Serenity Prayer

Reinhold Neibuhr (1892–1971), a theologian and an ethicist wrote the ground-breaking Serenity Prayer – a version Alcoholics Anonymous uses in their Twelve Step Program:

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.
Amen.

 

Forgiveness

Before coming to the Eucharistic table it’s required that we ask for forgiveness.  This is while seeking salvation from distress, enemies, bondage, adversaries, defeat, and social decay.  In confidence we approach our Pioneer of Salvation Jesus Christ as we confess our sins.  Many Christians wish to be saved from sins and death, and to be free of guilt, and estrangement.  Most of our problems are through ignorance, bondage, and vice.  Mother Teresa (1910–1997), a Roman Catholic religious sister and missionary said, “Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.”  Prayers of forgiveness have implications, for they eventually release us from guilt.  They bring joy, and bless us with the happiness of being forgiven.  Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948), the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India wrote, “Prayer is not asking.  It is a longing of the soul.  It is daily admission of one’s weakness.  It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”  But some prominent individuals see prayer differently.  Their actions speak louder than words.

Gift of Life

People need prayer – this gift of life has meaning in our lives.  Why must we lead meaningless lives buffeted by the pressures of the world?  It’s wise to seek God’s presence, for he comes to us in every place and situation.  Let each moment be your ongoing experience of being with the living Christ.  So free yourselves from bondage and futility, and attain final reconciliation.  Be emancipated from evil and grow in the enrichment by Christ’s goodness.  Lou Holz (b. 1937), a former football player, and coach said, “Sacrifice, discipline and prayer are essential.  People gain strength through God’s word, and receive grace from the sacrament.  And we fumble due to sin – and it’s gonna happen – confession put us back on the field.”  It should be our desire to be in the game of life.  .

Power of the Holy Spirit

Christians delight when they experience the power of the Spirit.  This means liberation, joy, and a sign of our growing maturity.  By redemption they hope to achieve the prefect likeness of Christ.  This acceptance of God’s gift of immortality brings peace, courage, and hope.  Believers become dedicated to his service.  This self-fulfillment comes with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, when our rebellious nature is subdued that has caused the sickness of souls.  With repentance this lifestyle begins to enthrone God in our hearts.  Like Mark Twain (1835–1910), an author and humorist wrote, “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”  Eventually asking forgiveness will become like a second nature.  We learn to forgive others for we know this is the best way of handling life’s predictions.  This belief was expressed by Tyler Perry (b. 1969), an actor, and filmmaker when he said, “It’s not an easy journey to get to a place where you forgive people.  But it is such a powerful place, because it frees you.”  Christian believers are reminded in the New Testament that before receiving the Holy Eucharist they must ask forgiveness of those they have wronged.  What a freeing gift this is in the Eucharistic Mass!

Marianne Williamson (b. 1952), a spiritual teacher and author wrote, “Forgiveness is not always easy.  At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it.  And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.”  Why place such a heavy price of guilt on our shoulders?  Forgiveness though must beckon us to reach out even to our enemies.  That was why Laurence Sterne (1713–1768), an Anglo-Irish novelist and Anglican clergyman said, “Only the brave know how to forgive … a coward never forgives; it is not in his nature.”  Having courage is a blessing, and a true gift to have in seeking forgiveness and reconciliation.

Our Universal King

Our eye will see the Universal King in his beauty.  We’ll behold a land that stretches far away and the Lord in his majesty will honor us.  In this place there’ll be broad rivers and streams, where no galley with oars can go, nor stately ships can pass (Isa 33:17, 21).  From his heavenly dwelling place prayers there’ll be pleading to him for forgiveness of those who have sinned (2 Chr 6:39).  King David saw the Lord as his light and salvation.  He feared no one because the Lord was the stronghold of his life (Ps 27:1).  An Anglo-Irish Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Johnathan Swift (1667–1745) said, “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”  While living on an earthly plane causes us not to look ahead to the future.  It’s a future promised by Almighty God, and it’s necessary to have faith in him.

