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Thinking Vertically In A Horizontal World


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The favorite class of my entire high school experience was Geometry.  I still love the shapes, the symmetry, the balance, the beauty, the complexity and the real world applications; indeed, the real world implications.

 

Geometry, as a subset of Math, is predictable, in that there exists a defined and disciplined cause/effect relationship inherent in its manifestation within our world.  In contrast, Faith and/or belief in God, may at times, appear unpredictable, from our myopic and grossly limited view as human beings.  Therein lies the paradox.

As much as I admit I am unaware about God’s thoughts, other than I believe He is indeed

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Real and has dominion over all dimensions of being, I firmly believe that there is as much predictability about God as there is with Geometry.  It is very important to note that acknowledging the predictability of God does not require complete or intimate understanding of Him or comprehension of His nature.

 

In terms of this world, you and I exist and function in a primarily horizontal plane, specific to relationships, communication, interactions and knowledge.  From a spiritual perspective, however, any/all interactions, communication, etc., with God or involving our faith, predictably exist largely in a vertical plane, i.e., “God on Most High”.

“The ability to think vertically in a horiontal world is what sets individuals apart from others, from the aspect of being able to get a sense of the “Bigger Picture” and better understanding cause and effect events in our lives and of those around us.  It’s almost like observing the world through perfect vision, seeing the lines that connect the dots of seemingly disparate events, when everyone else is viewing it using fuzzy, out of focus sight.”

Without question, faith and an unwavering belief in, and reverence for, God, is the catalyst enabling that ability.  And like any skill, with continued practice or use, it is refined.

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So how, then, does faith work to sharpen or transform our senses?  I believe that faith, in practice, minimizes distractions in the world, sets and clarifies life priorities, focuses our efforts toward clear goals, fertilizes our relationships and interactions with others, and attunes our minds to be in better harmony with God’s Will.

 

As imperfect beings, and as sinners, each of us were born at a great distance from God’s Will.  As Christians, we are taught, and slowly learn, to shape our lives in such a way that we become more like God as we grow.  As we succeed; as we stumble; as we repent and as we pray, our spiritual maturity develops within us as our physical bodies develop externally; bringing us closer to God.

And the critical points to remain focused on are that we must:

  • Never waver in our beliefs
  • Constantly remind ourselves of our goals
  • Regularly evaluate our lives
  • Identify areas to improve
  • Followup with appropriate actions, and
  • Remain humble in our approach

These guidelines have and will define you and I as Christians and as worthy of God’s Mercy and Grace.

“To thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” – Shakespeare

 

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Faith Is The Light – You Are The Switch


LightningElectricity has always fascinated me as a concept.  In truth, it has empowered me directly while teaching me respect for it, along with a good dose of humility.  My perception of electricity is that of a formidable force of unbridled power and a silent master.

And as human civilization has harnessed electricity to create unfathomable applications and outcomes, you and I can equally harness our faith to create unimaginable yet incredible futures.  Indeed, from a bolt of lightning in the sky, we have managed to transform it into light, heat, coolness, stored energy, movement, communication and intelligence.

Similarly, we have the ability, dare I say, power, to transform our faith into actionable living, yielding real life outcomes and consequences.  Yes, we are the switch!

BelieveOne might ask, “What are the possible outcomes of faith?” and “How do I go about pursuing them?”  The answer to both questions begins and ends with one question; “Do You Believe?”

If your answer is “Yes”, you have already mastered the most difficult aspect of this concept.  Conversely, if your answer is “No”, I will challenge you that subconsciously, your real answer is “Not Yet”.

Like electricity, every physical aspect of our existence and being on Earth, must conform to a simple construct specific to energy, i.e., Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.  Simply stated, this means that because everything in our world is fundamentally energy, the Law of Physics states that energy is never lost, but rather, transformed into other energy, water boils and becomes vapor, food is ingested and becomes muscle and body mass, thoughts transform into action… and prayers are answered and manifested in numerous ways in our lives.

“Unlike electricity, however, faith is a conditional construct.  And that is, faith depends upon our Will to enact it.  Faith triggers real life events to occur.  People are saved from tragedy, opportunities materialize, sickness can be healed and reconciliation between people is made possible.  An essential aspect of faith that many people overlook or do not acknowledge, is that God acts within His own timeline, not ours.  He responds to us in many ways, some being unexpected or misunderstood, because we do not share His thinking, logic, or plan.”

The real Power of faith is in knowing that we have influence upon the world, other people, and events; and that God is a Loving and Caring Being, and will eternally be just, compassionate and responsive to our communication.  All we need to do is simply Believe.

As a Believer, I want; truthfully, I need, to learn more, to better understand, and to guide my actions as I implement my being as a Christian… as a Believer.  Accordingly, I read the Bible, I share my thoughts with others and I collectively worship God with other believers.   I observe my world and I sincerely offer help to others in the interest of making it a better place.  I refer to “Prayer” as the First Amendment of the Soul, and I will always choose to Believe, to be Thankful and to seek to Help others.  I invite you to come and join me.

Seriously, would you rather be an atheist and die, only to learn that God is Real; or would you rather be a Believer and die, only to learn that God did not exist?  Which path has minimal risk and maximum reward?  Which then, do you choose?

 

Moon Shadow – An Allegorical Transfiguration


moonlight_night-wallpaper-1366x768.jpgWithin the annals of history, rest countless examples of misperception, altered reality, confusion and wonderment.  Some perhaps steeped in deception, others in amazement and a sense of incomprehensibility.  Indeed, Genius, dare I say, Divinity, is the product of pragmatism clothed in unspeakable Beauty.

“And so it is with regard to many things spiritual.  The simple life yields immeasurable fulfillment, wonder and gratitude.  Darkness (Sin) gives way to Light, Mortality to Eternity and Minutia to the Grandiose.  Our world is one of contrast, oxymorons, context and perspective.”

Jesus Christ died so we may live, not only in the flesh, but most importantly, in the Spirit.  Christ-the-Redeemer-overlooking-Rio-De-JaneiroAmen!  The Bible teaches us that Sacrifice leads to Fulfillment, Suffering to Glory, and Patience to Reward.  And in many ways, along the journey of our life, we are endowed with glimpses of our Creator’s work.  If we are wise, we must first recognize His Hand, but then, firmly sieze the moment to completely and fully appreciate those experiences as they occur.

As Christ’s Resurrection perfected His sacrificial life (body), the Sun emulates His power, glory, warmth, protection and Path.  At most times too bright to extend direct sight, the sun (and the Son) offers us mortal souls the distinct privilege and opportunity to relish and cherish a Transfigured Vision of this Power; the Moon Shadow.

Amazing SunriseFor as the Moon only reflects the Sun’s Light; the Son only reflects the Light of the Father.  And accordingly, each of us likewise has the potential to reflect the Goodness and Greatness of God.   Yet, as difficult as it can many times be, that potential is only realized as a by-product of a humble and contrite Heart Imbued with pure Intent, one that is emblazoned with Enthusiasm, Gratitude and Spirit, and lastly, guided by Wisdom, Prayer, Determination and sheer Will.

The Good News, is that it is entirely “worth the trip” and exclusively within our own willBelieve to accomplish.  Do not be deterred, timid or hesitant to claim that which is yours and guaranteed by Christ Himself.  Behold the Moon Shadow in all its Glory, for it represents the tranquil spirit within us that has the potential to unleash immeasurable power to calm the chaotic nature of life.

Light of the World, Shine on Me, Love is the Answer.  God Bless You.

 

The Sound of Silence


Sunset background25In today’s world, we are bombarded with information; sounds of music, flashes of light and color, fluid motion, visions of warm tropical places, imagery of goals worth achieving, memories of childhoods past, scenarios of futures awaiting, temporal aspects of life, emotions and frame of mind, outcomes of poor decisions, rewards for a humble life.   Indeed, all these sensical stimuli invigorate our thoughts, sway our judgment and populate our mind.  Critically, they feed our soul.

And at our core, that which supports all the processing and analysis of this information is what I prefer to call, “The Voice that Matters“.  This voice is silent, yet dominates and influences our actions via our thoughts.  This voice formulates our opinions, guides our lives and determines our future.

Angel_Devil_ShoulderBut just what is this voice, where did it come from and why does it speak in silence?  At the foundation of our being, we are creatures of free will; possessing the ability to think, reason, make judgments, form opinions, reach decisions and implement actions.  The image of the proverbial angel and devil on our shoulders is so apropos.

TruthStill, others identify this voice as our conscience.   And it can manifest itself in our minds as darkness, solitude, light, echoes, angels, demons, perhaps parents, a friend or a person from our past.  Regardless of form, this force of energy materializes whenever we are presented with multiple paths for decision or action.

And truly, this voice does matter, as our lives are impacted as a result of our thoughts and actions.  Rest assured, we are never alone, yet at times, the world certainly can make us feel that way.

