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Know Thyself Pt. II

February 5, 2016 | Greg Smith | Focus
As I mentioned in part one of Know Thyself, there are many hindrances to self-awareness. We mentioned some of the roadblocks to self-knowledge such as personal rationalization, fear of criticism, inability to accept feedback, etc. Our pursuit of “knowing thyself” led us to questions like – What then is the key to self-awareness? Where can we get some guidance? Who can we trust for honest feedback? How can we get the courage to hear and accept the truth?
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Know Thyself

January 29, 2016 | Greg Smith | Focus
As a therapist I can tell you with some certainty that there is nothing more important or powerful when it comes to mental health or personal fulfillment than “knowing oneself” – self-awareness is power.
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Somebody's Dad

January 22, 2016 | Greg Smith | Devotional
Father’s Day sneaks up on most dads. We take the new tie, the shirt, the cards signed by the kids, and that special lunch all in stride. We kind of see it as a paternal re-run of Mother’s Day.
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The Today Show

January 11, 2016 | Greg Smith | Focus
The sermon Sunday was based on Matthew 6:34 which says, "Be not therefore anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will be anxious for itself…." I agree with my pastor who said this simple concept of living day by day is one the most dynamic truisms in life. When I say it is simple I mean we all “get it” but unfortunately most of us do not live it out. Why is it so hard to live in the moment?
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The Faith Clause

December 18, 2015 | Greg Smith | Devotional
When I was five or six I colluded with my sister (four years my senior) to settle the Santa Claus thing once and for all. The plan was simple, we would slip into the living room after everyone had gone to sleep, pull out the couch and position ourselves there to catch the fat guy when he showed up – simple but foolproof!
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The Voyage

December 11, 2015 | Greg Smith | Devotional
I spent from 1972 to 1976 in the United States Navy. Although I spent two of those four years playing softball for the Navy I was basically trained as an “operations specialist” and spent the other two years at sea. During those two years as a real down to earth sailor I was part of two oversee cruises which means I traversed the Pacific Ocean twice.
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Surviving the Holidays

December 2, 2015 | Greg Smith | Devotional
Every year about this time someone writes an article that tells us that we will have to “survive” the holidays. I must tell you that I have never really understood this apparent emotional strain or dread attributed to the holidays. As a therapist I have been asked numerous times to talk about the causes of this increased holiday depression. I would agree that if our attitude is one of dread and we expect the holidays to be bad then they probably will be. I just do not think it is this way for everyone.
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Dog Gone

October 29, 2015 | Greg Smith | Christianity
We have had our dog for about 12 years (named Ginny Weasley - our kids were big Harry Potter fans). Ginny was a Humane Society puppy that my wife volunteered to foster but of course ended up keeping (I think that is their plan). Unfortunately we found out that Ginny had distemper and we spent the first month force feeding her. She survived but we were told that she would prematurely suffer neurological damage as she aged. That process began to take place a few weeks ago. She is now totally blind.
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Blind Faith

October 12, 2015 | Greg Smith | Focus
We all know that love is blind, unfortunately, many think faith is too. The world tells us that blind faith is “the unquestioning of anything that is dictated by the religion of choice, no matter how foolish.” The influential American essayist and journalist H. L. Mencken once called faith “an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.”
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The Whistler

September 22, 2015 | Greg Smith | Devotional
My pastor told an interesting story Sunday it went something like this: A small-town pastor, being assigned to a new church, moved into his parsonage next door to an elderly couple. This pastor noticed that every day the older gentleman would spend all day working in his yard. He would sweep the sidewalk, weed the front flower bed, check his garden in the rear and eventually end up in his shop in the backyard. The pastor also notice that his neighbor continually whistled while he worked. “Whistling while you work” is not all that strange but this gentleman’s whistling got louder and louder. He would whistle low while sweeping the sidewalk but by the time he got to his shed he was whistling much louder. The pastor could almost tell what his neighbor was doing by how loud he was whistling.
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