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Our choices determine our future

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As 2013 comes to a close and we look back over the highs and lows of how we have been tested in faith, beliefs, and spiritual growth we also look back at how we have been encouraged, empowered, and entrusted with not only the ability to change the future but to manifest it through prayer and positive ritual.

Pope Francis has been the rebel, so to speak, from day one. He has stepped outside the conventional realm of customary standards and put himself on the level of the people. He became the peoples “Pope” not just a person representing a symbol of religion but a true, genuine, reachable and touchable inspiration, to not only true believers of Christ, but to non-believers and other faiths as well.

He stepped outside the comfort of the scripted speeches and spoke from his heart to every man, woman, and child and made his plea for peace, a world wide plea, and not just for Catholics.

His ability to include everyone in his world address is a true sign of a faithful messenger of God.

Joel Osteen is known around the world for his honest, down to earth approach of speaking to the masses. He has for years called us to work diligently and sincerely to bring peace to everyone on the face of the planet.

Joyce Meyers shares her struggles of abuse, loss, and heartache and encourages us to look past those things that fight to break us and to look toward those things that make us stronger in the love and mercy of God.

In Yvonne Oswalds book “Every Word Has Power” she speaks about how we use our language to manifest and create the world around us. If we can do that, use words to manifest and create the world we want to live in then why wouldn't we want to create a world of peace?

Striving for peace is not something that springs to life in the blink of an eye or with the flip of a switch. Striving for peace, in our homes, our hearts, and in our world is a day to day devotion. It is a way of life.

There may always be poverty, war, disease, and strife but if we give just one tenth of the effort that we give to washing our car, cutting the grass, going to a sporting event or a musical, or even just reading a book, we could truly change the world and beyond.

We have within us the ability to create and destroy, to give life and to take it away. Our choices, our words, our actions, dictate what tomorrow may or may not bring. It is really that simple. Even though some will argue it's not, it is. We have the power right here in our own hands to create a world filled with love, peace, and harmony for all. It's whether or not we choose to do so that remains to be seen.

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