Everybody loves somebody or something—sometime, somewhere, somehow. It may seem to be only one's self or one's problems—or maybe one's rigid opinions. But love must play a part in the life of every individual. It is our nature to love.
Negative thoughts are like the little foxes mentioned in the Bible that destroy the vineyard. If such thoughts are not denied expression they may grow in numbers and destroy a portion of the crop of good things that are growing into fruition in your life. God has planted fruitful vines in the vineyard of your soul; you must not let the little foxes of negative thought destroy them. ...
Is there something—anything—facing you in life that you feel you cannot handle? Let the greatness of God take over! Let the greatness of God's healing power, guiding light, soothing peace, comforting love, and abiding goodness take over now.
Turn away from every negative appearance of lack or limitation and focus all attention upon the reality of the presence and power of God. ... Turn every thought of fear or doubt over to God.
In his letter to the Philippians, Paul made a beautiful statement about forgetting the past. He said, Brethren, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. If Paul had spent most of his time thinking about the mistakes he made in the past, the persecutions he took part in, and had let his mind dwell morbidly on these experiences, he would not have been able to press on to the great challenge before him. That challenge was learning to love and apply the idealistic teachings he had learned from Jesus.
Few words in Christian theology are used more or understood less than the word grace. Often heard are such phrases as God's grace and the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. What does the word mean? How does it work in our lives? In theology the word is surrounded by an air of mystery. Actually it is a very simple explanation of the natural flow of the creative process in the individual.
Everything comes to us in Divine Order, and for our highest good, and is the best for all concerned. This means that what we might feel is a “burden,” a problem, a challenge or an issue, is part of the divine plan of our lives. We are being called to a higher consciousness to experience [each] situation from a different point of view and to bring into spiritual activity our divine capabilities and powers.
Following are four ways to create and maintain balance in our everyday lives.
TODAY IS THE DAY to keep on having faith in God. In everything, have faith in God's love and wisdom at work in your life. In everything that has already occurred, choose to have faith and know that God's presence and power were active. In everything happening in this moment, have faith that God is present and in control of all details. In thoughts of the future, again take hold of the idea: In everything, I have faith in God!
The chirping was persistent, and within that sound was an appeal for help that I couldn't deny. As I often did after school in my early teens, I had gone for a walk in the woods near my house. And it was there that I heard the pitiful sound of a baby bird coming from somewhere on the ground. Being a nature-lover who lived in the country, I was well-versed in raising and caring for animals, so I went to see if I could help.
In no time at all, I found the baby bird. Looking up into the trees, I did not see a nest from which it could have fallen. … Scooping up the hatchling, I headed back to my house.
When the world around you is in turmoil, you may be confused as to where you should stand. When social issues become polarized and politicized, people may demand to know, “Are you for us or against us?” It is important to know that you need not become trapped in divisiveness. You can take a stand for unity. The one thing to be against is the tendency to react in anger and hostility, to give vent to feelings of bias and prejudice. And the important thing to be for is the way of love.
The first step in achieving your goals is to visualize them. Treasure maps, also known as vision boards, are tools you can employ toward that end.
For the record, I consider myself to be a skeptic. So when I first learned about treasure maps, I was understandably wary. It seemed too good to be true. Want something? A house? A car? A relationship? Put an image of it on a board and you're on your way.
For the uninitiated, a treasure map—also known as a vision board—is a panel on which a person arranges pictures and words depicting their goals.