Living Lights Shining Stars
Jesus said Christians are the "lights of the world"; Paul said they are to "shine like stars in the universe." These bright metaphors are a bold contrast to the ever-increasing darkness of evil that fills our world. Can Christians change...
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Jesus said Christians are the "lights of the world"; Paul said they are to "shine like stars in the universe." These bright metaphors are a bold contrast to the ever-increasing darkness of evil that fills our world. Can Christians change the world as we have always believed? Can we turn the tide for good in our society? ^With inspiring messages from Joni Eareckson Tada, Dr. H. Norman Wright, Mother Theresa, Dr. Ronald Sider, and others, Dr. M. Norvel Young reveals ten practical and inspirational ways you can become the "living lights" Christ called you to be. Open this book and become shining stars in areas such as family, finances, education, and much more. ^
With special messages contributed by "living lights" like Joni Eareckson Tada, H. Norman Wright, Dr. Ronald Sider, the late Mother Teresa, and others, this important book reveals ten secrets to help Christians unleash the power of Christ in their lives.
Chapter 4 Whats the Good Word? Secret : No. 4 -- Light verbalcandles with words of praise, compassion, and encouragement. Useyour words to change lives for the better. An inspirational message fromDr. Paul Faulkner, President, Resources for Living: God says, "A personspeaks the things that are in his heart." It is our wordsthat give birth to our identities. Our words dont justrepresent us; they are us. The words we speak become our heartsand souls . . . our belief systems. Its not surprising thatthe Bible says so much about our words--they express not justour ideas and thoughts, but who we are. No wonder our words carrysuch weight and power when we share them with others. Scripture: The words of a good persongive life, like a fountain of water.Proverbs 10:11 ThePower of Good in Communication "Michael, my boy, youmight as well forget about being a singer. Youll never beable to sing. You just cant do it." The little dark-haired Italianboy stared in disbelief at his junior high school music teacher.Not sing? But singing was the only thing he really cared about inlife. His dad was a wonderful singer. And he wanted to be asinger too. He had planned to be a great Italian tenor. And hisfavorite dream was to stand on the hills overlooking Rome, Italy,their familys homeland, and sing "O Sole Mio"with joy and reverence. Michael ducked his head tohide the tears that leaped into his dark eyes, mumbled something,and walked out of the music room for the last time. The next dayhe had his class schedule changed to drop music. And he gave upsinging forever. The unthinking teacher spoke daunting words thatsnuffed out the candle of his young dream. For fifty-three years Michaelpursued other things. He built a successful career ininternational business, becoming a consultant who was highlysought by corporations around the world. He married Betty andcared for his family joyfully and well. And his life wassurrounded by friends and associates who loved him. Still, hisdream to sing simmered in a recess of his mind, like aslow-cooking soup on a back burner. On New Years Eve, 1986,Michael and Betty went to a party at a friends house.During the course of the evening, Michael met our friend,Charlotte Greeson, a marvelously talented music teacher, vocalcoach, and conductor--a warm and sensitive lady. "Ive always wantedto sing," said Michael, "but I cant." "How do you know youcant?" asked Charlotte. "Well, Ive known itsince I was a kid. My junior high music teacher told me so." "I bet you can singnow," said Charlotte smiling confidently. "No boy cansing well when his voice is changing in junior high." "No, Im sure Icant. Besides, its too late--Im sixty-sixyears old. But thanks for saying so.&a
Mary Hollingsworth is an independent scholar and author of several books, including The Cardinal's Hat: Money, Ambition, and Everyday Life in the Court of a Borgia Prince (2005).
Hollingsworth has written more than 60 adult and children's books, animated videos and CD-ROM's. Sales of her books now exceed 5 million copies including My Little Bible and The International Children's Story Bible, which have each received the ECPA's Gold Book Award. She also wrote Hugs For Women, which climbed the best-selling Christian gift book charts in 1998. SHe is the author of Just Imagine, Barney's first picture book, which sold 1.3 million copies. Mary serves as an editor, co-author and/or ghost writer on projects for Christian publishing houses. She is currently a managing editor.