As we head towards the end of 2013 and into 2014, I'm revisiting a thought I thought a while ago. It's not a new thought; nor even a unique thought but, for me, it is a thought which bears thinking about. (That sounds like something out of Winnie the Pooh).
How about a different concept where we all stop 'fighting' for a cause because, quite seriously, the 'fight' is what we'll perpetuate? Our brains are weird that way, they recognise our mood over our intentions and if it's a fight we want, a fight is what our brain will deliver.
I'm not saying this will be something which is easy by any means. In fact, it will probably the the most difficult endeavour I've ever undertaken but I do believe it is worth the effort.
How about rather than joining a fight for a cause which is dear to our hearts, we work on giving daily thanks to our Lord for the outcome we want? Such as:
- Being grateful that people the world over have enough food instead of fighting hunger?
- Being grateful that all children are safe instead of fighting child abuse?
- Being grateful that all people treat others with respect?
- Being grateful that the world in our care is well looked-after instead of fighting for the environment?
- Being grateful that we have the most honest Government in the world instead of fighting for the necessary change? (although, I have to admit, this will be a difficult one for me).
Although I am really going to work at Praying for Change in 2014, I think I should clarify that I don't and won't sit on my posterior doing nothing. God requires us to be involved and make a difference where we can. It's the wording which has become so ubiquitous that is so dangerous. Everyone, everywhere talks about "fighting" and "struggle" for whatever they're wanting to change. In my small life, I'm changing those words to "praying" and "expecting", that's all...
I am actively involved in rescuing animals in distress;
I work in my local community to improve and maintain our suburb;
I am actively involved with my political party of preference in our district; and
I am very environmentally aware and am a good steward of what God has put in my care although I absolutely don't and never will buy into the hypey-hopey 'climate change' religion promulgated by Gore and espoused by corrupt regimes throughout the world.
In any event, that's a concept I intend to embrace and will work on during 2014!
For now, I am grateful that our family is happy, healthy, prosperous and safe.
Have a Blessed, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
May your life be filled with Joy; your heart filled with Love; and your mind filled with God's Peace that passes all understanding!
Felicity, nice post. I was thinking about doing the same. I love Christmas time so much. It's the peace and love I feel that I want to last forever.. Then I get back on Facebook and I read an article or two.. I can feel my blood pressure start to rise. It used to be fun. Now it's just a stresser it seems. Amazing how we come together anyway. It IS the fight that brings us together but the prayers are what keep us glued. If only more people left everything up to God to sort out .. Anyway, Happy 2014 no matter what you do!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the visit, IsabelDelete
Thank you too for your very valid comment. I've updated the post to make it clear where I stand on the issue of word usage.
I like the concept of being grateful in advance for all that God will do in answer to our prayers. I like your positive approach and the faith it inspires.There is so much negativity in the world. I just wish it could be that easy. There is so much need and greed in the world. Best wishes for a successful and happy 2014.ReplyDelete
Oooh, I know it's going to be the most difficult thing in the world for me - initially in any event, but I will persevere and, if I fall, I'll pick myself up and carry on regardless. :) I've updated my post as a result of yours and Isabel's comments. Thanks.