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Monthly Archives: July 2014

THE ART OF PERFECTION!

Most want to be perfect, or at lease feel as if they have the ability to get close to perfection while making sure to keep their  “ace in the hole”  (excuse)  in readiness; just in case of an accident.  The kind of accident that would allow one of our peers to get a sneak peek at one or more of our personal flaws… Heaven forbid that.  And when caught “red-handed,”  we raise our heads high and say, “Oh Well, no one is perfect, anyway.”   Who can argue with that get “out of jail card?”

For there is not a just man upon earth, that do good, and sin not.   Ecclesiastes 7:20  KJV

I am over me.  In my opinion  Ecclesiastes 7:20  verifies that no one is Perfect.  But we can get one step closer if we broaden our horizons on “The Art of Perfection.”  Who knows, new knowledge may motivate us to try even harder to achieve a degree of perfection, in that impossible task.

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”   Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Although I agree with Antoine’s take on Perfection, I know nothing is 100%, except for the Love of God; The Perfect One.  We have to know where to draw the line in these matters.  You can take that to the bank, better yet, take it to your prayer closet and Praise Him.

“It’s Something to Think About.”

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UNLOCKING YOUR PERSONAL EXCELLENCE!

We can unlock the doors to knowledge by listening, therefore leading the way for us to gain our own “personal excellence,”  but, maybe we should check out some of the requirements and the qualifications to make the transition favorable.  Not only that, we need to have a desire for excellence, which requires knowledge of our potential to win while possessing the perseverance to succeed. (Stay the course.)

So, before we just jump in, we need to understand and acquire a few qualities that will be beneficial.  First, we need to understand what they are and their importance as it relates to power, and us.  The power to take charge while being fair and balanced will get you brownie points.

Putting the needs of others before your own is a must, and all the while smiling in sincerity.  The power to know when to hold them, and when to let go.  (Children, old battles.)  Possessing kind words with a listening ear, coupled with the ability to humbles ourselves, while giving honest compliments.  All of this and more in a Christ-like manner.

If you believe you possess these gifts and the power, coupled with a non-belief in Jesus Christ, think again.  And while you’re thinking remember, the Devil gives gifts too, and maybe that’s where yours came from, and you will not enjoy “The big payback.”   Woe is unto you. 

The favor of God is the only true way to be all you can be.

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same bring forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.   John 15:5  KJV

Thank you Lord for giving us the blueprints to make and have a successful life.   In Jesus name we pray.

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TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

Some of the most powerful battles of any day and age have been won by the weakest.  Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, and Mother Teresa are just three of those who started out small and ended up mighty, and all of it was for the sake of humanity.  And still, we are all just a grain of sand, a mere speck in this great big universe that belong to God Almighty.

“To God be the Glory.”

It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out as a tent to dwell in   Isaiah 40:22   KJV

I believe only those with the Holy Spirit dwelling in their hearts will have the strength and an understanding of their purpose that will enable them to rise up and achieve greatness.  I also believe by that same Spirit, they will have the courage to stand up for others in times of great stress.

“A happy me works best from within.”

We can take the credits for our talents, but how we use them is what will count.  One of the major guidelines we should follow to be successful is to follow the lead of some of those great personalities mentioned above, by giving all the Glory to God.

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.   1st Corinthians 10:31

Thank you, Lord.  In Jesus name, we pray.   Amen

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IT DON’T TAKE MUCH!

IT DON’T TAKE MUCH!

We can change the circumstances of our lives.  Most times, things are the way they are because we are convinced that is the way it has to be.

In my opinion; changing the way we think, not only changes the circumstances, it changes the paths we cross.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.   Psalm 119:105

Thank you, Lord, for guiding us down the straight and narrow.  In Jesus name, we pray.  Amen

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HOW STUPID IS THAT?

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I can’t tell you what to do, nor do I want to.  Now that we have that understanding, I would like to suggest, for your benefit, that you listen to others with a keen ear?  I found that most people we know, including the ones we don’t, will tell us exactly how they feel about us if we listen to them.  The thing is they know we aren’t  paying attention, we are too busy preparing ourselves to respond to something we haven’t heard yet.  After all, we know everything, and it’s all about us, anyway.

Most of the time when this happens, we are under the impression it’s a joke.  Yea right!  More like a cloak to hide the real intent. (Hidden jealousies)   “Many truths are told in a jest.”  That’s “old school” now, this is a world of action and reaction, these folks aren’t kidding; “Get Behind me Satan.”

You all know I like telling a good story, that makes sense, well to me.  Anyway, here it is.

Not long ago a friend, who is very opinionated came to my home and caused a ruckusI was sitting in my living room on a beach chair.  I was asked why was I sitting so low to the floor while being reminded of the fact that I am not a “spring chicken,” anymore.

In the nicest way, I said, “it’s my seat of preference.”  The response to that statement was  “you’re stupid,”  and this was not the first time it was said.  The difference this time was “It was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”  (I had enough.)  Although I was furious, I was determined to take the high road, but my friend refused to lose that stupid word, even when asked.

As my out of line friend proceeded to tell me all I need to do in my home and how I should do it, I started getting the feeling I was by far not the stupid one.  Because I was unwilling to take their advice, my friend had the nerve to take on a defensive attitude, simply because they believe they knew what is best for me and my property; After all, they are only concerned about my well-being.  I suppose I should have thanked them because I am stupid, remember?

I said all that to say; this friend really meant well and believed every word they said was for my benefit.  Although their assessment is incorrect, in their small and deranged mind; oops, that wasn’t nice, this person really felt I was stupid because I did not readily accept their unwanted advice about how to sit, and on what, in my home.

“How Stupid is That?”

The good news is, we are able to squash our differences with ease.  Thank God, this friend has the ability to not hold on to stupidity, making it easy to hash out our differences, forgive and forget.

The moral of this story is; It’s up to me to accept them as is, or not.  In truth, the real person accidentally exposed themselves to me, simply because their superior attitude was too much for them to handle. They were not in control of keeping that overly opinionated big mouth shut, even in the face of indifference.

When some people try to talk down to us or over our heads, they assume, we don’t have the mental capacity to acknowledge their sly tongue; I say, pay attention.  Some really feel their opinion is all that, and we are too stupid to realize it’s not.  I don’t know about you, but l pray for them and continue to be stupidly happy, at home, with or without their company.  Plus, I don’t remember them or anybody else paying one dime towards my mortgage, so why sweat the small stuff?

I had to let it go.  This person is by far not the only one who has gotten on my nerves with their “my way is the only way,” attitude.  There has been some with whom I have imagined my hands were tied behind my back, so as not to lose control and strike, as I gently tried to remove myself from their company.  I opted for a peaceful departure and managed to keep a “hot topic”  off the airwaves.  (Gossiping with mutual friends.)

For I know; A wise man fears and departs from evil: but the fool rages, and is confident.  Proverbs 16:14  KJV

Oh Well!  Life will go on and I will forever and ever look stupid in the eyes of the stupid ones.  At least, this was a fun write.

Now, you tell me, “How Stupid is That?”

Lord, thank you for giving us the strength to recognize and respond correctly to any situation.  In Jesus name, we pray.  Amen

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FEEL FREE!

With so many asking if it would be alright to share my essays, “Feel Free”  to do just that.  I would appreciate you sharing as much of them as possible, providing I get the credit for the content.  I will be posting again on Sunday, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

Withholding information is the essence of tyranny. Control of the flow of information is the tool of the dictatorship.   Bruce Coville

Thank you so much.  I love you and so does Jesus.

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