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Monday, 23 January 2017 09:02

Well Known or Worth Knowing?

“Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing.” –Confucius

“Seek To Be Worth Knowing Rather Than Be Well Known” – Anonymous

We live in a time of instant stardom and notoriety. People go from relative obscurity to fame overnight. Whether it’s American Idol, The Voice, Dancing with the Stars, a cable reality show, or an Instagram post that goes viral, someone is only a heartbeat away from being well known.

It seems like this want for celebrity has become the pursuit of many and being a better person has either taken a back seat or isn’t even part of the equation. Being well known has replaced being a person worth knowing.

But, is that really what we should want? Is that going to make us a better person; the person God meant us to be?

What many people discover is that popularity is fleeting. You can be on top of the world today and completely rejected tomorrow. Popularity is just not that important in God’s plan.

 

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From tonyagnesi.com 

Monday, 23 January 2017 09:01

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, January 23, 2017

Seek quality

by Ralph Marston

Quantity can often impose great burdens. Quality, on the other hand, almost always brings sublime joy.

When caught between quantity and quality, seek quality. Quality is what makes anything worth having, knowing, learning, experiencing in the first place.

You cannot have a hundred million close friends, and would not want to. Yet you can experience a life overflowing with enjoyment from just a handful of quality friendships.

You cannot eat every item on every menu. You can select one quality meal at a time, and find great satisfaction in it.

Quantity spreads your attention, your purpose, your caring too thin. If a small quantity of something does not satisfy you, then more of the same will satisfy you even less.

Let go of the need to have the most, the latest, the fastest, the biggest. Seek deep, meaningful quality and make yourself rich in life, not just in stuff.

© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/170123.html
Monday, 16 January 2017 12:34

Scars- We All Have Them!

Scars We All Have Them

“Other times, I look at my scars and see something else: a girl who was trying to cope with something horrible that she should never have had to live through at all. My scars show pain and suffering, but they also show my will to survive. They’re part of my history that’ll always be there.” ― Cheryl Rainfield

As I was shaving in front of the bathroom mirror, I couldn’t help but notice the huge scar on my stomach. It reminded me that it has been 12 years since I had surgery for colon cancer. Two feet of colon removed and cancer free for over a decade and the ugly scar to prove it.

We all have scars some visible and some invisible. Some physical scars are hidden by clothing; some are visible and can’t be covered. When I see scars, I see stories. A scar means you have survived and every scar tells a story.

 

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Monday, 16 January 2017 09:59

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, January 16, 2017

Each moment makes a difference

by Ralph Marston

The person you become, the life you live, the results you get are a direct result of the way you spend your time. How do you intend to spend your time today?

Every person alive will have the same number of hours in this day. Yet the value obtained in those hours will vary remarkably.

You have time, and with it, opportunity. Decide right now to put it to its highest use.

As you travel through the day, remind yourself that each moment makes a difference. The way you live it determines what that difference will be.

You know that the difference between speeding forward and standing still is made in each moment. As the moments arrive, keep reminding yourself of their opportunity.

A little extra effort, each time you get the chance, leads to a lot of extra richness in your life. The day has arrived, and you know what to do.

© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/170116.html
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 11:24

Finding God’s Grace Top 10 List for 2016

Vantage Points

2016 was another great year for Finding God’s Grace. By the grace of God we continued our forth straight year of uninterrupted Sunday morning posts and we completed our third year of Wednesday Podcasts, now over 160 in all!

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Monday, 09 January 2017 12:07

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, January 9, 2017

Live it well

by Ralph Marston

Live to experience, not to impress. Live to give, not to need.

Live to wonder, to learn, to teach. Live to accept, improve, create, not to complain.

Live to make a positive difference wherever you go, not to get by with the least you can offer. Live with gratitude for each moment, enjoying all the beauty and making full use of the abundance.

Live with enthusiastic energy, with caring and purpose. Live with acceptance, ambition, generosity and kindness.

Live with the highest expectations. Live such that you’ll have no regrets.

This is a whole, unique day you have the privilege to live. Live it with love, with authenticity, and live it well.

© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/170109.html
Tuesday, 03 January 2017 09:36

Annual Lourdes Novena

Feb 3

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 09:32

French Toast Breakfast and Mini Craft Fair

French Toast Breakfast

Monday, 19 December 2016 08:54

Monday Motivation

The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, December 19, 2016

Positive example

by Ralph Marston
Don’t let someone else’s negativity become yours. These moments that are your life are too valuable to waste on that.

When another person is rude, thoughtless, disrespectful or worse, don’t react by sinking to that level yourself. Instead, let it motivate you to be even more understanding, thoughtful, and kind.

Reflecting negativity back at others does not teach them a lesson. A far more influential choice is to serve as a positive example.

Certainly you don’t want to allow others to take advantage of you. But neither do you want them to turn you against your highest, treasured values.

The best way to win is not by fighting. The best way to win is by being so strong, so positively purposeful that a fight never starts in the first place.

The petty negativity of others does not have to get to you. Because you can choose, in a loving, generous, amiable way, to live beyond it.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/161219.html

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Monday, 19 December 2016 08:51

December 19, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas childhood memories is sitting under the tree in our dimly lit front room with the Christmas tree lights on reflected in the ornaments. If you could, remember the old large light bulbs of the basic red, green, blue and white. Their light reflected so brightly in the multi-colored glass ornaments. You had to be careful not to bump up against the ornaments because they were very fragile. The tree was always real so that the scent of pine pervaded the area. We always had a manger scene under the tree and would count down the days when we would put the figure of the baby Jesus there to make the scene complete. It was so quiet and for a child magical. Perhaps you have a memory like this one too.
As an adult when one reminisces we realize that these memories were really God’s teachable moments for us. For example, with the memory above, if you think about it, we are the lights. We reflect the light of the Lord within us to the rest of those that we meet, in this case the ornaments. The font of this light is the baby Jesus that we find in the manger. We can burn brightly or we can burn out like a spent bulb. With the old bulbs when one burnt out we had to check every bulb to see which one burnt out. It was a taxing job, but if we are to be the light of the world for Christ then we need to help our fellow lights and personally help their lights to shine too. After Christmas is over we put the decorations away, yes, the lights, the ornaments and even the figure of baby Jesus, but our light is meant to shine for all to see after Christmas. Keep your light shining and help someone else to shine too.

Bible Vs.: Jn. 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Matt. 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Prayer: Lord, maker of the universe, help me to shine your light on all people. Let me praise you in the world so that others may begin to praise you too. Help me to live out the spirit of Christmas throughout the whole year so that all may be prepared to receive your Son.

Spotlight: Come and visit Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, 21281 Chardon Rd., Euclid, Ohio 44117 where we try to see others in the light of Christ all year round. Come to Mass here, come pray and come to allow your light to shine as well. Come and visit our gift shop too so that you can purchase a religious book, medal, rosary, statue, to help you find the light of Christ.

 

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