer recalls a tough lesson he once learned in a tournament…

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Two stances to take toward sin in your life

A 1990 Subaru car commercial showed a Volvo heading toward a wall, and then, in slow motion, crashing into the wall…

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The dangers of hasty decisions

The photographer for a well-known magazine was assigned to take photos of a great forest fire. The problem was that smoke at the scene hampered him…

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