When Steve thought he couldn’t say no one more time or withstand the growing pressure to succumb to his excessity, he did.
Patience does not give you the power over circumstances; patience allows you to control yourself in the midst of circumstances.
Lori had always lived impatiently for what she wanted. Now, she learned to live patiently for what she didn’t.
Often people engage in behaviors to create a sense of control. But there comes a point when the hunter becomes the hunted and the Gotta Have It! turns on them.
Love of self is the basis for love in others. So validate yourself as a person, created and loved by God, with intrinsic value and worth just for who you are.
Each of us has a worth, a value that we did not generate, create, or cause for ourselves. This value is inherent in us as people; this value is a gift from God.
When we are denied validation, we may turn to externals for self-validation, which often turn into ravenous excessities.
Those desperate for fame, status or success are using it as a bulwark against feelings of marginalization and lack of self-esteem.
“In God We Trust” has been engraved on our coins since 1864. But since then it seems we’ve shifted from trust in God to trust in the coin itself.
In the search for security, all of us run toward our perceived protection. The less secure we feel, the faster we run and the tighter we cling.
Praying for peace is the true antidote for anxiety, not a cover-it-over, just make-it-all-go-away Gotta Have It! excessity.
Though worry may feel like a familiar friend that helps you prepare for the worst, your time and energy can be better spent focusing on what you want, not what you don’t.