Selah Vita

Life is a treasured asset…don't let it pass by without pausing to think about each moment~~~selah vita


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Living the Life…

george carlindo you know people who have to have everything everyone else has? the ones who just can’t seem to be satisfied with enough, they always need more? i always wondered what is behind that kind of person to make them so driven to have to have it all…

one day i got a glimpse into their world, which put a different spin on everything, and it made me understand and see from a totally different perspective!  i don’t want to go into all my obsessions, but let me just say this, God has a way of humbling you without you realizing this, what you criticize  in others is (sometimes) what is going on inside of you! 

this may sound silly, let me explain a bit, but i have a bit (no, a lot, lol) of OCD in me, and sometimes it’s hard to stop myself from doing certain things…

you see, i love anything “artsy”, ANYTHING!! and i have a tendency of not being able to draw the line of how many things that (to me) look beautiful, color-wise, that i need to have in my collection…especially nail polish or paint!!!

i am obsessed with color!! i know it sounds simple to some, and totally crazy to others (like my family), but it’s true and one day (in His humorous way) showed me that i’m no different from the one who wants what everyone else has!!! OUCHIE!!!!!

that has opened up a whole new world to me…it made me realize that sometimes we don’t see ourselves as we see others! how quick i was to find those little “issues” i thought others’ had, not realizing, i, myself, have major issues going on…it brought me to remembrance of “don’t try to take the stick out of your brother’s eye, when you have a log in yours”!!!!

i guess summing it all up brings me to this point…in today’s world people are going berserk!! i think we all need to pray for other people more than we do (i speak mostly for myself, but am looking for others to jump on board)…i hope and pray we can all find a common denominator of caring for the lives of others…if we don’t pray for each other, what do we have?

please join in and lift each other up…we never know what anyone is going through or what makes them choose to do the foolish things they do…this is heavy on my heart and i’m hoping more people will consider other lives to be as important as their own or those they love…

to me, this is truly, living the life…

peace out… 

 

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JUST BE YOURSELF!!

ALWAYS B A FIRST RATE VERSION OF URSELF INSTEAD OF 2nd RATE VERSION OF SOME 1 ELSEmany times we look at others wishing we were more like them…it doesn’t matter who you might secretly desire to be, what matters most is asking yourself, “why do you want to be them“?

ask yourself that question and see what you come up with…you may find that all the things you think that other person has is not all it’s cracked up to be! 

you know the old saying, the grass always looks greener on the other side? well, that holds true for everything…think for a  moment, do you really know what they’re like, OR what they’ve been through!

so HERE’S  the bottom line, don’t envy another’s characteristics, outward appearance, career, etc., you get the picture?

stop looking so hard at someone else, and look inside you!! did you ever ask your Creator to show you who you are? hmmmm, there’s something to ponder!  well, why don’t you do that! you may be surprised at what you see looking through His eyes! 

remember, God never makes mistakes, AND He never makes things He doesn’t love…so the truth is, you were made perfect, not a thing missing or lacking…learn to love who you are, because He made you unique, there’s no one else like  you, or can do what you were created to do…sooooooooo, how about it? can you learn to love YOU the way HE LOVES YOU

go ahead, try it, you may be delighted in yourself just as He delights in you!! can you dare to see yourself beautiful, complete and perfect? sure you can…just ask Him, and remember, He’s in the business of creating masterpieces…so don’t try to be someone else when you’re a treasure made by your Master! 

peace out!


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Betrayal or Ignorance, Either way, I choose to see the GOOD STUFF…

CHOOSE TO SEE THE GOOD STUFFfirst, let me apologize for this one being lengthy…sorry about that…

i think the toughest thing in the life is knowing you’ve been betrayed by someone who you thought was on your side…life can sometimes throw some hard blows…

if i’ve learned anything, i’ve realized i have a choice to make in every trial… you see, when someone betrays you, whether knowingly or claim ignorance… no matter what, i can make excuses and deceive myself into thinking they didn’t mean to do it, i’ll always end up in the same place…and the place is…”CHOICE”…which will i choose? will i choose to ignore what they’ve done (like i have many times before)wondering if they were really deliberate thoughts of betrayal (while claiming total ignorance to what they’ve done)?

i’ve been around this mountain so many times, but this time it was like “BAM” my eyes were opened and now i’m beginning to see there is a difference between giving grace and putting myself in the same position over and over again.

let me say this, although it saddens me, i’m learning some great lessons (finally) through it all..i’ve realized God surely wants us to forgive and not keep offenses toward others, and i’ve tried to live that as best i can. but i’ve also failed many times.

i’m finding i’m struggling with allowing others to walk all over me…(wow, i said it)! yep, i’ve been an enabler to some who i’ve given an open door to keep wiping their feet, as if i were their doormat…so the truth is, i can’t blame them, it’s my fault, and mine alone…

so, now the dilemma…will i continue to allow this? what do i do? i have had many discussions (with God) about my failures and begged for his help…now i’m realizing, His help has always been there, but i’ve been in the way…you see, He sometimes wants us to draw boundaries (which i always found hard to do, mistaking it for loving kindness)…this particular matter is indeed a place for drawing boundaries…so now,i have to suck it up, put on my big girl panties and grow up…it’s time for me to step it up and draw the lines…

why am i writing this? well, to be honest, i’m hoping it will help someone else see it’s “ok” to not be a doormat…it’s “ok” to stand up and say, “enough is enough”…just because you love people (family or friends) it doesn’t mean you have to do everything they say…and yes, it’s OK to say NO….it’s OK to disagree or have an opposing opinion…it’s OK TO BE YOU!!!!

i don’t want to talk anymore here, or go way off the beam and drag this on…so i will leave it here and give you something to think about for a while and maybe i’ll get back to it….

in the meantime, my prayer for you is this…i pray God strengthens you to see inside yourself, and recognize if you’re one (like me) who needs to stand up for yourself…i pray He gives you strength to stand against enabling others at your expense…i pray He fills you with so much love that you can choose to see his goodness in others ( and yourself) but not let it be distorted deceiving you into thinking you always have to keep everyone else happy (at your expense)…

the truth is you can’t make everyone happy…you just can’t, it’s not meant for you to do that…that’s God’s job…you just have to do your best and be YOU, the YOU you were created to be…WARNING: not everyone will like you, but that’s OK!..remember you were made in His image and HE loves you more than any person alive…that’s the truth…

so, for now, choose to see the good stuff in others, but don’t let that make you think you have to agree with everything they do, or… keep them happy all the time…your job is to love, not enable, not coddle, not make excuses for their actions, just love…and sometimes choosing to love and see the good stuff means doing it from a distance…

the choice is always yours (ours)… 😉