Count your blessings…

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During this Holiday, I had a moment to reflect on my blessings.  I looked at my wife and my two young daughters and I felt the Hand of God on my life.  I thanked Him for what He gave to me.  As you reflect, in a moment of silence, just look around you.  Surely, you can see something that God has blessed you with.  My life isn’t perfect, but I am blessed.  Your life may not be perfect either, but God has given you something.  It might take a quiet moment to actually see how wonderful and giving God has been to you.  Be safe…and keep studying the Word of God.

Carl

Deciding to take action!

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I have the opportunity to talk to a number of people who are dissatisfied with some aspect of their life.  Often times, it’s a financial situation, a challenging marriage, job burnout or loneliness.  There are things that happen in our lives that we have no control over.  If we had control over our lives we would make sure that everything was bed of roses all the time…but the reality is that we often have to play with the hand we are dealt. 

One of the unfortunate things I see is when a person really does have some control, but fails to utilize the control they have.  Instead, they remain depressed about their situation instead of doing what they can do!  Let’s say that a person is experiencing job burnout and they hate getting up going to work.  For them, it’s not just a phase, they are simply unhappy with where they work.  Rather than remain unhappy on a daily basis, start looking for another job!  What if you look in the mirror and are unhappy with the fact that you aren’t in shape and it’s making you unhappy day after day.  Instead of being depressed…join a gym and start working out.  If you are lonely, you don’t necessairly control whether you will find a mate, but you can certainly develop new friendships and get involved in various activities rather than sitting at home…looking at the four walls and complaining about your situation.  Again, do what you can do!

There are some things that you will have to accept that you cannot change.  You must pray and ask God to help you with those life issues.  For the things that you do have some control over, don’t just sit there…take action!!

Carl