For Many Happiness Is a Mystery, But Not For Me

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.

Lord, Teach Us to Pray

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.


No Matter the Length of The Road it Starts with One Step

Fridays are bin day where I live. One week it is general rubbish (Black bin) and the next it is recyclables and composting (Blue & Brown bin). Or as it is on my calendar black bin or blue bin, as I rarely put down the brown bin as I do my own composting as I have a flower and vegetable garden.

This week it was blue bin.

When I awakened, I heard the first bins getting collected. They collect the composting first then within the hour the second one comes for the recyclables.

As I awoke, I really didn’t want to get up, but the blue bin was full, and I knew I had too. I knew as soon as I got out of bed that was the hard job done.

It’s often that first step that is the hardest—just getting started.

What so many people do is they replay the entire journey in their head, which puts them off from even beginning. Using my simple morning challenge as an example.

If I had off thought about getting out of bed then getting changed, then going out in the cold morning air, I might have just lay there and regretted that decision for the next two weeks as all the rubbish built up.

Very often in life, we build small things into big things, and it results in us never even starting. Then 2-3 years down the road we regret not making a few sacrifices.

I once read that the pain of discipline weighs ounces, but the weight of regret weights tonnes. Something as simple as getting out of bed early each morning can have a massive impact on your life.

The journey of a million miles starts with one step, make that step today.

Are You Caught in the Overthinking Trap?

I believe we all have great ideas; the problem however is… we tend to overthink things to the point that we don’t do anything, or take so long that the moment has passed before we strike.

Which naturally leads onto, how can we stop doing this?

Well, the answer is not complicated. It’s not some 10 step process that you will forget. Its very simple.

Simple?

Yes.

As the famous Nike slogan goes, Just Do It.

Will your first attempt be excellent, probably not. But by just doing what your thinking of doing no matter how bad the first attempt. You have started.

Just starting puts you ahead of 90% of the people that say, “someday.”

The Fastest Road to Happiness

The fastest road to happiness is a road we would all like to travel.

If there is such a road, why do we not travel it more often?

Good question.

Life can have so many distractions, add on top of that the amount of fear and uncertainty around at the moment, and it’s easy to understand why people may think happiness is a step too far.

Well, in my experience, happiness is never too far away.

Many people say that I must have been blessed with happiness, I say blessed because I’m happy most of the time. And if I were to put into words why. Why I’m happy most of the time, I would have to say it is because I put others in front of myself. I pick up on peoples gifts and talents and then let them know, through praise and acknowledgement.

Sounds too easy, right?

Attaining happiness can’t be that easy. Can it? A few simple words to a stranger?

Well, put it into action yourself. The next time you have a good meal, send a message to the chef. Walk by a painter painting a sign, highlight his/her skills. Taxi driver leaves you off compliment there driving.

These are the little moments that don’t take much time, but they add so much value to others, and in the process, they make you happy.

As it says in the good book, give, and you shall receive. So give compliments, encouragement, and praise everywhere you go this weekend and see how much happiness you receive.

Be the voice of hope you want to hear.

A Change is a Good as a Rest

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.

God & Time

As a society, we have become fixed on time. We get up at a certain time, eat at certain times, and go to bed at a certain time.

Schedules are helpful to navigate our lives.

The problem arises when we think that we can put God on a schedule when we believe that he will keep our life happy all the time. As you know, this is not the case.

After many years of plenty, there are often a few years of drought.

In biblical days the people were more spiritual, and the reason for this, in my opinion, was because they didn’t have the thousands of distractions that we have today in our modern world, that connect us to materialism.

And because of this, they were more in touch with nature and those that were highly spiritual, or as we call today, awakened. Could communicate with God.

Countless times throughout the Bible, he was not happy with his people, and on many occasions, the Prophets had to convince him to give humanity another chance.

Well, there is a good chance that at this time, God is not happy with us. And if you know your world news, you will understand why. We are cutting down the Amazon rainforest, the lungs of the planet. We are destroying our water supplies all over the world in the name of fashion. The list is endless, and depressing so I will leave it there.

This is a very fearful time in human history, so if you are afraid you are not alone, I feel that fear as well, every day. But I know that God is in control, and in his timing, the sun will shine again, and this world will be a better place.

It so tempting to search for answers, to search for that one video that tells you what you want to hear, but in that search, you will probably absorb a lot of fear.

The blind cannot lead the blind.

As much as we all want to change the world, the sad truth is, we can only change ourselves.

Be the change you wish to see. Show compassion, empathy and love everywhere you go, and maybe, just maybe, you will plant a seed in some peoples heart so they, in turn, will help others.

This is the way that I live my life.

Did we all forget…

Waking up this morning, I heard the sound of the rain on my window, and the thought came to me, did we all forget.

The simple things in life, what matters?

When did we all get so wrapped up in a system that made us desire material things? Thinking that we were not good enough unless we wore certain clothes or worked at certain jobs.

When did that happen?

Yes, what is happening at this time is scary, there is so much uncertainty, America, once the greatest country on earth seems to be coming apart at the seams.

In my lifetime, I have never seen so much fear.

But…

In all that darkness, I see hope; people are finally waking up to the fantasy life that has been feed to them their whole lives. People are finally beginning to realise that only the essentials of life matter.

What’s the use of a fancy house, flashy car, 60inch TV if you haven’t got your health. What use are material possessions if you haven’t got a spiritual connection to God to give you the faith that all will be ok.

Let’s start remembering and being thankful for all that we do have.

Start each day with gratitude.

Gratitude is the candlelight that will guide you back into the light.