No matter who you are or where you are reading this from there is a good chance that you would benefit from a nice rest, whether that be lying on a beach, or a holiday adventure.
2020 has been a difficult year for all.
Yesterday I decided if I couldn’t have the resting holiday that I know my spirit needs I would have a change. Deciding to change around my living space..
Waking up this morning was like being in a new place. The light was different, I heard the outside noises in a different way. Rather than just getting ready on auto pilot I had to think about where I had put certain items, as most things had a new home.
My whole morning was a refreshing change that has helped me greatly, and thought was worth mentioning. As any kind of change gets the mind to process information in a different way.
For example, you hear a story that it’s not going to rain for a few months, and there will be water shortages.
That person has dealt you some fear.
If you have strong faith, you will say to yourself, that’s not going to happen, “I have faith all will be ok.” And it is.
But if your faith is weak, however, even though you have only read one story, the fear that it has created in you makes you look for another story. Next thing you know you’re searching on YouTube for ways to prepare for such an event….
And guess what?
You find 100s of videos, each recommending different ways to prepare. “Why is the mainstream media not talking about this?” You ask yourself.
Within a few weeks, you’re an expert on the subject. You have even told friends and family, who thought you were crazy in the beginning, but when it hasn’t rained for a couple of weeks, they get a little worried.
Now they too do some research and see there are hundreds of videos all over the internet talking about the same topic.
Molehill to Mountain
This is a story I just made up, but I’m sure you get the idea. One little bit of fear turned into a lot of fear, but not only that, you started to deal that fear to others.
And they, in turn, went on to deal that fear to more people.
With current events, there are 1000s of different stories like this all over the internet. People in their fearful states have created stories of what THEY think is happening. Whether they are right or wrong is not the point, the point is they are dealing fear.
And when you are getting fear from the mainstream news, fear from your friends and family, fear from social media. It will wear you down over time.
I have no way of knowing what position you are in at this time, but I know that you must keep focusing on the positives in your life. Having the faith that everything will work out for the best. A quote that sums up what I’m trying to say here is from Helen Keller, who said, “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet”.
We have to be thankful for what we have. We have to be faithful, stay informed yes, but don’t get caught up in what some random person or persons is saying on the internet.
The truth is, no one knows what the future holds, except God.
What this crisis has highlighted for me, is just how much we have taken for granted, for far too long. Materialism had all but taken over.
Everyone wanted the latest fashion, cars, smartphones without questioning what maintaining that lifestyle is doing to the planet.
Yes, it is sad what has happened, but is it not sadder that it took an event like this to make people connect with what really matters in life — food family and shelter?
Thanks for reading. 🙂
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Now is a difficult time for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you own a business, are an employee, unemployed, a student, a child or even in retirement. Current events are affecting us all.
Now more than ever, we need to have faith that everything will work out.
If you are doubtful, I completely understand, but history is a great predictor of future events.
In world war 2, millions of Jews were murdered in Germany by Hitler. We can only imagine the fear the Jewish people in Europe felt at that time. I’m sure they probably felt like there was no hope for the future.
Fast forward to 2020, and the Jewish people are the most powerful people on the planet. They are by far the richest and the most influential in every area of business, finance, music and arts.
So if you are fearful at this time, know that the future will be better, for all of us.
Humanity will learn from this. We will value our freedom so much more; we will appreciate our family and friends more, putting greater value on our health and our jobs.
As you are probably fully aware, walking into supermarkets and crowded spaces now involve wearing a face covering, so I had an idea of turning a negative into a positive. So, working with a graphic designer, I have designed a face covering to send a message of faith to others.
They are made and delivered by a company called Redbubble. All masks are sold at cost. (10% off available when you sign up the Redbubble.)
Many haven’t got the time to even think about faith, and to be honest; I don’t blame them. This year has been one of the craziest that I can recall.
So where do we go from here?
Do we just hide in our homes and wait for our governments to sort everything out for us? Or do we take it upon ourselves to actively pick up the pieces left by hurricane Corona and start to rebuild?
Maybe its because I’m Irish, but I have a fighting spirit. I’m not used to lying underthings. No matter what happens to me, I get back up and try again.
It’s the only way I know. And it’s impossible to do that if you are in the grips of fear.
You need faith.
So where does that faith come from?
Well, the first step in strengthening your faith is cutting off all sources of fear. Now fear can come in many forms, the main ones, of course, are mainstream news and social media, but I have talked about them already at length.
You might not think that your relative or friend that gives you the latest news each day on the coronavirus is negative, but it is. Over time that negativity will affect you.
Negative news is such a good conversation starter. But all negativity does is hold you back.
If you are looking for the energy and faith to move forward, then the first step is to minimise your time with negative people. Something that I’ve had to do this year. Otherwise, negative thoughts will creep in, thoughts of doubt, and worry, which can quickly lead to fear.
Fear then leads to anxiety.
Anxiety can lead to depression…
and the cycle continues.
To break that negative cycle, we must connect with God daily. That could happen through reading, praying, or by simply having a walk in nature— something that breaks the negative, depressive narrative that seems to be all around us.
Something that reminds us of the fact that we are not in control, the governments are not in control; the coronavirus is not in control.
God is in control.
The only control we have is over ourselves.
We have to be the voice of faith, confidence, positivity that we want to hear. That, in turn, will inspire the people around us to be more positive and optimistic.
And if each of us does that, then the world would become more positive, faithful and optimistic.
Why does the bible compare us to sheep? Because they are one of the most dependent creatures in the world; they must trust in the shepherd for everything they need.
And that is how God wants you to live: in dependence on him.
When you always live in fear of lack, you’re not trusting God enough. This core fear drives many of our other fears, including fear of ageing, fear of poor health and fear of losing the people we love
In its extreme form, fear of lack can lead to anxiety. It’s also one of the root causes of greed.
You can become so obsessed with insuring yourself against the possibility of not having enough, that you hoard more than you’ll ever need.
It can drive you to become a workaholic so that neither you nor your children will ever experience discomfort, inconvenience, and helplessness. And like all fears, it’s based on an erroneous belief about God — in particular, His ability and willingness to take care of you.
“The Lord is my shepherd (to feed, guide, and shield me); I shall not lack.” Stop living as though you don’t believe what God has promised you! A good strategy is to learn the promises, understand the conditional ones, meet the conditions, and rest in his love and faithfulness.
This doesn’t mean you sit idly by and wait for God to do what He has given you the ability to do. You must do the natural things, and trust Him for the supernatural ones.
Living in fear is not much fun as it restricts the options available to us, limiting what we can achieve. Most people let their fears imprison them, resulting in them never fulfilling their destiny.
When you anchor yourself in faith, new possibilities will appear, allowing you to transcend your limitations. As worry and doubts disappear.
Life is too short to live with insecurities. Push out of your comfort zone, go further than you ever thought you could. Be in control of your future.
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Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say, rejoice!” Philippians NKJV
Cheryl continually complained that she didn’t make enough money, couldn’t afford the things that she wanted, and therefore wasn’t going to amount to anything.
Her counsellor said, you’re wasting your energy complaining, instead of using it to get ahead. Cheryl countered, “You don’t understand. the job is the problem, not me.”
The counsellor said, “Your low-paying job may be a problem and your boss may demand to much, but when you’re continually upset, you’re causing yourself more harm than either your boss or your job.
Cheryl asked, “what can I do?” the counsellor said, you can’t control your boss or job, but you can control how you feel about them. Change your attitude. Cheryl took his advice.
When she stopped whining about her life, people noticed. She got a promotion, and with her new job statue she was more marketable.
Within a few months she was transferred to a position with higher pay and a more supportive boss. Good things happen for people with a good attitude. And your attitude is something that you can choose regardless of circumstances.
Paul wrote, rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say, rejoice. Where was Paul? In prison! Who was he writing to? People outside the prison! Why did he repeat himself and say? Again, I will say, rejoice? Because we forget and lapse back into negativity so quickly.
True joy is an inside job that’s not subject to people or outside situations. Jesus said, “These things have I spoken onto you, that you might be full.” (John 15:11 KJV)