Posts Tagged ‘purpose’

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Let me take a Selfie.

We all take them, well most of us. And if we don’t get the right one, we keep taking one until we like it. The right angle, the right shadowing and the right shot, it has to be perfect. And to put the cherry on top we go on Instagram and get the perfect filter to make our already perfect Selfie even better.

We Snapchat, we post our little Selfie creation on Facebook, on Twitter, all over social media, “Look at me!” It glorifies us.
And as if that’s not enough, if we don’t get the right amount of ‘Likes’ on our selfie we take it down. “That wasn’t good enough, OBVIOUSLY,,, so let me take another Selfie.”

Why are we constantly feeding our image? Why are we continually trying to fulfill this feeling of inadequacy? I see young kids on Instagram showing their photos of scars and bloody marks from self-cutting. I see skinny, malnourished teens posting pictures of their self loathing bodies and saying how depressed they are and how no one is there for them. I see people posting dramatic memes and posting the most ridiculous rumors raving about others.

Self-medicating is an epidemic. Overdoses on Heroin, Cocaine, speed-balling and other mind altering substances are on the rise. Depression and anxiety statistics just continue to climb every single year. Disability for anxiety and depression are more prevalent. People are giving up and relying on chemicals to cope.

We are an enabling society. Constant remedies needed as fast as possible. Why?

Because it’s all about me. Yes, you. Me and you. We get offended easy, we get emotional quickly, we get bothered, we get upset, we don’t know how to handle pressure or cope with loss, we can’t believe that just happened, we can’t understand this and won’t put up with that.
“Did you hear what she said? Did you see what he did?”, gossip central. Anything to take the focus off of us when it comes to blame, so quick too, but not very quick to take fault.
But it’s all about me. Everything depends on how I feel, when I want to feel it and when I say it’s OK to feel that way. The world evolves around ME. I even pray for me.

Where is the purpose? Where has the perseverance gone? Why are we mutilating ourselves, hurting and self exterminating ourselves? Where is the honor and respect for each other? Where has all the gratitude gone? Why are we so ungrateful for what we do have and so concentrated on what we don’t have? Why are we constantly complaining, bickering, one upping each other, competing in a realm that doesn’t even exist? Why? Wait for it…

Are you ready? Because IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU! I bet that hurt a little. It’s true. You are nothing. And the quicker you realize this, the quicker you will understand and be OK with it. Let me explain.

You were created, with a purpose, for a purpose and for a reason. Your main purpose is to glorify your creator. As a book glorifies an author, as a painting glorifies an artist, so are you to glorify your creator. Have you ever made something, anything, in art class, at home, at work, anything? Who does it glorify? You! You made it! Name one thing around you right now that doesn’t have a purpose or that didn’t at one time have a purpose. You can’t. It’s impossible. Because everything has a purpose, everything was made, and so weren’t you.

Now, with that being said, lets see what we are called to do with our purpose. And before I list our callings from the most popular, number one selling book on the planet, that everyone seems to ignore, I will make a quick remark for my findings. There is one Truth and one air we breath. The air we do not choose, we must accept it, we have to, if we don’t, we die. The Truth on the other hand we must choose to accept. We all know it’s there, some of us are unwilling to accept it. Without it, like air, we also will die. Pertaining to God, Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life. He either is or He isn’t, but that’s up to you.

Here is what we are called to do. We are called to Love the Lord our God with all of our heart, with all our mind, with all of our soul and with all our strength. We are called to Love our neighbor as we love ourselves. We are called to be Holy. We are called to be strong and to be courageous. We are called to persevere. We are called to live by Faith. We are called to help one another, to lift each other up, to make disciples of each other. We are called to praise our creator and to give thanks to Him. We are called to live with this purpose and with the gifts that are given to us.

See, it’s not about me and you. It’s about God. It’s about glorifying Him. That’s our only purpose. We are but a mist on this planet and our time is ever so short. Don’t waste it bringing others down and tearing people apart. Don’t waste it walking around lost and hating yourself. Our pride and our selfishness must go. We must surrender daily.

It’s not about me Lord, it’s about you. Help me to live for you as I was created to do. Help me live a purposeful life as you created me to do. Help me to not just separate myself from my problems, but to separate myself unto you. In all my achievements, in all my accomplishments, in all my gratefulness, in all my strength I give you the glory.

Become Free. Become the Difference.

Bibliography: Holy Bible

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This question is asked when we are at the crossroads. Maybe a friend, family member or a counselor will ask this when life is simply unmanageable or when we realize our way just isn’t working.

How Bad Do You Want It? Do you even know? Are you sure you even want it? Unfortunately, I got way past the point of wanting it, I got to the point where I needed it. And I knew it. It was either death by self or some form of help.

Asking an addict how bad do they want to get better is like asking a non addict how bad do you want to stop breathing. Ironically it’s that serious. In an addicts mind, the drug use and substance abuse is just like breathing fresh air.

Now, if you are not struggling with drug/substance abuse, you can stop here. This is for people struggling with drug addiction. This is for the stubborn ones who think they are fine. The ones who think no one knows.

