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Everything That Glitters
by Lisa Velez
08/09/05
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“EVERYTHING THAT GLITTERS…”
(I might make this a poem or a song. Based on what I've been going through the last two weeks. Inspired by my friend Leticia when she let me vent about my problem. Praise God for good friends. She told me, "Lisa, Everything that glitters is not gold." And so, she's right. God bless her. †)
August 9, 2005
By: Lisa Velez

EVERYTHING THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD
THINGS AREN’T ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM
NO-NO
IT’S THE WORLD THAT MAKES THINGS SEEM WHAT THEY’RE
REALLY NOT
TEMPTATIONS COME AND GO
LIKE A DOG SNIFFIN’ A BONE
SUGAR COATING ONLY MASKS THE TRUTH
AND I AM LIVIN’ PROOF

WE CANNOT SERVE TWO MASTERS
MONEY AND GOLD
DON’T MAKE A PERSON WHOLE
WE CANNOT LOVE MATERIAL THINGS
CUZ’ TRUE HAPPINESS THEY COULD NEVER BRING
IN THE END THEY’LL ONLY PASS AWAY
BUT GOD’S LOVE IS HERE TO STAY
FOREVER
(AND EVER)
FOREVER
(AND EVER)
AND EVER___
ALL WE GOTTA DO IS STAND
PLACE OUR WORRIES IN HIS HANDS
AND THEN WE’LL SEE
ALL THINGS WORK OUT EVENTUALLY

(YEAH, IT HAPPENED TO ME)

RAINBOWS AND EVER AFTERS
ONLY IN THE MOVIES MATTER
FOR IN THE END THEY WILL ALL, DISAPPEAR
DIAMONDS AND SHINY WISHES
UNLIKE SWEET HUGS AND KISSES
ONLY CREATE A TEMPORARY SMILE
THAT EVENTUALLY FADE WITH TIME

EVERYBODY’S HEART HOLDS A DREAM
EVERYBODY’S SOUL DOES BELIEVE
BUT IN EVERYTHING WE NEED TO PRAY
NOT JUST FOR A DAY
FOR WHAT WE WANT JUST MAY NOT BE
GOD’S TRUE WILL FOR YOU AND ME
AND EVEN THOUGH IT MAY BE HARD TO RELEASE
OUR EVERY LONGING AT HIS FEET
WHEN WE DO, THE PAIN WILL END
AND OUR MIRACLE WILL BE WAITING
JUST AROUND THE BEND

FOR
IF WE WAIT ON THE LORD
WE WILL SEE TRUE HAPPINESS COME TO BE
BECAUSE EARTHLY RICHES CANNOT BUY FOREVER
THAT’S WHY WE NEED TO REMEMBER
TO OPEN UP OUR EYES
IN THESE TRYING TIMES
SO THAT WE AWAKE
TO A BRIGHTER DAY
THAT’S YOURS AND MINE
GIVEN BY A LOVE DIVINE
THAT’LL NEVER END
BUT WILL LIVE
ON AND ON
FOR ALL ETERNITY
BEYOND INFINITY

YEAH I HAVE BILLS THAT HAVE TO BE PAID
GOT A JOB THAT COULD HAVE MADE IT ALL ERASE
BUT IF I GAVE IN TO THE TEMPTATIONS OF RICHES
INSTEAD OF LISTENING TO THE SPIRIT
TELLING ME TO STOP
TO HEAR HIS HEART
I WOULD HAVE GAINED THE WORLD
BUT LOST WHO I NEEDED TO BE
AND EVERYTHING WOULD’VE FALLEN APART
BUT NOW IN HIS LOVE
I CAN FINALLY SAY
I’VE BEEN RELEASED
RELEASED TO BEGIN THIS BRIGHTER DAY
FOR HE WIPED MY TEARS
HE TOOK MY FEARS
AND NOW I CAN GLADLY SAY____

(THAT)

IF WE WAIT ON THE LORD
WE WILL SEE TRUE HAPPINESS COME TO BE
BECAUSE EARTHLY RICHES CANNOT BUY FOREVER
THAT’S WHY WE NEED TO REMEMBER
TO OPEN UP OUR EYES
IN THESE TRYING TIMES
SO THAT WE AWAKE
TO A BRIGHTER DAY
THAT’S YOURS AND MINE
GIVEN BY A LOVE DIVINE
THAT’LL NEVER END
BUT WILL LIVE
ON AND ON
FOR ALL ETERNITY
BEYOND INFINITY

I FELT LIKE A FAILURE
CUZ I HAVEN’T GONE THE MILE
THEN GOD REMINDED ME THAT I SUCCEED
JUST BY MAKING CHILDREN SMILE
I DON’T HAVE TO BE A RICH GIRL
TO BE A TRUE SUCCESS
ALL I NEED IS TO LOVE WHO I AM
FOR THAT’S WHAT GOD LOVES BEST


*(I was watching “Full House” just a few minutes ago. It’s amazing how God talks to us through the simplest ways, even by using a TV show that I grew up loving.
It was an episode where Joey had made a deadline for himself. He promised that if he weren’t a successful comedian in ten years time, he’d give up.
Then his friends got him a spot on “Star Search” and he tied his opponent with a perfect score of four-stars! At the end of “Star Search” the judges chose his competition.
With that, Joey felt like it was time to quit, being as his ten-year deadline was up that day. He called himself a "failure" as I've been doing to myself lately.
He went back stage and talked to his best friends, Danny and Jesse. It was then that God talked to me through Jesse’s words of encouragement and truth.
Jesse- (GOD) said that, feeling like giving up and thinking we should quit is what makes us “failures” in the first place. What makes us successful is when we love what we do and who we are. Joey wasn’t yet a huge comedy star touring all over the world but the point was he loved making people laugh and seeing smiles on everyone’s, especially children’s faces. Jesse went on to tell Joey that, which alone was success! Jesse also said that even if he himself didn’t sell hit records like crazy, he would never stop making music because he loved it and he was good at it. It was his passion. He wasn’t rich in the money sense, but he was rich at heart, for he was given a gift that he used wisely and beautifully for the joy of others.

I share all this because, with everything that’s happened in the last two weeks, I’ve been feeling like a failure. I was asking some friends early this morning if they thought I was a failure because I was thinking of not taking a job that would have paid me almost double the amount that I am making as a Teacher’s Aide at my school. Because of some other important but private issues I won’t be able to take the job, so I’m going to stay at the school with “my” children.
Like I said, I was feeling like a failure seeing as I'm going to stay with a job that pays me only about $8.23 "an hour" instead of the $30,000 "a year" I would have made with the new one.
As I was watching "Full House," it was during this scene that God woke me up a few minutes ago. I started to cry right away, knowing instantly He was speaking to my heart. He had my full attention, just as He did this morning when he woke me up through my friend Leticia and with a simple little TV-show just a few minutes ago. He reminded me that I don’t have to make double my salary to be a success. I make children smile and laugh. They love me for who I am and their hugs bring me back to life when the world tries to break me apart. To the children, I am a success. I just have to know it for myself. For God certainly thinks I’m successful already as long as I try my best.

My husband and I have had our money problems and have prayed for relief. Our debts are slowly but surely getting better and I Praise God for it all. Yet, just because there’s a hot job offering lots of green, doesn’t mean that job was God’s answer. And I surely felt God telling me, “No, Lisa, not yet. You’ll know when it’s time.” I had automatically thought it was God’s will, but at around 12:30’ish am this morning, I just started balling, and I didn’t even have to try, the tears just fell like rain upon my cheeks, cleansing my heart through God’s love.
So, even though I have a long way to go in the self-esteem department, with this little inch of a step, at least it’s a start.
Thank you, Jesus for loving me just as I am. I love you too. Always. And that alone makes me a complete success. I can only fail without You. I know if I wait on you and your will and your timing alone then everything will work out for the best.
Thank you for speaking to my heart.) †


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