How often in life do we need to be reminded to make me a channel of your peace. Make me a good peaceful person for myself and others amidst the storms in life. This is a great perspective especially in times when people hurt you by the words or deeds and we are called to love anyways. One of the best quotes I heard relative to this "Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace" was from Mother Teresa. She said:
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
I guess the point is to focus on being the best loving person and forgiving always and loving more despite anything going on around you. If you fuse this wonderful quote above with the the Serenity prayer, "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.", then we have a perfect recipe for good living that leads to more peace. Enjoy this song "Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace". Sending peace and love, Keith
Sometimes you see things happen in life that help show you "Be Not Afraid". Like a change in heart of someone or an amazing happening like new opportunity presenting itself out of no where that seems to good to be true. It's in these moments when life is stranger then ficition and blessings come your way unexpectedly that we're reminded "Be Not Afraid" and that God is really working in our life and can and will create miracles. With our faith, prayers, and right efforts put into motion we can have confidence and assurance that all will be well. We don't have to be afraid. Trust, believe, and move forward with confidence knowing God can and will bless us in due time. Amen! Hope you like the song. Enjoy! Love Keith
P.S You can download and stream this song here: https://keithwasho.bandcamp.com/track/be-not-afraid
There is a story in scripture about a boy named Samuel who was falling asleep at home by his father Eli. As Samuel drifted to sleep he heard the Lord call...
Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.
Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”
A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. 9So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
There is more to the story, but the message is two fold. Are you open to hearing the Lord and if so, are you ready and willing to follow. The hard part in life is sometimes we need to go against the grain and do what is unpopular or not fully supported. It can be hard when we're called to swim upstream or do what we're called to do in spite of some opposition around us, but the beautiful thing is how God uses these harder moments to reveal his bigger plan, glory, and gifts. Some of God's most miraculous and amazing blessings came through people doing the hard things in which often seemed impossible. Today I encourage you to follow your heart and the voice within you to do what you believe is right, good, and just. To move forward with faith. Then pray and work your prayers to trust in time the wonders of God's glory will be revealed in the people and life around us. Amen. Hope this song "Here I Am Lord" blesses you. Enjoy! Love Keith
We only have one life to live, one life to give! With life being short and moments with others so precious it's wise to live our lives the best way possible so we can leave this world a better place and leave people we cross paths with a better soul too. They say, " Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. "
By living right and shining our light we create moments that take our breath away and do the same for others. What is better then that? The famous philosopher Plato said, "An unexamined life is not worth living" so by being mindful of our lives and living right, we give a gift to others, a gift to ourselves, and give back to our creator who made us with unique talents to share with others. Amen. Hope you like this song "Living Right. Enjoy! Keith
Happy Easter season to you. A wonderful time of year to celebrate all of our blessings as newness abounds in our life and world around us. One of the struggles that this Easter season helps us overcome with the message of hope being fulfilled and new life given, is that no matter what our circumstance or challenge is, there is always newness right around the corner. New amazing things, betterment, and good change can happen especially when you least expect it. As children of God we need to be reminded that God would say, "You Are Mine". Know that we are in the palm of his hands and that he has our back. With the right faith and right actions good things do indeed happen to good people. Good results will come in Gods' time and Gods' time is always better then our own and his favor is always grander then our own wishes. Know that "You Are Mine" and enjoy this song in reflecting on this blessed time, favor, and being a beloved child of God. Keep the faith! Pray and then work your prayers! Enjoy, Love Keith
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