Archive | December, 2015

Unique

31 Dec

As I was growing up I had an affinity for jigsaw puzzles, the bigger the better. All the pieces, unique in their shape and size, all fit together to bring to life the picture on the box. Later the puzzles became three dimensional and actually took shapes of spheres and cubes. My parents liked to challenge me with these brain twister puzzles and I loved to break them down and reassemble them. Each piece uniquely fit to make the whole.

There was a lesson in each and everyone of them, though at the time I didn’t realize it. Over the years it finally came to me that each unique part had a role in completing the whole. Sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? It is until you wake up one morning to the realization that your life is one piece of the whole.

Each one of us is unique and has no equal. We each have a unique intelligence, shape and strength that no one else in the world has. We may have a complete opposite, but nothing completely equal to us. Where we are weak, there is someone who is strong to pull us together and where we are strong, we are providing help to someone who needs it. In a simple statement this is called a family.

So, let’s take it a little deeper and include the rest of the world. People, we are all unique pieces of the puzzle of life. We all have a special place in the puzzle and together we complete each other. Together we are the world and together we can make it better. Philosophical, yes but it is the message we all have been searching for all our life. We as Christians should be working towards this on a daily basis. It is commanded of us in the bible.

Take the time to see God made the heavens and earth. He created us in His image and He is the puzzle master. Working together we all are one with a common goal. Together, through Him, there is no limit to what we can do and He has been trying to show us that every day of our life.

So, as we start a new year, let us all realize that it takes everyone of us together to make the whole. Let’s make the new year unique!

Happy New Year 2016!

Love,

Ed

Merry Christmas 2015

19 Dec

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 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 day be full of Love, Joy, Happiness and Peace. I pray for a complete Rebirth of Spirit for all. God bless you all!

With all my love,

Ed

Aspire Life – A Lesson In Balance

11 Dec

Aspire/əˈspī(ə)r/
verb
direct one’s hopes or ambitions toward achieving something.

What is important to you? What inspires you? Is it the big things in life, or is it the little ones that make a difference? What are you trying to achieve in life?

Big questions, but when making decisions in your life these are very important. The hardest part is being honest with your answers. By now you have realized life is not a bed of roses and is sometimes very hard. So, by nature, we have the tendency to short change ourselves when we make decisions pertaining to our abilities. We look for the easy way rather than taking the harder road to complete our desired goal. It’s human nature to try to find the easy path, but sometimes the harder way has many more benefits.

The biggest challenge is to achieve balance in your life at the same time. Emotional, spiritual and intellectual balance (the ESI of life). How you balance the environmental needs of your mind and body will determine how successful your dreams become. Believe it or not, life is all about balance of all the above and the better balanced the ESI is with the physical, the hands-on side, the happier you are. Too abstract? Ok, I’ll put it in everyday english. If you balance your life with God, love, and education plus a good healthy living environment that includes the physical needs of your occupation, you will feel more complete in your dreams and aspirations.

Balance is the key to happiness. What is the importance of goodwill to you? I mean you can have a friendly, helpful, and cooperative attitude and be regarded as an asset to your job, but not have the same standing with your friends and relationships. In reality you need both to be balanced in your life and to feel you’ve met your goals completely.

Then we come to the most important factor of life. How essential is love to completing your life goals? Love, is as essential to life as water. Love, believe it or not, is absolutely essential to your survival. This fact cannot be disputed because it can be seen in studies on animals and has been repeated in history time and time again. Ever wonder who lives in the longest in a senior’s home? It’s those people who have family come to visit them and the friendships that keep people alive and ticking.

So, now let me put them all together. We have life goals and we have physical needs. We need to keep them balanced to succeed in our aspirations. Love of life, emotional, spiritual and intellectual balance plus a good attitude will make your goals so much easier to reach. Utilizing these skills through out your everyday life allows you obtain goodwill with every facet of your daily living.

Grandfather always said we only get out of life what we put into it. The secret is loving life and others so that you always seek to find new, better ways to grow plus helping others grow at the same time. It is love truly at work.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love,

Ed

America

7 Dec

The America I and most of us grew up in is God fearing, thoughtful, loving and compassionate. We knew our neighbors and the whole neighborhood watched out for each other. We never had to lock our doors at night and when a stranger came by we invited him or her to dinner. We were tolerant of our differences and mostly worked to find ways to work around them. We had a respect for the feelings of all people in the community and were inclusive with everyone at our gatherings.

