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These three remain. Monday July 27, 2015

Many a wedding couple choose 1 Corinthians 13 for their reading. These are the familiar verses beginning, "Love is patient..." The passage has an even more poignant observation as the climax: "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

That's a great recipe for enduring success, isn't it?

I recently heard Andy Haynes present on the need to stop making excuses and take action. At the age of 6, he was listening to Radio 2 with his Dad. He boldly declared, "Dad, that's what I'm going to do!" His Dad said, "I know son, I know." True to his commitment, Andy became a Breakfast Show presenter and producer for BBC Hereford and Worcester. Andy then went on to explain that at the age of 6 he had the worst stammer he'd ever heard. A lad with a speech impediment became a celebrated presenter!

What struck me about this was the power of Andy's Dad's words to create faith. So, goal one for us today might be to speak encouragement into someone's life so that they might grow their faith in what is possible for them in the here and now. To help someone believe in themselves is a worthwhile achievement.

Hope is to do with the future and the unseen. Our words can bring hope too. We can capture someone's imagination with a vision of a better future, yet unseen. Sometimes our friends can be cast down by their circumstances. It can take our bolder vision to lift their eyes to see that better future in the distance.

Love is a funny word. I prefer kindness as this, for me, brings to my mind "acts of kindness". There's a wonderful old-fashioned word called "loving-kindness" - a phrase that fills my heart with 'warm-fuzzies'!

I would consider today a day well spent if my words and my deeds could bring hope, faith and a sense of being loved into the lives of others. And my creative self loves this challenge.

"Now these three remain..."

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The Entertrainer Mon, Jul 27th 2015 @ 6:02am

I recorded an audio version of this - slightly different message but same action.
It's a bit more Christiany...

Melanie Lowndes Mon, Jul 27th 2015 @ 6:55am

Dear Lex, that is so nice. Thank you for a wonderful post. Have a wonderful day filled with loving-kindness given and received. Melanie

Anonymous Mon, Jul 27th 2015 @ 8:14am

That's a lovely thing to say. Thank you for taking time to encourage, Melanie. May you have a FHL day (Faith, Hope, Love Day!) Much better deliverables than DHL!

Sally Mon, Jul 27th 2015 @ 8:22am

What a lovely way to start the day - to have this strong message delivered to us so well. I do really believe in this, Lex, and strive daily to deliver...more or less effectively, depending on the circumstances. What you say is so true. Thank you.

Jac Mon, Jul 27th 2015 @ 8:48am

I do so agree with Sally. Thank you for this lovely reminder at the start of the day. Bringing us back to looking outward rather than inward. May your day be good to you too.

Anonymous Mon, Jul 27th 2015 @ 8:48am

Hi Sally, really appreciate your encouraging words too! You said it so well too, "depending on circumstances." Some days you really have to dig deep to find the FHL resources to deliver... but then the rewards are far greater.
I hope you have a wonderful day, that builds your faith in yourself, and that is filled with love.

Zareen Cave Mon, Jul 27th 2015 @ 8:50am

Thanx for this Lex. I loved your Post .

Anonymous Mon, Jul 27th 2015 @ 8:51am

Thanks Jac!
Maybe, just maybe we'll all send out a shockwave of 'good' today that will be just what someone else needs. We never know what that person at the bus stop, or in the supermarket, or at the next desk is going through. Sometimes a smile can be the bridge to a moment that will be cherished.
Have some of that 'magic' today, yourself.

Anonymous Mon, Jul 27th 2015 @ 8:52am

Your words give me warm fuzzies, so thanks to you too Zareen. L'xx

Anonymous Mon, Jul 27th 2015 @ 11:00am

Hi Lex. "I would consider today a day well spent if my words and my deeds could bring hope, faith and a sense of being loved into the lives of others." This sounds like a life purpose to me. I don't think there could be many life purposes purer or nobler! I personally believe that the very final thing that remains is unconditional love. Thanks for the great start to a Monday morning. susan xx

Mary Blackhurst Hill Mon, Jul 27th 2015 @ 11:03am

Lex - this post gives me the warm fuzzies! Thank you.

