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Conceit has reigned within mortals, past or present. We have developed an excessive belief in ourselves because of our abilities, riches, achievements or fame.

The thinking ‘believe in yourself’ has now become a campaign in repairing or building up self-esteem and self-confidence.

We live in a complicated, competitive world that demands we highlight how much we have done. Eventually, our own mind leads us to conclude that we are a legend, a head above others.

In my business writing class, I advocate writing resumes tailor-fitted to a company’s  business or requirements. ‘Highlight your strengths,’ I advise my students. ‘Downplay your weaknesses.’

Resumes are important in the business jungle. They can determine the attention or salary we receive; they are used to introduce us when we get invited to speak or do something for a certain group. They show our worth.

Well, resumes, per se, are harmless.

It is when we begin to believe everything in the sheet(s) of paper that conceit lodges in our head and swells.

Once, it brought kings from the Old Testament to successive ruins. King Saul, the first king of Israel, and the Wise King Solomon were not spared.

It is my belief that no success in life can happen unless we are enabled by our Creator. Every talent, knowledge, wisdom, strength, and smarts stem from His grace.

The President of Compassion International, Dr. Kenneth ‘Wess’ Stafford, has a string of degrees to his name and has the distinction of leading the biggest child advocacy Christian organization in the world. Yet he replies only to the name ‘Wess’ among the people at Compassion from the Country Director down to the messenger. He refuses to be called Dr., Sir or Mr. President. His lack of conceit makes him render everything he has been gifted with, not for his own glory, but the Giver’s.

It is only by appreciating the goodness and generosity of God, the One who dispenses talents, can conceit be exterminated from our system.

Jeremiah 9:23 reminds us, ‘This is what the Lord says: ‘Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. (NLT)

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God and Man

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Consciousness of God

Is only known by man;

But go ahead, use logic;

Rebuff Him if you can;

But when argument is over,

You will see what must be true—

Were there not a God,

There would also not be you.

By B. Killebrew

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What Is…

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What Is…
What is within …
What is within the depths of my soul …
What is …

What created what is.

What lies without …
What lies in the serenity of a morning
hike through the forest, along side a
mountain stream, slowly and steadily
cascading a bed of mountain stone.
What is mighty and majestic as
the roar and tumble of the ocean’s
tide at storm.
What is as gentle as the touch of the gardener,
tending the rose.

What is …

Gentle, Calm, Mighty,
and Majestic from the depths of my soul
to the world around me…

God is All-Surrounding.

Magnificent, Unfathomable, Astonishing…
His vastness is beyond comprehension…
His mercy unceasing …
His love…undying.

By Robin M. Ferguson

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Look to This Day!

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Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
lie all the verities and realities
of your existence.

For yesterday
is already a dream
and tomorrow
is only a vision;
but today, well lived,
makes every yesterday
a dream of happiness,
and every tomorrow
a vision of hope.

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How Are You?

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Nobody wants to hear you complain;

Nobody’s interested in your aches and pains;

But if you are willing to stand still and listen

With a look of dismay as a slight tear glistens,

You will hear all about how someone else feels,

About where they hurt and about all their ills;

And your attention will earn you a brand-new best friend—

But beware… their tale of woe will ne’er end!

There’s no way to escape, once you show that you care,

So be cautious when asking how someone’s health fares.

By Elizabeth Ruth

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