Inspirational Moments That are Fueled by God

I read a post on a blog called Ignitum Today that I thought was really cool. The post was called, “Kickboxing and Moments of Grace“. The author talked about her experience at Mass this past Sunday. The responsorial psalm was Psalm 54, and the response was about the Lord lighting their life. She reflected on what this meant to her personally, and I found her words to be inspirational. She also went on to talk about how she has taken up kickboxing, and saying a quick prayer before class has helped her a lot.

I know personally I can relate to being tired and not wanting to exercise. I’m going to try a quick prayer the next time I have no motivation to exercise and I know I will feel revitalized and ready to go!

Derek Rabelo: Inspirational Documentary to Release in 2013

I heard about the story of Derek Rabelo today a blind man whose dream was to surf Pipeline. There is a documentary coming out in 2013 about how he went about reaching his goal called Beyond Sight: The Derek Rabelo Story. The documentary was produced by Walking On Water Films a company founded by Bryan Jennings. The film is sure to be a very interesting look at a really inspirational story. Bryan Jennings has been quoted as saying, “I hope that when people see the movie the eyes of their hearts will be opened to Jesus Christ”. So be on the lookout for Beyond Sight: The Derek Rabelo Story sometime in 2013.

Read more about Derek Rabelo here: Blind Man Realizes Surfing Dream

Giving Up Possesions

I like the story of Jesus calling over the disciples after a widow gives two cooper coins that equal a penny at the temple (Mark 12: 38-44). Before this took place the scribes came in and made a big production of giving money, making sure all were aware of their large donation. He tells the disciples that the widow gave more because she had less to give. The scribes gave a lot but still have even more at home. However she gave all she had. And that is what Jesus asks of us. Not that we should become destitute in our giving but to give with our heart.

I read of a story were a man was sharing on this subject and he stated that he gave away his most prized possession, his books. A woman cried “why your books, I could see money or food but I could never get rid of my books they mean too much to me” and her friend turned to her and told her that is precisely why.

I have a tendency to put too much importance on “things”, and as all who know me would tell you it would especially be my boots. So could I go into my closet and give away my most prized possession, my boots? I’d like to think I would but honestly I don’t know if I could! The woman in the story probably gave her last two coins but trusted so completely in God that she didn’t even hesitate.  She did this without being aware she was being watched, and more notably that it was her savior watching her. Unlike the scribes who made donating a huge production, she did what was asked of her without pomp and circumstance.

During the homily on Sunday regarding this reading the priest at my church stated that not only is it important to give financially, but of our time as well. After Hurricane Sandy blew through the Jersey shore it was amazing to see the outpouring of resources, financial and physical, that came pouring in from all across America and beyond. It reminds me how caring people really are and in dire circumstances we all band together as a community. They helped not for the recognition but because they care.

So back to the question could I give up my most prized possession and yes I can, because I do it all for the glory of God. It is what He asks of me and nothing, not even my boots, is more valuable to me than my relationship with God.

God Bless!

November Christmas

Did anyone catch the new “Hallmark Hall of Fame” holiday movie, “November Christmas”?  The television movie stars John Corbett, Sarah Paulson and Sam Elliot.

Taking place in Rhode Island, the story tells of Corbett’s and Paulson’s 8 year old daughter Vanessa and her struggles with cancer.  Though Vanessa’s parents remain optimistic, they decide to push the holidays forward so that Vanessa may enjoy them while still healthy enough.

And of course (as this is a Hallmark holiday movie), the entire community participates.

NYdailynews describes the film as such:

You might say it’s about the domino effect of inspiration, or about the inherent good in human hearts, or you might say it’s just a sentimental Christmas story.

Whatever you call it, keep a couple of Kleenex handy.

“November Christmas”  has also been described in other early reviews as “critic-proof,” and CBS is sure to repay it several times during this holiday season.   We can’t wait to see it!