Entries by John Barton

Meant for More

One of the greatest realizations you will ever have in life is knowing that you were meant for more. We were not put on this earth just to take up space, work hard, retire, and then die. God has specifically shaped each of us to make a meaningful, unique contribution in this world. There is more […]

Get Involved In Serving Others

The Bible says that Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. A sign of healthy spiritual growth is the desire to serve the Lord by serving others. True joy is found in serving others and being a blessing. Since God has personally gifted each of us with a unique combination of passions, skills, and […]

God Sees

When times get hard and problems seem insurmountable, it’s tempting to think that God is blind to all we’re facing. But I want to remind you today that we serve a God who sees. He is an all-knowing, ever-present God who is constantly aware of every detail of our lives. Not only is God aware, […]

Emotional Stability

If there’s one thing that can lead you down the wrong path for your life, it’s following your emotions. Although emotions are a natural part of the human experience, we should not allow them to guide our decisions. Emotions are like waves in the ocean—constantly changing. At any given time an ocean can encounter high […]

What Is Your Mindset?

Out of all the things you can do for your personal and professional success, choosing your mindset is by far the most important. Mindset is everything when it comes to achieving success and overcoming the hurdles along the way. It does not matter how talented you are, how many people you know, or how much […]

Overcoming Obstacles

We all face obstacles in life. They may be related to our relationships, finances, health, job, or just the world around us. It can be something unexpected or something we knew was coming. No matter when or where they appear, you will almost certainly face obstacles at some point in your life. The key to facing any […]

How do you see yourself?

So many people find themselves basing their self-worth on the opinions and labels of society. If only we could see ourselves as God sees us! Our identity becomes shaken when we place it in the wrong things. But when our identity is found in a loving and perfect God, nothing can move us. Because of God’s great love for […]

The Deciding Factor

When it comes to success, it is easy to believe that some people are just born with the ability and intelligence to thrive. However, more studies indicate that attitude is a better indicator of success than ability and IQ. The deciding factor in your success may not be something you acquire, but rather something you adjust—like […]

It Will Work Out

Things may not always work out the way we originally thought or envisioned, but that doesn’t mean they won’t work out. In many cases, they work out better than expected. Just because we thought things would happen one way doesn’t mean we should lose hope when we experience a different outcome. No matter what the […]

Listen More, Talk Less

Would you consider yourself more of a talker or a listener? Most people tend to fall under the category of talking more than listening. Perhaps this might be the reason for much of the conflict in their personal and professional relationships. Talking less and listening more is a hard adjustment to make because it requires patience, focus, […]