Superiority Inferiority

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Superiority and Inferiority

I’ve never really understood the drive many have to compete and compare people against each other, but I believe for most it is fueled by our individual values and ambitions in life. Such attitudes has spawned the rationale behind many wars and much of the hate, prejudice, and racism that is prevalent in society today. I have never had a desire to conquer the world, or conquer people. People helping each other has always been one of my greatest inspirations and my deepest desire is to always do whatever brings glory to God. Considering my faith many times love for God has caused Christians to go war, there is undeniably a time for everything.

Many times Christians fall short of the example of Jesus for we are as human as any other societal group. Throughout history we have seen  people of all kinds take on the face of evil and hypocrisy. All have fallen short of grace, but learn to stand back up on their own feet. In rash judgement many tend to exploit the good and bad we all posess. Everyone’s life is a personal journey, but we often find the most joy in like minds and like hearts. However, we live in a diverse world and will always face differences that will challenge our individual stances in life. Likewise, we will always face trials and tribulations that will reveal our individual character and hopes. Right now the most critical issue we face in society is the war for acceptance.

There has been so much debate on what it truly means to accept someone and to have unconditional love. In my eyes accepting people doesn’t mean you are forced to change who you are, nor does it mean you have to agree with other's individual life choices. Acceptance to me means you accept the humanity in us all. This means you choose to accept people at the most basic level-human. At the human level we are all the same, and the only thing superior is God our Creator. Faith in God empowers me to believe in universal love and a universal connection and this love doesn't come from nothing.

Anyone who lives in a state of defeat is unaware of their untapped, unlimited potential, strength, and priceless value. Anyone who forgets their stumbles and thinks they cannot fall is ignorant to the adversity that drives every character to be revealed. Is your opinion of yourself a reflection of how the majority sees you, or a reflection of how you choose to see the world? Be true to thyself and know who you are. Essentially, no one can tell you who you are and what you shall become because your path is driven by your own choices and beliefs. You decide, make a decision and own it. You live the struggle and you reap the consequences and rewards of your actions. Focusing on opposition and the faults of others and yourself only fuels a sense of false pride or loss. No one is immune and no one is privileged because at the end of our lives your life will speak for you. Life will speak to your memory and the peace of your soul. The greatest gift you have is your heart and the heart is where we truly connect not in the mind. Humility is often illogical and irrational to the simple minded, but it’s what separates us from the beast.

“A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.” 
― Eleanor Roosevelt, It Seems to Me: Selected Letters

 

To Your Happiness,

MJ. Ferren

NOAH 2014

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It’s been decades it seems since there was a biblical movie out in mainstream theater. I think the last few movies we saw were the classic Ben Hur and the Ten Commandments, which they usually broadcast every Easter on television. It seems with the rise of so many conflicting factors in society that Christianity and Christian based movies are not popular in the main stream. It’s interesting though because every year they come up with Christmas movies, but we know that the majority has taken the focus from Christ with Christmas for centuries. Now after so many years they come out with a Biblical based movie called Noah, starring mainstream actors such as one my favorites Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, and Jennifer Connolly.

You got to wonder what direction are they going to go with the Bible’s truth. From the trailer it looks fascinating to see where they may take the story, I just wonder if they were able to capture the integrity of the story. Something tells me though it may be nothing like the Ten Commandments in caliber, but it’s definitely a movie I want to be supportive enough to see. When most Christian movies go straight to DVD, as a Christian you want to support the effort to go mainstream, well if it doesn’t take anything away from who we are.

As we know from the Bible, God looked down on the earth as saw great sin, corruption and wickedness and found favor in no one except Noah and his family. He was extremely hurt and displeased and decided to start the world over. Consequently, he decided to flood the world for 40 days, he warned Noah years in advance who also warned the people. God finally instructed him to take only 2 of every kind of animal male and female and take them unto the ark.

For years people mocked and ridiculed Noah and thought he was crazy. I can imagine when the flood finally came the water was more so the tears of our heavenly father enveloping them. As we Christians we know that we are saved by faith alone, and God’s mercy, grace, and love is abundant through Christ. The flood came long before are Savior came, but God’s love is unchanging. He did not come to destroy, but to preserve. We strive daily to not take the Lord or his blessings out of context, but that is something Atheist and cinema can easily do.

