2018. május 24., csütörtök

“But Be Ye Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind”

“but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind

Romans 12:2
American Standard Version

Do you want to lose weight?
Do you want to learn something new?

Do you want to quit smoking? 

Change starts when there is a new idea. 
It all starts in your head.
It all starts with a thought, if you want to do it right.

Transformation originates from your mind. 
Transformation takes time. 
Transformation is not an overnight phenomenon.

What is transformation?
Transformation, when you change your life or change something in your life is the visible manifestation of the power of your thoughts.  




2018. május 23., szerda

“But He That Looketh into the Perfect Law, the Law of Liberty"

“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 know instinctively when we do good work.
When we do something we were born to do.
And that is the perfect law of liberty.





2018. május 22., kedd

"Unto Every One That Hath Shall Be Given; But from Him That Hath Not, Even That Which He Hath Shall Be Taken away from Him.”

“I say unto you, that unto every one that hath shall be given; but from him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken away from him.

Luke 19:26
American Standard Version

Some people might say this is not an especially positive part on the Bible. 
True, it can be interpreted in that way. 

It also can be interpreted in a way that gives hope and a positive outlook on life. 
We can have material things and also immaterial things.
What have we got that we possess and at the same time can multiply it? 

Knowledge, experience, talent, passion, common sense, skills. 

You have them, you can develop and you can use them. 
The more you use them, the more you'll have of them. 
 

2018. május 21., hétfő

“Who Believed Not the Truth”

“that they all might be judged who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

2 Thessalonians 2:12
American Standard Version 

What is the truth anyway? First let's think about what lies are.
Benjamin Franklin wrote:
Half the truth is often a great lie.
How do we know that we know the whole truth? Or just one part of it? 

Our society is basically based upon lies. 
Lies are there when we don't want to hurt someone else's feelings. Lies are there when we want to cut corners, not big ones but we still want to cut them. Lies are there when we want to make ourselves look bigger/better/smarter.  



What is a lie?
Are artificial nails a lie? 

Are padded bras a lie? 
Are cars and houses that are not owned free and clear a lie? 
Are false teeth a lie? 

In the strictest sense of the word, yes, these are all lies.
Yet in our everyday life they are not considered to be lies. 


How do you know when you hear and see the truth? 
First of all, treat eveything, every article, every movie, every picture, every book, even these lines, with respectful suspicion. Everything that someone else has written, devised, directed, created and put in front of you is biased. Because we are all humans. 

It's then up to you to choose your own point of view, to choose your convictions, what you believe in, what bias you prefer. And then act upon it. You'll feel when you are true to yourself, it is an exhilarating feeling.
It is one of the most liberating feelings to make your own choice and live your life accordingly. 

Live your life to be truthful – to yourself.


2018. május 19., szombat

“And All Things, Whatsoever Ye Shall Ask in Prayer, Believing, Ye Shall Receive”



And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Matthew 21:22

American Standard Version

Prayer is a way of organizing our thoughts. 
Prayer is a way of expressing gratitude. 
Prayer is a way of uniting with ourselves. 

Prayer is honest when we mean what we say, what we really want deep in our heart. 
Prayer power is power when true belief accompanies your thoughts. 

And it doesn't hurt either if you know what you are asking for. It doesn't hurt to be precise with your words. What you wish for, comes true in one way or another. Make reality as close to the picture you imagined as you can.


There might be detours along the way. With perseverance you'll find the way. 
Prayer, belief, actions and a pinch of go-getter crazy attitude will get you to places you want to go.

2018. május 18., péntek

If the Master of the House Had Known in What Watch the Thief Was Coming, He Would Have Watched"


"But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief was coming, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken through."

Matthew 24:43
American Standard Version 

If you leave your wallet and your heart exposed, you'll sooner or later be forced to deal with the consquences. You won't necessarily like those consquences. The ruthless and the cunning work round the clock.

In business and in life it is wise to protect your assets. Even the Bible says so.

Your assets can be anything that gives you value: your business, your property, objects you own, patents you own, knowledge, anything.
To be positive and to sleep well, protect them well. 


If you know you have done everything in your power to protect your assets, this knowledge gives you confidence. And with this confidence you can go on and conquer newer and newer heights and become wiser and wiser, more and more successful every single day.


 


2018. május 17., csütörtök

"How They Might Destroy Him"

"And the Pharisees went out, and straightway with the Herodians took counsel against him, how they might destroy him."

Mark 3:6
American Standard Version 

There are lots of different kinds of destroyers. 
For instance my cats. Donut Destroyers. Annihilators of Dough. 
Now that mosquito season is just around the corner, mosquitos are also destroyers. They are destroyers of a good night's sleep. 
And the list goes on and on and on. 