Today America is filled with hate, distrust, lack of tolerance and full of crime and death. One has to ask where has our America gone to? There is hate in the workforce, constant fighting in our communities, militarized police forces, and a totally divided government who refuses to work with each other and are very disrespectful of each other. For the most part we know little about our neighbors and heaven help us if we offer to watch over things for them.

As far as I know, we still have the same Declaration of Independence, the same US Constitution that I took an oath to defend and this is still the greatest country on earth. So where did we make the drastic turn for the worse? Why do we have so much hate and discontent? Most important why can’t we all come together, under God, and straighten our country out?

We live in a country of about 300 Million people, we have 300 plus religions all who think theirs is the right one, immigrants from every country in the world, and we are still the richest country in the world. We have differences, but most of those can be overcome with a little compassion and love. We profess our love of God, yet we fail to use that same love for our neighbors.

Something is missing in America today and we the people are the blame. We let our elected leaders take our country away from us, we let them take our rights away and we watch as they send our jobs overseas. We find ways to blame others for our problems, instead of looking for ways to fix them. Where are the days of working together for the good of the country?

It is time for a rebirth in America! We all need to get together and pray for answers to our differences, compassion for our neighbors and love to share with all. We know there are 300 plus religions in America, but I know there is only one God! I’m pretty sure He is not real happy about all the hate and discontent here in America.

Let’s stop this divide in America! Let’s call on our Congress to work for America and stop bending to the whims of big business. Let’s, as neighbors, bring our communities together and clean up the differences. Let all of us lend a helping hand to the ones that need a hand up. Together we can make America what it used to be, the greatest place to live on earth. Most of all, let us all remember we are all God’s children regardless of race, religion or creed and under our Constitution we are all equal.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love,

Ed

What if -revisited

6 Dec

In August of 2014 I posted “What If” it got little notice and only one response. So, looking at what is happening in our world and country today, I decided to repost it and see if people are paying any better attention. What if God knocked on your door today and said let’s sit down over a cup of coffee….

What If:

When I was younger, we used to play a game of what if. What if animals could talk, what would they tell us? What if this or what if that. There are plenty of what if’s in the world today and I am sure they all contain some special message, but what if it really happened?

Grandfather once told me a story about a great man that walked the earth. This man could do anything, heal people, talk to the animals and have them do as he asked, and clear the heavens of stormy clouds with a wave of his hand. Grandfather was so enamored over this man that he invited him to have dinner with us one evening. He hurried home to make the best dinner he could and had us all clean up for our special guest. We waited until late when there was knock on the door, when he opened the door there was a beggar there looking for something to eat so Grandfather fed him and sent him on his way. A little later there was a knock on the door and when Grandfather opened it there was a poor lady wondering if we had any clothing she could have to stay warm. Grandfather gave her warm clothes and blankets. A little later a young man came with a bad cut on his arm, which Grandfather treated and bandaged. The great man never showed until the next morning. Grandfather asked why he was so late and the man said when I was hungry you gave me food, when I was cold you clothed me and gave me blankets and when I was hurt you treated my wounds so how can you say I am late. Grandfather tells this story because, as he said, you never know who you are helping and it is always best to give your all when helping a neighbor of stranger in need.

So now we’re back to the what if game, what if God was here today with you what would you say to Him? Theologians would tell you it is impossible, but how would we know? For one, with God, nothing is impossible so He may be walking next to you and you would never know it.

The moral is God is everywhere, He is our life and we exist because of Him. If He were to sit down with me today, I would thank Him for my life and all He has done for me. I would ask Him if we will ever have world peace and why we, as a people, have such a hard time forgiving others. I know He has the answers and would be happy to share them. In truth, He talks to us everyday sometimes through our prayers and other times during our day, but we do not always listen because we are too busy trying to run our own life or we just don’t want to hear His opinion. I have learned never to question His wisdom and that He always has my best interest at heart. He has never let me down.

So, what if God came up to you tomorrow morning and said let’s have coffee, we need to talk, what would you have to say?

Love,

Ed

Christmas Giving

2 Dec

Christmas is the time for giving, but not the giving so many of us see. It is not the gifts you get or give, it’s the love you share from your heart to everyone. I am sure God intended that we don’t just limit it to one day out of the year, but wants us to give our love every single day.

When you remember He gave His only son that we all may live eternal life’s, you then realize His gift blesses us everyday of our life. His gift to us came from the heart.

Christmas to me is more about serving others with love and less about self. Give from your heart everyday to everyone.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love,

Ed