This week, I hope to offer you some good tips on changing the way you think in hopes that you will see how thinking positive thoughts and speaking positive words can bring change to your life. On Monday, I asked you to start your day with a little self motivation in order to see positive change in your life. Today, I’m going to give you some tips on another way to see positive change in your life by simply speaking positive encouraging words to those around you.
When you wake up every morning, you have choices on how to start your day. You can mope around and think about all the things you have to do. You can dwell on the things that went wrong yesterday, last week or last year. You can remind yourself how tired your or how much you wish you could just stay in the bed. If that’s you, I ask you what Dr. Phil asks a lot of his guests on his show: “How’s that working for you?” The answer is probably not a good one.
However, you could take a completely different approach to starting each day. Why not start by filling yourself with some positive, motivation and inspirational thoughts?
This is one of my favorite inspirational stories. You may have heard it before. It’s a good example of how you make a difference even when you think you think.
Here’s an example of how someone can make an difference:
The Starfish Story
A friend of ours was walking down a deserted Mexican beach at sunset. As he walked along, he began to see another man in the distance. As he grew closer, he noticed that the local native kept leaning down, picking something up, and throwing it out into the water. Time and again he kept hurling things out into the ocean. As our friend approached even closer, he noticed that the man was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time, he was throwing them back into the water. Our friend was puzzled. He approached the man and said “Good evening, Friend. I was wondering what you are doing.”
“I’m throwing these starfish back into the ocean. You see, it’s low tide right now and all of these starfish have been washed up onto the shore. If I don’t throw them back into the sea, they’ll die up here from lack of oxygen.”
“I understand,” our friend replied, “but there must be thousands of starfish on this beach. You can’t possibly get to all of them. There are simply too many. And don’t you realize it is probably happening on hundreds of other beaches all up and down the coast. Can’t you see that you can’t possibly make a difference?”
The local native smiled, bent down, and picked up yet another starfish, and as he threw it back into the sea, he replied, “Made a difference to that one!”
So remember the next time you feel like you there is too much turmoil in this world to make a difference, think about the Starfish Story. Even if you only make a difference in one person’s life, you’re still making a difference!
You can read the entire article those two sites, but in summary it reveals that the evangelical Christians are evolving on their beliefs on gay marriage. I think this is wonderful news.
As I’ve said in the past, God loves us all and created us all equally. I have made it my mission to help spread that word to the LGBT community and the world.
The same article on Politico turned me on to the video below that I believe every person should watch whether you’re gay or straight. The message is delivered by Matthew Vines, a young man who speaks for nearly an hour arguing that the Bible does not, in fact, condemn all same-sex relationships.
I didn’t intentionally make my first post here on Good Friday. However, I have prayed to God for inspiration to start this blog. That inspiration came today as I was studying my Bible. Please read on with an open mind.
Often as members of LGBT community, we might feel less than accepted by organized religion. My goal is to create a ministry that accepts everyone for who they are, because I truly believe that God made each of us the way he did for a reason.
As I studied my Bible today, I was guided to John 3:16 which reads (in the English Standard Version of the Bible) as:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Notice the power of those words right in the middle: “whoever believes” in Jesus. That includes you and that includes me. This verse in the Bible says that anyone who believes in Him shall have eternal life.
That doesn’t just mean that whoever believes in Jesus has a place in heaven, but that means that anyone who wants to accept God into their lives can live happily here on earth. We don’t have to “perish”. We don’t have to be ridiculed, and we don’t have to be unhappy.
I have formed a very strong relationship with God, and I have seen him work miracles in my life.
Philippians 4:13 gives us that encouragement:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
As a Christian, we are on a journey to heaven. As John 3:16 says, we can join that journey. The best part, however, about that journey is that we can enjoy getting there if we believe in Him.
On Good Friday, we remember a day that Jesus died on the cross. This was the day that God’s son died for ALL of our sins. Now, all we have to do is believe in his ability and power to live a happy existence here on earth that will one day lead to an eternal life.
Start today by believing in Him. I hope to be able to help you strengthen your relationship with God, but I also encourage you to get involved in an accepting Bible based church. I also hope you’ll join me in studying the Bible. I’ll be using this blog as a platform to do so.
Happy Good Friday and Happy Easter to all. God Bless.