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as long as there is life…

We imagine that as soon as we are torn out of our habitual path all is over, but it is only the beginning of something new and good. As long as there is life, there is happiness. There is a great deal, a great deal before us."  — Leo Tolstoy (War and Peace):

The only constant in life is change. We’ve all heard that, but few of us have internalized it to the point where change is no longer threatening.

Embracing change rather than fearing it is the first step to understanding that our life is meant to be an adventure. Tolstoy has it absolutely correct. We need to live on the edge, always looking forward to the next opportunity to see and experience what is on the other side.

As long as we live we will be immersed in change. And that’s o.k. That’s as it should be. Accept it.

As Tolstoy reminds us, “As long as there is life, there is happiness.”  And that is the one thing that doesn’t change

a lie is a lie

A lie is a lie no matter how many times it is repeated. It is the opposite of the truth, Wrong is the opposite of right. Evil is diametrically opposed to good.

It doesn’t matter how many times a lie is told, or evil is lifted up as good, a lie is a lie and evil cannot be good. Rick Warren is right about this. It doesn’t matter how many accept a lie or agree that evil is good. A lie can never be the truth and evil can never be good.

This is especially critical for us to understand during this Presidential Campaign.  We all recognize a lie when we hear it. We all know the difference between right and wrong. We have all been taught the difference between good and evil.

I will cast my ballot for the candidate who has not repeatedly been caught lying during this campaign, the candidate who does not have a long history of racism, bigotry, fear-mongering, inciting violence, and defrauding all those possible. I cannot in good conscience vote for a pompous, egotistical, self-aggrandizing braggart whose bullying is already legendary.

Some of the values I have learned from my faith are love, humility, gentleness and service to others. One candidate reflects these values with a lifetime of public service. The other consistently demonstrates just the opposite.

For me the choice is simple. I recognize a liar when I hear one. I know the difference between right and wrong. And like you, I definitely know the difference between good and evil.

 

a lie is a lie…

For the past several months we have watched Presidential candidates tell lie after lie. Within hours we have seen these same candidates deny the lies, even when the lies have been recorded. I cannot be the only one that finds this frightening.

In a world of deceit and lies, telling the truth is an act of rebellion. We are approaching the time when we need such a revolution, a revolution where those of us who care band together to speak the truth, even if it means we have to pay a steep price.

The first steep is paying attention. We do not have to accept lies. We have the power to say no to leadership based on deceit. Wrong is wrong no matter how often we are told differently.

Pay attention. Refuse to be silent. Speak out for the truth. Facts are far more powerful than opinions. And evil cannot survive if we stand for the good.

all the good you can do

A lifestyle based on John Wesley’s exhortation would be one that would clearly demonstrate the love of God. Following these precepts would help our world become a true community. Living according to these words would also prove that real joy comes from giving.

be the good

This September 11th, on the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, one of the orders of the day at brokerage firm BGC Partners in New York City will be investing in efforts to feed people in need throughout the world.

Brokers will be joined on the trading floor by Paulina Vega, Miss Universe 2014, and Rod Brooks, president and CEO of Stop Hunger Now, during the 11th annual BGC Charity Day. Miss Vega and other celebrities will work side-by-side with BGC traders to encourage others to give with their hearts to help Stop Hunger Now end global hunger.

BGC launched Charity Day to commemorate the 658 employees at Cantor Fitzgerald and the 61 employees at Eurobrokers who lost their lives in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. BGC donates all of its global revenues on Charity Day to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and select charities, including Stop Hunger Now, throughout the world.

Join us in keeping alive the spirit of unity and compassion
that arose in the aftermath of 9/11.

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does motivation matter?

It is within my power to serve God, or not to serve Him. Serving Him I add to my own good and the good of the whole world. Not serving Him, I forfeit my own good and deprive the world of that good which was within my power to create. – Leo Tolstoy

Not all of us come from the faith perspective shared by Tolstoy. Statistical studies tell us that such a spiritually oriented viewpoint is no longer the worldview of the majority in our country.

While this is not exactly a surprise it is does provide a good reflection point. Having lived my entire adult life as a practicing Christian, I totally understand and appreciate Tolstoy’s comment. Yet, at the same time, I recognize that there are those who would argue that doing good has nothing to do with spirituality or a specific faith tradition.

I cannot separate my spirituality from my lifestyle. It’s who I am.

I live the way I do because of my understanding and my love of God. I try to serve those most in need out of a deep desire to be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. I want what I do to reflect God’s love.

Yet, I totally get it that my way is not the only way. The important point for me is to live for others.

In the end, however, motivation doesn’t matter. Action does.

The power is within each of us to serve God, or not. The power is also within each of us to serve others. We all, every single one of us, have the power to help change the world into a better and more just place.

Regardless of our motivation, let’s live so that we do not deprive the world of the good within our power to create.