The Scriptures

People may come to believe the Gospel by the reading of the Scriptures.  Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), a lecturer and poet wrote: “Never lose the opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.”  This beauty takes the form of truth found in God’s word.  This God has seen fit to reveal to us – through his way, the truth, and the light.

As people journey through life they embrace God’s teachings in various ways.  A historian and archivist Mary Ritter Beard (1876–1958) wrote, “Certainly travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”  This revelation is like seeing the true King in word, and deed.  He’s the One in whose hands our salvation lies.

Our Vision

Seeing demands more than mere perception, and there ought to be understanding.  Daniel H. Pink (b. 1964), a bestselling author said, “Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes.  Not only is empathy hard to outsource and activate, but it makes the world a better place.”  Isn’t it by seeing the goodness of our King Jesus Christ people find in following his teachings, they are saved?  Undoubtedly according to Pink embracing our divinity might well be hard work, for we experience trials and tribulations in life.

But how do people see Jesus for whom he is?  A Christian evangelist George Muller (1805–1898) wrote, “The more I am in a position to be tried in faith with reference to my body, my family, my service to the Lord, my business, etc., the more shall I have the opportunity of seeing God’s help and deliverance; and every fresh instance, in which He helps and delivers me, will tend towards the increase of my faith.”  By faith there’s spiritual growth. Christians will be able to see their King for who he is.  They will continually be blessed in their perseverance, and know in intricate ways the nature of our Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ.

Sowing Seeds

It must always be borne in mind that gossip hurts.  As you look for guidance from the Almighty it’s best to be obedient in life.  In everything pursue wholeness, for it’s the basis of good health.  Anyone doing these things will be blessed with a feeling of worthiness.  When helping anyone there should be no strings attached.  You should do so with an open mind, and let nothing disturb you.  Remember to live a life free from fear and with goodness.

Be sure of yourself.  Touch lives, and change them for the better with kindness.  You shall then be creating a future of hope.  Depend less on a competitive spirit, but on one that’s willing to share, and help others.  With these goals good seeds sprout by nurturing.  William Shakespeare (1564–1616), an English poet and playwright wrote, “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

The Earth College

“Our duty is to encourage everyone in his struggle to live up to his own highest ideal, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.”  An Indian Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda (1863–1902) said.  Pursuing the truth has to be an ideal in the Earth College.  It’s often believed you get what you wish for.  It’s therefore necessary to approach life with love. Everyone has at least one talent, and is like students attending the Earth College – Life.  But some of us are handicapped.  They may be born that way.  Regardless of our status – whether able-bodied or handicapped, these are important lessons to learn, and it’s best to master them as early as you can. Do your best so that you don’t have to repeat your mistakes.  That’s why we should share our ideals with those we meet.  We must view everyone as friends on life’s journey.

People must live ethically by honoring their fellowmen and women.  Be good Samaritans to the downtrodden and poor, for we’re all students on planet earth. Do not cheat, nor steal, but work diligently, and God will bless you.  Let your goal be focused on serving and loving others.  Show compassionate when illness and suffering come to members of your community.  By pursuing what’s good this kindness should be your goal.

Love as a Bridge

Ellen G. White (1827–1915), an author, and Christian pioneer of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church wrote, “A Christian reveals true humility by showing the gentleness of Christ, by being always ready to help others, by speaking kind words and performing unselfish acts, which elevate and ennoble the most sacred message that has come to the world.”  Many times love is like making baby steps.  It’s best to take things slowly rather than not doing them at all.  This is the hope from which people should drink.  As people live, their pursuit of personal goals must be based on love. In doing daily chores our guardian angels are with us when we reach out to others.  These help build a bridge to the lovable and unlovable alike.  So remember to approach people with pure hearts, while wishing them all the best for what they are able to do.  It’s John F. Kennedy (1917–1963), president of the United States who said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  These actions show the utmost promises of sowing fertile seeds eternally.

 

Hidden Saints

Why must we look out for saints?  It’s because if we spot them we can expect unexpected blessings.  Where do we find them?  They are everywhere and we meet them while walking in the woods, shopping, in organizations, at churches, or when we just hop into a McDonald’s or Hardee’s to buy a cup of coffee.  But how do you know they are saints?  Some are unable to recognize them because they appear as all sorts of people with different vocations.  For one, when they greet you, you may be tempted to ignore them because they look ordinary.

