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Book of Philippians, Henry Ward Beecher, Albert Einstein, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Wayne Dyer


Dear Readers,

Motivational speakers are tremendous in their ability to get us all revved
up to go after our dreams. A phrase, a word can snap everything into focus,
at least it does for me. Suddenly I can see a little further down the path and
I'm flooded with energy. And that's a perfect time for me to stop to examine
the intention behind my goals that have just been so motivated! When that
feeling of motivation strikes you too, consider first your goal's intention:
Is it selfless? Humble? Moral? And does it give God pleasure?

- Lisa

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Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any consolation of love,
if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by
being like-minded, having the the same love, being of one accord, of
one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit,
but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than
himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own
interests, but also for the interests of others.

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being
in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant,
and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance
of man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the
point of death, even the death of the cross.

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in
my presence only, but not much more in my absence, work out
your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who
works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

*Philippians 2:1-8, 12
The Holy Bible
New King James Version

* From Paul's letter to the Christian community at Philippi in northeastern Greece.
This first Christian community in Europe was personally founded by Paul: this
letter to it was written while he was confined to prison, probably around A.D. 60.


God appoints our graces to be nurses
to other men's weaknesses.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)
Congregationalist clergyman, orator, abolitionist
Excerpted from "Grace,"
Edited by B. C. Aronson
Random House Reference, 2006


The most important human endeavor is the
striving for morality in our actions. Our
inner balance and even our very existence
depend on it. Only morality in our actions
can give beauty and dignity to life.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Physicist, philosopher, author


I want singleness of eye, a purity of intention, a central
core to my life that will enable me to carry out these
obligations and activities as well as I can. I want in fact
--to borrow from the language of the saints-- to live
"in grace" as much of the time as possible... By grace
I mean an inner harmony, essentially spiritual,
which can be translated into outward harmony.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001)
Author, aviator, wife of Charles Lindbergh
Excerpted from "Gift From the Sea,"
Pantheon, 1975

The Last Word:

Our intention creates our reality.

Wayne Dyer (1940 -  )
American motivational speaker and author































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

A person who is nice to you, but rude
to the waiter, is not a nice person.

Dave Barry (1947 -   )
Humorist and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer


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