Our personal lives often come under attack. There is turmoil throughout the world. Our nation is dealing with numerous problems. Nobody and no place seem to be problem free.
What I mention applies to most any age group in one or more ways. They are not in any particular order – just things to consider. Questions and possible answers for consideration.
1. Want to lose weight? Quit eating so much. Cut the calories. Eat nutritious food. Drink lots of water.
2. Want to make better grades? Turn the TV, phone, facebook and computers off. Turn everything off except a good light and read the books. Complete the assignments.
3. Want more energy? You’re tired from sitting all day. Do some simple exercises like sit-ups, push-ups. Walk, run in place, ride a stationary bike, lift some weights. Walk on stairs, in your yard and on your street.
4. Want to learn more? Begin to read. Don’t have many books? Read the dictionary and a Thesaurus daily. Read class books, encyclopedias, newspapers, read your children’s schoolbooks.
5. Want friends? Be friendly. Choose friends wisely. Speak. Smile. Introduce yourself to anybody you want to meet.
6. Want a job? Start working for somebody who may not or cannot pay you. That’s a job. Others may be looking for somebody who wants to work. And will pay you.
7. Want more money? Use what you do have wisely. Most of us would be much better off if we cut out soft drinks and all alcoholic beverages, tobacco and drugs of any kind. Even candy, ice cream and any food overly rich in fat and sugar.
8. Check on your friends. Are they helping you be a better person and are you helping them? We become much like our friends and the people with whom we associate.
9. If you have a job, do it to the very best of your ability and prepare for a better one. There may be another job just ahead for those who are prepared and not afraid to work.
10. Improve your reading, writing, listening and mathematical skills. If you want something, prepare to receive it.
11. Find out about the world and your purpose in it by becoming well acquainted with the content of the book of Genesis, the first book in the Bible. It is foundational. Words you can count on and live by.
12. Read three chapters each day from the Book of Psalms and one chapter from Proverbs. Memorize the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-21 and Deuteronomy 5:1-22), Psalm 23 and the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). Study “The Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew, chapters 5, 6 and 7). Live according to Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
13. Have a good Bible dictionary, note pad and pen close by. The Bible I have used for many years of study (and I’ve had several of them) is the Thompson Chair Reference Bible. Currently, I am using it in the New King James Version. I also use it in the King James, the New International Version and many others. With these two books, the Bible and the dictionary, Bible study becomes enjoyable.
This is a “Baker’s dozen”. That comes from an old practice of the bakers adding an extra roll to each dozen sold to avoid any risk of penalty for short measure.
Life can be better, no matter how bad it is or has been, when we begin to live with some goals firmly established in our minds. We all can be better and do better. Happy New Year — all of 2011!
Bill Ellis is a syndicated columnist, and convention and conference speaker on every continent. He is the writer of more than 2,000 newspaper and magazine columns, articles and contributions to books. He is also a widely known motivational speaker and pulpit guest who utilizes enjoyment of life and just plain fun and laughter while speaking to high school, university and professional sports teams as well as to business and professional groups of all kinds. His keen understanding of human problems makes him a favorite speaker for youth, parent, and senior adult meetings. He is accompanied by Kitty, his wife, favorite singer, editor and publisher.
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