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Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and rich!

By: Shaila Touchton

1) Worldly rich: The love of money can motivate any evil on this earth. Rich sometimes get rich by oppressing the poor. There are many wicked rich people in this world who have hardened their hearts filled with arrogancy, selfishness, harshness, cold-heartedness throwing rich parties wasting their money on useless things, who are overfed and has no pity nor concerned about the poor but are hoarded with wealth, pride and refused to pay their workers, who do not even defend the rights of the poor nor share their wealth or food with poor and needy. But in scriptures we see that when Jesus and his disciples threw parties they invited the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind. Luke 14:12-13 says but when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind.

There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men says Proverb 30:14.

We can remember the parable Jesus told about the beggar Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19-31). Jesus says only that the rich man had great wealth and that he enjoyed his wealth while Lazarus suffered miserably outside his gate. The rich man exploited Lazarus to acquire wealth. He simply neglected to share. So God punished him (Luke 16:19–31).

2)Godly rich: Godly rich is showing our generosity in the good works such as helping the poor , needy disabled, helping the humble widows , orphans, and foreigners sharing the testimony of God with unbelievers. No matter how justly we have acquired our wealth, God demands that we act generously towards the poor.

Proverbs 22:9 says A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.

Proverb 29:7: The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

3)God cares for poor: In the world today, we see only few people care about the poor. God curses on anyone who looks down on poor and needy. Proverb 28:27 says He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse. When we give the poor, we are lending it to God. Prov. 19:17 says He who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, and He will repay him for his good deed.

4)Another kind of poor: Some people are poor because they make sinful choices because of lack of Self Control by being disobedient to the will of God by pursuing a life of pleasure and hypocrisy. Proverbs 28:19 reminds us that He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty and some people become poor because of unwise in their financial usage like buying things they don’t need, not saving for emergencies, buying a lot of things by making to many debts. People can bring poverty on themselves by refusing to follow wise counsel. Proverbs 13:18 says Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honoured.Some of the choices they make are lying, stealing, willful ignorance of wise instruction, laziness, gluttony, gambling, lottery, drunkenness, negligence, waste, greediness, adultery and bad addictions. Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine, or with gluttonous eaters of meat. For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty and drowsiness will clothe a man with rags” (Pr. 23:20-21). Drunkenness can lead to sexual immorality, anger, fighting and even murder. For such kind of poor people we should admonish them to walk in righteous godly path by helping them to quit their present life style by rebuking and encouraging them to walk rightly in the eyes of God not human standards.

God will still hold us accountable for our actions. “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Pr. 28:13). Neither thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards shall inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 6:10). The apostle Paul commanded Christians …not to associate with any so-called brother if he should be an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler not even to eat with such a one. (1 Cor. 5:11).

Conclusion: True happiness, peace and satisfaction are there in our lives when we follow and live in God‘s ways.

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Shaila D Touchton was born and raised in a well educated family in India and she has completed her Bachelor of Electrical & Electronics Engineering Degree from NMAMIT, India and other various Certifications Courses in Computers & Networking. She had worked for I.T and Engineering companies in the past and now she is a stay Home Mother and Christian writer contributing articles. She has self published three books using print-on-demand called “Christian Living”, “Seek God’s Truth” and “Living a Godly Life”. She has passion for writing Christian articles and has contributed many articles and blogs online. She has an incredible heart to serve the Lord and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through her writings.

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Do You Love You?

Posted: October 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

Do You Love You?
Author: Kim Ravida

Do you love you?  Do you tell others how much you love them yet never tell yourself how much you love you?  Hmmm…I figured as much.  So if you haven’t already told yourself how absolutely awesome you are, stop right now – go to the mirror and take a good look at yourself and say “I love you, I really, really love you.”  You are the only one who has the power to love yourself wholly and unconditionally.  If you are anything like I used to be, you are probably saying “Um, ya, don’t think so” probably because it feels uncomfortable.  However, I challenge you to ask yourself why it feels that way!  We are all unique and specially made in our own way – own it, embrace it, love it!  See, it isn’t about another person, it’s about you and how you show up in your life.  As you begin to show up more loving toward yourself, you bet you’ll show up more loving to others. 

