integrity

Integrity Holds You Together

Nathan Smith Christian Maturity, Life Skills 2 Comments

The headlines over the last month have reminded us again of the true condition of our culture. One after another we have seen celebrity and media personalities be exposed for their dark sides and darker secrets. The tragedy goes much farther than the abuse many have experienced, horrible as that is.  Now, marriages, families, careers, and friendships are splintered because …

judging

Drowning In Our Own Judgment

Nathan Smith Christian Maturity, Life Skills

‘She’s so full of herself.’ ‘All they think about is money.’ ‘He’s just saying sorry so he doesn’t look bad.’  For all the technological breakthroughs we’ve witnessed in the last 20 years, perhaps the thing the human race has advanced in the most is judgment.  With the rise in faceless communication, social media and endless op-eds people have become more …

breakthrough

No Breakthrough Without a Breaking

Nathan Smith Christian Maturity, Life Skills

You’ve begged, pleaded, fasted, prayed and still the mountain hasn’t moved.  You’re reading books, asking for advice and doing everything you know to do to break through that thing that has been vexing you for so long.  It could be a relational problem, a work-related issue, a physical challenge or even a spiritual obstacle.  All of us have found ourselves …

Gratitude

Are You Driven By Gratitude?

Nathan Smith Life Skills, Perspective

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what drives people.  I hear a lot about how people are ‘driven’ to accomplish certain goals or reach certain milestones. If you’ve been watching the NBA Finals recently (or Stanley Cup Finals for that matter)  you hear a lot about the drive these athletes have to win a championship or the ‘chip on …

willing to receive

Are You Willing To Receive?

Nathan Smith Life Skills, Relationships

Everyone loves getting a gift.  I think ‘free stuff’ may be one of my love languages!  It seems like a no-brainer that while people may be reluctant to give in certain areas of their lives, most people are always ready and willing to receive. When it comes to material things there’s a better chance of that statement being true.  However, …