Rev Dr Durrell Watkins
“Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of wood higher up.” Brigham Young
I’m not sure that Brigham Young was calling the Debbie Downers and Gloomy Guses of the world blockheads, but he does make the point that attitude starts with our habitual thinking. When people seem to hope others will fail, when they look for the worst in any situation, when they predict the worst possible outcomes before even trying to do something good, or when they are only too quick to assume that every word said and every action done in their presence is a veiled insult toward them, what they are really expressing are the fears, low self-esteem, regrets, and pain that they hold inside. Of course, by being so miserable they push people away, and then their loneliness becomes “proof” that things are as terrible as they’ve always said. Let’s not be like that. Look for the best, hope for the best, and try to believe the best. If nothing else, it will allow you to be much happier.
I choose to believe that life is beautiful and I allow it to be. Amen.
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Date: Sunday, August 3, 2014 ~ 4:00 PM
Walt Lawrence & Stephen Lewis Center for Worship & the Arts
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“Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender older people who fought the first battles for equality now face so much fear of discrimination, bullying and abuse that many are hiding their lives to survive. Thousands are dying earlier than their straight counterparts because they are isolated and afraid to ask for help. But a growing number of people are fighting to keep LGBT aging from meaning aging in silence.” Admission: Free.
Financial gifts are needed to support good causes and churches are especially dependent on faithful, goodwill offerings. But giving is more than funding projects; it is a spiritual discipline that helps the giver grow. Generous people tend to be happier and they feel personally invested in the good work their gifts make possible. As much as churches and charities need our gifts, we need to be givers. This short book will encourage you to grow in the grace of giving and to experience the blessing that it is to be a consistent, generous giver.
To purchase, click here: The Sacrament of Sharing by Rev Dr Durrell Watkins