Multiplying wealth, creativity and love

Being fruitful and multiplying wealth

Multiplying wealth is God’s command. But so is multiplying creativity and love.

According to the Bible the first command God gave humans was to ‘be fruitful and multiply’ (Genesis 1:28). While this could be taken as a command to populate the planet, it has much deeper meaning that is as relevant today as it was then.

Jesus Christ taught lessons using stories or parables. One of these – the Parable of the Talents  (Matthew 25:14-30) is about ‘being fruitful and multiplying’ but in a very different way.

Parable of the Talents – a gist

It is about an employer who is about to go away for some time. Before he does, he gives three servants – lets call them A, B and C some talents (coins). A gets 5 coins, B gets 2 coins and C gets 1 coin.

When the employer returns some time later, he asks A, B and C to account for how well they managed the money they were left as stewards for. How much did they multiply wealth?

A has made 5 coins grow to 10, B made 2 coins grow to 4, but C took 1 coin, buried it and returned it to his master.

The master is furious! He abuses C and takes away the money from him and gives it to A. ‘You could have at least put the money in the bank and earned deposit,’ says the master to C.

Then Jesus goes on to say that those that multiply wealth will get more and those that do not will lose even what they do have.

Lesson on investing?

Instead of letting money stagnate through hoarding and hiding it should be invested and circulated.

But the power of this parable goes way beyond multiplying wealth. For this goes to the very first command God gave humanity – ‘be fruitful and multiply’. Let us take a closer look at this and its importance for our world today.

Multiplying wealth – material, spiritual and creative to make a better world

God has given each and every one of us certain gifts. Some may be writers, musicians, artists, leaders, healers, speakers, caregivers and so on. God gave us all various ‘talents’ or ‘creative seeds’. These should be multiplied and grown, not buried in the sand. Using these to help enrich our world is how we make them grow. Multiplying wealth is not only about multiplying material wealth.

But it goes even further that this. What is the biggest gift or virtue that God gives us? It is the capacity to love. Through love come the other virtues of peace, joy, happiness, bliss, and contentment.

If we apply the parable of talents in our daily lives, then we need to use the gifts that God has given us (including the gift of love) and multiply them. If you are loved by God (which we all are, even if we don’t realise it) then we need to make that love grow and multiply just as the first servant did. We need to make sure that the love God has given us is put to use and spread to others and not buried inside the depths of our own self-centredness.

Love is a resource, an asset!

To use the investment analogy – love is a resource, an asset, a gift that we have along with our other creative talents or skills. This asset has to grow in order for us to live bountiful lives. It can only grow by circulation and not by stagnation.

When you help something grow you get more rewards or ‘fruit’.

In the parable, it is multiplying wealth. In our own lives, it could be money, skills, love or blessings. These things come to us only when we take the risk of taking a chance.

We may think we are preserving something by hiding it away or being overprotective but we are doing the opposite. By hiding something away that can bring value to the world, we are inadvertently destroying it.

The greatest risk is not taking any

Ships may be safe in the harbour, but that is not what ships were built for.

We may feel we are safe by suppressing our own creative skills, procrastinating or by being indifferent to others, but that is not what we came to Earth for.

So don’t waste time. Be like the first servant. Use your gifts, improve the world, spread love and compassion to all you encounter. Multiply wealth whether it is material wealth, spiritual wealth or creative wealth. Today’s world has its share of problems but it also has its share of wonder. By nurturing and growing our talents, we can bring more love, peace and creativity to our world.

Creating your own custom image display sizes in WordPress

An image sized 600x400 px
An image sized 600×400 px in WordPress

Creating custom image display sizes in WordPress is something that can make your site really attractive!

Are you having problems with WordPress image display sizes?

There are some tutorials available on YouTube and Google, but none seemed to work properly for me.

Recently, I decided to revamp this website and since I am a web designer and have dabbled in stuff like PHP/MySQL etc in the past, I decided to do it myself. So, first I installed WordPress on my server and got some cool themes and plugins and created a new site (The theme on my site is Executive Pro). I think the new site looks pretty cool.

However, my images were being displayed in the wrong sizes. Somehow my images on posts were always coming in thumbnail size despite changing the image display size options in the Media Library.

An image sized 400x264
An image sized 400×264 px in WordPress

I went to Style.css and made some changes to the IMG tag and was excited when I saw that an image of my books was now displaying in the correct size as I wanted. Was the problem solved? Not yet.

I found a picture of President Donald Trump’s swearing-in for a new post I was writing. But this picture, which I wanted as a wide banner like image was being displayed as a small image – like my book cover images on my Books page. I changed the image size in Style.css again. The Donald Trump image got fixed, but now my Books cover images were large, stretched and distorted.

