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What Success Really Looks Like By Rick Warren — 09/27/2020 “For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.” Colossians 2:9-10 (NLT) Most people have no idea what success really is. Some people think it means you make a lot of money. But you can make a ton of money and be an absolute failure. Some people think it means being famous. But you can be famous and totally miss the point of life. So what is real success? The Bible says real success is being who God made you to be. It means you’re not trying to be somebody else or what your parents wanted you to be. You’ll only find real success when you spend your life as the person God created you to be. If you try to be somebody else in life, you are absolutely going to fail, because you can’t be anybody but you. Be who God made you to be. Be who you are in Christ. “For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority” (Colossians 2:9-10 NLT). God came to Earth in human form two thousand years ago so you could be made complete in Christ. That means you have everything you need through Jesus’ authority and power. If you look around, you’re going to notice that you may not have the same gifts, talents, or opportunities as other people, and that can be frustrating—if you think being a success is being somebody else. When you understand that a successful life is being who God made you to be, then you will be amazed at the things God will do through you! You lack nothing to be a success in life because success is being you. In other words, being successful in life means you are being yourself, the person God made you to be. Don’t get hung up on what other people think about you and instead focus on your audience of one: God. God shaped you and equipped you and, in Christ, has given you everything you need to be successful. PLAY today’s audio teaching from Pastor Rick >> Talk It Over How have you defined success throughout your life? What do you think will happen when you’re able to let go of the world’s idea of success and instead embrace what the Bible says about success? In what ways has God equipped you to be successful? The post What Success Really Looks Like appeared first on Pastor Rick’s Daily Hope.

Family Talk Night Light for Parents

GIFT OR CURSE?

If we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 1 Timothy 6:8

Many parents who have been blessed financially plan to leave a large inheritance to their children. They’ve worked hard to achieve prosperity and naturally feel that their kids should benefit from their success. If you are among these generous moms and dads, we urge you to proceed with caution—great danger lies behind your good intentions.

We believe that giving large amounts of money to kids who haven’t earned it can be extremely destructive. It can make them unhappy, greedy, and cynical. It detracts from their motivation to trust in God and provides opportunities to give in to new temptations. (A sociological study published years ago, Rich Kids, validated these concerns.) It’s also been our observation that nothing divides siblings more quickly than money. Many loving families have been devasted over inheritances, or even by arguments about “Who gets Grandma’s dining-room table?”

Some people do handle wealth gracefully, of course. But if you have been blessed with material wealth, you must decide if leaving a large inheritance is worth the risk. Do you want to remove from your children the challenges that helped you succeed—the obligation to work hard, live frugally, save, build, dream, and rely on the Lord? The best counsel is available in Scripture (Proverbs 30:8): “Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.”

BEFORE YOU SAY GOOD NIGHT…

Are you teaching your children to trust the Lord for their daily needs?

What kind of inheritance do you want to leave your kids?

Thank You, Father, for the way You have provided for us through the years. Help us to trust You more and more as the days go by, that we might grow in our faith and be an example to our children. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Parents, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Study released from Rich Kids by John Sedgwick (New York, N.Y.: William Morrow and Company, 1985), as quoted in Solid Answers by Dr. James Dobson (Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale, 1997).

7 Hikes Across the U.S. You’ve Never Heard Of

September 2020

We know there are questions around travel amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read our note here.

Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Wisconsin

 Devil's Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wisconsin.
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The 1,200-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail snakes its way across Wisconsin — tracing the edge of a glacier that covered much of the state during the Ice Age 15,000 years ago. The trail itself highlights the landscape left behind from the edges of glacial movement — resulting in a varying display of forests, prairies, lakes, and rivers.

Midstate Trail, Rhode Island to New Hampshire

Midstate Trail path surrounded by trees.
Credit: Nicolas A. Tonelli/ CC BY-SA 3.0

In the 1970s, several wilderness trails from Rhode Island to New Hampshire were connected to create the 92-mile Midstate Trail. It’s considered an easier hike without a lot of climbing or scrambling to find the isolated rock and boulder formations and kettle ponds, thanks to a landscape squashed by glaciers roughly 200,000 years ago. Be careful not to confuse this trail with the Mid State Trail (note that important spacing between “mid” and “state”), which is a 323-mile path through Pennsylvania.

Gila Wilderness Loop, New Mexico

 Gila National Forest from above.
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The Gila National Forest has hundreds of miles’ worth of hiking trails, including the 55-mile Gila Wilderness Loop. The trail takes you along two forks of the Gila River all the way to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Be warned: The Loop is surrounded by untouched wilderness, and there are no shelters, buildings, bathrooms, signs, or any other type of infrastructure. Bring a GPS system to make sure you don’t get lost and let someone know where you’re going before you head out.

Benton MacKaye Trail, Georgia to North Carolina

 Benton MacKaye Trail near Fall Branch Falls, Gilmer County, Georgia.
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Both the Appalachian Trail and the Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT) begin at Springer Mountain in Georgia, but the Benton MacKaye Trail follows the original 300-mile path Benton MacKaye (co-founder of the Wilderness Society) had planned for the Appalachian Trail before the route was changed. The two trails cross paths four times in the first seven miles of the BMT before it forges its own path through temperate forest across Tennessee and ending on the North Carolina border.

Minong Ridge Trail, Michigan

Feldtmann Ridge to Siskiwit Bay at Minong Ridge Trail.
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Isle Royale, an island and national park in Lake Superior close to Canada but still considered part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, has 161 miles for trailblazing, but the Minong Ridge Trail is the most difficult hiking trail in all of Michigan. The 29-mile trail opened in 1966 and retains the original undeveloped state it had when it was first built for firefighters needing to reach the island’s north end. You can expect rocky crags, scrambling, and continuous elevation changes, but also more wildlife than other trails on Isle Royale.

K’esugi Ridge Trail, Alaska

Kesugi Ridge landscape at Denali State Park, Alaska.
Credit: Paxson Woelber/ CC BY-SA 3.0

If conditions are right, the K’esugi Ridge Trail, which is seasonal and often has parts closed due to flooding or bear sightings, is one of the most scenic hikes across Alaska. It runs about 27 miles through Denali State Park with an immediate ascent before eventually heading back down into the forest. From the ridge, you’ll get great views of both the Talkeetna Range and the Alaska Range (home to Denali).

Gold Camp Road, Colorado

mountains and hills around Twin Lakes Reservoir, Colorado / USA.
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The Gold Camp Road Trail is an old dirt road that once connected gold mines in Cripple Creek and Colorado Springs. Since the tunnel on the road collapsed in 1988, it’s been used as a scenic hiking and biking trail. Here, you’ll walk through wildflowers and can explore remnants of old mine towns for a glimpse of Colorado’s western history.

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