It is said a picture speaks louder than words.
It is said a picture speaks louder than words.
There are many people walking around with hurting hearts. Life lessons come at us from many directions and at one time I read these two online from a Life Lessons site and made note of them:
“One of the happiest moments in life is when you let go of what you cannot change.”
“One of the most courageous decisions you will ever make is to finally let go of whatever is hurting your heart and soul.”
I know, I know…it’s sometimes difficult to let go but it does make sense, don’t you think? There’s help in a little prayer.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
It never ceases to amaze me how God speaks to us when we are open to hearing. I’m reading The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren for the umpteenth time. Although there are a couple of things in the book I can’t come to terms with, for the most part it is a “handbook for life”. The book was given to me in 2003 at a time when my life was so stressed that I just wanted to pack up and move away to the country and become a hermit. My almost daily mantra was, I’ve got to get out of here! That was not a good idea nor a good option but it was how I felt…and then I read this on page 263 of The Purpose Driven Life...
You may be serving in obscurity in some small place, feeling unknown and unappreciated. Listen: God put you where you are for a purpose! He has every hair on your head numbered, and he knows your address. You had better stay put until he chooses to move you. He will let you know if he wants you somewhere else.
Let me tell you, I got that message loud and clear! I never again felt the desire to move and I’m still here fifteen years later.
Long ago in my 1949 grade eight class, the lesson was about working together for the good of all. I can still hear the teacher’s voice intoning the above message and I’ve never forgotten it.
For all that’s going on in the world today, in some families, relationships, churches and businesses, and definitely in today’s governments, this message seems to be a timely one.
The popular motto “united we stand, divided we fall,” often shortened to “united we stand,” is commonly used to express unity and collaboration. The phrase is used to encourage and inspire, and sends the message that working together is easier, as there is strength in numbers, whereas doing things alone is harder and invites failure. This phrase has been used time and again throughout history to rally groups together and you will still hear it used today where the message remains the same.
This was gleaned from the Internet. And the following scripture says the same thing in different words. Happy Sunday.
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2: 3-4 (ESV)
While visiting a happily married young couple, I was struck by a comment the husband made about his wife…”She was my last first date.”
A well known Canadian journalist commented on TV that the result of a recent Provincial leadership race was a “disaster wrapped in a calamity”.
There’s a crack in everything…that’s how the light gets in. Leonard Cohen
Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds, you can grow flowers or you can grow weeds. ©Wisdom Quotes and Stories
Don’t play the victim to circumstances you created. Pinterest
Never compromise the truth lest you find yourself living a lie. pab
While cleaning out my internet saved folders I found a couple of items worth saving and sharing. So here you go…but remember, I’m only the messenger…please don’t shoot me.
A friend shared this with me last Saturday morning because I had used the words, I can see clearly now as the finishing touch on a post, The Plank In My Eye on March 9th. I have always loved the song. The following is indeed another life lesson in itself, again taken from the song, I Can See Clearly Now written by Johnny Nash in 1972.
Have you ever realized that your perception of life is the lens through which you view your life? Our perception truly shapes our reality. Is your lens clear, and do you like what you see? Or have you allowed circumstances in your life to cloud up your lens and change your viewpoint and perspective?
I love this lyric. Here is a person who has cleaned his lens. The rain was blocking his vision of life. When the “hard rain” is pouring down all around, it’s easy to miss the beauty around you, the opportunities open to you.
This person has arrived at a moment of clarity. Now that the rain is gone, he can finally see the obstacles preventing him from the goals and dreams he has been pursuing without success. Once you define and acknowledge your obstacles, you can create a compelling plan of action to turn these obstacles into tangible opportunities.
Wow, this is such a powerful use of words! We have all experienced “dark cloud” moments in our life. We have been hurt and disappointed. We have experienced losses and unexpected moments of sadness. We have been this close to a major victory only to fall short and have to start over. To me, these powerful words represent a message of hope. The dark clouds in our life will disappear. We will maintain our faith and belief that things can and will work out in the end.
Beautiful optimism! What an inspiring and positive outlook this lyric projects. This person has cleared off the lens, recognized the obstacles, removed the dark clouds, and replaced his blindness with a powerful vision. The road ahead is bathed in bright sunshine.
Johnny Nash’s words are open to interpretation, but I believe the rain could have been a series of negative emotions. The obstacles could have been the source of that (rain) pain. The dark clouds could have been the acceptance of those negative emotions causing blindness to the possibilities. The bright sunshiny day could be the moment the person said, “No more! From today forward, I will take hold of my life and choose to look through my lens with the hope, faith, and confidence that a bright future brings.”
Clear your lens and embrace your future – every day. What song has a lot of meaning to you?
Make A Difference Today,
Recently I came face to face with the plank in my eye. In trying to convince someone to see the error of their ways, I was forced to see the error of some of my own ways. “Aha!” said I to myself. “So that’s what that verse means!” I love it when I get convicted of my own convictions…another of life’s lessons learned!
New International Version
You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:5
This is just one of the commands of Jesus in his famous Sermon on the Mount which starts at Matthew 5:1 and ends at Matthew 7:27. The sermon is chock-full of life lessons and well worth reading many times.
I can see clearly now.
These random quotes have come my way over the past couple of days. One of them popped into my mind while conversing with a fellow blogger and it is this: Self awareness is the first step to self improvement. If someone has seen this somewhere before please let me know. I really like it and have already learned something from it.
Live in harmony with the still, small voice within you. Stephen Covey
In the realm of openness lies the miracle of the unconscious, the part of our minds that lives beneath our awareness.
We are never presented with lessons until we are ready to learn them.
Awareness equals second attention.
Life is more than just existence.
All hell breaks loose when God lets humans have their own way.
The only disability in life is a bad attitude. Scott Hamilton, Skater
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
Do you think the caterpillar knew it was destined to be a butterfly?
Matters of the heart can mean many things, one being an actual heart attack where the heart is physically endangered and/or damaged. It can also mean that from the heart flows life, not only physical but emotional life…and life is definitely an emotional experience.
Here is some biblical advice concerning the heart:
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23 NIV
Create in me a pure heart, oh God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 NIV
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26 NIV
As water reflects a face so a man’s heart reflects the man. Proverbs 27:19 NIV
…love one another deeply, from the heart. 1 Peter 1:22 NIV
There are so many more to do with loving the Lord and each other, but these few were weighing on my heart. There are so many lessons to be learned in life and I believe that having a loving heart opens us to each new learning experience whereas a closed heart, as the Bible says, a heart of stone, closes us to them.