Actually destroying something is much much easier than building it up.
That is why there are so many cheerful volunteers for destruction. 

Jesus was a cool guy. He was popular, too. He did a lot of great things.
So the destroyers who were his kinsmen by the way and basically pissed off because they wanted to do those things but couldn't thought that that was high time to destroy the guy. 

And they did. The rest is history.

What do we do against destruction?
Destroy distruction. 
That's it. 
And how do we destroy destruction? 
Doing the opposite. Creativity, work, perseverance, cheekiness, devil-may-care, who-the-f-gives-a-sh, passion, joy, happiness, cheerfulness, positivity, humor. 

And when we just can't do that?
Remember, in Life of Brian, Jesus was singing on the cross:
"Always look on the bright side of life."






2018. május 16., szerda

"Ye Are a Temple of God"

"Know ye not that ye are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"

1 Corinthians 3:16
American Standard Version 

Every human being is special.
You, as an individual person, possess a unique spark, a spark that only you have.

God dwells in each and every one of us. Nobody is better or less than the others at birth.
And then we tend to let society
dim our light. 
Why? 
Because it is more comfortable this way. To stand out to search for who we really are takes courage. 

Our body is the temple of God. 
It basically means that when we pamper ourselves, let's say with Nutella, then we pamper God. So given this logic, Nutella is God. 

Jokes apart, our body and our spirit, they make up a whole, the wholeness of our spirit. 




 

2018. május 15., kedd

"Thou Therefore That Teachest Another, Teachest Thou Not Thyself?"

"21 thou therefore that teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? 22 thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou rob temples? 23 thou who gloriest in the law, through thy transgression of the law dishonorest thou God?"

Romans 2:21-23
American Standard Version


"He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches."
The immortal genius of George Bernard Shaw reveals the secret of hypocrites. 

And actually states the same, in no uncertain terms, as the Bible. 

As they say, the best way to learn something is to teach it to others. Well, can't say it's untrue. 
My story is with English phrasal verbs. Take on, take off, take up, take away and the list goes on and on and on with other verbs and other prepositions, too.

Teaching these nasty little linguistic critters gave me the opportunity to actually learn them. And once I learned them, or let's say, learned the vast majority of them, that was the point that I couldn't teach them any more.
So maybe teaching something is actually the process of learning the ins and outs of that subject, assuming that the person loves the subject itself. Once you get the hang of it, you're done with teaching it.

How do we learn?
The best way to learn anything is by doing it and also by example.
The other day I saw a mother duck with 4 ducklings. That was an example for learning by example.

Anyhow, speaking from experience, watch out when people loudly condemn other people. Maybe they just do not want their personal laundry to be exposed.






2018. május 14., hétfő

"Love Your Enemies"

43 "Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy: 44 but I say unto you, Love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you; (...)
46 For if ye love them that love you, what reward have ye?"

Matthew 5:43, 44, 46
American Standard Version  

We oftentimes think about love in unrealistic terms. Yeah, the invisible tyranny of romantic novels has been with us for centuries and has taken its toll. We, women tend to be more susceptible than men to the vicious charm of the pink fog emanating from love stories.

Yet love has a completely different meaning, too. 
When we love someone or something it is basically good for us. 
Love is not suffering. Love is not selfish. Love is not pain. If you feel any of these feelings, you can be sure that what you feel is not love.

Jesus was a cool guy. He basically says here that love is enjoyment. Love is the thrill of discovery. Love is joy. Love is laughter at the top of your lungs. Love is being good to yourself, enjoying your life. First you love yourself, this is the very first love. And then this love transcends to other humans, animate and inanimate things. 


So when you love your enemy, you do a hell of a lot of good things – to yourself.  
And that's where the journey starts.

2018. május 12., szombat

"The Blasphemy Against the Spirit Shall Not Be Forgiven"

"Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but the blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven."

Matthew 12:31
American Standard Version 

We insinctively know when we act against the spirit of our soul. We feel it.
And we also know when we are in complete harmony with our spirit. 


These are fleeting moments and they are precious.
There is a beautiful line in "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand:"(...) men stumble through life, unreal and unformed, and die having never been born."



Creating your life according to your desires and deepest wishes is the most ardous and most fulfilling task. When we act with passion and create our own lives then we are really born.
Design your own life the way you want it. It is yours. Yours to live and yours to destroy, too, if you want to. 


Designing our life starts every single day anew.
Every day is a masterpiece in its own right. Even the sh-tty ones. Strangely enough we tend to learn more from them. 

Let's strive for excellence in designing our days. When it goes south, there is hopefully another day coming up. When it goes awesome then it is truly awesome.
And you are responsible for it.


So be the coolest and best designer of your own days and your own destiny.

