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All of us have this insatiable desire to belong, to share, to possess the knowledge of our future; to be able to influence our future.  Indeed, to become our future.  And what hangs in the balance, what buoys our spirit, humbles our minds, and drives our determination; is faith.

Faith, in knowing there is much more to life than meets the eye; faith, in our salvation; faith, in life after death; faith, in God, The Son, and the Holy Spirit.  The kind of faith that people have been persecuted for having since the beginning of time, faith for which people have died, faith that people protect with their lives.

To be sure, the fundamental construct of faith is founded in the future, in knowing the past, in trusting God, in loving life.  And the reality of our collective existence is distilled into a single universal truth; to Believe is to See.

As much as our faith is centered around our singular existence, relationship and respective accountability with our Creator, it likewise is circular in nature, in that it involves the impact our lives have on others and others impact on us.  The whole of our being can best be described as an interconnected, interdependent conscious organism (spirit), et. al.

We spend our entire lives searching for those worldly areas where we belong, yet spend precious little time searching (and preparing) for the eternal life where we will belong into the infinity of time.  We must consequently examine our lives and ask ourselves; What are our priorities in contrast to what should be our priorities?

“At the opposite end of the spectrum is the beginning of new life, of being born, of witnessing the miracle itself, of acknowledging and accepting the awesome responsibility and privilege of becoming a parent.  And most importantly, nurturing, assisting, influencing, valuing and respecting that precious and amazing life; for it is your legacy as a child of God, your responsibility as a Christian, and your opportunity to enhance, enlighten and empower another ‘soul’ to serve and praise the Creator.”

– (Excerpt from My Amazing Life Is Not In Vein, Michael Cerkas)

Robert Eddison

To belong to anything involves prescribed values, thinking, behavior, priorities, commitment, and restraint.  Yet the key to these aspects is rooted in free will, not in indentured servitude.  Each of us chooses where we belong, in part, by our desires, and in LARGE part, by our actions.

In choosing where we belong, remember that Love trumps Hate, Good is more powerful than Evil, and actions indeed have consequences.  So, in those famous words of the Grail Knight (portrayed by Robert Eddison), in the 1989 film classic, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade…..  Choose Wisely.

 

God Bless You and Be well.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Holy Grail Scene)

 

(Up Where We Belong: Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes)
Who knows what tomorrow brings
In a world few hearts survive
All I know is the way I feel
When it’s real, I keep it alive
The road is long
There are mountains in our way
But we climb a step every day
Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry
On a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world below
Up where the clear winds blow
Some hang on to used to be
Live their lives looking behind
All we have is here and now
All our lives, out there to find
The road is long
There are mountains in our way
But we climb a step every day
Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry
On a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world we know
Where the clear winds blow
Time goes by
No time to cry
Life’s you and I
Alive today
Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry
On a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world we know
Where the clear winds blow
Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry
On a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong

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’.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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

I’ve Got Everything I Need – And Nothing That I Don’t


Compassion_2Indeed, it would be a cruel joke if God created us in His image, and then somehow, failed to provide us with the things we truly need to live a prosperous life as a Christian.   And the truth of the matter is that each of us has what we need (note: not want) to experience an exceedingly rich and joyful life, if we choose to follow Christ‘s teaching; to avoid sin and love others without reservation.

“Perhaps by design to illustrate and test the construct of faith, God included many resources for us to enjoy.  Yet, as our free will would have it, we at times, enjoy too much, obsess too much and exclude what matters too much; to the point we lose focus on what is good, what has been provided and what enriches our soul.”

There are numerous tasks each of us must not only perform, but rather, master, if we are to realize our potential as Christ-the-Redeemer-overlooking-Rio-De-Janeirobeautiful and uniquely special children of God.  Among the critical few are to identify and develop self-awareness, core values, faith, discipline, compassion, respect and humility.

Collectively, these tasks prepare us to love one another, which is the ultimate end-game of our existence.  And make no mistake, we have everything we need in this life to reach that goal, to fulfill our destiny.

It is our use of choice that solely determines the path we pursue, and the extent we realize our future.  And a wise choice is to use prayer to seek God’s wisdom, grace and guidance to reveal answers that will lead us into eternity. Holy_Grail_Chalice

The enlightened choice is the one we make when it aligns with God’s will, plan and future.  And we possess all the worldly resources necessary to meet His expectations. If only we choose to use what we need and avoid what we don’t. Choose wisely.

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Expectations Resurrected – The Answers Lie Within


Mother Bear & CubsThe world which surrounds us as a mother bear protecting her cubs, has cyclical and seemingly, eternal patterns of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; all revolving around life and death.

And so it is with each of us.  As we grow, learn and experience our environment, including other people, we amass an intellectual, emotional and psychological inventory of memories that together, form our core values, help us set goals and create and manage our expectations of ourselves and the world in which we are immersed.

In testimony to this truth, many of us annually set New Year Resolutions that serve to guide and mold our behaviors throughout the coming year.  More than resolutions, they in fact, more closely resemble expectations of the future; expectations of Our future.God

As healthy as it is to set and strive to achieve these earthly and mortal expectations, it is likewise, foolhardy to ignore other forces that similarly impact and influence our life on the Rock.

My beliefs include the existence of God, Angels and the Divine nature of coincidence.  To be sure, every “Corrective Action” we experience masquerades as a stumble in life.  Every chance interaction we encounter with another person serves some fundamental purpose for learning, about ourselves.

Many times, we fail to understand or comprehend the meaning of the encounter until at some point later in our life; when we are finally able to “connect the dots”.

“In perfect alignment with the season of Passover, each of us must resurrect our expectations of ourselves, our behavior, and specifically, our future.  Like the Earth, we must revisit our presence in this world, our purpose as spiritual children of God and commit to taking the appropriate actions that will enable and empower us to reach toward the stars in an attempt to align our behavior with our inner spirit, toward the realization of our potential as human beings.”

Conceptual Space Time VortexMost importantly, this focus and disciplined effort does not and will not go unrewarded.  To the contrary, any time we search within ourselves for answers in life, we grow, learn, attain wisdom and spiritually mature.  In essence, we travel to a dimensional point in our consciousness which is closer to what we are to become, than to what we presently are.

Being is much more difficult than one might perceive at first glance.  It requires patience, intent, humility, sacrifice and pureness of heart.  Critically, it requires love and forgiveness.

And it yields so much more than that.  Always know that the Answers Lie Within yourself; if only we make the effort to seek them out, and equally recognize our role in this world along with the presence of the Supreme Being.  Be well.

 

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