Article Title: Hope, Faith , Love and Joy : God has a Great and Unique Plan for YOUR Life

Author: Craig Lock
Key words: God, hope faith, love, spiritual growth, faith


Just sharing a few thoughts on hope faith, love, spiritual growth, faith

I truly believe that, no matter how bad or traumatic an event appeared at the time, absolutely everything happens for a reason - to teach us lessons in the 'scholarly journey' of life... and that this only means that something much bigger and better, something way more beautiful is waiting for you - somewhere, somehow! God can weave a beautiful tapestry from even the most tangled thread of a shattered life.. It's just a matter of "hanging in by the fingernails" with the hidden strength of character that we all have deep within us...and which is only severely tested in trials and tribulations. Like the 'pearl of great' price, which is produced by the great irritation of the oyster. This suffering breeds our great strength of character, which is within every one of us.

It's not what happens to us in's how we react to what has happened to us...and our success will largely depend on our ATTITUDE to life: by remaining optimistic and open to new opportunities in the face of hardship, when all seems lost. Continue to do your part to open new doors amidst your trials and tribulations. All we need is FAITH to keep going. So many miners gave up within inches of finding the gold in the seam of life.

I have an absolute faith in a Power way beyond ourselves, God, Life, Spirit of the Universe, Higher Authority, Infinite Intelligence, the Ultimate Source, the Creator (whatever you wish to call Him/It). However, I also believe that God, first helps those who help themselves. He may steer the course of our lives, but we have to take action and start peddling. He always gives us HOPE and LOVE when we may think we have nothing left...and God, Life Force, the Universe wants what is best for us and for us to be fulfilled and happy. That, I believe, is why , I believe God always conspires to deliver when we want something with all our heart and soul. God can make our wildest dreams come true -ones that are far bigger and more magnificent than we could ever have dreamed ourselves.


Another one... from craig's first book ‘Handbook To Survive’


Dream big dreams.

Have a goal and plan to achieve.

Love doing what you do.

Listen to the advice of your spouse/partner.

Seek help from those whose skills you don't have.

Believe you are a winner, or one who CAN be.

Work smarter, not necessarily harder.

Fly with the eagles, don't scratch with the turkeys.

Be prepared to take calculated risks.

Be aware that opportunities are always around.

Promote your product well.

Satisfy customers needs completely.

Be decisive, determined and self-disciplined.

Encourage others constantly.

A strong belief in yourself.

A stronger belief in a higher power

"Together, one mind, one heart, one life at a time, let's see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage ... and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials."


“When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith and love be the wings that carried you there.”
- as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

“The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”

- craig

Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.

craig 11/11/11

Author's Bio: 

About the Submitter:
Craig's mission is to encourage people to believe in themselves and try to help inspire people around the world to achieve their goals and dreams in life, whatever they may be.
The various books that Craig "felt inspired to write" are available at and

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"Together, one mind, one heart, one life at a time, let's see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage ... and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials."