In Vain We Strive

In vain we strive,
our way to find.
Through clouded mind,
our place in time.

Empty, hollow,
short of breath.
Lost, alone,
a walking death.

We’re on all fours,
our pity soars.
Self-absorbed,
a slamming door.

So we cry foul,
but silence rings.
A wrenched soul,
emptiness brings.

Lost, alone,
nowhere to run.
Sick at heart,
darkened sun.

The battle lost,
when waged alone.
For we are but,
a tiny stone.

But, on the Rock,
we’re lifted up.
Recieve His breath,
taste of His cup.

The moral grasped,
the lessoned honed.
Without His strength,
we strive alone!

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A Life Apart

Haunting thoughts of past regret,
staves the joy so hungrily sought.
Deep void the present self does feel,
from inner battles waged and lost.

Vexing skirmishes wrought with pain,
bring lonely cries that wrench the heart.
Lost so long all hope does ebb,
that severed hope apart from God.

Salvo meus Christus,
I’ve been but a worm.
But You are Light, You are God
with mercy and joy untold.

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Carpe Diem

Although not a perfect translation, carpe deim has come to mean seize the day. What a concept! Can you image if each of us upon arising in the morning opened our arms to the world and shouted carpe deim “seize the day”. How would life be different? What are the possibilities?

We get up each day and stumble about getting ready for work, school or whatever it is we plan to do. Most of us, unfortunately, expect no more than we did the day before. We head off to wherever we’re going with no expectations beyond what we’ve become programmed to believe is our life, or our reality. What if our reality isn’t necessarily our current circumstance? What if our potential was so much greater than we expect?

Most successful people whether through business, sports or entertainment were not born into success and wealth. Most of the successful people we admire, respect or possibly even envy got where they are by not accepting their circumstances. They are people who don’t just accept the status quo. They are people who know there is more out there than their current reality says.

Just think if everyone accepted that there life will never be better or grander than how they grew up. We would find ourselves in short supply of doctors, lawyers “maybe that would be a good think” :), scientists, teachers, etc. I think you get my point. You are not your current reality. You are a person with vast potential created by a God beyond what you can even imagine. Do you think He wants you to just accept your circumstance and never try to better yourself?

You have so much potential, so much to offer, so much you can do and contribute. You just need to believe in yourself. You have the potential to make your life into just about anything you want. I only wish I would have come to that understanding many years ago.

If you’re unhappy with your job, your life, or the direction you’re heading in; you can do something about it. It might be hard, it might take some time, it might mean going back to school, it will certainly mean doing some creative thinking and goal setting; but you can change your current reality. You can become whoever or whatever you wish if your are willing to get up each day, open your arms to the world and shout, “Carpe Diem”.

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Sin!

What is this thing that holds us captive,
a slave to sin here ever after.
A struggle wrought with perils abounding,
deeper debt our soles are mounting.
It seems as though no place to hide,
foul tempest sin which wars inside.
Calamity taunts at every turn,
an alluding peace our heart dost yearn.
What I would, I’m lost to do,
the stain of sin, a darkened hew.
What is this dreadful pulling down,
but sin itself, a screaming sound.
A choking, gasping, grab for air, the weight of sin, so much despair.
Who is such man, whom spirals down,
the man not covered, by His Crimson Gown!

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The way leaders used to think.

Rather than trying to pontificate while experiencing brain cloud “medical term, I’m sure”; I have decided to share some wisdom from someone much smarter than I. I love reading quotes from people, and while reading some this morning I was particularly impressed with the below.  I hope you enjoy them.

And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever.

Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 18, 1781

A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 19, 1785

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between church and State.

Thomas Jefferson, letter to a Committee of the Danbury Baptist Association, Connecticut, January 1, 1802

But with respect to future debt; would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself can validly contract more debt, than they may pay within their own age, or within the term of 19 years.

Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789

Until next time!

 

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Is it really worth it?

The two most foolish things to argue about are religion and politics.  Now, I’m not talking about civil debate; as there are some folks able to do that.  Unfortunately, most of us are not skilled in debate, and only find ourselves arguing, offending others, and getting mad. 

Why is it we find is so hard to accept people having views differing from our own?  I have given that a lot of thought because I have been in arguments that left me with regret and wishing I could take back it back.  Is it really worth it; is it so important to prove someone else wrong, or ourselves right?  It’s nothing but pride that makes us do that.

Rather than taking offence when someone doesn’t agree with you, why not accept the fact that different people see things differently.   We all have are own belief systems that everything is filtered through, and once you get past childhood days those belief systems are usually locked in place. 

Unless someone has doubts within themself; and questioning their current beliefs, you will not convince them of anything.  It doesn’t matter if you have better debate skills or a book that backs up your opinion, unless someone is searching, it will remain just your opinion.

Is it worth pushing family or friends away because they don’t view the world the same way you do?  Can’t we just agree to disagree and leave sore subjects off the table?  Most of the time when we get pushy on our opinions, we are only trying to get consensus to back up those opinions.  Then if someone doesn’t agree, it sets us off.  Keep in mind, the circle of people who care anything about yours or my opinion is very small. 🙂

Life is too short to argue and fight.  In the future if someone starts to espouse an opinion you find aggrevating or annoying, just smile at them and say “I’m not sure that I totally agree with you, but I certainly respect you and your opinion”, and change the subject.

Until next time!

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Ah, to be resolute?

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”

So, are you resolved to succeed in life?  If so, how do you measure that success?  Some of us measure success by the amount of money we make, others by the emotional health of our families.  Some people feel successful when the reach a certain goal, others base their success by how popular they are.  Are these measures of success?  You’ll have to answer that for yourself. 

I believe having a happy family and good friends, is a great measure of success.  But if you have no measure of financial success how can you support your family, or contribute to the needs of others?  Having lots of money but an unhappy family life and no real friends can leave you empty and feeling alone even with all your money. To live a life with money and friends but never contributing to the the needs of others can leave you feeling unfullfilled.

So what’s the answer to success?  I can only really answer that question for myself.  In some ways I’m already very successful in other ways I have some work to do.

I believe in balance.  I believe in working hard, but not so hard that you never have time for your family or friends.  I believe in a close family, but if your life is full of financial insecurity you do them and yourself a disservice.  I believe that only thinking of yourself and your own needs will make you a selfish person and leave you feeling unhappy.

It is by working hard and never giving up on your dreams. It is by loving your family more than life itself.  It is by giving of yourself and resources as you can. It is by striving to be a part of something bigger than yourself.  It is by doing and being your best in all areas of your life that one becomes a success.  Of course, that is just my opinion!

May you be resolute in all areas of your life.

Until next time!

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