Friday, February 6, 2015

Becoming More

Are you finding the right people to bring into your circle. Friends who encourage and inspire you to be more than you are because they love you and see such great worth in you?
Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” Be intentional about those who have the greatest influence upon your life.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Others Matter

Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft said, "As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others". This has come to be true for me. Over the years I have most enjoyed those who gave me empowerment and freedom to accomplish a lot of special things. In the mist of seeking to achieve goals and chase dreams I've always hoped and prayed that people felt cared for and valued by me as we worked together. Nothing is more important than relationships: Strive to thrive in the relationships you have. Achieving goals is good, completing plans is good, making things happen is necessary, but people matter most.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Waves of Grace

We have all been challenged by the hardships of life to one degree or another. We have fought through the tough times only to get to the other side to realize God has been sending waves of His grace to sustain us. We realize it hasn't been our own strength that has brought us through, its been His strength...so thankful. Today is a new and beautiful day....so rejoice!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Being Alone Ain't Fun!

One of the great actors of this generation was Robin Williams. His tragic death has reminded us that no one wants to be alone and that loneliness and its symptoms are no respecter of people. His struggle with depression and anxiety was very real. It's a battle that is often fought alone. Mr. Williams speaks from the other side: "I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with peole that make you feel alone."

Go find someone to encourage and show them that they matter! Buy them a an ice cream cone, initiate meaningful conversation, or find a way to meet a specific need they have in their life. Do something for someone!


Monday, January 26, 2015

Overcome your loneliness

Sometimes we feel very alone when we begin to internalize the challenges we are facing. We become so overwhelmed with the issues of life that we lose sight of the bigger picture. We become so focused and preoccupied with ourselves that we become isolated. You don't have to go it alone, plenty of people care about you and are willing to encourage you.

Lift up your head, lets find your purpose and hope again...it's time to get back on track! Recognize your sense of loneliness. This is not a sign of weakness, it's a real feeling because of a misdirection of your mind. You maybe doing everything right but if your mind is out of focus a sense of isolation can overwhelm you. Find ways to get involved in activities that you enjoy. Build friendships with others. I'll be a friend, reach out to me, lets talk about it!

If your feeling of loneliness becomes to intense I suggest you find some profession help to guide you to a healthier heart and mind.

Caring For Miami
https://caringformiami.org

Wellspring Counseling
http://www.wellspringmiami.org/home



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Investing in Others

This morning I watched a young woman spend an hour with 16 Middle School young ladies. She opened God's Word and talked about life and living a life that matters. She loved on her young proteges, she spoke truth into their lives, she listened to them as they opened their hearts. At the end of the hour, they prayed together and left. My guess is each one of those young ladies made a difference in someone else's life today just as the woman made a difference in theirs.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ANYWAY

According to Lucinda Vardey, in Mother Teresa: A Simple Path (New York: Ballantine Books, 1995), page 185, there was "a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the children's home in Calcutta." This is what the sign said: 

ANYWAY

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered,

LOVE THEM ANYWAY
If you do good, people will accuse you of
selfish, ulterior motives,
DO GOOD ANYWAY
If you are successful,
you win false friends and true enemies,
SUCCEED ANYWAY
The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow,
DO GOOD ANYWAY
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable,
BE HONEST AND FRANK ANYWAY
What you spent years building may be
destroyed overnight,
BUILD ANYWAY
People really need help
but may attack you if you help them,
HELP PEOPLE ANYWAY
Give the world the best you have
And you'll get kicked in the teeth,

GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU'VE GOT ANYWAY.