Not every crisis demands the intervention of a military leader with stars on his epaulets or a powerful politician. Sometimes, the resolution can be accomplished by deploying an enormous army of untrained volunteers. Before outlining the three amazingly simple steps to improve our world, let’s take a quick look at the growing catastrophe.
A shocking two out of every three Americans suffer from low self-esteem. We aren’t born with it; the condition develops with exposure to our world.
Pascal making his own pencil bag.
A recent survey disclosed eighty percent of the nation’s two-year-olds enjoy a healthy self-esteem. By the time the child reaches ten, the eighty drops to twenty percent.
Ever uncover a glaring similarity in today’s world when researching events that occurred in the distant past? The shock can be unsettling. Sitting back in the desk chair, I wondered, did a law enforcement glitch or simple apathy kill Mark?
The City of Alexandria in Egypt (Courtesy of 123RF Stock Photo/hecke)
Earlier this week, a news report grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go. Events could have played out tragically, but the check cashing booth’s bullet-proof glass and locked door endured the onslaught of automatic weapons fire. Not one of the trembling employees squeezed inside sustained a hit. Impressed, I wondered just how to build a lasting and secure hiding place.
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Ever give any thought to small increments of time such as five or ten minutes in the course of a normal day? I’d have to admit, never… until last Saturday. Moments into a routine kitchen task, a question confronted me: Just how valuable is five minutes in the light of eternity?
While washing a sink-load of dishes, I listened to a podcast of Alistair Begg’s address to Wheaton College students, “Make the Most of Every Opportunity.” Brush streaking arcs of soapsuds across the plate, I settled in, expecting to hear a message on evangelism. Instead, the gifted Scottish preacher’s message planted a startlingly real question in my senior heart. Just how valuable is five minutes in the light of eternity?
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Think living God’s way has too many rules? Nothing’s written in stone, right? Want to make your own decisions without some invisible force interfering? Flash! Invisible forces are as much a part of this world as the air we breathe. Being alerted to the one ancient antagonist directing wickedness in today’s world could help in decision-making.
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