Planning For The Time There Will Be No Time Left


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As children, most of us were encouraged, reminded and advised to seek happiness in life.  Indeed, a wise and noble observation.  And, without hesitation, most of us did.  So often, in fact, that seeking happiness became a habit that influences, motivates and to a degree, controls us.  Yet, at some point, as we reflect on our mortality as human beings, we must not only contemplate but rather, plan for our swan song.

Make no mistake, seeking happiness in life is key to expressing our core values, self-actualizing our dreams, and living a balanced and fulfilling life.  Yet, it is paramount to remain cognizant of the fact that our physical lives on this planet are temporary, while our spiritual lives are eternal.  And, sure enough, guess which aspect gets neglected the most?

As our physical lives require attention, discipline, critical thinking, benevolence, and compassion, even more so do our spiritual lives deserve the same.  It is completely understandable for this phenomenon occurs across the globe, regardless of location, upbringing, commitment, race, heritage, society, and education.  It is, you see, human nature.  As children of God, we are bestowed with both physical and spiritual gifts, talents, abilities, and acumen.  It behooves us to expend our energies toward both, at different times, to different degrees, yet with the same commitment, resolve, and protection.

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon

So, in taking that first step toward planning for the time there will be no time left, ironically, time must be spent assessing and reviewing several aspects of your life; soon to be your legacy.  Worth contemplating and in no particular order, are your finances, assets, personal possessions, service arrangements, special wishes, obligations, technology footprint, faith, and the most important yet most neglected, your relationships.

The relationships with the important people in your life typically eclipse all other aspects of your legacy.  And this should come as no surprise, as the world largely revolves around the people in it.  Take the time (now) to reflect and analyze those important relationships, specifically, why they are important.  Then, perhaps for each one, identify what you want to make sure they know about you, that perhaps they do not know, once you have transformed into the next phase of your eternal life.  How do you want to be remembered?

Pass on the words you want your spouse to know about you, the intensity and lasting love you always had deep inside, the things you always loved most about them, perhaps, the secrets they never knew, or their secrets that you did know.  Speak to your sons and your daughters, let them know how amazing and loved they were (and are), tell them all the things you believe they need to know about your essence, and the things you want them to know to be happy, successful, compassionate and meaningful as human beings.  These…. are the things which give your legacy meaning, these are the things which give your legacy life, now, and forever.  What a gift to share with your loved ones, yes?

Accordingly, doesn’t it make sense to spend the most time and attention on matters that are more important, lasting, and will describe your life and who you are, without you being able to change the impression as you transition into eternity?  Without question, Free Will is understated as is the ongoing conversation with your (our) creator.  Gratitude, Humility, Authenticity, and Dedication are key to finding yourself along the path of the journey that is your life, much less, finding happiness of the eternal type.

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

God bless you.  Wishing you peace, love, happiness and the time of your life now, and in the future.  Be well.

 

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These Are The Moments


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Some things in life are very easily explained, like why you get wet when it rains.  Or, how light penetrates darkness.  These things in our physical world teach us cause and effect, action and consequence, and in a sense, past and future.

They are tangible, things we can experience with our senses.  And then, oh yes, Then… there are matters of the heart.  The things that make it beat faster, swell up with love, fracture with sadness, hopeful with anticipation, joyous beyond belief.

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Oh yes, Belief.  That tiny little voice in your head that reminds you who you are, why you’re here and how to live a disciplined, yet fulfilling life.  And most importantly, who to thank for everything.

If there is one thing I’ve learned in my life, it is that there are NO coincidences; None.  Every thought, word, action, event, disaster, success, relationship, outcome; each and every second of every minute of every hour of every day of every week of every month of every year of every person’s life… Has an interdependent function, meaning, and significance.

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Our job?  Simply, our job is to learn to recognize the presence of God in our life, appreciate the true gift that it is, and to just maybe, as we accumulate knowledge, experience, and perhaps create some wisdom; connect the dots between all the seemingly unrelated occurrences in this world to create a Mosaic of Life that represents something much larger than each of us are individually.  Our goal is to live our life to create and share something of a Divine nature.

Those “aha moments” will come when you least expect it, perhaps in a dream, or while watching an eagle grace the sky, or a golden sunset casting magnificence on the landscape of your life.  For me, it is these, and most assuredly, when I have or create the opportunity to spend time with my family.  Those moments are magical.

“It takes time, sensitivity and awareness to learn to recognize these moments.  Without question, they are fleeting, unpredictable and finite in nature.  Yes, these are the moments you (we) must treasure, cherish and grasp for as long as we can.  Because, you see, they almost always involve someone we love, someone we lost, someone we left, someone we admire, desire to help, or someone with whom we want to share our lives.”

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Indeed, we must live our lives in a deliberate manner, intent to interact, to serve, to love, to forgive, to be thankful, and to be humble.  For there are no guarantees in life, no money back refunds, no do-overs.  And as beautiful and fulfilling as life can be, it is, by its very nature, not fair.    Free Will empowers us to make our own decisions as we navigate the obstacles, dangers, multiple paths, and people to journey toward the horizon of our existence and presence here.

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

As a point of emphasis, the most important Moments I have found in life revolve around my relationship with God.  That relationship nourishes me daily and provides me reassurance, direction, forgiveness, gratitude, and love, among other things.  It enriches my soul and gives me purpose for being.  It is exhilarating, personal, and reliable.  I am a better human being because of God and His love for me.  That’s all I know for that is all I desire.  Everything else is a bonus.

Bottom line, do not fear love, seek it.  Do not ask for forgiveness, live it.  Do not seek role models, be one.  Do not live a life that creates regrets, do what your heart and soul speak for you to do.  Do not worry that God may not recognize you, Know that He is there because He created you and Loves you.

God Bless you and be well.

(This article is dedicated to my wife and two sons, each of which have brought happiness, joy, hope, direction, and reverence to my life.  I love you all)

I Could Not Ask For More (Edwin McCain)
Lying here with you
Listening to the rain
Smiling just to see the smile upon your face
These are the moments I thank God that I’m alive
These are the moments I’ll remember all my life
I found all I’ve waited for
And I could not ask for more
Looking in your eyes
Seeing all I need
Everything you are is everything to me
These are the moments
I know heaven must exist
These are the moments I know all I need is this
I have all I’ve waited for
And I could not ask for more
I could not ask for more than this time together
I could not ask for more than this time with you
Every prayer has been answered
Every dream I have’s come true
And right here in this moment is right where I’m meant to be
Here with you here with me
These are the moments I thank God that I’m alive
These are the moments I’ll remember all my life
I’ve got all I’ve waited for
And I could not ask for more
I could not ask for more than this time together
I could not ask for more than this time with you
Every prayer has been answered
Every dream I have’s come true
And right here in this moment is right where I’m meant to be
Here with you here with me
I could not ask for more than the love you give me
‘Cause it’s all I’ve waited for
And I could not ask for more
I could not ask for more

Recognizing The Hand Of God


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The nuances of life abound in our everyday physical world.  Nuances in thought, context, demeanor, intent, knowledge, emotion, experience, and determination.  Indeed, how we think about something profoundly impacts what we think.

Our senses, all eight of them, equip us to interact, impact and experience our physical world.  The first five, everyone has been taught to recognize (see, hear, smell, taste, and touch).  The next three, I believe complement and extend each of our ability to interpret the world, above and beyond the physical context.

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There is a sense of Space and Time, which I equate to balance and equilibrium; something I collectively categorize as the “body“.  A sense of body is the accumulation of our five core senses, empowering each of us to holistically feel the physical world along with our place in it.

Next, there is the phenomenon known as ESP (Extra Sensory Perception), similarly viewed as Intuition, a sense or feeling of future events, truths and/or knowledge.  This inexplicable sense is possessed and felt by some more than others, and I refer to it as the “mind“.  Most who have experienced it will unequivocally swear it is as real as the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the sun that warms us.

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And the culmination of these senses that takes us to that “next level”, is faith.  It is our “soul” and it literally lives forever and uniquely identifies each of us as does our physical fingerprint, personality, and spirit.  The soul is that part of us that separates from our physical bodies when we die.

Some people may react to the concept of soul and spirit with confusion, amazement and/or denial.  I choose to believe in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, so it is a very short “leap of faith” for me to acknowledge the reality and presence of my soul.

Following is a snippet from my book (in progress) that speaks to this construct:

“Accordingly, this is a story about the power of faith, salvation and literal eternal life.  A life, however, not confined to our physical senses, but rather, life thought of in terms of consciousness, energy, relationships and contentment; more like metaphysical life.  Viewed in this construct, life obliterates the earthly limitations that envelop, partner, bound and seemingly dominate our existence and thoughts.

Eternal life is an existence and state of mind that is manifested or channeled through self-awareness, courage, vision, trust and what I refer to as Incomprehensible Truth.

In a world where we have been effectively taught to let our mind and imagination ‘go wild’ in exercises that have created science fiction, entertainment and new product development, we have been equally conditioned to limit or exclude that imagination when applied to God, mortality and eternal life.

In much the same way that everyone acknowledges Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and characters including Superman and Batman, there are bridled expectations when the subjects of religion, Jesus Christ and the afterlife are broached.