 

2018. május 11., péntek

"Look Therefore Carefully How Ye Walk"

"Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise;"

Ephesians 5:15
American Standard Version 

The most important thing about walking is – walking.
Walking is great for the mind, the soul, it fills the heart with joy and good cheer.


Anyways, this part of the sentence does not refer only to the physical act of walking but also to  action itself. It is always good to act wisely although sometimes we just act rashly, on the spur of the moment. 

Wisdom comes from experience and experience comes from having made mistakes.
If we want to be wise, we must make a lot of mistakes. Mistakes mean experience and experience turns into wisdom.
There are some of us who are wise even at a young age although even in these cases lack of experience shines through. Nothing beats experience when it comes to wisdom. 


So, let's walk a lot and be wise.
There is no other form of physical activity that is as relaxing and soothing to the spirit as walking. 
It is a very civilised way of doing physical exercise.




2018. május 10., csütörtök

"Forgetting the Things Which Are Behind, and Stretching Forward to the Things Which Are Before"

"Brethren, I count not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before"

Philippians 3:13
American Standard Version

Don't look back. Easier said than done – this is what I thought for a long long time.
When we are comfortable, that is usually the time when we look back upon the past.

It takes real hardship and real tough times to learn to look ahead.
Or the other end of the spectrum: loads of success.

Interestingly enough, hard times and good times are the real indicator of a person's character. Comfortable security might look good at first glance. Though in the long run it kills the soul and thwarts progress because it simply kills innovation.

I read once on the internet somewhere a great quote:

Hard times create tough men.
Tough men create good times.
Good times create weak men.
Weak men creat hard times.

Hard times and good times are the times when we look ahead.
Which one do you choose? If we look at the quote above, the choice is not an easy one.
Good times are the obvious choice. Real character though is forged in hard times.


We are constantly changing, evolving.
What was true a year, 5 years, 10 years or a minute ago may or may not be true now. Life is changing. Constantly. So enjoy it and rejoice in the spirit which will lead you where your true destiny is.

2018. május 9., szerda

"Neither Cast Your Pearls Before the Swine"

"Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast your pearls before the swine, lest haply they trample them under their feet, and turn and rend you."

Matthew 7:6
American Standard Version 


Know what you are worth. 
The feeling of self-worth is the building block of a well-lived life. 
We are not talking about conceited bragging but about the knowledge of a deep-seated notion that you know your true worth. 

Your worth is the accumulated sum of your experience, your knowledge. 

Nobody can take that away from you. 
People will try and sometimes even manage to take away a lot of things from you, especially valuable and invaluable things. 

Come snow, come rain, come hail, come sunshine, come anything, you, your experience, your knowledge, these are yours and yours only, yours for the taking and yours for using and yours for cherishing. 





 

2018. május 8., kedd

"In the Beginning Was the Word"


"In the beginning was the Word"

John 1:1
American Standard Version 

Most things start with an idea, a thought, a word. First the idea and then the action. 
When we want to change something, change our lives, change our home or even change our hair, it begins with the word, with an idea, with a thought. 

As Muhammad Ali said:
"The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights."
It means that first there is an idea, a thought, an attitude, a way of thinking. And then everything else follows afterwards. 
It is true in fights and since life is a fight itself, it is true in other aspects of life, too. 

Try this little exercise. Think of the thing you want to change and think of three words that can enable you make this change happen in your life. Use those three words during the day. And use them every day for the following week. After a week you will see changes in your life. Your attitude will change. Your point of view will change.



Do you want to change something in your life? It all starts with words.
"In the beginning was the word."








2018. május 7., hétfő

"Whatever Is Not of Faith Is Sin"


"whatsoever is not of faith is sin."

Romans 14:23
American Standard Version

Anything we do that we do not believe in is sin. Mostly against ourselves. 
We live in a society, so sooner or later action without faith will be not only against ourselves but against other human beings, too.
Anything we do that we believe in is God's work. 

Whatever is of faith is from your Spirit. 
How do you know when you act out of faith?
You don't. You might feel something. We know it mostly when we look back upon what happened. 

What counts is to be honest with ourselves. When you want to do something, really want to do it, do it. 

If we think too much about the consequences of our actions then mostly negative consequences pop up and these thwart action. 
Those what ifs... How many inventions, great things, recipes, businesses and new dresses, just to name a few, have been lost to the silent terror of the infamous "what if" syndrome. 

When it's time for action, listen to your heart's and mind's desire. And take action. 
There is a time for meditation and there is a time for action.

 

2018. május 5., szombat

"O Thou of Little Faith, Wherefore Didst Thou Doubt?"

"And he said, Come. And Peter went down from the boat, and walked upon the waters to come to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and took hold of him, and saith unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?"

