The Righteous Side Of Reverence


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Throughout time, people across the world have demonstrated a deep reverence for the deity within their culture, history, and tradition.  Reverence steeped in profound respect, submission, and orthodoxy.  Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Taoism, among others.

Many of these deities have common traits; wisdom, insight, calmness, overpowering presence, generosity, and kindness as examples.  Likewise, each of them emphasizes specific behaviors that are required of followers to comply with as believers.

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For Christianity, there are the Ten Commandments and the Words of the Bible, albeit, the core set of rules and expected behaviors for Christians to adhere.  Like many philosophers and thinkers, however, the inevitable question raised in seek of answers revolves around the “Why”.  As in, Why must I follow this rule?  What future does following this rule provide?  And conversely, What is the penalty for violating this rule?

The Bible is a collection of 66 books, written by different authors at different points in time.  The miraculous reality is a common theme, even though many of the authors of the 66 books never met each other, let alone, lived during the same period of time.

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Often overlooked, at the core and foundation of the Bible and the Ten Commandments rests Morality.  At the base of what is right and wrong, the morality of life was established and handed down by Jesus Christ and given to Moses to share with humankind.  Of all that is ethical, just and right, the Word of God embodies morality for the ages.  Mankind has attempted to define morality, yet has continuously come up short, as incapable of divine wisdom.  Conversely, Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit and God (Divine Trinity), as the Supreme Being and Eternal Lord, singularly possesses and represents perfect knowledge and Truth.  This fact was exemplified by the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, followed by His Ascension into Heaven.

And without doubt, perfect knowledge and truth are accompanied and characterized by Supreme Power;  A power not of this world.

In truth, it is not enough to show reverence; it is not enough to offer respect.  It is only enough when we understand and acknowledge the Righteous Side of Reverence.

Comprehend the immense and unending Grace of God; Witness His Sovereign Power in the lives of His people; Testify to His Greatness with your life.  That… Is how you will live for eternity.

Which Side will You be on?  God Bless you, Be well.

If Today Was Your Last Day (Nickelback):
My best friend gave me the best advice
He said, “Each day’s a gift and not a given right.
Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind
And try to take the path less traveled by.
That first step you take is the longest stride.”
If today was your last day
And tomorrow was too late
Could you say “goodbye” to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you had?
If today was your last day
Against the grain should be a way of life
What’s worth the prize is always worth the fight
Every second counts ’cause there’s no second try
So live it like you’ll never live it twice
Don’t take the free ride in your own life
If today was your last day
And tomorrow was too late
Could you say “goodbye” to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you had?
And would you call old friends you never see?
Reminisce old memories
Would you forgive your enemies?
And would you find that one you’re dreamin’ of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you finally fall in love
If today was your last day
If today was your last day
Would you make your mark by mending a broken heart?
You know it’s never too late to shoot for the stars
Regardless of who you are
So do whatever it takes
‘Cause you can’t rewind a moment in this life
Let nothin’ stand in your way
‘Cause the hands of time are never on your side
If today was your last day
And tomorrow was too late
Could you say “goodbye” to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you had?
(Would you? Would you?)
And would you call old friends you never see?
Reminisce old memories
Would you forgive your enemies?
And would you find that one you’re dreamin’ of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you finally fall in love
If today was your last day

Eternity Road (The Moody Blues):
Hark listen here he comes
Hark listen here he comes
Turning, spinning, Catherine wheeling
Forever changing
There’s no beginning
Speeding through a charcoal sky
Observe the truth we cannot lie
Travelling eternity road
What will you find there?
Carrying your heavy load
Searching to find a peace of mind
You’ll see us all around
You’ll see us all around
Turning, spinning, Catherine wheeling
Forever changing
There’s no beginning
You’re so very far from home
And so very much alone
Travelling eternity road
What will you find there?
Carrying your heavy load
Searching to find a peace of mind
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In The Course Of A Lifetime…


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As a child (and sometimes even as an adult), when you’re waiting for something or someone, time seems to stand still.  Yet, concurrently, when you’re having the time of your life, time slips away like a “Thief in the Night”.

Each of these events feel as real as the light of day, yet most logical people understand that time, as we know it, trudges on in perfect cadence within the universe, unaffected by our physical presence and undeterred in its marching band procession into eternity.

