Monday, December 19, 2011

Faith, Hope and Love

Faith, Hope and Love

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)

Faith is the belief in things not seen. You may believe in certain things although you’ve never seen them. It is not a “religious” thing, it is confidence or trust in something without proof.

For example, when you board an airplane, you believe that it will lift up in the air and take you to your desired destination. Yes, you may have worries or fears, but you put your faith in the aircrafts, the pilots and the laws of science. There may be turbulence along the way, your faith may be shaken, but you get to your destination safely. You didn’t need to know how the airplane works, how it can maintain altitude despite its weight and so on. You just need to get on board with a clear decision of where you wanted to go.

Hope is the feeling that gives your spirit life. Hope is something that you can give to yourself and others as well. By tapping in to the internal spirit, you can bring great rewards to your life and to the lives of others. Hope fuels your dreams and creates great vision.

Those without hope fall prey to depression, anxiety and anger. To “have hope” is not to own or possess something tangible; it is an emotion and a mindset that gives perspective to your life’s potential.

Love is more difficult to explain, as it is often confused with emotions such as lust and desire. It is not a physical act, but can influence our actions.

One way I can explain this so that most people can relate is in the love for a child, or the love that a pet may give its owner. It creates the greatest bond between one living being and another.

1Corinthians 13:4-8(NIV):

“4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails…”

Very few relationships can be truly founded in love. That of a parent and child, husband and wife and even a pet and owner can be examples of such love. Most times love is confused with feelings such as lust or desire, even greed and possessiveness.

John 3:16(NIV):
“For God so loved the world (You and Me-not the planet Earth)
That he gave (sacrificed)
His one and only son (himself incarnate; a piece of himself)
That whoever believes in him (God)
Shall not perish (be dead to God)
But have eternal life (your soul will dwell with God forever)

The greatest gift of all time is Jesus. There is no other display of love that can compare.

Just for a moment, imagine giving your only child to a gang of murderers or thieves, knowing that your child will endure great suffering, but also knowing that the sacrifice will free millions from dying.

How Great is His Love for You?

The scenario I painted above is one that even I could not fathom. I would protect my child with everything I have in me.

We hear stories all the time of great sacrifice and time after time we weep for the lost.

How great is His love for you?

Without faith, there is no confidence or trust.
Without hope, there is no vision for the future.

But without Love, there is nothing at all. He gave his Son, in love, so that we may have everything:

faith, hope and love.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Power of Words

Power of Words

There is great power in the words that you hear, read and speak to others and yourself. I had a friend who was battling depression. I knew that she needed to read something that encouraged her. I shared with her the power of her words.

See, without getting in to the science of it, there is something absolutely amazing about words. Most of us deal with the darkness of words, without realizing that just by changing what we expose ourselves to; we can shine a vast light in to our lives. If someone asks how you are doing, does it not feel wrong to say “fine” when you know you are not? However, if you answered, “blessed” is that not true? Does that not completely turn around your attitude?

When I was growing up, my father often said my mother or my brother had “sh*t for brains” and even though he never said it to me directly, I felt hurt by it. As an adult, I’ve decided to choose my words carefully; to think before speaking and to apologize if out of line. By no means am I perfect, but I remember the effect my father’s phrase has on my family. In fact, I refused to call him by name, “Dad”, because I learned how powerful our words are, and although that was mean-spirited of me, I was not mature enough to forgive him.

Today, I carefully watch what I allow to infiltrate my ears, my eyes and my heart. I do not watch the news, reality shows or the like. I do not listen to crappy music about sex, drugs and death. I do not read the newspaper and only on occasion an online news article. WHY? Because these words have power to influence me and I choose not to allow bad influences in to my head.

Although this is not intended to be about religion, because I am not religious, I do highly encourage you to consider Godly influence. I read my bible and devotionals by Pastors around the world. I do listen to Contemporary Christian music. I surround myself with people who encourage me, lift me up and have the highest integrity. From the darkest place, Jesus is always my light. There is hope in Him. This is where I gain my greatest perspective.

YOU were put on this earth to SHINE.

YOU are here to live a life of abundance and prosperity.








How do those WORDS make you feel?


They are the Truth.

They are your Light in the darkness.

Now, go out there and share them with someone else… cause there IS someone out there that needs these words.

I blog because I want to encourage, equip and EMPOWER other people to live the life that God had intended for them! It is what I do...who I am...what motivates me to write.