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You may at times neglect your faith but it is never to late to renew it

When I first moved into my new apartment I was gifted an African Violet as a house warming gift. I remember thinking how beautiful it was with its purple blooms. Now I’m not exactly known as someone with a green thumb but the African Violet did not need much attention. You have to keep the soil moist to dry, and allow the soil around roots to dry out before watering. It thrived in moderate to bright, indirect, indoor light. Pretty much it was set and go and enjoy its beauty.

In the beginning I made a point of taking great care of the plant, it was after all easy to do. I also found myself looking to it as a source of relaxation and motivation due to its striking color and amazing blooms. Just by looking at it I could feel my spirits being lifted as it seemingly gave me a sense of purpose.

As the months went by the good times were plentiful. Success seemed to be around every corner. With success I found myself spending more time at the office as I endeavored to continue which at the time was a rapid rise up the corporate ladder. When I wasn’t in the office I was out networking and enjoying the social scene. During this time I neglected my beautiful African Violet that had provided me with so much inspiration.  Then as fast as the success came the economy took a downward turn. Cutbacks were on the horizon. I survived the company purge but the rise up the corporate ladder came to a dramatic halt. The large bonuses, that I had foolishly incorporated into my budget to finance my over extended life style, dried up. At the same time my girlfriend who I believed loved me answered the question New Edition once asked. Can you stand the rain?  Her answer as you may have guessed was no and she told me it was over. She made up some excuse about us growing apart but it was pretty obvious the distance between us only widened as my bank account lessened.

I fell into a funk. Depressed I cut myself off from most of the world. Constantly asked myself why is this happening? Spend many a weekend laying in bed with no desire to get up and embrace the day. One day I went to look at my long neglected African Violet in hopes in could once again inspire me with its beauty.  When I looked at it I saw it had stop flowering and its leaves had turned yellow.  I immediately understood that it was my failure to water it and cultivate its soil, because I was so busy enjoying the good times, that was. responsible for its current condition.

I had taken it for granted and assumed that it would always be there in all its beauty as an inspiration when I needed it.

Your faith is like the African Violet, it does not require super high maintenance.  But it does require that we not neglect it. Not cultivate and continue to strengthen it in the good times and expect that it will simply be there for us in times of angst.  We must continue to take steps along our spiritual journey, praising the Lord for the blessings He has bestowed upon us in good times. Strengthen our belief each day so that we do not turn away from the Lord and egotistically pat ourselves on the back for achieving such success, forgetting that without the Lord we would literally be nothing.

I looked at the African Violet and took the steps need to restore its beauty. Watering it, cultivating its soil, ensuring that it received the proper amount of sunlight. Soon its beauty began to return. It started to bloom once again. New bright and vibrant green leaves took the place of the ones that had turned yellow.  My renewed commitment to the African Violet brought me a new and stronger plant and with it a new source of inspiration. Now each day I now look at it in all of its beauty and go out and embrace all that the world offers me good and bad.

As with the African Violet you can renew your faith by recommitting to the Lord. The Lord does not hold grudges and His blessings are always there for you. As you restart your spiritual journey and you offer your praise unto him you will soon see that your situation will in time begin to brighten.

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Look into my eyes

Look into my eyes
Do you see weakness?
Did you ever doubt me?
Did you ever think you could break me?

Maybe you should look closer and you’ll see
The struggles I’ve already overcome
The confidence my parents instilled in me
The sense that I can accomplish anything I want.

So doubt me if you want.
Try to break me if you desire
But know this if you should choose to waste your time and energy doing so when all is said and done I will still be here standing proud and tall.

Look into my eyes and you’ll see that.

 

The difference between great and ordinary

The difference between being great and being ordinary is often as simple as taking advantage of the opportunities that present themselves. Greatness is never handed to you it is something that have to go out and achieve. Surprisingly the opportunities for greatness abound not so surprisingly those opportunities are often not taken advantage of. The leading culprit is fear. Fear of failure, fear of rocking the boat, fear of stepping out of the box you live in. In order to fly you can’t be afraid to step off the cliff. The second leading culprit is lack of commitment. The commitment to succeed is as important as overcoming the fear to try. You have to appreciate the opportunity that has presented itself to you and be willing to work hard to achieve it. If you don’t work hard then you are willing throwing away the opportunity for greatness. Desire, fearlessness and hard work are the keys to success and if you have all three you may just find that you’re great.

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A society that fails to nurture the minds of its young today cannot expect to produce great leaders and innovators tomorrow.

A society that embraces reasons why it cannot achieve today rather than ways it might cannot expect to achieve advances in culture, science and the arts tomorrow.The society

A society that fails to award excellence today for fear that it will displease those who fall short cannot expect anything greater than mediocrity tomorrow.

A society that always looks to others to save them today cannot expect to produce their own savior tomorrow.

A society that acts accordingly today will have no regrets tomorrow.