Check this out; Daily Prompt: Fifteen Minutes
You have 15 minutes to address the whole world live (on television or radio – choose your format). What would you say?
photographers, artists, poets: show us THE BIG MOMENT.
I probably would draw my motivation from the words of a prayer attributed to St. Francis and said to be made daily by Mother Teresa.
PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS
Lord, make me a channel of your peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
where there is error, I may bring truth;
where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
where there is despair, I may bring hope;
where there are shadows I may bring light;
where there is sadness, I may bring joy;
Lord, grant that I may seek rather
to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand than to be understood;
to love than to be loved;
for it is by forgetting self that one finds,
it is by forgiving that one is forgiven,
it is by dying that one awakens to eternal life. Amen.
THE BIG MOMENT
The big moment is not necessarily the moment we stand before the crowd.
The big moment is neither the moment we have the opportunity to make a speech to the world.
The true big moment is a cummulative of the moments where we had no eyes watching, when we had the option to take decisions that nobody else will know about and when we were faced with pressure that challenged our deep beliefs.
Anybody can cook up any story or put up any act in the face of a crowd and in front of a camera, but do we really practice what we preach?
Our big moments start from our consciousness, our thoughts, our feelings, our physiological expressions, our words and our actions, whether in the most lonely of moments, in the presence of only a negligible few or in front of an entire crowd.
Meanwhile, I will not forget to articulate what thougths I might share if I have the chance to address the world.
I will ask questions like:
What is the essence of life?
What is the point behind life’s activities?
Why do we make every effort to preserve our lives?
Why do circumstances affect our emotions?
If nobody else is happy that you lived, what difference did your life make?
What is the gain, if all your successes were only to your benefit and to the detriment of others?
In my opinion, our bodies are vessels through which we express who we are and what we stand for.
As time keeps ticking, it is up to us to determine what stories will be told about us or what we will be remembered for when we are gone.
Every opportunity that comes our way should be to make someone else or as many people as possible happier.
What’s the point of this struggle and strife that has flooded the world due to differences?
What makes it compulsory that everybody must have the same preferences?
Why would certain people thrive by bringing others down?
Why would people be so selfish; desiring every praise and success to be attributed to them alone?
We must not live for ourselves alone, but must make every effort to make the world a better place, both for ourselves and for others.
Whether we dance, sing, talk or act before the crowd, we must have the interest of others at heart.
That’s precisely what makes a moment big.
Every moment is a big moment, if we seize it’s opportunity to increase hope, joy and love.
That also is precisely what I would do with the Fifteen minutes opportunity to address the whole world live.
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Hello teecee, as ever such wise counsel. This speaks to my heart and soul. My spirit needed this. Thank you.
Thanks so much, dear. I’m glad you consider it worth the while. Encouraging words as always. Thanks once again.
I think what you shared has much Truth Son but we also need to remember there will be some if we follow Jesus who will hate and reject us because we will not accept the wrong they do and because we stand up for God’s Truth. He tells us not to call good what He calls evil or evil what He calls good, and not to be friends with the world, meaning join with them in the evil they propergate. As they say, if we don’t stand up for something, we will fall for everything.
2 Corinthians 2:14-16 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things?
Luke 6:21-23 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
Luke 21:16-18 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
John 15:17-19 These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of Love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.
Just some of the things God tells us not to accept as His Redeemed Children.
The Love of Money
Having divided loyalties
Yes as you said Son we are to put others first and if our hearts are right with The Lord we will because we will want to not because we have to.
Christmas Love Son, from both of us and many Blessings – Anne.
Sincerely, Grannie Annie, you always share profound thoughts and I appreciate them.
There must be a distinction between the people of the world and God’s own people.
I get your point.
We must not accept everything that everyone does.
“Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you”. (2 Corinthians 6:17).
This really points to the fact that we should be different and we should do things differently.
Who we truly are, is not necessarily what people see at the office or in public gatherings, but what we continuously do, whether or not people are watching.
Thanks again for always sharing your scriptural thoughts
Best regards to Ron.
Yes Son you are right, what we think and feel in our heart will be our focus and so our actions will follow.
I just read your message again and it reminded me that I had Posted about Mother Teresa. I will leave the Link for you below, she was indeed an amazing woman with a BIG heart full of Love but like most of us, at times had doubts. Satan seeks to deceive and belittle us, just like those you said do but why because Love is not their focus hate is. Even apathy is a form of hate, not to care and warn others who are in danger of false teaching or because they are sinning, is not Love. When we smile it needs to come from the heart and if we Love it will, even if we have tears in our eyes.
Christian Love from us both – Grannie Annie.
Sorry I forgot the Link – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/mother-teresa-of-calcutta/
Blessings – Anne