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November 8, 2010

Is it me, Lord?

Filed under: God,Happiness,Meditation — Steve (Chessiq) @ 10:51 pm

When I most think it is not me, it could be me.

When I most want it to be me, it may not be me.

When I am most sure, it may be time to make room for doubt.

When I am most doubtful, it may be time for hope.

When I am sure I know the answer, I still have to ask, “Is it me, Lord?”


November 7, 2010

The Lord Who Answers Prayer

Filed under: God,Happiness — Steve (Chessiq) @ 2:41 am

There are times when we pray for something but we don’t/won’t know what the Lord has done for us in response to our prayer. For example, if we pray for peace of mind even when nothing is troubling us, we may not know what the Lord has done to get us through this day with peace of mind. It could be that there is somebody who could have messed up our day if he or she had called you. However, as the Lord would have it, this person forgot to charge his or her cellphone and it is dead, and may not have access to a phone until this one is recharged. We may never know of this incident, and we may never thank God for this particular day.

We may pray for a happy family, happy relationship, and other needs along those lines. If you think about it, you will realize that there are a lot of things that need to go right for a happy family or happy relationship to exist. For example, some of the things may be: good health, access to resources, fidelity, honesty, empathy, helpfulness, togetherness, sharing, and love.

Let us look at a few of these items and see how the Lord may play a role that we never know that he intervened to protect us and maintain our happiness.

Good health: there are so many ways one could contract disease without knowing that one is exposed to it. How the Lord manages to keep us from diseases that would bring down our immune system, or which our immune system is not yet ready to handle, only He knows. We don’t think twice about, we don’t know what He did, and we may not thank Him for a day gone that we are not sick. However, when we consider how our life is like when we are sick or our dear ones are sick, we realize how much of a favor we have received.

Access to resources: what could you not do without? A job, food, water, car, friends, electricity, internet, computer, the government? Whatever it is, if it is there every day, you start taking it for granted and you forget what it takes for it to work together so that you are happy, or at least needless in that specific instance. What does it take for you to still have a job? For example, if you work for a company that is owned by your boss, and it is just you and your boss… have your considered what would happened if he died? If you would lose your job and the business or company would end, do you thank God for your boss’ life or good health? If you work for a big company, do you thank God that your company is not Enron? That you have a CEO, CFO, and other top executives who are not cooking the books and stealing money, and could risk the lives and careers of so many people? Who gives these people life, a conscience, drive, ingenuity to make the company truly profitable? How did this team come together? Who maintains it?

Fidelity: What does it take to be faithful? Who helps you to be faithful? What circumstances would make you or your partner unfaithful? Who makes sure that your path is clear of temptations? Who gives you or your partner the support system to remain faithful? Who clears your mind of sinful thoughts?

Honesty: Are there times when you would not tell the truth? Are there questions that you would not answer truthfully? How often do you have to lie or asked questions you cannot truthfully answer? Who clears your path so that you don’t have to deal with these situations?

We can go on and on and find ways in which the Lord answers our prayers, or clears our paths of danger, but we don’t think about it, we don’t notice it, and we don’t thank Him for it. He doesn’t stop answering the prayers, and in most instances, He doesn’t even wait for a prayer, He just does it for us.

So whatever is going on, we have to remember that our prayers are answered.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you found that helpful.

March 10, 2010

Thank you, God, for this plentiful food!

Filed under: God,Happiness,Health,Meditation,Thanksgiving,Thoughts and Reflections — Steve (Chessiq) @ 12:53 am
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Today, I went to Whitespot and I ordered a pilaf dish to go… and when I got to my room, and opened the to go “box”, I thought the food was not as much as it would have been had I stayed in. A bunch of thoughts crossed my mind. Some good, some not; some analytical, some nonsensical. I was eating while reading something on the Internet and before I knew it, I was done eating. 20 minutes later, I noticed that I was pretty full. Not too full, but full enough. I also know that if I had a little bit more food, I could have eaten it all, and may be I would be a little bit fuller, but I like how I feel right now better. Full enough. I also noticed that I did not say Grace before I ate. So, I said Grace afterwards.

I was wondering why I evaluated the food that was in front of me depending on the quantity. Actually, this has been an on going thing for the past couple of months. I am eating more, I am getting hungry frequently, and I consider the quantity of the food I am eating. I will not go for quantity over quality, but when the quality is the same, my next thing is quantity. Price is not really a big factor. I am thankful that even though I have been eating more, I have not gained any weight, but that is a physiological thing. I am digressing from what I wanted to write about.

I was wondering if, regardless of the quantity in front of me, I could thank God for it, and look at it as plentiful. It is actually plentiful if you think about it. I had none, now I have some. In addition, eating, like living, is a matter of attitude. My thoughts will determine how much I enjoy the food. If I start off “unhappy” with the food, (quantity or other reason), I may miss out on other enjoyable things about it.

All I want is “enough”. Enough food. Enough friends. Enough money. Enough knowledge. Not too much that I don’t have time to enjoy it or that I take away from other people, and not too little that I envy or worry or strive.

Thank you, God, for this plentiful food!

October 25, 2009

An interesting article on the belief in God

Filed under: God,Meditation — Steve (Chessiq) @ 12:54 pm

I read an interesting article on the belief in God at http://25yearsofprogramming.com/blog/20061206.htm some of the ideas include the following:

Title: “How did a belief in god begin and why is it so universal and enduring?”

Questions raised and answered, and other ideas:

“It is human instinct to believe all occurrences are intentionally caused.”

“Psychologists say children want authority, guidance, and reassurance. Grown-ups want those things, too.”

“Dreams and voices in people’s heads personify the great unknown.”

“Intermittent reward is the strongest type of reinforcement.”

“Reward for what? How did prayer begin?”

“What is intermittent reward?”

“Sacrifice inspires commitment.”

“Conclusion: if gods didn’t exist, humans would create them.”

October 18, 2009

Ubi Caritas et Amor Deus ibi est

Filed under: God,Meditation — Steve (Chessiq) @ 10:06 pm

Here is a link to what the song means

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