Sublime Peace

Seek peace, and illuminate your paths with happiness.  Essential though is for you to cultivate a clean mind and contrite heart.  This is when you’re blessed with gifts of God, Allah, Brahma, or Dao.  You have become a true light and are ideal for undertaking a divine mission. Barack Obama (b. 1961), the first African American President of the United States said, “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you will make progress.”  Our walk of faith leads us to have an enlightened heart.

The joys of this world are fleeting.  True peace is a weapon that’s able to defeat evil.  In this world there’s degradation, and fear, but for believers their future is bright.  By living according to God’s promises they become faithful, and kind men, and women.  These believers might face hardships that are like pin pricks compared to the happiness that awaits them.

The world is buffeted by the winds of change.  If it isn’t war, murder, or crime, deviancy is found in the sensual excesses of life.  Some people hold their heads high, walk with their chests up, and are puffed up.  At best this is a way of displaying vanity.  Others face struggles with broken hearts, and continue to pretend that all is well.  Temptations of the flesh can’t build us up, and it often involves empty praise and double talk.  Worldly types live in the shackles of fickleness.  A poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) wrote, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”  Being true to oneself should be the aim of every individual of faith.

Spreading Joy

It’s beneficial to spread joy and hope in the sacred world.  To be true to ourselves we have to live in peace.  Being sustained by the Primal Essence it’s for us to minister to others.  As lights in the world we ought to walk confidently in the midst of wolves.   Our journey in life would be filled with celestial riches.  Robert H. Schuller (1926–2015), a Christian televangelist said, “God flourished my ministry and my career of creative thinking, communicating and writing back 50 years.”  It was Schuller’s belief that he was blessed in his mission.

To find comforting peace it’s best to review the teachings of the sacred texts of the world’s faith traditions.  Their teachings mirror the true lights of our earthly sojourn.  So it’s wise, to be steadfast in understanding of the Word.  For the monotheistic faiths believe on judgment day we’ll have to give an account of how we have lived.  Believers who embrace these spiritual beliefs would be comforted in their lives.   Ann Landers (1918–2002), a Chicago Sun-Times advice columnist wrote, “Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself; the most comforting words of all; this, too, shall pass.”  With this realization we know that a devout life will be victorious.

Good Values

How could you improve your personality?  Some people believe you could do so by attending to their personal needs.  They think that they must dress well.  The religiously minded might wear a necklace with a cross dangling on their chest.  Others pay attention if their hair is black, brown, or blond?  And some make sure they are well-groomed.  Without a doubt dress is beautiful and appealing to their admirers.  However there’s a lot more than appearance if you wish to be the best.  You ought to invest in having a well-rounded education.  A good education leads to emotional, intellectual, and physical development.  Being kind and courteous are good qualities to have.  You might view your personality as having a mask of different colors.  Ezra Pound’s Personnae (1909) literally means “masks of actor,” because people are actors on the world’s stage.

People are nevertheless imperfect.   As they work on improving themselves they find they are dogged by weaknesses.  It’s for us to reconsider our attitudes about these defects and view them as gifts.  Try not to be overly worried, but accept your imperfections for what they are.  Maybe you have an addiction.  What should you do?  It’s best to recognize your affliction by taking responsibility for it.  You must try seeking treatment for this disease.  If it’s alcoholism join Alcoholic Anonymous, and confront your disease.  You should share your story as blessings in disguise, and work at melting away its stigma.  This negative gift that was regarded with dread might well be the catalyst for helping others.

A Deeper Understanding

 Through afflictions religious believers have been known to develop a deeper love and understanding of God, Allah, Brahma, and Dao.  Through inspiration people mature in their faith.  Often cancer patients minister to suffering patients at hospitals.  They have found their afflictions as a stepping stone to a unique vocation.  And their outlook becomes more than just coping with an ailment.  An affliction is considered depressing, but the sufferer sees it as a conduit to a valuable ministry.  It’s only right to support the patient in their new role.  Their service brings hope, encouragement, and strengthens the vulnerable.

There are some who view having imperfections as a major problem.  A comedian and actor Carrie Snow said, “Technology … is a queer thing.  It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.”  Was Carrie referring to the problems of the mass communication system?  Through the mass media, viewers learn about opinion leaders. But after a while their names might be dragged through dirt by some commentators who had praised them.  In life people are presented with the good, bad, and ugly, but the wise learn from them.  Technology whether radio, TV, cable, or the Internet has its imperfections, but should still be viewed as good gifts.  From birth, people are blessed with a myriad of gifts.  Even brain-damaged children share blessings with us.  Tramps that are belittled have gifts that are also valuable.  Why don’t people do away with anxieties they nurture about the afflicted?  Why become upset about situations that can’t be controlled? In life there are struggles, but people are blessed with persistence to see them through.  It’s for us to promote good values and morals in our world.

