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I hear people say all the time, “I wasn’t WRONG!” The truth is they probably weren’t wrong, they were only half right! THINK AGAIN. Is there another side to the story? Think about this for instance, one’s view of sociology is often tied to their political persuasion, and vice versa. And, if you think about it, they’re not wrong they’re only half right. There’s ALWAYS another side to the story. So before you jump to conclusions this week, THINK AGAIN!

There’s always another side to the story. So Think Again!

“You’re LIFE will start to get better when you start believing that you have it better than everyone else.” I know for some this kind of thinking is preposterous, or even worse, arrogant. That’s not the way I see it. Isn’t it better to believe that you have a great life instead of believing you have a lousy life? Isn’t it better to say “Yay Me,” instead of, “Poor Me?” In my heart I know I follow what I believe. If I believe I’ve got it bad, it will be hard for me to get better. I’ll live with a sense of despair. But if I do have it bad, and instead of acknowledging that I begin to speak what I want, then I’ve set a goal for myself. I say, “I’m blessed. I’m a winner. When I fall down, I get back up. When people curse me, I bless them.” Now you’re setting goals for yourself. Now you know when life begins to improve for you, because you can actually measure the improvement. So today, instead of saying “I’ve got it bad,” say “Lord, today I want to thank You that I’ve got it so much better than everyone else. And … it’s all because of YOU!” This goes along with the command in 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

Somebody once said, “If you can’t handle STRESS, you’ll never manage SUCCESS!” There are a couple of quick things I want to say about STRESS.

1) Stress is a layering of issues in your everyday life that build up to the point that you feel as though you’re “ON EDGE.” When that happens to me, I stop what I’m doing and stand up. I take three deeps breaths and hold each one for a short while, and then I walk. Walk until you can think clearly.

2) Stress can produce FEAR. We’ve heard it before, FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real. When that happens, begin to confess out loud, “Lord I know you won’t put more on me than I can handle today!” That’s in reference to the powerful promise found in 1 Corinthians 10:13!

Today, should the STRESS get you down, 1st – Walk It Off, then 2nd – Confess It Off! Remember, SUCCESS is heading YOUR way!

Pastor Rich

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