June 21, 2014
Foundations and Footholds
I am thankful that I have the advantage of growing older, and the experience in this life, to be able to determine the standards by which I want to live my life -- no matter what may come. I have lived enough years to know that when hard times come, I will fare better if I know how to do without, rather than succumb to instant gratification; that material possessions and money will not always be the answers to life's conflicts.
I also know that to have the deep love of one man, the genuine friendship of a couple of friends, and the sincere support of my family is worth more than all the fame and counterfeit popularity that is prized by so many in our society.
I know I would rather have a face-to-face conversation, feel the touch of a caring human being, and hear the authentic sound of laughter than limit my human interactions to a 140-character count text or the empty LOL that lacks true emotion.
And most of all, I am grateful to know this life on earth is not forever; that the monumental acts of immorality, corruption, and transgressions against our fellow man can be endured; that as harmful and huge as all this is, we can actually make the world a better place with a simple gesture of kindness to a stranger.
It probably sounds as if I am trying to stick my head in the sand, but actually, it is just the opposite. For today, at least, I am not going to listen to what the world is telling me, but instead hear what my soul is whispering. That is where the truth and purpose of my existence lies. It is certainly not in the fabricated "reality" that is peddled to us by our leaders, our media, and those who would drag us down into their valley of insignificance. We each are a unique creation, meant to live our lives with purpose and goals, regardless of how the sins of the world effect us.
For me, that means that I want to approach each day with my Creator in mind; to realize that the machinations of men should have no influence on how I am to conduct myself in regards to pleasing Him, or treating other people with respect and care. It really is as simple as that.
I cannot change the headlines, nor am I likely to stall the depravity coming upon the earth. I know I must stay knowledgeable and alert, and help others to face what is coming. But that is only part of why I exist. I am also to rightly impart the greater Truth and encourage all to live a life for more than what we see in front of us. These wars and economic troubles and human sufferings have been repeated since time began. We cannot escape them, but we can choose how we will respond to them. Know on what foundation, and on Whom, you have built your life ... then you can withstand what the powers of this world are hurling at us and be able to keep your footing. The headlines will still be there tomorrow, but you will be standing on firm ground.
Luke 6:48 "He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built."