Office of the Press Secretary Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan
May 1, 2012
THE PRESIDENT: Good evening from Bagram Air Base. This outpost is more than 7,000 miles from home, but for over a decade it’s been close to our hearts. Because here, in Afghanistan, more than half a million of our sons and…
Chances, Costs, & Faith
It is said that in life we will take many risks. However, many never take the risks due oftentimes to fear. Fear of the impossible, the unknown, and the unfamiliar. I want to ask the question, “at what cost are you willing to take the risk”. Will it be the cost of your career, your family, your education, your home or that dream vacation that you’ve always wanted? What will it be?
There is a verse in the bible that says,”For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it”? (Luke 14:28) It’s not enough anymore to be willing to take risks, but have you associated the cost that come with taking the risk. I’ll be the first to say that it doesn’t hurt and is quite brilliant to average in every factor, weigh every option to see exactly where you stand.
Many times in life we always hear have a plan B just in case plan A fails. I believe in life that you will take many chances or risks but ultimately what you are doing is walking by faith. The bible declares in 2Cor. 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. Trust God the Father with your life including chances you take. Trust that he will guide your every step and won’t let your feet slip according to Psalm 18:36. When trusting God you don’t need a plan B. A man of great wisdom said to me once a contingency plan is nothing more than a pre-plan for failure, meaning you have already planned to fail even before you begin. There is no plan B when walking by faith or else what you were believing for has now become null and void.
Food for thought: the next time you think of taking a chance or risk, remind yourself that you are simply taking a leap of faith. Who or what will your faith lie?
Speak out of your mouth that you will trust in God Almighty for every decision pertaining to YOUR life.
@Rain_214: Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. http://bible.us/Ps55.22.KJV Shared via TweetCaster
Butterflies, performed at FlyPoet Showcase, Los Angeles, CA
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“Loyalty”, Does it Exist
One of my friends asked a question on his Facebook page today, and that question was “Does LOYALTY really exist”? So many people replied by saying no, some went into detail why it didn’t exist, and some said yes. Then I really had to stop and think about it.
We live in a society where every man is for himself. Everyone thinks about me, myself and I. I gotta get mine. I gotta shine. I gotta make it rain and so forth and so on. So many have embarked upon the idea that I don’t need anyone or anything but that I can make it happen for myself. This is a sad ideology. We all need each other and we all need something.
With that being said, loyalty is defined as:
1.the state or quality of being loyal; faithfulness to commitments or obligations.
2. faithful adherence to a sovereign, government, leader, cause, etc.
I say yes loyalty does still exist. It is all up to the individual to decide what or to whom they will be loyal. Yes it is sad that we live in a world wherein modern time has pretty much eliminated loyalty one to another. We have become more loyal to things than we have people. I believe that friendships and relationships lasted longer when we truly defined loyalty and remained loyal one to another regardless the situation. I think this is a standard that we should get back to in our lives. I mean it can’t be hard. I mean we are loyal to ourselves everyday. We are loyal to the clothes we put on, loyal to our jobs, loyal to our cell phones and computers; yet we cannot be loyal to people much less being loyal to GOD.
I challenge each of us to take the time out and define the things and people to whom we will be loyal and then decide the priority that it has in our lives. I hope we begin to have a different outlook on loyalty and welcome it back into our lives for all the right reasons. A person feels really great about themselves and you when they know they have a loyal friend despite the circumstances, the odds that are against them, the joys, the triumphs or “just because”.
Loyalty isn’t our problem, it seems we are.
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Earlier today, I was sitting and thinking to myself, “why is it we as people become so defensive of people and things that we have no control over”. Without disclosing my total thoughts on this, it just amazes me how something that happened almost 50 years ago can still have an effect on the generations that followed. We have no control over what our fore mothers and fathers did. The decisions they made yes can still affect us, some by choice others maybe not so. The way I see it we all have a free will and can choose to do or not do. So how can what one person chose to do several years ago bring shame to them now as if they didn’t know what they were doing. Yes we have all made some choices that we weren’t proud of, I agree. But one thing for sure, when children are birthed out of some of our choices. Well guess what baby, genetics don’t lie. You cannot deny the fact that your child is/was a direct result of your choice. Get over it and move on with life. Its time out for people trying to make themselves look good and everyone else look bad. You made the choice, I made a better choice. Again if only you knew the whole story my thoughts would make more sense to you. Just had to vent on paper so that I wouldn’t offend anyone…….
“Expect the Great” by Jonathan Nelson