November 1st 2008, Chungpadong Church, Seoul, Korea
See, God does test our faith in our life, He absolutely does, but when we make it through, we will be stronger. We then will have more self-esteem, more confidence, we’ll be able to overcome the next obstacle with more fortitude and strength. … to have that kind of confidence in your own self, but then to extend it to others, to be able to un-handicap another mind, another heart, another low self-esteem and bring that to a higher self-esteem.
Yeon Ah Nim’s Welcoming Remarks:
Good afternoon, brothers and sisters. (Good afternoon!)
Last thursday was the 49th True Children’s Day. True Father said that True Children’s Day is the day that fallen people should praise the most. On the foundation of True Parents’ coming, True Father could finally restore the position of true children in front of God.
Today we are really happy and honored to have all of you here with us in this sanctuary and for those who are joining with us via internet, we are welcoming you as well.
Welcome brothers and welcome sisters!
Hyung Jin Nim’s Welcoming Remarks:
Welcome brothers and sisters on this beautiful Saturday. It’s autumn! It’s autumn! Give it up for autumn! (Applause) We love autumn.
Brothers and sisters, today we are going to share from Cheong Seong Gyeong Pg. 1479. In the section on ‘original human nature and true lifestyle’, Father says, “Loving minds always try to sacrifice, to concede and to give and give again. Even if you perform the most generous act of all and then check with your loving mind, it would answer, ‘You need to do more.’ ”
In our life of faith, in our life of frienship, in our life of encouraging and helping each other, this really rings true with all of us. There are times when we need to help others, to really encourage others, help them get up and get through a certain obstacle. And during those times we sometimes may feel depleted ourselves. But at times if we can be that support to that person – maybe that person was sent to you, maybe that person is just a passerby – but if we can do that for that person, for that community, etc.. we can make a lasting impact on eternal lives.
Father is always telling us to remember this heart, this heart of generosity, one of the main principles of every religion, we can see. And so, Father is asking us also to practice that kind of generous heart, a loving mind, really being able to practice to live for others, to share with others, etc..
Brothers and sisters, before we start service, it is always so important to remember who we are and whose we are. It is so important that we see ourselves from the right perspective, and that is to see ourselves as every day getting more victorious, more illuminated, more filled with peace, being able to shed brighter and brighter light for this world and for our communities.
It’s always important to be able to visualize ourselves improving, visualize ourselves getting better, getting to higher levels of school, academics, work and studies, whatever we are putting our minds at. It’s always so important to see and envision our future in a positive way, to know that that will come to pass and to walk that course.
Brothers and sisters, let us always remember – when we look at ourselves from a principle perspective – that humankind originally had that incredible value, that cosmic value, unique value, divine value, that identity and the purpose, the purpose to truly be able to be equal partners with Almighty God. And that is an awsome purpose, awsome task!
In our lives today what does that mean? That means really be able to bring God joy in our lives, bring other people joy, helping others reach that potential of truly being valuable, filled with identity, filled with purpose and to share that with other people as well. Read the rest of this entry »