Get Inspired with Alden Richards (Part II)

As promised, here is the second part of  Get Inspired with Alden Richards.

Alden Richards is known for his consistent kindness and unfading humility. His sincerity and genuineness as a person is boundless. A man of his words. He is really admirable, a very good source of inspiration.

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Sadly, some people are too wicked and resentful, always maligning other people’s good deeds. They make up stories and maliciously accuse others of hidden objectives. But despite everything, do good anyway… like what Mother Teresa said in her poem, Do it Anyway:

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind,
people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful,
you will win some false friends and some true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you.
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight.
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough.
Give the best you’ve got anyway.

You see,
in the final analysis it is between you and God;
it was never between you and them anyway.

At the end of the day, our relationship with God is still what matters the most. God should be the only one who evaluates our actions and thinking, nobody else. Our main goal should be to please God:

Colossians 2:23-24Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Therefore, do not get affected when people criticize your objectives as long as you are doing it for God and His children. God is never blind and deaf, He sees and hears everything.

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God said in Romans 15:7 “Accept one another, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”

“As I have loved you, love one another.”John 13:34

How about those who are unkind and unlovable? Those who persecute us, do we also have to love them? Let us see what God has said about it in the following Bible verses:

  • Matthew 5:44 “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
  • Luke 6:27-28 “But I tell you who hear me, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
  • I Peter 4:8 “Keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”
  • James 3:18 “And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

Aside from God’s command to love one another, He also wants us to love and forgive even those who are unlovable and unkind because they need it the most. As Christians, it is our duty to love the the unloved aside from helping the helpless.

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” – C.S. Lewis

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We won’t be able to understand if we won’t give an ear to it, figuratively. There is so much difference between hearing and listening. Listening is an art that requires attention, let go of your ego to attentively listen. There is so much to understand if we can only listen. A good talker is a good listener. Indeed, the biggest communication problem of humanity is we don’t listen to understand, we listen to reply.

“Change begins with understanding and understanding begins by identifying oneself with another person: in a word, empathy. The arts enable us to put ourselves in the minds, eyes, ears, and hearts of other human beings.” – Richard Eyre

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