“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” Philippians 4:8-9 MSG https://www.bible.com
Let the peacemakers emerge
I just finished reading several articles in our local newspaper. As I closed the paper, I said to myself, “That was a depressing experience”. I am convinced that mankind wants to destroy herself; she is miserable and in pain. All the generations of pride and destruction have resulted in her having a hole or emptiness in the soul. What is happening? Do we not see that we are in this life, on this planet together? We must love to rise above.
Despite everything that I read about today; warring countries, feuding political parties, homelessness, I refuse to fall into despair. I am committed to being love and light. It starts with me embracing my divine identity. Yes it takes courage. I have some mercy following me since yesterday that will help a lot. Ps 23:6
Love God. Love self. Love neighbor.
I must rise to walk in the light. I challenge those around me, let’s do the hard work. In lieu of random acts of violence lets perform random acts of kindness. The cynics say, “why, it won’t help?”, I say, “let’s just try it!” Think about it. Take it under consideration. Just think what would happen if we filled our minds with love and peace. If we fought to share instead of hoard resources. There would be so much goodwill. We understand this, right?
“Before your thoughts can change the world, they must change you.” TOMSWIFT46/FLICKR
The author of the book of Philippians shares with us in chapter 4, a tool to overcome a negative mindset, ‘change how we think’. We all can think well of one another, see the beauty in everyone, just talking about it makes me smile. Strength comes from the inside. We all have it! Smile with me! Love with me. Please.
“Jesus said to him,“‘You shall love theLordyour God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’This isthefirst and great commandment.Andthesecondislike it:‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36
I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you.I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.. Philippians 2:19-24
I have been day-dreaming recently. There are so many things that have captured my attention in this world. The issues of the day seem to pull me onto an emotional roller-coaster. The lack of humanity, social issues, political issues, relational issues, and the list extends even further when I include my own issues😄. I have tried not to engage in these areas fully, thinking that I would be distracted, and pre-occupied from more pressing tasks. But, I feel passionate about many things going in this moment. And since my inner voice is telling me that I must live my truth. I need to be open when appropriate to speak it. You may ask, what is grabbing my attention? Hate and the failure to understand how unique and valuable life is. What has captured my attention? The need to speak on behalf of love.
What calls to you?
I am a seeker! I was raised in a Christian household yet, I had so many questions about faith and spirituality. Lacking a teacher who could respond, I turned to reading books. I would spend hours in the bookstore. I was missing something. I would come to understand that my questions were the keys to unlock the insight and discovery that I was seeking. The more I discovered, the more my life changed. I began to recognize that I was growing and maturing because I was open to seeking and asking questions. Today, I embrace my questions and I await the answers. I know now that they are coming, having been waiting for me to harness the courage to ask them in the first place.
Seek and you shall find
Being a seeker has guided me into a special relationship with the community of faith and humanity at large. I see God bigger than my mind can conceive. I recognize that everything exists in Him. There is nothing outside of Him. When I look at my neighbor, I challenge myself to see the face of God, ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’Acts 17:28 NIV. People who love like Christ are needed in order to change this world. Peace doesn’t need war, it needs love. Hatred doesn’t need force, it needs love. Love takes courage and I am praying that I will always have it!
Serve with love
I would rather be hated for who I love than loved for who I hate. -Bishop Veron Ashe
My pastor and mentor taught me that love is the greatest force on this planet. I was his mentee and my role was to learn through service. It was challenging because to serve is not a goal to achieve rather it is a lifestyle to acquire. Just as a parent teaches a child to say , thank you, a disciple learns through service the attributes of Christ. Jesus Christ came to demonstrate to us how to love. He served because He was motivated by love. It is through love that we learn to serve, putting others needs above our own. He showed us that love is not a sign of weakness but rather insurmountable strength. So, I write to ask every reader to love to serve and to serve to love. Love and serve!