Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Story of Johnnie the bagger...

This link came by e-mail today. Its a nice story.
http://www.stservicemovie.com/

Makes me wonder, living in such a greed driven society, if Johnnie wouldn't have been fired here.
People are too busy here for kindness to others or from others.
They are too stressed out to give, or to genuinely love.
I am reminded of a quote: "It is not how much you love but how much you are loved by others", but I would like to add this, It really is how much you love, because it is how much you are loving others that triggers that love in return. I saw that Love in action at church this weekend, with a toy drive for the less fortunate, not to give toys away, but to sell them for $2.00 each to those in the community who could not afford to give their kids gifts otherwise. The money raised gets donated as well, you can check it out by going to the orchards website or community 412's site. That's another way love is expressed, through generosity. God is love and gave to us generously and so the deceiver wants us to believe the opposite and think that joy comes from what we get, not from what we give. If we could just understand that, and if everyone started to give, we could literally change the world.

Love others, love your family, even when they drive you nuts, Love your friends, even in their imperfections, Love yourself, If you don't, you'll have a hard time finding love to give to others,
Love unconditionally whenever possible. Remember: 34"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:34-35 (New International Version). and elsewhere it tells us to love one another that our joy may be full. Loving other produces joy.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

friends

Learn how to overcome depression, love. love without expecting love in return. The reason you love without expecting love back is that you then are not disappointed if you don't get love back, but you are pleasantly surprised when you do. Friends are the (one of the) greatest gift God has given us (Christ is the greatest gift and guess what, He is also a friend!!). Love your friends. I have several good friends and I love them dearly. God blesses my heart when I bless them and the more they smile, the better I feel, the better I am in general, and the more joy I have.
So even if your friends are not perfect, love them anyway, they love you and your not perfect. Don't expect anything more from your friends that you would want them expecting of you as well.