Why It s Hard To Be Good

As the drunken, bar-brawling saddle hand who works hard and plays even harder. As the single and seemingly celibate circuit-riding marshal whose exclusive quest is to pacify any and all hostiles in the territory.

Author: Al Gini

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135473600

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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In a series of brief chapters, Al Gini lays out ideas for 'stepping out of the shadow of the self' - an argument for stopping thinking of yourself as the centre of the universe. It's hard to be good, he explains, until we realize that being good only has meaning in relation to other people. Ideas of justice, fairness, and ethical behavior are just that - abstract ideas - until they are put into action with regard to people outside ourselves. We may worry too much about good versus evil - big concepts that give us plenty of room to sit on the right side of the equation, he argues. Instead, we need to be thinking about how being good involves an active relationship toward others. Being good all by yourself may not be good enough. This warm and generous book is for anyone who wants to know how to use ethical thinking as way to live, work, and be with others.
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The Hard Good

an important why in holding this tension of the hard and the good. It isn't just life. God has a special and specific purpose in asking you to go down the challenging road. He wants to do His greatest work in you.

Author: Lisa Whittle

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 9780785232025

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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Learn how to see the good, again, even after hard times. What does it feel like to come back from something hard, to be able to hope again? Hard things are a part of life. Yet they don’t have to have the final word. They can become the keys to our greatest usability in the kingdom of God—that is, if we let God make good of them, rather than running away and refusing the growth we truly crave. If we’re weary of being bossed by our emotions, the hard good can help bring a new way of living with healthy, managed emotions. Where we were once stuck in a place of what if, the transformational process God takes us through provides a compelling shift of perspective to what is. It is the way we not only come back from hard things but also emerge with a richer life. In The Hard Good Lisa Whittle guides us on a powerful path to progress as we learn to: accept things we wish were different, apologize and forgive first, cheer for someone who gets what we want, open our hearts again when we’ve been hurt, find joy in the waiting, and show up when we want to shut down. Written for those who desperately want to move forward, The Hard Good gives voice to the hard places we all have lived and Lisa’s clear directions as to where to go next. Your hard place is never too hard for God. Allow it to change you, help you, and ready you for the greatest comeback you have ever known.
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Good Living in Hard Times

We needto start by getting a perspective on what good living and hard times mean. Naturally, this differs from person to person. Ifyou are a beggar hunting discarded food, the chance discovery of something really fresh and delicious is ...

Author: Stafford Whiteaker

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781780993157

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 296

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Explains what makes you poor, healthy and rich and how to achieve a contented life.
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Hard Work and a Good Deal

... John Buskowiak learned to operate a Caterpillar tractor and other equipment: "Well I took the Caterpillar crew and after about two weeks I was digging cow ponds for ... They weren't too hard to plant, but it was hard on the back.

Author: Barbara W. Sommer

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society

ISBN: 0873516125

Category: History

Page: 228

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CCC veterans tell compelling stories of their experiences planting trees, fighting fires, building state parks, and reclaiming pastureland in this collective history of the CCC in Minnesota.
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God Is Good Even When Life Is Hard

“Why do you still believe God is so good?” “Have you done anything to deserve these trials?” (I could really relate to Job in the Bible in this area.) Dear reader, can you relate to this? It's a very hard place to be in life, isn't it?

Author: Katie Poindexter

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 9781973671916

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 230

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Hardships, loss of health, heartbreak, and hope. This is the heart of Katie’s story. For three years, she battled an unknown, debilitating sickness. Finally, Katie was diagnosed with mold poisoning, fibromyalgia, chronic migraines, and a weak immune system – a diagnosis that still affects her life today. In the midst of her health struggle, she endured the heartbreaking and unexpected death of her intended fiancé. Yet during her hard, tear-stricken journey, Katie saw God lovingly taking care of her and bringing her encouragement through friends, the Bible, and His beautiful creation. Katie found hope and encouragement in the simple and true phrase, “God is good.” Her solid belief in this phrase sustained her during her journey as she learned more about her faith in the God Who loves her. Although the journey has been hard, Katie wouldn’t trade it for anything. It made her who she is today. Because of her love for people and her passion for her faith, Katie desires to use the story God has written for her to bring hope and inspiration to others. It is her sincere prayer that God uses her story to remind others just how good God is. Join her as she recounts the journey that made her realize that God is good, even when life is hard.
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It s Hard to be a Good Wife

Humble Class offspring who has gone through hardships to improve, it would be good for Ya as well. Do you think that marrying such a person would make you happy?" Tang Yue thought about it seriously, "Although his background is not good ...

Author: Cang Ming

Publisher: Funstory

ISBN: 9781649350107

Category: Fiction


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As an experienced surgeon, Tang Yue went to the living room and worked in the kitchen. As soon as he teleported, his job was gone, his house was gone, his money was gone, even his boyfriend who had just caught up with him was also gone. Fortunately, he was a decathlon, so he was able to win his grandmother's heart. He was able to arouse his father's love, wake his stepmother's heart, and deal with this little girl was a piece of cake. Wait a minute, what's going on with this man? It was impossible for patients and doctors to have true love! "You are so virtuous that This King wishes to take you as his wife." "Hire?" "Alright then, since you can't take advantage of the money, you can't have a concubine at home, you can't go to bed without washing your feet, you can't kiss without brushing your teeth, and if you want to have special services, you have to hand over all your property first. What do you say?" "Good!"
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The Hard Good Study Guide plus Streaming Video

Write a prayer seeking to embrace the hard good that has been , could be now , or is yet to come . Let David's words be a template for your own experience of letting God do the transforming work in and through you , for His greatest ...

