Gray Areas

Let’s start with a clarification,,,, Gray or Grey ??? I was never quite sure,,, well here it is,,, Gray is more common in the United States, and Grey is more common in the rest of the English-speaking world. Both are acceptable spelling except when used as proper nouns (someone’s name, for instance) or as in Greyhound, species of dog or Grayling, a species of fish- But as for color both are acceptable !!

Thinking back, as I grew up, I can never remember anyone in my family or school or people around me ever using Gray Area to describe a situation- Like my dad, teachers, neighbors and everyone around me, it was pretty black or white,,, i.e,,, Right or Wrong in their thinking- There was never a Gray Area in his judgment,,, it was either acceptable (Right) or Unacceptable (Wrong)- That was that !!! Now don’t get me wrong,,, there was wrong around, but the underlying principle was more that,,, it is wrong if you get caught- Never a question of whether it was wrong or not,,, no Gray Area,,, even with the wrong doer’s in their heart !!

Then I went to college in the late ’60s and early 70’s- This is where the Gray Area came into my world- We were the generation of Lawyers and Doctors and New Age Thinkers ???,,, questioning everything- Is there really a true right or true wrong,,,,, maybe that is a Gray Area (neither all right or all wrong),,, to be explored and taken into consideration ???

So by applying the Gray Area concept,,, nothing could be considered completely right or completely wrong as my parent’s generation viewed it ??!! We were finally free to question everything, and apply our own individual rules to our lives- What a concept !!!

We moved from a God-filled knowledge of Right and Wrong to a Godless filled belief of our own concept of what we felt was right and wrong- All we have to do is look around where we are today to realize the mistake of this Godless filled belief of right and wrong “The we are in complete control of our destiny”,,, the world is a complete and total mess, spiraling out of control and into complete chaos !!!

Who can Rescue us and return us back to the Peace and Well-being and Safety that every heart desires ???

Only the God who placed the knowledge and concept of Right and Wrong in all of our hearts from the beginning that we have run away from !!!

But here is the catch,,, There are no Gray Area’s in God’s word (The Bible) What he says, is exactly what he means and exactly what will happen- If he says “Do Not Steal” that is exactly what he means,, there is no ” do not steal from your friends or during the day or from good people” it is Do Not Steal !!! No outside qualifications and justifications apply !!!

So, for instance, when he says in John 14:6, Jesus told him ” I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through me.” That is exactly what he means,,, he does not say this is one way, or there are many ways and many truths,,, no he says “No One” can enter into the Father’s (Gods) Heaven accept by accepting, believing and asking forgiveness of your sins through the son,,, The Lord Jesus Christ !!!

So there is one thing I know for sure,,, we are all going to die at some point !! I also believe 100%, the instant after death, we are in eternity,,, there is no going back and no more choices can be made,,, your fate is sealed- You have to make your choice (Jesus or World) while you are here on earth,, no faith-filled Mother, Father, Grandma, Pastor or Rich Uncle can change that fate once you pass on !!!

If you chose Jesus,,, you will go to God’s Heaven he has prepared for his believers- If you chose the World (No Jesus) or don’t make a conscious decision for Jesus,,, you go to Hell !!

It is entirely your choice (while alive),,, and that is in Black and White and Red in God’s word (Bible) !!

I pray you chose Jesus,,,, TODAY !!!

 

What Are We Looking For

So What are we looking for,,, and we are all looking for something !!! We set up all these different associations to try and find what we feel, deep inside, we need. We have friends, clubs, social groups, social media, dating apps, FaceBook, Twitter, boyfriends, and girlfriends,,, none of them seem to fill the longing inside for more than a moment. We go to bars and parties, join specialized groups that we think are like us or that we think we want to be like. We chase fame and fortune, knowledge and wisdom, beauty and beast,,, nothing lasts for more than a moment,,, so we keep chasing- Everything seems to come and go in a flash and then it is gone.

