Friday, 10 March 2017

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7 year old boy runs a company and saves for college

Ryan Hickman, now 7, began his recycling business at age 3½.

By Shachar Peled, CNN

(CNN) - It's never too early to start a business.

When he was 3½ years old, Ryan Hickman visited the rePlanet recycling center in California, and found his life's mission.

The next day, as he greeted his dad, Damion, at their San Juan Capistrano driveway, he pointed down the street and made an announcement: "My new business! I'm going to pick up all the cans and bottles from everyone in the neighborhood."

Today, at the ripe old age of 7, he is the CEO, manager and employee of Ryan's Recycling Company. He has 50 customers and over 200,000 bottles and cans in his recycling credit.

Though Ryan says he doesn't remember what made it all start (It was over half his life ago!) he remains passionate about the reason. "It's because bottles get to the ocean and then animals get sick and die," he says.

According to Damion Hickman, Ryan has saved over $11,000, which was matched by "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" last January. The money is going toward a college account, though Ryan says he wants to buy a full-size trash truck and eventually become a garbage man. In a joint interview with CNN, his father says they've designated it for college for the time being and by 18 Ryan can make the decision himself. "Yeah, but I want to buy a truck," Ryan insists.


One of Ryan's favorite places is the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, to which he donates all his brand's T-shirt proceedings -- over $3,700 thus far. "I like to go there and look at sea lions, and the money that we donate to them gives them medicine and food," he says.

Four years into the venture, neighbors have grown accustomed to the little boy who comes knocking for their recyclables, and the more enthusiastic ones call to ask for a pickup or even drop off bags at the Hickmans' door.

At school, Ryan's favorite activity is helping the janitor, Mr. Jose, separate the trash.

"My wife and I support him doing it and we told him that whenever he wants to stop he can," Hickman says. "I want to see him with friends but the recycling just makes him happy. He's actually recruited his friends now so it's Ryan and five of his friends helping Mr. Jose."

Hickman, a graphic designer and no more than an average recycler himself, emphasizes that it has all been "100% Ryan, though of course I'm the driver -- every three weeks or so we go to the recycling center -- and I also help him sort into glass, aluminum and plastic when it's a big pile."

Despite the outpouring of support and gratitude, Hickman remains slightly cautious. "I try to discourage direct donations, I don't want people to think we're trying to make money off the kid," he says. "We certainly appreciate it and I realize it makes people feel good; 99% of the comments say how inspiring it is. But a fraction of the comments say 'the kid is a marketing tool for a mom and dad business' and we just try not to read them. I started typing a response once and stopped. I feel it's not worth it."

Publisher: TAHM Crew - 3/10/2017 07:59:00 am

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

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Make Christmas Affordable

The most miserable walk in the world is the one many of use make in late January carrying the mail back to the house from the mailbox looking at all those bills. What makes it even worse: A lot of those gifts were for people we only halfway know, and who have either already returned the gifts we bought, or have given them to someone else! But there you are stuck having to make payments for the next year. Bad plan.

Many people spend more on gift buying than they can afford. There are probably several reasons for this: First, some folks, who don’t have written monthly budgets, simply don’t realize how much they’re spending for gifts. Second, there are lots of people who would rather spend themselves into the poor house than to let their “friends” know they have financial limits. Third, there are a lot of people who really don’t know how to give gifts without spending money.

It’s this third group that I want to direct some ideas to in this section. First, understand that we give gifts to people whom we love—and, who love us back. By definition, these people care more about the giver than the gift. They don’t care what you spend. They care about you. For people like this, it really is the thought that counts. Maybe you’ll find some good ideas below:

Give gifts that you make yourself. If you have a garden, why not give fruits, vegetables, or flowers? If you cook or bake, why not give something from your kitchen? Personalize your homemade wonders by dressing them up with pretty ribbons and bows. Make a homemade label and hang it from a string. Attach a poem. Give “designer jars” of cinnamon sugar mix, pasta samplers, or homemade candies. Make it special.

Give your time. Even if you don’t make a product or craft, time is one thing you can give to others. The most valuable commodity any of us have is our time. Each one of us has 86,400 seconds in our day. The question is, “Who will we share our time with?” One of the best gifts we can give is a gift that represents our time. Why not give a certificate to a young family that can be redeemed for an evening of babysitting?