After working on this with one of my clients who was always stressed out and feeling like she was never getting anywhere, she exclaimed “Oh gosh, I never really thought of myself as important.”  Then she sat there very quiet for a long time. Finally I asked, “Okay, what are you feeling?” She replied “Anger.  I see now that I have put so much ahead of myself that I’ve missed out on a great deal in my life.”  Then she said “I know what you are going to ask, so here is the answer:  I plan to put myself first no matter how hard it is and do the things I’ve been wanting to do, take time for myself to get healthy, have fun, and love myself rather than sabotage myself.”  She knew I was going to ask her what she wanted to have in her life now that she knew what she knew.  And from there she set about creating her plan and implementing the steps for her to love herself and be able to look in the mirror and say “I love you, I really, really love you.”

The ironic part is, she is a lovely and loving woman, wife, mother, employee and friend.  She shows her love to others by helping them out, doing for them, being there for them, and making them happy.  Yet when it came to her, it didn’t feel right so she just didn’t.  She gained weight, felt stressed, angry at times, and overall just blah and worn out.  By owning the love for herself, she immediately saw how she was treating herself… and it wasn’t how she would ever treat another!

As interesting or perplexing as that may seem — where are you doing the same thing by not feeling the love of you?  Are you saying “I love myself” yet continue to put obstacles in your way so that you don’t get what you really want?  Have you had the same goal for a long time and can’t seem to reach it?  Do things seem to happen to you again and again and you have no idea why?  Saying you love yourself and really loving yourself are two different things.  Where might you really show yourself the love? 

Share your thoughts; I love hearing from you!

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/motivational-articles/do-you-love-you-5716564.html

About the Author

Kim Ravida, owner and founder of Kim Ravida Coaching, is a Certified Professional Coach and a personal and professional motivation mentor. Kim motivates people to stop beating themselves up and helps them get off their butts so that they maximize their time and energy to quickly get what they want in their lives… and love their reflection! Kim produces a weekly ezine where she shares insights, inspirations, tips and ideas for setting and reaching personal and professional goals. To get more information or sign up, please go to www.kimravida.com

Do You Feel That Nobody Likes You? Start Liking Yourself First!
Author: Royane Real

Are you worried that nobody likes you?

Feeling that nobody likes us or loves us is one of the most agonizing and devastating feelings in the world.  Feeling as if you are unliked and unloved is tremendously depressing, because human beings are hard wired to be social creatures.  We need to feel like a part of a group, or a part of humanity, even though we also want to be appreciated as unique human beings.

If you have been feeling unliked by everybody else, the first thing you need to do is to ask yourself if it’s really true.  Is it absolutely true that nobody likes you, and that nobody loves you?  Or is it just a few people you’re worried about?  Are you making your situation much worse than it is because you are putting yourself down, or imagining that others are hostile towards you?

Sometimes we get really down on ourselves, and we start to exaggerate all the bad things that are going on in our lives.  For example, if someone snubs us or hurts us, we might expand the event to make it much more negative and extreme than what really happened. 

Instead of saying to ourselves, “Well it looks like Judy was in too much of a hurry to talk to me today.”  We say instead, “Judy didn’t want to talk to me.  She probably hates me or thinks I’m stupid.  Maybe she doesn’t think I’m cool enough for her.  I’ll bet everybody is laughing at me behind my back, even though they pretend to be nice to my face.  I probably don’t have any real friends, but maybe it’s because I’m sort of strange.  In some ways, I’m not really normal.  No wonder nobody likes me.  Everything is terrible.”

Once you start to say negative things to yourself, you will also start to imagine a lot of negative thoughts coming from other people, even though you don’t have any real evidence.  The negative thoughts you feed yourself will hurt you even worse than the negative things other people may say about you.

