How Jesus started small and we should too!

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Cartoon image of Jesus Christ, with long brown hair, beard and mustache, wearing a white robe and brown sandals, as well as a red sash, kneels down to pray, both eyes closed in concentration, hands together in a praying position

“The Kingdom of God is like  mustard seed” – Matthew 13:31 

Today approximately two billion people, almost one third of the planet, in scores of countries throughout the world, call themselves Christian. Yet when Jesus began his ministry, he started with only twelve men, handpicked one and two at a time.
Jesus demonstrated that great achievements often come from humble beginnings. Like nature, where the largest trees sometimes grow from the smallest seeds, there is no correlation between your ultimate success and the limited resources you may have when you start. There are many examples of modest beginnings among history’s giants.
Remember the biblical story of David and Goliath? A young shepherd-boy defeated the Philistine giant with a simple slingshot of a stone. He went on to become a great king. Centuries later, thirteen little colonies declared their independence from the mighty British Empire and eventually became the United States of America = the world’s only mega-power. Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and currently the world’s richest man, dropped out of college to write a program for one computer at a time when virtually no one owned a  PC. Fellow billionaire Michael Dell, founder of the world’s largest computer manufacturer, also started his business while in college with little more than $1,000 and a classified ad in the newspaper.

 
Jesus did not have a huge army or vast treasury. He was not well known and traveled within a relatively small geographic area. Yet, Jesus ultimately changed the world. He simply used the resources available to him at the moment. Jesus understood that sometimes “less is more.” This is one of the many paradoxes of success. Size doesn’t matter.

 
There are many advantages to starting small. For one, starting with little more than a dream, you have to hone your idea to such a degree that it “lights a fire” in the minds of others. Those whom you attract when you are small, you know, are loyal and committed. Also, you are strengthened by faith. The obstacles you face, like David battling Goliath, strengthen your character and define your brand. Finally, because your resources may be meager in the beginning, you are forced to be creative in ways you never thought possible. Hidden opportunities, untapped and ready to be discovered, lie waiting for you.
Wherever you are in your life, right now is the perfect time for you to begin to fulfill your mission and purpose. Starting small is an advantage to you if you are willing to let go of your preconceived notions of how you will accomplish your dream. One person can change the world with nothing more than an idea which time has come. That person can be you!

This Excerpt is taken from the book: The 99 Success Secrets of Jesus – How to Create Miracles in Your Life” by Don Daniel Ortiz. To order this book, please click here : Buy Now

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He Kept It Simple!

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“Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these
My brethren, you did it to Me.”
Matthew 25:40

“And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.” (Lk 6:31).
With one phrase, the “Golden Rule,” Jesus conveyed the secret to success, the key to inner peace and the essence of the religion he inspired — Christianity.

True genius makes the complicated simple, i.e. “The kingdom of Is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.” (Mt 13:24). With this simple description Jesus was able to illustrate an abstract heaven, in a way most people could understand. Jesus used parables describing common everyday experiences anyone could relate to to as his preferred teaching method. Jesus was a master communicator because he kept his message simple.

There is nothing disingenuous about simple descriptions or straightforward solutions to problems. In fact, understatement, brevity and simplicity convey sophistication. For example, the Declaration of Independence, the Bedrock of American Democracy, is approximately 1300 words and based on a simple premise, “All men are created equal.” Arguably the best speech  ever given in  American politics, Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, was only 272 words and helped heal a divided nation. Albert Einstein reduced his general theory of relativity, an incredibly complex subject, to a simple formula: E=MC2. Thomas Watson, founder of one of the world’s greatest corporate successes, IBM, summed up the essence of his business philosophy with one word — Think.
Simplicity focuses the mind. Your mind, and the minds of those you need to inform, persuade and even change to achieve your dreams, craves order. Especially today, because the world is increasingly complex, information so overwhelming, most people are not willing to take the time needed to really grasp a complex message. When you keep it simple, you gain a powerful advantage.
Think about your life, career and relationships. Are they complicated? Think about your goals and your mission in life. Can yo like the U.S. Marine Corps’ axiom Semper Fi, (Latin: semper fidelis, always faithful), convey your values, message or brand in a sing phrase?

Can you inspire, lead or manage others with the power a simple message? Jesus achieved success by keeping his message simple.

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Psalms of Mercy

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The Psalms have a strong attraction – to believers and non believers alike – because they reflect our deepest experiences as human beings. They are full of the highs and lows of everyday life, the triumphs and losses, our strengths and weaknesses, the beautiful and the painful. They also point to our human search for a merciful and loving God.

