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Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.
-1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NLT
We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ. It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.
-2 Corinthians 3:4-6
Picture Credit: James Appleton
I collect smiles.
I didn’t really mean to collect them, in the beginning that is.
It started out quite by accident Collecting Smiles but now I collect smiles on purpose because, honestly, it makes me feel good, and better and sometimes just excellently so … as in warm and cushy feelings inside.
Remind yourself of this about a smile:
It costs nothing,
it is free to give.
It often brightens the day of the person to whom you are smiling.
It can change your attitude for that day.
Your smile can change the attitude of the people receiving the smile.
Did you know that scientifically speaking, every time you smile a small amount of “endorphins” (a chemical our body manufactures to help us “feel better”) is released into our body making us…feel better!
So how about it? I think today is a good day to be collecting smiles!
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I never miss a chance to drink in beauty in all forms. I crave it; I seek it out. like a treasure hunter. It captivates my soul; stirring me, infusing me, whispering to me and declaring the goodness of God.
I see beauty revealed in landscapes and gardens and newborn babies faces; in lightning and waterfalls and delicately woven laces; in sunsets and diamonds and impassioned first kisses.
Recently, my heart has been mysteriously yearning for the most resplendent beauty of all: the Cross.
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“People today have forgotten they’re really just a part of nature. Yet, they destroy the nature on which our lives depend. They always think they can make something better. Especially scientists. They may be smart, but most don’t understand the heart of nature. They only invent things that, in the end, make people unhappy. Yet they’re so proud of their inventions. What’s worse, most people are, too. They view them as if they were miracles. They worship them. They don’t know it, but they’re losing nature. They don’t see that they’re going to perish. The most important things for human beings are clean air and clean water.”
-Akira Kurosawa, Yume
This is an excerpt from a book I wrote 8 years ago. It is a story about a shy butterfly that lives his life in the shadows of trees and is afraid to come out into the sunlight and play. The illustrations are by the talented Debby Edwards who added the perfect touch with her delightful pictures to my words, enjoy:
The Shy Butterfly
The shy butterfly hid around corners, ducked under leaves
and never flew out in the bright of day.The shy butterfly kept to itself, not happy,
not unhappy, just shy and unaware of the beauty of life waiting but a few feet away.
The shy butterfuly would emerge from the shadows flying cautiously from one nearby place to another.
In the full darkness of night the shy butterfly would sit quietly in place…
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I was shocked to hear the people in my meditation class telling our teachers they didn’t have time to meditate. One after the other went through their to do list, in great, agonizing detail, taking up time with their excuses. The teacher, so kind, so compassionate, simply responded, “you just make time.”
It’s difficult to believe we are all busy every second of the day. I must waste more than 10 minutes a day playing with my phone, checking email, or watching tv. If we really want to do something we find time, don’t we? I have no problem making time to hit the snooze button each morning, liking a bunch of status updates on Facebook, or watch a rerun of a terribly mind-numbing show (embarrassing, yes!). So just how busy am I? Well, not so busy that I can’t make the time to meditate for 5-10 minutes a day…
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And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
-Romans 12:1-2 NLT