How to Set New Year’s Goals with the Right Mindset

Would it surprise you if I told you that 92 percent of people don’t actually keep their New Year’s resolutions? (according to research done by University of Scranton). In fact, by the second week of February, 80 percent of New Year’s goals fail, according to U.S. News article “Why 80 Percent of New Year’s Resolutions Fail.” But it doesn’t have to be this way; I’d like to believe we set goals because we want to keep them, not because it’s the “thing to do” every new year.

Why Process is More Important than Results

 

“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.” – Michelangelo

Although Michelangelo is known as one of the greatest artists the world has ever seen, he credits his creative success to hard work and discipline—the stuff that people don’t see. People tend to focus more on end results and often miss the process it takes to master a craft or succeed in a particular endeavour. Now I’m not saying that results shouldn’t matter, because they do. What I am saying is that the process in which you achieve results matter more.

Are you Bored of Reading your Bible?

Have you ever gotten bored of doing the same thing over and over?

Most of us have. And if  we are honest, we’ve experienced boredom in our spiritual walk as well. It’s like anything else in our lives. Take work for example: If you do the same thing every day with little or no change or opportunity to grow, you will get bored.

4 Books Every Christian Skeptic should Read

Have you ever heard of the term “blind faith?”

During my university years, I participated in many conversations, a lot of them with people who believe Christianity is nothing but blind faith. Although I disagree, I do understand their reasoning: many “Christians” do often follow what they call their faith, blindly. Meaning, their faith is based on their upbringing, their church, or their pastor as opposed to a faith based on a scriptural foundation.

3 Clear Signs that You Might be Drifting from God

Over the last few years I’ve seen a handful of friends walk away from the church, and I don’t mean walking away from the church only, but walking away from God and renouncing their faith. Mind you, most of them were zealous and committed believers, people I admired and people who helped me grow in my own faith, but something happened along the way and they are no longer around.

Woman Shares her Testimony with J. Cole

The woman in the video below had a nonchalant encounter with Grammy-nominated rapper J. Cole while he was filming his documentary for his album 4 Your Eyes Only.  What she shared with him was beyond inspiring.

J. Cole learned that the woman had lost two kids in tragic events, yet she was resilient and filled with hope. This caused him to question the reason for her motivation. I mean, what could possibly keep someone’s spirit so steadfast?

Book Review: Total Money Make Over by Dave Ramsey

No matter who you are, money can either be a blessing or a curse depending on how you manage it. As a young college graduate in my mid-twenties, I am now realizing how little I know about money.

Plus, I have student loans to pay back and a wedding coming up soon. This gives me even more reason to stay on top of my finances.

4 Things We can Learn About God from The Shack

When I heard the movie The Shack was coming out in theatres I didn’t know what to expect. I mean, I read the book, and I loved it, but how would they fit the complexity of the book in a two-hour movie? First, there is Mackenzie’s (main character) rocky relationship with God. Second, there is the murder of his little daughter followed by his grief and his distance from God and his family. Third, there is Mackenzie’s encounter with God the father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. And lastly, there is everything else he learns from each person of the trinity. It doesn’t get anymore complex than that!

5 Questions a People Pleaser Should Ask Themselves

People pleasing is one of those things I’ve struggled with for most of my life, but recently I’ve been more aware of its effects.  I’m also learning that this tendency could have developed from past experiences in my life.

For example, I never felt good enough for my dad. He is gifted at math and physics while I am not, which made me feel like I couldn’t live up to his expectations for me, especially when it came to academics. I felt criticized. And even when I did something well, I didn’t receive that masculine, fatherly affirmation that I desperately needed as an infant and as an adolescent. However, I don’t want to place all the blame on my father for my people pleasing tendencies. I must also take ownership of my own actions and behaviours even if my upbringing did play a part in this struggle.