Moments of Joy

I was setting in a mall today having a coffee in an area where there is all kinds of things for kids to enjoy,,, remote cars they can ride in with parents controlling them, cotton candy, big plastic floor chess game in the middle they can move around and a little train they can ride around the mall on !!!

As I was watching all this activity I noticed that most all of the people with the kids would turn from a solemn face to a smiling, happy, laughing expression- Almost without exception !!! You could just see the joy in their hearts as they interacted with their children playing and riding with all the other children and people – The atmosphere of the whole area changed into an area of fun and respect for the other people and children !!! It was truly inspiring !!! I set and watched for a long time at the change in people as they got involved with their children !!!!

Just imagine how different the world might be if we all carried that feeling of joy and happiness out into the rest of the world around us each day ???

I am not talking about walking around with a big fake grin on our face or getting into someone’s space with idle conversation or false concern,,, I am just talking about a small smile or quite hello as you pass by without really expecting anything in return- You might be surprised what happens,,, especially over time !!

Along the same line ,,,, each morning, for about a year now, I have been going down stairs to a small coffee vendor in my building- There is a couple of chairs down there beside the elevator setting in front of a big window looking out onto the street and sidewalk,,, I call it my virtual TV into the outside world !!

It opens at about 08:00 and people start coming into work – I started just saying hello to the people as they came to the elevator with their work faces on- As we all know,,, your work face/attitude can change a lot from Monday to Friday !!! I knew basically none of these people- At first I would, for the most part, maybe just get a look like who is this guy,,, or maybe a bit of a smile- But over time most all of the people now say hello and talk about the weather or something out in my virtual TV world – It is pretty amazing actually !!!

So here is my point from these experiences,,, what if we all just made a small effort to add a bit of joy to a strangers day – You can do that with just a sincere smile or quite hello ( in my experience,,, attempt to make eye contact with that smile or hello,,, it allows them to feel that you are associating/conversing with them and not just a cold crowd approach) !!!

Its the ole Golden Rule command from Jesus,,, “Do Unto Others as You would have Others Do Unto You” !!! It really still works, even in is torn up world right now !!!

May God Bless Your Day !!!

Positivity of the Golden Butterfly

How do we stay positive in this world of constant change. This is unlike anything I have experienced in my 71 years on this earth of living/traveling/working around the world ??? Politics in Choas, Pandemics, Wars, Destructive Weather, Jobs lost, Loved Ones passing on or ill, Countries in Chaos !!! How can we even begin to stay positive and hopeful ???

Well I have to use Golden Butterflies to calm and energize myself at times !!! Have you ever watched a butterfly flutter around, Beautiful colors flashing up, down, in the shade, in the sun, here one moment and gone the next- It is hard for me to watch a butterfly and not feel a calming effect !!!

So here is how I cope with all the unknown, unpredictable and unmanageable things that are going on all around me today !!!

Golden Butterflies in my mind !!!

I dwell/concentrate on some of the most comforting, happy and pleasant experiences from my life and turn each one into a Golden Butterfly in my mind- It may be that first kiss, first love, singing songs with my baby daughter on my lap, first daughters step, seasonal spirit, first driving experience, first horseback ride, standing by a waterfall and feeling the calming and yet exhilarating effects of it, first time I accepted Jesus into my life and realized deep in my heart that I would never be alone again !!!

These are some of my Golden Moments that I have turned into Golden Butterflies fluttering around in my Mind’s eye. As I dwell on these Golden Butterflies, my other senses click in and participate as well,,, I smell/remember the scents of that experience, see the surrounding where I was at that moment, hear the sounds that surrounded me at that instant,,, all in my mind- It is exceptionally difficult to not relax and smile inside with all this going on in my heart and mind !!! Turns me from negative to positive every time !!! I believe it is impossible to truly smile inside and be negative and hopeless at the same time !!

Sounds a bit wacky and silly coming from a guy,,,, as well as a guy my age,,, but it works- We all have golden moments we can turn into Golden Butterflies and enjoy at any time in our heart and mind !!!

I can tell you what,,, If you fill your mind with Golden Butterflies you will not have a lot of room for negative thoughts and you can handle whatever is thrown at you with a positive, hopeful attitude !!!

There is always,,,, ALWAYS,,,, a silver lining to that dark cloud !!!

Give it a shot !!!!

Good Luck and Happy Butterfly watching !!!!

God Bless !!!

Appeasement or Pleasement

Appeasement: the act or action of appeasing someone or something,, especially a policy of appeasing an enemy or potential aggressor by making concessions (Webster’s Dictionary)

The other night I was put into a situation where I was questioned about my faith and where it came from- This was probably one of the few instances where I was talking to someone,,,, face to face,,, about this subject- It was a friend a little younger then me about cancer,,, he had and probably will again have to fight it- When he asked I felt convicted about it and proceeded with support from above !!!

You know that witnessing to someone face to face has always been difficult for me,,, even at 6 ft 5 inches and 270 lbs,, I have always been intimidated by it- It is one thing to witness in some blog like this where you don’t actually have to bare yourself into an uncomfortable/intimidating face to face position- You can just hit the send button into an infinite black hole of the internet, so to speak-

Later in the evening after this encounter,,, I had a very good feeling about doing it and hoped it had opened up the door into his heart about faith and Jesus !!!

Okay,,, here is the point to all this !! While laying in bed thinking and praying about it later,,, half asleep,, all of a sudden the thought of appeasement flashed into my mind,,,, Appeasement I thought ??? While having an understanding of what it meant,,, I have probably, to my recollection, never used the word in any conversation,,, just not in my base of words for conversing ???

Then, as I thought about it,,,, it came to me that “Appeasement” was exactly how I had been living my life relating to my faith and Jesus Christ / God,,, I was playing a game of appeasement with him to ride the fence between completely following him and chasing the world’s delusions !!!

Not that I have ever thought of Jesus as an enemy or potential aggressor,,, but I did realize/know/believe that he is my creator and much more powerful then the super’est of superheros !!! I did and have always feared him, respectfully, as the the Creator of all things and the final judge of everyone when this life is over,,, no exceptions there !!!

So how was I reacting so I could have it both ways,,, him and the world ??? What a delusion I was living- I was thinking I could give concessions to him so I could continue my false dreams of worldly living- How arrogant ( exaggerating or disposed to exaggerate one’s own worth or importance) and self-serving is that position toward someone like God !!!

So what is my way forward after this shot of light from Jesus- To try and pray for help to live by Pleasement (Living to please Jesus) rather then Appeasement ( Trying to make useless dilusional concessions, in my swallow mind to make me feel good about the life I was living)

I can’t have it both ways,,, I either have to accept him completely or I am actually rejecting him,,, and I can tell you what,,, at the end of this life, which we will all experience,,, I don’t want to be on the “reject him” side of things !!!

Find and except Jesus in this life and suffer through any of the temporary conscequenes or rejections of this world for the unimaginable happiness and peace of his heaven in the next !!! And there is a next, which will be unimaginably good or unimaginably bad,,, no doubt about that !!!

God Bless and Thanks for reading !!!!

Lone Wolf

I always wanted to think of myself as a Lone Wolf !!! I was big and strong and in excellent health !!! God had provided everything I thought I needed and blessed me all my life !!! What could I need ??? I was on top of the world !!! Hallelujah !!!

Then all of a sudden, because of my arrogance, pride and life choices,,, it all went South … The arrogance, the pride, the strength, the confidence….,,, All in a little over a year – I was hit with Cancer in my leg which required a below knee amputation,,, had to resign my job,,, hit with divorice and throw in the Pendemic as a finishing touch !!! All of a sudden,,, I really was ,,,, A Lone Wolf,,, with not as much emphisis on the Wolf part anymore ???

Being a Lone Wolf is a great life when you have all the support mechanisiams around you ,,,,, i.e ,,,, the support of the pack !!! Family, friends, good job, good health and great outlook- It is easy to think and believe you are in charge !!!

I definitely had a “Careful what you wish for” moment !!!

Well, as you can imagine, it quickly became painfully apparent that I was not in charge of much of anything in my life, other then maybe the moment I was living at just that moment !!!

So what do you do,,, Well after a lot of soul searching, quite a few sleepless nights, a complete rehash of everything I had done in my life,,, you know,,, the good, the bad and the ugly ,,, I finially turned back to the one that had always been there, was always there and is here now,, the Lord Jesus Christ !!!

I confessed and asked for forgivness of all my shortcoming and sins that I had been chasing in this world, the deceptions I had bought into and the arrogance and pride that I had embraced to glorify myself over him- You know,,, the big, bad, strong, arrogant lone wolf that could do it all on his own- What a sorry dream world I was living-

The truth be known,,, I was never a lone wolf,, the Lord had supplied me with everything I needed to succeed, had brought people into my life to help me succeed and had always been there to pick up the pieces when I failed- I had lived in worldly deception for a lot of years !!!

The Good News is that the Lord forgave me of my many sins and shortcoming and gave me a peace that is beyond anything I can describe to help me through the consequences of my worldly path I had chosen !!!

I am a long way from perfect and I still make mistakes and slip back into the world occasionaly,,, but if I confess my wrongs and truely try and repent of them,,, The Lord is always there to help me,,, no matter what it is !!! He is changing my mind and desires to his point of view and showing me the pitfalls of my worldly outlook- The thing about Jesus is that if he guides you to something,,, whether you think it is what you want/need or not, but follow him,,, it is always beneficial and good for you ,,, ALWAYS !!!

The real Good News is that I am saved and will spend eternity with the Lord Jesus >>>> And that “My Friends” is the very most important thing you can/need to do in this life !!!!!

Know Jesus

Know Peace

No Jesus

No Peace

Have a GREAT DAY and God Bless your path !!!!