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.
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.
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.
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.)
Recently I was watching an old western. There was a man in prison, he was going to get hanged the following day, and he was praying hard.
I’m sure I would be too.. if I was in that position.
Anyways, when he finally settled and accepted his fate, the guard fell asleep. The camera zoomed in on the table, and there were the keys. The man paced up and down his cell without speaking, but you knew what was going through his mind.
“How can I get the keys, and get out of here?”
He looked up to the heavens for a few seconds, and when he lowered his head, he swiftly put a plan into place, taking the sheet off his bed and swirling it around until it formed a long thick type rope—proceeding to use the sheet to try to get the keys off the table. After several attempts, the keys fell on the floor… almost waking the guard.
Who to the relief of the prisoner went back to sleep.
He kept looking up at the clock, showing ten minutes to 12, which didn’t make much sense at first but then the film cut to the replacement guard drinking in the local saloon also looking at the clock on the wall.
It became clear the change over happened at midnight.
When the film cut back, the prisoner’s face was covered in sweat knowing that the guard was coming soon, and his chance to escape would be gone.
Within a few minutes, he got the keys and opened the cell door. Cleverly, he put the sheet back on the bed, using the pillow and blanket to make it look like he was sleeping.
He locked the cell door behind him, quietly leaving the keys on the table, and ran out the back entrance into the night.
When the replacement guard came on duty, with the dimly lit cell, it looked like the prisoner was asleep. So the guard put his feet up, tilted his hat over his face and relaxed.
They didn’t notice the prisoner gone until the morning. The prisoner got a great start on them, but soon there was a price on his head, $1000 dead or alive.
Now, no matter where he went, he lived with the fear of being caught. So even though he had escaped from prison, he was still in the prison of fear.
The film reminded me of the current situation in the world. Most of the world is free, but they still live in the prison of fear. Living unhappy as they never fulfil their dreams.
The Only Thing That Can Stop Your Divine Destiny is Fear— As fear stops the natural unfoldment of life
Until we get rid of all the negative chatter going on in our heads, we will always be a prisoner of fear. Fear will keep gnawing away at our faith.
However, a true believer believes that God is in control, and their destiny is laid out for them. There is no need to worry. There is no need to doubt. If something is destined to happen, it will happen. No amount of worry or doubt will change that fact.
When you’re in the grips of fear and not facing the world with faith, it’s like taking a plant and putting it in a dark room. If you leave the plant there for too long, it will die.
When you live in constant states of worry, doubt and fear, you won’t die, but without divine light, your spirit will get weaker and weaker until fear has complete control. Meaning you will live a very limited life.
If you’re feeling fear at this time, that is perfectly natural, but please don’t feed that fear by watching more news, or reading more stories on social media.
Instead, can I encourage you to take your mind back into faith?
Now there are many ways to do this, praying daily, reading from scripture, taking walks, connecting with the great power of mother nature.
Now, don’t get the wrong idea, you have to be careful, and take all recommended precautions, wear a mask on public transport, wash your hands regularly, limit travel to essential journeys. But please don’t let fear stop you from living your life.
Move forward with expectancy that all will be ok. You might not realise it, but your faith will instil faith into the people around you.
Be a leader for your family, a leader for your friends, and a leader to your children.
Don’t be a prisoner of fear; walk forward in faith and fulfil your destiny.
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.
Like most people, the last few weeks have been an anxious time for me. I’ve never been a person that can take too much negativity.
A friend recommended that I check out some content by Jason Silva. He is best known for hosting National Geographic documentaries: Brain Games and Origins.
Jason talks a lot about the flow state.
A state of peace, where you are relaxed and think clearly. Able to perform at your highest level. I found his thoughts and views exciting and very entertaining.
For him, he goes into flow state whenever he goes walking in nature. I gave it a go but felt no real change.
Thinking of a way to get my 30 minutes of exercise each day, I decided to go for a run. It has been years since I went running, but I dug out my running gear and left it out for the next morning, so I had no excuse.
At the start of my run, my thoughts were still racing, but as I got into my second mile, my mind went calm. All the build-up of anxiety left me.
It was such a beautiful feeling. It felt like the feeling Jason described. Ideas came flowing through my mind; I saw all my current concerns through a different lens.
With such a shift in my mood, I decided to work out what had happened. Ask and you shall receive.
I remembered an article I read a few years ago about the brain and how it works. (The power of the mind has always interested me.)
The article stated that the brain takes in trillions of pieces of information from the environment every second, to help us navigate throughout the day. But when it is the same environment, day after day, the brain stores most of the information as memory.
I bet you could direct someone around your room to find something you left behind.
This memory is what allows us to drive to our local shop, for example, while on autopilot, thinking of something else.
This can become a problem, though, because when the brain doesn’t have to work processing new information, the mind takes over and starts to overthink.
This can be good sometimes, but with current events, it can create a negative thought loop in your mind: the beginning of most mental health issues.
On my run, my brain went into overdrive. It had no time to overthink. It was given so much new information to process.
My body was activating muscles that hadn’t been used for months; my lungs and heart had to work faster. Then on top of that, the beautiful scenery, the air flowing through my hair. My feet pounding on the ground.
By the time I was 15-20 minutes in, my brain had so much to process that the negative thought loop that had been playing for weeks broke down.
I connected to my spirit, that unchanging part of me that has been with me since birth. Words don’t describe the feeling that came over me, but I would like you to feel it too.
Connecting with nature worked for me so I think it will work for you too. Learn to activate the flow state so you get ideas that will help your productivity, and general happiness.
Worry or anxiety has a way of building up almost unnoticed most of the time. One minute you’re feeling fine, the next, you have a tightness in your chest.
And if you’re not aware that anxiety can give you them feelings, you could easily get panicked—the last thing you need at a time like this.
I just wanted to share my feelings, so that it may help someone else, to navigate a way through this challenging time.
Connect with nature this weekend and see the difference it makes.
Take care and thank you! If you could leave your thoughts below. 🙂