By Sue Stauffer
“A Little Advice from God for a Happier New Year!”
2018 has arrived and of course, it is time to be thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. I came across this wonderful suggestion list written by God. I do not know who wrote it but I have had it filed away and now I would like to share it with you. One reminder when making your resolutions: Be realistic and don’t set your goals too high. If you are out to change everything in your life…if won’t work and you will fail. God has made these realistic guidelines so try to follow them. Good luck and much success as I believe you will be happier if you take God’s advice on these matters.
“Effective immediately, please be aware that there are changes YOU need to make in YOUR life for the New Year. These changes need to be completed in order that I may fulfill MY promises to you to grant you peace, joy and happiness in this life. I do not apologize for any inconvenience, but after all that I am doing, this seems very little to ask of you. I know, I already gave you the 10 Commandments…Keep them but follow these guidelines also. God
1, Quit Worrying Life has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry. Have you forgotten that I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for you? Or do you just enjoy fretting over every little thing that comes your way?
2. Put it on the list. Something needs to be done or taken care of. Put it on the list. No, not YOUR list. Put it on MY to-do-list. Let ME be the one to take care of the problem. I can’t help you until you turn it over to ME. Although my to-do-list is long, I am after all GOD. I can take care of anything you put in my hands. In fact, if the truth were ever really known, I take care of a lot of things for you that you never even realize.
3. Trust Me. Once you’ve given your burdens to ME, quit trying to take them back, Trust in Me. Have the faith that I will take care of all your needs. YOUR problems and your trials need to go on MY list. I want to help you and all you have to do is ask.
4. Leave It Alone Don’t wake up one morning and say “Well I’m feeling stronger now so I think I can handle it from here.” Why do you think you are feeling stronger? It’s simple, you gave ME your burdens and I’m taking care of them. I also renew your strength and cover you in peace. Don’t you know that if I gave these problems back, you will be right back where you started? Leave them to ME and forget about them. Just let ME do my job!
5. Talk to ME. I want you to forget a lot of things. Forget what was making you crazy. Forget the worry and the fretting because you know I’M in control. But there’s one thing I pray that you never forget. Please don’t forget to talk to ME…OFTEN! I love YOU. I want to hear you talk to ME about you family, friends, and your life. Prayer is simply you having a conversation with ME. I want to be your dearest friend.
6. Have Faith. I see a lot of things from up here that you can’t see from where you are. Have faith in ME that I know what I’m doing. Trust ME! You wouldn’t want the view from MY eyes. I will continue to watch over you, care for you and meet your needs. YOU only have to trust ME. How hard can trust be?
7. Share. YOU were taught to share when you were two years old. When did you forget? The rule still applies. Share with those who are less fortunate than you. Share your joy with those who need encouragement. Share your laughter with those who haven’t heard any for a long time. Share your tears with those who have forgotten how to cry. Share your faith with those who have none. Be thankful! Count your blessings!
8. Be Patient. I managed to fix it so in just one lifetime you could have so many diverse experiences. You grow from child to adult, have children, change jobs, learn many useful things, travel to many different places, meet thousands of people and experience so many other things. How can you be impatient then when it takes ME a little longer than you expect to handle something on MY to-do-list. Trust in MY timing for MY timing is perfect. Just because I created the entire universe in six days, everyone thinks I should always rush.
9. Be Kind. Be kind to others, for I love them just as much as I love you. They may not dress like you or talk like you, or live the same way you do, but I still love you all. Please try to get along, for MY sake. I created each of you different in some way. It would be too boring if you were all identical. Please know I love each of your differences.
10. Love Yourself. As much as I love you, how can you not love yourself? You were created by ME for one reason only-to be loved, and to love in return. I am a GOD of love. Love ME, Love your neighbors. But, also love yourself. It makes MY heart ache when I see you so angry with yourself when things go wrong. You are very precious to ME. Don’t ever forget that! With all MY heart, I love you.
As human beings who think, feel and supposedly use our brains on a daily basis, it is important that we are constantly seeking to expand our knowledge and stimulate our thinking. We are not robots who are programed to react to certain stimuli in a preordained consistent manner. We need to constantly access each situation, evaluate it and then react. In order to do this efficiently and safely, we need to be alert and aware of changes and unanticipated happenings as well as our emotional reactions in each situation. This requires self- knowledge and experience. In today’s world with cell phones and computers and high technology directing our lives, it is easy to become complacent and dependent on artificial intelligence rather than using our emotions, experience, stored knowledge and memory to solve our problems as well as gage our reactions to certain external stimuli. It is interesting to observe a group of teenagers enjoying lunch together at MacDonald’s. They are not really communicating with each other. They are a group but there is no real interaction, conversation, or enjoyment in the shared companionship. They each have their cell phones out, heads down and texting each other…no eye contact, facial expressions, and physical contact. They are functioning like robots without emotion or any real human reaction to what is happening as a result of their “communication” with each other. They do not have to reach into their memories and remember an event, a name or a time when they had lots of fun and laughter…they just look at their text messages and send off a response without any human interaction or real emotion attached.
. I am troubled by the lack of humanism that seems to be apparent with the use of our current technology. Last week we saw an actor on a television commercial that we know quite well having seen him on the silver screen many times. Neither my husband nor I could recall his name after an attempt to retrieve it from our memories. We did the normal thing…We “googled it.” Problem solved instantly! No effort involved. But, somehow the instant result lacked the satisfaction of thinking about it and eventually remembering who he was. That feeling of accomplishment was not there and I missed it. Of course, once we got the name, we could then remember the movies we had seen staring him, but even that wasn’t the same as pulling the name out of the old memory bank.
I can’t imagine a conversation with my friends that did not involve shared communication of experiences, laughter, sorrow and other emotional involvement that cannot be accomplished by sending “text messages” to each other. I guess that is why they have created those cute little emotive symbols so that some human reaction can be attached to the text messages. Personally, I would miss the eye contact, smiles, frowns, tears, and other facial reactions that are part of communication between humans. These basic reactions cannot be accomplished by texting, not even with the use of the little emotive characters. I can’t help but wonder if our young people have lost their abilities to really experience emotions and shared empathy with others. Technology is wonderful and certainly part of our world today but I seriously question at what expense to our humanism and emotional development. Learning to communicate our emotions and experiences is a major part of human development and understanding of the world around us and the cultures that exist. It is from our own experiences and learning that we establish our values and develop tolerance for others and their feelings.
Our abilities to think, reason and learn are among the most powerful tools we have to make our lives safer, more comfortable and more fulfilling. Yet many of us simply do not conscientiously develop our mental capacities. Though we can learn important information in school, the wise person in pursuit of self-improvement realizes that education is a lifelong process of expanding our minds through conversations, reading, listening, watching and doing. . Our abilities to think, reason and learn are among the most powerful tools we have to make our lives safer, more comfortable and more fulfilling. People need people not machines. This is why we form societies and as mankind cannot survive in isolation. We must learn from each other and this cannot happen without human to human communication and interactions.
“No man is an Island, entire of it self; every man is a piece of the Continent,a part of the main.” this expression is a quotation from John Donne's Devotions (1624) and seems to sum up what is really essential to our survival as a human race.
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By Sue Stauffer
“No Man Is An Island” John Donne (1624)