The Power of Forgiveness

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.  (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

The weak can never forgive.  Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.  (Mahatma Gandhi)

Forgiveness is not always easy.  At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it.  And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.  (Marianne Williamson)

The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive, but do not forget.  (Thomas Szasz)

When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.  (Bernard Meltzer)

Forgiveness is for yourself because it frees you.  It lets you out of that prison you put yourself in.  (Louise L. Hay)

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Thoughts on Courage

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.  (Nelson Mandela)

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.  (Winston Churchill)

You will never do anything in this world without courage.  It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.  (Aristotle)

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.  (Mark Twain)

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Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands

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This book teaches people in need of change to help people in need of change.  Here are a few interesting tips I discovered while reading Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands.

  • Our eyes can be so focused on the problem that we miss the person and the struggles within.
  • We build relationships by identifying with suffering.
  • Enter their world, get to know what they are facing, and help them understand their resources in Christ to face their particular situation.

Road Map to Change

  1. Consideration – What does God what the person to see?
  2. Confession – What does God what the person to admit or confess?
  3. Commitment – To what new ways of living is God calling this person?
  4. Change – How should these new commitments be applied to daily living?

Thoughts on Love

Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.  (Helen Keller)

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love.  This is how the whole scheme of things work.  All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.  (Confucius)

Love recognizes no barriers.  It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.  (Maya Angelou)

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Change Takes Discipline

The dictionary defines change as, “to become different in some way, to change is to adjust develop, transform, or revise.”

However, you cannot have change without discipline.   

Discipline is defined as, “a system of rules of conduct or method of practice; to be disciplined is to have self-control, self-restraint, and self-mastery.”

Basically, change takes discipline.  The two work together.

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The Biology of Belief

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Dr Lipton explains how our environment, relationships, and belief system can actually change us on a biological level.

Here are a few interesting points made in the book.

  • Cells teach us about the mechanisms of life, and how to live rich, full lives.
  • Positive thoughts have a profound effect on behavior and genes, but only when they are in harmony with subconscious programming.  Negative thoughts have an equally powerful effect.
  • Single cells are capable of learning through environmental experiences and are able to create cellular memories, which they pass on to their offspring.

You don’t have to be a science major to understand and benefit from this book.  It’s easy to read and I found it to be uplifting.