The word for today is Christmas!

Dear friends,

I would like to share with you what Christmas means to me.

The first thing that comes to my mind is the word DIGNITY. In a time of great social and financial crisis, the complaining does not seem to be the best thing to do especially for those who call themselves Christians!

Joseph and Mary did not complain about the failure to find a suitable place to give birth to Jesus, but with DIGNITY, found a place, even if very humble, to proceed with the plan of God for their lives.

They certainly would have wished for a better place but if they only complained, they would have lost not only their dignity but also the opportunity to fulfill the plan of God through their lives.

In this critical moment, what is it easier to do: lose our dignity or use our creativity to find an alternative to God’s plan for our lives?

The second word that comes to my mind is ALTERNATIVE.

Joseph and Mary with dignity looked for an alternative and found it in a barn.

They have no heating but find an ox and a donkey to produce heat. They didn’t have a cradle but found a manger. They did have light but found the light coming from the moon and the stars.

Where there is dignity there always be the possibility of finding an alternative motivated by the fact that God’s plan will always be accomplished if we allow ourselves to be guided by Him!

One proverb that always encourages me is that God will make a way where there seems to be no way!

The third word that comes to mind is FILTER.

In times of crisis, I always wonder WHY, why me, why God does not seem to provide what I think I need.

The main reason is that our alternatives that seem foolish for the human minds always create a filter through which God connects us to the right people who love us for who we are and what we stand for and NOT for what we have and show. The magi worshiped Jesus for who he was, that is a king even if born in a manger!

I am convinced that what we are is worth more than what we have and show.

Christmas clarifies from the outset that Jesus is the Son of God, that He is great and big inside and that he is interested in changing our hearts rather than our outward appearance!

Therefore, my wish is that this Christmas will remove unnecessary earthly and fleshly complaints and will reveal through our lives DIGNITY, ALTERNATIVE and FILTERS by which we can connect with the people with whom we want to invest our lives to fulfill the plan that God has in mind for each of us!

Merry Christmas!

Guy Sottile

Enriching!!!

The word for today is enriching!

This word implies a sense of abundance. When I think of a person who enriches me, I think of a person who improves my life.

This person improves my life mentally with what he says,and improves me at the level of experience sharing experiences from his own life.

Actually who enriches me makes me a better person!

Clearly we can not enrich if we don’t have something positive to share.

In fact we can not give to others something that we ourselves do not have!

Enriching means that I have something of value that I want to deposit in someone’s life: we teach what we know but we reproduce what others see that we do successfully!

So we can enrich people by giving an abundant perspective of life, placing in them the elements that add value to their potential.

Who we are enriching today? Who are the people we are laying the positive things we experience in our lives? What real actions that have borne fruit in our lives we are, intentionally, sharing with those less wealthy than us?

Enriching does not mean redistribute from the rich to the poor: enriching means sharing the principles that have enriched me with those who are not rich!

The true concept of wealth lies not in what we have but in who we are.

The best way to invest our wealth DOES NOT have as its main object the multiplication of what we own but OF WHAT WE ARE!

Let’s identify the right people who want and need to be enriched, revealing to them the principles that have changed our hearts, renewed our minds and marked our way of being and doing!

Enriching, adding value to those around us, should be the driving force behind everything we do!

Guy Sottile

Just do it!

The word for today is do it !

There are two types of people. Those who act when they feel ready to act and those who act even if they do not feel ready, knowing that their good deeds will also produce the right emotions.

It is not the emotions that control our actions, but our actions that control our emotions!

Knowing what is the right thing to do, even if we don’t feel like doing it, always brings lasting fruit to our lives.

How many of us today know clearly what they have to do but falter because not supported by their emotions?

Emotions are like electric wires that come into contact in the wrong way creating short circuits.

The right actions are those processes that put the right wires in contact with each other in order to produce energy and not short-circuits.

For people of faith, the challenge is to act according to their conscience, not because it makes them feel good, but because it is the right thing to do!

The essence of relativism lies in the emotions: we do what makes us feel good!

This emotional anarchy produces short circuits that cause the confusion and the injustice in which we live today.

The Apostle Paul said in Romans chapter 7, that he knew what was the right thing to do but he wouldn’t do it because he didn’t have the right emotions and, therefore, was doing what he didn’t want to do!

Simply put, never let your emotions dictated the details of your actions.

The chapter ends with the question: Who shall bring me out of this trap?

In Romans8, Paul says that Jesus is his model and example who saves him from this confusion because he reveals the meaning of life: get in connection with our creator!

In Ephesians Paul concludes this argument by saying that salvation has the aim of producing good works, that is, good deeds, prepared, and this is the gem, for those who act righteously!

Act righteously and your emotions will produce light and not short-circuits.

Just do it!

Guy Sottile