Remember when you were last clean? That may take a few seconds. How about this… remember the last time you looked in the mirror and were proud of yourself? How about the last time you kept a promise?

Ask yourself how bad do you REALLY want it. Take a second and look back at the damage you have done. To your mom, your dad, your grandparents, your kids; to yourself. How about those REAL friends you had, yeah, the ones who don’t want to be around you anymore because you’re messed up. It bothers you but you know deep down inside you did this to yourself. You made your own prison of solitude and confinement. I know, you can’t wait for that next high.

You are so deep into your addiction you forget what it’s like to have real friends. You forget what it’s like to actually get 8 hours of sleep and wake up relaxed and at peace. You forget what it’s like to keep a job and be honest, to save money, to pay bills on time, to keep promises you have made, to think like a normal person.

Don’t you want to know why the voice that tells you to use is the same voice that ridicules you after you do? Remember when scheming new ways to hustle and get high were non existent? When checking peoples medicine cabinets for prescriptions, stealing money out of purses and selling the stupidest things to get high became a new hobby? What about all the thoughts on ways to get money to get high? I bet you don’t have to think too deep on that one.

Is “I Am A Full Blown Addict” on your resum√©? Ever tell anyone the exact nature of what you do and how you do it? Ever discuss your methods with anyone on what your brain patterns are like and what you go through every minute of every day? How about the withdrawals? We both know what happens when you are dope sick. One word, autopilot.

How bad do you want it? How bad do you want your life back to where all of this is behind you? Think about it. You are either high or hurting right now. Either way, you have a choice every day to choose.

I am telling you that you do not have to live like this. As bad as you want to get high is how bad you need to want to get help and change. Get on your hands and knees and ask God for help. Get right with Him. Admit you are wrong, admit you are selfish and are in need of a Savior. Get to meetings. Find a detox and a rehab where you can gain knowledge on why you do what you do. Get back the basic principles on life and back to living the way you are supposed to, with purpose. There are resources all around you, you just need to start looking. Surround yourself with productive people. People who will not enable you and pull you down.

God loves you so much, He is always there, waiting with open arms. Do what ever it takes to stop this destructive lifestyle.

Here is a phone number to call for a detox or a rehab near you in the Unites States. Make a call. Be responsible and become free TODAY. 888-831-2327 or visit http://www.drug-rehab.org.

God is bigger than your addiction.

Become Free. Become the Difference!

How To Become Free

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“Sometimes God lets you hit rock bottom so that you will discover He is the Rock at the bottom.”- Dr. Tony Evans

Everyone’s rock bottom is different. There are mental and spiritual rock bottoms and there are physical rock bottoms. Bottoming out is not a pleasant place to be, at all. But somehow we put ourselves there, or did God put us there? Everything happens for a reason right? If you have purpose today then you know exactly what I’m talking about! Without purpose it is very hard to distinguish the reasons for our bottoming out.

I know for me, my rock bottom was an extremely dark place. It was a gloomy period in my life full of overcast and dismay. I didn’t get there quick either. It took many years of abusing drugs. Many years of being straight up ignorant and selfish. My rock bottom was me laying down on a bedrock of solid stone with no place to go. My enabler’s were gone. I was broke. I was sick, physically, mentally and spiritually. I was suicidal. No one wanted to be near me, no phone calls and no visits. I was a thief, a liar, a manipulator, a great schemer; a junky. I mean, who WOULD want to stay in contact with that?

Some of us have hit rock bottom, it’s the lowest place you can go being alive. It may be jail. It may be in an institution. It may be a place where you have limited options or limited choices. A place where you may never understand how and why. It may even be at home with your family, you got plenty of money and plenty of support around you but there is still this mental prison keeping you from expanding your horizons and moving forward. You may have bottomed out and you are not sure why.

I know right when we hit rock bottom, all hope seems to be gone. It’s a confusing state of mind. There seems to be no path to choose from. We trusted in a chemical and worked for it for so long to give us an euphoric outlook on life but there was no retirement plan. There were no paid vacations. No sick days. No stock options and no overtime. Drugs and alcohol did not come with a ‘Consequence of Use’ form. There were no guidelines on how to keep substance abuse at a ‘Minimum Rate’. There were no books written on how to be a ‘Controlled Addict’. Wow, is that an oxymoron or what, a controlled addict.

Rock bottom is the worst place to be but it gives a chance to start over. If you have been there, you know it was needed to get you to where you are today. It gave us a chance to see things in a whole new perspective. We may have learned the hard way but we grew from it. We started over, humbling ourselves and remaining teachable, opening our minds to accept a Higher Power and an understanding that our way does not work.

There is only one way from rock bottom and that is up! Everything around us which has purpose has once been useless. It was given purpose from a creator. Everything. Look around you. Your phone, your computer, your clothes, the fence in your back yard, the trees, houses… All useless materials until created for a purpose. Sometimes we need to become broken and useless in order to be used the correct way. We need to be emptied out, cleaned up and renewed. There is a purpose behind everyone’s rock bottom.

