Living A Better Life

16 Dec

Living A Better Life…

Many times I have been approached by someone with a checkered past wondering how he or she could get a break in life and make a new start. My response has always been the past will always be a part of who we are, it’s how we feel about it that moves us forward.

Believe it or not we are not tied to our past, when your past steps up turn it around and make a lesson of it. Every experience we have in life, good or bad, contains a lesson for us. It’s what we do with these lessons that make us who we are. Some have made bad decisions and have paid dearly for them, but that too is a lesson. You have the power to take that part of your past and make a positive lesson of it to your life. You may have to work hard to prove yourself, but remember the goal you are working for, that makes it worthwhile. Many times we get ourselves in trouble because we chose to take the easier path rather than work for the goal we sought. The easiest path isn’t always the best path to take, for anything good is worth working for.

It’s when we realize the past has no power over you, it’s what you do with it that matters that we start to grow. When we can take a negative experience and turn it into a positive outcome, we begin to shine our light. God gave us the power to make things right and He is there to help guide us in the right direction if we ask for His help. That is the first step, the second step is we need to listen to what He has to say.

What He has to say… How many times have you turned something over to God only to step in and take it back figuring you just may be able handle it yourself. God does things in His time and if we aren’t listening to His whispers in our ear we may step on our self by not letting Him handle it. Grandfather was right when he told me we are given two eyes, two ears and one mouth for a reason. Listen more – talk less…

The past has no power over you, it’s what you do with it that matters. Use the lessons you have learned to make a better life for yourself. Shine your light for everyone to see!!

Walk daily with God at your side!!

Love always,

Ed

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What’s in a smile…

16 Dec

What’s in a smile…

Grandfather had a favorite saying for spreading joy and happiness with the family. You can see God in every smile someone makes because anything that makes you smile is God.

There’s a lot of truth in that statement for a smile will light up your world along with the world of someone who just happens to be on the receiving end of that smile. Not only that, smiles are contagious and seem to spread the light and love to everyone. There’s just something about a smile that makes another person smile back.

Imagine how peaceful the world would be if everyone could just be secure enough to share their light and love with everyone they met. That’s the magic of life, sharing your light and your love with your neighbors and since we are all neighbors in the world, there is a lot of love out there to share.

A smile cost nothing, but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes by a moment but that moment can last forever for someone who is need of a lift up.

None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship.

It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and is nature’s best antidote for trouble. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.

Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.

So give someone your best smile today and have them pass it on.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

A Time For Reflection

10 Dec

Now is a time for reflection…

Christmas is the season for Rebirth, renewing the Love of those we hold dear. It is the time for Joy and Happiness. It is also a time for Peace and Reflection.

Here is a little known secret to reflect about in the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”:

-The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ.

-Two turtle doves are the Old and New Testaments.

-Three French hens stand for Faith, Hope and Love.-

-The four calling birds represent the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

-The five golden rings recall the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

-The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation.

-Seven swans a-swimming represent the seven-fold gifts of the Holy Spirit–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

-The eight maids a-milking are the eight Beatitude’s.

-Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

-The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments.

-The eleven pipers piping stand for the eleven faithful disciples.

-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

My true love is God!

This is what Christmas is all about!

With all this in mind I sincerely wish each and everyone of you a Very Merry Christmas! May your life be full of Love, Joy, Happiness and Peace. I pray for a complete Rebirth of Spirit for all. God bless you all!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Let There Be Peace

9 Dec

Let There Be Peace…

The past few weeks have shown us a volubility in sanctity of our world. Between the conflicts overseas, to the outright murder of police officers, the senseless killing of our youth across the nation and the growing divide in our churches and Country over what the Constitution really says. This is heartbreaking!

Growing up I learned peace is not the absence of conflict in our lives, but rather the ability to cope with it. Over my lifetime I found it took another definition: Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; there will always be differences. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.

The source of peace is our Creator, Jehovah God. Why? He is the “God who gives peace.” (Romans 15:33) Under the rule of his Kingdom that is soon to come, there will be an “abundance of peace.” (Psalm 72:7; Matthew 6:9, 10) This is far more than just a feeble peace settlement. Such accords often herald little more than a brief interruption in hostilities. But God’s peace will eliminate all causes of war and strife. In fact, no one will learn war anymore. (Psalm 46:8, 9) Real peace for all at last!

As beautiful as this hope is, you might nevertheless yearn for a measure of peace right now. Is there a way to find inner peace that can carry you through our troubled times? Happily, the Bible shows us the way. Consider some guidelines in the 4th chapter of the apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

To me the song – “Let There Be Peace On Earth” says it all:

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.
With God as our father, brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me let this be the moment now.
With every breath I take, let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment, and live each moment
With peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.

Strive to live in peace with everybody and pursue that consecration and holiness without which no one will ever see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14)

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Change Your Life…

2 Dec

Change Your life…

When we wonder why things seem to go a different way than we want, we need to examine our ways. Grandfather always had a way of getting my attention when I brought things to His attention that didn’t seem to go right.

One of his favorite sayings: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

Sort of makes you think doesn’t it? Sometimes we just have to look at things in a different way in order to see what is hiding in the bushes. Is it that blessing we were looking to share? Life is full of twists and turns and we have to be flexible in our thoughts and ways in order to negotiate those little roadblocks.

