Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

8 Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
           make known his deeds among the peoples!
9 Sing to him; sing praises to him;
           tell of all his wondrous works!
10 Glory in his holy name;
           let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
11 Seek the Lord and his strength;
            seek his presence continually!
12 Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
            his miracles and the judgments he uttered,
13 O offspring of Israel his servant,
           sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
14 He is the Lord our God;
           his judgments are in all the earth.
15 Remember his covenant forever,
            the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
16 the covenant that he made with Abraham,
           his sworn promise to Isaac,
17 which he confirmed as a statute to Jacob,
           as an everlasting covenant to Israel,
18 saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan,
            as your portion for an inheritance.”
19 When you were few in number,
           and of little account, and sojourners in it,
20 wandering from nation to nation,
            from one kingdom to another people,
21 he allowed no one to oppress them;
            he rebuked kings on their account,
22 saying, “Touch not my anointed ones,
            do my prophets no harm!”
23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
           Tell of his salvation from day to day.
24 Declare his glory among the nations,
            his marvelous works among all the peoples!
25 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
           and he is to be held in awe above all gods.
26 For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
           but the Lord made the heavens.
27 Splendor and majesty are before him;
           strength and joy are in his place.
28 Ascribe to the Lord, O clans of the peoples,
           ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
           bring an offering and come before him!
     Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;
30       tremble before him, all the earth;
           yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice,
           and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
32 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
           let the field exult, and everything in it!
33 Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy
           before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.
34 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
            for his steadfast love endures forever!
35 Say also:
“Save us, O God of our salvation,
           and gather and deliver us from among the nations,
     that we may give thanks to your holy name,
           and glory in your praise.
36 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
           from everlasting to everlasting!”
(David's Song of Thanks, 1 Chronicles 16) 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Knowing Who You Are

Knowing who you are is not as easy as it seems.

Perhaps, we know what we like and what we want. We may have goals, dreams, ambitions and aspirations. We think we know what we are good at and what we are poor at.

But still we may not know who we really are.

That is because our mind is powerful enough to create our own reality. If we tell ourselves a lie and keep repeating it over and over, it will eventually become our reality. We honestly believe that it is true! If you base your life on lies which you believe to be true, it still does not reflect your true self.

A belief is far more powerful than truth!

As a result, even what you want may not be really what brings you true satisfaction. What you dream may not bring you a good success.

But when we know our true self, we will also clarify our true desires, understand our unique designs and discover our destiny.

Such a man or a woman is powerful in society and unstoppable. If their hearts are good and noble, they will be true heroes who will transform their communities.