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Dear CoachFaith: What is the difference between motivation letter and cover letter and can I use my already prepared cover letter for an application that requires motivation letter. Evelyn, Portharcourt
Dear Evelyn: In most cases they both fall under the name of cover letter despite the extremely subtle variation. A cover letter technically refers to the accompanying letter you use when applying for a job, while a motivation letter is usually for applying to university or a non-paid position. Generally speaking, the content of both letters is quite similar and the purposes are the same which is why using the title of cover letter to represent all types of letter that persuades the recipient that they are the right choice. I also observed that the term Motivation Letter is more of an American variation to it. The more important thing here is, make sure you fine-tune your letter to every specific application, don’t throw around what some call generic cover letters and CVs, it sells you off as lazy and lacking initiative. See a template of a motivation letter after the cut. Read the rest of this entry »
DR. MIKE MURDOCK ended the #SLC2015 with…
Number 1 – Decide that the Holy Spirit is your personal financial adviser. Don’t make any deals without involving Him.
Number 2 – Write down ten questions about your life everyday. Questions summon answers.
Number 3 – Pursue truth relentlessly. Integrity is the recipe for trust and outlasts your mistakes.
Number 4 – Make a decision to pursue mentorship. Mentor others…Solve a problem for somebody and God owes you!
Number 5 – Make the decision to look for God in every enemy in any situation. An enemy gives you ideas and gives God the opportunity to publicly endorse you.
Number 6 – Make the decision to wrap expectation around every seed you plant. Sow a seed…A Smile is a seed, Love is a seed, etc…
Number 7 – Make a decision to listen for wealth whispers. God will always give you wealth whispers, obey them and you will see prosperity.
Someone said “Giving up doesn’t always mean you are weak it also means you are strong enough to let go. Letting go isn’t the same as giving up but rather accepting things that cannot be”.
I got tagged in a Facebook status asking the difference between GIVING UP AND LETTING GO…and I thought to do this piece as I was scouting for a theme to work-on anyways.
Words especially idioms aren’t usually a straight shot…’giving up’ or ‘letting go’ have some semantic relationship…now how about ‘giving in’? Check this meanings below and see if you can derive any contrast…and we’ll go from there.
GIVE UP: a. To surrender (someone or something) b. To stop or quit (an activity, etc).
c. To relinquish (something) e. To lose hope concerning (someone or something) d. To abandon e. To admit defeat, to capitulate.
LET GO: To release from one’s grasp; to go from a state of holding on to a state of no longer holding on. To emotionally disengage or to distract oneself from a situation. To fail to maintain a standard of appearance, behavior, or performance.
You’ll discover there is a very fine (i mean a very tiny line of difference) between ‘giving up’ and ‘letting go’ and it the INDIVIDUAL’S ATTITUDE… In essence the difference may not come from the pages a dictionary from from practical psychology.
Let me illustrate my points by my favorite quote from Steve Jobs’ speech at Stanford University:
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
Job was diagnosed with prostrate cancer, yet didn’t give up on life, on faith (as a Buddist), on the things he loved to do…in fact he was said to fight Prostate cancer for about 6 years…want will normally kill in less than two…that an attitude. Infact he made more impact in the last 5 years of his life than before
Micheal Jackson is another man that comes to mind…in some quota’s it is believed he killed himself by overdose…giving up on life and all the people that love him.
So in the finally analysis…what you do (your attitude) when you are faced with the biggest issues of life is what defines these terms. It not just the face-meaning both of them can assume positive and negative status in usage. E.g.
Paul gave up smoking +
Sean gave up on life –
Teddy let go his grievance +
Sarah let go of her 10 years marriage –
I’ll leave you with this; there is no easy way out of our circumstances…Sometimes you stick it out even when it seem honorable to give up, because you know that on the other side is either a better situation or a better you. It’s probably my job to tell you life isn’t fair, but I figure you already know that. So instead, I’ll tell you that hope is precious, and you’re right not to let go!
Don’t let go too soon, don’t hold on too long! See you at the TOP!
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“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.”
