Don’t be afraid to say “Yes”

There are some people when asked to volunteer and help, they would say “yes”. It’s interesting many are waiting to be asked. Even though their inner spirit tells them to say “yes”, they are seeking some of authoritative power to guide them. It’s the awareness and accepting others as to who they are, will help saying “yes”. The inner directed spirit, which is God communicating, is saying yes, but, the approval outward mechanism ego is not sure. There is some divide there. It must be in alignment between the heart and the minds rationality. Many in the faith devote world, do pray and ask God, whether to accept a job or go into a business for a living. it does help to seek inner counsel.

I recall when I was recruiting volunteers for a non-profit organization, the prospects needed to be called and were waiting in the wings to tell them what to do to help others. There is some element of defensiveness or waiting for some higher fast-moving individual to move the people who are sitting on the  fence. Even I recall accepting a job working for others in my early career in project financial analyst with Fortune 500 aerospace companies had to go “deep” in myself to say “Yes”. Some of it not being sure or not trusting enough to accept the job offer. I was concerned if the job paid very well or how long its gonna last, taking into consideration the economic downturns.

In the society of “making money” and “paying the bills” on a regular basis, somehow, it becomes the reality and many do retire in their mid sixties with that type of circumstances. I recall stepping forward to resign a job and going to a new job offer, have partially made me think, whether I should let go of the “security” from the current job with associates around me, familiar to them for few years. But, saying “yes” with a gusto and with positiveness and enthusiasm propelled me to move forward accepting the new job offer.

Blessings,

Rev. Ernie Martin, The Reverend of Love, Las Vegas, NV

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Don’t be afraid to say “No”

Many of us are presented with so many opportunities to serve, mostly on a volunteer basis, in a non-profit and profit-making organizations. It’s great to be asked. But, are we trying to please organizations with a guilt trip and say “Yes”?  By nature we want to help. But, there are few who step forward. Imagine, if 80% of the people in a nation like USA would volunteer in senior assisted living or at homeless shelters or raising awareness to control nations hunger, etc how much difference would it make? We surely will have fewer human social problems. Let our divine guidance lead to serving others in a fulfilling way. If we serve on an ego lead service to  others, our inner contentment is not in alignment.

Time to time, I’ve been approached with several opportunities to help others. These organizations are non-profits and constantly looking for volunteers, and cannot hire as paid employees due to shortage of funds to pay them. Our society has geared excessively towards “making money” using our time, and very little time left for non-profits for volunteering or giving free time. I did turn several opportunities down, due to “burn out” syndrome or not having too much time spread myself too thin. I’ve learned to say “No”. We must go deep down in our heart and do some soul-searching and ask, “is this really I can take on”?

Our core alignment with our spirituality and God-given free will and choices must be utilized instead of pleasing others from an ego aspects of it. We’ve learned to look up to our peers, and want to seek approval and credit from them to fulfill our ego, instead of our inner communique and listening to our heart. It takes practice few times to say “No”. We must live from inner direct rather than looking outward to fulfill the ego drive. Try not to “look busy” with volunteer projects to help others. Smile and say “No”. Your heart feels much lighter.

Blessings,

Rev. Ernie Martin, The Reverend of Love, Las Vegas, NV

Love Heals

There is so much going on in many parts of the world. Constantly, there are political problems in the Middle East. There are problems in some countries, where minorities are not treated well. We also have problems in some communities in US, which needs to be solved. God is Love. We are made in the image of God. We do accept the fact that through love from the heart, we touch others. When we acknowledge and aware of God’s love in us, we are aligned to share it with others. Others do also have the capability to give and share love, when they do accept and acknowledge it.

Love is not something that is hoarded. It is meant to be shared with others. Imagine,when love is shared all over the world, we won’t have animosities or hatred towards each other. My observation in the Middle East, where things are very fluid and dangerous due to inequalities and to gain power, love sometimes becomes illusion. It’s through faith in God, and understanding our human circumstances and conditions, love has a way of conquering fear. I am very optimistic that love surrounds us. When I see myself and people around me with love, it’ bound to heal and touch others. What I’ve also discovered and recognized that love must be accepted in the heart and acknowledged. Without acknowledging, it just merely received as an observation, rather than immersing in it.

We read and see it on TV, suffering of minorities through religious persecution or going to bed hungry or homelessness in our communities. When we pray with love in our heart to heal the shortcomings, our vibrations and waves touch the ones we are thinking about them. Also, this is where we can apply prayer and meditation to pray to God for the welfare of the less fortunate. Many times, more people are influenced by their own devotion and faith, and strengthen the cause for hope and healing for those that are experiencing persecution or conquering hunger or homelessness.

Blessings,

Rev. Ernie Martin, The Reverend of Love, Las Vegas, NV

In God we trust

In USA’s currency from all the coin denominations, from penny to dollar coins, and all the paper currency, you will find “In God we trust” printed on it. When we pay for expenses with our money or currency, we bless the coins or paper dollars for its good usage and circulate among several hands for the well-being of people involved with the services. We hope and pray everyone that is involved with the circulation of money is benefiting and of their well-being. The earned money is our reward for our effort be it in the form of employment or earning as a provider of a service. I think about it as to how we use money, which carries the name “God”.

