Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Fruitfulness

Written by Andrei Yashurin

At some stage of our spiritual development, we’ve got to realize thatrepparttar laws of life are often paradoxical. With such and understanding it is much easier to handle all seeming failures, which are mainly caused by our addiction to linear thinking.

One ofrepparttar 127063 greatest paradoxes of life is that people don’t become happy by pursuing happiness.

Of course, some people do not pursue happiness at all – they lost their illusions long time ago, and their main goal is to get by, or, perhaps, to gain a small advantage over others. They are doing what is natural for a natural person, so there is no reason to condemn them. But how about those idealists who believe that life is governed by spiritual principles,repparttar 127064 ones that people can know and apply for their benefit? Is it worthwhile for them to strive and to pray, asking God to make them happy?

My personal experience, and experience of some people I know proves thatrepparttar 127065 answer to this question is NO. Every time someone set his (her) mind to pursue happiness, he (she) is doomed for a disappointment.

Have you ever heard phrases like that: "Let someone come to my life and make me happy", or "I will be truly happy when I’ll get this thing" ? The basic problem ofrepparttar 127066 most seekers of happiness is that they look for it outside of themselves, but happiness just doesn’t belong torepparttar 127067 world of things, or even human relationships. Truly, when we get what we want, or meet "the right" person, we experience fulfillment – but only for a short time. Unhappiness is a state of mind, and unless we deal with it at its root, it will eventually poison our prosperity and even our "ideal" relationships.

There is also another category of people, who believe that happiness comes from an inside, from our intimate relationships with God, and they do their best to cultivate those relationships through prayer, meditation and religious observances. They are closer torepparttar 127068 truth, but still don’t comprehend it, and still don’t happy. Why? Because when people say "I need nothing but God to make me happy", they continue to remain self-centered and blind to what He wants to do in their life.

I guess, most of us have been acquainted with unhappy religious zealots, and wondered why God’s promise of an abundant life does not work for them.

Possibility Thinking and Service

Written by Andrei Yashurin

Possibility thinking has to do with possibilities to serve, to give, to contribute, to make a difference, to make our world a better place. Only such an attitude is worthy of our consideration. To follow Christ means to serve, and Jesus plainly stated that service is not only a commandment - it isrepparttar only way for us to become great as human beings.

“Whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant” (Mark 10:43).

Jesus Himself wasrepparttar 127062 greatest servant. The Bible shows us in John 13 how He humbled Himself and washedrepparttar 127063 feet of repparttar 127064 disciples, giving us one ofrepparttar 127065 best examples of how true possibility thinkers think and act. Can we learn something from Him? Certainly! Every time this story comes to my mind, I am reminded ofrepparttar 127066 profound truth:

Possibility thinkers serve out of their inner awareness.

“Jesus, knowing thatrepparttar 127067 Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God...” (John 13:3), saysrepparttar 127068 Scripture.

Possibility thinkers serve out of their awareness of who they are.

We are like Jesus. We came from God, and we are going to God, because we belong to God. We all are sons and daughters of God, and there are no exceptions. True Christian life starts for usrepparttar 127069 moment we come to an understanding of this fact.

Do we realize our position in God’s eyes? What value do we attach to it? Do we treasure our relationships withrepparttar 127070 Father above all else, like Jesus did, or, perhaps, they seem to be a secondary thing for us? It is easy to know. We just need to ask ourselves some additional questions: Can we be manipulated by praise or blame of others? Do we strive for outward acceptance and recognition? To a degree people allow it to happen in their life, they lack true realization of who they are. Jesus was able to say, “I do not receive honor from men" (John 5:41) not because He was haughty, but because He was totally secure in His union withrepparttar 127071 Father.

Possibility thinkers serve out of an abundance of their resources.

“Jesus, knowing thatrepparttar 127072 Father had given all things into His hands...” (John 13:3).

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