1 Samuel 15:22
Here, Samuel is speaking to Saul who has just returned from a mission to destroy all the Amalekites. God called Saul to destroy all the sinners and everything within the land. Saul, however, brought back the choice sheep and lambs to use as an offering unto God. In reading the passage, we see that Saul is sacrificing to God with a heart of disobedience. Saul is almost blind to this fact, yet it is fundamental to him losing his place on the throne. After God reveals his remorse to Samuel about Saul being King and as Samuel approaches Saul after this revelation, Saul greeted Samuel cheerfully saying “I have carried out the Lord’s command!’ Not only is he blind to the fact that he has disobeyed the Lord, he is deceived. God called Saul to annihilate the Amalekites and everything they owned. Saul takes it upon himself to keep the choice fat of the sheeps and lambs to use as an offering unto God. Now. God was so pained by this act of disobedience. Why we ask? Didn’t God create the idea of offerings and delight in them? Saul misunderstood the meaning behind sacrifice, even to the point he was using it as a memoir of the great exploits he had undertaken. Our sacrifice to God is a sign of reverence to his position of power in our lives. Everything we have is His.
Can we become so comfortable with our systematic sacrificing that we lose the desire and urgency of obedience unto God? In this day in age, we can choose what we sacrifice to God, how we sacrifice it and how often. Let’s not go too far here, sacrifice IS a sign of honour and is part of what we are called to do. As Christians, however to OBEY is to give over the right to call the cards, the temptation to pick the parts we like. God may and most probably will call you to obey in an area you are probably unwilling to sacrifice. This is where obedience takes the greater importance over sacrifice. We sacrifice in an act of obedience. What is sacred to the sacrifice is not the sacrifice in itself but the act of obedience. Therefore if God is calling us to obey in an area in which we are fearful and we choose to sacrifice something else in its place, however honourable or wonderful the sacrifice is, we are still acting in disobedience.
When we worship or approach the altar, are we giving what is in our hands with disobedient hearts? It seems strong and even harsh but obedience to God is huge. You see, Saul DID set out to do the job. He was called to kill the Amalekites and he did. He just didn’t finish well. His obedience failed to cross the t’s and dot the i’s. Thanks be to God, we are living under his grace. He knows we will stuff up and that we will. God is looking for hearts that are totally devoted to Him, hearts that desire his glory above all, and will give it all up to obey him so that His will may be done on Earth. It will cost. However, the cost of obedience is an honourable sacrifice to make.
~Pastor Pat & Betty’s
Bible Scriptures, Quotes, Inspirational Articles & Stories.
Lately I embarked on an expedition to understand life or at least it meaning… right below are what I gathered from different sources as regarding the meaning of life, but I have come to realize that personal perception is significant in each of this insight. The story of Blind Men and the Elephant depicts how opinions can widely vary based on individual sensitivity.
Six blind men were discussing exactly what they believed an elephant to be, since each had heard how strange the creature was, yet none had ever seen one before. So the blind men agreed to find an elephant and discover what the animal was really like.
It didn’t take the blind men long to find an elephant at a nearby market. The first blind man approached the beast and felt the animal’s firm flat side. “It seems to me that the elephant is just like a wall,” he said to his friends.
The second blind man reached out and touched one of the elephant’s tusks. “No, this is round and smooth and sharp – the elephant is like a spear.”
Intrigued, the third blind man stepped up to the elephant and touched its trunk. “Well, I can’t agree with either of you; I feel a squirming writhing thing – surely the elephant is just like a snake.”
The fourth blind man was of course by now quite puzzled. So he reached out, and felt the elephant’s leg. “You are all talking complete nonsense,” he said, “because clearly the elephant is just like a tree.”
Utterly confused, the fifth blind man stepped forward and grabbed one of the elephant’s ears. “You must all be mad – an elephant is exactly like a fan.”
Duly, the sixth man approached, and, holding the beast’s tail, disagreed again. “It’s nothing like any of your descriptions – the elephant is just like a rope.”
And all six blind men continued to argue, based on their own particular experiences, as to what they thought an elephant was like. It was an argument that they were never able to resolve. Each of them was concerned only with their own idea. None of them had the full picture, and none could see any of the other’s points of view. Each man saw the elephant as something quite different, and while in part each blind man was right, none was wholly correct.
There is never just one way to look at something – there are always different perspectives, meanings, and perceptions, depending on who is looking. There is also no one acceptable view of life.