Matthew 14:29-31
American Standard Version 


This is the part of the Jesus story when Jesus walks upon water. The others, the disciples watch him from the boats. Peter is the one who says, all righty guys, this looks cool, I might as well try it myself. And he does. Success. Until he begins to have doubts. At which point Peter thinks to himself: am I really doing this stuff? Am I a cool guy? Really? I have never ever been a cool guy. Is this really happening?

And the minute he starts to doubt himself he starts to sink. 
And then Jesus, while presumably rolling his eyes, goes something like this: oh no, not again, Pete, get your sh-t together, get a grip, believe in yourself. You are a cool guy. 

The most interesting part of the story is that Jesus was the first one, actually the only one who thought of walking upon water. People normally swim in water. Or play waterpolo. Or have some funny business with a member (members) of the opposite (or same) sex. But walking upon water?

Jesus created a dream, a vision in his mind and then off he went, the next minute he was there, walking upon water. Peter just imitated him.
For Jesus, walking upon water, the idea of walking upon water came from within. As learned psychologists call it: intrinsic motivation. It means that he wanted to do that. Nobody told him to walk upon water, he just did. 

For Peter on the other hand, it was more like extrinsic motivation. It means that he needed something from his environment to trigger his actions. In this case he saw that what Jesus was doing was cool so Peter jumped on the bandwagon. 

There is a world of difference between things that we do because we really want to do them and the things we do because we think this is what we must do. 
The first comes from the heart. That is our true self. 
Look for those moments when you do something from the heart. You will have no doubts, you'll have faith in yourself and in your actions. And that is awesome. These are the moments that are worth living for.


2018. május 4., péntek

"Dwelleth Not in Temples Made with Hands"


"The God that made the world and all things therein, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;"

Acts 17: 24
American Standard Version

God is everywhere. Within us and around us. 
When we pray, we do not need to be in a temple. God hears us when we pray no matter where we pray. 

God has also sometimes a weird sense of humor. 
You can find God and peace everywhere and most importantly, within yourself. 
Temples are important places, and since God dwelleth not in temples made with hands, according to the Bible, when you pray, and it is a sincere prayer, you'll feel his presence. A temple can be under a beautiful tree, or a nice sunset. Or just you. Yourself.
 

2018. május 3., csütörtök

"Let Your Light Shine Before Men"





"Neither do men light a lamp, and put it under the bushel, but on the stand; and it shineth unto all that are in the house. Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."

Matthew 5:15, 16
American Standard Version 

This is one of my favorite verses from the Bible. 
These two sentences contain everything one needs to know about life. 

Your work is your light. 
Your soul is your light. 
Your mind is your light. 

Lights can be found everywhere. In the most unlikely places, too. 
Our life is a discovery, the constant pursuit of our light. It is there. So let it shine.




2018. május 2., szerda

"According to Their Works"


"And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne; and books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works."

Revelation 20: 12
American Standard Version 

What is the story of your book of life?
As you'll find also in the Bible, Luke 6:37: "Do not judge, and you will not be judged."
Anyways, you can still judge yourself, nobody prohibits that. 

How we judge ourselves is kind of interesting. We either are harsh with ourselves or lenient. It is no easy task to see ourselves clearly. What is clear though is that our work is the highest expression of our soul. 

Work is a way to express ourselves. Work is a way toward self-realization. 

Work is you.
Choose your work wisely.



2018. május 1., kedd

"Into the Wilderness"


"And straightway the Spirit driveth him forth into the wilderness."

Mark 1:12 
American Standard Version 
  
It does not happen a lot in life to go out into the wilderness. When it does, the best option is to treat it as an opportunity. 

Why? What is there in the wilderness that makes it an opportunity? 
There is the danger we hide from and the healing spirit we seek. 

Anything can be your wilderness. A sickness, a sudden unemployment, a breakup after a long relationship. Anything that is a crisis. Any huge crisis. And I mean a really huge crisis. 
Missed trains, lost umbrellas, latecomer physicians and carpet-pissing cats do not constitute a crisis. They are not even a problem. Just a blip.

I read it in a great book that the Chinese have a word for crisis. And that word has two parts, two characters: one for crisis and one for opportunity – this reveals by the way a depth of wisdom about the character of the Chinese people. 

Your wilderness, your crisis happens when you least expect it. 
At least this is what you say to yourself. Anyways, it normally starts slow and then boooom, it all happens quickly, it startles you, surprises you, knocks you off your feet. First you find it hard to find your bearings. And then, if you listen to your heart and mostly to your head and mind, sooner or later you'll recognize the hidden opportunities. 

