How to be Content with Life


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According to Pastor Richard Exley, “Contented people have at least five characteristics in common:

1) They are committed to a cause greater than themselves.

2) They have a servant’s heart.

3) They value relationships. They love people rather than things.

4) They give thanks for what they have rather than complaining about what they don’t have.

5) They celebrate the ordinary, finding joy in life’s little pleasures.

“People who want to get rich fall into temptation…But godliness with contentment
is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:9 and 6).

All I can say Pastor Exley is Amen Brother! Thank you for sharing this simple truth.

I read a free e-mail that Pastor Exley sends out daily called, “Richard Exley’s One Minute Devotion.”  Here’s a link to sign up to receive his posts.


It helps me stay FIRED UP!

How to Find Direction in Life’s Journey?

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Here are some directions in life’s journey:

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” -Gil Bailie.

Eldredge, John (2001-04-03). Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul (p. 200). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition

6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you…

2 Timothy 1:6 , New International Version (NIV)

Which of your heart’s desires are smouldering inside of you awaiting you to give them some air to fire them and you up?

Fire Up! or Fizzle Out! The choice is yours.

TTFN-Summer Social Media Sabbatical

Dr. William A. Ward 1961

Dr. William A. Ward, a former member of Texas Wesleyan’s faculty, would have been a platinum Tweeter! Dr. Ward, a Methodist layperson, teacher, and author, left a legacy of quotes which show an inspired wisdom. I can do no better than offer a sample and perhaps spark you to search for more from this brilliant modern mind.

Quotes of Dr. William A. Ward:

“If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it.”

“We must be silent before we can listen. We must listen before we can learn. We must learn before we can prepare. We must prepare before we can serve. We must serve before we can lead.”

“Every person has the power to make others happy.
Some do it simply by entering a room; others by leaving the room.
Some individuals leave trails of gloom; others, trails of joy.
Some leave trails of hate and bitterness; others, trails of love and harmony.
Some leave trails of cynicism and pessimism; others trails of faith and optimism.
Some leave trails of criticism and resignation; others trails of gratitude and hope.
What kind of trails do you leave?”

“Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.”

“It is wise to direct your anger towards problems–not people; to focus your energies on answers–not excuses.”

“We can choose to throw stones, to stumble on them, to climb over them, or to build with them.”

“The optimist lives on the peninsula of infinite possibilities; the pessimist is stranded on the island of perpetual indecision.”

“Optimists enrich the present, enhance the future, challenge the improbable and attain the impossible”

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”

“God gave you a gift of 86 400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you?”

“Today is a most unusual day, because we have never lived it before; we will never live it again; it is the only day we have.”

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

“To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To hope is to risk pain.
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.”

“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.”

“A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.”

“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.”

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.”

“We can learn much from wise words, little from wise cracks, and less from wise guys.”

“A life lived without forgiveness is a prison.”

“Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.”

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.”

“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.”

“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.”

“Blessed is the man to whom his work is a pleasure, by whom his friends are encouraged, with whom all are comfortable, in whom a clear conscience abides, and through whom his children see God.”

“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.”

I included Ward’s quote below to close the original “Life Matches: Fire Up Your Life!” presentation. I believe Dr. Ward captures the essence of a well lived, Fired Up! Life when he wrote:

“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of life is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.”

I have offered all the limited wisdom I have been blessed with to share at this point. Rather than prove this fact to you with further vain attempts at inspiration, I am taking a summer social media sabbatical. Here’s to more laughing, learning and living with friends. Who knows, I might even make some new ones!

If I learn anything worthwhile or if I live any interesting stories, then I’ll share the spark with you here again. If not, then thanks for reading and I hope Dr. Ward’s words will inspire you as they have inspired me to live a life that’s Fired Up!

TTFN. Safe travels and happy landings!

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