Author: Lisa Whittle

Publisher: HarperChristian Resources

ISBN: 9780310138655

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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Lisa Whittle will inspire you to see the hardships in your own life as opportunities to discover your purpose in God's perfect plan. "In this world you will have trouble," Jesus says to his disciples in John's Gospel. It's not an if statement, but a when statement. Hard times come in this life, and some of us may even wonder how God's plan could work for our good...But Jesus immediately follows with these words: "But take heart! I have overcome the world." The Hard Good Study Guide is for anyone who wants to take heart, who wants Jesus to be their present reality as much as their future hope. This study guide has everything you need for a full Bible study experience, including: The study guide itself—with discussion and reflection questions, Bible reading, video notes, and a leader's guide. An individual access code to stream all six video sessions online (you don't need to buy a DVD!). This six-session video Bible study (video streaming included) is focused on two kings: David and Saul. Their lives went down very different roads, and one of their greatest differences was in how they handled hardship and how they trusted God with their lives. As you take the "hard good" road, you'll learn to: Accept things you wish were different. Apologize and forgive first. Give up the now for the best. Cheer for someone who has what you want. Open your heart, even when it's been hurt. At our very core is the desire to be God's people—faithful, fulfilling the potential God created in us. To reach that point, sometimes we must endure hard things, things God has designed for our ultimate good, to shape us into the people he wants us to be. When we choose to accept the "hard good," in faith we discover our life's purpose. Watch on any device! Streaming video access code included. Access code subject to expiration after 12/31/2027. Code may be redeemed only by the recipient of this package. Code may not be transferred or sold separately from this package. Internet connection required. Eligible only on retail purchases inside the United States. Void where prohibited, taxed, or restricted by law. Additional offer details inside.
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Good News for the Hard of Hearing

So they row harder and harder and the wind picks up stronger and stronger. The waves are starting to slam ... We have the nice home, the well-behaved kids, the car and the van parked in the driveway. Our health has always been good.

Author: Roger G. Talbott

Publisher: CSS Publishing

ISBN: 9780788005060

Category: Bible

Page: 108

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Jesus spoke to people whose "hearts have grown dull, and their ears hard of hearing" -- like today's churchgoers who think they know what the preacher is going to say before the sermon begins. These sermons use parable and paradox, narrative and humor, imagination and solid biblical scholarship to tell the good news people don't expect to hear. I hear best what I want to hear and I shut out the things I don't want to hear. I hear, "Great sermon, Pastor!" better than I hear, "I notice your hair is getting thinner"... I have no problem at all hearing the good news that I am forgiven. I have a really hard time hearing a parable that tells me I will suffer the tortures of the damned until I forgive. These sermons have been influenced by preachers who have gotten through to me despite my spiritual hearing impairment. Craddock, Buechner, and Lowry... David Buttrick... Harry Emerson Fosdick... (from author's Preface) Sermons in this book are based on lections for the middle third of the season after Pentecost. Sermon titles include: Prayer and Compassion Fatigue -- Matthew 14:13-21 Love Without Limits -- Matthew 15:10-28 Good News: Life Is Not Fair -- Matthew 20:1-16 Why Do We Ignore Warning Signs? -- Matthew 21:33-46 Roger Talbott is pastor of North Olmsted United Methodist Church in North Olmsted, Ohio. He has served congregations in Ohio and western New York. He earned his M.Div. degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School and is currently enrolled in the D.Min. program at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.
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A Good Man Is Hard to Find

But I worked so hard to get where I am. Everyone in my family depends on me. ... As each day passed, I knew it would be harder to come out and confess. ... “So you just went on about your life like everything was fine?

Author: ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439183678

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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#1 national bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley takes off on an adventure of romance, passion, and just a touch of suspense . . . set in one of the world’s most exotic locales. After her company is bought out by a tabloid magazine, career-driven journalist Ava Cole is less than thrilled to be covering celebrity fluff stories—even if her first assignment sends her to Aruba for the high-profile wedding of pop star India Wright. Maybe a solo excursion far from home will help her forget about her crazy family and her suddenly ex-boyfriend, who seems to have trouble with two simple words: “I do.” It doesn’t take long for the steamy island atmosphere to work its magic, and Ava finds herself enjoying a sexy flirtation with Cliff, the photographer shooting the singer’s nuptials. Just as their attraction heats up, Ava uncovers a bombshell of blackmail, deadly deceptions, and international intrigue that will all but destroy India Wright. With ominous threats closing in after the story leaks, whom can Ava trust with her explosive information, her heart—and her life?
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A Good Rogue Is Hard to Find

Good morning, Your Grace.” Miss Hughes suddenly appeared at his ... Will assessed his quarry out of the corner of his eye, trying to remain objective, which was a great deal harder than he would have liked. God, but she was stunning.

Author: Kelly Bowen

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781455583843

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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HE THOUGHT HE'D SEEN IT ALL . . . The rogue's life has been good to William Somerhall: He has his fortune, his racehorses, and his freedom. Then he moves in with his mother. It seems the eccentric Dowager Duchess of Worth has been barely skirting social disaster-assisted by one Miss Jenna Hughes, who is far too bright and beautiful to be wasting her youth as a paid companion. Now home to keep his mother from ruin, William intends to learn what's afoot by keeping his friends close-and the tempting Miss Hughes closer still. . . . UNTIL HE MEETS HER He's tall, dark, and damnably intelligent-unfortunately for Jenna. She and the duchess are in the "redistribution business," taking from the rich and giving to the poor, and it's going great - until he shows up. But even as William plots to make an honest woman out of her, Jenna will use all her wiles to reveal just how bad a rogue he can be . . .
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