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Minimum Wage? Not!

You can honor God in all you do. Especially in your profession, whatever it may be. Working for God is NOT a religious position. Working for God is the ONLY position. We can seek, serve, and honor God in every aspect of our profession. Often however, it means comprising our selfish ambitions for success and wealth creation for greater and a more impactful purpose. Always, it means performing our jobs at the highest levels and acknowledging God as the giver of all talent, skill, opportunity, and blessing. There is no pot of gold at the end of any rainbow here on earth. Just ask really rich people and they will tell you they are not rich enough. However, heaven holds the ultimate reward. A retirement laced in gold.

Perception Or Reality?

Even Napoleon in all his pride knew the difference. Authority is not cloaked in rare fabric or jewels, but in humble leadership and compassion for those being led.

 

Maya Barnes Phone Home… Not!

Maya is a 14-year-old, somewhat typical, high school student. What possibly makes her less typical is her willingness to disconnect from the digital madness that has consumed our world. Well – at least long enough to understand what she might have been missing. It didn’t happen voluntarily at first. However, she quickly learned to cooperate with her unfortunate circumstances.  Here is Maya’s story in her own words…

Maya Barnes Phone Home… Not!

A week ago, the thought of just putting my phone down for a day made me extremely anxious. But now that I broke my phone, I have no choice but to go without it. It honestly hasn’t been as bad as I expected. I am still able to contact my friends and family when I am at home through my computer, but when I am out… I am completely phone free.

As much as not having a phone has been a little inconvenient, in the way that I can’t contact my parents or friends when I’m outside of home, it has actually helped me focus more on things other than social media and texting. I focus more on school and actually talking to people…actual people and not a screen!

Technology seems to get in the way of people actually interacting and actually seeing the world around them. It may seem as though you are communicating with other people, but you are actually isolating yourself in a way many people don’t realize.

The absence of technology inspired Maya to “blow the dust off” her camera and put her creative potential to work. Check it out. The results are impressive!

Photo Credit: Maya Barnes (Age 14)

Look Into My Eyes…

We desperately need to have a deeper connection with one another. Though it may seem uncomfortable at first, looking into each other’s eyes when conversing fosters trust and compassion.

 

How Many People Does It Take To Screw In A Lightbulb?

It takes only one filled with the love of God. We have been given a limitless ability to light up a room (or the world) and love one another. And love is best expressed when we overcome the voice of the world and what the world teaches us, for the voice of the heart which is true and pure.

 

Is More, More?

Bigger is better. Much bigger is much better. And too big is even better yet. More is never enough. Much more is barely enough. And too much is only enough for now. —NOT!

This is truly the BIG LIE! How did we ever get caught in this endless cycle of madness where we spend our entire lives perpetually seeking a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow that simply does not exist.

Rich and poor alike are chasing this absurd dream. What’s worst is all the maligned sacrifice and misappropriated energy that goes into this chase. Those of us who never “had” and suddenly “get” realize that “getting” was overrated when we learn that amassing worldly possessions do not create joy. Those of us who “had” and suddenly “lose” what we had find ourselves with a hole in our soul filled with both emptiness and darkness because we were defined by our “things” and those around us were with us for our “things.”

And then there are the most fortunate of us who realize that our riches are in heaven. That wealth in this life is multiplied when we plant seeds that lift the spirits and lives of others. Where any blessings we have are meant to be shared as a blessing to others. Then the biggest bank in the world, which resides in our hearts, gets filled with gold!

Yes. God Cares Very Much About Syria.

It is primarily through photographs that most of us are witnessing the pain God is feeling for Syria and Syrians. We can see it in the capture of this young girl’s struggle. God’s pain is embedded in her face. As you gaze at this picture, imagine how God feels about the oppression that man has placed on his fellow man. This picture should inspire us to get up tomorrow morning and do our part to heal the broken people of the world and strive to wipe the sadness from God’s face.

Syria’s Pain Captured in One Heart-Rending Photograph – TheQuint

Painful image of a girl with her father on a wheelchair, asking for help to pay medical bills from passers by. read more at thequint.com

Image credit thequint.com

Ever Hear Of Mancala?

Mancala is a game popularized throughout the Middle East and Africa and has been proven to have extraordinary impact on memory and problem solving abilities.

 

A Bone To The Dog Is Not Charity

Deep in our hearts is the natural desire to give, and give unconditionally. Besides the fact that so many of us in the developed world have so much to give, we still battle a voice that tells us not to give what we need or more than we have to. In other words, I will give so long as I do not give what I need now or might need in the future.” But what fun is that? Don’t you miss the full experience of the glory of God if you play it so safe?

I co-wrote a story of orphan children in Mexico that would give away the few items of clothes to local children in their impoverished neighborhood. Now that’s giving. But at least as remarkable was the fact that somehow, from somewhere, these clothes would get replenished and the children were never left without. What an amazing experience to witness and an encouragement that when we give that which we need, we find that somehow God still provides for our need.

We Don’t Want to Tell People…

God gave us a brilliant mind to think for ourselves and not simply follow a system by default. But that requires time, effort, and most of all, God’s wisdom. Thinking, discovering, and creating are the three worst things to outsource, and doing so is a fatal mistake.

Have You Seen Nature’s Waterfall Of Colors?

The Aurora Borealis , or Northern Lights, is one of nature’s most spectacular light displays. Ever changing, they will intrigue anyone who is lucky to catch them night after night.

At no other time of year can we drive through city and country alike and feel the warmth that lights add to our lives. No matter how awesome our light displays are though, nothing can compare with one of the most amazing shows nature has to offer; the Aurora Borealis, or more commonly referred to as the Northern Lights. It is literally a shifting waterfall of colors ranging from green to pink to white and everything in between. read more at grit.com

This is a phenomenon not to be missed in a lifetime if possible. Most of us will not get to the poles of the earth. However, recent changes in climate and solar patterns have been extending the effect of the Northern Lights where nearly half the earth’s population can get a glimpse (God’s way of moving the stage closer to your seat!). There is a great website hosted by Space Weather where you can go to receive alerts and other information about these events. Hopefully you can catch God’s next show! Blessings…

 

If Not For The Valleys

by Greg Pai
Featured Photo Credit: highlights6 (Wood Lanes, UK)

If not for the valleys
I often descend
I could not see the mountains
o’er horizon’s bend

The glory of God
His Majestic style
Awe filled landscape
A miracle mile

So far in the distance
While feeling so close
The landscape before me
I anticipate most

These dips
are in God’s grips
All these lands
are in His hands
Descents and ascents
are the intent of His plans

Shaping and molding
Yes, bending; That too
Form the grandeur of landscapes
Form the essence of you

So I suppose its all relative
Still this much is true
God has a landscape for me
and a landscape for you