What Do You Believe In?

Nov 24, 2012 by

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Recently, I have been giving serious thought to everything I’ve ever believed in. Not to go into much detail, I’m one that has grown to believe in a lot of things. Some realistic, some larger than life, some a little narcissistic and a lot through the world around me. Regardless of what it is, I constantly question myself as to why I believe in these things. Root reasons that I’ve come up with often end up around my background as an individual, things I’ve encountered in life, people I’ve personally related with and people I look up to. Do I truly love and relate to these beliefs or are they just placeholders for an otherwise empty means of existence? Needless to say, that is a tough question that usually ends up albeit, rhetorical in many situations, at least for me.

Either ways, we all agree that life is much more wholeful and worth living when we believe in something, whether its God, love, science, karma, our really cute dog or a profound impact which our belief is going to have on the world around us. The key is, there has to be that belief in something that is larger than you. Something that has a direct impact on why you live. Why you wake up in the morning, get through your day and its nuances and eventually feel fulfilled that all is going on well, and possibly for a reason. Believing gives us something to hold on to. Joan of Arc said “One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.” and I couldn’t agree more.

I have personally, through my walks of life chosen to believe in God. Not because of my background or the people who I’ve been blessed to be influenced by; at least not anymore, but because I’ve experienced through faith that a lot has worked out in my favor. Not through my own doing, but through the faith I’ve had by believing in God. Now, that has been my personal experience, and I’ve met a lot of people, truly, who have experienced the same type of faith in a different dimension through the things that they believe in, and I openly appreciate and respect them for that. But as they say, some of us may take different paths, but we may, after a long journey, end up in the same place.

The key idea here is, its tough to find meaning or purpose in life without believing in anything. Feverishly working through minute by minute, day by day waiting for the next thing to happen and putting ourselves at the mercy of the world around us. When we believe in something, we are grateful about the life we live and everything that encompasses it. We can savor every moment with the things and people we love knowing that they are there for a reason. We can acknowledge that there is a purpose why we exist, that there is a reason for every thought, experience and the lessons we learn from them. We can make an impact, be the difference, be the love and companion of the someone or people around us. We can take decisions with a compass, aligning us back to our centered self, not the temporary desires and manipulations the world offers us on an “oh so comfortable” platter of gold. We can work hard and excel at the things that we expend ourselves doing with dignity and a deep, fulfilling sense of purpose.

This doesn’t in any fashion mean that we should impress, judge or force our beliefs on the world around us. Respecting other people and their beliefs is a key ingredient to peace, love and more profoundly, a key component to making a positive impact through our lives. Finger pointing made a positive impact, said nobody, ever. Our lives should be a living testimony of what we’ve chosen to believe in, and if infact others choose to share our beliefs with us, it should be because of the fact that our lives have made an impact that they want to share and experience.

So ask yourself, what do I believe in? Why? What type of impact is my belief making on the world, my life and the people I share it with?

Food for thought.

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Show Some Love…

Dec 14, 2011 by

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Hey fam! As we all know, Christmas is the season of giving. It’s a season of sending gifts and gift cards to friends and loved ones. Above all, it’s a season of appreciation and celebration of God’s greatest gift to man – Jesus. It sure is a fun season!!

However, today, I want to urge you to do more than just give wrapped gifts. I want to encourage you to give the people around you the gift of a smile…You don’t have to have an incredible sense of humor to do that. You don’t even need a sense of humor at all! :-)

All you have to do is give them a compliment. Tell them something positive about them that you see… Tell them you love their attitude, their hair, their eyes, their shoes, or their shirt. It really doesn’t matter, just tell them something good.

You see, people don’t go about sourcing for compliments, but it sure feels good when someone else leaves you a compliment. You know that, don’t you? ;-) You’ve felt that way too at some point; maybe even just a few hours ago! Now, all you have to do is give someone else the privilege of hearing something good about them from you. You’ll completely change the vibe of their day! They’ll feel special, wanted, noticed, and cute, all because you said something!!

