Monday, August 25, 2014

The Peaks & Valleys

Roller coaster [life]…..favorite ride 
Life can feel like one big roller coaster. Along the way you will experience the Peaks (ups) and the Valleys (downs). Regardless if you are currently experiencing a peak or a  valley, you must remember God is with you all the time.

Many times In the past, in both my Alpha group and my Men’s group I have heard the question asked, “Why does God let bad things happen to good people?” My response to this is and will always be: “Maybe you need to experience the bad times (Valleys) and learn to have God by your side, then
 in the future you will truly cherish and appreciate what God is doing for you during the good times (Peaks) in your life.

If you never experience the bad times (Valleys) in your life, how will you ever be able to separate the difference between the highs and lows and truly be grateful for the good times (Peaks) in your life.

"When times are good, be joyful; when times are bad, consider this: God made the one as well as the other, so people won't seek anything outside of his best." Ecclesiastes 7:14

Many people (including myself) get 
a little lazy or forget a little about God when times are good (Peaks of life). Maybe it is because we get busy and caught up in all the positive good things that are happening in our lives during these Peak, that we forget to acknowledge Him. So during the good times, we should not forgot how we got here and Whom (God) got us through the Valleys to these Peaks.

We rely so much on God during the Valleys when things are not going so great in our lives. For many, this is when we reach out to Him and get the closest 
we ever have to God. During these Valleys, for once in our lives, we ask Him genuine questions on life and not “requests or favors”. We desperately depend on Him to help us get through these hard times, these Valleys that we all experience throughout of lives. And it may take time for God to answer and help during these Valleys, but He is always listening and wanting us to turn to him. It is unfortunate that for most it is during these bad times (Valleys) of your life that we truly turn to God and fully acknowledge him. So my question to you is “Shouldn’t you fully acknowledge and pursue God even more when times are good, during the Peaks when you can see all of God’s gifts he is giving you?” The answer is Yes!

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who’ve been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 

It just may change your image of God, that he is loving and listening and there for you. It may take time to answer your prayers and not all of them will be answered, because maybe God knows better. So I want you to think back however far back it takes to when you asked God for something to change in your life or improve, etc. Maybe you didn’t realize it, but He really did answer your prayer (albeit, it wasn’t an instant answer). When life is going good, stop and truly appreciate what God is doing for you in your life and give Him the credit. Get to know God during the Peaks, not just the Valleys.

All of the little peaks and valleys of your journey in life make it worth living, especially when you turn to God  give Him thanks and praise during both the highs and lows.

So don’t forget God during the good times in your life, because
God is good, all the time.

- Ross

Stay tuned, next post coming soon!

“The Passing of Time”
How much time is really cherished and deserved? How much do we really appreciate, or waste?  You should not be so afraid to fail, that you don’t truly live. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

(A)Wake For Young Souls

What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his very soul? 
— Mark 8:36

Cycle of the moon brings blood to the woman,
And the blood of the woman brings birth of a child.
Child grow up, he forget himself and
Birth of a child comes someplace wild.
Even grey days beat the shade to wean,
Unbodied, unsouled, unheard, unseen.
Let the gift be grown in the time to call our own;
Let the gift be sewn, for the window's closing.
Truth is natural like the wind that blows;
Follow its direction, no matter where it goes.
So it shall be: the earth, and the sea.
Let the truth blow like a hurricane through me.

Young Souls
Who you were then, may not be who you are now... Over the years you change, acclimate, evolve, and hopefully for the better.  Although maybe you have your gotten lost a few times along life's journey?  

Where does the time go...

So, ask yourself, "is who you are now, who you are? Try to remember who you (were), and who you are (now). Which one is it? which one defines who you truly are?

Think, reach deep inside and open up… for your true young soul is always there awaiting to be released, to be cherished, to be freed, to live. Your "young" soul is not an age, number, or range. It can apply to anyone who seeks it out each or every day. And if you do, then you will feel alive.

Your Potential is Unlimited...
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?" 

Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. You can be anything you desire! 

We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~ Marianne Williamson

Find your spirit, find your strength, set yourself apart, and become you were destined to be….
Beauty awakens the soul to act. Before it’s too late…

It seems like more people in today's world, take each day for granted. They expect the sun to rise and the sun to set, without even stopping to grasp the true beauty of what is happening around them. Some people take the simple things that happen each and every day for granted. These are the things, if cherished make life more memorable!  So slow down, focus, and truly find your soul, the passion, and give it your best, no matter what the situation. Be unique, don't be dismayed by what others say or think, society will always try and shape you, but you have to follow your own path.

..To Truly Live
The time is Now, not yesterday, not tomorrow, only today can you become everything you want and dream to be. You can be the change, the change you want to see in this world. If only, you apply yourself today to be what/who you want and live the life you desire!

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." ~ Anatole France 

Don’t be afraid to act, you cannot sit around waiting for others to do it for you, we must be active, opinionated, and self-fulfilling to stand up for what we believe in. Otherwise you will fall behind and be forgotten.

Free yourself, discover your passion, your love, for example; what inspires yourself? or how can you positively impact others each day? Then and only then will you unlock your unlimited potential that is within you all of you…. Find your spirit, find your strength, set yourself apart, and become you were destined to be…. But YOU, yourself have to do it.

This is not a Wake, but an Awakening
Awaken your soul to act, to live, to believe, to love, to be you... 

Then ask yourself on how your currently living your life;  "is who you are now, who you want to be?"
- Ross

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Gatsby Life Redux

      "Heaven must look just like this..." 

Ready to recharge, re-inspire and look at things in a new light? 
The Gatsby Life blog has a big summer planned! I'm currently writing my Master's thesis and already started my PhD research, along with many many other exciting things happening in my life, but hey! that's not slowing The Gatsby Life down!   

These future posts are headed your way! 
- "(A)Wake For Young Souls"
- "The Peaks & Valleys"
- "The Passing of Time"
- "Heaven on Earth"
- "Atonement"
- "Pacifism Today, Peace Tomorrow"
- "The God of Green" 

Please stayed tuned! 

- Ross 
"We all carry within us, the wonders we seek without us." 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

See the Light

I crossed the river
Fell into the sea
Where the non-believers go beyond belief

Seek It Sincerely

Man is not, by nature, deserving of all that he wants. When we think that we are automatically entitled to something, that is when we start walking all over others to get it. ~ Criss Jami

You seek something that others may not, others seek something that you may not. But regardless of what you seek in life, the most important part is the path you take to achieve/acquire it. Be the most sincere person you can be while you live your life and seek what you desire.

Expect the Unexpected

Along your journey in life you will be thrown a few "curveballs" that you were not expecting. The question you must ask yourself; "Will you seize the opportunity & "swing away" or let it pass by?" Embrace these "unexpected challenges/curveballs" and swing away. This is what makes life exciting. You can plan, plan, plan, but something unexpected will still happen, this is okay! You must be diligent, have faith and persevere!

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope. ~ Thomas Merton

See The Light

Many is a word that only leaves you guessing.
Guessing 'bout a thing you really ought to know...

Mellow is the man who knows what he's been missing
Many men can't see the open road.

See the light. Seek inspiration and the desire to inspire others with not only your thoughts, but your actions. With the light, You can do anything, explore everything, be anyone. Optimism and positivity can overcome any challenge in front of you. Seek it yourself and give it to others. Open your eyes, clear your mind, forget our of previous thoughts/troubles and change up the system and your way of living.

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~ Viktor E. Frankl

Some things may be gone forever, but never too late
Where the ever after is in the hands of fate

You got to steal the time from a life that's passing by
- Ross