Save money on gift-wrapping. One of the costliest parts of giving a gift can be the wrapping. Why not use the Sunday newspaper comic pages? It’s a colorful, fun, whimsical way to wrap a present.

Give personal gifts to family members. In our family, it’s not unusual to get a certificate entitling the recipient to a 30-minute back massage. You could give “chore certificates” where the giver promises to wash dishes, make beds, mow grass, etc., for the recipient.

Give “talent” gifts. My son Joshua is a fabulous artist. In the past, he has given his drawings as gifts. If you write poetry, why not a special verse for a friend? If you sing, why not present a special song for the guest of honor at the birthday party?

Romantic gifts for husbands and wives. The great thing about being married is that you can give your lover special gifts that are both personal and romantic. Why not candle light, beautiful music, and a review of your wedding album—just before bed? Have you ever surprised your spouse (isn’t that a wretched sounding word for someone you love?) with breakfast in bed? If eating out is too costly, why not a late night cup of coffee in a quiet restaurant? Oh well, you get the point. Be imaginative.

A Serious Plan for Holiday Savings

Now, I’m going to suggest something that not many of you will be willing to do. But, for that minority of you who try this—the savings may surprise you.

Why not celebrate holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s Day a few days late? Think about it. When do the really incredible Christmas sales usually begin? December 26, right? So, why not agree to have your family Christmas celebration on New Year’s Day? That way you could do your shopping and decorating starting the day after Christmas. The Christmas tree lot would probably give you a tree just to avoid having to throw it away. The decorations will be reduced. And gifts in the stores will be on sale. What a deal! Of course, if you can’t bear the thought of not celebrating Christmas on December 25, you might consider giving gift certificates that can be redeemed on merchandise after it’s on sale.

Now, if all of that seems a little too extreme for your taste, maybe you wouldn’t mind to celebrate a holiday like Valentine’ Day a day or two late. (Have you ever noticed how much a heart-shaped box of chocolates goes down in price right after Cupid leaves town?)

Here’s an Old Trick

Always buy a year ahead. Buy seasonal merchandise like gift wrapping, decorations, and ornaments immediately after a holiday is over. Frequently, stores offer huge discounts simply to avoid having to warehouse their stock for another year.

Publisher: TAHM Crew - 12/20/2016 06:51:00 am

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

The Importance Of Taking Time For Yourself To Try Something New


When you’re on the path to achieving your goals, it’s easy to become laser-focused on the end-result.

However, it’s important to remember to take mental and physical breaks as you progress towards success.Finding goal-life balance is equally, if not more important than finding work-life balance: you need to take some time to re-energize and reset in order to create your best self.

Regular relaxation is essential for a long life and personal effectiveness. Try to take a mini-vacation every few months, and during that time, refrain from doing any work. Instead, try something new.

Regardless of the goal you’re aiming to achieve, respite can do wonders for your motivation levels.

For example, are you on the path to improving your personal well-being? Perhaps to become more capable, confident, positive?

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Conclusion

Thanks for reading. Regardless of what you do, don’t forget to take time for yourself and your own personal development.


Brian Tracy

Publisher: TAHM Crew - 7/26/2016 04:22:00 pm

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Living Without Limits


The starting point of great success and achievement has always been the same. It is for you to dream big dreams. There is nothing more important, and nothing that works faster than for you to cast off your own limitations than for you to begin dreaming and fantasizing about the wonderful things that you can become, have, and do.

As a wise man once said, “You must dream big dreams, for only big dreams have the power to move the minds of men.” When you begin to dream big dreams, your levels of self-esteem and self-confidence will go up immediately. You will feel more powerful about yourself and your ability to deal with what happens to you. The reason so many people accomplish so little is because they never allow themselves to lean back and imagine the kind of life that is possible for them.

A powerful principle that you can use to dream big dreams and live without limits is contained in what Elihu Goldratt calls the “Theory of Constraints.” This is one of the greatest breakthroughs in modern thinking. What Goldratt has found is that in every process, in accomplishing any goal, there is a bottleneck or choke cord that serves as a constraint on the process. This constraint then sets the speed at which you achieve any particular goal.

What Goldratt found is that if you concentrate all of your creative energies and attention on alleviating the constraint, you can speed up the process faster than by doing any other single thing.