Sometimes we tend to look at things as the only way, failing to see what is the way for us does not necessarily mean that everyone else sees it the same way. I have learned over the years that there are many ways to look at a problem and as many ways to correct it. The same goes for life. We all need to begin to look at life as a challenge that has many twists that can be approached in various ways. In other words we need to become flexible in how we deal with life and people for what is good for us just may be a disaster for someone else. So, as a result, I have learned to look at all sides of a problem before determining how to fix it. I’ll add it was hard to transition to this approach, but after seeing how people suffer trying to cope in today’s world I found I made the right choice.

Choice – it’s the key word here. We have all learned that it’s the choices we makes in life, good and bad, that makes us who we are. We have also learned that when we make bad choices and end up somewhere in oblivian, we can always change our direction to get back on the right path.

The right path, just what is it? As Christians we follow the bible and it is very clear there just what our path is to be. Yet so many of us choose to ignore that part of the bible and just follow the parts we agree with. I have found, and not trying to be judgmental, that the part so many seem to ignore is where Jesus said “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22: 37 – 40. The problem to some is, just who is your neighbor?

I see my neighbor as being everyone in the world and even though that may talk and think differentially than I do, they are still my neighbors. We don’t always agree on how we approach things, but we respect each other’s right to think that way. I have found this mutual respect has made.life easier for both of us.

So, are you tired of batting your head against a wall of opposition? If so try looking at all sides of it before taking a stand. You just may find, as I have, there are many answers and yours just may not be the right one.

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. Change yourself and your world will change with you.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Why Does God…

30 Nov

Why Does God…

I received the following email the other day:

Ed, my name is George and am in Mike’s Sunday school class. I really enjoy your emails. I wonder if you would share your thoughts on why God allows bad things to happen to good people.

I responded:

George,

If we, as Christians, believe God doesn’t let anything happen without reason then we also have believe it is a teaching moment. Our technology, medically and otherwise, has grown from someone looking to fix something bad that has happened to someone else. Our growing experiences have come from learning from our mistakes or the mistakes of others we have learned from.

That would be the simple answer, but there are many answers to your question as people have been asking it for years. Suffering is a way of life because we share our grief, feelings, loss and Love. Then we turn it all over to Jesus, who suffered more than any of us will ever have to. He gave his life to redeem us and give us eternal life.
When I was injured in Vietnam I almost died and was actually pronounced dead, but God had other plans for me and brought me back to share that experience and show His grace and compassion. Am I a good person? Biblically no, for God is Good, I am nothing but a sinner. None of us can be considered good compared to God.
To completely answer your question, I don’t think there is one good answer for He wants us to learn and grow to help others have a better life. I just have Faith that He will let me know when I stand in front of Him. That being said I use every experience, good and bad as a lesson to be learned and faithfully seek to find the blessing with each. Then I take those blessing and share them with everyone who crosses my path.
I hope this gives you some insight towards the answer you seek.

Respectfully, Ed

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I, over the years, have answered that question about 10 times for different ministers and they usually come back with rebuttal something like how can that justify the suffering?

I usually offer this response: God offers us eternal life, but doesn’t promise us life will be easy. Do you know the phrase “If I only knew then what I know now”? Just think of all the suffering we could have avoided if we knew then how to prevent it from happening in the first place. That is the lesson we learned – how to prevent it.

I write about my life experiences because I want to share the blessings I have received and the lessons I’ve learned. My hope is that they enlighten others about the strength of the love, light and hope He wields while watching over us. He is giving us this strength in the form of blessings to share with others. I can only shine my light and hope others learn from it.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Open Your World

27 Nov

Open Your World…

I have been sharing thoughts for about 47 years either through “Life’s Handbook” or my blog which is just over 5 years old. I have to say It has been a humbling experience to see my world open up the world’s of other people. I never thought my words would have such an effect on others.

When I started writing back in late 1971 I was fighting to recover from injuries received in Vietnam and was lucky to be alive. But, God had a plan for me and that was to share my Life experiences wth the world. It brings back memories that Grandfather taught me and sayings like: What the caterpillar thinks is the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly. I really thought it was the end of my world. Little did I know the butterfly in me would be the Hope for so many around the world.

Hope… Imagine just how much we can change the world if we shared hope with everyone we touch on a daily basis. I have found my thought shared in many books and even on a television show. This is amazing that God will use us to spread love and hope throughout the world.

In my post What Love Is I shared this: Light is Love and the more of our light we shine the more love we share. The more love we share the brighter our light shines. Seek the light!

As Christians we are the love and the light God wants shared with all in our path. We are His example of what love can do and the light to His path. If we all would share this love and light peace just may be possible around the world.

Life just doesn’t happen, we are here for a reason and to me that reason has turned out to be the light for others to find Hope and Love. As I share my Life experiences with my readers, I ask you to help spread the love, light and hope with all you can. I also ask for comments and questions as they open the door for more subjects to write about. Between the teachings of Grandfather and my extended education, my life experiences are open for anyone who asks.

How about you, are you ready to open your world? You just may have the hope that someone’s needs to go on.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed