How do you picture Christ?
As a God somewhere over a rainbow, like a child when considering Oz?
Do you see Him as leading you to the stars in a Universe you have little in common with, other then it being part of a philosophy of old?
Is He only a thought , you hold, so that your lips can mutter a name that binds you with others?
Or have you seen Him as your mate? Someone real enough to share your feelings with? Someone when you feel a lack of being loved, you call upon first ..., before all others? Do you see Him as a living entity who, knows you better then you know yourself?
It's how you view Christ, that will either make Him the mate of your whole being, or a distant god, whose life has little to do with who you are.
How do you picture Christ?
The problem with many Christians is , they fear following Christ will change them too much. That they no longer will have their same personality. And even worse that they will become so holy, they no longer will be able to have fun.
After all, we all have seen pictures of the ancient Saints, and hardly a smile on any of them.
Well that's because being too serious about anything, in todays world is a threat. We already believe, we are over worked, and over burdened.
But how mo...re joyful would we be, if our burdens were lifted, and our work became a joy? How free would we be, if we no longer cared about what others thought of us, and only had to answer to He who gives us our strength?
Could we give up our cursing, for feeling more loved?
Could we give up our pretenses to become more of who we are?
How wonderful would it be not to have to hold on to the protective shield of being exposed?
And lastly how free could you be, if you never ever have to cover your shame, by telling a lie?
If that is asking too much of you, then following Christ is indeed to serious a journey for you to take. If what He offers sounds like a path you would love to take...than He will SERIOUSLY help you walk it.
Motherhood is mystical.
It transforms a single cell impregnated with the spark of life, that holds within it, all the possibilities available to that life.
She helps nurture this life, until it chooses to be born into the world.
Motherhood shares her own life force, her heart, and a piece of her Soul. She asks nothing, for all she gives to this unborn babe. All she wants is its life to be filled with all that is good. All that brings it joy, and hopes it will find a love of its own. She seeks nothing for herself, yet hopes for everything to be given to her child. She prays its life will be fulfilled. That it will find its purpose in the world. She asks for nothing, other than her child find happiness in its Soul.
Happy Mothers Day to all, who feel children are our greatest gift!
Growing in Christ/God begins with a choice.
As long as we are still blaming others for your hurts, and life's injustices, we have yet to become self aware.
As long as we believe self awareness makes us enlighted, and therefore its our duty to enlighten others, we have yet to learn Divine Vigilance.
The difference between Divine Vigilance, and Self Awareness is; with Divine Vigilance we allow God to reveal our faults, as He gently suggests their correction.
With Self Awareness, our love of self, denies we have any faults, therefore leaving us no need for correction. No need for Christ to make us in His image.
How is it we are all so very impressed with how animals love?
Animals respond to their survival instincts, not much different from man.
Haven't you known a person who stays in a situation out of fear, based upon their inability to survive alone? That is more animal instinct, than love.
Love from outside of self, is very hard to define. Especially when we are looking at it more from our animal nature. Not all things we observe are what they seem. Not all love is the same. Love can be in the form of a friendship, as well as ones need to survive. And at times these loves can overlap.
And as with all things in life, not everyone has the same capacity for love. Some animals will seem as if they truly understand the love between pet and master. Some just are content with a warm home, and food at the ready. So animals can express what we say is love differently, so too, can human nature love in greater and lesser degrees.
When it comes to mans ability to love greately , Christ was given to us, as the example of Love Divine. I would not even mention Divine Love, had He not told us it was possible. What would be the purpose of His coming, if not to show us that we can reach that eternal Love? A love that has nothing to do with survival. Nor even the kind of love that only would satisfy our egos need.
He showed us a selfless love, whose purpose was to make us want to learn more, how we could love. A love that could elevate with His Christ-like spirit.
Few I believe, will seek that purpose. For just like the animals in nature, some hearts are not equipped to fill that need. And even some who can, will reject it, for the safety of earth bound love. But for those who know what it means to follow Christ; for those who know that mans purpose is not His animal nature, but that of His God. It's important that our time on earth is used for this purpose,and not wasted.
What good is wanting to follow Christ? Wanting Him to return to earth, if we haven't the time, the inclination or the awareness of what it takes for us to make Way for His return? What would be the point of saying we are Christians, follower of Christ, if we havent a clue as to what will take to reach love that is Divine?
We are told as Christians that our past will be washed away, and that we will be reborn with a new self, once we commit ourselves to Christ.
How will this come about? Some believe like Saul, that they will be hit by lighting and everything they once knew would change. Well I tend to believe more, that the lighting strike may have been more a stroke of genius! But no matter what it was, it certainly wasnt my experience . Mine was more a process of pain on all levels at all different times, than on one felled swoop! But what I am certain of is, that growth in God, is only gotten by those who commit fully to wanting to be reborn in Him.
I recently purchased a book I would hope all serious Christians would read.
Its called "The Glorious Persuit" by Gary L. Thomas.
This book's simplicity focuses on what all healthy Christians in Christ need to focus on. Embracing the Virtues of Christ.
So many Christians still see their life in Christ through the legality of, "the should not's or can nots, and do nots". This focus has nothing to do with the likeness of Christ. In fact it makes us facus soley on the very sins Christ's blood was given for.
