Don’t Give Up – A Poem from MAGDiaries Vol. XVI No. 5

When you feel like giving up,

You should always look up.

Ask for His guidance,

And He will give up guidelines.
When you feel like giving up,

Remember why you should not.

You can always take a nap;

But you have to wake up.
When you feel like giving up;

Try to cheer yourself up.

I know it’s tough but,

You’ve invested enough.
You’ve been sick of people

Wearing a line

But now it’s time,

For you to find one.

For A Better 2017 ♥

The way you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determines everything that happens to you. When you change the quality of your thinking, you change the quality of your life, sometimes instantly.

You have complete control over only one thing in the universe — your thinking! You can decide what you are going to think in any given situation. Your thoughts and feelings determine your actions and determine the results you get. It all starts with your thoughts. Inspirational words are a quick way to re-tune your thinking.

Two Groups

A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them
fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit
was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The
two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit
with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop,
that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took
heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down
and died.
The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again,
the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He
jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the
other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?” The frog explained to
them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the
entire time.

This story teaches two lessons:

1. There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging
word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it
through the day.
2. A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes
to kill them.
Be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross your
path. The power of words… it is sometimes hard to understand
that an encouraging word can go such a long way. Anyone can speak
words that tend to rob another of the spirit to continue in
difficult times. Special is the individual who will take the time
to encourage another.

Freedom – A Spoken Word Poetry by Michael Agnew

” There is freedom in Jesus that is greater than anything this world can offer. And for a lot of people, going to church and experiencing the freedom of the Gospel don’t always go hand in hand. Like a lot of Christians, it took me awhile to actually realize the magnitude of God’s power and the freedom that only He can give. ” – Michael Agnew

Lost Generation by Jonathan Reed

I am part of a lost generation
and I refuse to believe that
I can change the world
I realize this may be a shock but
“Happiness comes from within.”
is a lie, and
“Money will make me happy.”
So in 30 years I will tell my children
they are not the most important thing in my life
My employer will know that
I have my priorities straight because
is more important than
I tell you this
Once upon a time
Families stayed together
but this will not be true in my era
This is a quick fix society
Experts tell me
30 years from now, I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my divorce
I do not concede that
I will live in a country of my own making
In the future
Environmental destruction will be the norm
No longer can it be said that
My peers and I care about this earth
It will be evident that
My generation is apathetic and lethargic
It is foolish to presume that
There is hope.

And all of this will come true unless we choose to reverse it .

Read the message, then read it again in reverse.

Which generation do you belong in?

What a ride!

Keep Moving

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving well- preserved, but to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, and still screaming, “Whoo! What a Ride!” Whenever you feel you will never see light, feel warmth or be happy ever again, just remember, somewhere on earth right now, the sun is rising. 


Simple tools to keep your motivation levels high

1 Aims
Too many of us hate
Mondays! So it helps to consider those long-range hopes and ambitions you are working to achieve and sustain. Write these down and keep them visible at home, in the car, or on your desk, to remind yourself why you are studying and working so hard. Inspirational books, CDs, and websites are easy to find. Try to meet like-minded people – in person or online – to share your successes, express your frustrations, and exchange helpful insights on achieving your goals.
2 Happiness
Identify the things you enjoy at work. But be honest – perhaps you may conclude that you need to change jobs to be happy. If that’s not feasible, it’s even more important to indulge in activities you find fulfilling outside the workplace – relaxing hobbies and challenging interests, on your own or in the company of family and friends. Visualize succeeding in your exams or gaining a promotion – remember how that feels when you need a ‘quick fix’ of motivation.
3 Purpose
Contextualize your job. How does your work contribute to the ‘bigger picture’ – in your team, department, employer, or in your community? Taking an active and wider interest in the reason your job exists can motivate you to aim higher. But stretching your skills and striving to achieve can be difficult if colleagues are idle and lethargic, so tune out those who want you to be as negative about your employer as they are. Focus on your individual purpose and you’ll find yourself smiling inwardly.think-positive