Honor To Those That Gave All


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So today is Memorial Day, a day for the United States of America to honor all men&women who died while serving the military. The history of Memorial Day dates back to the late 1860s after the Civil War. Those who risked it all and died for this great country, most certainly deserve all of our thanks and gratitude. We can never honor those who gave their lives in the line of duty enough, but we can try.

Why is this the case, why do we honor those who have fallen so? Why do we need to? Because we just do, those men and women who have laid down their lives for us and this great country gave their all. Every man and woman who ever died while in the service of the United States Military, did so for something greater than themselves.

That mentality to not only recognize that there is something bigger than oneself but to make the decision that, that something is worth diving for is unfortunately a rare commodity, and as such that kind of mentality deserves more than any other to be respected, honored, and remembered. Actually it requires much more, it requires that we put up those with that mentality upon a pedestal so that their sacrifice is never for gotten. Not just their sacrifice, but what they sacrificed for and why they did so.

We honor and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and died because it is not only the right thing to do and because it is the least we can do, but because these heroes inspire us. They inspire us to stand up for what is right in the world and what we believe in. We also want future generations to remember them and their sacrifices and also be inspired by them.

So that is why we honor our men and women in military service that died for this country and why we have to do so. In the end we really have no choice but to honor them. They gave so much for us, they gave it all, that the very least that we could do is give them the honor that that have earned and deserve. So honor and remember the men and women of our arm services who have died for us.

Life Is A Phase


This is a response to the one-word prompt “Phase” by “The Daily Post.”

Life is a phase, no it really is. We are born, we grow, and we die. We grow in our bodies and in our minds. Sometimes we have our ups in life and sometimes we have our downs. Each phase comes and goes, no matter what it is and they all are important to our lives in some way even the downs. We live life in phases for a lot of reasons, but I can think of two that are really important; one to increase our growth potential in life with regards too our minds, and two to make life more interesting to live in.

All of the phases of one’s life are no more important than another, each is equal in importance. Though some phases have more of an impact than others. Nonetheless, on each phase of our lives, we need to take as they come and enjoy each one. We must never take any phase in life for granted and always live in the moment. Yes, look towards the next phase, but don’t forget about the present.

In our own individual lives, we all have things happen at different points of life. Regardless of how we feel at that time about what happens and the results, we never leave empty handed. There is always something to learn, whatever happens it is just another important part of that particular phase of our life that we may be going through.

Our hopes, our fears, our insecurities, our flaws, and our strengths; we all have these and they each play an important part in each phase of our lives. Life is an adventure, it is fun, exciting, and yes it can also be a little scary. But what would be the point of living without all of these things. It would be boring and not much to it, that’s what.

Remember, life is a phase in all is beauty and ugly. So what ever it is your are currently dealing with in your current phase, it will pass, it will get better. You just need to chug it along and take life as it comes. Live life to the fullest in all that it has to offer in all phases it comes in, no matter good or bad.

 

Dead To The World, Following The Crowd


“You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else.” Ephesians 2:1-3 NRSV

Are you dead to the world? Do you find yourself just going through the motions in life? Do you find yourself just following what others do? That is what struck me about the above passage of scripture, that Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians when he was talking about being “dead to the world.” If we are just doing whatever we do, but are not paying much attention to what and how we do the things that we do, and if we are doing them because they seem to be the “papular” thing to do at the time, then we are “dead to the world.”

I can relate very much to this because there have been times I did things but was not really doing them, I was just on auto pilot. Before I had put my focus on God and Jesus in my life, I was doing so a lot, just going through the motions, but not really living; I was “dead to the world.” This I think is very important, when we put our selfs first and not something greater then ourselves (the bigger picture/others), we are not really “alive.”

We are not “alive” because we focus on ourselves or the “flesh” as Paul says; we tend to never be satisfied with whatever we do and as such keep doing more and more things without thinking, but automatically. This is when we become “dead to the world” when we get so in the motions of what we do every day, in pursuit of only what is good for ourselves that we ignore everything else. Even if and when we may do something to help others, we aren’t doing so because of the goodness of the act, but because others are doing similar things and thus do so in return. We are “dead to the world” by being a follower of the world in all that we do.

Deal heavenly father, please help me to not be dead to the world but to take everything in and to be aware of you, and what you want me to do. To not focus on my wants but your wants and not to be a follower of the world but a follower of you, Amen. 

 

 

 

Don't Just Dream; Make Your Dream A Reality


This is a response to the one-word prompt, “dream” by “The Daily Post.”

We all have dreams and hopes for the future, everyone does. It is a part of being human. The thing is we don’t all pursue our dreams. For whatever reason, be it we don’t think our dreams are attainable or we are just afraid of failing. The thing is, what good is a dream or hope for the future if all it remains is a dream? There is no use dreaming about something or someone that we want if we do nothing with the dreams.

When we have dreams, we do so for a reason, it is because we want something in life. We want something more than what we have currently; when we have the dream. So what is holding us back from pursuing our dreams in most cases? Fear, fear of not succeeding in our dreams and fear that our dreams are just that dreams. This fear need not hold us back and indeed is quite  irrational. For one, if we don’t ever take that first plunge, we will never know if there is any substance to our dreams or not.

If one never, at least tries to pursue one’s dreams of what they want in life, they never will know if what they want is achievable or not. If one fails, well, so be, but better to have failed and learned from that failure than to have never reached for that dream in the first place and have it always dangling in front of you, taunting you. Plus, if you do fail,that may still not be the end of your dream, it may require a couple of tries before reaching fulfillment. You will know more after that first shot at going for your dream/s.