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Most assuredly, time warps and truly accelerates as we mature and physically age.  Memories of our past accumulate and simply add to the weight of time on our hearts, minds and souls.  And in contrast, our souls never really age, even as they mature.  Our souls are everlasting orbs of energy that will, without question, outlive our carbon life form shells.

 

“The key to grasping in crystalline fashion, the significance of our being comes into perfect focus when we step outside of our own lives and dwell on the constructs of Love, Salvation, and Redemption.  For it is only when we acknowledge, accept and internalize these timeless and abstract emotions, that we come to understand just how special each of us genuinely are, and accordingly, how incredibly precious and delicate this life and its realities become, in contrast to the minute details of life, that in truth, consume the lion’s share percentage of it.”

There are several lessons for us to internalize:

  • Live “in the moment”
  • Don’t hold grudges; learn how to forgive
  • Recognize the Power of Family
  • Never procrastinate those difficult conversations with loved ones
  • Erase the word “Regret” from your vocabulary
  • Tell them how much you love them and how much they mean to you
  • In Testimony to God, live your life to demonstrate how Thankful you are
  • Value your Parents and appreciate who they are as children of God
    • A Parent’s job is anything But easy
  • Forget their human presence, because in Truth, they are immortal spiritual beings
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Call your Parents…

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.  – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Forever….. means Forever.

Mother and Child Reunion (Paul Simon)
No I would not give you false hope
On this strange and mournful day
But the mother and child reunion
Is only a motion away
Oh, little darling of mine
I can’t for the life of me
Remember a sadder day
I know they say let it be
But it just don’t work out that way
And the course of a lifetime runs
Over and over again
No I would not give you false hope
On this strange and mournful day
But the mother and child reunion
Is only a motion away
Oh, little darling of mine
I just can’t believe it’s so
Though it seems strange to say
I never been laid so low
In such a mysterious way
And the course of a lifetime runs
Over and over again

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life / Green Day)
Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test and don’t ask why
It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right
I hope you had the time of your life
So take the photographs and still frames in your mind
Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time
Tattoos of memories and dead skin on trial
For what it’s worth it was worth all the while
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right
I hope you had the time of your life
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right
I hope you had the time of your life
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right
I hope you had the time of your life

 

I Love This Life!


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Undeniably, Love is the single-most powerful force in the universe.  It motivates, it heals, it transforms; and it endures.  Love is the DNA of creation.  Understandably, Love is God and God is Love.

Life is God’s gift to humanity.  Indeed, the entire spectrum of emotions and experiences; love, anticipation, community, brotherhood, compassion, excitement, gratitude, humility, joy, solitude, among others.  Yet, to maintain balance, perspective and context; sadness, grief, fear, loneliness, anxiety, desperation, yes, even hatred, come along for the ride.

“And because of the Free Will that God granted us, we are compelled to make judgments and choices, and set priorities within our lives; and then, live with the consequences of those freedoms.  And you’ve heard it before, with authority comes responsibility; specifically, a spiritual accountability for our souls.”

220px-star_of_life2.svg_The regulators, of course, for our lives, are our attitude and personal discipline.  I prefer to be an optimist, a helper, and work to inspire those around me with positive energy.  My desire to accept the privilege to meet Jesus Christ in heaven fuels my discipline.  He likewise serves as my inspiration, as He is the nucleus within my soul.

I choose to be who I am, what I think, where I go, who I engage, and when I give thanks for the abundance of gifts I have been bestowed, knowing that life can seem an eternity yet be as short as the dash.  The beautiful natural environment is ours to enjoy, along with its abundant flora and fauna, indeed, each other.  I shudder at the magnificent beauty of our world.  It is incomprehensible for me, then, not to possess an intense and sincere gratitude for everything in my life, good and not so good.  Profoundly, gratitude FOR my life.

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Likewise, none of us are perfect, and accordingly, as difficult as it is, I strive to offer forgiveness when warranted, as well as to seek it when I hurt others and commit sins.  Prayer complements our actions in life and opens a direct communication channel with God.  The essential aspect is to never stop striving to improve as a child of God.

Most assuredly, as it was written, no person knows the day, the hour and the moment when Jesus Christ will return to fulfill bible prophecy.  It is a mystery, a secret, by design.  So, until that time arrives, I will wholeheartedly, unashamedly, and unapologetically, Love my Life… because God Knows, When Will It End?

I Love This Life (LOCASH)

The Secret – Planet Earth

 

 

Will Your Legacy Be The Fire Or The Embers?


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The true permanence of anything worthwhile in this world is its legacy.  The reputation it earns, the light it shines in your heart, the image it paints upon your soul, the ability to change your views, direction, path and future.

 

 

 

 

True Legacy is born when you pass…

It becomes crystal clear as glass.

Then it leaves an indelible mark behind…

To be searched, in waiting to find.

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From the moment we become an object of this world, each of us create an unmistakable imprint upon everything we encounter, developing our self as an instrument of God, whether we are aware of it or not.   And as much as our life is our own, it’s remainder is found in the memories of others we met and touched along the way, the lives we impacted, those lost and saved.

Admittedly, memories that can empower, inspire, motivate, yet equally, sadden, weaken or hamper.  And ever so slight, is the difference between these ends of the spectrum, whether it be a word, an act, a derived emotion; indeed, a feeling.

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We are all given ample and tremendous gifts that define us, drive us, and emblazon us as flames of the fire that is our spirit and our life.  A fire over which we have complete dominion and determination whether that fire warms, comforts and elevates; or burns, damages and destroys.

“Indeed, legacy is a very tangible and permanent entity, as it literally takes on a life of its own when we are separated from this earth.  When our physical being returns to dust and our spiritual soul travels beyond the confines of this celestial body we call home.”

Our senses drive the construction of our legacy, yet our heart, mind and soul effectively transcribe our story, give it form and substance, and package it for the world to experience without filters… forever.

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And as with so many other aspects of our being, there are lessons to be drawn, lived and learned, arguably the most important being our legacy; Your legacy and My legacy.  Will it be a positive, constructive and endearing story that others treasure, or a terse, cold and unattractive horror piece that most desire to leave unexamined, avoided and feared?

Like a fire, legacy is a powerful force and it behooves each of us to take extreme caution in creating and nurturing it to become a true reflection of our soul and essence, a fond memory of us, a sweet aroma of our life, a touching tribute to the extent we have touched and enhanced the lives of others around us.

Here is wishing each of us create a legacy of Love.  What will Your legacy be; a powerful fire or a flickering ember?  #DontGiveUpOnLove

Dark Star Lyrics: (Rachel Reinert)

I’m not scared of the unknown floating out here in the night sky on my own but I get afraid I’ll be forgotten already had my chance and lost it for good.
Nothings ever what it seems, I was trying to live someone else’s dream I get afraid I’ll be remembered not for the fire but the embers for all the almost was and what it could have beens.
You can’t see me where I am, hiding out here in the moonlight shadows, You can’t see me from where you are, Cause I am a dark star.
All the light that I have left, it ain’t burned out it just hasn’t reached you yet, I want you to feel it, yeah you just gotta feel it.
You can’t see me where I am, hiding out here in the moonlight shadows, You can’t see me from where you are, Cause I am a dark star.

All Things Must Pass (LYRICS)
Sunrise doesn’t last all morning, A cloudburst doesn’t last all day.   Seems my love is up And has left you with no warning,  It’s not always been this gray.    All things must pass, All things must pass away.   Sunset doesn’t last all evening, A mind can blow those clouds away.   After all this My love is up and must be leaving, It’s not always been this gray.   All things must pass, All things must pass away.   All things must pass. None of life’s dreams can last.   So, I must be on my way To face another day, And darkness only stays at nighttime.   In the morning it will fade away, Daylight is good At arriving at the right time.  It’s not always gonna be this gray.   All things must pass, All things must pass away. All things must pass, All things must pass away.

Lyrics:
Everybody’s talking at me
I don’t hear a word they’re saying
Only the echoes of my mind
People stopping, staring
I can’t see their faces
Only the shadows of their eyes
I’m going where the sun keeps shining
Through the pouring rain
Going where the weather suits my clothes
Banking off of the northeast winds
Sailing on a summer breeze
And skipping over the ocean like a stone
I’m going where the sun keeps shining
Through the pouring rain
Going where the weather suits my clothes
Banking off of the northeast winds
Sailing on

Truth – A Moment of Eternity


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Truth is not an emotion.  It bears no Anger, Joy, Hate or Love.  Truth be not happy nor sad, for it is but the aggregation, totality and revelation of simply, how things just are.  Jesus Christ is Truth personified as evidenced by his Words in Exodus 3:14:

 

 

“And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”

And in Revelation 1:8:

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

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Suffice it to say, we, as human beings, are incapable of comprehending the entirety of God, lest we are equal to God.  As sinners, and as children of God, we have the free will to accept or reject God, the Truth of God, the eternity of God, the Salvation of God, the Mercy of God, and especially, the Judgment of God.

When I reflect upon my life, and consider my every life experience, especially my “Moments of Truth”, you know, when the proverbial light bulb comes on, when you see everything in crystal clarity, when you simply know the way things are.  These numerous moments that I have lived have taught me in unequivocal fashion, the absolute certainty of not merely the existence of God, but the incomprehensible Truth, Power, Wisdom and Dimension(s) of a Supreme Being that demonstrates no boundaries, whatsoever.

And then, given that limitless presence, for God to love me unconditionally, uniquely, with compassion, complete knowledge, forgiveness, and empowerment to be able to choose or reject Him, is the most humbling, frightening, and profound reality I can even begin to imagine.  He Died for me!  He created me!  He loves me!  He wants to share His Life with me!  (Jeremiah 1:5)

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

I am simultaneously overcome with Emotion, Love, Sadness, Joy, Excitement, Wonder, Fear, Anxiety, Relief and Confidence about my future, not only now as a physical human being, but more importantly, for all eternity, as His child in heaven… forever.

The conundrum of the concept of time, means absolutely nothing when contrasted with the concept of eternity.  And given the certainty of eternity, there truly is no other alternative belief for me to choose, regarding my acknowledgement, acceptance and embrace of the God that Loves me as His son.

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I would forever choose to live my complete mortal life believing in God, and finding out after death there is none; than to live my life as a non-believer, and then dying, to learn that God indeed exists.

In my heart of hearts, that feeling I experience when I help someone in need, indeed, someone not in need, the exhilaration of knowing I made a positive difference in the life of another human being, is something I cherish as much as life itself, and will not jeopardize, risk or compromise for anything.

For it is within each of us to acknowledge, establish and develop our personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  That relationship is not found in a book, a building, a crucifix or blessed water.  It exclusively exists in our heart and is demonstrated each second we live by the thoughts, words, actions and commitment we promise to ourselves.

Truth is my eternal now.  What is Your Truth?

I think the universe is on my side
Heaven and earth have finally aligned
Days are good and that’s the way it should be
You sprinkle stardust on my pillow case
It’s like a moon beam brushed across my face
Nights are good and that’s the way it should be
You make me sing “oooh, la la la, oooh, la la la”
You make me sing “oooh, la la la, oooh, la la la”
You make me sing
And I see colors in a different way
You make what doesn’t matter fade to grey
Life is good and that’s the way it should be
You make me sing “oooh, la la la, oooh, la la la”
You make me sing “oooh, la la la, oooh, la la la”
You make me sing
‘Cause now I’m shining bright, so bright
And I get lost in your eyes
Now I’m shining bright, so bright
Bright, so bright
You make me sing “oooh, so bright, oooh, so bright”
Now I’m shining “oooh, so bright, oooh, so bright”
‘Cause now I’m shining bright, so bright
Bright, so bright
Bright, so bright
And I get lost in your eyes
Now I’m shining “oooh, so bright, oooh, so bright”
Now I’m shining “oooh, so bright, oooh, so bright”
Now I’m shining bright
Songwriters: Jeffery David Sierota / N Mcdonald / Graham Sierota / Jamie Sierota / Noah Sierota / Sydney Sierota
Bright lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs

 

Love Changes Everything


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Natural forces abound in our world; gravity, solar, wind, fire, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, avalanches, etc.  Indeed, these powerful and untamed forces of nature largely still hold humanity hostage, with the minor consolation that we have learned to adapt to and somewhat protect ourselves from them on a daily basis.

Likewise, there are equally powerful forces of the mind; hate, jealousy, fear, deception, survival, etc.  Yet, admittedly powerless from a physical view, the forces of the mind can overcome the powerful natural forces of our planet.  And that is precisely because our minds are primarily an untapped resource, with unlimited potential, if effectively used.

Heart_in_Hand_ValuesThe obvious question begging to be asked, then, is, how does this enormous potential get accessed, leveraged and realized?  Unequivocally, the answer that unlocks this enigma and illustrates an unbounded power, is that elusive, yet desired thing we know as Love.  For in the larger picture of life, it is love and love alone, that changes everything.  And it begins with changing yourself.

We’ve all seen and heard about situations where people, young and old, large and small, have been able to muster literally super-human strength and will, and accomplish the unfathomable, when presented with a life or death scenario.  Many times, the response witnessed is inexplicable, yet very real.  Without question, Love Is Real.

“Throughout the ages, many people have never fully experienced the construct we call Love, yet pursue it we have.  And that pursuit is very relentless, for so many others have experienced love and have demonstrated its seemingly supernatural characteristics, capabilities, and impact upon the world.  Indeed, impact upon humanity.”

Ying_YangSo, then, what exactly is Love?  How do we recognize it?  Even more importantly, how do we experience it and what can we do to retain it?  How can we share Love with others?  Undeniably, these are the most sought after challenges known to humanity.

For this author, a simplistic approach yields the most understanding.  Accordingly, Love is a feeling, an emotion, a motivator, a humbler, an invigorating and desired state of mind.  And even though Love is all these things, as a goal, it remains elusive and difficult to understand for so many.

Revisiting that simplistic, perhaps, universal approach; for me, Love is completely illustrated, understood and recognized; when we view it as God.  God Is Love.  And likewise, the absence of God, begets the absence of Love.  Conversely, the presence of God, yields the presence of Love.

BibleLogically, then, if we wish to fully experience Love, we must fully emulate God in our lives; understanding, however, that we are flawed as human beings, we are sinners, and only experience Love by the grace of God.   sin

Their exists an instruction book of sorts, about God and Love, and that my friends, is the Bible.  It is our Study Guide to being able to recognize, understand and Love, God, ourselves, and others.

Acknowledge God as your personal savior.  Learn as much as you can about Him.  Pattern your life around that learning and understanding of God.  Recognize your imperfection as a human being.  Strive to seek God’s forgiveness when required.  Learn to love others by loving yourself.  Avoid sin as much as humanly possible, all forms of sin.  Create your life plan so that its path is Love and its destination, Heaven.  And above all, never lose faith in God.

Lyrics from Song for the Season (A Hallmark Movie/1999):

I’m holding back, a flood of tears,
Just thinking bout those happy years,
Like all the good times that are no more,
My love is gone, gone forever more,
Silence so deep only my soul can hear
Says now the path is what I fear,
The future, isn’t what it used to be,
Only today is all that’s promised me.
But In the dark of winter I still can sing,
Cause God has sent The Baby King,
Whatever troubles this old world may bring,
Christmas reminds me that love can
change everything, changes everything.
We’re all driven by the winds of change,
Seems like nothing ever stays the same,
It’s Faith that guides me around the bend,
Life’s forever beginning and beginning again.
In the dark of winter I still can sing,
Cause God has sent The Baby King,
Whatever troubles this old world may bring,
Christmas reminds me that love can change everything,
Love can change everything.

The Lives Within A Life


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Too many times, we are apt to judge others by what we see.  When we see worn clothes, unkempt hair, calloused hands, a hobbling gait, a forlorn expression.  Those traits so often deceive us from knowing the true person within the shell; behind the mask.

Make no mistake, it is very easy to do, not knowing the past, the experiences, the values or thoughts of an individual.  It takes compassion, humility and discipline to prevent a rush to judgment, along with affording others the benefit of the doubt.

 

“For when we take the time to listen to others without judging them, we open our hearts and minds to the whispers of their past, the truth of their lives, and the authenticity of their being.  The lucid story of an individual resonates as a crystal chime when we humble ourselves by reserving judgment, as that defines respect and is noble.”

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When we see worn clothes, it may be because this person sacrificed themselves to care for their family’s needs and placed them first.

When we see unkempt hair, it may be a symptom of the worry, frustration, perhaps despair this person experienced in their life.

When we see calloused hands, it may represent the effects of a life of hard work, dedication and a focus on providing a good life for others.

When we see a hobbling gait, it may be the result of a lifetime of denying one’s self, needs and the effect of physically challenging work.

When we see a forlorn expression, it may be the result of having lost one or more loved ones, a parent, a sibling, a child, a friend.  It may be the aftermath of a shattered childhood, marriage or health.

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These things will only be discovered if/when we honestly and openly listen, objectively assess and offer genuine compassion toward others.  An unencumbered vision of the lives within the life of another person is only attainable when we put others needs before our own; when we offer help to those in need; when we pray for others and pray for God’s forgiveness of our own shortcomings.   Indeed, when we Love others as we love ourselves.

It is likewise, human nature to associate the symptoms of aging with incompetence, Compassion_2reduced value and insignificance.  In truth, this tendency should be viewed as shameful, arrogant and insensitive, as it robs the dignity, self-respect and appreciation of others for the selfish aim of building our own egos; of neglecting the needs and dignity of others.

There is never a bad time to offer support and encouragement to everyone we encounter in life.  And in Truth, the individual we may be helping most, is ourselves.

Lift up your life, by lifting up others.

 

Building The Bridge


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Having been immersed in various aspects of business my entire life, I’ve learned two truths; first is that the more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know; second is that I must never stop learning.

Indeed, we are all travelers in this life, having originated as a Child of God, having learned about the world around us, having learned (and still learning) about ourselves, and the pinnacle of life, learning where we are going.

Let us begin with who we think we are.  Each of us has likes/dislikes, fears, joys, values,

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opinions, experiences, knowledge, awareness, interests; and goals.  Ah yes, goals, those at times, seemingly unattainable, unreachable, yet shimmering wishes of future reality.

I view goals as nothing less than my future self, with my goals being an inextricable part of living my life.  As much as I am based in logic and reality, my inner spirit remains unbounded, specific to what I can achieve and most importantly, who I wish to become…  Who I Will become.

“And in the business world, there exists something known as a “Gap Analysis“, an esoteric and objective view into the chasm of where we are, where we want to be or go, and the gap that awaits the two ends to become a continuous and joined path.  This gap, is what precipitates clear vision, hard work, and determination to build the bridge.”

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Building bridges, then, is how we transform ourselves, from who we think we are, to who we desire to become.  At times, we may perceive that bridge to be miles long, while at other times, within a stones throw.  It is not only an amazing objective and journey, but an amazingly beautiful accomplishment, when we make it our own reality.  And the best part, is that WE determine how intricate, wide and long that bridge becomes in reality.

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The best mentor, coach, counselor and role model I have found is Jesus Christ.  We are all admittedly flawed, sinners and works in progress, yet, the Guiding Light of Christ is unyielding, warm, trustworthy, fulfilling and eternal.  The faith each of us possesses is a Shield against evil, and by exercising our faith, that shield is made strong.  Each of us determines how strong our faith can be, and accordingly, how strong our resistance is to evil.  In Truth, how strong our Love for God can be.  If the question is life; the Answer is God.

Lastly, to build that bridge requires tools; Tools of faith, good intent, authenticity, respect, gratitude, reverence, humility, and love.  So, gather these tools and learn how they are used to construct Your bridge… Going to anywhere you wish to go.

 

 

 

 

 

On The Verge of Immortality – A Tribute To Veterans


Eagle_Wings_SoaringI just want to say, I’ve had an Amazing Life.  One filled with a lion’s share of excitement, fun, challenge, accomplishment, descendants, love and Hope.  Yet, without fear, sadness, disappointment, despair and hopelessness, the vision of my future would have never materialized, and certainly wouldn’t have occurred.

And that, my friends, is the swan song of Grace.  To say I feel a bit unworthy of the numerous blessings I’ve experienced in my life, would be a gross understatement.  When one witnesses the gamut of tragedies, losses, injustice, sorrow and hurt in the world, you can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of guilt; guilt that you have been abundantly blessed and largely spared from bad, from heartache;  indeed, from evil, while others have seemingly been overlooked or passed by.

“Truthfully, no one ever really looks forward to growing older, yet, without the benefit of having lived and truly experienced all that life offers, both good and bad, you simply can’t appreciate God’s Grace in its most genuine and simplest form.  For Grace is the unmerited favor of God, and is manifested as the salvation of sinners and bestowal of blessings.”

cross_4_youAs much as I respect, appreciate and value the dedication and commitment that any Serviceman or Servicewoman has given to their (our) country, I have always wondered what it would be like to truly know what military veterans have gone through in duty to their country.  And I’m not entirely certain, if given that opportunity, I would be even able to survive, physically and perhaps mentally, the challenges of that responsibility.

I thank God every day for being able to live in a free country, to enjoy the simple things in life that so many of us take for granted.  I weep in gratitude for the life I have been given, and only pray I have done enough with this life to warrant inclusion in God’s exclusive paradise in heaven; when it is my time to answer His call.

