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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

The Lives Within A Life


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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lift up your life, by lifting up others.

 

You Don’t Get Much Without Giving


giving-quote-churchillIn this Ying and Yang world we live in, it’s all about alignment, balance and learning. Yet, without awareness, we learn nothing.  Throughout our lives, hopefully, we learn that to have a friend, you must first be one.  To seek forgiveness from someone you must equally forgive; especially and including yourself.

We are taught the “Golden Rule“; which is to Do unto Others as you would have them Do unto You.  Stephen Covey said it best with regard to relationships; “Seek first to understand, then to be understood”.

Indeed, our worlds are saturated with complementary and sometimes opposing forces.  giving_hug_vetForces, necessary for change, growth and survival.  Forces, equally essential for redemption and personal salvation.  And as the word connotes, “force” can at times be personally unpleasant in nature.

When we were children, many of us were guided by our parents and taught that work must come before play.  We were taught by both example and personal experience to understand about sacrifice and how suffering can even be considered necessary in life to accomplish great(er) things.  In reality, suffering is Christ-like in nature and opens the door to become closer to God; yet it is ultimately our choice whether to walk through that open door.

“My personal advocacy aligns that to truly know yourself you must focus on others and that you must place others first.  Respect always precedes love.  In observing and paying attention to your reaction and understanding of others behaviors, actions and approaches, you learn about yourself, your values, your tendencies and most importantly, your spirit.”

Compassion_2Best of all, giving generates those internal feelings deep within your being of satisfaction, peace, goodwill and validation.  Anyone who has done something for another human being out of the goodness of their heart, can identify with and understands this feeling.

It is an experience that leaves you always wanting and thirsting for more.   “For it is in Giving that we Receive” – Francis of Assisi

 

give
/gɪv/ Show Spelled [giv] Show IPA
verb (used with object), gave, giv·en, giv·ing.
1. to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; bestow: to give a birthday present to someone.
2. to hand to someone: Give me that plate, please.
3. to place in someone’s care: If you give me your coat, I’ll put it in the closet.
4. to grant (permission, opportunity, etc.) to someone: Give me a chance.
5. to impart or communicate: to give advice; to give a cold to someone.

“You Don’t Get Much”
There’s two boys holdin’ stars for the wishin’
Yeah one boy’s sure one says “I don’t know”
But sometimes I feel we been missin’
Love I try, and away they go
And in this ol’ town the wind starts blowin
And the radio sings blues for free
We got the bottle down for soakin’ dreams (yeah!)
“Tears of a clown” well, hey, that’s me
And hearts that fall in two pretend they don’t show
Holding back the rain, baby, let it go
You don’t get much without giving
You don’t get much without giving
Hey! Hey!  Yeah!   Hey! Hey!  Yeah! Hey! Hey!  Yeah!   Hey! Hey!  Yeah!
Oh, she left one shoe behind in the back hallway
She left one memory the strangest kind
I guess naive love songs are savin’ grace
When losers win in this losin’ race
And hearts that fall in two pretend they don’t show
Holding back the rain, baby, let it go
You don’t get much without giving
You don’t get much without giving
Hey! Hey!  Yeah!    Hey! Hey!  Yeah! Hey! Hey!  Yeah!    Hey! Hey!  Yeah!
Oh……You don’t get much   
You don’t get much
You don’t get much   
You don’t get much
Oh…. Oh……
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Top 10 ways to truly find Yourself


Start focusing more on other people:

10. Observe their behavior, their words and what is not said
9. Notice their body language when they interact with others
8. Measure how much time they spend listening as opposed to speaking
7. Detect the presence of a smile in their eyes and kindness in their words
6. Watch for respect for others by offering their help if needed
5. Remember how they speak about others when they are not present
4. Monitor the amount of time they invest in their interactions with others
3. Look for the values they express in their communications
2. Listen for the conviction in what they say
1. Pay attention to the compassion of their presence

Then, when you digest and synthesize all this information, consider how you would like to be treated as the ‘other person’ and then make a conscious decision and commitment to mirror and BE that way to others.  This is how you find yourself.

Make reflection become reality.  You will be absolutely amazed how positively others will begin to respond to you and your presence.

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