 

 

Leadership Attributes

You’re a leader, and you have to energize your group.  This means finding ways to deal with situations that appear as though they don’t have a chance of succeeding.  It’s for you to diagnose these problems.  Your responsibilities must not be seen as indecisive for you’re working for the group’s welfare.  You aren’t carrying out a private agenda, but are doing this job for the goodwill of all concerned.  Vince Lombardi (1913–1970), a football player, best known as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers wrote, “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”  Thus, you have to realize like in football every member is gifted, and through their gifts there will be success.

 Maximize Potentialities

All members ought to be treated like adults.  They must be listened to carefully, and hear what they are saying.  Situations don’t necessarily work out as planned, but there’s always another good point of view to consider.  It’s for the administrator to motivate the members to be happy about what they’re doing, and urge them to higher levels of performance.  That’s why it’s essential to keep tabs on the heartbeat of the group.  In this way he or she will know more about each member.  In so doing this individual will be best able to promote the website’s growth.  An organizer ought to take things a step at a time and build on each success.  Margaret Mead (1901–1978), a cultural anthropologist said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  A committed leader will guide their followers forward as he or she works at implementing what’s best for their group.

Leadership Goals

A leader must be people-oriented.  In an organization there’s no room for tyrants, bullies, or autocrats.  With a dictator groups die.  It’s the kiss of death even when a benevolent guide leads by whim.  As an administrator don’t be ego-centric, but democratic, and work in the interest of all.  Dr. Seuss (1904–1991), a writer and cartoonist wrote, “Only you can control your future.”  A spirit-filled guide always leads in the interest of his or her members.

A leader’s role is to help people.  To do so effectively he or she must take ample notes of relationships within their group.  This individual should lead by example, and change the policies that no longer work.  This person ought to stimulate growth by focusing on the goals of the group.  So let the members be energized by the administrator’s effectiveness. A guide must move away from the narrowness of self-absorption, and motivate others in the group.

Lee Haney (b. 1959), a former professional bodybuilder said, “Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate.  The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we.  Set small goals and build upon them.”  Haney’s message is encouraging.  Some might look for giant steps as a sign of success, but it’s always wise to remember good results often come with little successes.  As an administrator your goals is to build on these achievements until the project is complete.  Remember, “Strive and persevere when the going is tough, because behind every dark cloud there’s a silver lining.”

 

 

 

Works of Love

Works of love bring us joy.  While performing such works people are blessed by God’s grace.  These gifts become apparent when we love others.  God’s love that flows from heaven sustains souls, and causes the unification with the Holy Spirit. For the good news of the Gospel is that with faith people will find security.  Tullian Tchividjian (b. 1972), a professor of Theology and pastor said, “Believe it or not, Christianity is not about good people getting better.  If anything, it is good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good.”  What great news this is for those who have fallen short of God’s promises!

Sowing

People must love their neighbors as themselves by sharing warmth and tenderness in their relationships.  It’s Christ’s love that makes hope blossom, but such a revelation has to be nurtured. By doing good deeds people come to know divine beauty.  This wondrous love is beyond comparison because it’s found deep within our hearts.  It’s revealed through Christ’s promises.  An author and aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906–2001) wrote, “For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.”  How wonderful God’s security is in believers’ lives!  Billy Graham (b. 1918), an evangelical preacher said, “God proved His love on the Cross.  When Christ hung, and bled, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’”

Believers must always put love into practice while serving mankind.  This calls for having humble hearts and a positive outlook.  Such care must be meaningful and authentic.  This is often demonstrated in the Eucharistic celebration of the supper of the Lamb when Christ is adored.  And all are welcomed at his feast.  Through participation believers put into practice their faith.  Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968), a Baptist minister and civil rights leader said, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”  People’s failure to sow love, and making themselves heard are surely the sort of tragedy to which King was alluding.

 Service

Desmond Tutu (b. 1931), a South African retired Anglican bishop wrote, “You don’t choose your family.  They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”  Such love is universal.  At the sublime level it’s one that connects all things.  People promote this truth when they come forward to do their part in the communities where they live.  This service is created, recreated, nurtured, and blossoms into amazing realities.  It’s holy and expresses the eternal blessings of our Creator.

Love is a true gift for all living souls.  Albert Camus (1913–1960), a French author and philosopher captured this best when he said, “Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle.  This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.”  Cycles of creative forces keep moving us forward to tap into a newer and better world.  This is through the recognition of the Holy Spirit working in our midst.