Once you start a chain of negative put downs of yourself, you will set off a cycle of depression and lack of confidence.  Your self esteem will plummet.  That is a shame, because it’s your own sense of self esteem and self support you really need to have, especially when it seems that other people may be saying negative things about you.

Let’s face it, it does take confidence to interact with other people.  If you don’t have confidence in yourself, you won’t get the courage to mix with others.  If you run into people who are bullies and intimidators, you won’t know how to value yourself.

The real reason we feel threatened when other people seem as if we don’t like us is because it can trigger our inner fears that we really aren’t good enough. 

If you experience a situation where you feel that nobody likes you, it can be a signal that you need to like yourself.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/friendship-articles/do-you-feel-that-nobody-likes-you-start-liking-yourself-first-1130216.html

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This article was written by friendship expert Royane Real. Learn to make new friends by improving your conversation skills. Download her popular report “Your Guide to Making Friendly Conversation” at http://www.lulu.com/real

Most excellent Quotes About Moving On With Life
Author: Daryl B. Chapman

Problems are part of life. One of the hardest problems a person can experience is loss. It can as bad as losing a loved one or a day job. It is never easy to handle loss. Nonetheless, life is extremely short to feel down all the time. There are many things that you can do to get back on your feet and to move on. Even midway of the hardship and pain, still have a chance to learn and to develop from the experience. Many people find it interesting to read quotes and saying. Following are some of the best quotes about moving on and being happy.

“Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.” Bob Newhart
Laughter is the best medicine as many will say. It is advantageous to have a good laugh every once and a while. Laughter can help relax the whole body. According to research, a good laugh can improves physical tension and stress. It can relax the muscle for up to 45 minutes. Besides, it protects the heart since it improves blood flow. Heart complications apparently are common to people who are depressed. Furthermore, laughter is cheaper than undergoing stress management therapy and the likes.

“Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.” Denis Waitley
Being brokenhearted happens most of the time. It is not an easy feeling, especially if you are the reason for the affliction. However, people should learn to refocus and live at the present. Living in the past can only make the agony stronger. Learn to forgive yourself. Since, human beings are not robots. It is okay to cry a little at first. On the other hand, instead of mourning all day long, why not spend your energies on making life better. Always think positively.

“Happiness is a direction, not a place.” Sydney J. Harris
People always think that happiness is a place. A place where there is joy, peace and pleasure. Then again, it is important to know that happiness is not a place but a context. You can be happy if you let yourself be happy. Again, do not dwell on the negatives and you will find peace. Refocusing can give you peace and happiness.

“There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.” Bryant H. McGill
Love and forgiveness cannot stand without the other. At home, whenever a child does something wrong, the parents were able to forgive because of their love for their child. In a relationship, it is impossible for a person to love another person again without mercy instilled in his heart. You will know that you have moved on if you are able to forgive the people who have forsaken and hurt you.

“We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.” Carlos Castaneda
It is a matter of what path to take. There are two paths in life – the path to misery and the path to happiness. Life is too short to be desolate all the time.

“If someone constantly makes you unhappy, then you must build up the courage to let that person go. Your memories will always live on, but it’s time to move on”. Unknown
This is especially true in marriages. Some people choose to stay in the marriage even if their spouses are treating them like animals. Learn to love yourself, move on.

Moving on is in no way an easy task. Moving on is loving yourself at the same time. The quotes above are very inspiring. They can help you in your way to happiness.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/motivational-articles/most-excellent-quotes-about-moving-on-with-life-5680477.html

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Mind closed

Posted: October 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Decisions based on fear or love

Posted: October 2, 2012 in motivering

Keep asking yourself in your daily life if you’re making decisions based on fear or love. You need to do that in order to see if you need to break the chain of fear based decisions. Fear based decisions always shrinks your life. Decisions based on love always expands your life. And if you create a chain of decisions based on love, it’s crazy to see how much better your life gets. It will take on a whole new hue. And you’ll see why they say love is the most powerful force in the universe.

Focus

Posted: October 1, 2012 in motivering

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