Sunday, 20 October 2013

Snapshots From The Bible WK 42~Acts 17 V 28- Own your own power!


Acts 17:28


'and he gives us the power to live, to move, and to be who we are. “We are his children,” just as some of your poets have said.'   Contemporary English Version

This version of the above verse goes into more detail than traditional versions which I believe enables a greater understanding that is applicable to modern society. It speaks of the gift of freedom, a concept that is of great value within an environment where we are taught that we are here for a purpose and should strive to reach our full potential. The beauty of this verse is captured in its very essence; we can be who we are thanks to the power given to each and every one of us!
We have been given this power to represent ourselves fully, to make decisions. We are free to live, move and be; therefore we need to apply our minds to our talents and circumstances, making good decisions about the way forward.
Do you know who you are? Are you comfortable in your current situation? If you are, then great, just continue to focus clearly. If not, what would you like to change? Everything you are and think makes you, YOU. There will always be things in our nature that please us and other aspects requiring change. Sometimes it is simply that we need to identify our strengths and weaknesses in order to assess the opportunities awaiting us.
Life is as much about tomorrow as it is about now. That doesn’t mean we should be worrying about tomorrow however we need to prepare ourselves and make strides towards the changes we would like to see. Usually we need to look inwards before we can look around in order to progress. Self- correction takes time, but by making decisions to take control and change our habits, we can make steady progress- discipline is the root of change!
We need to be in control of our lives working with God and the universe to better ourselves and reach personal fulfilment; the road to happiness. If we fail to do this, others will control us; sometimes so subtly that we don’t even notice. Take an honest look and strip your life back. Identify the areas you feel comfortable about and hold on to them. Anything that leaves you feeling ill at ease requires further exploration and correction- never be afraid to take back your power  and do make an attempt to understand why you lost it in the first place. This journey of discovery will lead back to you- your past, maybe your fears but until they are faced and you have gained understanding you will not be able to make any real change. Once you do change, the negative patterns in your life will stop repeating themselves.
The lesson here is to be yourself, lay claim to your true self so that you will be happy and at peace, sharing your sense of fulfilment which will encourage others to do the same. 

Jaz McKenzie
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