Let me give you an example. Let us say that you want to double your income. What is the critical constraint or the limiting factor that holds you back? Well, you know that your income is a direct reward for the quality and quantity of the services you render to your world. Whatever field you are in, if you want to double your income, you simply have to double the quality and quantity of what you do for that income. Or you have to change activities and occupations so that what you are doing is worth twice as much. But you must always ask yourself, “What is the critical constraint that holds me back or sets the speed on how fast I double my income?”

A friend of mine is one of the highest-paid commission professionals in the United States. One of his goals was to double his income over the next three to five years.

He applied the 80/20 rule to his client base. He found that 20 percent of his clients contributed 80 percent of his profits, and that the amount of time spent on a high-profit client was pretty much the same amount of time spent on a low-profit client. In other words, he was dividing his time equally over the number of tasks that he does while only 20 percent of those items contributes 80 percent of his results.

So he drew a line on his list of clients under those who represented the top 20 percent and then called in other professionals in his industry and very carefully, politely, and strategically handed off the 80 percent of his clients that only represented 20 percent of his business. He then put together a profile of his top clients and began looking in the marketplace exclusively for the type of client who fit the profile; in other words, one who could become a major profit contributor to his organization, and whom he in turn could serve with the level of excellence that his clients were accustomed to. And instead of doubling his income in three to five years, he doubled it in the first year!

So what is holding you back? Is it your level of education or skill? Is it your current occupation or job? Is it your current environment or level of health? Is it the situations that you are in today? What is setting the speed for you achieving your goal?

Remember, whatever you have learned, you can unlearn. Whatever situation you have gotten yourself into, you can probably get yourself out of. If your real goal is to dream big dreams and to live without limits, you can set this as your standard and compare everything that you do against it.

The three keys to living without limits have always been the same. They are clarity, competence, and concentration.

Clarity means that you are absolutely clear about who you are, what you want, and where you’re going. You write down your goals and you make plans to accomplish them. You set very careful priorities and you do something every day to move you toward your goals. And the more progress you make toward accomplishing things that are important to you, the greater self-confidence and self-belief you have, and the more convinced you become that there are no limits on what you can achieve.

Competence means that you begin to become very, very good in the key result areas of your chosen field. You apply the 80/20 rule to everything you do and you focus on becoming outstanding in the 20 percent of tasks that contribute to 80 percent of your results. You dedicate yourself to continuous learning. You never stop growing. You realize that excellence is a moving target. And you commit yourself to doing something every day that enables you to become better and better at doing the most important things in your field. Concentration is having the self-discipline to force yourself to concentrate single-mindedly on one thing, the most important thing, and stay with it until it’s complete.

The two key words for success have always been focus and concentration. Focus is knowing exactly what you want to be, have, and do. Concentration is persevering, without diversion or distraction, in a straight line toward accomplishing the things that can make a real difference in your life.

When you allow yourself to begin to dream big dreams, creatively abandon the activities that are taking up too much of your time, and focus your inward energies on alleviating your main constraints, you start to feel an incredible sense of power and confidence. As you focus on doing what you love to do and becoming excellent in those few areas that can make a real difference in your life, you begin to think in terms of possibilities rather than impossibilities, and you move ever closer toward the realization of your full potential.


Brian Tracy
Publisher: TAHM Crew - 7/20/2016 07:06:00 pm

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Think Like a Rat


We talk about “being in the rat race,” but this is probably unfair. It’s actually demeaning to the rats. Rats won’t stay in a race when it’s obvious there’s no cheese. The popular little book Who Moved My Cheese showed how even smart rats quickly look for new routes to follow when the cheese is gone. Humans, on the other hand, seem to often get themselves into traps from which they never escape. Some research shows that up to 70 percent of white-collar workers are unhappy with their jobs – ironically, they are also spending more and more time working.

Jan Halper, a Palo Alto psychologist, has spent ten years exploring the careers and emotions of over 4,000 male executives. He found that 58 percent of those in middle management felt they had wasted many years of their lives struggling to achieve their goals. They were bitter about the many sacrifices they had made during those years.

Just recently I had an attorney tell me she feels like a prostitute. She said that in exchange for every nice paycheck, she had given up her soul and her life. Each week I talk to individuals who feel trapped in their current work. They talk about being demeaned, belittled, and emotionally abused. And yet they stay, hoping against all odds that things will magically improve. Some seem to take a martyr’s attitude that God is working something out or that Satan is mercilessly attacking them.

Rats, however, move on once they realize the cheese is gone or perhaps was never there. Rats would probably be embarrassed to be labeled “being in the human race” for doing ridiculous things like continuing to go to a job that they hated every day. Take action to move toward whatever is pure, good, and honorable – in your life and in your work.

