For God so Loved the World
He who was without sin made the ultimate sacrifice, Christ gave up His life and died on the cross for our sins. He died so that we might have life and have it more abundantly. By His blood we are cleansed and our sins are washed away. On this Good Friday let us reflect on the sacrifice that Christ made for us. It is the greatest sacrifice of all. He did what no one else would do for us.
Living Through a Pandemic
The last two years have been stresful for a lot ofpeople. Many of us are experiencing for the first time what it is like to live through a pandemic. Some have had to deal with the stress of caring for the ill while trying to stay safe. We have entered a new year but with a rising surge of COVID cases thing have not gotten easier and some individuals are beginning to feel stressed beyond their limit.
It is important during this pandemic to find some solace. While we deal with the stress, we must make an effort to intergrate stress free moments in our daily life. If only for a few minutes each day do something that relaxes you and set your mind at ease. Take a few moments to enjoy something you love. It can be listening to your favorite music, watching a movie, reading a book or going for a walk. If it calms you and put you in a happy place do it. Surving this pandemic requires you protecting not just your physical, but also your mental health.
As the year draws to a close I am most grateful that God has brought us through yet another year. With the COVID-19 pandemic, many did not survive and many familes had to deal with the sorrow of losinng their loved ones. Going into 2022 things are not looking any brighter with the current surge in new case. However we must not give up hope and continue to take whatever steps neccessary to stay safe as we adjust to a new norm. I wish for one and all a brighter and more proserrous 2022. Have a Happy Bew Year!
May the joy of Christmas find a place in your heart. May it find you all in good spirit. May blessing flow in abundance. I wish to all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!
Limit the News You Watch
When was the last time you watched a news cast that left you feeling energized and motivated? I am almost certain that has not happened lately. At any given time of the day the news report is filled with more negatives than positives. Imagine filling your mind all day with that kind of negative energy. It could leave you feeling less energized, and even depressed. While it is important to stay informed watching less news might reduce your stress level.
Personal, I limit myself to half-an-hour of news most days, if at all. I usually tune in to “World News Tonight with David Muir. This half-an-hour segment keeps me informed on the things that I need to know. By the way this is not an endorsement of ABC. You can tune in to your favorite news channel. The point I am trying to make is keep informed without drowning yourself in all the negative news of the day.
Don’t Strive to be Rich, Strive to be Happy
“Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future, that he does not enjoy the present moment. As a result, he does not live in the present or the future, he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never truly lived.”
Take a close look at this quote. The author sums it up so well. So many people work hard and sacrifice their health to make money and then they don’t live to enjoy it. What is the point sacrificing your health in order to be rich and then have to spend that money trying to regain your health, which is often way more difficult. Work hard, but enjoy life as well.
It Takes Courage to Love
“It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.”
Life might not have dealt you the right cards, but that doesn’t mean you should give up. You may think your situation is bad but there is always someone else worse off than you.
I once heard a story of a man who was ready to give up on life. Things were hard, he couldn’t get a job. He had no money. He couldn’t even afford food. He felt as if he had come to the end of road. He was tired of struggling so he got a rope and climb into a tree. He had a ripe banana and he peeled it and threw the skin to the ground. While he sat there up in the tree eating his banana another man came along picked up the banana skin off the ground and ate it. The man climbed down from the tree because he realized that although his situation was bad there was someone worse off than him.