I remember my 25th birthday,,, I was working in a bar in Portland Oregon- I was with lots of friends and seemed to be on the top of the world. This feeling will last forever, I thought !!?? Well fast forward to today,,,, 45 years later and I still have a clear picture in my mind of that night,,, and you know what,,,, it didn’t last forever it was just a moment ago in my memories !!! Just a moment ago ???

We have all heard the ole saying,,,, Body,,, Mind,,, and Spirit. Well, that is exactly what we are.

The Mind is what we learn with,,, filled with knowledge and experience. We try/want to use our minds to guide us in our chosen path through life. Usually, a path of worldly desires, wants needs and self-glorification. Again it is all here and gone in just a moment !!!

The Body,,, now that is just the transport vehicle and temporary place of residence for the Mind and Spirit- It provides a home for Mind and Spirit as we travel through life !!

Now we come to the Spirit. This is where it gets interesting and serious- This is where the longing and emptiness resides. This is where the need to find someone or something more originates from. The Spirit is constantly seeking to be joined back with the Father that gave it to us. It will never be content or at peace until that reunion happens !!! So we will never arrive at true peace or contentment until then as well !!!

So here is the problem,,, The Mind is of the world and wants to finds peace and contentment from the world,,, so it is a odds with the Spirit. The Spirit will never find peace and contentment from the world alone as the world is Material and the Spirit is, well, Spiritual. That is like mixing oil and water and putting it in your transport vehicle,,, before long it will tear itself apart !!!

The only way you will ever find real peace and contentment for you and your Spirit,,, is to reconnect to the Father that created both of you,,, The Lord Jesus Christ. But to do that you have to choose and force the Mind to seek a spiritual direction back to God and away from the wants and desires of the Material World. Therein lie the answer and the problem. You can’t have it both ways and from personal experience over all these years,,, I can attest to the fact that you can’t have it both ways. You can have the Worldly way for a moment before it fades away (like my 25th birthday) or you can choose to let your Spirit reconnect with the Father and you will go from a moment here to eternity with the Father in Heaven.

Here is the verse that guided me to this realization,,, Roman 8:16 – For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. (NLT Bible)

You will never be whole and/or able to end the “What am I looking for” until your Spirit is allowed to join back with the Spirit of God that created us. The Catch ??? You have to Choose,,, it’s your choice and your choice alone !!!!

Trade your moments for eternity with Jesus !!!

Never Say Never

Here we go,,, we have all had a time when we said, either out loud or to ourselves,,, I will “Never Do That Again” – In some cases that can be a good thing,, in other cases it may close doors and limit new horizons !!!

Case in point, from my own experience with Never Do That Again !!!

I had a maintenance company in Anchorage Alaska for a number of years- I would take on just about any type of maintenance work- Having grown up on a farm,, I had hands on experience with a lot of things but not much about anything- I was kind of a “Jack of All Trades and Master of None” so they say !! I was doing okay in my business but then some painting started to enter the picture- I could do it but I hated it,,, I mean I really hated painting apartments, building, condo’s,,, anything to do with painting – I finally reached the “I will Never Ever Paint Again” point – Well that went okay for awhile but then it begin to become painfully apparent (Loss of Income Apparent) that if I wanted the other work,,, I needed to paint as well !!!

So back into providing painting services I went – And guess what ,,,, that painting service turned out to open doors to many other opportunities, even outside of maintenance, that I would have never been introduced to without it !!!

That Life Experience I still carry with me !!

So you see,,, when you start to say or think,,, You will never do something,, something non-harmful to yourself or others,, what you are telling your minds eye/conscience over time is ,,, don’t even look in that direction !!! As soon as you do that you begin closing doors to opportunities for yourself that you may not even have imagined !!! Great and New Opportunities !!!

