"Love never fails." 1 Corinthians 13:8
I have heard many people say, "I am giving up on love." Usually this statement comes from hurt or frustration. The truth is love is readily available to all who want it. It is constant. People fail us, but love is reliable and ever-present. The real issue is people don't know what Godly love is.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says this, " Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it its not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." Once we get this understanding and then live out these attributes in our relationships, we will experience our best lives. This love is forgiving, merciful, and faithful. Everything around us will begin to change as we embrace and live a love-centered life. But, most of all we will change. But this takes maturity, faith, and a reliance on God. If you want love, give love. How do I do this? you may ask. Live a God-centered life, live in the Now, forgive quickly, show mercy, and extend grace. As you first receive this for yourself and then to others you will notice all the miracles, blessings, and opportunities that are always right there waiting for you to receive them.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
There are people who have a way of living and thinking that is ruled by a poverty mindset. What is a poverty mindset? Its living our lives beneath our full potential. Its the place where extremes from gluttony to starvation are commonplace. Its a place where there's never enough and or there's too much. How does this look in our lives? Its when we hold on too tight to people and things not allowing the situations to flow naturally. Its a place where worry and fear of what's next occupies your thoughts and actions. Its isolation with the narcissistic view of self, where every flaw is exaggerated. Its the place where the ego reigns. The place where we Edge God Out and we become the authority of our lives. This poverty is hidden by well intentions and manipulation. So how do we get rid of this? We take a long look at ourselves and say, who or what am I holding onto for dear life afraid that I will lose it? What or who am I keeping at bay afraid that intimacy will cause rejection or pain? Am I always cynical of people and life thinking there is no good or hope? If you have found yourself in any of these places, then its time to be set free. This can be achieved by having a relationship with God and balanced relationships with others where there's reciprocity. Secondly, by looking at your endeavors and finances realistically and making sure they are handled with truth and integrity. Partnering with those that can help you reach your goals. Third, its having a honest look at self. Seeing the good and bad, realizing that what's not good can be changed and made better and seeing what's good in yourself can be made great. Its replacing fear with courage and tenacity to achieve the life you desire. Fourth, its making your intentions and outlook positive. Think on good things and always know that things will and can change. Make sure that your hands are clean and your heart is pure and make your intention for the best outcome for self and others. And finally, its learning how to serve others. Find a project, cause, person, and/or organization and serve them with your gifts, wisdom, finances, time, and love. Soon you will see the abundance that is all around you and you will create a life that is full of love, joy, opportunities, and adventures.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Choices have to made all the time in our lives. Some will have you believe that if you make the "right" choice, then everything in your life will come together smoothly. But, I have learned that to get to our win/win outcome we have to recognize when its time for change. Just like there are four seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall. There are seasons in our lives when its time to make a change. There is a process to making those life-changing decisions and the process can be a hard and painful. Every moment is an opportunity to make a choice that will change your life for the better. What is this process? First, it begins with release. There has to be a release of the old in order to obtain the new. This can be a mindset, career, relationship, etc... And what you may have to give up may not be bad. It can mean that the season for its effectiveness in your life is over, or your effectiveness in that situation or relationship is over. Sometimes that uneasiness, frustration, and stagnation is the Spirit letting you know, its time for a shift and change in your life. This acknowledgement takes prayer, courage, and faith. Secondly, you have to pursue the new. After you have sensed there needs to be change, now look for what you need to be doing next. Sometimes when you let go of one thing, you don't know what's next for your life. If you find yourself in this place, ask yourself the following: What is my passion? What creative inspiration is gripping me at this moment? What cause has sparked my interest? What dream have I not pursued? Is this a time when I need to focus on inner healing? Take command of your life by pursuing what is beneficial and good for you in this next season. And finally, win. Allow yourself to be at peace and joy in this new place. Allow that which is new and different to bless you. Adapt to your new mindset, surroundings, and endeavors and allow your light to shine in this new place in your new season. Change can be difficult, but when we do, we can get to our win/win place and the process will all make sense.