We do not have to stay at the bottom either. There are resources all around us to help us out of the pit. Reach out and ask for help. Take the steps needed today. Make your rock bottom a reminder and a gauge of a place not to live by but to learn by. Make your rock bottom the foundation on which you live your life. Become a purposeful asset today!

So did God ruin your life, or did He set you up for purpose? If you do not have an answer, it WILL be revealed one day!

Become Free! Become the Difference!

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See that tiny seed? It’s dead. It has no life. It’s useless.

It’s useless until it’s planter puts it into soil and with the right amount of water and sun, it will begin to grow. Do you know what that tiny seed’s purpose is? What it produces? What it grows into when planted and maintained? You would never guess what it has to offer. What it was designed to form into. Believe it or not, as dead as it is, it can still grow!

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It’s a Sequoia Tree or a Redwood Tree seed. And yes, it grows into a huge, strong and massive tree. The biggest tree on this planet! A powerful, well rooted, well planted tree. Amazing how something so small and dead becomes so magnificent. How something, once given a chance, given a purpose, can grow and become a solid, stable structure.

Did you know Paul, the author of just about half of the books in the New Testament, was an anti-Christian, a persecutor who had Christians put in jail, threatened them and approved their death? He hated Christians. Paul, who was named Saul prior to his life changing conversation with God, lived a life opposite of his revealed purpose. (Acts Chapter 9)

This guy went from hating people and wanting them dead to loving them and teaching them a new way of life. Here is an example of darkness becoming light. Someone useless becoming an important tool. A total role reversal. Paul became an important missionary for Christ and went around preaching the Gospel, confusing people who saw him as a persecutor. But he became strong and powerful proving to the people that Christ was indeed the Messiah.

Paul went on, persevering and teaching. However, he did have his ups and downs. He was thrown in prison for many years during his travels for preaching the Gospel. Even then, in prison, he continued writing to the people and encouraging them. He persevered through his hardships. In chains, staying positive and faithful.

Addiction takes its toll on us. Addiction sets us back and labels us. Our addiction destroys and leaves a nasty trail. It destroys relationships. It consumes us.

In addiction we are useless, we are dead. Nothing but an empty carcass being led by a desire to abuse drugs and abuse alcohol. Our only purpose is to self medicate and feed our SELF, that’s it.

That’s what addiction does. That’s what it wants you to believe. That you are worthless. But it’s not true. You DO have a purpose. You are worth something. You CAN make a difference! You DO have the ability to become steadfast, well rooted with a strong, solid foundation. You CAN turn from your past and become fruitful!

Become Free! Get the help you need today! Ask God to come into your life and to take the addiction away. It may take time, it may happen instantly. You may learn a lot about yourself, as I did. You may have to break a few walls holding you back. Just know it is in you to conquer this. You have it in you to persevere and to live a productive life. You have a lot to offer and you may one day change someone else’s life.

God IS listening, allow Him to plant you into good soil so you can produce and have a purpose! Continue and maintain in His Word daily and watch your life change!

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I went out and picked up a new smartphone not too long ago… the HTC One. It’s a sweet phone. Has all the bells and whistles, literally!

All in all it’s a great phone. It’s very practical. I can check my email, send email, glance at my calendar, go online, use the GPS, take photos, videos and so much more. It has a quad core processor, Beats Audio sound, a big screen with amazing graphics and all the apps one could ever need to explore the world through just a single touch. YouTube, Facebook and yes, even Word Press are at my fingertips. Phone calls, texting. I can even control my bank accounts and purchase things online at any time. I mean, what more could I ask for? You got to love technology!

There are many different smartphones out there. However, all serve the same purpose. Some are quicker than others. Some smartphones are more rugged, some are even water and dust proof. You get the one that fits your needs. One you are happy with.

But there is one thing every smartphone has in common. One downfall. One universal CON, one thing that these smartphones need… and that is SERVICE. Other than battery power, without service and a mobile data connection, these things are about as useful as a paper weight. I know when I have no service or a bad connection, just about every option and opportunity is rendered useless; the phone doesn’t produce all it has to offer very well. And every app on my phone turns into nothing but a thumbnail.

We are the same way. We are highly intelligent, highly functional and capable of doing just about anything we put our minds to. We are more than conquerors! We can learn, we can teach. We have the ability to explore and create. We have the power to make decisions, the power to take control and the power to help one another.

Nonetheless, IF we are not connected to a Good service, all our gifts are rendered useless as well. If we do not surround ourselves with productive, purposeful people, our lives will not be purposeful. If we are not linked into a strong network, one with a solid foundation, we will not be used for what we were designed for and our purpose will not be revealed.

I mean, how many times have you wanted to grab your phone and chuck it off the wall? Doesn’t it aggravate you when your phone doesn’t perform when you need it most? The answer for your problem is right in your hand but it becomes useless. I wonder how God feels when we screw up and don’t perform the way we’re supposed to. When we ignore what we are supposed to do and do what we want to do. When we walk around like we are deactivated, lifeless and discharged. What good are we???

As a smartphone needs a strong connection to be fully functional, so do we. Be connected, stay connected. Find a service that fits your needs. You have a purpose, find out what it is when you are linked in!

Become activated. Become the difference!

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10