Friday, February 15, 2013

The Adventure

Do you believe that everything happens for a reason?
 When you close your eyes, do you see the future?
If you could escape from your past... 
Would you be ready for the next Adventure?
- AvA

Life is full of ups & downs, highs & lows, joy & grief, love & pain and let's not forget about everything in-between. 

When we are at the highs & lows in life, we may sometimes forget a little about God. Especially when everything is going good (the high) times and maybe even during the low times also. What about the times we are in-between  these ups & downs of life? Waiting patiently for something to happen? 

Just as Dr. Seuss wrote in the classic "Oh, The Places You'll Go"
“You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place...” 
 ~ Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!

We wait in this place between are ups & downs. While we wait, this is when many of us spend the most time seeking out God. Throughout most of our lives with all the the ups & downs, we sometimes only tend to passionately seek Faith & God the most during the lows or these waiting periods between "Lows & Highs." Which is Great!, but don't get me wrong and misunderstand me, because seeking out God & strengthening your Faith is Great!  BUT! We should not forgot about God no matter what "place" you are at in life; Low, Middle, or High! Seek Him whether you're down, whether your in-between, or whether everything is going great in your life! 

Look back and thank God. Look forward and trust God. Look up and seek God. Look around and serve God.

On Top Of A Mountain
When we are at one of the "high" times of our life (on top of a mountain) everything is going good. We sometimes can get pre-occupied with what is going "well" for us in life, whether it be your job, new relationship, busy times, fun times, vacation, etc... Just don't forget about God and what got you to this good time of your life and be grateful of what you have at the moment! 

Down in The Valley
Maybe we are experiencing a "low" time (down in the valley) or in-between (and trust me, we will all at one time or another in life & multiple times throughout life).  But maybe we feel like we've have gotten away from our Faith & God since we were once busy with the"high" good times in life we were experiencing before.  But now we're back down to the middle or even lower, Well DON'T WORRY! Because God wants you back and always welcomes you with open arms! 

These are the times God wants You and Him to get know each other again! He wants to learn, grow, re-evaluate, and show you that he now has a new exciting things planned for you! So get excited again, because God is always working for you! Remember: You also need to continue to be working for him. So get excited and start on your new path today! Are you ready for your next adventure? 

If God is for us, who can be against us? ~ Romans 8:31

The Whole Journey (From The Mountains to Valleys, & Everything In-Between) 
So my message to you today is...
You may be experiencing either a Low (down), Middle (waiting), or High (good) point in life at the moment (and you'll get to experience all 3 multiple times in life). Regardless of where you are currently at this moment, don't stray away from God and your Faith! Especially during the "Ups" in life, this is the best time to give thanks and praise to God! 

During The High - Be Grateful, Praise, Give Him Thanks, Worship and Let others know of God's Gifts!
During The Middle - Wait, Trust, Be Patience & Persistent in Your Faith.
During The Low  - Seek, Discover, Understand, & Give Him Thanks for What Lessons You've  Learned! 

 But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul. ~ Deuteronomy 4:29

Keep God Close For Your Entire Adventure
No matter where you are "at" in this moment, High, Middle, or Low;  I hope you don't forget & stray away from your Faith & God. God is working for you each and every day! Sometimes we get caught up in what's happening "now" in our lives and only see how good or bad things are at the moment. But remember, God is always Great! He is always working for you, even if you can't see it in the low valley or you forget about it on the mountain top. 

Keep God Close All The Time! 

- Ross 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Purpose; To Believe

“I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we all are seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness…”  ~  Dalai Lama

Purpose in life? What is yours? What is mine? 

Maybe we are looking at it the wrong way?

I (and maybe you too?) tend to wonder what is my purpose in life? Why am I here, How am I here? What does God intend for me? How do I fulfill my purpose? The questions continue... Do you sometimes feel the same way?

So What Is Your Purpose in Life? 
Spoiler alert! I'm not going to tell you exactly what is your purpose in life, I cannot answer that question, only God knows and you will only find out as you continue on your journey! But The Gatsby is along for the journey with you...

Purpose: is such a diverse word, maybe we are looking at it too broadly?

Purpose = Multiple Things (Not Just a Single Purpose)
Your purpose is not just one thing, always remember that! Although you may make one, two, three, or more big contributions in your lifetime to a certain person, area, field of study, or job. Your purpose is really a combination of a multiple of simple things throughout your lifetime. Some so small that you may take for granted, or you think don't have any impact or meaning on someone, but really they do! It could be as small as a simple smile towards a stranger you pass by on the street, that could reverberate a hundred times over throughout the day, spreading joy and happiness to people you don't even know! It's that remarkable!

Your Purpose is Your LIFE

Your purpose is not a certain job or task you need to complete in your lifetime, it's living a meaningful/peaceful/loving life to benefit and glorify God!  Remember, no matter what you do, do not embarrass him with your actions or talk, but embrace the love and happiness and spread it all those around you!

You live a life like no one else here on earth. YES, that is true! Stop and think for a second, has anyone else lived your life? wore the same clothes? worked at the exact same place? had the same friends? had the same exact interests? sounded the same? looked the same? laughed the same? smiled the same? the answer is NO, so the answer is to LIVE and Spread Love, & Be Yourself!

“The purpose of life is not to be only happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your Purpose on Earth 
Your purpose on earth isn't the end of your life, it's only the beginning! What you do on earth may impact one, or ten, hundreds, or thousands, or even more in your lifetime or future, who knows.  Remember, what you believe and practice will also impact yourself and what happens beyond your life on earth too, never forget that!  Don't Look at your purpose on earth as one big thing, but as a series of little things you do throughout your lifetime. A series of unintentional little things you do throughout your life on a day-to-day basis that a positively impacts all those around you and beyond!

So What is Your Purpose? 
Well again, I can't answer what your "exact big purpose" that God intends for you, but I do know that your purpose also consists of many small things that God intends for you to spread and rejoice in!  Such examples are; being a good friend, faithful husband or loving wife, reliable & responsible person, a role-model, a great community member, a peacemaker, an optimistic person, a joyful, caring, loving, hopeful person to others around you, a trusting/honest soul, being humble with what you have, & so much more!  All these "little things" you take for granted everyday, which make you a "good" part of society is a HUGE part of your purpose here on earth.

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.” ~ Dalai Lama

I hope you spread JOY, LOVE, CARE, HELP, HOPE, PEACE, FAITH, TRUST, HONESTY,  HAPPINESS, during your "time on earth". As long as your are part of the "Good" of society as you live and breathe here on earth, then you are fulfilling part of your God given PURPOSE! So are you being beneficial/helpful towards others? Or are you being negative/pessimistic (bringing others down with your actions or even worse... your "talk" or words?)

I encourage you to find what lies within you...find LOVE & Happiness. Don't be afraid to spread it to all those around you. Don't be afraid to reach out, speak out, take a chance, a leap of faith perhaps? and truly experience this beautiful ride we call "life on earth."

One Last Thought...
I encourage to stop measuring everything. You can't measure everything, so don't try to. You can't sum up your purpose in one thought or sentence, (at least I hope not) because it consists of a series of unintentional little day-to-day things that inspire/impact those around you.  It's time to start spreading the Good Word & Love!

Stop looking for the beginning of your fairy tale ending and start writing your own story.... experience life & positively impact everyone you meet along the way!

Remember, What you've done or will do in your life may change what someone else is doing in his/her life, and it changes everything! It's so amazing.. LOVE
-- Ross