Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Meditations on Love pt 3

Because of His great love with which He loved me, God, who is rich in mercy, has raise me up together, and made me sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus that in the ages  to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward  me in Christ Jesus. (Eph. 2:4-7) 

I walk in love as Christ also has loved me and given Himself for me an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. (Eph. 5:2) 

Grace is with me for I love my Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. (Eph. 6:24) 

I am taught by God to love one another (1 Th. 4:9) 

My Lord Jesus Christ and God my Father, who has loved me and given me everlasting consolation and good hope  by grace, comforts my heart and establishes me in every good word and work. (2 Th. 2:16, 17) 

I love the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ and there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness. (2 Tim. 4:8) 

I have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, my God, has anointed me with the o il of gladness. (Heb. 1:9) 

I love the Lord and endure temptations and overcome them and receive the crown of life. (James 1:12) 

I love God and He has chosen me to be rich in faith and an heir of the kingdom. (James 2:5) 

I fulfill the royal law according to Scripture for I love my neighbor as myself. (James 2:8) 

I love Jesus and rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory. (1 Pet. 1:8) 

I have purified my soul in obeying the truth through the spirit in sincere love of the brethren. I love one another fervently with a pure heart.  (1 Pet. 1:22) 

I love my Christian brethren and I abide in the light and there is no cause of stumbling in me. (1 Jn. 2:10) 

I do not love the world or the things that are in the world because the love of the Father is in me. (1 Jn. 2:15) 

I know that I have passed from death to life because I love the brethren.  (1 Jn. 3:14) 

I do not love in word or tongue only but I also love in deed and in truth.  (1 Jn. 3:18) 

God’s commandment to me is that I believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another. (1 Jn. 3:23) 

I love one another for love is of God. I love because I am born of God and I know God for God is love. (1 Jn. 4:7, 8) 

God abides in me and I love one another and His love is perfected in me. I have known and believed the love that God has for me. God is love and I abide in Him because I abide in love and God abides in me. (1 Jn. 4:12, 16) 

My love has been perfected and I have boldness in the Day of Judgment; because as He is so am I in the world. (1 Jn. 4:17) 

I have no fear in love because perfect love casts out fear. I love Him because He first loved me. (1 Jn. 4:18, 19) 

I love Jesus and those who are begotten of Him. By this I know that I love the children of God, when I love God and keep His commandments. (1 Jn. 5:1, 2) 

God makes Satan and all his cohorts to bow down before my feet and to know that God has loved me. (Rev. 3:9) 

Always Have A Plan B

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. Because many things don’t go as well as we would like them to, it’s a great idea to have a “Plan B.” Having fallback plans can’t help but make you feel better about the  outcome  of  any  situation,  and  it  is  a  common denominator among very self-confident people.

Anyone  who  has  had  more  than  one  failure  in her  life  can  tell  you  that  having  another  path  to  take probably saved her bacon a time or two. I’m a big one for  contingency  plans.  If  you  are  an  entrepreneur,  in the  arts  or  media,  or  you  have  all  your  eggs  in  one basket, a Plan B is essential.

Knowing that if you lose the farm you have a condo you can go to makes you feel safer in the world. I know a number of people who have motor homes, and one of the reasons they do is, as they jokingly say, it’s their “in case” home. During the last big earthquake here in Los  Angeles,  many  people  who  had  them  were  very grateful—and those of us who didn’t were envious.

With the world economy in turmoil, creating some kind of additional income stream is also a good idea. The jeweler who is also a great designer or builder, the computer  geek  who  can  also  teach  school,  or  the  PR person  who  is  a  closet  novelist  can  all  find  a  way  to thrive even if their current position disappears.

Backup  plans  don’t  have  to  be  new  ideas—I continue  to  use  aspects  of  everything  I’ve  ever  done. My days on stage playing guitar have made me a better public speaker, which makes me a good radio host. The energy  I  put  into  songs  and  poems  has  helped  them become columns and books.
The years I spent running my  own  business  give  me  the  insight  to  help  others streamline theirs. 

And all of my experiences have made me  a  confident  and  successful  therapist.  Every  talent and  ability  you  have  can  be  built  upon  and  also  used again.  Not  that  I’d  ever  again  want  to  be  on  a  tour bus with six smelly guys for eight weeks, but if I had to I could still put food on the table by humming and strumming.

There’s  another  potential  upside  here:  Sometimes your  original  plan  and  your  backup  can  work  at  the same time. I still counsel, consult, write, and speak to groups all over the world. In years when the speaking business  got  very  slow  (such  as  after  9/11  and  then the  financial  crisis),  I  spent  more  time  writing  and counseling.

When  there  was  a  lull  between  books, I  put  more  energy  into  my  radio  show  and  business consulting, and did pro-bono events. Having multiple options gives you the sense that, if any one thing went away, you’d have other gigs that would more than fill the gap.

So get a little creative. Look at your past accomplishments and your current talents. A Plan B is only an idea away. By the way, this Plan B thing works in life, but not in relationships. Having a backup mate is only going to erode your current relationship and cause heartache for everyone involved. Enough said.


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