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Why Become Excellent?

Why Become Excellent?

This post is Part 1 in a 5-part blog series on developing excellence. If you are like me, you probably want to become excellent at something. It might be your work. Or it might be a hobby, like chess or basketball. Perhaps you want to develop a relational skill, like...
Is Christianity Good News or Bad News?

Is Christianity Good News or Bad News?

When Jesus was alive, his message was considered good news. For example, the Gospel of Luke describes one day when Jesus taught in the synagogue. In what could be thought of as his mission statement, Jesus read from the prophet Isaiah: The Spirit of the Lord is upon...
Why So Negative?

Why So Negative?

Have you ever wondered why it is so difficult to focus on the positive aspects of your life? Why do we so easily slip into negativity? It almost seems like it’s our natural go-to. I think taking a look at our ancestors might provide a clue (as well as a possible way...
Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing

When I was growing up, I was taught to ‘do the right thing.’ Perhaps you were taught this as well. I got this message from my parents, from my teachers, and from my church. I think this process is necessary in a society. We all are part of a culture, and we need to...
Riding Out the Highs and Lows

Riding Out the Highs and Lows

Life is full of highs and lows. Sometimes it’s helpful to know that for most of us, both the highs and the lows don’t last too long. I remember one day not too long ago that I was in a grumpy mood. My day was really busy, and on top of that, I was having car problems....
80% Good, 80% Happy

80% Good, 80% Happy

Sometimes I feel a tension in my life between being good and being happy. One of the things I strive for in life is to be good. I want to be excellent at my job. I want to write articles and books that change people’s lives. I want to be great at CrossFit. I want to...
Religion as Emotional Intensifier

Religion as Emotional Intensifier

We did some research recently on sanctification. Sanctification is what happens when a person gives something in their life sacred significance and meaning. We looked at forgiveness, and found that individuals who sanctified the process of forgiveness (i.e., viewed...
The Upsets

The Upsets

March Madness started this week. It’s my favorite time of the year for sports. There are basketball games all weekend long, and it’s very exciting. Even though my favorite team, Illinois, didn’t make the tournament this year, I find myself glued to the television,...
Choose Your Outlook

Choose Your Outlook

Texas is bad at dealing with snow and ice. We simply aren’t prepared for it. It doesn’t snow very often, so I think the attitude is that it isn’t worth investing in a bunch of snowplows and salt that might only be used once or twice a year. So when it snows,...
When Did a Dick Become a Bad Thing?

When Did a Dick Become a Bad Thing?

I was having dinner with a friend the other night when he said, “He’s such a dick.” The comment was made in reference to a guy who was a complete jerk. As the conversation went along, I started thinking about the ways in which we use language referring to sex or our...
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