Moving mountains, saving careers, serving . . .

March 3rd, 2016 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized

Welcome to “Throwback Thursday” at Hope & Humor! First, one of my favorite posts, How to move a mountain, an excerpt from a writing magazine on how to save your career, plus some quips and quotations on success and service. I hope you enjoy the encouragement and entertainment!


How to move a mountain

I love the story of the man who prayed for God to miraculously remove the huge pile of dirt from behind his new home. He claimed Matthew 17:20’s promise: “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

All night, he fervently prayed, but when he awoke, there—still—was the huge pile of dirt. But in front of it, something new: [Continue reading]

Don’t sabotage your writing/speaking career

I’ve been editing professionally since 1972. (Of course, I started when I was five!) I’ve seen just about everything: Cover letters that said, “God dictated this article to me. I don’t even know what it means.” Submissions from aliens: the extraterrestrial kind. Envelopes spray-painted gold, which I assume was intended to make them stand out from all the plain old white envelopes. Hand-written submissions on lined paper. And now in the age of word-processing with 400 fonts, submissions that look like ransom notes.

So, here are some ways to avoid sabotaging your writing/speaking career—in no particular order. [Continue reading]

Quips and quotations

The chief motivation behind Paul’s service was not love for others but love for his Lord. If our devotion is to the cause of humanity, we will be quickly defeated and broken-hearted, since we will often be confronted with a great deal of ingratitude from other people. But if we are motivated by our love for God, no amount of ingratitude will be able to hinder us from serving one another. Oswald Chambers

Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult—once we truly understand and accept it—then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters. M. Scott Peck

A person of character seeks true happiness in living a life of purpose and meaning, placing a higher value on significance than success. Michael Josephson

Read more quotations of hope and humor at Why? Over 1,000 Quotations on Life’s Most Difficult Questions.

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