“To the degree we acknowledge, trust, leverage and listen to the voice that matters, our lives can be enriched and stretched or constrained and limited.  Even more paradoxical is the revelation that it is our own doing that ultimately directs or creates our future.  We are not soulless victims, but rather, energized gladiators.  Life is not a matter of chance, but of choice”.

Morality, norms, spirituality, integrity and intuition, all feed our internal voice like an engine of sorts, powering our thoughts, guiding our actions and monitoring our behaviors, setting our path forward.  Each of us has multiple futures, determined by the choices we make in life.

The quality of our being is in large part, determined by our resilience in resisting temptation, our resolve to reach and implement moral behaviors, our commitment to authenticity and our willingness to embrace and acknowledge God in our lives.

The real question is which words will you talk… Which path will you walk?  Can you hear the sound of silence?

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence
In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence
Fools, said I, you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence
And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sounds of silence
Songwriters: Paul Simon
The Sound of Silence lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

The Dignity of Decline – A Legacy of Love


As the seasons echo changes in our physical world, so too, does age mimic the passing of time.  In an eerrily similar fashion, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter parallel our human life’s transformation of Child, Adolescent, Adult and Elder.

Without question, both transformations represent distinct, yet related stages or phases of growth, in the physical sense, and yes, also in the metaphysical sense.  A cursory glance of each cycle could easily end purely on the visisble and tactile plane, yet, when examined at a more subterranean level, multiple layers of context bubble up to the surface.  Emotional, Psychological, Spiritual and Cognitive strata collectively define our being as individuals.

And as surely as the seasons elicit deep understanding, wonder, amazement and respect, so should life…  So MUST life.

As we (individuals) progress through life, knowledge is learned, experience is gained, Cerkas_Leonard_F_Armyvalues are formed and reinforced, behavior is exhibited, relationships are made and developed, and most importantly, wisdom is attained as a collective result.  Truly, wisdom is underrated in life.

Indeed, as your children grow as children of God, they are as sponges in the ocean to your lead and example as parents and responsible adults.  Your words and actions, your compassion, your discipline, your teaching, your Love…. blend a message your children directly and subliminally receive and absorb.

“Yet, inasmuch as this environment contributes to our development as human beings, it is unmistakably guided by each person’s free will, choices and decisions.  Our life plays out at the intersection of responsibility and accountability.  Indeed, actions have consequences”.

And then…  physical maturity catches us from behind and prevents us from returning to our youth.  Many perceive this “fact of life” to be madddening, frightening, horrifying and just downright abhorable.   Yet, the other side of the coin has a redeeming merit; for it represents the shadows, profile and characteristics of everything we desire to share with others…  and that is Wisdom.

Fishing_SunsetSo, parents and seasoned humans skilled in the profession of “life”, take stock in the beauty that is wisdom; Adolescent and Adult sons and daughters, take value in the beauty of your parents and elders, for they are a rich and robust source of wisdom.  As they age and their physical acuity begins to fade, never forget the tremendous insight they have about life.  Their life experiences may not even be known to you, yet assuredly, they suffered, they rejoiced, they learned valuable life lessons and they simply want to share this wisdom with you because they Love you.  Moreover, they possess the unique ability to package, customize and deliver that wisdom about many facets of life to you; if only you allow yourself to be open, receptive and appreciative of it.

“When I was a boy of fourteen, my old man was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around; but by the time I became twenty one, I was amazed at how much he had learned in seven years.”

Mark Twain

If I’ve learned one thing in my life, it’s that even though my relationship with my dad was rocky at times, I learned a tremendous amount about life and living from him in a relatively short period of time; about self-respect, compassion, focus, humility, and excellence, along with a few things not to do.  And from my mom, I learned the gentleness, tolerance, caring and duty to family that is required to achieve spiritual maturity.

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Above all, however, I would give my right arm, yes, even more, to be able to see my parents again and be able to sit down and talk with them about many things; and to thank them for loving me in their own way, for working hard to raise me and my family, for demonstrating by their actions, the reality, truth and grace of God, and to tell them that I love them deeply…  For my soul is Saved in large part because of their love for me.

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.”

Robert Fulghum

 

My Transformation from Catholicism to Christianity


cross_4_youHow many times do you recall as a youth being advised, “Never talk about Religion and Politics“?  Assuredly, like most of us, probably more times than you have fingers and toes, yes?

Yet there comes a time in each of our lives when we reach a plateau of sorts that represents a plane of existence, comprising our ideals, core values, fervent beliefs and yes, religious and political advocacy.  You may reach the plateau at any age, however, typically, and more often than not, it will be some time after you’re out of the K-12 school system.

“Truly, it is completely normal and entirely expected that we will (and should) be challenged about our beliefs, for it is in these “Moments of Truth” when we learn more about who are; as sons and daughters, as husbands and wives, as mothers and fathers… most importantly, as spiritual beings.  For if our beliefs are never or seldom challenged, we lose focus, motivation, self-awareness and yes, direction in our lives.”

st_peters_basilicaAnd without question, my childhood was no exception.  Born and raised a Catholic, I regularly attended church, was educated for five years in a Parochial elementary school, served as an Altar Boy, learned the Mass in Latin, and of course, was instructed in the constructs, requirements, expectations and directives of living as a Catholic.

I began to seriously question, for lack of a better word, the validity of Catholicism as contrasted to other “alternatives” within the Grand scheme of the world, even universe.  Keeping in mind this is MY personal journey; upon inquiry, discussion, research and comparison, the Catholic Religion emphasized an inordinately large amount on finances/”dues”, spent an equally small amount of time on the Bible, and ubiquitously created the mental hierarchy of Church, Priest, Catholicism and lastly, Jesus Christ (in that order).  Needless to say, this troubled me in a deep and huge way.

bibleAnd then, I began to read the Bible on my own.  I began to personally experience Jesus Christ in the most wholesome, reverent and meaningful way, like I had never envisioned before.  It was as if I had just discovered that Santa Claus (Catholic Church) was not the real deal.  It caused me to feel betrayed, angered, frightened and anxious about my future.  In short, it challenged my core values to the point of nearly destroying my sense of self, value and being.

I have always been, and am, however, a Survivor.  Throughout my life, I’ve trusted my instincts and my gut, to analyze, make decisions and move forward in my mortal journey.  Truthfully, my transformation from Catholicism to Christianity occurred well into my 30’s, as it simply took my faith that long to mature.  And I remain confident in my path, who I am, who is Jesus Christ, what our relationship has become, and what my expectations are of myself to effectively and successfully live life as a Christian and Child of God.

Am I perfect?  HARDLY.  I struggle, like everyone else, with the sins of humanity.  Yet, that realization does not hinder nor prevent me from striving with every breath I take, to live my life in His image.  Do I have guilt as a father for not having done a better “job” raising my children as Christians?  EVERY DAY.  Yet, that reality, when examined, yields the conclusion and belief that every human being has a Free Will and uses it to form their own thoughts, make their own decisions, create their own behaviors, future and certainly, their personal accountability for their life.

Celtic_Eternal_LifeAs a father, I provided the toolbox and attempted to teach my children (and myself) how to use the tools of life; compassion, integrity, accountability, motivation, enthusiasm, reverence, humility and forgiveness.  Now, it is their choice which tools to use and how to use them; or whether to use them.

Does the Catholic Church serve a purpose?  Absolutely, as a resource about Jesus Christ, history, self-discipline and community.  My most trusted reference, however, is the Bible, for it represents the unequivocal “Word of God” and when viewed holistically, is the ultimate Book of Life.

I am a Christian and I live to become exclusively like Jesus Christ.  There is no other.  I humbly ask that you pray for me as a Christian to continue down the righteous path.  God Bless You all in finding yourself; in finding Peace, Love, Joy; in finding your Savior and Salvation.  There is definitely something in the water.  Be well.

How We Die – More Important Than Living


Destiny_QuoteWe’ve all heard about and perhaps have even read books about the grand nature of life, e.g., “The Purpose Driven Life“, by Rick Warren; “Chicken Soup for the Soul“, by  Jack Canfield; “Heaven is for Real“, by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent, and “The Last Lecture“, by Randy Pausch.

Books like these, present us with an opportunity to change or better comprehend our perspectives about the significance of (our) life, perhaps a deeper meaning or connection with our spirit and overwhelmingly, insight into our human nature.  They are, without question, all great reads.

What if I told you, however, that how we die is more important than how we live?  Would veterans_funeral_flagyou immediately disagree?  How could this be true?  Isn’t death an ending?  Why focus on the negative?

Certainly, these are all relevant and valid questions or thoughts about something we know precious little about, yes?  Yet, if one views life as an accumulation of knowledge, experience, wisdom and dare I say, faith; well, now you know the purpose of this discussion.

“Have you ever uttered that age-old phrase, “If I had known then what I know now…”? Trust me , you’re not alone.  The essence of that quip, is that living life yields much insight into ourselves, our situation, our environment, and the world, as it relates to people and relationships.”