We can also say “God in action” for circulation of the currency for well-being of a country and its citizens and residents. On several occasions I’ve seen Salvation Army volunteers with a ringing bell collecting money during Christmas season. Many people are in festive mood and contribute to the worthy cause, such as feeding the hungry and housing the homeless and providing kitchen pantry canned goods for the low-income families. God works in many ways. We must be open how money helps in many ways and help reduce suffering. Next time when you pay with your money or debit card or a check at the super market or at retail outlets or for other services, bless the money silently in your heart and release it for circulation and for good usage.

How we perceive money is also very important in our everyday living. When we trust the money as we use it for our needs, others benefit as well. Pray and meditate for others who use the money for circulation will benefit the communities. When we release with good intentions, it serves us better and we also feel content in our inner-selves. We are helping the community where we live we circulate the money. God is in action for good.

Blessings,

Reverend Ernie Martin, The Reverend of Love, Las Vegas, Nevada

 

Romance – Hungering for Love

Have you seen yourself or your friends falling in love? Yes, I’ve seen myself and others as well falling in love. When we want to get to know the “other” person intimately, spiritually, emotionally and physically, we are very interested and curious to know before we fall in love. I went through that phase few times. Sometimes I asked myself is this the right person to fall in love with? Not sure. It’s like one foot on each side spread out, kind of not knowing what I want out of the new person I am meeting. There are plenty of inquires to ask, but I didn’t want to intimidate the prospective lady. I met my wife Denise, by taking a walk at the beach while on a picnic with a group of new single friends several years ago.

The important thing to ask is in our internal dialogue.  It’s a form of meditation and prayer. Being intuitive in romantic relationship or a prospective one is helpful. We ask the divine spirit within us, to guide us to meaningful relationship, that is loving, giving, receiving, caring, trusting and understanding each other. The minute we try to impress the prospect with materialistic entertainment and show off, the interaction and relationship is not going to last. Its shallow. Wining and dining a date immediately after meeting  just to impress is not healthy. The date will read through the lines.

Find out what the person you are interested in, and listen carefully. When you have two-way communication and communicating from within, that is the divine self, you truly are projecting your self. Keeping the pride and excessive materialism at the door, you are bound to make a connection from both of your interaction. Everyone that you meet as a prospect, may not be what you are looking for, but with an open and loving heart, meeting a date will not be what you want. But, that’s why we have God-given free will and choices in life.

Blessings,

Rev. Ernie Martin, The Reverend of Love, Las Vegas, NV

What goes around, comes around

Remember to be good, nice, friendly, smile, helpful, hospitable to others. In time, it will return back to you. Sometimes it’s known in Hinduism as Karma. When you send out send out positive vibes or energy, it will move towards others and back to you. One can believe in it. I do. I also keep in mind, that fellow human being when in need, can be helped, without analyzing or rationalizing. When we offer and do something from our heart, we do without expecting it back. But, unknowingly, some good things happen in our own life without knowing. What a blessing.

I’ve observed several times during economic downturn in US. In recession and high unemployment times, when we help our friends and neighbors through information and communication about their job prospects or business ventures seen on-line or newspaper or heard a vacancy from others, I’ve shared it with friends who needed a job. It’s a great feeling. We need to keep in mind when friends and neighbors are in need and they are asking for our help. When we are blessed and others whom we know are going through hard times, must keep them in our minds and hearts to assist them in every way we can. We must stay away from judging them of their circumstances.

When we get out of a mindset “What’s in it for me”, and focus freely and unconditionally to help a friend or neighbor or homeless people, we are doing something good by referring them to the resources that are available to help themselves. Let your heart communicate through you to reaching out. You are God directed, and God wants you to minister to others when they are in need. Notice the change in you when you do a good deed helping a friend or contacting friends to help a friend. There is something about clear conscience.  You will be happy and in congruence with God calling on you. Call it anything you want.

Blessings,

Reverend Ernie Martin, The Reverend of Love, Las Vegas, Nevada

Don’t let selfishness cloud your prosperity of abundance

I’ve observed several times when lottery ticket buyers in California and other states were asked what are you going to do “if” you win millions of dollars? The majority of the answers were I’m gonna build a big house, buy cars for all family members, buy a recreational vehicle to travel all over America, pay off credit card debt, so on. To make it more amusing, many said they will keep working their current job. Looks like they can’t let go of their everyday job, that is grinding and taking up 40 hours per week. Other’s who made it big wealth wise (businessmen), want to acquire more, more and more. There is no end in sight. Nowadays, it’s not making of a millionaire, it’s a billionaire, with a B.

There is a conversation in our society that, about “very few” billion dollars will bring world hunger under control. its a wonderful thought and observation. How many times the TV and internet ads keep asking for donations to feed the children with their sad pictures to convey the message to the audience? I’m sure there are some millionaires and billionaires who are taking up the task to help out with the hunger cause. But, not enough. What does it take to move the majority of billionaires hearts to curtail world hunger? It’s their hearts and acknowledging God’s call for action.

We can easily pass judgement on the hungry or have-nots. God wants people to love and care for others. Those that have an enormous amount of wealth, what’s keeping them from moving forward to curb hunger? Maybe they are not touched from within. Acknowledging and reflecting the Infinite Intelligence or Energy or God or Lord in our daily life, and God’s purpose in our life is the way to touch those that are hungry. With love and understanding they can be reached. Many of these non-profit organizations don’t have to beg for money to care for the hungry. The money is already there in people who have amassed in vast quantity. Many of the working families and seniors, live month by month on their income. The inspiration to give must come from within, and that is God communicating from within. Pray to God, that the hungry gets fed each day.

Blessings,

Reverend Ernie Martin, The Reverend of Love, Las Vegas, Nevada