Think before you speak and you will be happier.
There is a famous saying, “It gets darkest before the dawn.” The light is coming, the question is are you ready?
The more you worry about something, the more you will think about it, making you more engaged in thinking, rather than the world around you.
Today is the birth of Jesus, but it may not seem like a day to celebrate after the problematic year. Well, I like to look at today as a day of renewal, which rekindles the Christian spirit within me.
Today I welcome you to do the same, reach out to others and show love and forgiveness. Make that phone call and make up with a friend or relation. Today is a day to live by our Christian values, sharing the gifts of love, joy, and happiness with the people we meet, whether in person or online.
At this time, what this world needs is for people to love one another, forgive one another, and for us all collectively to make peace.
It’s easy to look to our leaders and governments to change things, but if every one of us lived by the values of Jesus from today and through 2021, this world would be better than before.
Loving the people that hurt us is challenging, forgiving others can seem impossible at times. Still, we all have a responsibility in making this world a better place for ourselves, our families, and our friends.
May God bless you all.
For many happiness is a mystery, but not for me.
Giving to others is where happiness originates. And giving does not mean money, it means time, energy, a listening ear.
It is my belief that each and every one of us, religious or not has a ministry to live out. Each of us has a mission that we must fulfil.
Ministry is best known for the spreading of faith, but for me ministry goes much deeper than that. Any way that you help others live better lives could be called a ministry.
You will find that if you are not working a job where you directly change peoples lives for the better, you will be unhappy and unfulfilled. You will not enjoy going to work and will find yourself living for the weekend.
I’m sure you know people like this?
This year has been tough, and it’s so easy to get lost within our problems, trying to make sense of it all. The problem is everyone is just as fearful and afraid so any search for answers will only leave you worse off.
If you are feeling depressed or unhappy at this time, the best thing that you can do is to help others. You will find that your world will seem so much brighter if you offer others a helping hand.
Whether that be in the form of visiting an elderly neighbour or letting a relation on the other side of the world know that you care. Even a text message to someone can make their day.
It’s important to remember that everyone is going through the same as you. Each with their own fears. So let now be a time when we join together and help each other out in any way that we can.
Where we show our communities that even though there is a lot of fear and hostility in the world. There is still an ocean of love.
One of the most memorable passages of scripture is found in Luke 11:1, where it says: One day, Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him. “Lord, teach us to pray.”
Jesus was modelling prayer to the disciples by spending long hours in prayer. They saw that he had something they didn’t. They saw that Jesus had a connection with God, and they desired to have the same.
The interesting thing is that the disciples never said, “Lord, teach us to preach, or, Lord, teach us to heal, or, Lord, teach us to perform miracles.”
They said plain and simple, “Lord, teach us to pray. This suggests that the most important lesson that we can learn is how to pray.
Jesus’ disciples saw the need to pray. They saw what prayer meant to the life of Jesus, and they knew that the solution to every problem was prayer. They knew that the only way to build up Christian character was through prayer. They knew that for them to have power, they would need a powerful prayer life.
So they said, “Lord, teach us to pray.
Garden of Gethsemane
Just before His arrest, Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, and He said to His disciples, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41).
The command came after Jesus had found the disciples sleeping instead of praying (verses 38–40). He had warned them that they needed to stay awake and pray with Him, but “their eyes were heavy” (verse 43), and they kept falling asleep. They slept right up until the time the armed mob came to take Jesus away (verses 45–47).
Unless we pray daily, we too will fall asleep, asleep to the effect our negative feelings and emotions are having on us. We want things to get better; we want our faith to be strengthened.
We have the best of intentions, but the temptation to worry, doubt and be fearful takes control. The temptation to be angry, to judge others, to hold onto unforgiveness, pain, and regrets, is just too much.
Our spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Having More Faith
An essential part of faith is to realise that fear and faith cannot exist at the same time; it’s like a tossed coin; it’s either heads or tails its impossible to be both.
This is why Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to ‘pray without ceasing.
Daily prayer means that fear doesn’t dominate your thought life, which means that you spend less time thinking about your problems and more time focusing on solutions.
So no matter what situation you find yourself in, PRAY.
Prayer lifts you to highs that you cannot reach on your own—giving you strength, confidence, and faith—giving you the power to overcome all negativity.
If you are feeling anxious, confused or angry at this time, pray. With the weapon of prayer, you are capable of doing great things.
“You have not because you ask not.” James 4:2
We all have problems that we face, things that need to be resolved, and decisions that have to be made. We can lack direction, requiring strength and energy.
It’s easy to get fatigued, confused, and lose your way. Thats why the Bible says to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Because we get weak. We can get disheartened, and that is not what God wants. He wants the best for you.
In the Bible when the people had a problem what did they do? Call on God. You see it in Moses life, Davids life, Jesus life, Apostle Pauls life.
“You should always pray and not give up.”
Throughout the Bible, there are countless stories of the power of prayer. What is possible when you pray earnest prayers, when you remove all the barriers that stand between you and God.
It’s when you remove all these barriers that your prayers contain power.
With God all things are possible, without God you are like a sailor that is lost at sea, at the mercy of the waves. You want to take on the sea by yourself? Go ahead, but it will not end well.