This is the message that keeps coming up today. A friend on Facebook posted this and I love it!!!
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When you find that thing that provides a happiness in your soul, you’ve found your fortune.
When you find that thing you can do and suddenly realize hours have passed, you’ve found your fortune.
When you find that thing that makes you a better person for your family and loved ones, you’ve found your fortune.
Ultimately, a fortune cannot be found in a bank, or salary, or possessions. A Fortune is found in making the world a better place and it is found when you can love what you do with all your heart and make a difference for others.
FIND YOUR FORTUNE TODAY!!!
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Today and yesterday’s Daily Post Prompts have me in a quandary. Yesterday’s word was Territory. Today’s Daily Post Word is Fortune. Is this to say that gaining territory is to gain fortune? Words have meaning, and when placed together, they have greater meaning. Whether it was the implied meaning or not, when someone else puts it out there in words and deed, it cannot escape your mind. Can it? The most powerful thing in the world is an idea. And that is formed by words.
Thankfully, we live in a world where not everyone believes that gaining land, or money, or titles is the definition of Fortune. For me, fortune is when I see my three year old niece smile at my funny faces, or come running up to me and say, ‘Hug me, Papa!!’ Yes, she calls me Papa, and it brings a smile and Fortune to my soul that cannot be matched!
What do you consider Fortune? Is it something that will still have value in 100, 200, or even a thousand years from now? If it won’t, I highly suggest you reevaluate your notion of Fortune. My time with my niece, hopefully she will take those memories and when she grows up and has a daughter or son of her own, she will carry on the notion that people matter. Time, laughter, friends, family, all matter.
We live in a tiny two bedroom house. To my three-year old niece, that doesn’t matter. She is still fed spiritually and physically with all kinds of good food. She is bathed, she is loved. And to her, that’s all that matters. She doesn’t care that either my wife or I can’t be there every time she is around. She loves the times and memories with both of us. And she feels safe. To me, that is the greatest Fortune of all time. Mostly because for most of my life it was something I never thought would be possible.
God is my Fortune because He directs my paths to places I never dreamed I would be. Uncle to nieces and nephews. A D.J. for a massively successful D.J. company (D.J. Systems, please google us for your next event, or ask me!!) And, most importantly, right now, God is preparing a territory for me in Heaven. A place where I will no longer be sick. A place where my body will be able to walk, run, dance and climb into all the farm machinery I could ever want! That is a fortune that moth and rust cannot destroy! And that is paradise to me.
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Not even five minutes ago I was surfing Facebook. It’s what I do. I like to be involved in my friend’s lives. Mostly, it has become sharing prefab photos, or meme’s they like. There really isn’t much original content lately. Maybe it’s just me and who Facebook allows me to see, but it’s what I am being fed. And as of a few minutes ago, it has me Fed Up!!
Someone created a video of a man (creep is more like it) talking about this woman he met. He talks about how great she is, but she is shy. And then he asks if the person with the video camera would like to see her. He opens an interior door to a dark room and a girl on the floor looking like she is stripped to her underwear. She screams out ‘HELP ME!!’ and the man closes the door to her screams.
I do not care what your religion is. I do not care what your lifestyle is. I do not care what degrees or career you hold. Plain and simple truth, if you do not believe this is absolutely appallingly wrong, you are not human. Period. My stomach is sick and my fire is burning in my soul.
But, this is where we all need a change. We see this video and we find it sickening. Our stomach churns and we discuss in the comments how it infuriates us. And then we stop. That. Is. Wrong!!! Discussions that don’t lead to actions do not do a thing.
I am overweight. I admit it. I could stand to lose about 50-60 pounds. It’s not even the pounds, I would be happy at the same weight if I was leaner and had more muscle mass to show. But, if I continue to sit in the recliner, eat mostly good food, and don’t do any aerobics and weight training, NOTHING WILL HAPPEN!
Like muscles won’t change without being worked, a discussion on Facebook won’t do anything without any action. It has been discussed in the comment thread of this video that it has been determined to be a fake. Although, investigators in Wisconsin where a girl who matches the girl and has been verified by her own mother is being looked into.
Okay, so, this video may be fake and it is being investigated. For me, that is not enough. We need to take a stand against these things. When you have a friend who posts one of these videos of someone being beat up, or being bullied, or God forbid, being held against their will or worse, bring the conversation to What the hell can we do to stop this behavior and stop this evil?! Sorry for the curse word, (especially if my mom reads this), but I am fired up beyond the temperatures of the fiery pits of Hell when it comes to the objectification, trafficking and sexualization of women. I will not stand for it! I have three sisters, a mom, many cousins and female friends who, if they were in that situation, I would go to the ends of the Universe to get them out and bring to justice the sickos who film this crap!
Where do you come in on this? If you see someone post something like this on Facebook, start a conversation. Is it real? Is it being investigated? What can we do to help? We need to stop being a world that passively watches people being harmed in any manor. We need to step up and say, ‘NO! All people have the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness!!’
Okay, RollingBlogger, what if doing these things is what makes a person happy? You just said everyone had the right to pursue happiness. Okay, to that I respond, no means no in every single situation you come across. Free will is the ability to say no and have it stand. Once someone says stop and you don’t, you have officially committed a crime. And people need to stop being afraid to jump in and help.
The only way evil can be eradicated from the world is to stop standing for it. Will a fight hurt? Possibly. Is it possible I could end up being hurt by helping? More than likely. But if we are afraid of a little pain to help the world, we have already lost the war.
Territories. Boundaries. This is where it stops. It is okay to have limits, but when is it okay to push beyond them? When you wish for growth. When you wish to expand, you must push beyond your territory.
That is not to say we are allowed to be parasites. We cannot just use up every resource and move on. God does not desire this of us. He wishes us to be stewards of our territories. We are to grow and expand, but not at the cost of another. Is that to say we all coexist? No. That is not the answer we have tried so hard to come across either. There needs to be boundaries. And sometimes those boundaries are meant to be broken. The key is to involve The One who is already there. If God is not in the front of every one of our battles, we have it wrong.
Let God set the boundaries of our territories and we will never go wrong as long as we seek Him.
We live in a world that needs more understanding.
We live in a world that needs more love.
We live in a world that needs more peace.
When we put all of these together as a humanity elixir and if we can get everyone to drink of it, our world would be a much better place.
Sadly, there is no elixir to get everyone on the planet to have a heart of peace, love, grace and giving. So, those of us who have this heart will have to work harder and yes, that means drinking even more of the fruits of the spirit when we encounter those who don’t know these things.
When we love our world and show it peace, we can make a difference. And that is an elixir that will heal our world. Tear down the walls and drink the kool aid that will bring us all together.