If you’ve ever been to a funeral or watched one, you probably heard the most incredible and breath-taking remarks about the dead guy during someone’s speech… But why wait that long? Why wait until the person is dead to give them compliments? Do it now that it actually counts. Change someone’s day, change their vibe, change their mood, just tell someone something good to make them smile. :-)

After all, this season is all about love. And who says you can’t show love and warmth to strangers! It won’t cost you a thing, but it will definitely make a lasting difference in the recipients life!

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Affirm your love, sacrifice.

Aug 6, 2011 by

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“Love is more than a noun – it is a verb. It is more than a feeling. It is caring, sharing, helping, sacrificing.” – William Arthur Ward

When was the last time you did something sacrificial for someone else? When was the last time you reached beyond the limits of your convenience to be there for someone who you claim you love? There hardly is anything else that exhibits how much we love more than how much we are willing to sacrifice.

Lately, I’ve been faced with a lot situations that require some sort of sacrifice. And each time, even though I had the window of opportunity to flash the words, “Nah I don’t think I can, I’ve got stuff going on,” I let myself commit to helping out. Whenever I’m faced with a request by someone else that demands some form of sacrifice from my part, I always ask myself (just before yielding to that thought to just say,  “No”), “What I’m the one in their shoes?” I think in my head, “Do I love them enough to this?” And each time, of course, the answers always been a “Yes!” And I can’t describe the feeling of gratification I get whenever I go out of my way to do something sacrificial for the ones I love.

Even though someone may argue that it is possible to love without sacrifice, I put it to you that it is not possible to sacrifice without love. So the real question is: Do you love them enough? Think about that the next time someone needs a favor that requires a little sacrifice. :-)

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Make Time For Love…

Aug 1, 2011 by

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In our quest for success, significance and greatness, let’s not forget the things that matter the most. As we invest in our future, let’s not forget to invest in the one thing we need the most in life (the sine qua non of true success): Love. Countless times, I’ve read and heard about the death bed regret of so many successful people: “I wish I had loved more.” Loved God more, loved my family more, spent more time with my very close friends…It really never comes out to be: “I wished I had worked longer,” or, “I wish I had achieved more.”

Don’t blow it off until you can’t ever get it back. Love now. Appreciate the people around you now. Don’t get so consumed in your busy schedule that you don’t map out a little time for your loved ones. In this new month, let’s all work on this together. Let’s not say, we’ll “show love when…..” No! Let’s do it now!

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Give, but not to recieve.

Jul 14, 2011 by

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“Always give without remembering. Always receive without forgetting.” – William Barclay

I have found that most times, we give expecting to receive something back. We give to God expecting that He’ll bless us in return. We give of our time or resources with a mindset of, “Ok now you owe me one… You may not realize it yet, but you owe me one.” Hence, it is so easy for us to call on those we’ve helped in the past, because we unconsciously believe they owe us something. Everyone of us is guilty of this.

Luke 6:38 says, “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it’ll be measured to you.” You see? It’s even in the bible! Most of us read this and then run off to give because we want to receive. Unconscious though it might be, but it’s the fact. We all do it. What a pathetic reason to give!

The motivation behind our giving should be love! When we give to God, to charity, or to our friends, we’re supposed to be driven by love. In our quest for greatness, it’s very important for us to learn and be aware of what the bible says in Acts 20:35: “…it is more blessed to give than to receive.” So that when we’ve achieved our dreams (no matter how long that may take), we’ll remember to give of ourselves, our time, our resources, not to receive, but to love. We need to remember that we weren’t born with the things we have, they were given us. So we need to give to others, so they too can give to others, and others to others and the cycle will be endless.

**And by the way, if you find it difficult to give now (with the excuse that you don’t have enough), you will NEVER give (even when you’ve gotten “enough”). So practice it; give! No matter how little.**

So before you give next time,

1) Ask yourself: I’m I giving because I want to receive?

2) Clear your mind of that perverted incentive and just give out of love!

You probably know how good it feels when someone’s there to help you when you need help the most. Let’s all be that “someone” to other people! Let’s all give out of love, not to receive!

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