Live & Let Live

My happiness is not contingent upon the way you live… it is contingent upon the way I live. I used to believe that I couldn’t be happy unless you acted a certain way, so I would try to control you & manipulate you so I could be happy. I once heard this method of living referred to as “self will run riot”… & it is just that. I was basically claiming that if everyone on earth just lived by my will… all of our lives would be wonderful. I can now see how childish & insanely selfish that was. Now I simply try to make sure that I’m living right, knowing that your actions can’t hurt me if I am. The goal for today: live & let live! Have a great day everybody!

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From The Inside

The Truth exists deep down inside each & every one of us… yet we constantly seek it somewhere outside of ourselves. For example: I kept reading bibles that had their own interpretations of the scripture written in the sidebar. I did that because I figured that these scholarly people are smarter than me, so they can tell me what they think about God & I will just follow their advice. Well, that never works! If I have found the Truth anywhere other than deep down inside of myself… it’s not “The Truth”… & it will not get me where I’m trying to go. The goal for today: if I want to know what the Bible really says, I will let God whisper it to my heart… rather than man scream it in my ear! Have a great day everybody!

Books

There are a lot of really good books in this world & we should read them all if we can. Some books help us relate to each other & not feel so alone. Others give us hope & tell us that life can get better. Some make us laugh, some make us cry… some are romantic, some are exciting. But from what I have seen, there are only a very small few that can truly help a person permanently change their lives for the better. The goal for today: if you want to be entertained… read whatever you want; but if you need to solve a problem… you’re gonna have to find, read & live by the Right books! Have a great day everybody!

Courage

It is courageous to admit that we have problems & struggles… especially when we do it on a public level like through social media. But do you know what’s even more courageous? Getting off of social media, finding someone that actually knows what they’re doing to help us, standing toe to toe with our problems & doing whatever it takes to solve them. Courage starts with an admission, but it grows through positive, constructive action… motivated by faith. The goal for today: don’t stop at the admission phase of courage… follow it all the way through to freedom! Have a great day everybody!

Prove It!

I’m sorry means I won’t do it again. I’m grateful means I will give freely of myself to others with the blessing I have received. These are two terms that I used very loosely most of my life. I would “say” I was sorry (because I was afraid I’d end up alone if I didn’t), but then continue to chronically repeat the same mistake, proving that I wasn’t really sorry. I would “say” I was grateful (because I wanted you to see how wonderful my life was – lol), but then hoard my blessings to myself, proving that I wasn’t really grateful. If I’m truly sorry… I will change. If I’m truly grateful… I will help others. The goal for today: prove it! Have a great day everybody!

Prayer

I was asking God what I should write about today when I got a message from a friend saying… “Can you write about prayer today?”… hmmm, coincidence? I could write an entire novel on this topic, but I try to keep these messages brief… so if you have any questions or would like additional info on the topic, please feel free to comment or message me.

The first thing I ask of God is that He direct my thinking. This will insure that no negative thoughts enter into my process; I never want to start my day off with a negative & God will NEVER direct my thinking to a negative. So if my thoughts are negative, it’s because I’m not letting God direct them… guaranteed! Next, I should focus on sincerity. Understanding what I’m praying for & meaning it with my whole heart… is also essential to powerful prayer; when I simply memorize & recite prayers… they have no real power. Last, but certainly not least is… unselfishness. Selfish prayers NEVER get answered, so if prayer doesn’t seem to be working for me… I can be guaranteed that my prayers are selfish in some way shape or form & I need to correct that if I want the right results. In short… God lives in my heart, wants me to help others & guarantees my happiness if I do so, sincerely & unselfishly. The goal for today: learn how to pray properly & start getting all that God wants for us out of life! Have a great day everybody!

Who’s Responsible?

***DISCLAIMER: this is not a political statement… it’s about personal responsibility.

If you see a child in need should you call your congressman… or should “YOU” help them? If someone can’t afford to see a doctor should you call your congressman… or should “YOU” help them? If a family doesn’t have money for food should you call your congressman… or should “YOU” help them? I am sick & tired of all the pissing & moaning & bitching & whining about how our government isn’t doing it right, when they shouldn’t be doing it at all! If we the people didn’t put our lives in the governments hands, they couldn’t do it wrong. The goal for today: know that our problems will get solved when “WE” love our neighbor, rather than asking our government to love them for us! Have a great day everybody!