love thy frenemies

Scripture teaches to ‘love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,’ but what about your frenemies? Isn’t that a little more difficult? A frenemy is a portmanteau of friend and enemy, like smog is a combination of smoke and fog. Fremenies portray friendship, but their motive is something much more sinister and akin to a rival.

With rivals, you know where you stand, but when someone betrays you, isn’t it near impossible to love and forgive that person? It can be, but I tell you… love them anyway. It’s not about giving that person a pass. It’s about not being controlled by any hateful thing.

When someone hurts you, distance yourself from that person and remove his/her ability to to continue to reek damage in your heart and life. Don’t be so occupied with anger that it leads you to become an enemy as well. While it may feel unnatural in these circumstances, practice love. It will mature you and you will discover a strength that, perhaps, you weren’t aware that you have.

Friendship is a verb. Be the friend that you want to see.

stronger than our yesterday

trials present new opportunities for us to confront and be stronger than our yesterday.

your thoughts become you

your thoughts inevitably become your destiny. what you choose, what you think, what you do – becomes you.

critical phase of renewal

you’re in that critical phase of renewal – that phase where you must guard your thoughts against discouragement or giving up. continue to be renewed.

don’t lose heart

though you may toil and labor many days and seem to yield nothing, don’t lose heart. roots to the trees that will soon yield fruit, as a result of your efforts, are growing… even now.

in grace anyway

…but respond in grace anyway.

made to stand out

more valuable and lasting than being popular is to be consistent within your specific purpose. stop trying to fit in when you were created to stand out.

that’s what faith is

walk right up to the edge of your circumstance, close your eyes, see the bright red sparks of possibility dancing beneath your lids, feel God’s presence, whisper a prayer to Him… and leap. that’s what faith is.

small things well

before you do a great thing, do the small things well.

the main thing

the Main Thing is to keep the Main Thing the Main Thing.

stop. now, start.

Sometimes, before you can START something, you have to STOP something else first, that might otherwise hinder you. This is the season where many people use the newness of the year to make promises, resolutions, commitments and good habits.