But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. – 1 Peter 2:9


Why do we so often miss the boat? I think it’s because we settle for second best. We grasp at flashy substitutes instead of taking hold of the genuine article. I invite you to surrender all of your excuses today. Be honest with yourself, and recognize where and how you need to change, grow, improve, or surrender. Change is the essence of life, and it’s worth the inconvenience, the difficulty, even the pain, because living is what God designed us to do.

Friend, stop for a moment and ask yourself if you’re diving into the life God planned for you, or merely dog-paddling on the surface. Take a moment and look at yourself and your surroundings. What skills or talents do you possess that could help to meet the needs around you? Change is the path to the full, creative, satisfying life God calls us to live.

– Steve Arterburn

Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are. – Bernice Johnson Reagon