Sometimes they strike up a conversation, and you may not even realize there was anything particularly striking, or unusual about them.  This saint might focus on some problem you’re concerned about that you wish would go away.  Then here comes this man or woman and as they spoke with you, they reveal the same problem troubling you.

It could be whether you must quit your job for other work, having financial problems, or struggling with a sick child at home.  What can you do?  You might have relocated to a new town, and are looking for an apartment.  Then again, it might be you simply wish to know the quickest way to your son’s soccer game.  This saint unexpectedly provides the answer you have never imagined.  You didn’t realize it, but in hindsight you’re sure the person with whom you were chatting, provided an answer that literally saved your life.  An American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan (b. 1941) in his lyrics “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” sang about an orphan with his gun crying like a fire in the sun:

Lookout, the saints are coming through

And it’s all over baby blue…

Unlike the lines of these lyrics it is never over, for saints are blessed with an eternal future.  Everywhere they pop up unexpectedly appearing in places and situations where you least expect to see them.  During these times they are working with, and for us, helping solve problems, and shedding light on new ones.

Unexpected Saints

Some saints are considered hidden. On Vatican Radio on December 4th, 2014, Pope Francis (b. 1936) at morning mass at Santa Marta recalled his experiences with them, “There are many hidden saints, men, women, fathers and mothers of families, sick people, priests who every day put into practice the love of Jesus; and this give us hope.”

By simply giving a cup of water to a thirty beggar a saint will be of help, and important gift is feeding the starving in the midst of devastating earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and drought.  You see them building homes for the homeless, and digging wells in impoverished regions, to bring fresh water and relief to villagers.  While working in hospitals, medical centers, and soup kitchens some still go unrecognized.

Throes of Life

In the throes of life saints appear in places where there are severe pangs, pains and suffering.  During extreme difficulties and troubles, they slave away with and for us.  It might be an era of great revolutions, or social change in nations, but they are with the down-trodden.  In these agonizing crises they silently nurse wounds, and care for the sick, and dying.

Pop groups have sprung up capturing these dark moments of life.  Throes of Perdition lyrics by TRIVIUM use images of being blind-folded, gagged, firing squads, vultures and hyenas to promote themselves.  Throes of Dawn – a band formed in 1994, is a dark metal band from Finland that provides music that pushes the fear of pain in human existence.  Their fare is emotional, dark and progressive music with growling, screaming and bittersweet experiences.  An English rock band Pink Floyd founded in 1979, inducted in the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1996, in “One Of My Turns” – The Wall Lyrics sang, “This is just a passing phase”:

One of my bad days.

Would you want to watch T.V.?

Or get between the sheets?”

Although saints work around the world there are social deficiencies crying out for help.  We find evidence of these problems in our pop culture.  But regardless how bleak these situations are, the meek, hard-working and hidden saints make a difference impacting communities for the better.

 

Our Life’s Predicament

Since the fall of Adam and Eve human beings have faced quite a predicament, but Christ’s dying on the cross at Calvary has saved us.  The problem with our first parents’ downfall led to the fall of humanity.  Moral evil (sin) has entered the world and we live in a state of alienation from God.  This was because of the betrayal of trust in the Garden of Eden.  With this betrayal many humans now have toxic and malignant personal power.  The core of sin is unbelief and hardness of heart that have cast blights over the world.  People have made bad choices, but God wants us to look to him, and reverse our direction.  Franz Wright (b. 1953), a poet said, “I am in no way different from anyone else, that my predicament, my sense of aloneness or isolation may be precisely what unites me with everyone else.”  Wright has succinctly reflected on the plight that everyone has found themselves in.