The wilderness is scary. The wilderness is uncomfortable. The wilderness is waaaaaaay out of your comfort zone. That's why it is the wilderness, taaaaaaa. 
How can you survive it and then thrive? Go and fight and use your mind. And sometimes sing and dance, too. We have just this one life, so we might as well enjoy it. Even in the wilderness. Especially in the wilderness. Any fool can enjoy life when everything goes smoothly. The real stuff is when the going gets tough and you still enjoy life.
 

2018. április 30., hétfő

"Beware Ye of the Leaven of the Pharisees"


"Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. But there is nothing covered up, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known."

Luke 12:1,2
American Standard Version


Hypocrisy is the enemy of progress. Most of the time we do not even recognize it.  

Hypocrisy can take many forms.
Hypocrisy is not being the person who we actually are. 
Hypocrisy is not doing the things we actually were born to do. 
Hypocrisy is not doing the things we want to do. 
Hypocrisy is not speaking when we ought to. 
Hypocrisy is speaking when it is not invited. 
Hypocrisy is not being true to ourselves.

Hypocrisy is basically the glue of society. We tell these little white lies, mostly to ourselves and to the outside world. To be liked. To be accepted. We think this is the way to get ahead. And most of the time it is not far from the truth. But what is the price?

There are some of us who behave naturally. They become either hugely successful, or outcasts or crazy, depending on their courage, the society they find themselves in and on their own judgement. 

What to do if you want to lead a let's say normal life (if there exists such a thing, everyone of us is crazy in one way or another) and you are fed up with the leaven of the Pharisees? 
The best way for us to deal with everyday hypocrisy is to surround ourselves with positive things. Things we like, people we like, animals we like, jobs we like, places we like. 
Then prepare for the worst and most importantly, hope for the best.  

2018. április 28., szombat

"Things Visible and Things Invisible"





"for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him;"

Colossians 1:16
American Standard Version

Visible things come from invisible things.
The mind, although it has a visible part, which is the brain, is invisible. 

This invisible thing creates visible, tangible things. 

A lot of people value the visible, the tangible and undervalue the invisible. 

For them only the visible has value. 
These are the people who pay a lot of money for tangible goods but do not want to pay for the work of the mind. 

These are the people who, when they see a diamond only know that it's a diamond because some entity has written down on a piece of paper that that thing is a diamond. Then these people accept the diamondness of the diamond and are willing to pay for it. But when the same diamond is without a certificate, they see no value in it. 

Little do they know that what made that diamond valuable is not the material, the diamond itself. A piece of diamond is basically just like a piece of coal. Diamonds and coal both come from the same element, carbon. 

What makes a diamond valuable is the work of the mind behind it. The work of the mind that figured out that these shiny objects can be made the objects of desire. And as such can be made expensive. Valuable. 
Diamonds are valuable because of the work of mind, the marketing, the thinking behind them. It is not the object itself that is valuable. What is vauable is the work of the mind that made diamonds desirable, hence valuable.

The people who do not understand this, do not use objects. They treat objects as if these objects were the Lord himself. They regard objects as some kind of fetish. Cherish them. Treasure them. 
But still, these people have to use something. So instead of objects, they use people. 
It is not their fault, society values visible things. 

There are some people who know that the really valuable things are the invisible things. 
The invisible creates the visible. 

A universal power that creates the invisible which creates the visible is what we, humans have in common. 

Without the invisible, there is no visible.
With the invisible, everything visible is possible.



2018. április 27., péntek

"But Thou Art the Same"



"They shall perish; but thou continuest:
And they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
And as a mantle shalt thou roll them up,

As a garment, and they shall be changed:
But thou art the same,
And thy years shall not fail."


Hebrews 1: 11, 12
American Standard Version 

Some things change, some things remain the same. 
One of the big questions in life is deciding what you want to change and what you don't want to touch. 




2018. április 26., csütörtök

"But an Angel of the Lord Spake"

"But an angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza: the same is desert."

Acts 8:26
American Standard Version

The Lord is with you every step of the way.
Sometimes we just do things because deep in our heart we know that that's the right thing to do.
Sometimes angels speak to us. You might believe in angels and celestial beings or you might not, it actually doesn't matter.

But sometimes when you decide to do something, you do it because you instinctively know, that's the right choice for you. It is a conviction that comes from within.
What is truly and really yours, cannot be taken away from you. There will be obstacles, there will be hiccups, there will even be catastrophes.

Your road is your road and you know it.
Deep inside your heart you know where you want to go. As the title of a great Italian novel suggests: Va dove ti porta il cuore, meaning: go where your heart takes you.
Your heart does not mean only love. It also means your true calling, your mind. Without the mind there is no heart.

When we do something with real conviction, that is our way.

