What do you pray for?

…. many people question God for not responding when they prayed in faith…. but the question is whether they prayed for things God has promised. Often, it’s the un-promised requests that God answers with a no.

There’s is a huge difference between believing what God has promised and praying for things you’d like to be true…. Do not put your hope in what others promise or what you’ve been told you’ll “get” if you are a “good Christian” (e.g., a good job, financial success, the perfect spouse, healthy children, a big house, etc.). And ultimately, stake your faith in God alone, not in the gifts (good as they may be) that He gives. Do you trust God that when He says not or “not in this way” to you, you still believe He is good and doing what is best?

(Forgotten God, Francis Chan)

Steve Jobs: inspiration and motivation for others

"Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful - that's what matters to me." - Wall Street Journal, May 25, 1993

We all were sad and devastated when we heard the news about Steve Jobs passed away on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011. He died at 56 years old, too young to die, some people said, but we should be thankful that he is now free from all the pain caused by the pancreatic cancer he had. Even up until now, the people in the whole world are still mourning. But one thing that we have to remember him, most of all, he left us with such an amazing legacy on technology. He didn’t waste his life for someone else’s dream, but his own.

Here are some of his classic quotes that might give you some inspiration and motivations:

“You time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” – Stanford University, June 12, 2005

“The problem is in hardware you can’t build a computer that’s twice as good as anyone else’s anymore. Too many people know how to do it. You’re lucky if you can do one that’s one-and-a-third times better or one-and-a-half better. And then it’s only six months before everybody else catches up. But you can do it in software. As matter of fact, I think that the leap that we’ve made is at least five years ahead of anybody.” –  Rolling Stone, June 16, 1994

Two Types of Thinkers

This post from Michael Hyatt, Two Types of Thinkers: Which Are You? really a good. I would like to share with you all here. The two types of thinkers are abundance thinker and scarcity thinker. I really like those terms. Michael explained each type with 8 characteristics:

Abundance Thinker:

  1. They believe there is always more where that came from.
  2. They are happy to share their knowledge, contacts, and compassion with others.
  3. They default to trust and build rapport easily.
  4. They welcome competition, believing it makes the pie bigger and them better.
  5. They ask themselves, How can I give more than is expected?
  6. They are optimistic about the future, believing the best is yet to come.
  7. They think big, embracing risk.
  8. They are thankful and confident.

Scarcity Thinker:

  1. They believe there will never be enough.
  2. They are stingy with their knowledge, contacts, and compassion.
  3. They default to suspicion and find it difficult to build rapport.
  4. They resent competition, believing it makes the pie smaller and them weaker.
  5. They ask themselves, How can I get by with less than is expected?
  6. They are pessimistic about the future, believing that tough times are ahead.
  7. They think small, avoiding risk.
  8. They are entitled and fearful.