But you have to keep fighting that Never Attitude- Even after all my experiences with it,,, I was setting looking out the window this morning and saw a man jogging by- As you know I have had a below knee amputation of my right leg,, so there I am watching this jogger cruise by,,, and what came into my mind ??? I will never be able to jog again !!!! There I go,,, that NEVER word- Well when I came back to reality (not feeling sorry for myself) I thought about that thought ,,,, There are thousands of people in the world that have amputations and worse and are still jogging and playing sports and doing most everything people without a hindrance (the state of being interfered with, held back, or slowed down) are doing- So there I go- I was going to close doors before I even gave them a chance to open !!! What a loss that can be for us,,, Never allowing the doors to even crack open a bit so we can peep inside !!!

NEVER SAY NEVER !!!!!!!

God Bless !!!!

Fear

Fear, we all have fears of something- It can be a good learning fear or a debilitating (to make weak or feeble, impair the strength of) fear- Fear can be the beginning of knowledge as Proverbs states – Proverb 1:7 – The fear of the Lord
is the beginning of knowledge;

Fear,,,, The Beginning of Knowledge,,, Hummmmm,,,

Well lets look at this a different way ,,, for instance – The fear of gravity is the beginning of knowledge ??? Look at children how they love to climb and jump off of things, couches, chairs, steps, trees,,, whatever, they love it- So what are they doing,,, they are learning about gravity long before they know what it is- As they climb higher and get a little braver they eventually reach a point where they hurt themselves,, usually not very badly, at first, but they learn the fear of and respect for gravity at that point- It is a good fear/respect because it tends to keep them from going any higher where they could really hurt themselves- This fear/respect of gravity and consequences will remain with them for the rest of their lives !!

Okay you say,,, but how is the fear of the Lord the beginning of knowledge ???

Well lets go back to the gravity effect- Lets say we are born on top of a 100 story building- At the exact moment of birth we are thrown off of this 100 story building (into the world, so to speak) and we start falling toward the bottom of the building (End of Life) Each floor is a year of our life as we pass by and we age up as we fall down- Now we all begin to realize as we fall, (age up) that we will eventually hit the bottom of the building (end of life)- As that ole saying goes,,, it is not a matter of “if” but a matter of “when” – So as we are falling through life we begin to look for ways or any way to avoid what we start to realize is coming,,,, the end of our life as we have come to know it- The longer we fall the closer the end or bottom is getting and the more important it becomes to deal with or find a solution to what cannot be changed,,, our end of this life !!!

So now, back to fear- If we fear something we tend to study or learn about that fear so we can take action to hopefully eliminate the fear or lessen the consequences of it – Take driving a car as an example,,, we don’t want to be in a wreck because of the consequences it may bring on us, financially or physically, so we study and learn to drive safely to lessen the fear of driving consequences- Or staying healthy,,, none of us want to be sick, so we study and/or listen to people who have knowledge of health and nutrition to help eliminate the fear of sickness or injury !! It is the same line of thinking when Proverbs states that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,,,this knowledge has to do with our well being or un-well being in eternity- Where will we spend it ???

Now back to our life falling from the 100 story building- As the Bible states and as God has put in our hearts his word and knowledge for us to access and study,,, there are two after life choices,,, Heaven or Hell – This worldly life is temporary and will come to an end when we arrive at the bottom of our life building !!! So we have a choice to make before we hit bottom,,,

1st way,,,,,the way of Jesus, believing and asking forgiveness and admitting we are sinners and accepting his forgiveness through his grace !!!

Or ,,, 2nd way,,, not accepting his way or refusing to make a decision before we hit bottom-

Now we are at the bottom of the life building and what happens ???

Well,, if we chose the 1st way before we hit, there will appear at the bottom a huge, all inclusive, safety net, like the fireman use to save falling victims from certain death, and it will immediately spring us into Gods Sanctuary (Heaven, Paradise) for eternity !!!

If we chose the 2nd way,,, no net will appear and we will crash to death and eternal separation from God and Jesus for eternity (Darkness and Torment) !!!

I would pray that you chose wisely as eternity is a long time and we are all falling closer and closer toward the bottom floor of life’s building each day !!! May God Bless Your Days !!!