State of Enmity

 Lots of repercussions followed mankind’s fall, but people persist in living sinful lives.  There’s a lack of reconciliation with God.  People worship profit, and consumption that have become false idols in their lives.  With the propensity to sin they are afflicted with a bad spiritual infection.  Sins lurk in their beings.   People practice self-elevation and aggrandizement.  Now they are struck with physical evils of all sorts.  With these misplaced allegiances they have become willing accomplices in evil schemes.  Many are now notable sinners in this world.  Thomas Sydenham (1624–1689), an English author and physician wrote, “Lastly, he must remember that he himself hath no exemption from the common lot, but he is bound by the same laws of mortality, and liable to the same ailments and afflictions with his fellows.”  With the fall of the first man and woman sin has enveloped us in profound ways.  The only way to counter such evils is to turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness.

Alienation

Presently many people are living with souls weighed down and tormented.  These people have cursed and corrupted souls.  But by pursuing evil ways they can be lost forever.  It’s only through salvation that people’s souls are saved.  Souls separated from God are in an ongoing state of enmity with him.  These are the ones that have fallen short of the glory of God, who refuse to repent because of pride.  The Bible teaches that “… the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 6:23).  This is the gift people ought to pursue.  Eugene Ionesco (1909–1994), a Romanian playwright said, “There is no religion in which everyday life is not considered a prison; there is no philosophy or ideology that does not think that we live in alienation.”  The consequences of living in alienation are devastating for people living in a corrupt world.

Broken Relationships

It’s for people to correct their ruptured relationships by accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior – for he’s our new Adam.  He alone can expiate our guilt, heal our souls, change our distorted lives, and revive us.  Only he can do away with people’s corrupt nature, and save us from eternal punishment.  Evil has led to moral and spiritual bondage.  It’s Christ, who can wipe away negative, and defeated thinking.  Chuck Palahniuk (b. 1962), a novelist and freelance journalist said, “Find joy in everything you choose to do.  Every job, relationship, home … it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.”  Palahniuk agreed the way people must go about changing their relationships is to embrace a new attitude of love when pursuing peace and justice.

To Be Truly Rich

Are you rich in the things of this world?  Do these riches satisfy your soul?  If the answer is “no,” take a glimpse at what it is to have the right kind of riches.

There are people in this world who have more than enough material possessions.  They boast about their money, property and wealth.  They take extravagant vacations, stay at luxurious hotels, but are they satisfied?  Some may possess fine paintings and sculptures by renowned artists, and display for public viewing these works.  But these masterpieces don’t necessarily bring them satisfaction.  These wealthy people are owners of elaborate yachts, live in mansions, drive state-of-the-art cars, and have many admirers, but they may still be dissatisfied.  What if they have good-natured friends with fine qualities, but their lives don’t seem right to them.  In drinking the finest wines, these folks are able to attend the best concerts, and enjoy enthralling music. And being dressed in stunning evening attire, and flowing gowns, still something seems missing. Their fragrance is that of expensive perfumes, and driven by their chauffeurs they grace elaborate parties, but they may still feel out of place.

These individuals are enjoying some of the best things the world has to offer.  Their friends are elegant, with a quick wit, and sense of humor, but what isn’t amusing is that they may come away from these special functions feeling life is meaningless.  They ask themselves, “Who am I?  What am I doing?  What am I trying to prove?  Where do I go from here?”

Finding Answers

It might be that they have to downsize to start enjoying the simple things they were overlooking. More realistically they ought to give their lives to Jesus Christ.  Pick up their crosses and follow him and watch all aspects of their lives fall into place.  It might not be the best thing to be rich, but ironically there’s much more to gain when people live modestly.  This is after people realize what’s important in their lives.

Such individuals must have an eye on the prize for eternal blessings.  It’s believed that the faithful if they have Christ have found everything necessary for their journey.  Is wealth able to buy health, satisfaction, happiness, joy, and peace of mind?  Over and over people read Scripture warning them about being rich. So people have to be careful about having earthly possessions, especially if they become their gods.  Instead, put your hopes on God’s Heavenly Kingdom and his divine gifts.  That’s where their future lies.

