Today’s Gem of Insight #124

IMG_4439Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that spare change can change your life. Most of us, on any given day, find ourselves in the possession of some loose change, whether it’s because we purchase something and receive change from that purchase or we stumble across some loose change amongst the cushions of a sofa. 

Now, there are a number of things that we can do with that change – feed a parking meter, pay a toll booth, or even buy a pack of gum. Or, if we are feeling generous, we can give that money to someone who is in need. Sure, it may not be a lot of money to us, but to someone who is in need it can be the difference between having a full stomach or an empty belly.

The truth of the matter is that giving that change to a person who is in need has the potential to do so much more than solely offer the provision of a meal. Giving that money to a person who is in need has the potential to reinforce the existence of human kindness, as well as fill both the giver and the recipient with a heightened sense of compassion and joy, blessing both the giver and recipient simultaneously. 

The blessings that we experience when we give to those who are in need are immeasurable and incomparable, and my hope is that we will all give it a try. #lovebythedrop
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Today’s Gem of Insight #65

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Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that we must stay in faith even when it seems as though nothing is happening. A few blog entries ago I wrote about hope, specifically the fact that there is always hope. I mention hope now because in many ways hope and faith go hand in hand. Hope is, in essence, the harbored expectation of something, and faith is, in essence, the belief that something is possible. And just as it is sometimes a challenge to continue to hold onto the harbored expectations that we have, it can sometimes be a challenge to hold onto our belief that things are possible.

As I was sitting here contemplating faith and the importance of maintaining it even when it appears that nothing is happening – in our lives, situations, relationships, etc. – I found myself thinking about the fact that the most challenging times that I have experienced with holding onto and maintaining my faith have been when I have been believing for something to happen and needing something to happen, but it just seemed as though nothing was happening. It seemed that no matter how hard I believed or what I did, I just was not experiencing any results that I could notice.

But, as I thought about those situations and the importance of maintaining faith, I began to realize that just because it did not seem as though anything was happening in those moments that did not mean that God was not working things out in my favor. And as I continued to stay in faith and eventually noticed my circumstances getting better, seemingly over night, after having waited for so long, I was further reminded of the fact that God had been working everything out for me all along. That realization not only served to give me peace, but it also rejuvenated my hope.

So, when it seems as though our challenging situations are lingering and the help that we need does not appear to be within reach, I encourage all of us to keep in mind the fact that just because it does not seem as though anything is happening at the moment, that does not mean that nothing is happening. Be encouraged my dears and keep the faith. #lovebythedrop

There is Always a Way

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Sometimes life charges at us with full force, whereas other times it seems to creep up on us under the guise of affecting a stealth attack. Sometimes we are ready – prepared for just about any outcome, and other times we seem to run for the nearest corner hoping that whatever is coming our way will miraculously pass us by. Sometimes we are spared a direct blow, and other times we are pummeled by the gale force winds of relentless circumstance. Sometimes we easily conquer the situation at hand, whereas other times we find ourselves hanging on for dear life.

And though the details of each circumstance may be different, there are at least two truths that exist in every situation that we face: we are still who we are – individuals who have survived numerous bouts with the unexpected, the life-changing, the overwhelming, and the stress-inducing moments of life – and there is a way. In fact, there is always a way – a way out of, a way through, a way beyond every circumstance. There is always a way.

Unfortunately, because of the challenges and disappointments that occasionally permeate life we temporarily forget this truth. We become so focused on our circumstances that we fail to see the open door that waits for us a few mere feet ahead. We allow the magnitude of our days, hours, minutes, and seconds to distract us from the hope that is innately hours, a hope that is ever-present. We allow ourselves to lose sight of that which has carried us through every troubling situation, and will most certainly carry us through future circumstances that may surface, whether expected or not.

And what is this hope, this way to which I am referring? For me, it is my faith, a constant reminder to me that I am not in this life by myself, that I am not alone and without recourse. And it is a constant reminder to me that no matter what comes my way, regardless of whether I brought it on myself through action or inaction, or it made an appearance through no fault of my own, there is always a way. And when there is a way, a true and viable way, there can be no valid excuse for giving up. #lovebythedrop