The Entertrainer Mon, Jul 27th 2015 @ 12:34pm

Thanks Susan,
it actually really helped me enormously.
I've got layers of values - way too many of them - and focusing in on these three has brought a huge amount of freedom and clarity.
Nothing else really matters, does it?
Have a wonderful day

The Entertrainer Mon, Jul 27th 2015 @ 12:36pm

Great news, Mary.
And I know you give other people warm fuzzies too.
Isn't it great that the more you give away, the more you find there are more to give? lol.
They never run out but rather multiply like 'Tribbles' - for those who ever saw that episode of Star Trek!
Live long and prosper!

Anonymous Mon, Jul 27th 2015 @ 2:29pm

Thank you Lex, your blog today made me consider how I deliver my loving kindness. Was that not the name of a band or a song? I'm sure it to investigate...will report back...I may be sometime... :-) love ratg x

Anonymous Mon, Jul 27th 2015 @ 2:33pm

Lol! I'm thinking of Lovin Spoonful. Great song! Love ratg x.

Anonymous Mon, Jul 27th 2015 @ 2:42pm

Sending you heartwarmingTribbles of fuzziness back with thanks for a super blog, Lex.
Just what we need on a busy Monday!
Karen (bearofliddlebrain) x

The Entertrainer Mon, Jul 27th 2015 @ 2:43pm

Oh everybody, please check out RATG's link. What glorious fashions! Alongside a great, uplifting song from 1966.
Thanks, RATG, L'xx
And... since beginning my adventures today, I've had numerous really positive encounters in the midst of a difficult day... so, this stuff can still work when you're having horrible things happen too!
In the car park where I plonked my vehicle for a meeting, the machine wasn't working. So another confused person-who-wanted-to-park and I had a lovely chat. I was able to give her a leaf from my notebook, and a free pen! Also, watching the loving-kindness in action of Claudine in Dot Teas today to her customer of a tender 100 years old was lovely to behold.

The Entertrainer Mon, Jul 27th 2015 @ 2:44pm

Fuzzy Tribbles... the near bear for Christmas? thanks Karen, big bear hug (but gentle!) L'xx

Anonymous Mon, Jul 27th 2015 @ 2:48pm

Had to have a lookie-see, ratg: that was fun to watch...and his sideburns were fuzzy too! It's all about the fuzzy today!
Karen ( x x x

Anonymous Mon, Jul 27th 2015 @ 2:51pm

A very welcome hug received...might change my to x x
The YouTube vid is hilarious! Check out the fuzzy wuzzy sideburns as reported above!!

Anonymous Tue, Jul 28th 2015 @ 12:46am

I love stuff like that Lex...random moments with complete strangers whose day crosses with ours and I get mind blown at whether it's coincidence or whether it's part of the grand plan. Bless Claudine, I have a large soft spot for oldies and it speaks volumes when they are treated properly. G'night, love ratg x.

Anonymous Tue, Jul 28th 2015 @ 6:28pm

You old smoothie!
I read somewhere about office flirting. These days, online chat is such a minefield. Truly, those who can write their thoughts down succinctly, passionately and honestly are worth reading and cherishing.
Check out Scott Joplin. And smile.
Just got my hair cut by a gorgeous hairdresser. Her Dad came into the salon straight after me. I hadn't asked her out. Maybe I should have. Maybe we'll meet again. I'm currently off to find some lotion to make my hair grow double quick. Ahh, the English Reserve. What good does it do us? LOL. Rich x

The Entertrainer Wed, Jul 29th 2015 @ 2:31pm

Seize the moment, Rich! Seize the hair lotion! Seize the hairdresser!
Here's to love and curlers.

suenami Thu, Jul 30th 2015 @ 7:13am

Brilliant Lex! I gratefully received a FHL day from nurse Stacy at LGH, (Leicester General Hospital) helping turn my anxiety to comedy at dragging my sick Mum through hospital on wheel chair backwards after parking in wrong car park for late appt..she said..@ well at least you 've saved on gym membership today with all these calories burned!'

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