Sunday, December 22, 2013

Love One Another

It is three days before Christmas Morn, I sit here with my thinking cap on. It has replaced the elf hat, I had on yesterday.

Since my last post many things have happened in the lives of my family, friends, the community and the world at large.

I had the honor of celebrating the birthday of a dear friend. We love you Libby. I also shared in the excitement of another friend who became a United States Citizen. Congratulations Marcela!

I witnessed another friend, take a chance on trust and love...you know who you are.

I spoke with others about their unique talents, the ones that they cannot yet see for themselves. Is it lack of confidence or just blindness?

Yet, another friend is stuggling with the life challenge of retirement. Amidst the excitement of this new chapter in her life, there is the fear of the unknown. My advice, Janice is that you look at the future as a brand new canvas and get the watercolors out. Paint your own rainbow!

I have observed those struggling with life's obstacles and admire their determination, courage and postiive attitudes. They are my inspiration!

I too, am tired of hearing the debates about Phil Robertson. Yes, he has a right to his opinion. Do we have to agree or disagree? Here is how I look at it, there are many things in the Bible that are intepreted in different ways by different people but we must not forget that the Bible is really a great love story about God's great love for us. Afterall, he sacrificed His only son for us, so that we could have eternal life. When tempers flare read Paul or try a few of these verses out. I am not an expert on the Bible but these are a few verses that come to mind.

For God So Loved the World

John 3:16 “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Love One Another

John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

Love Covers a Multitude of Sins

First Peter 4:8 “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

We are here to help each other and lift each other up. We are not here to tear each other down. Regardless of your stance on Phil, please treat each other with kindness...it costs you nothing except the opportunity to grow your heart.
 
Speaking about growing your heart, I love the Grinch!
 
And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
 
I guess my Christmas wish for all of you, is for each heart to grow larger as we all learn to love more!
 
I want to thank everyone who has voted for my comment to help win the video magnifier for Noah.
We are still in the running.
 https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/photo.php?fbid=559085070840465&set=a.341095785972729.80640.296358023779839&type=1&theater
Just like my comment to help win this for the little guy. I wish I could win one for everyone in need.
 
My goal for the New Year is to help everyone think positively. I have started a facebook page. It is in its infancy. It is called Sightless Insight and I want to use it to encourage others who are visually impaired as well as share the positive things happening in our communities, whether it is paying it forward, acts of kindness or general good will. Please feel free to send me information that you think is positive, I would love to share it on my page.
 
Last year on January 1st, I started putting a positive message, memory or event that occured each day into a jar. I will start a new jar on the 1st again this year. I look forward to reading the ones I put in the jar last year beginning also on the 1st. I think as I read them, I will once again be reminded of how very blessed I am!
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS....until next year!
 
 
 
 

5 comments:

  1. Janice Blomberg BurwellDecember 22, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Beautiful, Cheryl . . . and thank you so much for your encouragement. I'm going to try to start the new year off on a more positive note too . . . . . and I love your idea about putting a positive message in a jar everyday. Might just do that myself : ) Keep writing because YOU are a great inspiration to me!!!!

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  2. Your writing inspires me as well...and don't give Jakey all the credit!

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  3. No one is that nice. You live in a dream

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  4. This is certainly a very lovely post Cheryl. Paint your own rainbows, loved the positivity within your posts. You are a remarkable strong woman, I admire you very much

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  5. Thank you for your kind words Mishy. You are quite the inspiration yourself.

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