Posts with the category “life”
Joyful in Hope and Service
by Joppie Maritz on October 31st, 2022
The answer to both pride and discouragement in our ministries is therefore turning to the Lord...
A SENSE OF BELONGING
by Lizemari Maritz on September 8th, 2022
The issue of “belonging” is one of the more elementary and instinctive needs humans have. It speaks of safety, protection and being understood. In many historical communities belonging is akin to survival. We are often driven unconsciously to fit in and belong within our social networks. Many of these networks have rules for belonging. For example you may need to act or look a certain way in order...
by Joppie Maritz on August 11th, 2022
When we ask the question “What is purpose of our lives?” We are essentially asking about our legacy – what we spend our lives building up and building into.
The Day of Pentecost
by Joppie Maritz on June 8th, 2022
It was a phenomenal day! It was the start of the Christian church...
An answer for troubled thoughts...
by Joppie Maritz on June 3rd, 2022
Thoughts are powerful. Positive thoughts have the power to lift the spirit, make the impossible happen, and bring hope to a desperate situation.
The WHY of Kindness
by Joppie Maritz on May 18th, 2022
We cannot simply teach our children to “behave kind”. We must also teach our children the WHY of “be kind”.
It's your choice!
by Joppie Maritz on May 12th, 2022
Our choices define our lives. Every choice we make is a step in the direction that our lives are going...
How can I grow my child?
by Joppie Maritz on May 6th, 2022
Regardless of the level of skill, learning to motivate our children to not be half-hearted in their efforts is a very important step in helping them grow...
Are you plugged in?
by Joppie Maritz on April 27th, 2022
Life is all about connection...
Good seeds = Good fruit
by Joppie Maritz on April 14th, 2022
The words we speak are the seeds we sow. So we have to ask ourselves if we are sowing bad seeds or good seeds into our lives by the words we use...
by Joppie Maritz on November 18th, 2021
Good character is best described by its traits, such as integrity, doing the right thing, honesty, courage and being peace-loving. There is no quick-fix to building character – you cannot buy it and it takes a great deal of wisdom to attain it...
Time to Train
by Joppie Maritz on November 4th, 2021
When the Bible talks about training our children, it is not talking about gaining skills and a giving a good performance. Training a child is about teaching him or her how to have a relationship with God...
Culture of Kindness: Kindness as a by-product of God’s love
by Joppie Maritz on November 4th, 2021
I suspect that kindness is a bit like happiness in the sense that being kind is a by-product of something bigger. Focusing on being kind as a goal can leave one feeling drained; or even a little fake or hypocritical...
by Joppie Maritz on October 27th, 2021
It is the resilient individual who copes in the chaos because he or she has the ability to remain flexible and open-minded despite the uncertainty of the situation. When we resist challenges and hardships or try to make things easier, we rob ourselves of the opportunity to grow and to become more resilient.
Culture of Kindness: TEAM starts with TRUST
by Joppie Maritz on October 21st, 2021
Trust grows in places where there is more than self-interest. It grows in those places where people look out for each other and have integrity, and where belief and purpose align with safety. Gossip destroys trust. Whether in a marriage, school, or business, trust is worth protecting.
Culture of Kindness: Privilege and Entitlement
by Joppie Maritz on October 6th, 2021
Gratitude and entitlement are essentially opposites. Gratitude says “I notice and appreciate” while entitlement says “I deserve”.
Who calls you Beautiful?
by Joppie Maritz on September 14th, 2021
We are often not even aware of what God sees as “Beautiful” in us....
Let Your Kids Lose a Little
by Joppie Maritz on August 5th, 2021
Failure is a part of life, and although nobody particularly enjoys the experience, it remains one of the most effective ways we learn.