Praying with these ten Psalms of Mercy will help us come more deeply into God’s presence and reveal God’s mercy and tenderness for each one of us.

The Psalms of Mercy is one of a series of eight books, the official catechetical resource for the Jubilee of Mercy created by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization at the request of Pope Francis.

As Pope Francis says, we are, as a Church, called to “echo the word of God that resounds strong and clear as a message and a sign of pardon, strength, aid, and love.” These books are a guiding light for individuals  and parishes to answer that call.

Goodness is Power

In the fast changes ever taking place in society today and in the midst of the turmoil society is going through, many are asking, “Is there still a just man?” The answer is “YES”! Indeed, the just and good men and women by far outnumber the evildoers.

 

Dream what you want to dream,  

Go where you want to go,

Be what you want to be,

Because you have only one life

And one chance to do all the things you want in life.

 Goodness is Power

Family, school, contact with groups are social factors that have an impact on social behaviour whereby the young acquire the knowledge, values, facility with language, social skills and social sensitivity that enable then to become integrated into society.

 Wisdom is a psychological power and induces you to reflect what wise living involves. Goodness shines with good deeds, measure your day by what you plant, do not forget to do good and share with others.

 Human Sensibility is the inner being, feminine anima, is a synonym of grace, affection, kindness, courtesy, meekness and sociability. The inner being, masculine animus, is a synonym of strength power, feeling of authority, creativity and courage.

 The God who is constantly creating, re-creating and renewing the world and the universes is within you. He works through attraction and energy. Everything has a vibratory frequency; as Paul of Tarsus says, “God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance.” Abundance is the product of a creative mind.

 Dig a well before you feel thirsty.

Planning is everything. If you do not plan your day, you cannot have a good day. If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one.

 

Goodness Ever Wins:

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

Man proposes, God disposes. God makes, man shapes.

Energetic goodness puts a steadfast spirit within you.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Whatever makes men good, makes then good citizens?

                                                                       Courtesy-J. Maurus

DARE TO FAIL! YOU’LL EXCEL!

DARE TO FAIL! YOU’LL EXCEL!

Not all the attempts that we make end up in success. Out of them quite a lot do end up in failure. Unfortunately most of us are inclined to look upon those failures as humiliation and devastating occurrences and experiences.

According to many thinkers there is no such thing as a failure. It all depends upon how we interpret the outcome of our attempts.

Quite fitting to conclude the failure is “To declare failure is to proclaim God’s absence, and God is never absent. Therefore, failure is always a temporary or false condition”.

Dare to Fail

Have we not seen how a baby calf behaves a few moments after it is born? It tries to get up. But it falls down. The more it falls down, the more it tries to get up.

Quite fittingly H. Stanley Judd had remarked, “Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. If you are not failing, you are not growing.”

Persistence – A sure way to combat failure. Robert Rault has rightly said, “Stubbornly persist, and you will find that the limits of you stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits.”

Presistence is the power of powers. With it one can make even the unbendable bend.

Success comes to those who are neither afraid to fail nor discouraged by failures. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.

If you blame others for your failures, do you credit them with your successes, when you blame other, you give up your power to change. The person who really wants to do something finds a way; the other person finds an excuse. Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.

Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be hence never, ever say to yourself, I Am a failure!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Courtesy – S.Devaraj

Live Inspired Always

If you had just a year to live,

      How differently would you live it?

                          What exactly would you do?

St. Pauls dedicate this book to everyone who has inspired by some or the others.

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The word ‘inspiration’ come from the Hebrew ‘theoneustos’, meaning ‘God breathes’. Let God inspire us.

Live in the Present, do not dwell in the past; do not dream of the future; concentrate on the present moment.’ – Buddha

 If you dwell on the negative you become negative minded; if you look for and dwell on the positive you become the positive minded so replace all and any negativity you have in store with positivity.

Today is a brand new day; start fresh.Some people aim for success; others just talk about it. We all know what it looks like when someone else has it. Oftentimes it just seems like something too far out of reach. The truth is

Success is closer than you think. It’s just on the other side. You have to want it enough, and be willing enough to get it.“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann Woldgang von Geothe. The darkest moments of one’s life may carry the seeds of the brightest tomorrow since there is always a Light at the end of the tunnel. Life inspired always act, don’t react. Never become discouraged by a small job accept that all things happen for a reason. Find an idea that can change your life, you will never change your life until you change something you do daily. A year from now you will wish you had started today.The only thing worse than being is having sight but no vision.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow – Albert Einstein

Stop waiting for things to happen.

                   Go out and make things happen.