2018. április 20., péntek

"Lest Haply We Drift Away from Them"

"Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things that were heard, lest haply we drift away from them."

Hebrews 2:1
American Standard Version

There is a method to everything. 
When we achieve our goals it is always because of preparation. Because we were well prepared. We did what we had to do and we designed the best methods to achieve our goals. 

These methods required special efforts. Attention to detail. Energy. Burning the midnight oil. You name it. Then we accomplished what we had previously imagined. 
And then after it we sometimes forget about the methods. Drift away from them. 

Remember a time when you succeeded in doing something that was important to you. 
Remember how it felt. 
Remember how it filled you up with lots of positive energy. 
Remember the journey toward that goal. 

When you set your sights on a particular goal, remember these feelings. And remember also the methods you used when in the past you achieved your goals. Repeat the process, repeat the methods. 
Repeat the preparation. Repeat the attention to detail. The energy. Those nights spent working on a project. Remember this. And repeat. And when you reach your goal again, set a new goal. Immediately. Because we humans tend to get lazy. 

Have you reached a goal? Set a new one and start a new journey. Who knows which journey can change your life... 

There is joy in reaching your destination. But the journey toward it is immensely more exciting. Sometimes tiring, sometimes frustrating, sometimes downright lethal but still, immensely more exciting.


2018. április 19., csütörtök

"Be Not Anxious How or What Ye Shall Speak: for It Shall Be Given You"

"But when they deliver you up, be not anxious how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that hour what ye shall speak."

Matthew 10:19
American Standard Version

It is no use worrying about something that has not happened yet or that will happen in the future. Or not.
Oftentimes we spend our time being anxious about things that are out of our control or that will happen in the future, if they happen at all.

Worry is a silent killer. It causes loads of illnesses, ruins relationships and lives. 

We often like to think that stress and worrying is an illness that is characteristic of our age.
According to the Bible, it was present in ancient times, too. I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out it is part of our collective human consciousness. 

The Bible gives us a remedy though. The belief that when something happens, you'll have everything to do your best. Actually, you have everything you need. God has given you everything that is necessary to live your life. 

How can you stop worrying? Preparation is key. When you worry about something that you are unfamiliar with, preapare yourself. Gather information. Imagine the worst possible outcome of the situation and accept it. Yes, accept it. By accepting it, worry somehow loses its power.

When you say goodbye to worrying, you open up possibilities for yourself. 
And you'll seize upon these possibilities to create the life you've always wanted for yourself. 


2018. április 18., szerda

"Rejoice Always"

"Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus to you-ward."

1 Thessalonians 5:16,17
American Standard Version 

Keeping the faith is crucial to keep going. 
We can have faith by keeping up our good cheer and expressing our thanks through prayer and through our actions. 

We, human beings, tend to take almost everything for granted. We think that just because we have something or have achieved something that's ours and will be ours for the taking. It is part of human nature, we crave stability and mostly abhor change. 
That is the reason why it is doubly important to give thanks for everything you have in your life now. In good and in bad times, too. 
Giving thanks is partly paying back the good fortune God has given us by the mere fact that we are alive. 

Try it today. When something good happens or when you feel good, or you eat or drink something delicious or you read or hear or see something good, give thanks. Just say thank you. 
And that will give an extra special something to the already great moments.

2018. április 17., kedd

"This Man Shall Be Blessed in His Doing"

"But he that looketh into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and so continueth, being not a hearer that forgetteth but a doer that worketh, this man shall be blessed in his doing."

James 1:25
American Standard Version 

We are free, free by God to be who we want to be. 

Some people know their life's purpose at a very early age. Some people find it later in life, realizing that what they have always wanted to become was, in fact, always in front of their very eyes. 

Just like the young Andalusian shepherd in Paulo Coelho's novel, The Alchemist. The young lad finds the treasure that he was looking for right in the place where he started the long journey to find it.

When we are children, we instinctively know what is good for us and what we are good at. 
We reveal our strengths and our calling when we play. 
Some kids play with cars, some kids play doctor games, some kids organize small groups to play together, some kids play the shopkeeper, the florist, some kids play with dolls and give them character.  There are a thousand different ways we play when we are kids.

