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You Can’t Stop The Truth


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As human beings, each of us is a complexity of experience, genetics, knowledge, opinion, bias, fear, judgment, and imperfection.  Throughout our lives, we have gathered information, formulated thoughts, conclusions, and feelings.  We react to our environment, especially to other people.  Our core values direct our life whether we are aware of it or not.

Facts are indisputable, measurable, and descriptive aspects of physical things in the world around us.  They are discovered, formulated, documented, proven and are real.  Information is the totality of individual details of anything and everything.  Facts and information help us make sense of the world and all that is in it, via dictionaries, reference books, diagrams, formulas, instructions, etc.

“And then there is Truth… Ah yes, those things that exist in a vacuum, that many times cannot be seen, heard, touched or proven, but merely acknowledged…  Things like; time, good and evil, the universe, electricity, life itself…  and God.”

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There are truths we more readily accept because we don’t or can’t perceive the difference they create by their existence, and then, there are Truths we protect with our lives; justice, freedom, goodwill, fair play, safety, philanthropy, love…  and our Faith.

Try as we might, and people have; we cannot prove or disprove faith.  Truth can not be compromised or erased.  Facts are not the truth.  Indeed, that is the fundamental essence of it and which defines it.  To understand faith, you must possess it.  To understand Evil, you must recognize and know it.  To understand goodwill, you must demonstrate it.   To comprehend God, you must experience Him.  This is precisely why Good and Evil exist in the world; so that people know the difference between them and can recognize them when and where they exist.

As a Christian by choice (you know, that Free Will thing), I believe in my heart that God is Truth, God is Light, Light is Truth, and that Truth is Unconditional, like Love and Compassion.   I acknowledge God as my savior and strive to practice His Truth daily, in spite of the fact I am an imperfect being.  Indeed, I am imperfect so that I can recognize God.

To fully experience life and grow as a human being, it is essential to face the truth, every time and in every way.  The Truth strengthens and enriches your soul.  It crystalizes priorities and solidifies motivation.  It makes your hopes and dreams achievable and is the basis for happiness.

You can’t stop the Truth, and Only the Truth will set you Free!

Faith As A Power Source


Intrinsic motivation has always intrigued me as a chess game intrigues a chess player.  Indeed, I have been driven my entire life, by multiple forces, yet one plateaus above all others.

Something inside me responds with energy and inertia when I am told I don’t have the skills, resources, determination or vision to accomplish some objective.  Is it simply a desire to succeed?  Or perhaps, the appeal of a challenge?  Maybe, to seek an opportunity to help others?  Or, to gain their approval?

“I believe, in my heart of hearts, the driving force that catapults and propels me forward to accomplish any worthwhile objective is the resulting opportunity for me to Witness that God provides whatever is necessary to accomplish His goal(s) through a sinner like me.”

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In short, I wholeheartedly crave the ability to credit God as my Power Source in every meaningful thing I do in my life; to Witness to Him as my Lord and Savior. To use His Power in my life to help others, to learn from others, and to help others find themselves and their faith.   Collectively, to grow His kingdom on earth.

I have asked myself many times, could it really be that simple?  Is God that powerful?  Is He that omnipotent?  Amazingly, is God that Real?  The answer, simply, is yes, Yes, YES, and YES!

“For some, personal power is derived by knowledge, others by the desire to succeed.  Still, others believe in a survival instinct of sorts, and yet others rely on successes that build self-confidence.  Certainly, there is no singular right answer.  All I know is that my motivation comes unilaterally and explicitly from my faith in God and all He provides, allows, bestows, offers, and wills.”

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Much like an athlete sets goals for him/herself, their focus yields a building block approach. The football player focuses on the next First Down before the Touchdown.  The Nascar driver each lap, before the finish line.  The Christian, the next opportunity to Witness, before their personal salvation and resurrection.  We are all, in fact, competitors and participants in the game of Life.  And, to be successful and grow, we must remain focused and aware of what is directly in front of us each and every day, regardless of the longer-term objective, goal, need or desire.

You see, faith is an incredibly powerful source of energy and Truth.  Both emanate from a single point of origin, God the Father.  Energy is created through inspiration, survival, fear, need, desire, protective instincts, indeed, love.  Truth, however, comes solely from God, is not to be confused with facts, and by design, is accompanied by and rooted in morality.  Man possesses no innate morals as morals are learned and man is imperfect.  True and objective morality, therefore must emanate from the creator as He is the teacher and is perfect.

