In my younger years, one of the most sought-after business trainers was a mild-mannered man, Dale Carnegie. Dale’s most famous book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, sold in the millions. Here’s a gem from Dale:
“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain -- and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.”
Do you feel our society needs more critics, condemners, and complainers or more people of character, self-control, understanding, and forgiving? Your answer will tell me which group is a fit for you. The key word is “feel” which means you may be a little short on the “thinking” scale.
Life offers many opportunities for those who “feel” their way through life. The problem is, are you in a rut? Carnegie said; “A rut is a grave with the ends kicked out.” When guided by feelings alone, you face too many questions; "Have I felt this way before. If so how did things turn out?" The Country preachers were known to ask; “How will you know if the feeling you ’re experiencing is right if you have never felt this feeling you are now feeling?”
On the other hand, the thinker risks becoming callused, an automaton, moving from thing to another, with facts, figures, without passion.
Character, self-control, helps to become a person who can think, thus understanding the seeming stupid acts of others, and be more forgiving.
There is an argument flooding several religious groups and the new group when pushed into a corner with the facts resorts to a phrase something like; “I know, but I have prayed about it, and this is how I feel.” WOW.
Sometimes life seems to be committed to driving you out of your mind. Try to keep biblical truth close to your heart and accept the age-old fact, that none of the things or people who are troubling you can do so without God’s permission. The book of Job is the text to lean on. Through each epoch of your life, God is working to refine you and to demonstrate your faith to those who are watching. Trust God for the outcome.
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” Corrie ten Boom.
Positive IT Work. Oral Deckard