Source:  Dan Miller
Publisher: TAHM Crew - 7/07/2016 07:08:00 pm

The Reason Why Teamwork Matters in Marriage


Two of the most important parts of a healthy marriage are teamwork and communication.

Without those two areas being a priority, it’s very difficult for a marriage to survive. That’s why money fights and money problems are the leading cause of divorce in America today.

When you both got married, the pastor said, “You are one.” And you know what? He meant it! You are one. Together, you are a team that sets the tone for your family and your future.

When it comes to money, that means one bank account. It means making a budget — together. It means getting and staying on the same page in everything related to your money.

If you and your spouse don’t see eye to eye regarding money, you are just inviting tension and stress and disagreement into your marriage.

For example, if one spouse is sitting down every month and coming up with a budget, and, without notice, the other spouse goes out and spends $500 on a new television, then you have problems.

And that’s a realistic scenario. Around 1 in 5 Americans admit to spending $500 or more without their partner’s knowledge. We call it “financial infidelity,” and it’s a growing problem today. 

When you both sit down at the table and come up with a budget that you both agree on, then issues like that won’t happen. Each month, before the month begins, you sit down and spend every dollar on paper, on purpose.

It’s okay if one of you takes the lead, but you both have to buy in to the budget and understand what’s going on. You both need to have a grasp of your whole financial situation.

That’s why it’s vital to have one primary bank account that you both use. When you have separate accounts, it’s too easy to start thinking, This is my money and that is his money — when, really, it’s your money together.

Once you have that single account, you can set a limit on a single purchase that you both make without talking. For instance, if your limit is $100, then neither of you would purchase anything over $100 without talking to your spouse first.

That specific number will depend on your income. It might be more, and it might be less. But it’s important that you both know what’s coming in and going out of your bank account. The left hand needs to know what the right hand is up to!
Publisher: TAHM Crew - 7/07/2016 06:40:00 pm

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Are You Driven or Called?


Overscheduled. Overworked. Overcommitted. Overwhelmed. Sound familiar? Many of us find ourselves running from one activity to another, feeling stressed and at the mercy of a schedule of our own making. Busyness can make us feel like we are doing something, but we may be hard pressed to explain exactly what it is we are doing that really matters. If that sounds like your life, we invite you to take a brief “time out” to look at whether you are acting like a driven or a called person.

Driven vs. Called

In his book, Ordering Your Private World, Gordon MacDonald describes the characteristics of stressed, driven people (who often are doing very good things). They are all around us. In fact, often they are us! Do you see yourself or someone close to you in some of these symptoms?

A driven person is:

  • “Usually abnormally busy.They are usually too busy for the pursuit of ordinary relationships in marriage, family, or friendship, or even to carry on a relationship with themselves—not to speak of one with God ... They operate on the precept that a reputation for busyness is a sign of success and personal importance. Thus they attempt to impress people with the fullness of their schedule.”
  • Most often only gratified by accomplishment. They have little patience for or appreciation of the process leading to accomplishing something. The only worthwhile things are those that produce visible results.
  • Preoccupied with attaining the things that symbolize accomplishment. Their goal is the ongoing acquisition of those things that represent power and status.
  • Usually pursuing something that is “bigger” and “more successful” than their last endeavor. Tends to have a limited regard for integrity. “Shortcuts to success become a way of life. Because the goal is so important, they drift into ethical shabbiness.”
  • Often characterized by limited or undeveloped people skills. “Because their eyes are upon goals and objectives, they rarely take note of the people about them, unless they can be used for the fulfillment of one of the goals.”
  • Usually highly competitive. They see everything in life as a win-or-lose game. “Winning provides the evidence the driven person desperately needs that he is right, valuable, and important.”
  • Often typified by “a volcanic force of anger,” which can erupt any time he senses opposition or disloyalty. This anger can be triggered when people disagree, offer an alternative solution to a problem, or even hint at just a bit of criticism.”

Driven people are controlled by their compulsions. When we live as driven people, we are listening to our culture and our fears, not to God. Drivenness comes so readily to us. “I look inside my private world,” MacDonald confesses, “and discover that almost every day I have to wrestle with whether I will be a [driven or a called person]. Living in a competitive world where achievement is almost everything, it would be easy to…be driven, to hold on, to protect, to dominate. And I might even find myself doing those sorts of things while telling myself that I was doing God’s work.”

