GIVE: Manifest By The Spirit-The Forgotten Goals

GIVE … by the Spirit™ Guest Contributor — Grace Ste. Croix

© 2013 Grace Ste. Croix

January 27, 2013

womanreadingbookOur dreams as young people are usually filled with colorful goals. At the time, we might not know much of the world, but we certainly want a huge part of it. We may not manifest how to get to the top, but we know at that age we certainly want to be there.

Often times, our goals from our late teens and early twenties go unfulfilled, due to unforeseen circumstances, a change in interests, or overall life experiences.  These goals of yesteryear haunt us into our adulthood and become the regrets of our present.

Regret breeds a downward spiral in our ego and we soon question why we were not skilled enough to achieve said goals in the first place.

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

We have to accept that our paths are not always clear to seek out.

How can the person in their late teens or early twenties possibly be held responsible for the happiness of said person for the rest of their life? Often, when ones “PLAN A” does not work out exactly as planned, we put on the blinders and often times miss “PLAN B” being presented to us. PLAN B is hardly as clear-cut as PLAN A, but the journey is certainly more exciting and rich then knowing exactly what we want at a young age and the exact way in which to achieve our goals.

We cannot hold ourselves accountable for some goals and aspirations we have had so young. As an example, you may not have traveled the world as once desired by the starry-eyed teenager, but when you do travel as an adult, you appreciate it so much and enjoy every rich life lesson it offers. The man who did not go to university as he once wanted ended up being a street smart, savvy entrepreneur, having the unique experience of business responsibility.

Of course, we should do everything to achieve our goals, but we should constantly update what our goals are. Are they goals that will enrich our lives and those around us? We must always re-evaluate what we want and most importantly, MANIFEST why we want it.

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GIVE: Gather By The Spirit — Pay It Forward

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Pay it Forward

© 2012 Grace Ste. Croix

November 25, 2012

Have you ever experienced the kindness of a total stranger? Whether it is a door held open for you as you juggle groceries or come home to a nice home cooked meal to your spouse, a kind gesture goes a long way. But why should the kind gesture stop with you? We must pay this gesture forward as the movie “PAY IT FORWARD” emphasized.

“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

To “pay it forward” is when you receive a kind gesture and you extend a kind gesture or “pay it forward” to another person. A simple example would be when someone opens the door for you and then you open the door for another person.

When one is experiencing hard times, even the simplest kind gesture can be the biggest encouragement. If we do not “pay it forward”, a kind gesture is missed by someone who definitely could have used it.

We have to take a second to think of how we can truly pay it forward to another person. In these times especially, it can be as simple as paying a compliment forward to helping someone. This can be the CHANGE a person needs in their life. Compliments can be the fuel for someone to get out of a rut and CHANGE their life.

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GIVE: Thrive By The Spirit — The Thriving Woman!

 

GIVE … by the Spirit™ Guest Contributor — Grace Ste. Croix

The Thriving Woman

© 2012 Grace Ste. Croix

July 26, 2012

The woman who THRIVES is a species that is not identified by class, culture or color. She has no particular age or educational background. She may have a different religion or creed then her peers but there is one commonality to today’s thriving woman:

she has a voice.

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GIVE: Guided By The Spirit — Search For Your Beacon

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Search For Your Beacon

© 2012 Grace Ste. Croix

May 1, 2012

compassEveryone has a moral compass engrained in their thought process. Each of us has a standard of right and wrong and what to do if certain situations occur and how to handle them appropriately. We can put ourselves in a hypothetical situation and ensure that we would always choose “good”.

However, life is constantly filled with “gray” areas that call into question our moral compass. We must search for our beacon to make sure we steer ourselves on a righteous path.

If only life were more simple. It would be easy to keep our promises to ourselves that we will always be moral and just in every situation we encounter. This is not the case. There are so many situations where things can be complicated. Sometimes the culprit of a bad situation is a loved one or a friend. Are the conflicts that this person caused now somewhat justifiable?

There is a huge difference in what one would say he or she would do in a hypothetical situation and what they actually do. When certain interests or factors are thrown into the mix with the same choice allowed, many of these assured people find themselves conflicted in practice, in which in theory they are inclined to believe that they would have a strong beacon in a situation.

Moral authority is never retained by any attempt to hold on to it. It comes without seeking and is retained without effort. Mahatma Gandhi

We must make sure when understanding the beacon that guides us through right and wrong is a moral authority, not just dictated morals from other outlets. As a person you must take great care in what is considered “good” and “bad” and become a moral authority on injustices, despite what certain interests or factors are placed in front of you.

Remember one of Shakespeare’s most coveted quotes: “To thine own self be true.”

GIVE: Joy By The Spirit — It’s The Little Things

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It’s The Little Things

© 2012 Grace Ste. Croix

April 18, 2012

children on the beachWhat truly brings us joy? Are we looking for big things and big events in our life to make us feel fulfilled? If we are lucky enough to afford big things or have big events happen and do they really give us the fill in our life that we previously felt we once lacked? Perhaps we are searching to full an unattainable void. We may just want to look at the little things that bring us joy, rather than anxiously awaiting the big answer to our problems. Continue reading

GIVE: Joy By The Spirit — Embrace The Present Day

As time passes, many of us look towards the future or dwell on the past. Is there something we could have done different or is there something that we should be preparing for?

As important as it is to learn from our mistakes and prepare for the future, there is no time like the present.  Are we spending too much time trying to see into the future or turning our heads back to reminisce about the past? Continue reading

GIVE: Commit By The Spirit — Your Beliefs

GIVE … by the Spirit™ Guest Contributor — Grace Ste. Croix

Your Beliefs

© 2012 Grace Ste. Croix

February 21, 2012

We have all at one point, chosen a belief structure that has embedded who we are. Whether we have decided to be a Christian, a Muslim or follow a spiritual but non religious lifestyle, we are engrained with our belief structure that we hold dear.

Society’s pressures however, can sometimes encourage us to act and be the exact opposite of what we believe. Should we fall into such pressure? The easy answer is “no” but we often find ourselves compromising who we are depending on the circumstances we face.

Temptations to go off of our moral track are everywhere. From the greed of overspending to bullying those who are already “kicked down”, temptation is cloaked in a fine cloth and can be blinding for us to see who we are. It is important to take away all of the smoke and mirrors and focus on each individual situation.

Will this action or decision compromise who I am?

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