Using Your Power for Good and not Evil

The power is ours!

Life’s events, good and/or bad, happen to us all.

How we choose to react to them is something no one can take from us; we can use the experience as a great opportunity to learn and move forward.

In fact these experiences can cause a heart of gratefulness.

Why?

Often our abilities are discovered when we are placed in trying circumstances. We are given the choice to use them, our abilities (power) for good and influence others.

I witnessed a great example of this when watching a talent show. The young contestant was only 15 years old and had lived a life of pain that many would have been crushed by.

Prior to her performance (which was OUTSTANDING), she shared how she had lived in over 100 homes as a foster child, before being placed with the lady who she now calls ‘friend’. This influential woman has cared for her for the past 3 years, providing genuine love, care and unconditional support. Displaying a great example of the use of her abilities (power) for good.

This was clearly evident, not only in her physical support by being there and encouraging her to enter this competition, but also in the long and necessary legal process required for this dream to be fulfilled.

The young girl shared how she had used her pain and hurt from her experiences of life to develop her singing, as reflecting back on all the pain she had lived through caused her anger to be reignited.  It was in fact, her anger that fuelled her desire to sing, as it became a way in which she could dissipate her feelings and resentment of this pain. She chose to use her ability (power) for good.

Our Influence can be both encouraging and inspirational.

Watching this challenged me as to how I could use the experiences of my own life, my pain and hurt to encourage and inspire others. How could I turn my disappointment of what has happened ‘to’ me, to be ‘for’ me?

Not only was her performance an example for others, the words of the song she choose were very appropriate. They also caused me to ponder on how I could re-evaluate the situations in my life and be a better example for others.

As I re-read this song, I remind myself that it is about the climb, the journey that I take in life and the lessons I learn along the way. And that I should do all that I can to make the choice to use any influence that I may have for good.

Life is not about the destination… it is about the climb!

Deb
Xx

The song performed was:

The Climb

I can almost see it
That dream I am dreaming
But there’s a voice inside my head saying
“You’ll never reach it”

Every step I’m taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking

But I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

The struggles I’m facing
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I’m not breaking

I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I’m gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep going

And I, I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on

‘Cause there’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb, yeah!

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Somebody’s gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb, yeah!

Keep on moving, keep climbing
Keep the faith, baby
It’s all about, it’s all about the climb
Keep the faith, keep your faith, whoa

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"Undaunted" by Christine Caine

A book I will read again!

The story that Christine shares is personal and impacting, full of honesty and openness. I related to so much of what she had to share and was extremely encouraged.

Christine is with no doubt a woman of faith, but it is the way in which she openly shares the journey of faith, including the thoughts of doubt and question and the wonder of how it will all work out that for me was the greatest encouragement.

I often feel like a lesser woman of faith when I begin to doubt, yet what I learnt from this real life story is that is the action which we take that will bring us closer to the purpose we were designed for.

I was also reminded that, from my own dark and depressive experiences, I can be used to empower and equip others; but it takes the desire to not only want change but to hang on tight to it, grip it well and move forward with it every day.

This is my first Christine Caine book, one I picked up from a recommendation, and I am so glad that I did. Christine writes in an easy to read fashion, but I found it was her honesty and humbleness before God that captured me.

I do recommend this book as a great read, but be prepared to be challenged whilst also very encouraged to become someone who is UNDAUNTED!

Deb
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