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This time of year is very special to me, for it includes the Autumn Season, one I have  loved in an incomparable fashion, ever since I was a child.  The smells, the beauty, the colors, the peace, the robustness, the trumpeting introduction of the Winter Season, and collectively, the larger role it plays in the renewal and cyclical nature of God’s creation here on earth.  I feel connected to the world when I immerse myself in this environment.

In a similar manner, reminiscing about my childhood days, remembering spending time with my family, having fun with my friends, enjoying the outdoors, the camaraderie of those I spent time with in youth organizations, school, neighborhood and community activities.  It’s as if I am watching myself in a Snow Globe of my past, enjoying the memories, yet feeling anxious about my journey of preparation for how I will answer to God, specifically, how I utilized the talents I was given by Him, along with the choices I made and the lives I have impacted along my journey.

Salute_FlagI ask you, perhaps, challenge you, to make time to do a life review of sorts, relive the happy moments that made your heart race, and yes, even other moments that contributed to the building of your character.  And then, consume yourself and fill your heart with a genuine and deep sense of gratitude to every person that has impacted your life, improved it, helped develop it, perhaps even saved it.

Cerkas_Leonard_F_ArmyAnd so, this Veteran’s Day, remember every person you know, whether it be family, friend, spouse, child, sibling, neighbor or simple acquaintance, that has served their country, perhaps, offered their own life in the process, in the duty of ensuring your right to live in a free country, make your own choices and decisions, raise a family, direct your career, benefit from the fruits of your labor and enjoy the opportunity to grow old.

For growing old is a distinct privilege and honor, to be able to fondly look back on your life and realize how great it truly has been and is, how unbelievably blessed we are, and how thankful we must be to have received the Saving Grace of God.

Never forget…  WHY you are free.

 

 

Total Eclipse Of The Son


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If you’ve ever cracked a Bible, then you are aware of its first; and last books, yes?  Precisely, Genesis and Revelation, Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End.

What a fitting chronology of mankind, yes?  What a story!  And like any great movie, regardless of how impressive the beginning might be, it is the ending that leaves you wanting more, riveted in your seat, or perhaps, breathless and gasping for air!

Indeed, such is the chronicle that is the Bible, and there is a good reason it is often referred to as “The Greatest Story Ever Told”.  Quite simply, because it is!  No other historical account has as much credibility, surprise, emotion, impact, prophecy or real life consequence.  In short, the Bible is the story of life itself.

As the Bible’s domain spans creation to destruction and everything between “The Dash“,

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likewise, so does its genesis of emotions.  The Bible evokes nearly every emotion known to man; wonder, joy, fear, love, understanding, contentment, uncertainty, anger, despair, humility, courage, shame, among others.

Epic events are captured in the Bible, from the creation of the universe, to the parting of the Red Sea, to Noah and the Ark, to the Burning Bush and Moses, to the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and ultimately, to the foreboding preface of Christ’s return, as the world prepares for the Final Battle as documented in the Book of Revelation.

“Fast forward to today.  The reality of today is that many equate our present time to be in alignment with the End Times as described in Revelation.  The world has moved away from God, is blind to His Word, lives in Sin and  has a hardened heart.  Unable to experience Light as a result of the Darkness of Sin, it is this Sin that serves as a once heavenly body that now eclipses the presence of God (The Truth, The Way and the Light) from this world.”

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In short, the world devolves and moves away from the Word of God and must now, as was written, experience the uncovering of hidden Truths in preparation for the 2nd Coming of Christ.  This is the Revelation.

 

 

Matthew 24:6

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

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Revelation depicts preparations on earth that must occur prior to the return of Jesus Christ.  It is an amazing, yet confusing documentary of things to come.  Not one person knows of the timing, or timeline of this preparation.

Seven Churches, Seven Seals, Seven Trumpets.  Battles, Good and Evil, Suffering, Death, Destruction, Resurrection, Triumph.  Revelation is anything, but dull and uneventful.

Importantly, let us be mindful of the inevitable nature of Revelation, and even though we are helpless and powerless of its coming, you and I have control over our own lives and can direct them in a Godly manner, living the Word of God as best we can, in preparation for that Final Judgment by God Himself.  Be Fearful.  Be Humble.  Be Repenting.  Be Ready.  God Bless us all.

 

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