Albert Einstein said Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”, Lilly Tomlin said Life’s a rat race. The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you’re still a rat”. Ralph Waldo Emerson view life as “an experiment, the more experiments you make the better” while Bruce Lee, the late popular martial artist advises “If you love life don’t waste time because time is what life is made of”, Helen Keller who overcame the adversity of being blind and deaf to become one of the 20th century’s leading humanitarians is of the opinion that “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood”. Bertrand Russell considers “Life as nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim”
Danny Kaye said “Life is a big canvass you should throw all the paints on it as you can”. “Life is like a cobweb not an organizational chart” said Ross Perot. Miguel Angel Ruiz believes “Life is like dancing…some will get angry when the rhythm changes. But life changes all the time”.
Someone even said “Life is like an onion, you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometime you weep” another person asserts “Life is just a mirror, and what you see out there you must first see inside you”. But “In the end it is not the years in your life that count it is the life in your years” concluded Abraham Lincoln (16th American president)
Make every day of your life count, live for God! Philippians 1:21.
Stop Spending Too Much Time
Concentrating On Everyone Else’s
Perception Of You #BeYourself
“The world doesn’t owe you anything, you
owe the world something. So stop
daydreaming and start DOING.”
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Wearing a mask to impress others . –
If the face you always show the world is a
mask, someday there will be nothing beneath
it. Because when you spend too much time
concentrating on everyone else’s perception of you, or who everyone else wants you to be, you eventually forget who you really are. So don’t fear the judgments of others; you know in your heart who you are and what’s true to you.
You don’t have to be perfect to impress and
inspire people. Let them be impressed and
inspired by how you deal with your
Letting someone else create your dreams for
The greatest challenge in life is discovering who
you are; the second greatest is being happy
with what you find. A big part of this is your
decision to stay true to your own goals and
dreams. Do you have people who disagree with
you? Good. It means you’re standing your
ground and walking your own path.
Sometimes you’ll do things considered crazy by
others, but when you catch yourself excitedly
losing track of time, that’s when you’ll know
you’re doing the right thing.
Keeping negative company. –
Don’t let someone who has a bad attitude give
it to you. Don’t let them get to you. They can’t
pull the trigger if you don’t hand them the gun.
When you remember that keeping the company
of negative people is a choice, instead of an
obligation, you free yourself to keep the
company of compassion instead of anger,
generosity instead of greed, and patience
instead of anxiety .
Being selfish and egotistical. –
A life filled with loving deeds and good
character is the best tombstone. Those who you inspired and shared your love with will
remember how you made them feel long after
your time has expired.
So carve your name on hearts, not stone. What
you have done for yourself alone dies with you;
what you have done for others and the world
Avoiding change and growth. –
If you want to know your past look into your
present conditions. If you want to know your
future look into your present actions.
You must let go of the old to make way for the
new; the old way is gone, never to come back.
If you acknowledge this right now and take
steps to address it, you will position yourself for lasting success.
The Power of Habit. Giving up when the
going gets tough. –
There are no failures, just results. Even if
things don’t unfold the way you had expected,
don’t be disheartened or give up. Learn what
you can and move on. The one who continues
to advance one step at a time will win in the
end. Because the battle is always won far away and long before the final victory. It’s a process that occurs with small steps, decisions, and actions that gradually build upon each other and
eventually lead to that glorious moment of
Trying to micromanage every little thing . –
Life should be touched, not strangled.
Sometimes you’ve got to relax and let life
happen without incessant worry and
Learn to let go a little before you squeeze too
tight. Take a deep breath. When the dust
settles and you can once again see the forest
for the trees, take the next step forward.
You don’t have to know exactly where you’re
going to be headed somewhere great.
Everything in life is in perfect order whether
you understand it yet or not. It just takes some
time to connect all the dots.
Settling for less than you deserve . –
Be strong enough to let go and wise enough to
wait for what you deserve. Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been to stand up taller than you ever were
before. Sometimes your eyes need to be
washed by your tears so you can see the
possibilities in front of you with a clearer vision
Don’t settle. Endlessly waiting until
The trouble is, you always think you have more
time than you do. But one day you will wake
up and there won’t be any more time to work
on the things you’ve always wanted to do. And
at that point you either will have achieved the
goals you set for yourself, or you will have a list
of excuses for why you haven’t.
Being lazy and wishy-washy. –
The world doesn’t owe you anything, you owe
the world something. So stop daydreaming and
start DOING. Develop a backbone, not a
Take full responsibility for your life –
Take control. You are important and you are
It’s too late to sit around and wait for
somebody to do something someday.
Someday is now; the somebody the world
needs is YOU.