Troubling times face each of us in many different ways. Some we can see clearly, others hide it and shelter it away. Our news media brings us stories daily, filled with reports locally, nationally, and globally. We can watch these reports on several stations, read in newspapers, scroll through media platforms and catch comments.
You can gather different accounts and opinions of what is reported depending on the “trust” level in those reporting to you. How do they gain your trust?
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. —1 John 16:33
I see, hear and feel anger, negativity, fear, and anxiety from people ranging from young and old. Who needs to say can we all calm down and bring people together? Daily there is news pulling people apart and not uniting them together for a win today.
We are planting seeds every day. These seeds will be harvested in the days, weeks, years, and decades. Along the way, we need to pull the weeds of anger, doubt, negativity and promote the peace, abundance that will come from All of the work we do together.
I leave you peace; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world does. So don’t let your hearts be troubled or afraid. —John 14:27 NCV
The troubles we bump into may be massive in life's difficulties, but we face them with joy in knowing the days are filled with impossibilities here but possibilities in our love and faith. Our pessimism will lead us to courage, and courage leads to perseverance. We must never forget there are always things we can control and something we cannot control, but we are always in control of our faith, core values, courage, and the peace we find in knowing our roads are never traveled alone.
Today is the day to stand on the values you have and the voice you were given and to always seek to understand first. There is always a solution to every problem; by asking the right questions, we reach the correct answer. Be not afraid to stand up for the rights you believe in, speak up for your core values, and to be visible in helping in the schools, communities, and places that need volunteers.
Thank you for #Bethesolutiondaily in a world that needs you! You make a difference daily in how you speak, the actions you take, how you model for others, the things you do, and the smile you wear each day. All of the little things add up to be big things each day!
Sitting on the beach, listening to the waves, feeling the warmth of the sunlight rays…….
Do you sea what I see?
“I don’t know; what do you see?”
The beauty of the sea is what I see!
“How can you see beauty in this world full of noise, negativity, the day turned to night and darkness.”
Just take a little walk, and see what the sea is all about!
People are so busy pointing out, looking at, and always finding problems they fail to look at the beauty all around and solutions found. They are always talking about dollars. We saw several on our walk today, and they brought lots of joy to those who saw them.
“They are not talking about the same kind of dollar, but I think I know what you are saying. It is time to focus on what is important in your life. What brings you joy? We have faced, are facing, and will continue to face difficulties. During these times, we need to find time to bring joy into our lives.”
Exactly! We need joy, peace of mind and hope. When we face challenges and difficulties we cannot make it harder on ourselves by adding to it. If we do that, we turn off the light that can help us see.
“I am glad you were able to show the sea to me as you see it. I hope others can see we all share this sea, and looking only at problems keeps the lights turned off in a time when we need to keep the lights turned on!”
Don’t turn off the lights, be the one to turn them on by shining a light on the positives and solutions.
“If we do not radiate the light of Christ around us, the sense of the darkness that prevails in the world will increase.”-Mother Teresa
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
The apostle Peter encourages all believers in Jesus to be faithful stewards as they “love each other deeply” by sharing the resources and talents God has given them (1 Peter 4:8–11).
“Brenda, would you like to teach one of our Sunday School classrooms? I think you would be great with our youngest group.”
I know my mouth had to be open, my eyes bugged out big, and a crazy facial expression that indicated to my minister, I thought he had lost his mind! What business did a high school girl have teaching a Sunday School class?
“I think you can do it, and I would like you to try.”
Okay, I said to Rev. Korb. I could see another one of our church ladies with the same expression I had. So, she was thinking the same thing! No way was I supposed to be teaching this class.
I began my lesson with the children, and a feeling came over me. It was pure warmth, love, and indescribable. I had never felt this before. Rev. Korb stopped in to check on us and smiled.
I do believe as I reflect on life, this was when God called me to the role of teaching. I did not find it again until later in my life journey, but Rev. Korb knew.
“Our small acts of love can inspire others to join us in giving. God can even rally supporters to serve alongside us. As we rely on Him, we can live to serve and give Him the glory He deserves.” ~Xochitl Dixon