But can the driven person be changed? “Most certainly,” says MacDonald. “It begins when such a person faces up to the fact that he is operating according to drives and not calls. That discovery is usually made in the blinding, searching light of an encounter with Christ.” God loves us! He doesn’t want us to be at the mercy of our fears and compulsions. He wants to free us so that we can become the people he created us to be and do the things he created us to do.

In those moments when we glimpse what it means to live as a called person, we can echo MacDonald’s words:

Having listened to God’s call, I can know my mission. It may demand courage and discipline, of course, but now the results are in the hands of the Caller. Whether I increase or decrease is His concern, not mine. To order my life according to the expectations of myself and others; and to values myself according to the opinions of others; these can play havoc with my inner world. But to operate on the basis of God’s call is to enjoy a great deal of order within (MacDonald, p. 65).

God’s love, grace and truth enables us to exchange our frenetic life of achievement, acquisition and activity for a life centered on pleasing our Audience of One.

Strategies for Living as Called, not Driven People

The following are some strategies that can help us in the quest to invest our time in the things that matter:

1. Scrutinize your schedule. Take a large sheet of paper and divide it into five columns. In the first column, list all of your activities and commitments in a typical month. (If you have a spouse and/or children, make this a family activity with each family member adding to the list).

In the 2nd column, write down the amount of time it requires each week (include driving time, preparation time, etc.). In the 3rd column, write down why you (or another family member) are doing the activity. In the 4th column list the “pros” of doing this activity; in the 5th column the “cons.” (The pros and cons should take into account the impact on both the individual and the family.)

2. Evaluate your activities with at least one other person. We often are too close to our lifestyle choices to see them clearly. Your partner, or small group, can provide helpful insight and feedback. Together, address questions such as: Are there any activities that you (or your family) should remove from your schedule? And, are there any activities you should add? For example, does your schedule have sufficient time built in for building relationships with your family and friends? Is there time for growing your relationship with God, and worshipping him? Is there time for providing spiritual training for your children? Is there time for serving others in your church, neighborhood and community? Is there adequate time for renewal and relaxation?

3. Re-create your schedule based on God’s priorities for your life. God gives each of us enough time to do all the things he wants us to do. Ask the Lord to help you (and your family) create a schedule that reflects the life he intends you to live. God may very well be calling you to do less, not more! This is not an easy process; you may feel like you are in uncharted territory.

In the book, When I Relax, I Feel Guilty, Tim Hansel describes our condition of suffering “from a nagging sense of guilt that no matter how much [we] do, it is never quite enough….Words like wonder, joy, rest, and freedom have become faded replicas of what Christ taught. Time becomes a tyrant instead of a friend.”

4. Commit your schedule and intended activities for the day to God each morning.Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in making wise use of your time that day. Review your mission statements and Action Plan. Ask God to enable you to live your calling “24/7” each day.

The Great Count Down

The way we spend our days is the way we spend our lives. Let us join with the psalmist in praying, “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom…. And confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands” (Psalm 90:12, 17 NASU). God gifts us “24/7” with a new day; 24 invaluable, irreplaceable hours of time to manage. We need guidance from the Creator of time so that we use the hours of the day to live our callings, and not run by or away from them.

If you would like professional assistance with discovering your vocational calling or making a career transition, we invite you to look into our career coaching services. After reading about our services, you can schedule a free consultation session to discuss which career services would best meet your needs. We would consider it a privilege to help you discover who God has created you to be and what He has designed you to do!

Excerpts from Live Your Calling (2005) by Kevin and Kay Marie Brennfleck. Used by permission of Jossey-Bass, a Wiley imprint.


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Publisher: TAHM Crew - 5/15/2016 06:27:00 pm
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Teaching Your Children About Money


One of the best ways to teach young children about finances is through an allowance. While some parents believe kids should work for spending money, giving an allowance to younger children can prove to be beneficial. Once they are in high school, you can give them more, but with the additional income comes additional responsibility. The child can begin to make her own decisions regarding the allocation of her funds. That helps them learn they can't do everything. It also keeps us as parents from being the bad guy and saying, "No, we can't afford that."

You shouldn't tie their income to work. (Though they should be able to earn "extra" money by performing special tasks). You should your children to "pitch in" around the house as part of their family duty. This teaches them that clothes do not "magically" find their dressers and/or closets after being miraculously washed. Children do need some money of their own to manage. How else will they learn to handle it?