It constantly confirms the immaturity of being unworthy. The very thing Christ came to us, to dispell! When we mature in Christ, we seek to be more like Him, leaving our sinful self behind. And when we look to what He is in us, we will only see that when we accept His example is in the virtues we share. The very virtues, "if we commit to them fully, with all we have" will exemplify the Personhood of Christ.
For anyone who really wishes to commit to growing deeper in the Character of Christ, I would suggest purcashing this book. I found it by accident, but as we know when we seek to praise God, there is no such thing as an accident. I gain nothing in your purchase of it, other than the hope that someone will find what they need to grow further in their love of God
Sometimes Art, in this case a TV program, gives us a look into our own good conscience.
Thanks to last Sunday's episode of the "Good Wife", I heard my beliefs about politics confirmed. Not that I needed to have that confirmation, but in a way, its nice to see the arugument you have concluded as the premise of your truth, viewed outside your own mind.
The episode oddly enough was a picture into Alicia's (the Good Wife) own mind.
The conflict she was dealing with, was one of good character, and the ideal of the greater good.
The conflict included Alicia's secular beliefs, and her daughters religious ones. And in essence, the fight posed the premise, can man be of good character, and ethical, without a belief in God?
Alicia (the Good Wife) is running for a political office. Her conflict, telling the whole truth and lose the election, or withhold the truth and win! The premise given her is, if she lies she will win, and that would put her in the position of doing good. Or as the premise states, achieving a position to do the greater good!
This belief is what our politics is based on. It includes the Machiavellian principle "The ends justify the means".
Her opponent say's he would rather lose, then lie to win.
We are left with Alicia leaning towards wanting the win!
What does this have to do with the belief in God?
I suppose it depends on who your God is? If your God is Jesus Christ, then your model is TRUTH as your God and your guide. Your's is a God who said He was the TRUTH!
THat Truth His Truth is Absolute. And if you really wish to fight the battle of man's idea of truth, and that of Christ/God, no real Good that lives in God's Eternal Truths, can come from a TRUTH that's corrupted for mans need to serve himself, under the guise of a greater good. That was Judas's argument. That was the temptation of the snake, in Eden.
If you are a follower of Christ's truth, you know what you would choose.
I know what I've chosen.....what would you do?
Guess I don't love lightly? Guess when I love, I love all the way!
A few sweet words, with lilting sounds has never moved me. Sweet platitudes leave me feeling, the need for so very much more.
My heart seeks a passion, few have within them to give.
My love isn't wrapped in superficiality , in pleasantries , or shallow phrases. Nor can it be filled by frilly hearts given this time of year, in place of my passions boundless nature.
When I love, my love runs deep, deeper than maybe most, would be willing to dive!
I see my heart as all I am, all I have to give. There is nothing more of me, than what is contained in every beat, every pounding of blood that rushes through my veins...keeping who I am , alive. Alive in it's wanting for you to know how my love feels.
Deep because my love comes out of His love for me.
My cousin sent this to me, from her Facebook page
Its by a friend Sean Murphy..under the title "randoms"
I believe it's a random thought worth sharing:
On Birth and Death...
In a mother's womb were two babies.
One asked the other: "Do you believe in life after delivery?”
The other replies, "why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.
"Nonsense," says the other. "There is no life after delivery. What would that life be?”
"I don't know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths.”
The other says "This is absurd! Walking is impossible. And eat with our mouths? Ridiculous. The umbilical cord supplies nutrition. Life after delivery is to be excluded. The umbilical cord is too short.”
"I think there is something and maybe it's different than it is here.”
The other replies, "No one has ever come back from there. Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery it is nothing but darkness and anxiety and it takes us nowhere.”
"Well, I don't know," says the other, "but certainly we will see mother and she will take care of us.”
"Mother??" You believe in mother? Where is she now?
"She is all around us. It is in her that we live. Without her there would not be this world.”
"I don't see her, so it's only logical that she doesn't exist." To which the other replied, "sometimes when you're in silence you can hear her, you can perceive her.”
I believe there is a reality after delivery and we are here to prepare ourselves for that reality....
Now that our Christmas gift giving is over, and we put or play with whatever we believe Christmas was supposed to mean, away. Do we also put Christ's purpose for living, back in the closet with the ornaments for the tree.
Is our faith soley ornamental or sentimental?
Is Christmas still in the form of our childhood? Related to the joy we wish to give our children, more, than the understanding of our purpose in Him?
Each of us has an unwrapped gift. A purpose He has gifted us ...with, that is held in waiting, in our Soul. Some will never open it, and it will remain as the untouched purpose He gave us. Him aware that the choice of course was our own.
For me, I wanted to be an artist all my life, I thought that was my unwrapped gift. So when I opened it, the creative energy I got, said...this is it! THANK YOU GOD FOR GIVING ME THE ABILITY TO REACH MY LIFE LONG DREAM!
It was of course a dream come true, but is was MY NEED fulfilled, and not the purpose HE WANTED FOR ME.
It's when that creativity slowly made a change. As it became less of a love for art, and more for His need in me.
It was than, that I began to do something I really never thought of, nor even believed I could be something for me. I began to write. And as I wrote of what I loved, slowly that love became His purpose in my being. It became the expression of love. Less of the love whose focus is outward, and more inward as His Hand grasped tightly onto the feeling of my heart. My love for Him became the reason for my being. And I will speak of that Love, for as long as He gives me the breath to write.
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