Because I Always Have A Choice 

Compassion is changing before our eyes.

You may not have chosen the problem you inherited. You may not have asked for the hand life seems to have dealt you. But you do have a choice of what you will do in response. 

You have the choice to walk away or stay. You have the choice to blame or bless. You have the choice to forgive or live offended. No one can take that power from you. Though many may make you feel you’re all out of options, it’s not true! 

You can choose life. You can choose to get help. You can choose to break the silence. You can choose to forgive. You can choose to go home like the prodigal son.
Today, what do you need to choose to do, say or be?
Don’t let the enemy contain you in the false walls of the lies that he would like to frame around you. Instead, remember you always have a choice. So today choose well.
Because I always have a choice…

I choose LOVE.

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#compassion #love #mercy #forgiveness #choice #prodigals 

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What Is Holding You Back?

What Is Holding You Back?

“Shake yourself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.” –  Isaiah 52:2

Your purpose in life is met when your spirit is free.

What holds you back? What frustrates you? What keeps repeating? Where do you always find a roadblock?
Make a list.

There are chains when we are caught in wrong emotions, when we can’t seem to find peace, when there’s constant fretting, when there are habits and addictions. We’re in bondage when we are obsessed with anyone or anything.

List negative traits in your life and lineage and then simply don’t repeat them. Only in freedom can you get back to who you really are. Where there is sin, repent; where bitterness has taken root, forgive; where there are poor examples (and bad traditions) start fresh.

What’s the most hurtful emotion or habit you have? Anger? Unforgiveness? Antagonism? Hostility? Impatience? Guilt?

No matter how trapped you are, know this: there is always an exit.

God is in the business of breaking chains…

What chains are in your life? In your family’s?  Why not list them. Why not plead the blood of Jesus to break them when the priest elevates the mighty chalise? #Eucharist

God’s love heals and breaks every chain. The prison door is open. You are free!

#ProsperInAllThings  #TurningPoint #HealingGrace  #Freedom #Direction #PersonalDefect #Bondage #Liberty #BreakOutIntoTheNew #HealingMercy

Teeto

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What Next? Take Time To Reflect

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The end of the year is a great time to take stock of the year, to look ahead and to reflect on your life wheel because it encourages mindfulness and accountability. http://personalexcellence.co/blog/life-wheel/

Take a couple of moments before the New Year to think about new experiences that influenced you personally. Reflect on all the great things you have accomplished in the year 2015 and pull out the greatest lessons you have learned to bring into 2016.

What went well?  Who needs to be acknowledged?  What’s not working?  What do you need to let go of going forward?  What do you need to spend time on to see better results?  How can you be much kinder to yourself in the coming year?  Who will you connect with more in the year ahead?  What kind of leader, peer, friend, partner (and other roles) do you want to be?  What do you want?  What is your word/phrase/question for 2016?

No matter what your lessons and reflections, I wish you a beautiful end to year 2015 and a gratitude-filled start to 2016.

To Your Success!

Teeto

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Your Choices Determine Your Destiny

If you are over 40 years old, you can see that some of the choices you made as a young person determined the course of your life.

Destiny is all about the choices we make and the chances we take.

Everyone has their own destiny. Not everyone makes the choice to pursue it.

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it’s a matter of choice. It’s not a thing to be waited for, it’s a thing to be achieved.

Life is all about choices. Good or bad; right or wrong; your destiny will unfold according to the CHOICES you make.

You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change.

Making a big change in life is pretty scary, but regret is even scarier.

If you are brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.

Right now, everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, make a different choice.

When you make a choice, you change the future.

The choice is yours…

It’s Never Too Late

Let today be the start of something new.

It’s never too late, never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.

It’s never too late for your dreams to come true. In fact, the timing is perfect.

It’s never too late to start: start a goal, start over, start something new, start realizing your worth. It’s definitely easier said than done, but sometimes it’s exactly what we need.

It’s never too late to make a fresh start with God.

The Story of a Son – Author Unknown

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art.

When the Viet Nam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier.

The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands.

He said, “Sir, you don’t know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly. He often talked about you, and your love for art.

The young man held out his package. “I know this isn’t much. I’m not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.”

The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears.

He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture. “Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It’s a gift.”

The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.

The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection On the platform sat the painting of the son.

The auctioneer pounded his gavel. “We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?”

There was silence. Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, “We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.”

But the auctioneer persisted, “Will someone bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?”

Another voice shouted angrily, “We didn’t come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Goghs, the Rembrandts. Get on with the real bids! “But still the auctioneer continued, “The son! The son! Who’ll take the son?”

Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son. “I’ll give $10 for the painting.” Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.

“We have $10, who will bid $20?” “Give it to him for $10. Let’s see the masters.” “$10 is the bid, won’t someone bid $20?” The crowd was becoming angry. They didn’t want the picture of the son. They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections. The auctioneer pounded the gavel. “Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!

A man sitting on the second row shouted, “Now let’s get on with the collection!” The auctioneer laid down his gavel, “I’m sorry, the auction is over.”
“What about the paintings?”

“I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings. The man who took the son gets everything!”

God gave his Son 2,000 years ago to die on a cruel cross. Much like the auctioneer, His message today is, “The Son, the Son, who’ll take the Son?” Because you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything.

A Call to Holiness

A Call to Holiness

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” ~ Teilhard de Chardin

The journey for our inner peace begins when we start to seek the simple and beautiful things in life, those little things that really matter.

“Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, and violence multiplies violence in a descending spiral of destruction… Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” – Martin Luther King

Such divine love, which is able to transform enemies into friends, is the greatest power in the world because it can change human hearts. It can heal a conscience that has become twisted, and it can give a soul its original beauty. Love can forgive, heal and renew!

Divine love is the greatest power of life – a source for continual inspiration and change!

However, such divine love is not easy to obtain. The truth is, it is difficult to love those who hate us, to forgive those who hurt us, or to have mercy on those who offend us.

But God is ready to give us this love, to fill our hearts with His divine love. It is from the ocean of God’s love that the tiny drops of our own ability to love come from.

We receive the ability to love only through the grace that comes from Christ! He can help us overcome anger, bitterness, hatred, and evil so that they no longer have any control over our lives.

Through divine love, we will find the freedom to discover our true nature – our identity as God’s beloved children.

We all need to ask ourselves the most important question in life. Why are we here? What does God seek from our lives during this short time on earth?

The answer is love! We are called to be loved, and to love! To recognize our identity as God’s beloved children, and then share that love with others. This unconditional, sacrificial, divine love opens up an unending wellspring of power within our lives.

There is an old story about a scorpion and a holy man, who while meditating beside a river saw a scorpion drowning in the river. He reached out to rescue it, and the scorpion stung him! The holy man dropped it back in the water, on reflex. But then, he reached out again, and scooped up the scorpion, which once again stung him — and again he was unable to hold onto the scorpion and dropped it … but reached out again to try to rescue it.

Finally a passerby shouted at him, “Let the evil creature drown! It will only kill you if you keep reaching out for it!”

The holy man asked, “Do you know why the scorpion stung me?”

The passerby said: “It is the nature of scorpion to sting.”

And the holy man said, “Just because it’s the scorpion’s nature to sting doesn’t change my nature to save. It is my nature to love. If a small insect like a scorpion does not give up its nature, why should I give up my nature? Should I give up loving others because they hurt me?”

Don’t give up loving.

Don’t give up your goodness.

Even if people around you sting.