A biblical principle you must stress is tithing. That comes off the top. After the tithe comes saving, though you can't expect children to save a whole lot if you don't pay them much. However, starting them on a savings plan early will do much for them in the future when they are making real money.

I know a teenager that keeps a ledger of his money that he receives. This ledger keeps track of all his expenditures and income (including those that owe him money for his services). Fortunately, for those that owe him money, he has no mob ties. He's actually quite a nice kid. But, if you don't pay him, he becomes like the paper boy in the late 80's movie "Better off Dead." Remember that kid? He rode around his bike telling the star of the movie "two dollars. I want my two dollars."

His ledger has taught him a few things: 
1. He can't simply spend money when he feels like.
2. He has become quite adept at basic accounting principles.

Back to the tithing issue. The Bible is clear. Proverbs 22:6 says "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." One of the greatest things you can do for your children is teach them about the importance of the tithe. More importantly, teach them about cheerful giving. Help them get beyond the percentage. It's important not to simply tell them this, but to live it yourself. When we give generously to God's work, it's like telling God (and our children), "You know, Lord, there are a lot of ways I could spend this money. But I'm putting You first, ahead of my own desires."

I think this is the attitude that pleases our Creator, not the amount or the percentage. Giving opens the gateway to communication, whether to God, our mate or our children. It is one of the cornerstones for a better life.


Publisher: TAHM Crew - 5/15/2016 05:29:00 pm

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

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To Defeat Your Enemy, You Must Know Him



Do you know that you have an enemy? It's true. In fact, we all have an enemy — the devil — and it's very important for us to understand who he is, or we will be defeated in life.

I went to church for years and didn't know the devil was real; I thought he was just a cartoon character in a red outfit with a pitchfork. I never heard a message about the devil and how we can have authority over him. I did get a good foundation of what salvation is, and I'm very thankful for that. But I wasn't living a victorious life in Christ because I didn't understand who the enemy is, that he is the author of my problems, and that I need to aggressively resist him.

If you're thinking, "Joyce, I don't want to talk about the devil," I understand. But the devil has strategies and plans to come against you, so the worst thing you can do is ignore him. That's why I want to help you get informed about who he is so you can know how to recognize when he's at work in your life and how to defeat him.

Because the good news is, through Christ, you can be more than a conqueror and overcome the attacks of the enemy (Romans 8:37).

We're in a Spiritual War

In 2 Corinthians 10:4 (AMPC), the Bible says, "For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds."

This verse makes it clear that our battle is not against flesh and blood.

In other words, people are not the source of our problems. People can create problems, but we need to realize that the enemy works through people, and if we just deal with them, we're not getting to the root cause of the issues in our lives.

Now, there are several reasons why we have trouble: We live in a fallen world and experience the effects of sin; we disobey God and make poor choices; and we are directly attacked by the devil. I want to focus on the ways and reasons why the enemy brings trouble into our lives.

It's His Nature

The Bible teaches that Satan (another name for the devil), was formerly called Lucifer. He was created by God as an angel with a free will. He was an archangel and had great power and responsibility. Some biblical scholars believe he was the angel in charge of worship.

Ezekiel 28:13-15 says he was covered with precious stones, he was the anointed cherub and he was blameless in his ways from the day he was created until he turned against God (AMPC).

Isaiah 14:12-15 explains that he is fallen from heaven because he said in his heart: "I will ascend to heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit upon the mount of assembly in the uttermost north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High" (AMPC).

He used his free will to try and be like God, yet he was brought down by Him.

When Satan fell from heaven, he took a third of the angels with him; therefore, the devil and his demonic hosts are alive in the earth today. They are the evil in this world, and we can't be lazy Christians and expect to overcome them.

Keys to Defeating Your Enemy

The devil has power, but Jesus came to put him in his place and deliver us from the power of the enemy.

First John 3:8 (NKJV) says, "… For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil."

When we accept Christ as our Savior and come into a personal relationship with Him, we gain access to the authority and power of God in our lives.

John 10:10 says that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus came to give us life — abundant life! And John 8:32 says God's truth sets us free. See, when we know the Word and who we are in Christ, then we can recognize the lies of the enemy and how he is trying to work in our lives. We can stand our ground by faith in God, submit ourselves to Him completely and resist the devil, and the enemy must flee! (See James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:9.)

