What is happening presently To my Indian friends? Where are they gone? I had so many of them; Many, I do not see; Have they left or what? That is what I seek To know; Who can give me a gist? I want a renewal Of our friendship; To make it strong again; To make it wax again; To make it steam again. To make it what It used to be. Because I loved it As it was. It brought me great joy; Those Indian guys are good; Just like you. I value them as I value you.
I have some people Who are so very special; I call them my people; I trust them; They are The people I rely on; The people I count on; The people who never Let me down; They are the people Who make things move For me; They are The engines of my life. Do you have such people You can rely on? Whom you can trust? Whom you can depend on? Who will serve as The engine of your life; You cannot go far in life, If you don’t have Such people; They will make things move; They will pull you along. They will help you succeed. You can call them Your people.
To you, my cyber friend, I send blessings; To you, My cyber brother, Let God grant you Riches this 2020. To you My cyber sister, Let 2020 offer you the love of your life; Someone Who will bring you Happiness You never imagined. To you My cyber son, May all the doors You knock this 2020 Be opened to you! To you My cyber daughter, May the sky be Your springboard This 2020. To you My cyber parents, May you age gracefully, Enjoying the love And care Of your progeny! To you My entire cyber family, Love, sunshine And happiness to all.
society is bombarded with many slogans that portray us to be “deserving” of
something. Such self-focused messages are:
“You deserve a break today…” used by
“You owe it to yourself…” used by
“Treat yourself to take the break
you deserve” used by Hilton HHonors
the dynamics of families and relationships, how many times have you graciously
gave a gift and never received a “thank you” of any kind? How often have you
heard the stories of parents passing away, and the children fought over the
estate and money? If a sibling or parent is near their deathbed, do they
deserve to be treated with respect if they never reciprocated love to family
members in a state of healthiness? What if a husband and wife purchase a home
with their hard-earned money – should their children feel entitled to the
the business world, employees arrive late and perform their duties with little
ambition. They demand pay raises and better benefits. Are they really deserving
of it? Or, a parent scrapes and works hard to grow a business, and their grown
children now believe they’re entitled to run it when the parent is deceased.
also run into the same dilemmas when the congregation feels entitled to receive
answers from their pastors or to hold positions within the house of worship.
And, while I walk down the path of religious connotations, many believers feel
deserving of God’s blessings. Speaking of this, do you know why much of
humanity walks away from God and stops believing in Him? They prayed for an
answer they wanted to hear and didn’t receive it. He was a means to get what
they felt entitled to in life! Ironically, I believe our church leaders are
responsible for this incorrect train of thought. They stand on the pulpit and
preach God will meet all our needs and give them their desires if they pledge
their soul to Jesus. The fact is our sin separates us from the Lord.
Entitlement is a dangerous walk in life – it’s Godlessness. Let me be frank here – God, parents, and employers owe us nothing. God blesses us with things because He wants to – an unconditional love of grace. A selfish demand for His generosity will reap no benefits. It’s that simple!
ministry spoke of loving others with a grateful heart. This includes treating
each other with respect, even amidst our differences. The well-being of
gratitude promotes healthy relationships, both in our walk with the Lord and
relationships with others.
the subject of parenting, fewer children today respect their elders. They
ignore the recognition parents deserve for years of hard work and dedication to
their families because they live in the “gimme, gimme” world. These generations
are gifted with their heart’s desires, and they expect it from the parents.
Thus, the slogans I mentioned at the beginning of the message above, come into
play. As the children grow older, they feel entitled to life. Little do we
know, it promotes laziness, ungratefulness, and the subject of this blog –
entitlement. What are we teaching our children and others?
how can we live a life feeling less entitled to things and people?
• Humbly give thanks to God for all we receive. “Give
thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for
you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
• Remember the grace of God, for Jesus died on the cross for
our sins. We do not deserve to be treated with graciousness for our sinful
attitudes, but the Lord’s love and grace reaches out to us, anyway. “At one
time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of
passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one
another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved
us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.”
• Set your mind on eternity with the Lord and not on this
world. Money and physical possessions mean nothing, for they cannot be taken
with you to heaven. “But, as it is written, what no eye has seen, nor ear
heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love
him…” 1 Corinthians 2:9
• Continuously pray for discernment of entitlement. Why do I
feel entitled, and how can I change this train of thought?
In summary of today’s message, expect little, receive with a grateful heart, and always give thanks. Give God the glory for your unexpected blessings!
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we look over the obvious and miss the big picture in life. We become wrapped up
in living for the moment and cannot see the signs. Let me connect some dots and
bring you the wisdom God revealed to me today about being in the spirit. Do you
think this may not apply to you? Think again, for it applies to everyone who
walks the earth.
ever watched four or five-year-old children put their little hands over their hearts
and fumble through the Pledge of Allegiance? How adorable this is to witness! As
they grow, they find other activities to cultivate their minds, such as Cub Scouts,
Brownies, and sporting activities. They are living… in the spirit of competitiveness
and good citizenship.
mature young men and women take an oath to defend our country. Do you know why?
They are entrenched… in the spirit of preservation, duty, and honor.
and nurses work endless hours hustling and bustling among patients. Their high
energy is formidable and do you know why? For the love of people… they live in
the spirit of caring.
is a wonderful time to give to others. This past holiday season, the Saturday
before Christmas, was the largest shopping day in history. Why? Because shoppers
were in the spirit… the love of family and friends.
take a second and think about the thirteen men who, in 1787, wrote the guidelines
of the U.S. Constitution. They were not making a grocery list; in deep Christian
faith, they carried their pens and drafted this American historical document. Only
five men had a formal education, so how could they skillfully devise a draft to
protect a nation for years to come? Our founding fathers were in the spirit… their
beliefs led them to write collectively and defend the principles of God’s
chosen people. Ironically, other than adding the Bill of Rights, it has never
been changed or contested.
turn my thoughts to the greatest book ever put together, the Bible. Some of it
was written five hundred years before Christ, such as the Book of Job. Other
books were written during Jesus’ life of thirty-three years on earth and before
His crucifixion. But most of the Bible was written many years after His death.