True Happiness

True happiness brings peace of mind.  How can people have peace of mind?  By serving the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and being lights to others.  It’s true people must enjoy the basic necessities, and have enough money for food, clothing and shelter.  But these gifts they must share with the poor and destitute.  Living just for oneself is a dangerous proposition.  Some people have regretted not living godly lives.  An English Archbishop during the reign of Henry VⅢ bemoaned the fact that if he had served God as faithfully as he had served his King, God wouldn’t have forgiven him in his old age.  It was during the 16th century Cardinal Wolsey, who was stricken with a broken heart was executed by his King.

 

Renewing Your Mind

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.

—Rom 12:1-2

It’s essential to understand how your mind works.  Christians should turn to the Bible for answers.  This will be all part of fulfilling the destiny to love abundantly.  Joyce Meyer (b. 1943), a Christian author and speaker said, “As you pray to the Holy Spirit to make you aware of thoughts  that come in your mind that don’t line up with God’s Word, you’ll begin to realize when those thoughts come and you can renew your mind with the Word.”  Undoubtedly the mind is a key to Christian living.  It’s for us to be able to discern the truth to be guided in the right way (1 Cor 2:14).

To do so we have to understand ourselves.  Some players of sports might be best able to capture this reality because their success is based on performance.  Ralph Marston (1907–1967), a professional football player wrote, “Rest when you’re weary.  Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit.  Then get back to work.”  With Christians it’s always a job of loving and serving others.  They have to be well-equipped to complete these tasks.

Much of this calls for a personal examination of our hearts.  Pearl S. Buck (1892–1973), a writer and novelist explained, “Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that is where I renew my springs that never dry up.”  Our goals have to grow out of such confidence as we change our ungodly ways of thinking into new and life-affirming ways.

Time of Renewal

The church’s calendar has periods dedicated to renewal.  James Keating (b. 1923), a Trappist monk and priest wrote, “Lent is the time to renew wherever we are in that process, that I call the divine therapy.  It’s a time to look what our instinctual needs are, look at what the dynamics of our unconscious are.”  Loving God and our neighbor is an ongoing process.  Our thoughts are often buffeted by the happenings in the world around us, so we must turn to the Word, repent, and pray for forgiveness.

But how can we do these things?  Susan L. Taylor (b. 1946), an editor and journalist said, “We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly – spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.”  Others may see this as something we should do whether we’re in a church or not.  As Satya Nadella (b. 1967), an Indian American business executive of Microsoft wrote, “You renew yourself every day.  Sometimes you’re successful, sometimes you’re] not, but it’s the average that counts.”  This lesson on loving, and renewal, takes time, and work.

Renewal is what is good, acceptable, and the perfect will of God (Rom 12:2).  It’s how we praise God, and think about these things (Phil 4:8).  By showing affection for the things above (Col 3:2), you shall run and not be weary, and walk, and not faint (Isa 40:31).  Then you could say like Louie Schwartzberg (b. 1950), a director, producer, and cinematographer: “I think we need to do some deep soul searching about what’s important in our lives and renew our spiritual thinking, whether it’s through faith-based religion or just through loving nature or helping your fellow man.”

Life’s Remote

Need a remote?  Do you think by having this devise you can control your life?  It may be natural to think so, for if you can control your mind you may be able to solve your problems.  But is that possible?

Personal Control

In thinking about oneself it’s usually a battle with the mind.  You may try controlling your thoughts like using a TV remote. What to think – monitoring what’s good or bad. But, “Use commonsense” you say, “for I’ll have a perfect plan.”  By encouraging good thoughts – those enlightening to the mind, body, and spirit, you’ll be able to solve your problems.  These must be the ones you must feed and nurture.  By starving thoughts that are negative you’re discouraging unwanted feelings.  So do breathing exercises, meditate, and pray for have control.  Do these techniques work?  Yes, to some extent.  Some negative thoughts you may capture, and banish from your mind, but emotional ones linger.

Controlling the Emotions

Psychologists warn us about the dire consequences of feeding our mind with negative thoughts.  When they come to your mind do something about them.  Try distracting yourself by going for a walk, or playing music, which will surely change your thinking.  If negative emotions persist do not dwell on them, but pray to let them go. Call on the Lord, and quote Scriptures to refresh yourself. And watch a change in attitude come over you.

