Something


If we were nothing we would deserve it. If we suffered hideous disease for 80 years what claim do we have to anything else?

But we are something, undeniably. By breathing we disrupt the air. By seeing, speaking, hearing, and the like, we aid in righteous judgment.

It is impossible for someone to be nothing. Unplausible that anyone should be worthless. So if we are something, what then are we?

We are potential. At best, waiting for Christ to do his Father’s work on us and through us. Then, on the day of his great glory, to be displayed as living trophies of his love.

Believing Christ, trusting Christ, despising the lies, happily searching for his beautiful face. This makes us eternally SOMETHING.

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The Way of Christ


The way of Christ in action (A personal reflection):

All my life people have told me I can’t do anything. I can’t explain why I’ve been singled out, I am apparently no different than any other human being. But look at the effect of naysaying.

I never did believe them, but eventually I gave up. Even accomplishing anything received no raised eyebrows. “Why bother? They say I am nothing. I will therefore become nothing.”

But this, is the way of Christ:

Do not return evil for evil, judgment for judgment, slander for slander. Accept the place you have come to live, by force of humanity or by your lack of ability.

It is impossible to not retaliate. Something will be said, something will be done against them, some self justification will be made. Man cannot perform the way of Christ without Christ himself.

Even this article could be considered a public attempt to survive. Or, as it is intended, it could be a word of encouragement to others who are treated the same way.

The answer is not vengeance.

The answer is not subtle retaliation.

The answer, as is always, is Christ Jesus. As a lamb is led to the slaughter so he did not open his mouth.

Who is Ready


Am I ready for my time:

To speak of such from the body.

I think of the sky above.

That moment of passing through – The sun, the moon, the clouds and airborne creatures.

But no.

I think of the earth below

and the wind which moves upon it – support no more for my fragile frame.

The eyes, deeds and words of man –

Blinded, stilled and silenced.

To escape without moving.

Such odd thoughts appropriate.

All my knowledge gone:

A Candleflame snuffed out with no wisp of smoke remaining.

Dreams are no more;

Reality burst forth.

With all I know

I cannot say

I am ready for my time.

Make me


No one can make me hate.

No one can fill my mouth with hateful words.

No one can cause me to incite another to violence.

All of that is in my own heart.

Control of that lives in my own heart.

Even if my mind tells me to agree with all those evil things, my mind also reminds me not to do them.

No one can make you mad. it’s a choice you willingly make to vent your own frustrations.

All these things are true. When will we start to do them?

Mastery


A Master of martial arts has not mastered punching or kicking. It is not that he has mastered self control. What he has mastered is the art of practice.

He has set his mind to pay attention to everything he thinks and does. In this mastery of awareness, the master practices immediate restraint. If there is any lapse in judgment or action, the master quickly brings it back under control.

Mastery of martial arts does not apply only to battle. It applies to absolutely everything under his control. He takes great care of his “world“.

We speak of doctors as practicing medicine. They are thoroughly embroiled in their work, whether they are on duty or off. We speak of jobs as professions. Consider that if we profess something is true, it would be best if such things are true. The master of any profession then has mastered the art of restraint for the sake of what he says He does for a living.

A professional driver, a professional lawyer, a professional labor, a professional teacher, a professional politician, a professional human being, a professional Christian.

Crowd Control


They came in among them, but they did not know the God who gave the Christians their religion. So they practiced the words. They mimicked the faithful; for as their eyes could only see Man, the things of Man they used for their advantage.

They rose to powerful position, still not knowing the God of the Christians. They were just like Simon the magician. They exercised the power of Man’s laws of violence over as many men as they could gather. Imprisonment, torture and death were the tools of their ungodly trade.

They did not see themselves equal to the Pharisees who crucified Christ. No, in their mind they were exempt from the same judgment. They knew nothing of Holy, but they will.

1200 years after the birth of Christianity we can see history tell us what would have come if Simon had gotten his way.

But tattletales and spies are not enough to rule the masses. It is better to teach the children to be politically correct. They will rule their parents. And the devil will have his way.

Do you know the God behind the religion of the faithful? Or are you just a pawn of rulers like them; Control the mind and you have the man?