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No day is wasted in which I touch another person's life in any positive, meaningful way. And so it is that I enrich my days by giving something of myself whether through a warm smile, a kind word, a sympathetic ear, a gentle embrace, or a helping hand.
If you don't appreciate what you've got, you've got nothing.
There are those who would challenge my faith through arguments based on logic, reason, and science. What they fail to understand is that my faith in God lies in my heart, not my mind.
Love is a gamble -- but always a good bet.
We have very limited control over the pain that will find us in this life. Our power lies in deciding how we will endure that pain.
| Like most people, I used to believe that only a love which is expressed and given to another can truly be beautiful. I know better now, for I myself live with a deep, biding love that I cannot communicate to or share with the object of my great affection. It does not matter why. But this experience has taught me that a love unspoken can be enriching and add beauty to the heart and life of its silent bearer. Indeed, these feelings I quietly harbor fill me up with warmth, meaning, and a desire to be better. Even if I could (and I can’t), I would not give up this sweet, precious fullness within me.
No matter how old you are, the present is the youth of the rest of your life.
At journey’s end, you will regret your selfishness, but not your generosity; your harshness, but not your tenderness; your apathy, but not your passion; and any acts that compromised your character, but not the ones that made you better. Now is the time to begin eliminating regrets, and building a life you will be proud to have lived.
Worry subtracts from our life, but adds nothing.
There is much suffering to be had in this life. But I do not fear it, nor dread it, nor allow it to diminish the quality of my living. For I understand that just as pressure and heat applied to coal may create a diamond, the stress and pain which we endure can shape and form us into perfect souls. All adversities are transient, all pain is temporary. They are the forces in our brief earthly existence that prepare us for the glorious, eternal life we shall spend with our Lord. And those loved ones we have lost, we shall find again, and we will walk with them hand in hand, heart in heart, in the beautiful golden fields of heaven. Thus, I shall strive to suffer gracefully the necessary pain and losses as I travel through this world on my way to the Kingdom of God.
|The bible tells us that a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without God knowing. Thus, I am sure He knows of each moment in which I am in pain, and He cares. This is an endless comfort to me.
We never stand taller than when we stoop down to help someone who has fallen.
Worry does not contribute to life. It takes away from life. Worry is a thief. It robs us of our time, diminishes enjoyment, and reduces the quality of the present moment. At our journey's end, we may look back and realize that every hour spent worrying was a precious gift thrown away.
To worry, is to steal from one's self.
I find it interesting that we are so self conscious of what we say and how we act in front of our peers. We want so much to be accepted and judged in a positive light that we take great care not to embarrass or shame ourselves in front of others, even people we don't know. Yet at the same time, we frequently show far less regard for our behavior when we are out of public view -- though still fully in God's view! While we are careful not to let others see us being selfish, judgmental, or unkind, how often do we act like this in front of God with little shame? Isn't this backwards? Shouldn't we be less mindful of the opinions of others, and mostly concerned with how we are viewed in His Eyes?
Just something for us to think about as we go through our daily living.
|If I consider that I am but one of billions of people to have lived on this planet, which itself is a small entity in the vast universe, then I might view myself as the equivalent of a single grain of sand from one of the countless seashores in the world -- a tiny, insignificant speck. But because I love God, and He loves me, I am enlarged with my own individual purpose, worth, and meaning.
With God, I walk tall in this world.
At life's end, we shall hope to be judged with compassion and mercy. But do we extend this to others in our daily living? If we want to receive this kind of grace on judgement day, shouldn't we give it to others now?
There is just one thing that consistently provides me relief from my suffering -- helping others through theirs.
In the darkest hours of my worst day, I'm still glad to be alive -- for it is another day to love and be loved. I can endure anything because love is larger than my biggest challenge.
Since Jesus died for me, why shouldn't I live for Him.
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