I think we would all agree that amongst the many uncertainties in life; one thing is certain, life is filled with challengers. We are surrounded by some form of challenge daily. If you are not facing or have never faced any challenges, would you please contact me. There are soo many things I would like to know.
Certainty is the firm conviction in someone or something; it is the truth, confidence, assurance, reliability of what is seen and therefore known. Faith on the other hand is the complete trust, confidence, hopefulness, reliance that is placed in someone or something before it is seen.
I don't know about you, but my ability to get a good nights rest not just sleep and wake up each morning and face the day comes from faith. I have come to realise -
I believe that our external senses gives us certainty and this is what aids our survival, yet it is our internal senses that give us faith and aids our living. When we are able to be fully aware, externally and internally we position ourselves to a life of thriving.
Now according to the Bible our sense of hearing is important in the activation of faith. Therefore, we need to listen with intent. I believe we fail to understand or comprehend the options we have in life and how to choose wisely because we fail to listen. Instead we hear what we want, interpret it to our liking and respond to what benefits us at the time because we act our of certainty rather than faith. Hence we believe that we don't have what it takes to move mountains, part seas, kill giants, walk on water, follow passions or to choose life.
My encouragement to you today is, whatever you are facing in life; choose to move with faith one step at a time and one day at a time being certain that God is with you and He loves you.
From the moment of conception we begin a journey of transition. From a fetus to infancy, childhood, adolescence.. Each stage proposes varies changes and challenges. How often do we think about that first moment when we transitioned from being what would have felt safe in our mothers wombs to being in a new environment; the great unknown was and is a head of us.
Do you remember how much courage it took for you to trust your limbs as you began to crawl or walk? Do you remember the transition time when you went from being safe within your parents care to going to school and spending all that time with strangers. How about the big leap of uncertainty as you stepped into the world of employment or moving out of home or even into a covenant relationship. All the stages of our lives is part of transition. In the journey of life I don't think we often think about how much courage it takes to step out.
Transition is moving from one thing/moment to another and it is the inevitable of life. We move from morning to afternoon and night. How much thought goes into all that takes place in those moments of 24 hours. We all have a measure of faith and we constantly put it into practice, yet we don't think much about it. I recently read a quote by an unknown author that goes like this 'A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because its trust is not on the branch but on its own wings'. Trust is faith in action while courage is taking a step of faith because of trust. The bird trust its wings because it has courage to fly and faith that its wings will carry it. The bird transitions from a position of being held by the branch to being reliant on its wings.
Moments of transition can at times be scary and uncertain. I encourage you to be courageous, that regardless of the stage in your life or the transition that is a head of you, you have made it this far. You have made many transitions and you will make many more. You may not have a clear plan of action or you may even be uncertain of what the future holds. Be certain you can trust God who not only knows your future but knows what the future holds for you. Put your faith in God, He will not let you down, regardless of how life has been, embrace the lessons that have been teaching you to fly/walk and take courage.
Many of us think that joy and happiness are the same – well it’s not. Joy is a state we choose to be in and requires us to act for it to come alive. Happiness is a feeling, its emotions that come out of choosing joy.
To cultivate joy we need to express it through
* Rejoicing - this is about being thankful
* Being glad - this is about how we think
* Cheerful - this is about our attitude
In order to nurture joy, we need to know who we are. We are not an accident; we were born to live a life of purpose. To realise and live a life of purpose we must be thankful for all that we do have. Being thankful in all circumstances gives us hope which builds us up rather than pulling us down. Our thoughts have the ability to separate us with lies that stem from fear. Truth sets us free from fear and the truth is that we are loved by a gracious and merciful God that will never leave nor forsake us. In order to live a life that is governed by joy we must have regular checks on our attitude, our attitude can either make or break us.
Joy is an act and state of the heart, where as happiness is an emotion that springs out of our thinking. Is it time to mend your broken heart so that you can think more clearly? It is possible that you have been living a life filled with fear? Is it time to find out the truth for your life? Do you want to live a life filled with JOY?
When we make joy a choice then we can make happiness a lifestyle. Each morning as you wake up express joy, then throughout the day choose to nurture it.
I am certain that at some point in life if you haven't heard this saying you will, particularly around times of celebration. As we approach the Christmas holidays and all the festive activities that goes with it, lets keep a few things in mind.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in peace? I am not talking about world peace simply because too many people are involved. I am talking about peace within your mind/soul. Peace resides in ones' soul, no where else. If or when you are at peace (despite the challenges that comes as part of being human) a person is able to rest securely regardless of whether they are having to climb a mountain or walk through the lowest valley. It is a amazing place to be at, yet money can not buy it, nothing can contain it, in its truest form it is only found in having a relationship with Jesus Christ.
So, what a bout truth, I know children and adults alike often fear telling the truth. Have you realised that we fear truth for no reason. Truth has the amazing power to set us free. Free you may be thinking, I have gotten in trouble for telling the truth, a little white lie is better no harm done.... But where does this leave you in the end. Wondering if and when the real story is going to come out, or if/when the real story comes out another lie to cover up the first one and it could go on. If you tell the truth, there might be some pain involved BUT rest assured you will be at peace. Truth is found in your heart/spirit and it something you need to learn to love not hide from
Fear is the number one cause when someone is not at peace or struggles to tell and live the truth. Truth and peace are freeing, it is better than any tonic, wonder drug or anything else you may turn to achieve freedom. Truth and peace are natural relaxants.