Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live my friend. I am happy to see that you decided to stop by to visit with me. Thank you. Yesterday, while working on my computer I listened to several speakers. As I listened to these individuals several points stood out that I would like to share them with you through the prism of my experience. Faith and fear both expect you and I to believe some thing. Fear and faith both make plans to… Fear and faith both require energy too… Fear and faith both result in…
“There is nothing that fear and hope does not permit men (women – my addition) to do.” Marquis De Vauvenargues
Fear tries to convince me that what I am experiencing is done to punish me. Faith reminds me that all things are working together for my good. Fear wants to keep me locked in a box of limitation. Faith helps me to see beyond the box. Fear wants me to cower in the corner of the box. Faith helps me to realize that I can find a way out of the box. Fear wants me to believe that I am spinning my wheels. Faith motivates me to use my circumstances, lessons and opportunities as a way to explore beyond the box.
“The capacity of hope is the most significant of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.” Norman Cousins
Fear wants me to believe that a loving God has abandoned me. Faith ensures me that I can trust that a loving God will never, no never leave me. Fear wants me to believe that my plans will fail. Faith motivates me to make plans to succeed. Fear wants me to believe my situation is hopelessness. Faith empowers me to keep doing the foot work. Fear wants me to stay stuck in what I can not change. Faith inspires me to remember that I have choices. Fear wants to intimidate me. Faith encourages me to look for creative solutions.
Faith assures me that more will be revealed in time. Faith encourages me to be true to myself. Faith urges me to move confidently in the direction of my dreams. To endeavor to live the life that I have imagined. Faith motivates me to use my gifts, talents and abilities to find my path. Faith directs me to use what works for me. Faith motivates me to do that which is assigned to me. Faith resonates that by doing that which is assigned to me, I can not hope too much or dare too much. Faith crowns my effort with success.
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln
My encouragement to you my friend – as I need to encourage myself – use your energy to nurture faith, not fear. Trust that a loving God will never, no never leave you. Use your energy to trust the process. Use your energy to remember that you have choices. Use your energy to look for creative solutions. Use your energy to grow in your gifts, talents and abilities. Use your energy to move forward in the direction of your dreams. Use your energy to live the life that you have imagined. Use your energy to succeed.
“Be faithful in small things, because it is in them that your strength lies.” Mother Teresa
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