"See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another."
"To obtain inner peace you must actually give your life, not just your possesions. When you at last give your life- bringing into alignment your beliefs and the way you live, then and only then, can you begin to find inner peace."
"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."
Success: The gaining of fame or prosperity.
Valuable:The importance, worth or usefulness of something or someone.(www.thefreedictionary.com/valuable)
Last week I had the honor
of attending a dear friend's retirement party. My friend retired after serving thirty-eight
plus years with the County of Los Angeles.Many were in attendance to celebrate my friend's accomplishment.Listening to various people express their
congratulations and appreciation of my friend, I particularly noted her
supervisor's speech.He didn't highlight
my friend's climb up the corporate ladder and all of her success.Instead, he emphasized her value to their
department.He shared the significant
impact my friend had on his life, as well as her co-workers' lives.He further shared how her attitude regarding
her job and life positively affected their department's atmosphere.Because of my friend's faith in God and her
efforts to be a light to others, she was seen as being of great value to the
County of Los Angeles.
As I reflected on my
friend's value, I thought about my ultimate goal of this blog.Each time I post an entry, I strive to be of encouragement
to others.I purpose to uplift and
motivate others to live the most fulfilled lives they can live.It doesn't matter to me rather or not this
blog is highly successful; it matters to me that it may potentially be of value
to someone.If I'm able to accomplish
that specific goal, I feel I have upheld my responsibility of giving back some
of what has been given to me.
Today I encourage you to reflect
on your own life and question rather or not you are being of any value.We have all been blessed with some form of
gift that can be beneficial to the next man, woman, boy or girl.If you find you are not living up to your
potential of being valuable, I challenge you to start today.There is something residing in you that make
you far more valuable than silver or gold.Reach inside, pull that something out and share it with the world!For those of you are already being of value
to others, I salute and encourage you to continue.For it is your worth that ultimately makes
this world go around!
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do
more and become more, you are a leader."
President John Quincy Adams
In honor of
President's Day, I would like to pause and salute President Barack Obama, as
well as previous Presidents for taking on the arduous task of leading our
As much as we want
to complain about the flaws of our society and about the need for our President
to do more, we have to honor our President's and government's efforts to
preserve our fundamental rights/benefits of being an American citizen.It is through some of those rights that I am
able to share this blog with you today.
In addition to the
leaders of our country, I also would like to salute all other leaders.Without you, there would be minimum, if any
progression today.I pray for you alls'
complete safety, continued wisdom and persistence to do what's in your power to
make this world into a better place for us to live.
"To everything there is a season, and a
time to every purpose under the heaven, 2A time to be born, and a
time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3A
time to kill and a time to heal; a time to break down and a time to build up; 4A
time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance." Ecclesiastes
Season:A period of time characterized by a particular
In just a month away, we will be having
a change of seasons.Spring, my favorite
seasons of the year, will be here.As we
are beginning to have some resemblance of Spring time weather, I am noticing
the change of my mood.I am finding
myself wanting to be outdoors more.In
the mornings, I enjoy hearing the chirping of the birds.I am basking in the sunny, cool breeze that
can be felt mid morning.This is the
best time of the day for me to run.I'm
finding myself smiling more and having an extra pep in my step.I am welcoming the change of seasons.
Throughout life, we experience many
seasons.We each have our own individual
seasons and should not get caught up comparing against each other.As our seasons change, we must be hopeful,
thankful and steadfast.Often times,
this is hard to do during our more challenging seasons.If you are like most and are resistant to
change, you may find yourself experiencing anxietyand despair.However, just as the seasons change throughout the year, you can be sure
that your challenging season will too change.There will be a Season of Victory!
I am currently experiencing my Season of
Victory!I am grateful for this time
after enduring years of valley seasons.For a while, I thought I would only exist to know the harsh, cold winter
months.I thought I would never again know
the feel of a nice cool breeze on a bright, sunny day nor the smell of flowers ever again.However, somewhere along the way, I was
reminded of Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 and I held on to the knowledge that my gloomy
season would indeed change in time.I
have truly experienced my seasons of being broken down, weeping and
mourning.From the major losses I've
suffered to the addiction that almost cost me my life, I can attest to having
my share of valley periods.However, it
is through those seasons that I'm able today to enjoy being built up, enjoy
laughing and enjoy dancing once again.Yes, I am rejoicing during my Season of Victory!And, I'm confident you too will experience
and rejoice in yours.