How To Stay Positive in a Sea of Negativity?

Good question. How does one stay positive in a sea of negativity? After all, there are plenty of things to be angry, scared and fearful about. I would love to cite the latest news story; however, it’s more likely to distract than help.

Yet, a clue is already given in the last statement. I will explain it, shortly. First, I would like to share a story that may help with staying positive in a sea of negativity. You’ll see where I’m going, shortly. Let’s start with the facing of a giant.

What the heck are you talking about? Continue reading “How To Stay Positive in a Sea of Negativity?”

Dealing With Changes

A week ago, Shore Vineyard held a discussion called “How to Thrive in the Upcoming Financial Crisis”. The discussion centers on a book called “The Mystery of the Shemitah It’s a book written by Jonathan Cahn. I saw the video based on this book and it’s pretty good.

If you took the time and listened to the audio, then you will discover that we did more than talk about the book. We talked about solutions and a willingness to listen to God’s Word. I’ll give you, a hint. We did not talk about owning gold; as not everyone can afford it.

I am one of those people, who can’t afford to buy gold. What about me? How should I prepare for something, that may or may not happen? A wise man sees the upcoming trouble and takes prudent steps; so that he is not reacting to fear. 

As the discussion continues, I quietly asked Jesus and myself, “What should I do? How do I prepare for potential changes?” One thing certain, our country is definitely in a financial mess. You simply need to turn on Fox News or CNN. What’s next? Continue reading “Dealing With Changes”

Dealing With Negativity: What’s Your Perspective?

One day, a friend shared an interesting comment. “It’s just a hobby,” says my friend. My friend was referring Inspiration Point. “How so?”, I asked. The response was hardly pleasant or encouraging.

Sadly, I’ve had similar conversations with this person. He simply doesn’t see the value of the work done on this blog. How shall I respond to such negativity? I can’t control what someone chooses to think or believe. However, I can do something about my own responses.

I could choose from one of three options. Though there may be others; I will focus on three types of responses. Shall I play “The Victim”? Shall I take on the role of “The Reporter”? How about a “Hope Filled” view of the situation? Continue reading “Dealing With Negativity: What’s Your Perspective?”

Christmas Day Is About Celebrating Hope!

Christmas Day is fast coming and you’d think my blog would be filled with Christmas related stories.  So far, I managed to write two Christmas related story, this month.  It’s not like that day isn’t special or I don’t have reasons to rejoice.  It is special and I do have a reason to rejoice.

A few days ago, I came across someone who was agitated at the idea of celebrating the birth of Jesus on December 25th. I already knew it wasn’t the actual date.  “Did you ever consider the Christian symbolism behind that particular day?”, I asked.  Christ symbolism?  What does this have to do with rejoicing on Christmas Day?

First, I do know of Pope Gregory and Constantine choosing to to “christianize” an existing pagan holiday. I discovered this, years ago.  I, also took notice of the irony in choosing a day that’s just before New Year.

In case you don’t know, Winter Solstice is really a couple of days before Christmas Day and it’s marked as the darkest day of the whole year.  It is a day with the fewest amount of sunlight. After it, the days steadily become brighter and brighter.

Jesus was born  during the time of Augustus Ceaser.  Things were quite dark for those not born a Roman citizen.  Israel was in despeate need of a deliver from this oppressive regime. Truth is, we were all in desperate need of being rescued from our sins.  Sound familiar?

Yet, all is not lost.  Hope has come into the world and He came at our darkest hour.  Because of Hope, everything has changed!  Because of Jesus, we can look forward to our days becoming brighter and brighter.  Because of Jesus, We can look forward to a new beginning. Here is why:

10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among menwith whom He is pleased.” [Luke 2:10-14] of Jesus, I have been redeemed from the clutches of a far worse oppressor than Rome.  Jesus is my true Hope and the reason that I rejoice on Christmas Day.  Truth is, we should rejoice on all 365 days and not just one.

As for the actual day, I am not overly concerned if it was in March or December. Let’s focus on why Jesus came and not on foolish arguements over dates.  Let’s remember, God, the Father gave us, a wonderful gift on that fateful day.  Let’s receive it, with gladness and joy.

Open Your Eyes!

Open your eyes and see that the world is not so gray!
Open your eyes and see the sun shining down on you!

Do you not hear the bird singing?
Do you not smell the flowers blooming?
Can you not taste the goodness of the Lord? Continue reading “Open Your Eyes!”