Most assuredly, many people have heard the phrase, “Trust your Instincts”, yes?  And, in many circumstances and scenarios we face in our lives, our instincts come into play and focus on determining our actions and behavior.  Yet, at the core of our spirit and being, those instincts we all possess, are founded in morality, and morality originates singularly from God.  The point being that God influences and largely, controls the higher level direction and trajectory of each of our lives, whereas, we are simply charged with our thoughts, actions, behaviors, and ultimately, our choices.

In the end, collectively, a large objective of human life lies within each individual discovering their (our) purpose in life.  Once found, life transforms and ascends into something much more meaningful, worthy, and impactful; for us, and for all the other people we come into contact with, along the way.   Here is praying, hoping and wishing each of us is open to learning as much as we need to live a Purpose Driven Life.  In the big picture of eternity, it’s your life, so live it like you mean it.   Who do you want to be?  God Bless and Be Well.

 

 

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

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

 

An Angel In My Corner


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In the Christian world, God, Faith and the Bible are undeniably binary concepts; you either believe in them, or you don’t.   Specifically, the Bible, represents the “Word of God“, via its sixty six books; each book an account of God’s Word via a source.

My point is that when you believe in God, have faith and accept the Bible as God’s Word, i.e., Truth, it’s an all or nothing scenario.  Everything within the Bible; God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, Satan, Demons, Miracles, Saints, Sin, Heaven, Hell, Salvation, Eternal Life, and Angels, come along for the ride.  And, oh, what a ride it is!

Indeed, I have a special reverence and interest in Angels.

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Throughout my life, like many other people, I have had my brushes with danger, personal injury, even death.  Yet, looking back, I have always felt an extraordinary sense of reassurance, when in dangerous situations, that God was with me, either directly, or via an Angel.

Having always been a steadfast believer that there are no coincidences in life, it is very logical to me that the explanation for these moments of danger and protection, is the existence and presence of Angels in our lives.

There has been many times, I’ve had the feeling that someone or something was near me, protecting me, guiding me, accompanying me.  Some might refer to it as ESP (Extra Sensory Perception), or Clairvoyance; perhaps even luck.

“Well, in my world, luck only exists as a theory.  Every moment, every interaction, every scenario, outcome, experience and reaction; is driven by my belief in God, my faith, my values and my kismet.  Without question, we all have choices as a result of God’s gift of free will, yet Jesus Christ clearly stated he already knew us even before we were born.”

Jeremiah 1:5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

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Angels, creatures of Heaven, assume specific roles in each of our lives on earth.  They provide Comfort, Protection, Patience, Salvation, and Unconditional Love.   Created by God, Angels are messengers that serve mankind, each with a specific mission.

Like so many things in this world, if you believe in something with all your heart, that belief becomes your Truth.  Positive energy flows in an unstoppable fashion, so it goes without saying that maintaining a positive outlook and disposition in life is paramount to creating positive outcomes, for each of us.

“Angels are intelligent reflections of light, that original light which has no beginning.  They can illuminate.  They do not need tongues or ears, for they can communicate without speech, in thought.” 

 – John of Damascus

Rest assured, you have already been visited by, perhaps, even entertained in human form, an Angel in your life.   Everyone needs and deserves, an Angel in their corner.

Just What is Christianity?


Sailing_SunsetSearching for answers is rarely easy and the most frequent mistake people make is looking outward and focusing on the external environment.  To really get to the bottom of meaningful questions and problems, the Secret is to look within yourself, your core values and your relationships.

 

  • Forget Webster’s, for words are but vehicles
  • Forget Funk and Wagnalls, for it is but an interpretation
  • Forget Google, Yahoo and Bing, for they exist only on a screen

Instead, step back and away from the world, eliminate all distractions, and examine yourprayer heart.  Call it intent, purpose, commitment or conscience, the answer to every question we have in our life resides in our heart.

And the reason that is true is because there is no one else like you.  You were created as a result of the sheer Will of God.  Many people confuse biological birth with the true meaning of life.  Indeed, we focus on the mechanics of things and largely ignore the why, the role, the significance, and the vision.

Compassion_2Christianity is very much the same.  We are inundated with rules, protocol, history and obligation, yet the essence of Christianity is being aware of, and consciously deciding, what is in our heart.  Christianity is a feeling.

Indeed, Religion vs Christianity is much like the difference between the Reference Manual for an airplane as opposed to actually flying it in the air!  The Word of God is a Living, Breathing, Conscious Way of Life, not a book, a building or a regularly scheduled worship.  And that’s How I’ll Always Be…

“Church is a moment and expression of reflection, prayer, repentance, forgiveness; a belief in and a feeling of love in your heart…. THAT; is Church.  Just as God’s existence is not bounded by space, time or matter; our ability to communicate, worship and express our love for and with Him is likewise limitless and without confine.”

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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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Photo Credit: A.F. Bradley in his Studio

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

 

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