Reach Out

“I believe that we were meant to live as social creatures, to reach out and bless each other’s lives.” – Richard Paul Evans

 

A couple days ago I received a text message from a good friend I have not spoken to for a couple years. Normally a message out of the blue would seem strange, but since it is the holiday season texts and calls out of the blue are normal and actually seem common. I took the example from my friend and reached out to a few others.

As the years go by we make friends, move, drift apart, become romantically involved, and just grow up. For whatever reason time goes by and we lose contact with friends that are important. As more time passes the phone becomes heavier to pick up and liking a picture on Facebook starts to feel like a justifiable equivalent. I assure you an actual conversation will reward you on a deeper level and the person on the other side of the phone call will be glad to hear from you.

           

Affirmation: I am important to my fellows and they would love to hear from me.

 

Call to action: Take advantage of the holidays and take an interest in those you haven’t spoken to in a while. Pick up your phone and call an old friend from the past.

51. Hospitality

“It is a sin against hospitality, to open your doors and darken your countenance.” – Proverb

“Christmas! ‘Tis the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial fire of charity in the heart.” – Washington Irving

The last seven months my roommate and I have been hosting weekly meals. We have opened our doors and shared meals with a large cross-section of people from the local community. We try to be as hospitable, and serve each and every person that comes through the door.

This week I had the chance of meeting a man who obviously needed a meal, and I thought to invite him to our weekly meal that was taking place later that day. When I got home I saw him walking down the street, but because I was busy needing to clean the house and get dinner started I did not invite him in immediately. When the first person came to help with the meal they asked if I had invited the man in front of the house, but once again, because I was “too busy” I did not go outside and invite him in right away.

Once it dawned on me that I should invite him in while we cooked, it was too late. He was gone, and did not come back to share the meal with us. The last 3 days I have been thinking about my half-hearted, and insincere attempt at hospitality with that man, especially as Christmas approaches. It has become my motivation to be more welcoming in all aspects of my life.

Affirmation: I am full in all areas of my life, I have more than enough to share, and my invitation of hospitality is real.

Call to Action: As we are in the midst of the holiday season, how can we be more sincere, hospitable, and loving towards our neighbors? Please share a time when you were able to reach out to someone, or missed a chance and it has been in the back of your mind.

50. Perseverance

“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” – Charles Spurgeon

Tonight I set out to do a project that I had never done before. I estimated that the project would take about an hour or so. It seemed simple, I had watched my friend do it before, but I did not think about the fact that he had gone to school to do this certain task. The overall event ended up taking me almost four hours to do. It turned out very good, but the time invested was a shock at the end.

What I know right this moment is that if I had any other mind set besides getting the job done it would have never been complete. Motivation, and determination were the key to the project being completed for a Friday deadline. Not only was I able to finish I was able to turn my excitement and joy into a CYLF post.

Affirmation: Today I am able to embrace Life, and get the job done!

Call to Action: What have you completed recently in your life that brought you an awesome feeling of completion? How did you persevering through that help you in other areas of your life? Please share some thoughts and insights with the CYLFriday community.

49. Courage

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela (7/18/1918-12/5/2013)

In this life we are constantly confronted with circumstances and situations which fear seems to lead us away from where our hearts were carrying us.  I know in my own experience it was fear that stopped me from taking a chance or investing my time in something I felt drawn to do.  I do not believe that fear will ever leave me completely but I know that my reaction to fear will dictate what I leave the universe in my wake.

I think that courage and bravery can come in so many ways, luckily there have been some incredible examples that have walked the path of courage before us to show how truly strong we can be.  I know the feeling I get on the other side of a challenge or an obstacle is such a great uplifting experience yet it still takes faith to conquer the next opportunity in my path.

Today I intend to face one of my biggest fears by leaning on the experiences of my fellows and my faith that I am making the right choice in my life.  By making a conscious decision in this moment I believe I am setting forth the motion needed to follow through on my commitment.  When it is time I will choose bravery over weakness and faith over fear, knowing the results will be exactly the way they are supposed to be.  It takes lots of risks to learn the truth about fear, today I will grow in understanding and effectiveness.

Affirmation: In this moment I choose courage over fear!!!

Call To Action:  I s there something in your life that you know inside yourself that you need to conquer?  Why not make today the day that you choose courage over fear?  The more courageous choices we make the better suited we will be to face the certain challenges ahead, today is the day to put in some practice and tell us how it goes so that we can all grow through each others experiences.