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Just Because It’s Common, Doesn’t Mean It’s Right-Don’t be Deceived

In this crazy world we all live in, we’ve got to be so careful to not be deceived.

There are many that will tell you that a little dishonesty is okay, that infidelity isn’t that big of deal, that alcohol and drugs won’t really ruin your life, or that viewing pornography is natural and normal.  This list could go on for a while, but you get the point.

Even Christ said that the very elect may be deceived.

Don’t be deceived!

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The Cat and The Mice

catThere was once a house that was overrun with Mice. A Cat heard of this, and said to herself, “That’s the place for me,” and off she went and took up her quarters in the house, and caught the Mice one by one and ate them. At last the Mice could stand it no longer, and they determined to take to their holes and stay there. “That’s awkward,” said the Cat to herself: “the only thing to do is to coax them out by a trick.” So she considered a while, and then climbed up the wall and let herself hang down by her hind legs from a peg, and pretended to be dead. By and by a Mouse peeped out and saw the Cat hanging there. “Aha!” it cried, “you’re very clever, madam, no doubt: but you may turn yourself into a bag of meal hanging there, if you like, yet you won’t catch us coming anywhere near you.””

If you are wise you won’t be deceived by the innocent airs of those whom you have once found to be dangerous.

There are a lot of wolves among us mask grading of sheep and we’ve got to see through that and remember that they are still wolves and still dangerous. Always consider a thing for what it is.

There a great little kids story about a scorpion and a frog.

scrA scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the
scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The
frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion
says, “Because if I do, I will die too.”

 The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream,
the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of
paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown,
but has just enough time to gasp “Why?”

Replies the scorpion: “It’s my nature…”

And so we’ve got to remember that good is good and bad is bad. Therefore, always remember

what a thing is.

REACH UPWARD!

Greg

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Don’t Get Left Behind: How to Change In a Rapidly Changing World

IMG_5493The rate of change continues to increase each year.

Technology is changing everything.

How fast can you adapt?

Are you too rigid and inflexible?

Each of us must be able to adapt and change, and learn and grow, if we are going to be successful in the future. Holding on to the old ways, or even the current ways of doing things will cause us to be left behind the ever-changing tide of life.

True, some things, like high standards, should never change. But those things that can change, will, and we must be able to change (improve) with them!

Learn how to change right now.

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Fable number 7: The Bat and the Weasels.

batA Bat fell to the ground and was caught by a Weasel, and was just going to be killed and eaten when it begged to be let go. The Weasel said he couldn’t do that because he was an enemy of all birds on principle. “Oh, but,” said the Bat, “I’m not a bird at all: I’m a mouse.” “So you are,” said the Weasel, “now I come to look at you”; and he let it go. Some time after this the Bat was caught in just the same way by another Weasel, and, as before, begged for its life. “No,” said the Weasel, “I never let a mouse go by any chance.” “But I’m not a mouse,” said the Bat; “I’m a bird.” “Why, so you are,” said the Weasel; and he too let the Bat go.

— Look and see which way the wind blows before you commit yourself.

The bat was wise to learn from the weasel what the weasel wanted. When he wanted a bird, the bat was a mouse. And when the other weasel wanted a mouse, the bat was a bird.

There are principles we always need to hold by. There are principles and truths that never change no matter how much the world changes. But, there are other things that change rapidly. For example, the newspaper industry is going under because of the internet. You can get the news instantly for free and you don’t have to wait till tomorrow morning. Another example, video stores are going out of business because of the little DVD kiosks and even those are going to go out of business because you can now rent tons of DVDs for a very inexpensive monthly fee.

There are principles and truths that never change and we should not fluctuate in our morals, standards and in our integrity. But when it comes to businesses and being flexible, don’t be so absolutely rigid.

Often, we have very limiting beliefs which we  picked them up maybe from our parents or from our society when we were kids.  And by that, we miss out on so much. We’ve got to be flexible, we’ve got to see which way the winds blowing and then adjust.

