Quotes to Live By

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
(John Quincy Adams)

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. (Aristotle)

Every artist was first an amateur. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. (Thomas Jefferson)

It takes ten years to build up a reputation, but only five minutes to ruin one. (Anonymous)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Assuming Too Much

Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creek’s premiere horse trainer and equine columnist for Montana Living. Money is tight as she tries to put her kid-sister through college and provide for her young nephew. When Annie’s column is cancelled, she’s given first shot at a new lovelorn column—and she can’t afford to turn it down. Only problem is . . . Annie’s never been in love.
Always resourceful, she reluctantly strikes a deal with the town’s smooth-talking ladies’ man Dylan Taylor: She’ll work with his ailing horse, Braveheart, if he’ll help her answer the reader letters.
Working closely with Dylan is harder than Annie imagined, and she quickly realizes she may have misjudged him. But her unwavering conviction that cowboys are nothing but trouble has kept her heart safe for years. And she can’t risk getting hurt now.
The more Annie tries to control things, the more they fall apart. Her feelings are spinning out of control, and her sister’s antics are making life increasingly more difficult. Annie knows she needs to turn the reins over to God, but surrender has never come easily.
When Dylan reveals his feelings for her, Annie doesn’t know what to trust—her head or her heart. The trouble with this cowboy is that he might just be exactly what she needs.
The trouble with assuming is that we do it all the time, esp. when we have been hurt in the past. So when a similar situation comes up, our walls instinctively go up and block out everything relating to the present situation. Our mind and our hearts close up and we end up getting hurt in the future.

I have experienced it earlier this semester in college. I took a similar situation from college and assumed that in the present situation, I needed to make a future assumption with this person as well. The past and present person were almost the same in both personality and appearance. They have the same leadership position and they are both directly above me in terms of authority.

James 5:9 - Don't grumble about each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. For look - the Judge is standing at the door!

This was the verse that God gave me when I was judging the girl I wasn't supposed to. I felt guilty and I apologized and asked for forgiveness. Even though it was hard to do, I now feel at peace as I interact with her now. 

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