We will never finish the book if we get stuck on the same chapter.

We will never finish the book if we get stuck on the same chapter. (Ron Ash)

Many times we get stuck in the past and concentrate on it so fully that we put the future on hold indefinitely.  The energy which we exert on rehearsing or visualizing the past causes us to miss out on the future.  In this we chose to forfeit the rest of God’s plan for us and put off our ultimate destiny.  -Ron Ash

It is all how we look at things.

It is all in how we look at things.  I wrote a great example in “The Apostle’s Recipe for Happiness” called “Storm Days.”  In this story a multitude of negative events had taken place in the day.  Finally, mentally and physically drained I stood still at the end of my eight car driveway.  It was me, my driveway and a plastic snow shovel.  It was just after midnight when I began to see things as they really were and found so many things to be thankful for right down to that shovel.  As this occurred to me and I thanked God an incredible power came over me and I was filled with Spirit.  All my pain left my body and soul.  I was engulfed with an incredible energy and thought, “Time and patience.  All I will need is time and patience.”

In gratitude I found strength.  The hallway was shortened.  The door to the next level in my journey was right in front of me.  That snow shovel was not just a tool for that storm, that storm was a tool for a lifetime.

Empathy is the hallway and love is the doorway.  -Ron Ash

Passing Through the Flame…

Many use the analogy of passing through flames unscathed.  In this it is exhibited that when we are under the anointing of God’s love we are protected.  We will pass through the flames of life’s misfortune without being harmed.  However, when we concentrate on the fire it is intensified.

It makes me wonder about that whole walking across hot coals thing.  It is probably one of the most well known “mind over matter” examples of all times.  My friend Heather had the experience not long ago, but I never investigated her experience.  All I remember was the excitement in her voice when she told me the string of experiences she had over that week away.  I can only guess, from my experiences with other things, that it would only be possible for one who could convince themselves that the coals were cool and soothing to the flesh. 

So how would we apply this concept to our everyday lives?  Maybe we would convince ourselves that we enjoy a coworker we can’t stand.  Perhaps we look at a long drive to work as a chance to be alone and meditate on what we want our lives to be, practice visualization or state our affirmations.  In this we have transformed the negative chore into the positive opportunity for self improvement.   -Ron Ash

When Our Spirits are High…

I remember an old commercial in which a man desperately needed to get to his medicine closet.  He stood up on his feet and looked down an ever expanding hallway.  At the very end was his medicine cabinet which contained the non prescription medication he needed.  The worse he felt about making the journey the further away his destination became.

That is how our universe is set up too.  When our spirits are high the journey is quick and painless, but when we concentrate on the negative aspects of it we become engulfed with the negative.  These negative emotions drain us of our essence and energy thus causing us to become spiritually void and detached from God’s energy.  -Ron Ash

Our Words Fuel the Fire…

The further off we are from Him the longer are the hallways.  They seem to go on forever as we drag our feet every inch of the way.  It is in the feelings, our emotions, that we slow our journey and increase our hardships.  By saying what we don’t want and exclaiming to the world, “I am not happy!  I am depressed!  I am tired!”  We become exactly that.  Our words are the fuel to the fire in which we have cursed ourselves to be cast.   -Ron Ash

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Hallways and Doorways

Yes, there are many hallways that lead to the doorways that will bring us through the next level of our infinite journey.  It is but a necessity of travel on which we must learn the skills we need to continually grow in Spirit.  Often we will tire, but we shall never grow weary for it is in Him that we gain the strength, knowledge and wisdom to move forward on the path which He intends for us to follow.  -Ron Ash

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