In Order to Be Different


In order to be in a different place in life, whether physically, mentally, emotionally, or whatever, here are three helpful hints to expedite the passage:

First … Have yearning, longing, and intense burning desire. With all your heart you must want to be different from what you are.

Second…Cultivate physical immobility, total relaxation…like being in a stupor or a form of meditation. This causes the accumulation of mental force and increases your power of concentration; as in “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

Third…Imagine you possess a quality of something you desire which has not been yours, and surrender completely to the feeling. The passage from your present state of consciousness to your wish fulfilled is continuous.

Reach out, trust your touch and enter fully into the spirit of what you are doing or how you would like to be. 

I have just copied this from one of my notebooks but, unfortunately, have no idea who wrote it or when it was written

In any case, it obviously impressed me enough to keep it for future reference. It was the first sentence that grabbed my attention…”Have yearning, longing, and intense burning desire…with all your heart you must want to be different from what you are.”

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A Word For The Weary


Sometimes our daily duties can tire us to the point of not wanting to do another thing. When this happens I find it best to do just that…not do another thing…take time out to be quiet and still and just breathe. Is our world going to come crashing down on us if we don’t do what we think needs to be done right this minute or hour or day?

Weariness can sometimes rob us of our good intentions, in that our tasks become a pain instead of a pleasure which diminishes our effectiveness. It is sometimes best to do less with pleasure than more with resentment.

Jesus was a very busy man who did more for humanity than anyone ever could, yet he knew when to “take himself apart and rest awhile” before he became depleted. Here are some of his words of wisdom to those of us who have become weary in doing good:

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 NIV (Taking a break is not giving up.)

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest…Matthew 11:28 NIV

I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint…Jeremiah 31:25 NIV

Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31 NIV

Those who look to him are radiant…Psalm 34:5 NIV (Radiance replaces the look of weariness.)

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Listen to Each Other


It came to my attention today that a Scarborough MP recently died of cancer. Arnold Chan was fifty years of age and a well respected and loved politician who was first and foremost a humanitarian who cared deeply for his constituents and fellow Members of Parliament. He was said to be positive, optimistic and full of energy.

After hearing a replay of one of his speeches, this particular sentence stood out for me…”That is the challenge that is going on around the world right now,” he said. “No one is listening. Everyone is just talking at once. We have to listen to each other.”

“We have to listen to each other.” How profound is that? And how timely? And how to the point…whether in politics, families, friendships, relationships, marriages…”We have to listen to each other.”

These words remind me of a line from the famous poem, “Desiderata”: And listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, for they too have their story.

Some people leave this world a better place by the things they have said and done. Arnold Chan was one of those people just by uttering that single sentence…”We have to listen to each other.”

Under the Trees


“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20 NIV

This Sunday we at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Scarborough will be gathering in His name under the trees replicating a service in 1818, kicking off our 200th anniversary celebrations. This is just a hint of what’s to come. Happy Sunday.

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12