A New Year & A New You

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This is what the Lord says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” —Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 (Read all of Isaiah 43)

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

The year is gone, finished, past. We cannot reclaim it or undo it. We cannot rest on the great distance it has brought us. If tomorrow dawns, it will be another day, a new opportunity, and the time to show our faith in Jesus as Lord. Let’s journey forward, knowing that God already inhabits the future and promises to provide us refreshment on our journey there.

My Prayer…

Lord of all eternity, please help me to learn from my mistakes this past year, but not to dwell on them. Please help me not rest on my accomplishments in this past year, but use them to further your work in me and through me. Please help me not quarrel with those who injured me yesterday, last month, or this past year. Instead, O Father, lead me in your paths and help me see your mighty works this next year. In Jesus’ name and by his power I ask it. Amen.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The source of this post is not known. It is quoted from my daily devotional reading.

Women’s rights & freedom of responsible choice

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In the week that has followed International Women’s Day, I have read with interest some very impressive statistics on the progress women have made over the years. Earning the right to vote, ascension to leadership in Fortune 500 companies, success in male-dominated professions and legislation protecting safety, pay scales and employment access were in the mix of articles and social media posts published on or around March 8.

In spite of the progress, we must lament the fact that far too many women with limited access to economic opportunities continue to be persuaded or forced into prostitution and human trafficking situations, where they are sexually exploited for the profit and entertainment of unscrupulous men.

Just one month before International Women’s Day, the 2015 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition was released with the model on the cover removing her bikini bottom, leaving very little to the imagination. Appallingly outrageous!

But before you think I’m going to take a prudish position on this, I’ll say that I am thrilled that feminism has earned women the right to make our own choices. We can boldly be who we want to be, choose what we wear and how we wear or not wear what we want to wear. Bravo!

What I find appalling is the consensual use of a woman’s body as a sexual object to market men’s entertainment products. I am disappointed that the model on the Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover has chosen to have her body used in this way. It does nothing to uplift the portrayal and image of women and it is a slap in the face to the many women and men who are working so very hard to build respect and gender equality.

It is unfortunate that the media is neither an enabler nor a game changer in the quest for genuine gender equality. The 2014 Hollywood Diversity Report states that 74.4% of leading roles in Hollywood movies are portrayed by men. With the majority of movies telling men’s stories and women who too often play secondary roles as lovers, wives and girlfriends, it is no small wonder that stereotypes of women as sex objects continue to be perpetuated.

I am not advocating censure. I am advocating opportunities and choices for women to be positively portrayed in the media, which influences public perceptions. Bearing in mind that men make up approximately 50% of the population, women need to make responsible choices about the opportunities they accept in the domains of advertising and entertainment. In spite of any progress women make in the corporate, academic or any other field of economic activity, the portrayal of women in the media holds an even greater influence on the way in which women are perceived and treated by men.

I stand fully behind the programs that support women’s professional development. Kudos to the women and men who have launched projects to increase the proportion of women on corporate boards and in senior leadership positions. But since we believe in freedom of choice, not all women will choose to ascend the corporate hierarchical ladder, if and where it exists, in the new corporate world order.

The focus must be on empowering women and girls to develop their talents in whichever field they desire, and to have the self-confidence to decline offers of economic gain that objectify them for the benefit of men’s entertainment.

Christ in you, the hope of glory.  That’s why glory matters.

@Glorymatters

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Part 2: Find your purpose: The limitless potential of the child of God

FINDING OUR PURPOSE

This is the second part of a series of blog posts on The Limitless Potential of the Child of God.  In Part 1, I established that we have the divine nature of God and that with the mind of Christ, we can understand what our God-given purpose is on earth.  In Part 2, I will share my thoughts on how to find our purpose.

You will realize that you are not limited in your potential when you find and pursue your God-given purpose on this earth.  Generally speaking, most people find their purpose when they come to an understanding of the events in the past and the present.  Can you see a common thread of God’s direction in your life?  Are there skills which seem to be more intuitive and natural to you?  Is there something that you really love doing?  How has God brought you to love what you do?  Your purpose is usually the thing(s) that you love doing.

With an attitude of self-acceptance, you won’t first consider what others think you should be doing, rather the priority will be to do precisely what feels right for you.  Even if the negative, doubtful reactions of people seem to make sense to you, if you’re seeking God’s perfect will, you will know what is true and right for you.  God in you will empower you to stand firmly in your awareness of your purpose.  You will know that you possess the inherent ability to do what you were put here to do as you will be convinced that there is no limit to your God-given potential.  You will make your dreams – that is, what you are sure of in faith – a reality.  You will think clearly and calmly and act creatively and effectively to make the transformation of that which you see through the eyes of faith come forth in reality.  You cannot do it without faith in God and in the confidence He places in you to do it!

LIMITLESS POTENTIAL

Take courage and liberate yourself from the limiting visions of this physical world.  Connect with the Source of all creation and all power through your  faith. See with the eyes of faith.  Use the mind of Christ within you to gain a deeper understanding of your purpose here on earth and fulfill it.  Paul implores us to “not be conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good and acceptable and the perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

Begin rejecting any limiting thoughts that are undermining your faith or telling you that you cannot believe.  You will find that as you see yourself abiding in God, your self-esteem and confidence will never be shaken.  By God’s grace, you are who you are.  You are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26).  You are therefore a clear manifestation of God’s perfect and infinite love.  You are empowered to act lovingly and in all goodness to achieve the unlimited potential which God has placed in you.  With your awareness of this truth, you cannot have a negative image of yourself.  You cannot feel disrespected, denigrated nor rejected by anything or anyone.

Armed with this awareness and conviction, success comes naturally and you live a victorious life in Christ knowing that the Kingdom of God is here on earth for you.

In Part 3, I will speak about overcoming obstacles to the fulfilment of your purpose.

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