"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." - Matthew 5:14-15 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * "The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness..." - Matthew 6:22
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ NOTE: Regardless of my 2012 vs my 2017 outlook on people expectation, or the affect of simple glances (as the Christian initiative, given mindsets of the average human beings in their daily grind with there standard outlooks) I went forward with testing things out regardless..
If you read things in the bible on how they 'imply' then shouldn't we all try and be witnesses? I turned out to be only a saint but I'm still pushing year 70 at you! There's no other option! ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
"Spirit of the Lord" (Soaking Music) By Lisa Lim
BUTTERFLY'S WILL FLY
REQUIREMENTS: Sincere Eye Contact and Ability to Smile:)
WARNING: I wrote a bit much, I'd say I'm sorry but I'm not. I'm also not sorry about my consistent inconsistent and incorrect punctuation and grammar, if there is any. As long as the context and meaning of the words get through - so that you catch an understanding - that's what matters. (Plus I doesn't always write good englwish)
If you look at pictures of yourself 30 minutes a day - if you can - try and cut down to 25 minutes. You likely are good looking, so why not be thankful for your good looks and make the most of it by lifting up someone else? Besides the impact diet, exercise, & use of material things can have on your appearance - did you really do anything to look as you do? Is it really that big of a deal given we're all dealt different cards?
If you think it's a burden to go the extra mile for someone, you might be surprised. A confident person that can smile simple or big - that can make meaningful eye contact - can have great influence on others and themselves in many hidden ways.
Have you heard the phrase "Love is Contagious?" If something is contagious, then there should be less difficulty in it spreading correct?
A confident woman goes out of her way to acknowledge and smile at a shy awkward looking guy - who because the world judges on appearances - is often ignored and left forgotten in the shadows. The woman doesn't even realize the superhuman powers she may have just unleashed by this simple interaction. A new sales person may get 49 "NO's" but the 1 YES makes everything worth it. That one YES becomes the butterfly. (On a separate note, click here to see FTE shadow profile (2019)
Her caring eyes and uplifting smile planted a seed of confidence in him. Because the timing was right in his life, this seed of confidence is now ready to grow. The shy "Shadow Walker" now subconsciously thinks to himself - "Maybe I'm not invisible after all? Is it my time to step out of the shadows?"
The woman who daily accepts the light burden of looking to lift others up - or offer a helping hand - has the power to make change. She has the power to make someone's day with the glance of her eyes and the brightness of her smile. Out of Love she went the extra mile to acknowledge a stranger who was at a point in his walk when he needed acknowledgement.
Little does the woman know, but she has created a Butterfly Effect of change for the betterment of his life. This Shadow Walker with low confidence - like many others who stay in the shadows - have extreme untapped potential, so often being overlooked. So often forgotten in the shadows.
That one well received smile and moment of eye contact allows the shy guy to change his mentality from pessimistic to positive. Hope for better instead of assumption for the worse. He doesn't even understand what this new confidence will do in his life, but he has hope now. For some reason, people are actually starting to be drawn to him unlike anytime ever before...What is going on? Since when have I been contagious to be around? Gotta be the new cologne right? No Mr. Shadow walker, your attitude is right and now God has given you spiritual healing and a new strength within you.
The woman has activated the Shadow Walker to the next step of his desired progression in his own life, where he is now ready to conquer the daily fears holding him captive to his real desires. He, like us all, a prisoner to the thoughts that hold us back...the thoughts of fear we must conquer to succeed in this life.
Ignited with confidence soaring high, the Shadow Walker decides it is time to step out of the shadows. There is nothing wrong with being in the shadows if that's your choice, but this guy decides he wants to test the waters...and for once things actually go smooth (after one encounter first that normally would have discouraged him but didn't). Something in him is different, more steadfast to the floods of emotions caused by the fear that blocked his fruitful productivity desires. What's next? Will he create a much needed mutually beneficial friendship at work? Will that promotion finally come? Something good will happen no matter what!
Maybe this newfound confidence triggers him to take a chance and ask out the girl that he can't shake out of his mind? Instead of going down the awkward path of asking her out in a manner where you try to impress someone in a way the world would approve of (instead of being yourself) he just goes with the flow, completely relaxed with all his normal quirks. Things aren't make or break anymore. Why be anything but me? Something that otherwise wouldn't have worked out with the girl just did. It happened. Even before he knows it, God is working in his life. Even if she turns out to be a nag hag, you made the right move for the needed development! (Though what crimes do the average males commit to their pretty spouses?)
Oh the blessings of Love to follow in his life, all ignited by the smile of that confident woman with that pleasant smile, she was the hidden hero willing to look into the shadows and light up the darkness with her smile. Willing to smile 49 times if it means one butterfly will fly.
An act of kindness, through love of others, has countless more positive ways to spread and take affect than an act without love or no act at all. The Shadow Walker is now ignited, yet still only a shadow of the person he is destined to become says Jesus Christ knowing your personality in year 4,000,000 in eternity.
On the surface, the added responsibility of always going the extra mile for others (embracing positive contact) can seem burdensome and often in vain if things don't go as planned in your mind (awkward situations & rejection will happen or feeling judged as small), but under the surface something greater is taking place on multiple levels. You kill two birds with one stone by doing good. You create win-win situations for all parties involved when you strive to be a good person in all circumstances. Eventually people come around to positive receptivity, or their erroneously bitter!
Not only do butterfly effects of love & light spread to others in the countless scenarios that can play out - but even greater is the change that happens to your mentality through WILLING REPETITION.
When you take those 5 minutes extra minutes away from the mirror to make it about others instead of yourself, you gain an understanding and appreciation for the intangibles. The joys of positive interaction or even consistent attempts, naturally lead us towards a thankful mentality about life where you earn reward with our creator who requires it. The result is you train your mind to see the positive, instead of training it towards thoughts of fear that manifest to negative control of your action or inaction's.
Fear keeps you prisoner to always feeling overwhelmed. Fear makes you always feel hurried. Peace seems so distant, so rare. Original thought and interaction do not exist if fear has any say in it. Who cares if they don't play right, get yourself right with God and you'll know how to respond..
We don't have the capacity to see the butterfly effects that may have occurred by a simple act of love towards your neighbor...but even if it took 99 fruitless smiles before having that 1 smile that made a major difference in one's life, it was worth it.... Not only because you helped another person in ways you will never know, but the repetition of those 100 smiles over that year's time span has made you naturally start seeing the glass half full instead of half empty. Because you also followed the rules of God by "Going the extra mile" and "Showing your light."
A year later you realize that you can live in the moment and worries are a waste of your time. When life throws you a curve ball, you learn how to choke up and take a full cut.
You've become contagious to be around. We help ourselves by helping others - a system built to conquer where hidden hero's arise triumphant from the small acts of love towards your neighbor.
Do good, it's Win Win (even if not at first). Create good butterfly effect's for others & see what happens.
If I'm not singing your tune, I'll find a new song. If you don't dance to this beat, I'll make a new beat. I won't stop. It's time for butterfly effects to manifest. A Lion creeps & hides in the shadows until the time is right to strike. Will you strike hope into your neighbor?