There are so many scriptures that help us know how to overcome evil in the world and live victoriously over sin and the enemy.

For example, Romans 12:21 says we overcome evil with good; 1 John 4:4 reminds us that Christ, who lives in us, is greater than the enemy in the world; and Colossians 1:13-14 (NKJV) says God "has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins."


Here's some more truth for you: God loves you and He has plans for your life that are good … that will prosper you and give you hope. Make a determined decision to aggressively pursue your relationship with God in prayer and through studying His Word. By God's grace, you can defeat the attacks of the enemy and have the victorious, more-than-a-conqueror life Jesus died to give you!


About The Author

Joyce Meyer is a New York Times bestselling author and founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. She has authored more than 90 books, including Battlefield of the Mind and Do Yourself a Favor…Forgive (Hachette). She hosts the Enjoying Everyday Life radio and TV programs, which air on hundreds of stations worldwide. For more information, visit www.joycemeyer.org.



© 2015 Printed with permission of Joyce Meyer Ministries



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Publisher: TAHM Crew - 1/06/2016 03:04:00 pm

Thursday, 22 October 2015

NO ONE CARES ABOUT WHAT’S UP ON YOUR MIND, YOU’LL BE CELEBRATED FOR THE ACTION YOU TOOK. (Free PDF Download)


I know you have this dream of becoming great, living like the world-class, having a best-selling book, becoming a celebrity, producing a piece of music, becoming a model, etc. What would you have done if you had all the resources needed to fulfill your dreams? By resources, I mean the money, connections, and the support. ‘What next?’ I hear you say, ‘if I have all the money it’ll take, I’ll get it done.’

Over the years, the masses have been forced to believe that the main reason for their failure to fulfill their dreams is lack of money; lack of sponsors or lack of support. The idea is this: ‘if you have nobody you’ll be nobody’, or, ‘you need money to start working on your dreams’. Students in tertiary institutions seem to equate studentship with overall dependency on their sponsors. The concept is this: as a student all you have should be all you’re given; you don’t need to try anything on your own. However, when the sponsor fails to give the necessary financial support on time, such a sponsor should be crucified.

The fact is: you have everything you need to fulfill your dream on your inside. Every resource you need is buried within you. The money, connection and support you need are deposited in you. Stop waiting on people. Take responsibility.
 

PASSION OR ACTION

How are dreams converted to reality? Do you really need passion or you need to take action? Everyone has passion for success. But I believe passion disintegrate with time. Take ACTION! Immediately! You want to write a book? Stop thinking, start writing. Isn’t it amazing that you can get anything you want when you want it? Why wait for tomorrow when you can start it now. You have dreamed enough; you have prayed enough!

You’ve got to believe the fact that if you don’t do it today, you may not do it again. Because, the passion you needed to have done it may be cut down. Can anybody really achieve a dream without a strong passion? If passion disintegrates with time, why not take action now?

THOUGHTS TO RESULTS

People don’t care about what you are thinking; all they care is result. Champions move from ‘thoughts to results’. Action on thoughts yields result. Microsoft would have remained a very good idea up till now if nobody took action. So also with Apple, Coca Cola, and this write-up you’re reading.

No one cares about what’s up on your mind, you’ll be celebrated for the action you took, not for what you thought about over the years. There is something in you. Get up and take action!

Ekemini Thompson
Co-Founder The Academy Of HistoryMakers
Publisher: TAHM Crew - 10/22/2015 02:24:00 pm

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

HOW ‘GOING TO SCHOOL’ IS DIFFERENT FROM BEING ‘EDUCATED’



Hundreds of Millions of high school graduates seek admission into higher institutions yearly. In Nigeria, everyone wants to go to school, get a degree so they can get a good job. The advantage of going to school is advertised more than the advantages of being educated. When most schools place advert, all they need is students to pay fees so they can be enriched; only few schools wants students to be educated.

THE DEFINITION
You can go to school without being educated; YET you can be educated without going to school. What actually is going to school? What does being educated mean? You know the difference?  If you go to school, chances are you’ll get a degree. No one goes to school without being awarded a certificate. To get a degree in school is simple: follow the school’s rules properly.
“There is no value in degree but in deliveries” Bishop Oyedepo

While you don’t get a paper for being educated, education makes you unique, provides you with the ability to develop your potential and gives you opportunities to release your greatness. Education affects your mind. It presents you with challenges which pull out the best in you.

