Share The Struggle – online mentorship platform

I recently came across this video on TikTok:

@dudewithgoodnews

Is God calling You to change a life? God loves using “ordinary people” #Jesus CAN use YOUR #story

♬ original sound – Dude with Good News

As their About Us page mentions, ShareTheStruggle.org is an independent Christian project created with the goal of helping struggling young people in their native digital landscape to provide hope and healing through Christ-centered mentorship.

I invite you to visit the website and read more about how you can get involved as a mentor (if you are a Christian and over 23 years old). You can also find several interesting articles about overcoming various struggles on their blog.

If you are unable to or don’t want to be a mentor, but still want to give a helping hand, sharing the link on social media in order to increase the project’s visibility is appreciated.

Faithfulness starts while you are single

I’ve decided to start sharing, on this blog, some public posts that I find interesting and useful from various social media sites.

I’m going to start with this very well-put message about the importance of containing your sexual desires while you are single, from realloveoverlust’s Instagram page. I also invite you to check out their page and, if you like their content, follow them. 🙂

International Day of Happiness, 2021

The idea of an International Day of Happiness was introduced to the United Nations back in 2011 by the advisor Jayme Illien, along with the United Nations’ New Economic Paradigm project and “happytalism”, which aim to change the way nations approach economic growth by focusing on “happytalism” over capitalism.

The day was founded in July of 2012 and was first observed in 2013. Its celebration is an acknowledgement of the importance and desirability of happiness in human life, and the need that happiness be incorporated into public policy.

Despite being a challenging concept to define, there is a general consensus that happiness broadly covers two key areas – how people feel in the present moment and how satisfied people are with their lives overall. Consequently, happiness can range from a sudden rush of intense emotion (such as joy or euphoria) to a much calmer and steadier sense of contentment.

For ideas on how to celebrate International Day of Happiness this year, check out the following websites:

https://www.un.org/en/observances/happiness-day
https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/international-day-of-happiness/
https://happinessday.org/
https://www.livehappy.com/practice/happiness-around-world
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_Happiness

The origin of the word “AMEN” in Christianity

In the following video, Fr. Angelo Maggos from the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church offers us a detailed presentation of the origin and significance of the word “AMEN” in Christianity. If you were interested in finding out what “Amen” means and why Christians use this word at the end of the prayers, I invite you to watch it.

What is the Origin of “Amen”? | Orthodoxy Fact vs Fiction

Also, subscribing to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church’s YouTube channel would be a lovely way of supporting their work.

Religious Freedom Day, 2020

On the 16th of January, 1786, soon after the United States of America came into existence as a sovereign nation, the Virginia General Assembly adopted Thomas Jefferson’s landmark Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. This statute then became the basis for what is known today as the First Amendment, which guarantees religious freedom to all people residing in the U.S.A..

Every year since that time, a statement is released on this same day by the president of the United States, officially proclaiming Religious Freedom Day.

Here is this year’s statement, made by president Donald Trump:

For a list of resources about the importance of Religious Freedom Day, check out the following websites:
https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/religious-freedom-day/
https://news.yahoo.com/franklin-graham-importance-national-religious-161755667.html

To find out how you can celebrate Religious Freedom Day, I invite you to browse the following articles:

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/religious-freedom-day/
https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/national-religious-freedom-day-2021/
https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-religious-freedom-day-january-16/
https://the-armijo-signal.com/20899/current-theme/the-awareness-national-religious-freedom-day-brings/
https://gogateways.org/articles/tag/Religious+Freedom+Day
https://religiousfreedomsunday.com/

Happy Religious Freedom Day, 2020.

Look on the Bright Side Day, 2020

Every year on the 21th of December it’s Look on the Bright Side Day, a day to be optimistic, a day that encourages people from around the world to see positive situations and circumstances. Look on the Bright Side Day is all about learning the positive lessons and embracing an optimistic approach.

The origin of the phrase “to look on the bright side” remain shrouded in mystery. As for the meaning, it’s a way of someone telling us to be cheerful and optimistic despite of the difficulties one may be facing during the day.

This advice has many benefits, as making sure to keep a positive mindset can actually help in various ways, such as:

  • Increase life span.
  • Lower rates of depression.
  • Lower levels of distress.
  • Offer greater resistance to the common cold.
  • Improve psychological and physical well-being.
  • Reduce risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
  • Improve coping skills during times of stress.
Lucian Hodoboc smiling selfie 2020
Lucian Hodoboc smiling selfie 2020

Since I’m called upon to look for something positive, out of an otherwise bad or sad situation, I will try to do so. I’ve been suffering from chronic pain for a long time, I struggle with mental health problems, such as OCD, anxiety and depression, I’ve been raised in a dysfunctional family and I am too poor to afford the medical help I need. And that list of problems doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what I’ve been through. But God has been by my side throughout my life and I trust that He who started a good work in me will complete it and will glorify Himself by showing His mercy on me.

Sometimes, bad experiences have positive lessons to be learned. If you have any such lessons from your life that you would like to share with the world, I invite you to do so (either in a brief paragraph or in more detail) in the comments section below.

Christianity and neuroplasticity

Home Brewed with Jon Hand: Becoming Christian in a Post-Christian World

“We don’t think our way into new ways of living; we live our way into new ways of thinking.” – Richard Rohr.

Do you agree? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Happy Hanukah, 2020!

Everyday Jewish Mom – Hanukkah: The Basics

The Festival of Hanukah commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after a group of Jewish warriors defeated the occupying Greek armies, about 150 years before Jesus’ birth.

Central to the celebrations is the story that the Temple menorah (seven-lamped candelabrum) miraculously burned for over a week – even though they thought the had only one day’s worth of ritually pure oil left.

They used the extra week to purify themselves and were therefore able to maintain the sacred space.

I recommend watching the following video of Founded In Truth’s YouTube channel if you want to know whether Christians should celebrate Hanukkah:

Why should Christians celebrate Hanukkah?

Happy Hanukah to everyone who celebrates it!

International Day of People with Disability, 2020

This year, on International Disability Day, I want to leave you with this short video created by Australian motivational speaker Tim from AskTim.com.au, about why we should try to find the ability in disability:

https://www.facebook.com/timreplies/posts/2853123825009010

It reminds me of a quote attributed to Mr. Rogers: “It’s not what you can’t do. It’s what you can do that matters.” (or something along those lines)