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How do you view yourself? When you look into your personal mirror, do you see yourself as being successful or a failure? How will you view your accomplishments in five years or ten years from now? Or rather, what do you want to accomplish in ten years? Having thought about where you are in life, the question might be are you satisfied with yourself when you look into the mirror. If you do not see a positive view of your self, it is never too late for change.

Remember, God does not look at the things friends, family, and others look at. They look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. When it comes to your life’s calling, only one opinion counts.

Nobel Prize winner for literature Joseph Brodsky observed, “One’s task consists first of all in mastering a life that is one’s own, not imposed or prescribed from without, no matter how noble its appearance may be. For each of us is issued but one life, and we know full well how it all ends. It would be regrettable to squander this one chance on someone else’s appearance, someone else’s experience.” It’s not too late to become what God wants you to be and do what he wants you to do. If you have been living somebody else’s dream, ask God for a dream of your own and he will give it to you.

I was fascinated by Michael Jackson’s song, “Man in the Mirror.” He sang, “I’m starting with the man in the mirror; I’m asking him to change his ways.” No message could have been any clearer. If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and then make a change. This song is a reminder that every now and again we need to examine where we have been, where we are and where we are going to discover who we are in the mirror of life.

Another great timeless song that sent a message to all humanity is “We are the world, We are the children, We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let’s start giving.” The song was recorded by many renowned singers representing a diverse group of people—black, white, male, female, people with disabilities, artists from all corners of the world—all on stage together singing with one voice about making the world a better place for someone else.  Yes, we are the world.

So, let’s Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten