The Bible has had a profound impact on my life. No other book even compares. It shapes the way I view the world. It is the anchor that keeps me from drifting.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
This is my all-time favorite bible verse. The wisdom expressed here is timeless. It is the key to life's most fleeting treasure—happiness.
So many people spend their entire life searching for happiness in the wrong places. Because, as it turns out, all the money, fancy cars, and big houses in the world don't at all contribute to lasting joy.
The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards
The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards by Steven J. Lawson is my favorite book in the Long Line of Godly Men Profile series.
Jonathan Edwards was resolved to live for the glory of God without regret. He was so resolved, in fact, that he wrote down a list of seventy resolutions to help him stay on track. The bible focus of Edward's resolutions is astounding. I highly recommend everyone read them.
Jonathan Edwards's resolutions start with this humble statement asking God to help him keep his resolutions.
Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake. — Jonathan Edwards
The attitude in which Jonathan Edwards goes about writing his resolutions is very different from the attitude of other early Americans that did similar things (e. g. Benjamin Franklin's 13 Virtues, George Washington's Rules of Civility). Edwards' resolutions had a bible focus the others didn't have.
Jonathan Edwards had grit. There is no doubt about it. In a world full of weak men, this man shines bright. Edward's set his course, and the hurricanes of the devil couldn't blow him off.
If I could only read one self-improvement book, it would be The Pledge. In The Pledge, Michael Masterson takes the timeless advice of the great productivity masters and shoves it all into one book. A book that will change your life. A book that will turn your biggest dreams into reality.
Before I read this book, I lived in two different worlds–the world of reality and dreams and aspirations. The Pledge helped me break down my dreams into lucid objectives to reach for. And with pleasure, I feel those two worlds coming closer and closer to each other. When they collide, I will have reached my destination. But until then, I'm enjoying the journey!
The Pledge will not only help you break down your dreams into vivid goals to work towards, but it will give you the kick in the pants you need to get moving because your goals will never be more than dreams if you don't work towards them.