From the moment the trailer for Noah debut on YouTube massive criticism from people came about slighting  Russell Crowe for portraying Noah, going so far as to call him a sellout for playing such a fantasy role in their eyes. Fantasy?! Why is there such as issue because it’s a biblical movie, and the context makes people so self –conscious. When is it politically correct to be a Christian? Why is it the whole world can speak, but we must temper what we say to sensitivities of others so, but the world can speak recklessly to us? Why would Russell Crowe be a sellout for playing Noah? Well we have to wait until 2014 to see how he plays this famously patient and humble man. Whether you are Christian or not I suggest you see this movie to see the depiction of Noah’s personal struggle with his faith.

Imagine how Noah may have saw the world, how he was being viciously attacked from inside and out, and how he knew God to be talking specifically to him. How can anyone process the value of their life among the loss of millions? Certainly, he must have fought his sanity as many speculated, but his faith held strong and he was saved. Noah is a powerful story because it truly teaches us about personal character and faith. Noah wasn’t a perfect man, but he still had the love of God in him and love for his neighbors.

If anything I hope this movie helps people step outside of themselves and go back to the Bible and read to grasp the reality of the story, and the concept of God’s true love.  From the Great Flood, to Sodom and Gomorrah, to Jesus, God’s mercy for his creation has always be incomprehensible and incomparable. It’s certainly not something we can grasp without looking outside the scope of ourselves, and not blaming the Creator for our own individual choices. God loves us so much he gives us freedom to choose who we want to be, but his love so profound it shows us who we really are.

Check out Noah trailer here! 

“What you are is God's gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.”

~ Hans Urs von Balthasar, Prayer 

 

To Your Happiness,

MJ. Ferren

 

 

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What's the one word that can help you achieve any goal?

Tony Robbins said that successful people do what failures won't do! He said, "When it seems impossible, when it seems like it's not going to work, you're usually just a few millimeters away!" 

It's like mining for diamonds and as you continue digging and digging through all the rocks and all the dirt, you stop... not realizing that you're only a few milimeters away from achieving your goal. 

However, if you adopt this one word in your mind, you'll dig until you've finally reached that goal and I'm sure the struggle you went through to get there will be well worth it. 

So what is that one word that I'm talking about?

The one word that can be described as the difference between a winner and a loser.

A successful person and one who simply fails. 

The one word is...

Committment! 

If one gives up on their goals, they're simply not committed. 

However, if you don't give up and you stay committed to what it is you truly want to achieve, then it's not a matter of "if" you'll achieve your goals. It's a matter of "when". 

This one word may seem obvious to many people. However, the question is, "Why aren't a lot of people adopting this into their lifestyle?" We can talk about all the struggles and obstacles that life throws our way. We can talk about all the hardships and tough times that we experience. 

However, at the end of the day... it's something we can all talk about, but not something we all have to allow to hold us back. You see, we all struggle in different ways and at different times in our lives. 

That's the beauty of success. You have to struggle and endure before you can truly get what it is that you want in life. It's not like buying a lottery ticket and hoping and praying to get lucky. 

To get what you want in life, you have to work for it. A big part of you continuing to move forward and work for your goal is to simply stay committed. 

This has to be the fuel deep inside of you that propels you're entire being to achieve. I'm talking deep down into your inner core. Some call it a core committment. 

A committment so strong, that you absolutely must achieve your goal. 

It starts with a decision and then a committment to that decision. 

That's really how we achieve anything. 

We decide we want to do something and we simply commit to doing it. 

The problem is that when one decides they don't want to do something, they too can simply commit to not doing something and they won't. 

It goes both ways and you have to understand that. One way will move you towards your goals and the other way will push you further. 

Be committed to being committed in life!

Later, 

JL Ferren

The Voice Within Team

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Quick Update

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Hey Team, 

     I know you haven't heard from me in a while. Things have been a little chaotic. However, in the mist of all this chaos, I haven't forgotten about you. I've been planning some things behind the scenes to really help you take your lifestyle to the next level. 

At the end of the day, I think that's a goal we're all here to achieve. So with that being said, I want to just encourage you to continue blogging daily and marketing so people can begin reading those blogs and taking action where necessary. 

If you feel like your stuck, trust and believe that you're not alone. I'll be putting up some videos soon that will help you take your blog from compexity to simplicity.

Honesty, with the new structure and format of the Blog Beast, it's just that much easier and it's time to really tap into that. 

With that being said, I want to leave you with a powerful quote I heard which, if you adopt this mindset you can really do wonderful things in life. Here it is: 

"Your career is what you're paid for. Your Passion is what you're MADE for!"

Here at Empower Network, we can help you not ony see what you're made for, but show you how to get paid for what you're made for. It's about time we take the "ME" out of MEdiocrity and live life on our own terms. Time waits for no one!

