Archive for the ‘Reflection’ Category

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Romans 12

5 November 2010

My friends,

Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer.

Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God – what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.

And because of God’s gracious gift to me I say to everyone of you: do not think of yourself more highly than you should. Instead, be modest in your thinking and judge yourself according to the amount of faith that God has given you.

We have many parts in one body, and all these parts have different functions. In the same way, though we are many, we are one body in union with Christ, and we are all joined to each other as different parts of one body.

So we are to use our different gifts in accordance with the grace that God has given us. If our gift is to serve, we should serve; if it is to teach, we should teach; if it is to encourage others, we should do so.

Whoever shares with others should do it generously; whoever has authority should work hard; whoever shows kindness to others should do it cheerfully.

Love must be completely sincere. Hate what is evil, hold onto what is good. Love one another and be eager to show respect for one another. Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion. Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, pray at all times. Share your belongings with the needy and open your homes to strangers.

Ask God to bless those who persecute you. Be happy with those who are happy, weep with those who weep. Have the same concern for everyone. Do not be proud, but accept humble duties. Do not think yourselves as wise.

If someone does you wrong, do not repay with wrong. Try to do what is considered to be good. Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. Never take revenge on anyone.

Do not let evil defeat you; instead, conquer evil with good.

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What if?

14 October 2010

‘What’ and ‘If’ are two words that are about as least threatening as words can be.

But put them side by side and they can haunt someone for the rest of their lives.

WHAT IF?

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This is the truth

21 August 2010

This clip was an advertising campaign used by Lopez Murphy, running for president in Argentina.

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Excuses and Success

15 November 2009

Those that make excuses can never make a commitment.
Those who never make commitments, never find passion
Those who don’t have passion will never have success

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Trust our youth

5 November 2009

There is often a false perception on the power of young people. Our “social deviants”, “trouble-makers”, “juvaniles” are the ones that great leaders have suggested will be the ones that we need to rely on to move our society forward. I find this passage by Robert Kennedy, from 1966 that resonates ever so clearly today.

Our answer is the world’s hope; it is to rely on youth. The cruelties and the obstacles of this swiftly changing planet will not yield to obsolete dogmas and outworn slogans. It cannot be moved by those who cling to a present which is already dying, who prefer the illusion of security to the excitement and danger which comes with even the most peaceful progress. This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.

Robert F. Kennedy “Day of Affirmation”, speech
University of Capetown, South Africa (1966-06-06)

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A call to speak against injustice

4 November 2009

The following poem was written by Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller (14 January 1892 – 6 March 1984). Niemöller was a prominent German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor. The poem about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group.

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller

The message is rather simple and direct – a call to speak out against the injustices against other people. In 1966, Robert F. Kennedy addressing a South African audience also reminded them, and us that the great social justice movements begin with one person, and sitting back will only see the social injustice grow.

First is the danger of futility; the belief there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills — against misery, against ignorance, or injustice and violence. Yet many of the world’s great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man. A young monk began the Protestant reformation, a young general extended an empire from Macedonia to the borders of the earth, and a young woman reclaimed the territory of France. It was a young Italian explorer who discovered the New World, and 32-year-old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that all men are created equal. “Give me a place to stand,” said Archimedes, “and I will move the world.” These men moved the world, and so can we all.

Robert F. Kennedy “Day of Affirmation”, speech,
University of Capetown, South Africa (1966-06-06)

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Richness lies not in having more

3 November 2009

One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?” “It was great, Dad.””Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked. “Oh yeah,” said the son

“So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.

The son answered: “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.”

The boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, “Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.”

Isn’t perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don’t have. Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your family and friends!

Source: Alijeffty C. Gonzales
Philippines

The rich man is not the one with the most,
but the one who needs the least