The parable of the good samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) held a beautiful but painful truth. The man lying half dead on the road to Jericho was ignored by his fellow Jews.However, a Samaritan, a race whom the Jews were not exactly on good terms with, helped him.
Translating this parable to an experience that happened to me just this week gave me these realizations.
1. In the midst of your biggest trials, do not be surprised if your brothers and sisters and all your relatives turn their backs on you, even those whom you have constantly helped. In fact, these people, whom you’ve helped and who are obviously capable of helping you back, might be the first ones who will turn their backs on you in your time of need.
God’s grace is the only thing you can constantly and confidently rely on.
2. There are still good Samaritans out there. In your desperate time of need, you get unexpected help from unexpected people. I have learned the importance of keeping a peaceful relationship with others as much as possible. We wont know who will lend a hand when we need it the most.
3. Vengeance is tempting. When people turn their backs on you, and when you see that particular relative (who enjoyed your family’s kindness and generosity but refrained to help you when they were capable) posting b****¥ stuff on FB, oh, plots of getting even will run in your head. I am not a holy person, so the struggle is real. What the bible says about loving your enemy and repaying good to those who did you wrong are VERY challenging things to do. For now, I dont think I can find it in my heart. I have decided to cut off my ties with them. Time heals. Who knows what the future will hold. But for now, they will not be in my circle.
4. Being the “Good Samaritan” is difficult. This guy in the parable is such an amazing person. Going out of your way to help someone you don’t like is hard, how much more for someone you hate. I would probably need a lot of grace to be able to do it.
(from the book I DECLARE by Joel Osteen)
I declare I walk in the blessing of almighty God. I declare I am filled with wisdom, I make good choices, I have a clear direction.
I declare my family and I are blessed with creativity, with good ideas, woth courage, with strength, with ability.
I declare I am blessed with good health, a good family, good friends and a long life.
I declare I am blessed with promotion, with success, with an obedient heart and with a positive outlook.
I declare whatever I put my hands into will prosper and succeed. I am blessed in the cityand blessed in the field. I am blessed when I go in and when I go out.
I declare I will lend and not borrow. I will be above and not beneath.
I declare the negative things that have been in my family even for generations will no longer have any effect on us and the generations after.
I declare right now that every negative word, every curse that has ever been spoken over me and my family is broken in the name of Jesus.
I declare that from this day forward, I will experience a new sense of freedom, a new happiness and a new fulfillment.
I declare I am blessed, In Jesus name, amen.
(Taken from the article “My One Advice For A Fantastic Life: Be Kind” by Bo Sanchez)
I have 6 big recommendations for you. If you do these simple habits, your family life will be healed and blessed.
- To Children: Say, “I love you” to your parents at least once a day.
- To Adult Children: Date your parents at least once a week; just so you can talk and laugh and be together.
- To Parents: Hug your kids at least twice each day—once before they leave the house (to fill their love tank before they conquer the world) and once when they arrive home (to heal their battle wounds).
- To Parents: Pray over your kids once each day. Place your hands over their heads and declare God’s blessing to them.
- To Married Couples: Praise your spouse at least 3 times a day. Never take each other for granted. You need to appreciate your spouse daily!
- To Married Couples: Have a romantic date once a week. It doesn’t have to be expensive. A simple snack or desert will do. As long as you can chat and hold hands again.
Show kindness everyday.
(insights from books, articles and power talks by Joel Osteen and Bo Sanchez)
I believe that miracles are just right before our faces, right within our grasp. God actually has a warehouse of blessings just for us, and He desires to outpour these blessings, these miracles into our lives. But a lot of us fail to see and experience it.
The good news is God gave us the power to create miracles. Yes! We can achieve the miracles we want for our lives. Do you want a great future, a great family, a great financial life? We have the power to unlock these blessings. How? Let me share with you 4 strategies (I learned these both from Joel and Bo).
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3 Things to Do to Claim Your Blessings
(from Bo Sanchez)
God created an entire warehouse of blessings for you and it is stocked with every conceivable blessing for your life.
Make these 3 commitments today to claim these blessings:
1. Commit to receive the best nourishment for your body, mind and soul.
*Practice GIGO (Greatness In, Greatness Out)
*Cut out mindless TV and minimize video games.
*Read inspiring books, help the poor, start businesses, create music, play with your children, etc.
Remember: “You will be the same in 5 years that you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read (Charlie Jones)”
You deserve the best.
2. Commit to design your future.
*In life, if you are not going to desing your future, someone else will.
*Don’t listen to dream stealers.
3. Commit to be happy everyday.
*Happinesss is a choice. It does not depend on your circumstances, but your response to your circumstances.
*”Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is slow death to be gloomy all the time” (Proverbs 17:22)
You Start Dying Slowly
You start dying slowly
if you do not travel,
if you do not read,
if you do not listen to the small sounds of life
if you do not appreciate yourself.
You start dying slowly
when you kill your self esteem
when you do not let others help you.
You start dying slowly
If you become a slave of your habits,
walking everyday on the same paths…
If you do not change your routine,
if you do not wear different colors
or you do not speak to those you dont know.
You start dying slowly if you do not change your life
when you are not satisfied with your job
or with your love.
If you do not risk what is safe
for the uncertain.
If you do not go after a dream,
if you do not allow yourself
at least once in a lifetime
to run away from sensible advice.