Talk to you soon, 

JL Ferren

The Voice Within Team

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To Love and to Cherish

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To Love and to Cherish

 

What does it take to get two people to profess their love and devotion for each other in front of God  and a select group of family and friends? Certainly it is love….mad love and faith, but I dare say it’s not human perfection, but maybe a little bit of human strength of heart in God's hands. There is a lot that can be said about romantic relationships between men and women, but few boldly go where many have gone before and stood the test of time. I like to look at senior couples. I admire them so much, and we can ask them so many questions, their wisdom is such a constant understatement.

 My mother and father for example, have been married over 35 years, without any breaks, but many hardships and fallouts especially in the beginning. My father always said no matter what they went through he could rely on her loyalty and her friendship, which helped him hold fast to their commitment. My mother always told me there was no man like my father and she always respected him like no other. So I get two critical pearls out of that which one is friendship and  the other is knowing that your loved one is utterly uncomparable.

In this day and age I see so many people falling in lust, or falling in love with ideas of people. Many marriages don’t make it past the first 3 years. Many single men and women feel they must find Mr. or Ms. Perfection before they can settle down and marry, but yet they offer up their bodies in the meanwhile. In actuality, they treat theirselves as temporary agents for love. What can your body speak for you? More so what does perfection mean? I believe perfection in humanity can be found together in what I call scars rather than flaws. After all are not all humans broken and yet whole, fighting our own little wars?

Love gives us something real to fight for something tangible and untangible. Love fights for love and when you know love you never truly can give up the fight. Yet so many give up when the fight seems to get too rough. I don’t believe all is fair in love and war. However, I do believe in honor and when you love someone you work to honor them in your heart and in your manner, but guess what that takes plenty humility.  By humility your constantly sacrificing your pride and deflating your ego, but keeping it in a healthy place. Honor is not pride.

My husband and I have been married 10 years now this month, and we have been through it. Like my mother and father and many other married  couples our first 5 years of marriage seemed to be the most critical times of our lives,and in recent years circumstances really tested our personal strength. With that being said, we haven’t made it this far because of simply our vows, or our 3 georgeous children, we made it because of grace and all that comes with it. When I look at young couples today I like to think what can I offer them in advice or support and the only thing I can think of is the truth of what really has worked for me because everyone is essentially different, but we all have the same goal and that is to weather all the storms.

 Winter, spring, summer or fall God’s love will get you through it all. We all have our seasons in our relationships, but they are constant and each has its blessings. Sure we may always want it to feel like spring and summer, but hey you can always roll in the autumn leaves, or cozy up to the fire in winter. I have two things that have worked for me and my hubby over the years I would like you to read and reflect over them and see how you feel.

We’ll here we go here’s 2 things that have kept me and my Boo stuck together like PB&J.

1.   We don’t have to impress eachother.

       My husband has been with me at a size 2 all the way to a size 16. (Now I'm somewhere in between...lol) I’ve been thicker than snicker, pimple faced and cut off all my hair. He has seen me through 3 pregnancies and whether I’m looking rough or aliiight he always makes me feel like I’m sexy with how he looks, speaks, and touches me. He actually makes me feel ashamed for feeling so self-conscious of myself sometimes.

Likewise, my husband doesn’t have to impress me with how he dresses or how much he spends on our kids or me.  The key here is we truly accept eachother and can be ourselves without fear of overly critical judgement. Sure we speak our minds, but we don’t work to put eachother down, or be ungrateful.

 

2.  We are friends. Friendship is the core of any positive working relationship.

       Before my husband and I were even married he was buying me maxi pads and midol pills for my cramps and he hates even being seen holding my purse for something. I tell you something else after he bought them he rubbed my belly for hours, all before he said he even loved me. My point is I can count on him  to help me out through my weakest times, whether I need simple conversation,  or quiet care. In sickness, and in health, couples should be there for eachother and be like each other’s best friend.

        A lot of essential elements of marriage naturally stem from friendship, which I believe is the beginning of love. In friendship you first begin to learn how to truly treat and respect people. How can you not fall in love? I believe when we begin to fall out of love it is because there is something that you want to change about the person you care about ….something then becomes unacceptable. Relationships are about natural growth, but not metamorphosing into something unrecognizeble. Many couples that last last because they fell in love with people at the core not at the surface and they compliment each other not in words, but by just being.

To love and to cherish until the end of time is a greater goal then death do us part. For when really does time end? Time speaks of eternity. One’s goal should then be to love forever and eternity and to never part, except maybe to breathe more air into kisses. God bless. :-) 

"Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself.

Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever." ~Bob Marley

 

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To Your Happiness,

MJ. Ferren

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