2018. április 25., szerda

"They Began to Throw the Freight Overboard"

"And as we labored exceedingly with the storm, the next day they began to throw the freight overboard;"

Acts 27:18
American Standard Version 

When did you last throw any freight overboard? When did you last get rid of things that seem to be important but when push did come to shove turned out they were not?
  
Pressure is the precursor to achievement.  
When there is a storm, we focus on the things that really count.  
The things that are really important. We show our true colors when there is a storm. 

Storms are an integral part of our life. 
Let's suppose you have a comfortable life right now. Everything is fine, kind of smooth sailing. 
Imagine that something happens that you didn't expect and it turns your life upside down. 
Imagine, scientists discover a meteor will destroy Earth in 90 days' time. Yeah, I know it's kind of the plot of "Independence Day". It's a great movie. 

Imagine that everything is in chaos. Most people are frightened, depressed, angry. Lots of negative feelings. 
In a situation like this, what would you throw away? What would you keep?



 


2018. április 24., kedd

For When I Am Weak, Then Am I Strong"






"Wherefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."

2 Corinthians 12:10

Strengths and weaknesses are often just two sides of the same coin. And sometimes a particular strength can become a weakness and a weakness can become one's strength.

This day and age we live in a society where we dwell on other people's weaknesses. We pinpoint only the mistakes. A person who often criticizes other people and finds fault in every single thing is considered to be "honest", a respectable citizen.
If someone pays us a compliment, we become suspicious: what does that person want?

Oftentimes it is just a matter of the culture we live in what constitutes strength or weakness.
When we concentrate on our weaknesses then we basically let our souls starve to death. Yes, we become better at one skill but at what price? What is the price you are willing to pay for living a life in the shadows?

When we acknowledge our weaknesses and accept them as they are then these weaknesses start to become strengths.
Just think of one weakness of yours. Cherish it. Get to like it. Let it go. Sooner or later you will instinctively start to work on it.

You won't notice but somehow one day this weakness will organically become part of you. A part that you like.
And that is strength.

2018. április 23., hétfő

"We Look for New Heavens and A New Earth"





"But, according to his promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."

2 Peter 3:13
American Standard Version

Reinvention is when we look for new heavens and a new earth – within our personalities. 
Our world is constantly changing, constantly evolving and so are we. 
We reinvent, renew ourselves even without knowing it. The cells in our body are completely different from the ones we had 10 years ago. 

Your body, your life changes day by day, minute by minute, without any conscious effort on your part. So imagine what changes we can create with conscious effort. Imagine the power of our mind, how it can change our life, looking for something new, creating something new. 

God has given us the power to create our own thoughts. 
With our thoughts we create new things, new experiences, new endeavours. 

How can we make change part of our life? How can we make the search for a new earth, a new life become natural in our life? 
Try and do something new every single day. Something you have never ever done before. Try and make it a habit. Sooner or later, without noticing it, you'll create a completely new life for yourself. Just as it is with most things in life, it starts with one simple thing that you do differently than you did before.

 

2018. április 21., szombat

"For of Him, and Through Him, and unto Him, Are All Things"


"For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and unto him, are all things. To him be the glory for ever. Amen."

Romans 11:34-36
American Standard Version 

Life is unpredictable. 
Life is chaotic. 
Life is glorious. 

There must be a hidden force in the universe that connect everything and everyone together. 
Where does it come from? Where does it gain its energy from?
God is everywhere. Look up the sky on a beautiful spring day like today, look at the blooming trees, or just think how awesome it is to be alive. 

All things are interconnected somehow. 
And the things we do, the things we create, we owe them to the grace of God.
To him we owe everything. And to ourselves, too. 


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.



2018. április 12., csütörtök

"The Tree of Life, Which Is in the Paradise of God"



"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. To him that overcometh, to him will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God."

Revelations 2:7
American Standard Version

It takes patience and perseverance to understand what is important to hear and what is not.

Listening is an underrated skill. Too many times when we are in a conversation, we are caught up in what we want to say. We have no or little patience for other people's messages.
We just wait reluctantly until the other person finishes with their message and then we start what we want to say. Make no mistake, the other person does not listen either to what we have to say.

It's a curious thing, this listening skill. Why is it so undervalued in our society?
It might stem from the fact that the person who does not speak much is usually considered not too bright. Successful people are usually considered to be the ones who speak often and eloquently.

There is one little known fact: really successful people learn to listen. Listening efficiently and well.
The listen especially to hidden messages, things the other person does not want to say.
And these people usually catch those rare social occasions when another person really speaks his/her mind.

If we want to understand the world and have a great life for ourselves, one of the most important skills is the skill of active listening. Listening for what motivates the other person, what makes them tick, what is important to them, who they actually are. And then we can connect with that other person. These are real connections.

