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Some of my favorite songs are about trusting God in the midst of fear:

Be Not Afraid
Amazing Grace
Trust and Obey


I like these songs not because I trust well, but because I don't.

The vocabulary of the business world often helps us understand not just business, but life. One of its newer phrases is "managing the decline," which Wikipedia defines as "the management of the decline (or 'sunset') phase at the end of a lifecycle, with the goal of minimizing costs or other forms of losses and harm." In other words, decline is a given. What are you going too do about it?

What you do each day is important, but sometimes, it is the long trend that is the better measure of our hearts. Zacharias, John the Baptist's father, is a great example.

I grew up watching the old James Bond movies (Live and Let Die, Goldfinger, etc.). These are not great movies to learn about healthy interaction between men and women, but they do highlight one Kingdom value extremely well: the danger of an uncontrolled pursuit of power. Unfortunately, when I look at villains like Dr. No (“World domination. The same old dream...”), I have to admit I see a little bit of myself.

Mad at the world? Mad at God? Things not working?

 

Check your assumptions.

 

There are lots of things to be mad about, and sometimes the reasons are pretty clear: somebody hurt you, you made a huge mistake, something you really wanted doesn’t happen: the cause and effect are easy to see.

 

But sometimes we get upset and don’t really know why.