Some people say God loves those who remain kids at heart. Oftentimes we, as adults forget what is really important. 

When you do something, do your work and forget the world around you, you are so absorbed in what you do, you are in the "flow". The flow, as the famous Hungarian psychologist, Mihály Csíkszentmihályi recognised and named this state of mind, is basically the moment, or moments when you are true to yourself. When you do what you were born to do. If you have a job, a work like that, God bless your heart and work and just keep doing it.

When you don't, keep looking. You are closer to the solution than you'd think.

Each one of us is different. There are no two identical people in this world. We are unique, each and every one of us. You are unique. We just forget it.

It is our God given destiny to explore who we are and what is our true self. What work is ours, how we can best serve mankind and our fellow travelers in this great big journey called life. 

2018. április 16., hétfő

"Written Not with Ink, but with the Spirit of the Living God"

"written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in tables that are hearts of flesh."

2 Corinthians 3:3
American Standard Version

We have been living in a distrusting society for quite a while now and we tend to give special importance to the written word.
This is only natural because this is the safest course of action and humans yearn for safety.

Have you noticed that what is really important, you do not write it down, you just feel it inside?
Words a lot of times are not sufficient to express the things, thoughts, feelings that really count. 
Authors, philosophers, whose profession is the written word sometimes manage to capture what we feel in our heart.
But what is felt universally is when someone does something with the Spirit.

What you give your Spirit to, lives inside of you and at the same time projects positivity to the outside world.
And you feel it. Even if it is just an insignificant tiny little mundane task, when you give your Real Spirit to it, something extraordinary happens.

The Real Spirit is the guiding force of our world. You can find it everywhere you go.
It's up to you to connect with your Real Spirit.

2018. április 14., szombat

"That Ye May Be Able to Endure It"

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as man can bear: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation make also the way of escape, that ye may be able to endure it."

1 Corinthians 10:13
American Standard Version 

Endurance is a trait seldom mentioned this day and age – except maybe for condom and tyre commercials.

How can we practice endurance? I read this in a book and found it enlightening: you endure by enduring. We practice endurance by putting ourselves through situations we would have never thought possible. 

God is with us every moment of our life. 
Everything happens for a reason although we might not know exactly the reason why when something bad happens to us. But good and bad are merely a way of looking at things. 

So if you want to endure, do it by enduring.

Start with the small things. And then one day you'll be able to do something fantastic. 

Go and do something that you previously thought you would never be able to accomplish. Think big, because the old adage: go big or go home has never been more true than now. 
To go big, start small. Every journey starts with one small step. 

2018. április 13., péntek

"And They Understood"

"And when they saw him, they were astonished; and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? knew ye not that I must be in my Father’s house? And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them."

Luke 2: 48-50
American Standard Version

Words can have a lot of different meanings. 
What we say and what we actually think and mean can be completely different things. 
What people actually say is the tip of the iceberg. 

Hence the saying, when you know someone really well, you understand that what is not said with words. You don't need words, you understand everything perfectly well.

We don't know that well all the people with whom we get to meet. So it is important to try and understand other people. Try and understand what they don't say. It is no easy task. 

Once you succeed in doing it most of the time (perfection exists only in two places: cheesy romance novels and in the rigid school system), you'll have a much easier life.

Just try one simple exercise, when someone who is not close to you (albeit it works with family members, too) says something. Translate the message to yourself using this magic sentence: "In other words it means: ...". Beware though that this is not a "cure-all-panacea". Some people are just really hard to understand. Or you just don't click. Or anything else.

Still, this magic sentence will help you most of the time when you feel that you don't understand what is being said.

This will make it easier to understand what people want to say. Not that they want to hide anything or want to purposefully hurt you, no, they just can't find the right words. 
Few peeople are really good at conveying what they really want to say. 

Communication is one of the most difficult things we humans do. And it is tricky because it seems so easy. It is not. 
But from now on, it is going to be easier for you. Think of this simple exercise and a lot of times it will help you to understand other humans better.

Look on the bright side, what you will understand when you decipher the real meaning of what another person wants to say, a whole new world will open up to you. You'll be able to better understand the people you come in contact with, your connection with people will be better.