“It’s Just A Thought”
Love is the special ingredient to a flourishing life. Without a good sense of unselfish, motivating, purpose people can get stuck. Family, family, family, is so essential to mold generations of kind, merciful, hopeful children, who then become upstanding adults. Our family gives to us a bonding that has the potential to carry all of it’s members forward to becoming able caring adults. Not only for themselves but for others too. A great nation is built on generations of God-loving, caring, and kind people, anticipating a life of giving back, not just taking to themselves.
Giving is the central fabric of Christianity. This theme and example given to the believer is, God gave His Son. God gave His best. God gave us this earth we call home. God has given, given, given. He continues to meet our daily needs. Therefore, it is now in our new nature to become a giver. There in, is the key, to a bountiful life.
Our culture lacks creativity. As parents, leaders, teachers, coaches, we need to create an environment of thought, ideas and value. Our greatest asset is our ability to think of creative ways to get things done. As a mom, I realized I needed to teach my children the value of honesty, hard work and trust. However, I had to also create an atmosphere where doing a chore could be fun. If they got something from the experience they would usually perform the task. By the time they were teenagers, both of my sons got after-school jobs, worked hard and learned working helped their self-esteem. (Thank You, Jesus!)
Another factor that we recognized had to be dealt with was negativity. When we allow ourselves the continual luxury of complaining, we lose positive energy. The simplest task can become gruesome because of our negative slant. Being a complainer is learned by example. It will kill unity and creativity of anything positive. When our family would pursue the less traveled road of the crowd and generate positive talking points and attitudes we all learned it created life and success. What a joy to feel the reward of “Well Done”. The more we celebrated positive comment’s and encouragement, the better the outcome for everyone. People, and most importantly, our children learn this from a life well lived. If we as parents or leaders can remove the negative from our words and compliment encouragement, we will have a happier family and produce that in the future generation. May the goal of respecting life, be taught in such a way that it is embraced from the deepest part of our heart. Negative challenges will come, but we do not need to become negative from it. Cultivating a positive vocabulary with our families will produce long lasting results.
Being creative in dealing with setbacks is also important. We all have them. Difficulties can be productive in developing character. Everything in life that is worthwhile comes at a cost. The warm encouragement of love can take the sting out of a shortfall and help get everyone back on track. Never let a gloomy outlook replace optimism. Always teach from what you have learned. Remember you cannot lead where you are unwilling to go. Mistakes teach us what not to do and position us to travel a different direction. With what we are seeing these days, could we all perhaps try some new methods?
Finally, maybe we all might try a little less busyness and a lot more interest in someone else’s idea or opinion. Let us all start a daily maintenance of remembering a great life is lived from “Love thy neighbor as thyself”. Remember to create in your own head space a healthy place. I will be forgiving and never hold others to a standard that I am not willing to keep. If I or those I am responsible to or for, slip, I will allow forgiveness, but not excuses, for bad intentions. Oh Yes, a few more statements with “Please and Thank You” seem to gain better results. Here, is to the next generation! May they flourish and become true beacons of light. Light has the overcoming power to extinguish the darkness.
Until The Next Time,