It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Chapter 3, Page 14, Book 15

The Greatest . . .

The highest aim in life - To know God and do His will!
The most enriching good habit - Complimenting others
The most destructive bad habit - Worry
The greatest joy - Giving
The greatest loss - Loss of self-respect

The most satisfying work - Helping others
The ugliest personality trait - Selfishness
The most endangered species - Dedicated leaders
Our greatest natural resource - Our youth
The ugliest look - A frown

The greatest 'shot in the arm' - Encouragement
The greatest problem to overcome - Fear
The most effective sleeping pill - Peace of mind
The most crippling failure disease - Excuses
The surest way to limit God - Unbelief

The most powerful forces in life - Love
The most dangerous piranha - A gossiper
The Greatest Life Giver - The Creator
The worlds most incredible computer - The brain
The worst thing to be without - Hope

The deadliest weapon - The tongue
The two most power-filled words - I Can
The greatest asset - Faith
The most worthless emotion - Self-pity
The most beautiful attire - A SMILE!

The most prized possession - Self esteem
The most powerful channel of communication - PRAYER
The most contagious spirit - Enthusiasm
The most urgent need - SALVATION
The greatest attribute of Jesus - Obedience


Author Unknown 

March 14th - habits of love

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.

Peter Ustinov

Habits can have a powerful impact in your relationships. The definition of a habit is: a consistent and regular pattern of behavior. You can either create positive habits or negative habits, and once you start practicing them, they will eventually become an act that is unconscious.

I heard a quote, Habit is like a cable line. Everyday we add one more small wire into the cable line, then it becomes stronger and stronger and is hard to break.  Habits like always showing an attitude of acceptance, speaking with encouragement and appreciation, forgiving  instead of complaining, giving concern instead of criticism are good habits to form. 

 Through forgiveness, we learn to love; through love, we learn to forgive. 

George MacDonald

Forgiveness is the highest form of love.  And yet we don't have to look that far, for most of us, right in our own homes we struggle with hurts, real and imagined that separate us from the ones we say we love.   Forgiveness is a journey. You may never forget, but you can choose to forgive. 

When you forgive, you in no way change the past -- but you sure do change the future.

Bernard Meltzer.

Love often means that there are no visible habits, that you practice them without realizing it.  Love is about a form of attention to others, a tenderness and forgiving attitude.  Love dares you to imagine a better future, one that is based on the blessed possibility that your hurt will not be the final word on the matter.  It builds confidence that you can survive the pain and grow from it.

Sometimes smiling in brokenness is how we remember: We are the Resurrection People and there is more happening than what seems and this is how to practice faith. Practice Smiling. Practice Joy. Practice counting gifts.

Ann Voskamp

JOY is a habit — wear it !


betty said...

I liked that The Greatest. So much truth in that, especially the Greatest being God!

Also liked about the habit being compared to a cable wire. That is something to remember when trying to form a new habit like healthier eating or exercise, as well as the habit of treating others more kindly :)


jack69 said...

I gotta say, that one hit me that said we cannot change the past but we can the future.

Logic that somehow escaped me.;-0


I have to say you made alot of good points. The one that touched me the most was this, "Love is an act of endless forgiveness."

Mevely317 said...

I'd like to hugs whoever it is that wrote "The Greatest." Sure some profound truths there!
I, too, like the analogy of habits and cable wire. Without conscious intent, I gave up something about the time Lent began. It was a real struggle at first, but I stuck with it. Then just this morning - not a month later - I realized I've totally forgotten to obsess or miss it! Must be a habit - whadya know! :)