Don’t get so rigid that you end up breaking.

Bend where it is okay to bend and be flexible and willing to make the changes.

Be open to perceive the changes coming.

Make sure your education and your life are well rounded and well balanced that you are not really overdeveloped in one area and really undeveloped in another.

Where do you foresee the greatest need to adapt? Please share.

REACH UPWARD!

Greg

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Are Your Actions In Line With Your Dreams?

How often do we dream about doing something great and then ruin our chances through inattention or foolish actions?

“We want to pay off our mortgage as soon as possible” but just keep buying worthless stuff every month.

“We want to save” but the daily coffee stop is just too tempting.

“We would love to help some poor children in third world countries,” but that would mean we would need to cancel our cable (heaven forbid).

“I really want to pay off my debts, but I need that money for music, video games and satellite TV.”

I constantly hear people say, “Oh I sure wish I could….but…” followed by some lame excuse. The truth is that you can do it, if you want to do it bad enough, and if you act accordingly.

Do NOT miss out on this critical principle!

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The Milkmaid and Her Pail.

A farmer’s daughter had been out to milk the cows, and was returning to the dairy carrying her pail of milk upon her head. As she walked along, she fell a-musing after this fashion: “The milk in this pail will provide me with cream, which I will make into butter and take to market to sell. With the money I will the-milkmaidbuy a number of eggs, and these, when hatched, will produce chickens, and by and by I shall have quite a large poultry-yard. Then I shall sell some of my fowls, and with the money which they will bring in I will buy myself a new gown, which I shall wear when I go to the fair; and all the young fellows will admire it, and come and make love to me, but I shall toss my head and have nothing to say to them.” Forgetting all about the pail, and suiting the action to the word, she tossed her head. Down went the pail, all the milk was spilled, and all her fine castles in the air vanished in a moment!

Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.

Keep Your Mind on Your Business

What a great lesson!

It is great to dream. We all ought to have dreams because without a vision the people perish –says the old testament. We’ve got to have a vision and we’ve got to dream, but we’ve also got to keep our mind on our business.

I had a coach when I was playing football as a young boy in Texas who always said with a deep Texan accentkeeep your miiind on your business’. He said that over and over and I had to get that into my mind. And a few years ago I realized that that guy was right.

It is good to dream but you have got to work toward that dream and not just sit there and daydreaming about it.

Let’s keep our minds on our business. Yes it is great to dream, yes it is great to plan, yes  it is great to envision and yes it is good to think about it but you have got to keep focused and make sure your actions are in line with your desires.

Often, people get these dreams but their actions aren’t even close to be in growth with their dreams and goals. So dreaming about being on one path while walking down another.

Let’s aline our action, our thoughts, our desires and our habits with the things we want most in life.

You can prove your priorities by the way you spend time and attention.

Let’s aline our lives,

Let’s keep our mind on our business and act accordingly.

REACH UPWARD!

Greg

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How to blow your chance for success

This is one of my favorite recordings.  It is chuck full of great principles and proven practices for success!

You WILL learn something in this that may alter your life.

Are you doing one of the things that kill the recipe for success?  One of the most common killers is focusing on the effects and neglecting the cause.  Are you guilty?  Find out.

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Fable 23: The Mistress and Her Servants.

assA Widow, thrifty and industrious, had two servants, whom she kept pretty hard at work. They were not allowed to lie long abed in the mornings, but the old lady had them up and doing as soon as the cock crew.

They disliked intensely having to get up at such an hour, especially in winter-time: and they thought that if it were not for the cock waking up their Mistress so horribly early, they could sleep longer. So they caught it and wrung its neck. But they weren’t prepared for the consequences. For what happened was that their Mistress, not hearing the cock crow as usual, waked them up earlier than ever, and set them to work in the middle of the night.”

