Bad attitudes can kill a good marriage. That’s not necessarily newsworthy or something you didn’t already know. But it’s something that we need to be reminded of every once in a while, I think. Bad attitudes often cause good marriages to end up in a place where they wonder, “How did we end up here? What happened?” Many times, it all started with bad attitudes that simply went unchecked.
I work from home most of the time and my wife, Sarah, is a homemaker. So that means that we have plenty of time to hang out with one another and get on each other’s nerves. It happens to the best of us. But she is great at doing something that quickly diffuses the situation and helps us to move past those moments in our marriage that aren’t very fun.
Here’s her trick. […]
Suffering. It’s everywhere we turn. On television, across the country, across the world. No one can escape it. It does not discriminate. We all will suffer in one way or another. But why? Why is there is so much suffering and what are we supposed to learn from it all?
As a father or mother, what should you teach your kids about suffering?
As a friend consoling another friend who is suffering, what should we say?
As a Christian, what does God say?
There is no iron clad, cookie-cutter answer that is perfect for every scenario. Sometimes, no words are the best words. But we must wrestle with the issue of suffering and land somewhere with it. It is an escapable truth that must be dealt with.
Watch the short video below for a few of my thoughts then share yours with me. I’d love to hear. Tweet me at @natejwhitson or find me on Facebook at natejwhitson and let me know where you’re at with the issue of suffering. What are you learning and teaching about it? […]
In today’s Podcast, Episode #008, we are reviewing the New York Times Best-Seller book by former Navy SEALs, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin called, Extreme Ownership.
We take a big-picture look at the problems and issues many people deal with on a day-to-day basis (myself included!) and how the missing ingredient may be found in what Jocko and Leif present in this book.
Are there areas of your life – […]
Big decisions are impossible to avoid. That’s one of the things that makes being an adult especially hard. We are constantly confronted with big decisions that have far-reaching implications. So what do we do? Is there a way of making better decisions that can help us to avoid some of the regrets and mistakes that we’ve made in the past? Is there a way of making big decisions that would allow us to get where we want to go – even if we can’t see the way to get there.
I think there is.
But it’s important to remember one thing first. If you fail to see this one thing – you’ll almost always go off course and, in the end, you’ll find that your big decisions became big mistakes that negatively affected key relationships that matter most.
Here’s what it is.
Those were my thoughts this morning as my alarm went off at 6:00 am. I did not want to get up. I did, however, want something more than sleep. So I turned it off and I forced myself to get out of bed.
For the past few weeks, I have been motivated to move more, eat less, and get back in shape. Not like cross-fit shape necessarily. But I figured that any shape other than round would be good!
In order for this to happen, though, something had to give. I had to win the first battle of the day.
So do you. […]
Settling for work that you hate to do is hard on your life. Take my dad, for example. My dad is a very hard worker. He provided a great life for me and my family. But he really didn’t enjoy his job. He once described working in the automotive industry as, “mind-numbing” and saw his work as simply a means to “pay the bills and put food on the table”.
He punched in, punched out, and wanted more from life but didn’t see how it would be possible with five of us crumb-snatchers at home to feed.
I think he often felt stuck. If he could go back and do it all again, I think that he would.
In Seth Godin’s book, Tribes (which I highly recommend you read), he gives a definition of a person who feels like my dad once did. I think you will recognize it and may even relate yourself. He calls these people “sheepwalkers”.
Read this definition carefully and see if this could be you or maybe someone you know. […]