Create your own custom IMG class

I used YouTube and Google to find a solution to this. Most of the solutions I found involved resizing images in the Media Library or resorting to coding. The resizing part didn’t work and I did not want to get into PHP coding. For almost three days, I tried to find solutions to no avail. But last night, I got an idea that so far seems to work well – creating IMG classes for specific posts or pages.

So for example, I wanted my book IMG size to be 166×248 pixels. When you look at the code in Text mode on the post editor, the IMG tag had been designated a particular class by WordPress and while the IMG code showed these dimensions, the IMG somehow never displayed correctly.

Then I thought just like we can create STYLES for text, why not for IMAGES? I wanted that my book cover images should be assigned a class which I called ‘book’. So I went to the Style.css file and found:

#primary img {

                      width: 100%;
                      height: 100%;
}

and then I inserted the following code in the STYLE.CSS file immediately after this:

#primary img.book {

width: 166px:
height: 248px;
}

Basically, I created a new class of images sized particularly for my book cover images. Then in the BOOKS page, I deleted the WORDPRESS CLASS that had been created by default at the IMG tag and added class=”book” into the code. It worked like a charm. So far, so good. I hope it helps you as well.

Welcome President Donald Trump

 

“When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.” – President Donald J. Trump

By. Prashant Solomon

So Donald John Trump took the oath of office on January 20, 2017 and is now the 45th President of the United States of America. I hope and pray that his term in office will be marked by stability around the world, new jobs in America, a better healthcare system and a more stable and safe world. Though his Inaugural Address lacked the poetic skills of JFK or even the eloquence of BO, it was typical Trump – say it as you mean it in simple straight language without mincing words. His comments about the Washington D.C. elite would have certainly ruffled a lot of feathers in the establishment, but that after all is what he has been saying all along. That is the message that got him elected in the first place. The people of the United States of America were sick and tired of the way things work in Washington D.C. and voted for not just change, but on the face of it – radical change. But having said all that, what struck a chord with me was that the first thing the new president did was to thank everyone, yes even the people of the world!

In my mind, Donald Trump is a very successful, intelligent man and while politeness and political correctness may not be his style, he has an ironic sense of humility. I have noticed how he thanks and praises people who work for him and others. While his attacks on his detractors may be vicious and unapologetic, his appreciation and swiftness to action is equally powerful. I am optimistic about him as president and hope he will lead the world to better days ahead. God bless him!

Some of my favourite quotes from his inaugural address –

  • When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.
  • What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th, 2017 will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country, will be forgotten no longer.
  • We are one nation and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.
  • The Bible tells us, how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.
  • We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements, but always pursue solidarity.
  • We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease and to harness the industries and technologies of tomorrow. A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights and heal our divisions.
  • It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black, or brown, or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.

Spiritual voyagers of eternity

We are spiritual beings encased in physical bodies. We are not human beings who have occasional spiritual experiences, but rather we are spiritual beings who have occasional human experiences.

Our bodies are born, our bodies die; but we our selves do neither. We are voyagers of eternity created to learn and experience, to assimilate, to absorb, to observe and ultimately to know.

Once we realise these things, we will be free from the chains that bind us to continue in this unending journey of discovery in the form of flesh. But self-realisation is not the end of discovery, it is just the beginning, for without the enslavement in the flesh; we are free to soar through the innumerable worlds and innumerable planes of existence as freely as the light that shines forth from the countless suns.

It’s never too late for God

No matter what you’ve done. No matter how deep the darkness is around you. No matter how evil you think you’ve become. The Light will find you and bring you back to the Divine Love and healing of your Creator. It’s never too late for God! You just have to ask Him to come and believe He will. Leave the rest to Him.Its

The Power of YOU!

A new video I uploaded today. It’s about YOU! Yes, YOU! For you have the power to change the world, to shape your own destiny. We think some politician or government will do that, but no, its you, its me, its us! Please watch this and leave your comments and if you like it, please share.
Thanks!

 

Let there be spaces in your togetherness

Lebanese poet-philosopher Khalil Gibran, in ‘The Prophet’ has beautiful advice in reference to detachment in relationships:

“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love. Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your soul. Sing and dance together but let each one be alone. Stand together yet not too near together, for the pillars of a temple stand apart and the oak tree and cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”

NASA announces liquid water on Mars, but life?

Today NASA announced that liquid water still flows on the surface of Mars! Well, this is the second best announcement about Mars that we could wish for – the first being of course that they found life! Hmm, perhaps a little disappointing but who knows, that announcement could come sooner than we think.

Well the fact that there is liquid water on Mars significantly increases the possibility of life on Mars and also it makes things a lot easier for humans to someday visit and colonize the Red Planet.

Actually water, which is the most important aspect for life as we know it, is not as rare as we once thought. Apart from Mars – our own moon, Enceladus (a moon of Saturn) and Europa (a moon of Jupiter) are believed to also have plenty of water. Signatures of water have also been found around planets orbiting around distant stars as well.