Listening for the Spirit, listening for what is important and cannot be seen.
Just try it, today. When you speak with another person, focus on what they are saying, what they mean by their words and what message they want to convey. Don't think about your answer when they are speaking. Just listen to the other person and try to connect with their soul. Chances are, your answer will be more to the point, the other person will like the conversation much better and you'll have more fun.

Listening is a hidden gem. It does not take much to practice it. Listening is the key to other people. 


2018. április 11., szerda

"According to the Truth of the Gospel"



"But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Cephas before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest as do the Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, how compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?"

Galatians 2:14
American Standard Version


When we know what we want, when we are sure of ourselves, it is inside of us.
What really counts is in the inside. We know it and we act accordingly. 

We don't want to force our thoughts and actions on anyone. If other people find these things useful, they might choose to make them their own, too and it is a choice then. 

To live according to the truth of the gospel is to live according to choice. According to what's inside. That's the truth. Only you can change yourself. And when you do, that's the truth.





2018. április 10., kedd

"Be of Good Cheer"






"And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer"

Acts 23:11
American Standard Version   

It is better to be of good cheer, if for nothing else than to have prettier wrinkles over 40. 
Time passes by when you are of good cheer and time passes by even when you are not of good cheer. 
Time is the great leveller. Time does not care if we are smiling or not. But I guess you do care. 
And when you care then you know you are on the right track. 




 

2018. április 9., hétfő

"The Glory of His Grace"



"to the praise of the glory of his grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved:"

Ephesians 1:6
American Standard Version

Giving is a form of art.
There is a fine line between giving freely, enjoying it for the sake of it and then giving away something valuable and then being used afterwards. This usually occures when the guidelines are not clear.

Giving is just giving. The secret to giving really freely from the bottom of your heart is giving and then moving along. Problems start to arise when we give and then we expect something in return and we do not say it openly.

When you give freely, then give freely without strings attached. Give for the sake of giving, enjoy the moment then move on.

When you give and then expect something in return, say it openly.
Yes, some people will be offended. Why? There might be a thousand different explanations. I guess deep inside they would have been in it just for the free ride and that's why they are offended by your honesty.

This is a simple task. When you give, decide beforehand if you want something in return or not.

In the first case, when you want something in return, let the other party know about it Being upfront and honest has its downsides. You might even run the risk of being labeled "anti-social". But in the long run everyone likes to deal with people who say what they mean.

In the second case, when you don't want anything in return, then just give freely and that's that.
Don't expect anything and if the other party returns your act of kindness, just be happy about it.
Give just for the fun of it and give fully knowing that you might get nothing in return. In fact that is the most possible scenario. You still do it.

The most important thing is to know which case you want to choose and act accordingly. Your life will get much simpler.


2018. április 7., szombat

"Wherefore If Any Man Is in Christ, He Is a New Creature"



"Wherefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold, they are become new."

2 Corinthians 5: 17
American Standard Version 

The old and the new often intertwine.
When we believe in something, when we choose a new path, when we decide on something new, we change. We are a new creature. And this change does not necessarily have to be a huge one. 

Even small changes in our daily routine make us a new person. 
What makes you a new person is anything you do that is new, anything that is outside the ordinary.

"Nihil sub sole novum." There is nothing new under the sun. 

You keep what is good from the old and then create something new. 
For this, you need belief and rebirth. Being born again. You are not a newborn but you are born again. Slowly but surely your new life starts to unfold. And you become new. 

2018. április 6., péntek

"For We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight"


"for we walk by faith, not by sight"

2 Corinthians 5: 7 

American Standard Version 

You instinctively know what is right for you. 
We can be useful and able when we are completely aligned with our true calling. 

Have you seen people who force themselves to act and live in a way that deep inside they don't like?
They have chosen that path because of a number of different factors, chief among them: what would others think? Their days are filled with sadness and sighs. Their life seems a neverending repetition of insipid days on autopilot. Outwardly they can seem "normal". When you scratch the surface, the truth comes out. Their life is a lie and the most important person they are lying to: themselves. 





On the other hand, have you seen people who are true to their destiny?
Their happiness and fulfillment is visible, you can feel it. 

They dedicate themselves to their life, to their work, the profession of their choosing and their loved ones. This dedication is filled with passion yet somehow it has a dispassionate streak. Because these people have a goal and they are constantly moving toward what they see with their mind's eye. 

What do you see when you close your eyes? 


"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: The Little Prince

2018. április 5., csütörtök

"We Have a Building from God, a House Not Made with Hands, Eternal"





"For we know that if the earthly house of our tabernacle be dissolved, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens."

2 Corinthians 5: 1
American Standard Version

What is your building from God? What do you consider eternal?

A building from God can be anything we believe in. Something that is stronger and more everlasting than anything else. It can be something to live for and to die for.


