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11 Guidelines to Fight the Pull of Materialism

July 31, 2015

11 Guidelines to Fight the Pull of Materialism I believe the only way to break the power of materialism is first, to see ourselves as stewards that God has entrusted these money and possessions to, and second, to give. Jesus says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). As long as I still have something, I believe I own [...]

When You Just Want a Job You Love

July 30, 2015

When You Just Want a Job You Love I spent my twenties feeling like a square peg in a round hole. I wanted to use my gifts and talents for God in a career I loved, but I felt trapped. I lived in a city where software geeks were admired, and creative types were seen as undervalued nerds (that was me!) Because few [...]

Setting a Prisoner Free

July 29, 2015

Setting a Prisoner Free The word oops is not in God’s vocabulary. Isn’t that great to know? God is in control. We, on the other hand, can’t control everything that happens in our lives, even though we try. But there is one thing we can do, and that is forgive. We can forgive those who have wronged us. We [...]

Six Questions for Finding a Job That Works

July 28, 2015

Six Questions for Finding a Job That Works Here are Blueprint for Life, we are passionate about helping you live out your God-given purpose. This includes choosing a career path that is right for you. Check out these thoughts from John Weirick of Newspring Church on this topic. Looking for the right job can be overwhelming, especially if you’re graduating from college or [...]

How Emotions Can Point to Purpose

July 24, 2015

How Emotions Can Point to Purpose One day as I sat in the airport waiting to board a flight, I spoke with a young woman, a graduate student studying medicine at Johns Hopkins University. “If there was one thing you could do with your life, what would that one thing be?” I asked. “I’d have my own overseas medical lab,” she [...]

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Can You Imagine?

July 23, 2015

Can You Imagine? In 1981, Dick Hoyt and his son, Rick, completed their first Boston Marathon. Unlike other running partners, they did not run side-by-side or one in front of the other.  Instead, Dick pushed Rick in a wheelchair. When he was born in 1962, Rick was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic after his umbilical cord strangled him [...]

Who’s In Your Top Five?

July 22, 2015

Who’s In Your Top Five? Jim Rohn once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” I like this quote because it makes me think about the important people in my life and how much time I spend with them. Encouraged by Rohn’s statement, I took an inventory today of who I spend the [...]

In Sickness and In Health

July 21, 2015

In Sickness and In Health My wife and I are coming up on our ninth year of marriage. It has gone by so fast, but at the same time, nine years is a long time. And we are just getting started. I love her deeply, but honestly, loving her has been easy. We have been blessed with many things, including good [...]

Choosing Between the Urgent and the Best

July 20, 2015

Choosing Between the Urgent and the Best I struggle daily with choosing between what I need to do and what I should do, between the urgent and best. Maybe you feel the same at times. What do you do when you feel like life—or others—are controlling you and you are not doing what your heart wants to do? Thankfully, there is an [...]

When God Calls You to Plant in a New Field

July 17, 2015

When God Calls You to Plant in a New Field Imagine a farmer is growing beans. The beans are growing well in the same field where the farmer has planted them for the last few years. One day God calls him to plant a new crop in a new field. But there’s a problem. It’s already taking all of the farmer’s financial and physical resources [...]

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