 Dream Dreams

A dreamer may dream about the future.  It’s estimated that 20 percent of the population are lucid dreamers.  Another 50 percent occasionally remember some of their dreams.  These are dreams while  we are asleep, but we’re all dreamers while awake and active.  Dreaming is like clicking on the remote to be transported to an imaginary place.  The only thing is this action doesn’t actually give you a movie-like experience.

Rewinding Our Life

Like a movie, we can’t rewind our life.  Listen to what Frank Matobo from Africa University, Zimbabwe said, “Time waits for no man.  A second of doubt means you are a second behind.  So make a choice, use it wisely or lose it forever.  There is simply no rewind.”  This is why believers must have faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ.  They must embrace life, believe in good things, and accentuate the positive.  Christians must never doubt, but accept what’s holy, true, just, and honest.  These attributes comes with perseverance, and studying the Word.  There’s a Facebook community where people want to rewind their lives. They can only speculate about those things they wish to change, haven’t done, and if they had a chance to do it over again, what they are willing to do differently.

Fast-forward

Like with the rewind feature individuals can use their minds to recall past events.  They can linger on their experiences, errors and faulty thinking, but with the fast-forward button they can only use their imagination to dream.  We are incapable and limited, for we can’t fast-forward our minds through problems.  To do so we’ll have to be able to know what the future brings.  With a movie you can speed forward and know because all scenes are already prerecorded.  You can watch the end, or middle before the beginning.  In real life you can only imagine this feature.  That’s why Christians can focus on eternal life, because they have discerned, pictured, and are reassured by biblical promises their commitment in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is sound.  Indeed this is through faith because they have been exposed to the totality of God’s Word.

 Pause & Mute

In life some critics argue that there’s never pause and mute buttons through which we have control.  From birth the play button propels us on our trajectory.  It’s for us to steer our ship, and do our best to avoid shipwrecks.  Let us reflect on what author Sonya Parker wrote, “Life doesn’t come with a rewind, FAST -FORWARD or PAUSE BUTTON.  Once it starts it PLAYS until it ends or until you press STOP.”

It’ll be interesting if we can view the pause and mute buttons as times for reflection, and prayer.  Being caught up in a hectic schedule sometimes it’ll be best to withdraw to a quiet place, close our eyes and give thanks to Almighty God.  Our prayer may very well be on pause when we fail to utter words and are one with all creation.  It’s suicide or murder if you hit the stop button.  Never do this, but let life end naturally, and you’ll be blessed.

 

The Divine Process

What role do people play in the Divine process?  Obviously, they are on a journey of discovery to find the true light in their lives.  Many of us begin by taking “baby steps” until we are more confident about embracing our real goals.  This can be summed up best by our desire to live fulfilled-lives.   As believers this calls for making the tough choices.  It will take the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide us.

William J. Clinton (b. 1946), president of the United States said, “If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes.  But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person.  It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you.  The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.”  People who are guided by the Holy Spirit will never ever quit.  They know that their faith is eternal.

Believers’ Mission

Undoubtedly, believers strive to do as much work as possible about their lives, friends, communities, and churches.  They have to learn how they can be true lights to others.  Through discernment they have to discover how best to serve.  As members of the body of Christ it’s essential to use our talents effectively, for we are of one body of which Christ is the Head.  It’s the Holy Spirit that directs our actions.  And it’s for us to reflect God’s love toward others’ lives, for he’s omnipotent.  We do this best when we surrender to his Divine Providence.

Christian Faith

Believers cannot afford to be lukewarm about their Christian faith.  They must be like Rick Warren in The Purpose Driven Life: What On Earth Am I Here For? who explained that we’re here to enjoy full purpose driven lives.  This means an uttermost commitment to the Christian faith.  It’s the way we walk that will reap God’s blessings.  This faithfulness guarantees we’ll enjoy eternal life.  Our experiences in life of trials and tribulations are like pin-pricks compared to the joys that await us in heaven.

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968), a Baptist minister and leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement said, “Life most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”’  Christ wants us all to become involved and be of service to those among us.  It doesn’t matter if it’s in “big or small ways.” But we’re to do something – anything that’s positive, and let our true light shine upon earth.