What is the point of life if you don’t take a little risk to find and attain enjoyment in life? We have dreams/hopes for a reason, and that is to go out and reach for something more in life. So if you have a dream for the future in your life, go out and reach for it. Don’t be afraid of a little failure here and there, on the way to bringing that dream to reality.

 

Survival Is Never Enough


This is a response to the one-word prompt “survival” by “The Daily Post.”

We all have a survival instinct, it is in all human beings, indeed in every living creature. It is part of the evolutionary process. Yet, for us humans survival is not enough. It is not enough just to mealy get by basic substance. We have to thrive, to live. This has been the case throughout human history from the very beginning and will be the case to the very end.

Yes, we all have the drive to survive and make it in life, to have a successful career and raise a family and all that. But life is so much more than just that. Those things are important, but we can’t just go through life with just the essentials, we need more, we need to enjoy life. We need to take life as it is, and enjoy both the complex and the simple.

What’s the point of making money to feed yourself and put a roof over your head, if you are not also going to go out with friends and go to a play or any number of things that the world has to offer? What’s the point of raising a family if you are not going to spend time with them because you are too busy providing for them? The answer is not much of a point if there is no actual living, and enjoyment of life.

If a parent takes no pride and joy in spending time with his/her children because he/she is too focused on providing basic substance and such for them, that is not only depriving the children of a good life but the parent’s as well. Survival or having the basic necessities of life does come with thriving or living one’s life to the fullest, but thriving does not necessary come with survival. Thriving is more than surviving, it is living.

To survive one needs more than just the basic food, water and shelter needed to stay alive; one needs to have social interaction with family, friends and so forth. One needs to be able to say all this hard work is worth it, no matter if that hard work is for themselves or others. So when working to provide for yourself or others, make sure that you are enjoying life and not just trudging it along. Make sure that you are actually living and not just surviving!

 

One Day Is Not Enough For Mom!


The history of Mothers Day differs in the world, but begun in the United States with Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became official in 1914. But why do we have just one day to honor our mothers? Is one day really enough? The answer is no, one day is not enough for mom.

That is the understatement of the year, for all that she has done for me, one day is so not enough to express my love and thanks to my mom. This goes to everyone I think with mothers. Mothers do so much for us throughout our whole lives; they love us unconditionally, they raise us, they put up with so much. By all means, we need to celebrate this day, Mothers Day and tell her how much we really, really appreciate all that she has and continues to do and put up for us. Yet, we should be doing that every day.

I do not know about anyone else, but almost every day I will call up my mom to talk to her and tell her I love her. No amount of thanks and telling her “I love you” is too much. Because of the fact that we should really be giving thanks to our mothers every day, the fact that we do put aside one day each year to really show how much they mean to us; really does make sense.

We want to, no we should show our appreciation to our mothers all the time, yet at the same time, we also need that one day where we go all out for our mothers. The one day where we not only  give thanks; but that we honor them. Instead of them going out of the way for us as mothers are a want to do, we go out of the way for them for at least this one day.

So the true reason that we have a Mothers Day when we should be giving thanks to our mothers every day is because it signifies to them that we can never do enough to honor them for all that they have done for us. Mothers day says that a simple thank you or “I love you” in no way cuts it. So Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers out there. Thank you for all that you have put up with and continue to put up with. Happy Mothers Day for Mom!

 

To Doubt


And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46

This passage from scripture is a very important one that is often overlooked and not paid the attention that it is due. Here we basically see that even if it is only for a millisecond, Jesus is doubting God. Now he quickly brushes it off, but the fact is that he did. This is good news us and for anyone who has experienced doubt in God in some of their most trying times, it means that we can be and will be forgiven that doubt.

We see that Jesus brushes this very brief doubt off in the Gospel of Luke: Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I command my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last. Luke 23:46

These passages in scripture also shows that no matter how trusting and believing we are in God, no matter how committed we are to our heavenly father, there will always be that one minute where doubt creeps in. The important thing is not to, not have doubts, but once they show up to brush them off. To not let doubt sink in and find a home in our hearts.

Look at the situration that Jesus is in when he does cry out to God in doubt, he does it while he is on the cross not long before he finally dies. With all the pain and suffering that he was enduring, (for us) the fact that all he did was one little cry out when it is highly doubtful that you or me or anyone else can endure what Jesus did without acting out more is itself telling.

As Jesus shows us, doubt will at some point come to everyone. To doubt while not good is ok as long as we do not keep that doubt. In fact in some ways a little doubt may perhaps be a good thing in the long run when it comes to our relationship with God, for it teaches us. We learn form that experience of doubt and once we overcome that doubt we and are faith become stronger because of it.

Even when Thomas doubted at first Jesus’s resurrection, Jesus does indeed adomdish him, but Thomas is forgiven as soon as he does believe (John 20:24-29).  As John tells us after Thomas overcomes his doubt (with a little telling to from Jesus) his faith in Jesus became stronger, “My Lord and my God” John 20:28. Doubt when it does not hold you down, but teaches you and you learn from it can become a good thing. Now it is still better to avoid having doubt in the first place, but as is so prevalvent throughout holy scripture, it is possible to turn a negative into a positive.

My heavenly father, and Lord Jesus Christ, help me to not doubt you and to always follow you and walk in your ways. Help me to make my path straight. But when I do stray and or have doubts as is bound to happen, help me to quickly brush those doubts off as you have done and to learn form those doubts and to actually increase my faith in you. Amen!