Who were these scholars of great wisdom? Who was on their Board of Education and
honored them with a Ph.D. to write these sacred and everlasting scriptures? The
Bible was written in the spirit… mostly men, but also by some women in love
with the Holy Spirit and His greatness. God divinely visited them and ordered their
thoughts to be placed in writing for future generations. Spiritually grounded
to Jesus Christ, they endured the wrath of all those who did not believe in our
Savior. Those who could write did so… in the spirit.
the Apostle (or Saul from Tarsus), never met Jesus while He was alive, but God’s
spirit confronted him on the road to Damascus. As a result, Paul wrote almost
half the New Testament, and with no education. He was in the spirit… so, God gave
him the strength and guidance to deliver His Word throughout the land.
one of us can be in the spirit. Life is a journey, and we must follow God’s lead
when He gives us a nudge. We will become the bearer of the Holy Spirit’s fruit
if we pay attention to the signs.
look back on my own spiritual walk. God awakened me in the middle of the night
and told me to write His messages. I challenged His request but in the spirit… my
award-winning book, “There in God’s Grace,” graced every brick-and-mortar
store. My strong Christian beliefs led me on a path I can never deny.
who walk in the Spirit are united with Christ. Do you have the spirit too? It
will fill you with thankfulness, joy, and a life of righteousness. Trust this
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
With the changing of the calendar there are disagreements about if it is really a new decade.
What a silly disagreement.
Humans feel they control time. They can catagozie and contain it. However, as diverse as Humanity is, there are as many ways to contain time as there are civilazations.
I Celebrate three New Year’s. My actually new year is aligned with my pagan beliefs with the start of the year on Samhein, Halloween.
Then I recognize the Gregorian New Year, which most of the world, particularly the Western World, follow. Then, finally, I celebrate Chinese New Year. This is out of appreciation for Asian culture.
I once owned a Tibetan Buddhist Calendar. It being based on the moon as opposed to the sun. It was definitely different.
My friend in South Korea has two ages. One which is “western,” one which is based on her culture.
Not only are there calendar and time controls within different cultures, there are different views of time in various religions.
Growing up in the United Methodist Church we followed the Christian calendar (hint we are still in the Christmas Season until Epiphany). There are specific traditions and practices associated with certain times of the year in every religious practice.
And don’t even get me started on the different political calendars across the globe.
Sometimes this societal agree on the meaning of time is to our detriment. More and more people are having sleep problems and health issues because they are no longer in tune with their own physical, internal clock, their circadian rhythm.
It is worth remembering for all of the different views and beliefs on time, it is all fabricated by our brains. It is simply a way for our brains to catagozie and barely begin to understand our place in the Universe.
This Gregorian Year of 2020 I suggest we all take a step back and allow the Universe to speak to us, to reset our clocks to its time, instead of the chaos of societal time.
Have you ever wanted to reach out to a stranger and give a gift of appreciation? My mother, God bless her soul, had one bright spot I will always remember. At Christmastime, she purchased gifts for those who only came around periodically, such as the trash man and the meter reader. She even snuck a little gift in the mailbox and addressed it “to Mike,” the guy who delivered the mail no matter the weather. With a broad smile, he gave her a big “thank you.” During sweaty, hot, and humid days to the bitter arctic winds swirling over the icy bay, Mike never failed to check on my mom when she was housebound. Her heart of gold made a friend for life.
A notion overcame me derived from my mother’s uncanny disposition. What a wonderful time of the year for random acts of giving! Moments of undying love and appreciation will reach the hearts of the unexpected. So, I thought I’d try it this year too. I can’t tell you the end results yet, but deep inside my soul, God thanked me – that’s all I need to know. There must be a little of my mom in me, as I reciprocated my gratitude.
I mailed a gift to a talk show host who I’ve grown to identify with through the radio. I admire his reputation and Christian walk in life, which he occasionally shares with the listening audience. The other recipient, I can’t hold a candle to… right or wrong, we’ve become friends. We’ve shared correspondence, and I’ve come to know his heart – not his reputation. He is our President of the United States. Few could envision giving either of these gentlemen gifts of adoration, but then again, I’m not a normal man.
My address, you see, is not written on a box, but somewhere outside the box. I live and breathe God’s given air. As our Lord expects of me, I think of thoughts that would please others. Those random acts of kindness should follow throughout the year, but many only surfaces when we reach into our spirit at Christmas.
I deeply thank the men and women who unselfishly devote their time to giving to others – not just a politician or a minister but ordinary folks with a heart of gold. It’s so easy to be appreciative when you walk with the spirit of God.
To all the many Christians I have grown to know and connect with over the years, let Christmas never leave your soul! Show adoration and excitement year after year with a heart of gold. The random act of giving will bless you and change you for the better.
May your faith in friends and family be a tribute to your own random acts of kindness which comes from God. Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!
He was a great figure From head to toes; Truly a great figure; Looking at him, You saw a great man Who towered above all Around him; The way he walked; The way he carried his body, And comported himself, And talked Bore the airs Of a great man; And indeed, He was in and out A great man. By all standards A great man of our times; A truly great figure, he was.