Easter_CrucifixMany factors intertwine to make us who we are today.  Among them, our childhood, the location(s) we’ve resided, family, friends, education, information about the world, events, and especially our faith.

I’ve assembled a punch list of 10 factors that influence just how prepared we will be when we die.  Prepared, you might ask?  For what?  Well, prepared for what follows our death, of course. The following net outcomes at the time of our death largely determine our path forward:

  1. Have we truly accepted Christ as King?
  2. Have we “Chosen Wisely” using our Free Will?
  3. How did we utilize our Time on earth?
  4. Were we motivated in moving toward life or Running Away?
  5. Did we present ourselves to others in an Authentic fashion?
  6. Have we developed a sense of Inner Peace?
  7. How effective were we at dealing with Change?
  8. Were we in a faithful Mental State?
  9. Did we consider the Bigger Picture as we made decisions?
  10. How effectively did we demonstrate Compassion and Love for others?

Judgment_Day_GateAs evidenced above, when we die is truly irrelevant in the Grand Scheme of our Eternal Existence.  The things we accumulated during our lives are likewise meaningless as they remain behind in their entirety.

What matters, when our physical life is distilled, is how prepared were we to die all along the way.  Collectively, our priorities, values, mindset and intent represent the bellwether of how we are to be judged, held accountable and projected forward into eternity.

 

Death – A Melancholy And Bittersweet Celebration of Life


Ying_Yang_2Even though a hexagenarian, I find myself facing a new experience; the death of a sibling.  As the youngest of five, I experienced that inevitable, awkward and painful telephone call from my nephew yesterday, to inform me that my brother (his dad) had passed away.  On the surface, one might surmize this is not an earth-shattering event, it eventually happens to all of us, and it happens every day, in every city, of every country on the planet.

Let me assure you, however, death is anything but routine, ordinary or insignificant.  As a Christian, death is the debt we pay as the entry fee to cross the portal from human reality to spiritual eternity.  It is a process, a portal and many times, painful.  Make no mistake, though, death is also a celebration, albeit a melancholy and bittersweet one.

Death is as the Yang to the Ying, as it permeates Life.  It can be construed as an ending, however, the Christian’s reality is that death is another beginning; a rebirth of our spirit/soul.  Death can certainly be viewed as routine, ordinary and perhaps even normal, that is, until it directly impacts YOUR life.

When you witness death in the first person of someone you intimately know, love and share history, it is exponentially more significant, impactful and forever changes your essence as a human being.

“In a peculiar sense, death morphs your sense of reality, self-image, mortality and perspective of the world around you.  Ironically, viewed as a polar region, death coexists and even defines the boundaries of life as do the poles on a planet.  Profoundly, death has its own life.”

As you experience death at a very personal and familiar level, every emotion in the library of your mind is touched, jolted, carressed and exposed.  In that context, death can be defined, understood, acknowledged and bounded by each of our realities of life.  Death is the wild stallion being broken, it is the uncontrollable child morphing from adolescence via puberty into an adult; psychologically, emotionally and spiritually.

Judgment_Day_GateWithout question, witnessing death up close and personal is an experience you simply Never forget.  The bittersweet nature of life is that positively, it ends all aspects of human suffering, be it physical, emotional, or psychological.  Death, as a metaphysical event, takes away the undesirable aspects of life, and to that end, can be looked upon as something good.  The rest of that story, however, is that death also creates an ending or sense of finality (absent faith), for those remaining alive.  It is the proberbial locked door, separating the past, the present and the future.

In a comforting light, however, faith and Christianity offer us the key to unlock that seemingly impenetrable barrier.  All we must do is use the key, without fear of the unknown, to master our own mortality, prepare for our own passage and comfort those standing on the mortal side of eternity.

Importantly, death is not to be feared, but to be understood, prepared for and anticipated… and the way we accomplish those goals is through our personal relationship with Jesus Christ.   Death serves as that little voice in the back of our minds coaxing, whispering and urging us to take stock of the life we have, leaving no stones unturned, to demonstrate gratitude for it, to reconcile our differences with others, remind those close to us just how much we love them and how much they mean to us.  In a terse and succinct context, now, go do it!  Be well.

Dedicated to the eternal spirit of David L Cerkas (1947-2016)

 

 

 

Echoes of Life – A Melody In The Making


Self_ImageAdmittedly, the vast majority of our life is unavoidably spent focusing inwardly, as we plan, perform, procrastinate and hopefully, pray.  Reflection, however, can be an amazingly powerful and insightful activity to spur personal growth, if revisited on a frequent and regular basis; and if conducted in an authentic and candid fashion.  It provides that “out of body” experience which enables us to see ourselves in the 3rd person, from the outside looking in.

