Christmas – the most joyous of the Holidays. It is my personal favorite. Home for the holidays brings a warmth to the heart unlike all the others. Children in eager anticipation of fun and the excitement of Santa Clause’s arrival at their home. Entertaining with close friends and relatives reaches its highest point of the year. Powerful church services bring heightened emotions with their barrage of familiar songs. These are all the trappings of the final days of the year – the ultimate joy of the successful harvest and the birth of the Savior, light unto the world!
Everything there is and ever will be comes from the infinite mind of God. God created all the people. He created the people that love him and the people that hate him. He created the good guys and he created the bad guys. God created and sent us Jesus. He also created and sent all of history’s most notorious rouges. All of the people that have ridden this planet, and any other planet out there, have come from the mind of God.
It is sad to see historically how much human energy is spent convincing others of religious superiority when everyone comes from the same infinite mind of God. War after war, game after game, terror act after terror act, atrocity after atrocity seem to be continually played out to convince some innocent soul of religious righteousness. Jesus was sent as the perfect example of correct living. Other major religious and non-religious leaders have set out to show reasonable paths of human experience. Many of these are good. But, when a vicious few declare it is their way or the highway, then all their credibility in the human experiment is lost.
This is not to imply that there are never any reasons for vigorous discussion or even fights about what is right or wrong. But there must be some limits and some unity of purpose by an entire planet load of people trying to live and prosper together.
Hard work beats working smart every time. The concept of working smart is promoted by self-help geniuses and other common folklore to lure the lazy into believing there are quick fixes to achieving goals. Positive thinkers believe they can go around, go over, or go through a mountain of problems. In reality the only way through the mountain is by tunnel. Only the successful are willing to slug it out through the muck and dirt, drilling and hauling their way through the mountains of obstacles to reach their goals.
The problem with positive thinking is the thinking part. Those who wish to dream about positive possibilities are missing the most important element – taking action. Action is the most important element of a thought. It is the “power of doing” that yields the achievement of the goal.