Gabriela’s Thoughts on “Abide & Serve”


Hi! I know some of you know me as Rob’s daughter, but I know most of you don’t know me at all. My name is Gabriela.

Earlier this week my dad was trying to come up with his plan for 2017. He wasn’t sure if he was going to do things differently, or even continue doing these daily writings at all. I love writing, so I suggested to my dad that I might write my thoughts and reflections on some of his writings from last year, as well as 2015.

I feel as if adults, with all their responsibilities and things they need to remember, tend to over think simple things. As a child you don’t have as many things to worry about. We don’t see things as complicated as adults make them. So I’m now going to try to make things as easy and as simple as  I can, because I know that  being nice to others and doing the right thing is not always the easiest path to take.

I feel like in order to be truly happy you must create for yourself a structure or a base in your life. To do this you must have a few rules that you choose to live by; if you don’t, your life may turn to chaos in trying to create new habits for yourself. Two perfect rules to live by are: Abide in Christ and serve the suffering. You must simplify your life in order to do the things that we must do. You can’t  do everything that you want to do. That is why you must create a structure for your life to sit on. “Abide in Christ and serve the suffering.” If you believe, or abide, in Christ everything else will come. Maybe not as easily or as quickly as you would prefer, but it will all come. There will always be people out there that need our help. It might not be the first thing you choose to do after work, but if you have that as one of the structures in your life, I can promise you that you will find that giving to and helping others will make you truly happy!


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