A Winning Combination…
When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it…always.
When we look at all of the things happening in our world, and all around us, sometimes we have to wonder if truth and love will ever prevail, and whether mankind as a whole can ever fully realize the promise of “peace on earth, good will toward men”. When we focus on all the bad news, rather than the Good News we have been given, a sense of quiet desperation and hopelessness can overtake us. Don’t allow yourself to lose sight of the promise…know and understand, that it all begins in us, and as we allow the light of truth and love that has been placed within us to shine abroad, it will begin to impact our world and fill the entire earth!
Thought for the day
How can you possibly eat an elephant? The answer is of course…one bite at a time. When we begin to examine our little world we can of course allow outside issues to taint our thinking and destroy our joy. When looking at our situations, especially when dealing with our own disease and the prospects of turning our lives around, it is of paramount importance to keep things simple. Experiencing complete healing and staying away from those addictive behaviors that have been the answer to our past difficulties is of course our short term goal. Our ideal (our life mission) should govern our short term goals, and therefore should be discussed and looked at often to make sure it does not need tweaking. This is healthy; however we must also strive not to bite off more than we can chew. It is critical that we call upon God to help us stay in the now, with a simple plan to stay sober, grow in recovery by the removal of our character defects and stay on the spiritual path He will lay out for us. As we rejoice in the incremental personality changes we will make, we can then begin to take a more global look at our lives and perhaps decide to get more involved in fighting injustice.
Therefore, [inheriting] the promise is the outcome of faith and depends [entirely] on faith, in order that it might be given as an act of grace (unmerited favor), to make it stable and valid and guaranteed to all his descendants–not only to the devotees and adherents of the Law, but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, who is [thus] the father of us all. As it is written, I have made you the father of many nations. [He was appointed our father] in the sight of God in Whom he believed, Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed.
~Romans 4:16,17 (Amp)~
God himself was pleased to live fully in his Son. And God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God. You used to be far from God. Your thoughts made you his enemies, and you did evil things. But his Son became a human and died. So God made peace with you, and now he lets you stand in his presence as people who are holy and faultless and innocent. But you must stay deeply rooted and firm in your faith. You must not give up the hope you received when you heard the good news. It was preached to everyone on earth, and I myself have become a servant of this message.
~Colossians 1:19-23 (CEV)~