“Just as you utilize and reference a map during a long trip; first, to plan your way and then, to monitor your travels toward your destination of choice, the “art” of reflection can serve as a life echo, if you will, a sounding board, which will, when attended, reveal much about who you are at this instant, as well as who you were yesterday, last year, as a child… and most importantly, who you are becoming and will be tomorrow, next year and ultimately, when your horizon meets the sky.”

To be sure, reflection has the potential to be painful, yet equally, it can be breathtaking, refreshing, satisfying and revealing; if we have the Destiny_1courage to send out that call and then, wait for the echoes of our life to speak to us and reveal who we truly are; at the spiritual level.

Reflection is a pervasive thing in our world.  We keep track of the score in sports, our bank account, the gas in our vehicles, the clothes in our closets, the color of our hair.  We are obsessed with constantly working to improve our (physical/mortal) self, while primarily paying lip service to our spiritual life and soul.  Even more ironic, is the realization that our soul is eternal, whereas our human lives are temporary.  One would think our priorities should be reversed, yes?

And this is precisely where reflection can aid us in correctly setting those priorities.  Just keep in mind, it won’t always be pleasant because we are imperfect beings.  However, we are immortal souls and reality founded in faith is the medicine we need to survive post-death.  Yes, forever is a long, long, long time.   Pierre Teilhard de Chardin stated it best, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience”.

compass_mapTake the time to plan for reflection in your life.  It may seem unnecessary, perhaps even a bit dry, however, if it is, then so is your life.  The benefits far outweigh the time spent.  Your spiritual self will thank you; anxiety, worry and stress will flee your mind like leaves blowing in a strong fall wind.  You will love yourself more, respect others more, know yourself better.  Great medicine, if we will only be brave enough to take it.

Remember, Without Winter, there can be no Spring.  Be well.

The Dormant Christian – Play The Tune!


Although each of us is born of DNA, snippets of our parent’s tendencies and that red liquid coursing through our veins, we also create our environment with our thoughts, ideas and reactions that collectively comprise our experiences, personality and the essence of our individuality and being.  Hidden in the depths of our sub-conscious, lie our fears, joys, loves and regrets, along with the complete set of our core values and beliefs.

Many of these “tucked away” emotions and navigational guideposts steer us on a day to day basis, yet we remain somewhat unaware of their subconscious influence upon our lives.  And so it is with food, dress, relationships; and faith.  And although the strongest of these morally magnetic influences is faith, as humans, we overwhelmingly have the shield-of-faithmost difficult time expressing, even sharing our museum of faith that is ordered and stored in our minds much like books in a library.

Yes, the magic of life itself remains hidden within our minds, along with everything that defines who we are, what we believe and why we behave, think and make decisions the way we do.  Many times it is safety and security that convinces us to refrain from sharing our selves with others, while at other times it can be ego, pride and self-expression that pushes us to let others know equally defining aspects of ourselves.

“As music is encrypted upon a CD or stored on the hard drive within our computer, it is conspicuously silent and unknown unless played and shared with others.  In essence, it does not exist unless it is shared.  And in a parallel fashion, our faith, beliefs and Christianity remain largely unknown and non-existent, unless we make a concerted and deliberate effort to communicate and share them with others; through our words, through our Actions, and as witnessed by our lives”.

Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero conducts the Nashville Symphony during a performance at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero conducts the Nashville Symphony during a performance at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

It is human nature to judge others by their looks, words, body language and behaviors, along with how they interact and relate to others.  This tendency to judge is a largely, mutually occurring phenomenon, i.e., it is happening all the time and all around, and to us.  It is as breathing; an involuntary response to ensure our survival.

And so it seems, in this day and age of global strife, we are being coerced into “survival mode” by external forces.  Accordingly, we are being awakened to a degree by that little voice inside us that is screaming to protect ourselves, to protect others and to raise the veil of our faith, exposing it for the world to see, by our actions.

And make no mistake, “In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity” (Albert Einstein).  Indeed, it is incumbent upon each of us to not only acknowledge our values, beliefs and faith, but moreover, to have the courage and character to defend them when under scrutiny or worse, attack.  Take the risk, remain focused and Play the Tune, people, albeit at times a bittersweet symphony, lest we wither away into non-existence.

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