We just celebrated Christmas. Most of us in the Christian world accept that through the birth of Jesus we learned for the first time who we are as children of God. He proclaimed that we are part of a new lineage by grafting ourselves in the true olive tree. Unfortunately, Jesus was killed before establishing his own true family to manifest the lineage of God on earth. Now, 2,000 years later, we have a second chance to graft ourselves into the lineage of God, by learning about a new revelation regarding Jesus’ mission and joining into cross culture marriages to manifest his teachings.
"Every decision you make - every decision - is not a decision about what to do. It's a decision about Who You Are. When you see this, when you understand it, everything changes. You begin to see life in a new way. All events, occurrences, and situations turn into opportunities to do what you came here to do." ~ Neale Donald Walsch, Author of Conversations With God
I chose the title for my essay from words of encouragement we gave our children every day before they left for school. In order to counteract the barrage of information we are all exposed to every day, we need to continuously expose ourselves to words of truth and principles.
How to find meaning in life?
Just recently I was watching a short video by Victor Frankl on how to keep our daily orientation and our attitude:
Victor Frankl survived years of extremely harsh treatments in Auschwitz. Because he found his “why” in living for his faith in God, he was able not only to survive the inhuman exposures, but lived to teach us today how to find deeper meaning in our lives. Here is a quote from his book “Search for Meaning” which describes his basic attitude:
“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, by they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Why are we struggling?
Why are we struggling with day to day issues of esteem, behavior, relationships and other problems? Religions teach us that we became separated from our creator. In fact the word “sin” means to break divine law or to offend against a principle/standard.
We are not exactly sure who has the right laws and who’s teachings is the best. But as Mr. Frankl discovered if we are not focused on a higher principle, we end up living below the human standard.
As Jennie Jerome Churchill, the mother of Winston Churchill put it, "Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light."
Never before in all of history have people been more aware of personal responsibilities and that we have to change the direction of our lives. With all the modern day advances and discoveries, we have more sickness, stress and struggles. Maybe it is time to include our creator in our lives and get the directions from him? Therefore, the Christmas time is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Christian teachings.
Steve Bow once said, "God's gift to you is more talent and ability than you will ever use in your lifetime. Your gift to God is to develop as much of that talent and ability as you can in your lifetime."
How to change your self-esteem?
1. Believe in yourself
2. Accept yourself (for the person God has created and God loves); receive compliments and praises graciously.
3. Appreciate yourself (find your hidden talents); live up to your reputation
4. Approve of yourself (be accountable for your behavior); it’s in your attitude that you can change your actions.
5. Stay humble
6. Get rid of your emotional garbage
7. Be grateful
8. Trust in God, your parent
9. Enjoy the exciting ride in PEACE
Rather than giving specific ideas on how to do all of the above I like to stimulate your mind to seek out who you are. Find it in your heart to connect with our father God. It can be a wonderful New Year’s resolution to live a more authentic life. That is something nobody else can do for us. By being still, praying and asking for help, we can all experience a new insight about our true identity. It is not so much about what we have to learn but rather about what we have to let go off, like certain beliefs, harmful habits and destructive attitudes.
Have a wonderful time doing it and Happy New Year 2011.