Thinking outside the box is usually unacceptable in our ‘cookie cutter society’!
We build up walls and have become less patient and intolerant because they don’t agree with me or ‘with us’. Let’s take a break from religion and politics aside as we are constantly bombarded from the media and the internet. Change or to accept change is often difficult because we are told or forced to be conformed to like thinking, “we’ve never done it this way before”.
Just because we don’t agree with people, or doctrine, or politics, or religion doesn’t mean we should not respect others opinions or beliefs. When somebody appears to be different in their looks or how they dress doesn’t mean they are weird, but rather they are different to what we are accustomed to. Did you ever think how weird or different we appear to others and we think that we are “normal”?
How often I catch myself judging other people or the Holy Spirit is convicting me of my own weaknesses and hypocrisy in how I perceive those I come in contact with. To be stretched in our own personal growth we have to be committed in taking risks and trust God to think outside the box. Life is not easy but you are here on this earth to make a difference. Hopefully the differences made are in the right direction! Thinking outside the box doesn’t have to be offensive, but we need to hear people out whether its our children, work, team sports, church, politics, different ethnic groups, etc. Let’s learn to find common ground even if others including us are different.
‘Do not judge unless you be judge….’ Only God and the people who you meet, know what road they have traveled. You may be the person they have been wishing to meet because you see their need!
Enjoy your week ahead, watch less electronics, read some good books, and spend time alone with God my friend.
Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region.
The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey.
Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own.
My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’.
God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth.
I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others.
There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more
I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more
I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better!
“But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version
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