You are beautiful

We are all part of God or part of divine spirit. Created in God’s image. When we look into the mirror we see the essence of who we are. Most races and cultures identify how “beautiful” a person is. It’s mostly from the outside appearance with a blend of personalities. We must accept the way we look and are. Each one of us are beautiful. You are beautiful. The challenges prevail when we start comparing with each other. Have you ever heard “she is prettier and beautiful” than any other woman, or “he is the most handsome man” I’ve met. Of course these are personal and cultural preferences. Most of us grew up with these labels from our peers, even our own parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts.

A good Samaritan or people  loving each other or caring for others or helping others in many ways or concerns for themselves and others are beautiful in their own right and uniqueness. I’ve seen men divorcing their wives or even leave them while being married for a much younger woman, because the young woman is beautiful in her physical and psychological personalities. I’ve also seen women jump the ship for a man with status and a good paying job. I’ve also observed how many people treat men and women with disabilities, such as mental illnesses or physical appearance due to some form of disability. All these ego and desiring based attractions sidestep the true beauty of each other.

It’s each one of our hearts that have love, caring, joy, happiness and peace in our soul that transcends the outward physical and personalities. We each one of us are a miracle in itself. Without being critical and judgemental of others, we surely can project our love towards each other. Ever notice a heartfelt smile and a touch, is like a magnet and good for the soul? Even a hug among friends creates a wonderful bonding of caring and trust. So, next time you meet your friends, neighbors, business owners or bosses, loved ones or even strangers, acknowledge you see God in them and smile. God is love, you are loved, and you are beautiful.

Blessings,

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

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Are you bombarded with materialism?

How much “stuff” you want to accumulate in your life? As we are constantly experiencing the temptation of acquiring, be it large bank balance, multiple cars, multiple homes, lots of furniture, high-tech toys, etc. Questions to ask oneself is: Do I really need it? Am I driven to attract materialism from my spiritual core deep within? Does these “things” make me happy? Am I fulfilling God’s plan for me on this earth? Am I serving others or helping others? Am I just acquiring to fulfill my insecure feelings? Am I indirectly want to show off others, so that I’ll be well-respected and gain respect from others? These kind of self questions help us think from within and go within to communicate with God and seek out answers.

I grew up in India till I were 18 years old. I am used to living a humbled life style. I was traveling in a 3rd class train compartment (these days they have up to 2nd class) because it was the most inexpensive way to travel for students with concession, and people in the low economic strata. What I’ve observed in US is, advertisers promote their  products rigorously and consumers fall for it. It’s a great temptation and spend very little time and effort in spiritual journey and growth. Maybe go to church on Sundays once a week. What we lack is awareness to include God in our everyday life. God is love. We get all wrapped up making money either working very hard to earn income or spend long hours running a business and contemplating how to acquire more materialistic stuff.

We cannot lose the sight of God and stray from God’s plan for us. Even in India these days after several decades of economic and educational development, many residents are becoming materialistic due to Western influence and technology. It’s our ego that wants to experience the earthly stuff, that is exciting, feels good, sense of security, gratification, etc. We must not lose focus on the divine spirit, and be aware why we are here on this earth. We are here to spread the love of God, and reach out to help others and experience joy, peace and harmony.

Blessings,

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

Expect God to do Miracles

Just hoping something will happen for the better, is nice, but there is much more to it. Many of us are hampered by sicknesses and illnesses. We all want to feel good and healed. How can God do miracles you may ask. It depends of each others beliefs and their mindset. God or divine spirit is available to all. It’s our faith in God, that produces the results. When we expect healing, we are healed. It’s in our hearts and minds of the faith in God, that we truly experience healing. When people get sick and take too many medications, it might help alleviate the discomfort. The problem is many depend on drugs instead of expecting God to do miracles to heal them.

Nowadays due to information and internet age, we have Facebook. I see so many requests by Facebook friends for prayers for healing for their loved ones. Recently, a prayer request was made for her father’s surgery. Other times others requested prayers for their parents or siblings suffering from heart attack or diabetes or cancer or other serious illnesses. Yes, expect a miracle. It’s our belief that God will do miracles in all aspects of our lives. Be it physical healing, prosperity, love relationship, bringing joy, peace, etc. To communicate with God, we must pray and listen to God’s answers from within. All of us have the same attributes to witness God’s miracles in our lives. It’s for the asking. Faith in God is the key to witness miracles.

I’ve a spiritual friend, who carries with him a business type card saying “Expect a Miracle”, and gives to anybody he comes across. One day we were in a restaurant having lunch, and he gave the Expect a Miracle card to a total stranger. I was surprised, and it was something new for me. I smiled. I got the message. I told myself, who doesn’t want a miracle? A miracle of love, finances, healing, forgiving, peace for anyone who seeks it. A prayer and expectation of a miracle sure is a gift from God. Claim it and bless it.

Blessings,

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

 

Let Go and Let God

Life is not always joyful, happy, loving, prosperous, peaceful or harmonious. We are on a journey and learning as we go along. Problems and conflicts arise in our own families relationships, problems with work associates, business partners, even with children and grandchildren, spouses relationships, money problems, etc. Sometimes we do not have control of the circumstances and situations. The problems and challenges become enormous and are not able to cope with them. Some of us take it to alcohol, drugs, or even domestic violence. We try to rationalize or psycho analyze why these problems and challenges are nagging us or prolonging. And we don’t seem to cut it loose or escape from them. The more it lingers, it gets stressful, tensed, and some people experience nervous breakdown.

