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I Am Everything Because of Love

It was just an ordinary afternoon, a time when bank employees continue to service their customers with their account-related issues. That afternoon, tragedy struck at a SunTrust Bank where at least five died: four employees and one customer. As of now, law enforcement does know the reason behind this atrocity.

When my husband texted to tell me about the bank shooting, I was beside myself. “Are you okay? Is everybody okay? Can I call you?”

I did not wait for an answer, I called him right away to learn that it was not his bank, but one that was about forty-five minutes away from him, in Sebring, Florida. I am relieved and thankful that the shooting did not take place at his branch, but my heart continues to hurt for his colleagues and their families.

This is yet another shooting eating away our sense of safety. These shootings are hitting closer and closer to home. Last year, one shooting took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida where my stepdaughter’s senior year was devastated with the loss of seventeen lives. The SunTrust shooter is just twenty-one years old and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooter was nineteen years old at the time of the shooting.

What drove these young people to commit such crimes? Does a lack of love have anything to do with it?

I am everything because of love. The love of God, the love of my husband, the love of my children, and the love of my extended family make life worth living. The thought of losing them in any tragedy troubles my heart.

But, by now I know that there is absolutely nothing I can do to protect them from such tragedy. How can you protect people who are doing what they are supposed to do? Shouldn’t they be safe at work? Should they be safe at school? Shouldn’t they be safe at church?

What I know for sure is that only God can protect them. I surrender them to him. I also know that loving them with all my heart and with with both my hands is the only way I can reinvest in them. Love covers all. Love cures everything.

Personal Growth Does NOT Happen Automatically

When I came to this country, I was determined to be the best that I can be. The reality was that the pressure to better was expected in my family, because they depended on my success for a better future. It worked out well because I naturally had the passion for learning and growing.

When you are learning and doing in your third language, you must be intentional about everything. From elementary school to college, participated in every learning opportunity accessible to me.

I love books, so I started reading for pleasure. Then I learned that if I wanted my life to change, I had to give the historical romance novels up for biographies, business, and self-help books.

I joined organizations that would put me in the path of those who knew more than me and can help get me to the next level.

You see personal growth is never an accident; it requires deliberate action to reach your target.

Happiness Habit 3: Be Generous

Becoming a happy person is not as difficult as it appears. It can actually be fun if you enjoy being generous. That is giving and sharing freely without expecting anything in return.

Our happiness is affected when we keep count of what we give. We expect people to return to us equal or greater to what we have given to them.

What we need to be concerned with is planting the seed of generosity and let God be responsible for the returning aspect of giving.

Here are 10 things you can give generously today.

  1. Say please and thank you.
  2. Give compliments often.Generosity 1
  3. Give your money to people and causes you believe in.
  4. Give your time generously where it matters most.
  5. Have a big heart and be compassionate.
  6. Share all resources generously.
  7. Forgive each fellow human at least 77 x 7.
  8. Give plenty of hugs and kisses.
  9. Lend your ears without passing judgement.
  10. Love covers it all.

Building or Destroying: What’s In It For Me?

BefPower of Words 2ore you let a single word come out of your mouth, you better be real careful; you may not know what you’re getting yourself into.

You see, words are seeds. Words are powerful. They have the tendency to multiply and reproduce according to their likeness.

You have the choice to plant them in grounds that will…

  • BUILD

             OR

  • DESTROY

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You understand that your tongue, the instrument that facilitate the speaking of words has the power of life and death.

If you’ve ever wanted to be a superhero, this is the ultimate opportunity. It is also the ultimate opportunity to become the greatest villain.

Read this carefully. “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” In other words, you reap what you sow.

If you sow words of love, you will get love in return.

If you sow words of hatred, you will harvest hate.

If you inspire, you too will be inspired.

If you belittle and humiliate, what do you think you will get back?

So, what’s in it for you?

The quality of your life. What do you want to get more of?

 

The Love of God

May the love of God settles to the bottom of your heart, reverberates throughout your whole body, and be released into the world. May the God of the universe continues to change lives everywhere through this love. Amen.