THE IRONY
Educated people talk less of their degree; people that ‘go to school’ talk more, because that is the only thing they have in the world. Their success is tied down to their certificates. That is why they keep moving from first degree to seventh degree to protect their job and get high pay-checks. If you want to harm them, hide their certificate; if you want to kill them, burn it.
Educated people know they can do without their certificate. Rarely will they talk about the paper they got, that is, if they even have it. Their success does not rely on the paper; loss of certificate does not render them useless. They know that what they have in them is bigger that what the certificate can do to them.

REAL LIFE
Life does not respect people that ‘go to school’. As a matter of fact, you can have a Ph.D in physics and still work for the educated. Life does not question your degree; it doesn’t test your certificate.

At every point, a graduate will always want to make sure the certificate obtained was not a waste of time and resources. They always want to work, or, as they put it, get a good job. This will always make them work for people, get employed and help others build their dreams, instead of building theirs.

People that ‘go to school’ fear to face real life. They take solace often.  They are afraid to fail and are scared of the next risk. While the lived under the succour of their parent or guardian and under the coverage of ‘the fresh graduate phenomenon’, all they need at that point is a saviour. Get them a job, they will never forget you; tell them to break out and start their life, they’ll hate you for life.

Educated people do not only think differently from people that ‘go to school’; they have this self-believe, self-concept and self-worth generated within them. They are sure of themselves and can distinguish exactly what they can do and what they can’t.  While facing reality, their muscles are strengthened in the challenges; they are happy trying and failing and trying again. Educated people are courageous and optimistic. Other than waiting for a saviour, a miracle worker or a saviour, they become one.

To educated people, they are the ‘saviour’ the people are praying for. Taking responsibility for their fate becomes normal; nobody takes the blame for them. They know they are responsible for their failures or successes, after all no one is ready to take the blame for them.

THE COMPARISON
These two people may be students. However, what they study differs. While one may spend 3 years or more studying the ‘effect’, the other studies the ‘cause’. Educated people understand that: to every law of motion, there is always an ‘Isaac Newton and his beliefs’ behind it.  Instead of just memorizing the laws, educated people study Isaac Newton, his beliefs and what led to the cause of the establishment of his principles (otherwise called laws).

This in-depth research of causes of actions makes them work on the causes or initiate a ‘cause’ themselves. They don’t just talk about changes but desire to make things change. Educated people always want to cause the change they so desire. The others are happy about how things are, the changes in nature, life, technology and in the environment, but never a time will they ask about the ‘why and how’, the cause of the happenings, all they are happy about is the ‘wonder’, the effect.

THE DIFFERENCE
The major difference is how they think! Our thoughts affect our beliefs, our beliefs affect our actions, our actions affect our results. People that ‘go to school’ want to be like the educated, but they don’t want to pay the price. They are scared of losing their comfort in the process.
Education makes you discover yourself. Immediately this happens, you are ready to walk out of what is keeping you in bondage, be it school or job. For instance, an educated man can quit his job or school to start something he is ready to die for –pursuing his dreams. People that ‘go to school’ don’t have this gut; the paper and pay-check are far more important than fulfilling destiny.

However, not everyone that quit school or job really ‘succeeds’ almost immediately, but they enjoy happiness fighting the course the put in for. They are comfortable in the midst of uncertainties. In fact, what gives them comfort is their zeal and self-believe. They have the passion to get it done and not relax. To the educated, taking risk is not only what they ‘know about’, it is what they do. This people believe in breaking the limit set by others, moving past what people called ‘comfort zone’.

In school, they may not be the ‘nerds’, with a first class at the end of their college stay. People that ‘go to school’ are concerned about this. Though educated people know that their CGPA is important, they know that a good CGPA is a result of a ‘cause’ set in motion. They understand that a good CGPA does not guarantee real-life success.

School teaches you how to remember stuff; the system works more on your memory. In fact, to ascertain whether you’re a good student, school test your ability to remember what you were taught. The educated know that life is not to be lived in the past; they work more on the present, hence recreating a future. They let go of the past, because, on the whole, the rules may change.  The educated may not remember the past, but can change today to create a new tomorrow – this is what most schools don’t care about.

THE ACTION

Change your thinking, change your life! It is far better to be ‘educated’ than to ‘go to school’. Choose...


Ekemini Thompson
Publisher: TAHM Crew - 7/28/2015 02:55:00 pm