July 9

Do You Have a Vibrant Life?


Don’t we all want a vibrant, full life? I imagine so. It is the type of life we were designed for; the type we have been promised.

It doesn’t simply appear in a poof. We have to take appropriate action to bring it about.

“What actions?” you say.

Maybe one or two of Norman Vincent Peale’s suggestions for an enthusiastic life will help. Here they are, condensed from his booklet Enthusiasm! The Action Handbook.

8 Steps to an Enthusiastic Life:

  1. Stop Running Yourself Down.
  2. Eliminate Self-pity.
  3. Quit thinking of yourself. Think of helping others.
  4. Remember Goethe: “He who has a firm will molds the world to himself.”
  5. Have a goal and put a timetable to it.
  6. Stop wasting your mental energy on gripes and post-mortems, and start thinking about what to do now. Amazing things will happen when your think constructively.
  7. Every morning and every evening of your life articulate these words: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
  8. Every day three times say: “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

Which step do you want to emphasize?


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