A building from God cannot be seen but it can be felt. 
Eternal just like life. Although according to esteemed scientists the Sun will blow up and with it our Earth too, in approximately 4 billion years' time. But the life, this life we have on Earth, surely it has a meaning and it won't just dissolve into nothing. Or will it?



Even when something is destroyed and it fills you with sorrow, there is always the building from God you can turn to.


There must be some things that are eternal. That give us hope and strength and a reason to live.



 

2018. április 4., szerda

"And Shall Not Doubt in His Heart"



"Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou taken up and cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that what he saith cometh to pass; he shall have it."

Mark 11: 23
American Standard Version

Doubt kills more dreams than natural disasters, enemies, catastrophes and mothers-in-law.

Doubt is the single biggest factor responsible for dreams flushed down the drain.
Doubt kills. Full stop.

Doubt, self-doubt exists. It comes from the fear of failure.
Fear of failure? We are not born with it, it gets imprinted in our mind as we go through the school system. School systems want perfection. But perfection does not exist at least not in the way they want it.

Failure is an integral part of the learning process. Of any learning process. Failure is natural. Failure is the proof that you are learning something new.
Remember, when you learned how to stand up and walk or how to ride a bycicle, you stumbled and fell. Quite a lot of times. According to the school system, that was failure. And still you kept going. And now you can walk. And ride a bike.

When you want to do something and you really want to do it, do it. Go for it. What happens if you don't succeed? Big whoop, you'll try it once more. Once more. And once more. Or not. Or you try different approaches.

When you want something, do it. Imagine yourself already doing that thing or having that thing that you really want. And then go for it.
"If you can dream it, you can do it."
Walt Disney


2018. április 3., kedd

"All Things Are Possible to Him That Believeth"



"And Jesus said unto him, If thou canst! All things are possible to him that believeth."

Mark 9: 23
American Standard Version

Seeing is believing. First you believe and then you see.
Belief is the single most important step toward your goals.

Since we are human beings, not Jesus Christ, son of God, we need to also do something for what we believe in. Actions are important. Even Jesus acted upon his belief system although he was no ordinary man, the son of God. Without acting upon your belief system, you'll miss the target.

Actions are necessary. Actions with belief, backing them up.

Actions without belief are superfluous. Actions without belief often backfire. Actions without belief are empty. They lack substance.

First we think of something. An idea. A modicum of an idea. Then we either dissuade ourselves and discard the mere thought of acting upon it. Or.
You start to believe – first in yourself then in your actions. All the big achievements of humankind started with a person who believed. And then acted upon it.

You don't have to think big although thinking big has its advantages. Even the small things in our life will gain a special meaning and that extra mile when we do them with belief. With the belief that we are the best, the most well-suited people to do that particular thing and do that – with belief.

And when we do even the simplest task with belief, we exert a special effort to do that thing. It fills us with a sense of achievement. And that sense of achievement is worth more than you have ever imagined. It gives you energy. Energy that will turn into more belief and more actions – with belief and with a sense of achievement, fulfillment.



2018. április 2., hétfő

"But Jesus Held His Peace"



"And they that had taken Jesus led him away to the house of Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together. 58 But Peter followed him afar off, unto the court of the high priest, and entered in, and sat with the officers, to see the end. 59 Now the chief priests and the whole council sought false witness against Jesus, that they might put him to death; 60 and they found it not, though many false witnesses came. But afterward came two, 61 and said, This man said, I am able to destroy the [ac]temple of God, and to build it in three days. 62 And the high priest stood up, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? 63 But Jesus held his peace."

Matthew 26: 57-63
American Standard Version 

Peace of mind is an essential factor in our life.
Bear in mind that a lot of people and circumstances will try and take it away from you. It is more so when you set your sights high – and even higher. 


Jesus could hold his peace, could keep his peace of mind in a dire situation. 
His own people wanted to kill him, make him a victim. They used every conceivable and unconceivable tool at their disposal to reach their goal. For instance making other people, in this case, Pilate, do the dirty work for them. And did they succeed in this "endeavour"!

"But Jesus held his peace."
You might not face such a catastrophic situation but still, everyday problems have a tendency to try to destroy our peace of mind. 

It is okay to lose your temper from time to time. It is okay to lose your motivation from time to time.
It is okay to feel desperate and helpless from time to time. 

After all, we are humans. 

When you slip, forgive yourself. Don't be so hard on yourself.
And then think of these instances as part of the learning process. 

Think about your peace of mind. Your peace of mind is yours. That core that is yours. 
That core that helps you through good and bad times, too. Make your today and tomorrow great!

And then, as Scarlett O'Hara says in Gone With the Wind: 
"Tomorrow is another day."

 

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