Why am I writing about Mother’s Day after the day? Simply because every day should be Mother’s Day. Without mothers the world would stop. Yes, it takes two to tango and we dads have a role but mothers truly make the world go around.
Let’s try to honor mothers not just one day of the year but every day of the year. They deserve it and we should fulfill it. And that means not just your mother but all mothers.
Have a great week ahead! And remember that it’s filled with endless possibilities.
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John 3:16
WOW!!! Are you ready to lay down your life for a “brother and/or sister” like Jesus did? And, by the way, that’s not as in a “blood” brother or sister. That’s in a complete stranger who should be treated like a blood brother or sister—or, for some of us, how a blood brother or sister should be treated!
The problem is, forget about giving up a life. If we could only show some kindness and respect to others—our “brothers and sisters.” Jesus not only showed us the way to love but He commanded us to love. In fact, it is the one and only thing He commanded us to do, and is the root of everything He did and said on this earth.
Love all comes down to putting others before ourselves. It’s really as simple as that. I know, trust me—simple to talk and preach about but tough to do. But, then again, we have the model in earthly love in Jesus.
I have said this and written about it many times—you can be anything and do anything! How? Because God is in you. He is woven into your DNA because God made you.
I know this sounds crazy. But the only person holding you back is you. You let that devil of doubt whisper in your ear that you can’t be anything but who you are now.
There’s a reason why I have found that the first Real Secret to Life is LISTEN for and to God. If you LISTEN to God you will start believing in yourself because God believes in you. And you will realize the untapped potential in your life to be anything, do anything.
I came upon this quote and I hope it helps gives you a little motivation and inspiration.
Your power to choose the direction of your life allows you to reinvent yourself, to change your future and to powerfully influence the rest of creation. It is the one gift that enables us to elevate our life to higher and higher levels. Steven R. Covey, The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness
There are dark people and light people in this world. Light people try to shine the light of Jesus in their lives for all to see. Dark people either keep that light from shining or simply do not have the light of Jesus in their lives.
Shining the light of Jesus, who is all light, is not difficult. It starts with a smile, goes on to reaching out to others in needs, and burns the brightest when “love” becomes the way you live your life. Living in darkness is pretty simple and easy—it’s living your life for yourself and not others.
Living in light or darkness—your choice. All I can say is that living in light is illuminating. Living in darkness is simply that—dark.
The truly amazing thing about God is that in His house it’s never too late to come home. No matter where you have been or what you have done, God is the prodigal father waiting for you with open arms of forgiveness. That’s the true meaning of hope in this world of ours.
New Year’s resolutions are great because a new year makes you feel like you have a clean slate. Well, with God every day is a clean slate—it’s simply never too late to come home.
Make your resolutions. Look inward and outward to make yourself a better person. But don’t ever hesitate to go home. Because God is waiting with an open, warm, and forgiving embrace.
The Advent season of preparing for Jesus’ birth is a time for reflection on our lives and our own rebirth in Christ. Use each day leading up to Christmas day as time to look back only with a mind of looking ahead, growing, and positively moving forward. It’s a time to recommit to Jesus and focus your life in starting the New Year off on the right foot. It’s a time to strengthen your connection with God and reconnect with Him if you strayed. It’s simply a time to renew, starting in your heart.
There are a lot of distractions this time of year—eating too much at Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the list goes on. The important thing is to work through the distractions in remembering what this time is about. There’s a reason why there is a “Christ” in CHRISTmas. It should be a season of remembering, giving, and rebirth.
I’m not suggesting detaching from the world. Quite the opposite. I’m talking about being a shining example of what this time of year should really be about.
Use this Advent season wisely. Start today. And have a GREAT one!