Where water is, life cannot be too far away. So it is just a matter of time before we discover life outside our own world. Slowly but surely most of the scientific data that we are receiving is making the answer imminent – we most certainly are not alone!

Destiny of an atom

My bedroom window overlooks the lawn, which has two pipal trees in it. One of them is the parent and the other its offspring. For the past month, I’ve noticed that after the leaves fell off, only the parent tree started to grow its leaves back. The offspring tree remained barren for a while, and that worried me. I asked my wife why she thought that one tree’s leaves were returning while the other’s not. She said simply, “Everything is different.”

This statement sent my mind on a trip. A trip that momentarily in my imagination encompassed all of creation!

In my mind, I saw the leaf of the tree and peered into it to reveal the individual cells teaming with activity, inside those cells I could see that down to the deepest levels there were smaller and smaller sub-units – molecules, atoms, sub-atomic particles and so on.

One estimate is that there are 200 Trillion (200,000,000,000,000) atoms in a single human cell and that there are 100 trillion cells in an average human body. So the total number of atoms in a human body is approximately 200 septillion or 224 atoms. Imagine that! This number is greater than the total estimated number of stars in the known universe, which is just a comparatively modest 70 sextillion stars. Let us not even try to calculate how many atoms exist in the known universe; the mind would be unable to comprehend it. But for a moment – try.

Imagine all of the atoms that exist. Each and every one of them is different in their own right. The way God created the universe is that everything has individuality. Imagine that, not only do atoms have individuality, but they also have individual destinies. How so?

Take hydrogen. It is the simplest most abundant element in the universe. But every single atom of hydrogen has its own story to tell. Some are present inside the bodies of distant stars; some are in water (H2O) molecules in the oceans of planet earth, some in Methane (CH4) lakes on Saturn’s moon Titan, some in the Ammonia (NH3) clouds in the atmosphere of mighty planet Jupiter, some inside your body, some in mine.

Each and every atom created is in a sense an individual entity with its own destiny. Just because two atoms of hydrogen, or oxygen, or beryllium, or gold, or praseodymium or any of the other known elements appear to be identical, they are not. There is a certain quality or property of creation that everything even down to the sub-atomic particle is endowed with a certain characteristic of individuality. Nothing in the universe is exactly the same as anything else. We are all unique. Even in our unity.

Every atom has a tale to tell, a journey to recall, a destiny to achieve.

If we take the case of all the atoms that are there inside the leaf, where our present journey began, we know that these atoms began their journey elsewhere, perhaps in the sun, then into the ocean, then perhaps it was a part of a fish, an animal, again into the soil, then through the nutrients of the soil into the body of the leaf where it is now part of one of the trillions of cells. But its journey doesn’t end there. It will go elsewhere in time. Atoms get exchanged all the time. Every breath you take, you get new atoms, every exhale gives atoms back.

Out of all of these trillions upon trillions of atoms, no two are exactly the same. Yet each one is remembered in the mind of God as one of His almost infinite creations. Just like the atoms are not the same but come together to make larger entities, those larger entities form even larger ones and so on, perhaps without even being aware of it.

What if our planet earth, the planets, the sun and all the other billions of stars in the galaxy and all the billions of other known galaxies are likewise like the atoms and cells of a much-much-much larger entity of which by the same analogy we are also part of? What if? Imagine the thought.

Well my mind is now back in the here and now. Good news, the leaves of the offspring pipal tree have started to grow back!
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Don’t be anxious, pray and have faith in God

When we are faced with anxiety in life, we do tend to worry about it. We think that the worst may happen to us. The uncertainty of life is also something that tortures us. “What will happen to me?” is one of life’s most uncertain and perplexing questions.

Recently, I found a small passage in the Bible that has given me a lot of hope.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

During a rather difficult moment in my life, in a moment of tears, I prayed to the Lord to help me and the words ‘Philippians 4:6’ flashed into my mind. I opened my Bible and read this verse. In that moment of anxiety and worry, imagine how I felt the moment I read the words ‘Do not be anxious’. Praise God!

So brothers and sisters, I urge you also, in times of anxiety, fear or worry; do not be anxious. The right thing to do is PRAY and PETITION the Lord and give THANKS to Him. When you do this, the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Yes, this peace of God that comes does really transcend all understanding. A moment of tears can suddenly be followed by peace.

Have faith in God. Do not worry, fear or be anxious. Pray and petition God with thanks and then leave it to Him. Be content in the knowledge that if you hand over the situation to Him, the results will certainly come. Have faith that His will is done and that His will is the best thing for you. The results may not happen overnight (it could though) but it will come in His time, not in yours. Have patience in God.

Most importantly, remember that you are not alone. We all have problems. We all have anxious and worrisome moments, but God is with those who have faith in Him. And remember –

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31 (NIV)