One explanation that warrants further analysis of credibility, addresses the inability, or more aptly, the unwillingness of human thought to acknowledge or attempt to consider the likelihood of eternal life, the existence of a conjoined physical life and soul or spirit, and the reality of conscious continuity after physical death.”

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As evidenced above, contemplation about our presence, our being, our longevity in life; indeed, eternal life can require a lot of energy, imagination and an ability to connect the dots to construct the complete picture.

And this discussion brings us to the “Hand of God”.   The presence of our Creator can be felt, seen, heard, touched and experienced in the multitude of natural, living and sculpted features He created in our physical environment, including the inhabitants.

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God’s fingerprints are unmistakably evident on nearly everything in the world; you see, He created it all.  The breathtaking beauty of a newborn child, the glow from a golden sunset, the majesty of a flying eagle, the delicate whisper of the wind as it caresses pine trees, the sweet melody of a flute, the magnificence of the Rocky Mountains, the splendor of Niagara Falls.  The presence of God can be witnessed in all that is good, and all that can be good.

The truth of the matter is that all of creation is merely a reminder of the vast beauty, power, and grace of God, as a symbol of His Love for us and His desire for us to be happy, to love one another, and most importantly, to Love God and to spread His Love throughout humanity.

So, the next time, you encounter someone or something that abounds with beauty, radiance, and goodness, remember all of it originates with God.  Give Thanks, demonstrate Gratitude and practice Humility as you walk the path of your journey.  God Bless you.  Be well.  Look for the Good – Always.

Brooks and Dunn (Believe)
Old man Wrigley lived in that white house
Down the street where I grew up
Momma used to send me over with things
We struck a friendship up
I spent a few long summers out on his old porch swing
Says he was in the war when in the navy
Lost his wife, lost his baby
Broke down and asked him one time
How ya keep from going crazy
He said I’ll see my wife and son in just a little while
I asked him what he meant
He looked at me and smiled, said
I raise my hands, bow my head
I’m finding more and more truth in the words written in red
They tell me that there’s more to life than just what I can see
Oh I believe

George Strait (I Saw God Today)
I just walked down the street to the coffee shop
had to take a break
I’d been by her side for eighteen hours straight
I saw a flower growing in the middle of the sidewalk
pushing up through the concrete
like it was planted right there for me to see
the flashin’ lights, the honkin’ horns
all seemed to fade away
in the shadow of that hospital at 5:08
I saw God today
Chorus:
I’ve been to church
I’ve read the book
I know He’s here, but I don’t look
near as often as I should
Yeah, I know I should
His fingerprints are everywhere
I’d just slow down to stop and stare
opened my eyes and man I swear
I saw God today
I saw a couple walking by they were holding hands
Man, she had that glow
yeah I couldn’t help but notice she was starting to show
I stood there for a minute takin’ in the sky
lost in that sunset
a splash of amber melted in the shades of red
Chorus
I got my face pressed up against the nursery glass
She’s sleeping like a rock
My name on her wrist wearing tiny pink socks
She’s got my nose, she’s got her mama’s eyes
My brand new baby girl
She’s a miracle
I saw God today

 

What If…


What if… There is indeed a God;

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What if… God created the Universe and Humankind;

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What if… Humankind was given the gift of Free Will;

What if… through the gift of Free Will, Humankind determined their future and fate;

What if… that future and fate included where Each Human being spends their eternity;

What if… that eternity was defined as Heaven and (or) Hell;

What if… Those that believe in God create their own Heaven after physical death;

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What if… Those that believe there is no God, create their own Hell after physical death;

What if… Heaven is an ethereal consciousness with only Beauty, Peace, and Love;

What if… Hell is an eternity of Darkness, Pain, Fear, void of God and Light;

What if… We had this Gift all along and never realized it could be that Powerful;

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What if… God left His Consciousness for us to have by simply Choosing to have it;

What if… The Bible was in fact, the Truth of Life Everlasting, of Good and Evil;

What if… Our physical life is but a single phase of the transformation of form;

What if… Our Mind and Spirit truly live Forever;

What if… The Future is ours to create;

What Then?

 

Los Lonely Boys (Heaven)
Save me from this prison
Lord, help me get away
‘Cause only you can save me now
from this misery
I’ve been lost in my own place
and I’m getting’ weary
How far is heaven?
And I know that I need to change
my ways of livin’
How far is heaven?
Lord, can you tell me?
I’ve been locked up way too long
in this crazy world.
How far is heaven?
And I just keep on prayin’, Lord
And just keep on livin’.

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

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.
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