We are living in a culture that encourages individuality. Early in our upbringing, most of the young say “I’ll do it by myself”, or saying “I don’t need any help”, etc. While I was a volunteer phone lay minister at a large church, many callers have asked me what to do with their problems. They given up solving problems and found themselves cornered.  And their problems were enormous. Some had addiction to drugs, some given up disciplining their children, some were broke having money problems, some were suicidal, singles were having problems with commitment and trust, some were chronically unemployed, some even hated themselves, and so on.

The best thing is, when confronted with lingering problems and interaction with others is not helping, is to Let Go and Let God. Many people just cling to unhealthy habits and behaviors and have a very tough time letting it go. God or divine spirit is greater than we are. We must learn to trust God, who is just right there, within us. Able to release all the problems and free ourselves from bondage. Learn to communicate with God through prayer and listen to the answers from within. God communicates through each one of us. Having faith and trust in God, will surely alleviate your deep problems by letting them go and let God do the magic. You do not need a complicated prayer. Just plain words will do, and believe in it.

Blessings,

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

 

Be a light to others

We talk about role models in our walk of life. Here I am talking about being a light to others. A simple smile goes a long way. Our inner awareness of compassion, kindness, when shared, is appreciated. Its interesting when we set a pace, many will see the actions, and they in turn shed their light towards others. Reaching out to others, such as our family members, friends, neighbors and communities goes a long way. Lending a hand or volunteering to help, is very noble. When we have this inner passion and strength, we do shine. Everyone is capable to shine. The key is to turn the light on, from within. The people who shine are confident in themselves and show the inner divine presence which is joy and love that circulates.

In our own communities, we have problems such as communicating with law and order, fear of crime, a need to help those that are going hungry, unemployed, loneliness among elderly people, lonely neighbors, transportation challenges, etc. Instead of expecting others to step forward to light up and lead, be the person that you can step forward with a smile and light on your face. We cannot depend on government and state agencies for all the challenges that takes place in our communities.

God works through all of us. It’s in the knowing or self-awareness of the challenges we are seeing around us, that light be shined. When we glow with light, we do shine. When we turn on the light, the light of smile, the initiative of caring and kindness, seeing people with love and joy, it sure catches on and others will follow. Visualize and imagine, God’s light when turned on by thousands of people in our nation and around the world, how happy, joyful and peaceful our world will be. By being a light to others, we are a testimony to God’s creation of our being. We are all connected, and the energy and vibrations from each one of us will glow brighter, when the light is turned on.

Blessings,

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

Tough times are temporary – Have faith in God

In times such as recessions, high unemployment, business failures, marriage conflicts, higher education affordability, financial problems, addiction issues, on and on, are signs of temporary set backs. Many of us suddenly remember God or pray to God when we are facing hardships. Religious worship places are crowded during tough times, hoping their problems will be solved by divine intervention or the preacher would spell out all the answers to the problems. Somehow we have been imprisoned by excessive materialism and desiring to acquire more and more, and does necessitates adjustments. In process, we forget our deeper awareness such as the divinity of our inner self, and let comforts of excesses or materialism take over the essence of being, from an outer environment.

I experienced recessions, unemployment, broken marriages, broken love relationships, financial problems. I recall back in early 1980’s, while I was laid off from a corporation as a Cost Engineer, my inner confidence dropped. When I served as a volunteer phone lay minister at a church ministry, I heard very challenging stories in people’s lives, and my own temporary setbacks were not at all that bad. Even going through a divorce, was not helpful. I lost a lot of confidence in relationships and making a commitment in a relationship has become quite a challenge for few years. One thing did save me. Trusting God and saying prayers and in meditations.

God is always available in times of good times and in challenging times. Prayers and meditations are always good and strengthens our inner self. Tough times show up, because there are some adjustments and changes need to occur, so that our lives manage to adhere to our internal and outer environments. Our belief in God strengthens, when we do face short-term obstacles, and with prayers we communicate with God to experience joy, love, peace and harmony. Think about it. There is no cost or expense to strengthen your inner core with the energy of God, and your direct link to God through prayer. You are always in good hands with God or the divine spirit.

Blessings,

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

Life is too short – Give thanks for your blessings

How many times we keep praying to God I need this, I need that? This constant asking really takes our minds off what we really have. We’ve been blessed when we really take our inventory. In our contemporary culture, many of us look into how much money we have or looking to get more or larger in our material world. Dreaming bigger homes or bigger cars, or making large sums of money, or hit it big in stock market, etc. Many of us fail to recognize what makes us whole and the necessities we already have. In an environment we are bombarded with TV and online commercials and advertisements to buy and spend. Does possessions make our hearts happy and bring joy? By getting bogged down to materialism gives us inner contentment?

I recall while I was in the Aerospace corporate world working as a Financial Analyst, many of my associates and other administrative professionals constantly seeking advancement and promotion to move up in ranks. I too got involved in that mind-set of “rat race” to advance myself. In this process, instead of thanking God for what I had and count the blessings, we were involved in office politics of getting ahead. There are other things I’ve observed with rich businessmen. As the saying goes “rich getting richer”. Sure, the business owners are working hard, and so doing, they totally dwelling in the business of making money and lag giving thanks to God for what they have. No wonder many working for others or business owners lack inner satisfaction or contentment.

Making money is not the only way to experience inner contentment. Ofcourse, we need money to pay for our daily living expenses and some savings for unforeseen circumstances. We must not lose sight counting our blessings such as good health, loving family relationships, loving of our neighbors, having a job or a business, being conscious and helping the needy such as stamping out hunger and homelessness. When we give thanks to God and count our blessings, we sure feel happy, joy, peace and inner contentment.

Blessings,

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