As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn’t suppose to ever let you down, probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it is harder every time. You’ll break hearts, too; so remember, how it felt when yours was broken. You’ll fight with your best friend. You’ll blame a new love for things an old one did. You’ll cry because time is passing too fast and, you’ll eventually lose someone you love. So, take too many pictures; laugh too much and, love like you’ve never been hurt …..because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you’ll never get back.
Don’t be afraid that your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.
As I was cleaning out some of my growing pile of files from my two years of schooling, I came across one most dearly important paper and my last before graduation reviewing it again noting the comments by my professor. My thesis was written, aptly entitled Social Crisis in the Early Church, examining social issues affecting the early church in fulfilling its social missions to widows (and orphans) as well as betterment of the overall community that included two distinct groups vying for assistance with some of its membership.
In reflecting on the innovative and new ways to address social issues it seemed that the crisis that sparked the development of two offices within the early church [elders and deacons], seems to have lost much of its focus in dealing with similar situations of community needs seen today. The paper has more specifics that is too long for posting here; however, the comment to a section that I had written is what brought my musings concerning the state of our church body and contemplating the effectiveness (or lack thereof) in addressing the many issues on unemployment, poverty, crime, violence, lack of judgment, spiritually dead, void leadership, with a sense of loss among those who feel despair and confusion wondering ‘where is God?’ The state of the church through out this nation even wonders if the church can be relevant anymore. Then, I hypothesized this question to myself…. if Jesus were to return today to grade the church’s performance, how would the church fare?
As I was reading further, this was the view I posited in a similar manner that provoked my professor’s comments. My professor made a very important point in response to my paper in which he said “Someone once said, if you see a city that is filled with poverty and crime, you see a city where the church has failed”
With that said, how would Jesus grade your church according to His expectations and standards today?
You don’t have to be born beautiful to be wildly attractive. -Diana Vreeland
Never mistake having great physical characteristics for being a truly attractive person. It is only those who are willing to be real with their selves and real with others at all times that are actually wildly attractive.
It is those who have not a care in the world for how society tells them to dress, and how society tells them to talk and walk, that makes them wildly attractive.
It is those who make attempts to change the world in a direction more towards world peace, and who are more concerned with seeing the world become a better place than they are with allowing the world to see them with make-up on or the freshest outfit on at the mall.
You have a choice, you can either work hard at being yourself and being wildly attractive, or you can aim to please everyone around you.
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again….this time, more intelligently.”
Henry Ford was one of the greatest entrepreneurs in the past few centuries, and you better believe that his life was full of failure. Can you believe that the creator of one of the biggest brands to date, a leader in a billion dollar industry had a C average during his days in grade school?
Henry Ford was able to learn from his failures and was able to develop and model systems that are still in use to this day because he recognized the areas that he needed to work on, and actually put forth the effort to improve them, which eventually led to him building such an empire that set up generations of his family for success.
What changes do you need to make in your life to get where you desire to be? If you keep using the same tactics and keep achieving the same undesirable results, think about what changes you can make to achieve success right now!