(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Full moon over the Sandia Mountains, taken in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, a few years ago)
A PERSONAL THANKSGIVING
There is absolutely nothing in this world worth worrying about because the most important thing in this life is the fact that you are still alive!!
Every evening before you go to sleep, repeat to yourself how fortunate you are that:
You can breathe – – Thank God for it because if you can’t you won’t be here
You can see – – some people can’t
You can hear – – some people can’t
You can feel – – some people can’t
You can touch – – some people can’t or won’t
You can move – – some people can’t
You can walk – – some people can’t
You can smell – – some people can’t
You can taste – – some people can’t
You can eat – – if you can’t you won’t be here soon
You can drink – – if you can’t you won’t be here soon
You can think – – some people can’t or won’t
You can learn – – some people can’t or won’t
You can love – – some people can’t or won’t
You can forgive – – some people can’t or won’t
If you can do all this, what more can you ask for !!!
BY THE WAY, HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS ON FORGIVENESS:
We must never forget to look beyond others’ faults and see their need, just as God looked beyond our faults and saw our need.
We must ask God for forgiveness constantly, since we may have offended God as well as others in ways which we may not realize.
And we must forgive others constantly, just as much as we would want others to forgive us for what we may have done to others, whether we know it or not.
We must forgive others for hurting us physically or otherwise, no matter what. Yes, being humans, it is extremely difficult to do so. But we must. Forgiveness is one of the greatest virtues given by God to us.
“Forgive and forget” should be the motto of each of us.
There are some who can forgive others immediately, no matter what they have done to us. Those are rare folks. However, for many of us it takes times to forgive and forget. Perhaps for some, it may take several years to completely do so. Perhaps for some, it may take even many, many years to do so. But we must forgive.
Forgiving others will bring about special blessings in our lives in some special ways that we may not realize.
BY THE WAY, HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS ON LIFE AND DEATH:
We must also think about life and death, and death and life.
They are inter-connected.
Let us begin with death, a subject matter that most people do not want to discuss.
Did you know that death actually begins the moment we are born?
It’s a slow process.
The moment we are born we are immersed into this physical world and begin to experience sickness and disease and finally we die a physical death.
For some it could be very short.
For others death may come in an unexpected way before sickness and disease take over.
There is no guarantee at all if you will still be alive in the next few years, or in the next few months, or in the next few hours or even in the next few minutes.
We all have an appointed time for death.
This thought sounds rather morbid but let’s face it.
This is a fact.
We need to thank God for every new breath that we can continue to breathe while on earth, even if we may be so sick in bed and are faced with death.
Yes, many times we may feel that it is extremely difficult to do, but we must try.
LASTLY, HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS ON HOW TO DEAL WITH PERSONAL TRAGEDIES AND PAST MISTAKES:
There may be a reason for everything that happened so far in our personal lives.
Moreover, we do make many mistakes and made bad decisions.
There’s no turning back the clock to change the events that happened in our lives.
We can only learn from the past mistakes and ask for forgiveness for our mistakes.
Many times we question God why certain things, especially “bad things”, happen in our lives.
But we must bear in mind that God never wishes “bad things” in our lives.
God never creates “bad things”.
God is not the creator of evil.
Often times we have tragic moments in our lives which are beyond our doing.
At the time of the tragic event, we tend to question God and even complain to Him why the tragedy happened.
But later on, as the years go by, we come to a point and realize that had it not been for that tragedy in the past that I would not be here where I am, not only physically, mentally but above all and most importantly, spiritually.
We didn’t see it right then before.
As they say, “all things work out for the good for those who love and trust Him”.
Lastly, together with this thought, we can rest assured that God answers all our sincere prayers.
There are only three ways that God answers our prayers.
That is: YES, NO or NOT NOW.
When we ask God for a certain thing:
1) God can respond and say “YES”. “You will get your wish right away” (as long as your wish is not for selfish reasons).
2) God can respond and say “NO”.
(God knows exactly what is good for you).
When God says “NO”, He will give you an alternative to your request.
He will say “NO, but I will give you something that is even better for you, and you will know the reason why later on, in due time”.
3) God can respond and say “YES, but not now, you will just have to wait patiently and then it will be granted. Now is not the right time, but it will be granted at the most appropriate time for you.”
THIS IS GUARANTEED !!
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