First, the lady had a great recipe for success. She is thrifty, industrious, gets up early, and a hard worker.

There are some great benefits to getting up early in the morning. Some people do like the morning and function better but the others don’t. It is true that we all have our very best time of the day, but believe me, there are some huge benefits from getting up early in the morning. And we ought to try to do that as often as  we can. What? Is it hard for you? Well, just give it a try. Exercise some self-discipline and start your day with some prayers and some studies and get that morning routine going.

Second, attitude.  The servants disliked intensely getting up in the morning. And ignorantly, they thought that the cock crowing was the cause. They didn’t know that the cock’s crow signals the morning; it doesn’t create it, nor does it create her habit and her self-discipline.

How foolish to think that the chicken was the cause of her industry, her thrift, her hard work and to think that killing it would change her good habits.

How often are people – you and I included- working on the effects instead of the cause?

Let’s just quickly hit a couple of ideas.

Many people think that the lottery would solve all the financial problems. And I am here to tell you nope it wouldn’t! Because as a general rule, those who win the lottery are broke again within 18 months.

Another fault idea is that liposuction will make you healthy. Not so my friend!  Because the problem is about the habits and not the surgery. Many people who have liposuction have their weight back within a short time because the cause is the mouth to stomach and the eating habits.

Therefore, if you keep fighting the effects it’s just not going to work. You have to look at the causes in your life.

There are some other principles in this fable. You cannot pick up the choice stick without also getting the other end of the stick which is consequence. In other words, you cannot make a choice without getting the consequences. If I make a decision, I am necessarily going to receive the consequences of that decision. We have to watch out our attitude and how much it affects what we do.

Someone once said that as we persist in doing things, they become easier to do. Not that the nature of the thing changes but our ability to do is increased. So think about that. It may be difficult, hard for most, but necessary for success to do these things.

Let’s focus on having a great attitude. Whatever it takes, go for it. And let’s focus on the cause and not the effect, so whatever your goal or dream, fight for it.

You and I have got to stop focusing on the effects and really focus on the cause.

Focus on the cause and the effects will take care of themselves!

REACH UPWARD!

Greg

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You Can Deceive The Sheep, But You Cannot Escape The Shepherd

You and I cannot escape the hand of the Shepherd.  No one can deceive God.  Only a fool would think that he is the exception to the law, that he can escape the all seeing eye of the Lord.

Likewise, we are blind and ignorant if we think we can play with the poisonous snakes of life without getting poisoned.  Alcohol, drugs, pornography, etc.

The Law of the Harvest works for all of us, whether we like it our not, and whether we believe it or not.

Listen to this great fable and learn these wonderful principles.

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The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.

sheepA wolf resolved to disguise himself in order that he might prey upon a flock of sheep without fear of detection. So he clothed himself in a sheepskin and slipped among the sheep when they were out at pasture. He completely deceived the shepherd, and when the flock was penned for the night he was shut in with the rest. But that very night, as it happened, the shepherd, requiring a supply of mutton for the table, laid hands on the wolf in mistake for a sheep, and killed him with his knife on the spot.”

Hah! He got exactly what he deserves.

There are a few principles in this fable.

You know, you may deceive the sheep – and in this case, he deceived even the shepherd a little bit- but you cannot escape from the hand of the shepherd.

A great principle hid between the lines of this beautiful fable. In other words, you cannot hide from the hand of the Lord and you cannot deceive God because he knows everything. Only an ignorant fool would think that he is the exception. That he can play with the fire and not get burned.

If pick up the stick you will simply get the end of that stick as well and that’s the consequence of your choice. You cannot escape it and you cannot believe that you are the exception.

Another great principle from this fable is that you get what you deserve. Mistreating or deceiving people won’t end up with great results.

So,

Let’s be not self-serving,

Let’s not seek our own interest,

Let’s seek out the good of all,

And remember, when you choose your path, you have chosen your destination!

REACH UPWARD!

Greg

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