What is this world costing us? – A look at what focusing on the dark things does to us.

Serious moment.

There is evil in this world.

There is suffering, hurt, painsickness…

and worst of all there are people creating this. We do not live in a perfect world, we live in a world that allows these things to happen. And it is beyond our comprehension. Those of us who can’t accept this bury their heads in the sand and say it isn’t happening because they are so far removed from it.

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Others are so torn up that they campaign, speak out, get involved and won’t stop till they see the end of that evil. image
I applaud them and pray that they succeed.

But there is something more important that people often overlook, and hardly ever makes it into the news.

There are people out there working hard to make this world better!
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There is love, joy, peace and happiness in this work alongside the darkness.
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When did he world get so dark that we forgot to look for the light?
Aren’t these the things that those people I applaud working for?

Archer: Because I cant save humanity, without holding on to the things that make me human. (Star Trek, Enterprise)

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The things in this world such as Hope, Faith and love, are the things that make this life worth living.

I won’t give up. I won’t hide. I won’t act just because it will make me feel better to do so.

I will act out of love. I will do my best to make a difference in the lives of every person I meet because they deserve to be loved. And this world needs more light, not darkness

What gives me my strength?

What gives you your strength?

What gives you an unshakable foundation that will never fail?

I will not tell anyone what to believe, but I will tell you this, and very few can disagree (feel free to message me otherwise)

If you have something to believe in, that is unshakable, unbreakable, unconditional, and makes you understand why Joy can exist in this world, you will always know that this world is amazing, despite the hurt, suffering and pain within it.

This world isn’t perfect, neither am I.

Why not try to use what is good in it rather than glorify the bad?

 
lexJLH Sendai

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Church!

I don’t talk about it on this blog often, but church is amazing!

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It’s a wonderful place full of people with vision, hope love and a future. Continue reading

The difference of a decision

Has a decision ever made such a big change in your life that it has changed you completely?

Before:

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Not What You First Think

It’s so easy to judge by appearances.

I see a spider, I scream.
I see a child, I think “how cute”
I see a man in a suit, I think he works in an office
I see a foreigner, I think they are an English Teacher (in Japan, this is not too unreasonable considering the limited visa options)
I see a girl in a pretty dress, I think “how popular”

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I see a live music club, I think of gigs. But this is where we have church.
Funny how things aren’t always what they seem.

The spider eats mosquitoes,
The child has a personality all it’s own.
The man in the suit could be anything
The foreigner could be a tourist, an artist, a business person or a student.
The girl in the pretty dress could be trying her hardest to make friends.

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I wonder what people see when they look at me

What do you want people to see?

Annoyed vs Jedi

This morning something rare happened to me.
I got annoyed.

Those of you who know I work with children may be surprised that it’s rare. But it’s true.
I hate insects, I’m really bad at geography and I get annoyed easily at the post office

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Freedom from…

For a long time, I couldn’t help myself
I was addicted! To Chocolate; to Tv; to Manga; to books; to ice cream; to computer games; to lying in bed all day! (actually I’m still working on that last one…)

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Many people think “oh, those aren’t serious addictions, they’re just life!”
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Get into it!

Whatever you’re doing wherever you go;
Get into it!

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When you’re out and about, don’t be half-hearted about things.

Have you ever been out with a group of friends, and one of them says

“Whatever, I’m not really in the mood but…”

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Or someone just stays quiet, watches and doesn’t try to get involved.

It really dampens people’s spirits, and makes others feel uncomfortable.
I’ve been guilty of this more than once. Less in recent years.

If you’re involved in something get involved. Take the lead once in a while, see what happens when you’re out with people and want to do things. If everyone in the group is having fun, then it’s easy to keep it that way, figure out what to do, or just be together.

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Think about it for a second: your getting ready to go out (guys 15 mins max, girls 30 mins minimum – in my experience), you head out the door, you’re thinking about the day ahead, the people you see and what you’ll do together…What atmosphere do you want to add to today?

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Asking for It

Looking for a seat in a cafe, I can’t help seeing a difference in those who are doing the same as me.

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I look for opportunities, where is there a small place that I can get into. “If I can get in there, maybe luck will give me something bigger”

Another, “There’s nothing here, I’ll just leave”

And another, “I’ll stand around and wait”

The last, “I’ll make it very obvious that I’m waiting, till people feel so uncomfortable that they want to leave.”

You can see different attitudes that people have on life if you stay in that cafe long enough. Continue reading

Aside

A great post by a great woman! Check it out.

あなたの決断の影響力 The impact of your decisions.

あなたの決断の影響力 The impact of your decisions