Be careful of the advice you give

002When you influence other people in a negative way you are partly responsible for any consequences your influence brought to said person. both you and the other person are responsible for any negative outcome, so be careful of the advice you give and be aware of the consequences of your actions.

So I say if you are to influence others do so in a good and positive way. Be an example for others to follow for how you act and react to the world is observed by those around you. So be always thoughtful about your words and actions.

I am who I am because of the choices I had made throughout my life. Each yes, no and maybe that I had said set in motion my destiny and helped form me into the person I am today. I am totally responsible for what I am today and I accept that fact. Knowing that I am the captain of my destiny empowers me to change course and find a new destiny and change who I am to be.

Ray Barbier

3D worlds and more

Well today I am going to promote an 3D environment I build in all the time, it’s called Active Worlds. Active Worlds has been around since the 90’s and has come along way since then. Here is a brief description from their about page.Logo Active Worlds 5.1

Activeworlds hosts a Universe of over 1000 3D virtual reality worlds. In these worlds you can choose from a vast array of avatars that fit your personality (or your perceived personality – that’s half the fun!). You can then move about, play online games, shop and make friends with people from all over the planet. You can even stake claim to a piece of land and build your own virtual home, mansion, estate or castle! If you like to travel, there is plenty to explore.

You can even purchase your own world, galaxy and universe to build within. If your into 3D reality then this is the place to go see.

http://www.activeworlds.com

Faith plays such a important part

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Faith, Why is it so important? Does Faith really make a difference in getting prayers answered and does it help one through their daily lives? Well faith is defined as belief or trust in something, so having faith is to trust in God and also believing in him and his promises. How I understand it is that faith plays such an important part in enriching our lives and getting prayers answered is that by believing and putting our trust in God we open up the door for God to work in our lives. Of course God can help us with or without faith involved but I believe he wishes for us to come to him trustingly and in full belief so that we can have a personal relationship with him. The more we trust and believe in God the more we seem to be able to see his works around us and also the more our eyes are open to the gifts he has already laid around us that we have overlooked or could not see before.

I believe he answers all our prayers, just sometimes we are too blind or deaf to see or hear his answers. Then there are times his silence or inaction is the answer to the prayer.  The thing we must remember is God will give us all that we need if we ask, but he is rarely concerned with our unnecessary wants or desires. He desires the happiness of his children and the upkeep of the physical, mental and spiritual health of his children. He wants all of us to love one another unconditionally, to be as the children of God he designed us to be.  He put the challenges of different colors, languages, culture and even religious beliefs between us in order to teach us how to love one another in an unconditional manner. Without challenges for the human spirit there is no growth or change, he wishes for us to grow both mentally and spiritually. One of the biggest challenges I believe God set before his children is dealing with the Ego or the self, he teaches us that we should be submissive to his will and we have the natural desire to be selfish which makes that a great challenge for us to overcome.

Ray Barbier

 

A few Bible Verses about Faith

Matthew 17:20

He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. "

Matthew 21:21

Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.

1 Peter 1:5-9

who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.  In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.  Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,  for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

1 Corinthians 13:2

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

 

Ephesians 2:8

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–

Just a few thoughts on a Friday morning 11-9-2012

2007 Pacific typhoon season

Once again we have learned how unprepared most of us are for natural disaster with Super Storm Sandy. Most of us do not have enough provisions to make it through more than a few days to a week and very few of us have back up power such as a generator. Though for the most part we can survive without electricity but clean drinking water and ready to eat food that requires no heating or MRE’s like our military uses most of us do not have enough of or any at all. Though chances are low most of us will ever experience such tragic circumstances such as a natural disaster it is still a possibility so we should at least be somewhat prepared out of safety. A months supply of Water and Food should be at least the minimum we should have on hand and some basic first aid supplies would also be prudent. At the very least it would be a good idea to have a source of fresh and clean drinking water, the human body can survive without food for quite a long time but water it can not last beyond a few days to about a week.

Just a few thoughts on a Friday morning

Ray Barbier

My own self

p10104 There has been times in my life I allowed my low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence to stop me from getting a good job or just getting a job done. The only thing that stood in my way of getting the job or doing the job was my own self. Like others I allowed my fears, insecurities and self-doubt to limit me and keep me from the possibilities that were before me. It is so easy to excuse your way through life, never to face change and never to leave your comfort zone. The cost of living in such a way in the end is quite high, you miss so much of life and you never get to experience life as the person you were born to be.

I have learned you can blame others for the bad things in your life all you want, but the truth is that you alone make the choices that creates what your life is like, going to change into and ultimately will become. It is your choice if you allow others to influence and/or control aspects of your life. Others only have the power that you allow them to have over you and your life.

tpl0008So it all boils down to what choices you make and what external influences you allow to play a part in your life. The choice is always yours, even when you choose to allow others to make a choice for you.

Your life is the sum of the experiences you have had and the choices you have both made and avoided.

Ray Barbier

be their helpers in every way possible

MP900427738  Helping those who are in need and that are unable to help themselves is not only feeding, clothing, housing or caring for their physical needs it is also caring for their spiritual and emotional needs as well. We are supposed to be their helpers in every way possible. We are to be their best friend, mentor, brother / sister and so on. They are fellow human beings and fellow children of God so they are a part of our great extended family through God and Christ. It all boils down to having and giving the same kind of love God and Jesus has given us. We should take care of each other as if we were family, we shouldn’t see others as separate from our family in Christ. Christ taught compassion towards all people, regardless of race, sex and even religion. How are we to win the hearts of those who don’t know Christ if we shun them for believing differently. That just closes the doors to their hearts and minds to us and to Christ as well.

We are supposed to be good examples of both God and  Jesus’s  love and their mercy not Judgmental and hurtful.

Ray Barbier