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  • New Living Translation | NLT

    Proverbs 28:2

    When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.

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    Reflective Thinking

    There is a paraphrased quote from a speech that Abraham Lincoln gave that I thought about when reflecting on this proverb. It goes like this, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”. Most of you can already see this happening now. The truth is that it’s been happening for quite some time. Know this, if we as a nation do not change our declining moral compass and if we continue to give away our freedoms to the government you’ll see what the evils of a bad government look like first hand. As history constantly repeats it’s self… it won’t be something you and your families are going to enjoy.

    Action Idea

    The most impactful and immediate thing we are to do is pray for our nation and our leaders. Pray they submit their lives to Jesus. Pray they receive God’s wisdom. Pray our nation is protected from evil. Pray God changes us to look more like Him. Freedom isn’t free. It always has a cost. We must fight for it and it starts in prayer. Remember, where the Spirit of the Lord there is Freedom!

  • New Living Translation | NLT

    Proverbs 27:17

    As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

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    Reflective Thinking

    There are two principles that immediately come to mind when I think about this verse. The first principle we need to understand is growth. If you want to improve your circumstances you must grow. Sustained improvement in life is impossible without growth. I’ve said this many times before but we are in a constant state of change… if you’re not growing, you’re going backward. The second principle we need to talk about is association. Who you choose to be around and influence you is very important to your growth and your life. If you partner with fools, you’ll make foolish decisions. If your inner circle is filled with negative people they will always empty you without filling you back up.

    Action Idea

    Make growth and having a wise iron circle of friends a priority of your life. It’s going to make a huge impact on your success.

  • New Living Translation | NLT

    Proverbs 26:13

    The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion on the road! Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!”

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    Reflective Thinking

    One of the core failure diseases that a lazy person lives with on a daily basis is “excusitis”. I first learned about the failure diseases in the book The Magic of Thinking Big. When I first read it I was so angry that I was 21 years old and I had never been educated about this. Anger eventually turned to peace as I killed off that disease.

    Action Idea

    Read The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz.  More immediately, do your own reflective thinking and determine if you have the failure disease known as excusitis. If you identify that you do, reading that book is a great place to start. Next thing you do is increase your awareness of excuses you make and reverse course as much as possible. Eventually, you’ll have a new habit of not making excuses and taking full responsibility for your circumstances. Being cured of excusitis will give you a new sense of freedom from circumstances and confidence to take action to solve problems.