Serenity of Faith

Calmness of mind, body and soul is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of placing faith, trust and your entire being in the hands of a loving and all powerful Creator. Peace in the being of a believer is an indication of ripened experience, coupled with faith in Someone bigger than that of self and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of faith.

A person becomes calm in the measure that one understands themselves as a God-created being, for such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as the result of all things were created, and as one seeks wisdom from a loving Creator and a right understanding of morals and values seeing more and more clearly the internal relations of things by the action of cause and effect, one ceases to fuss and fume and worry and grieve, and remains poised, steadfast, serene in God’s love and inner peace.

The calm person, having learned how to let God direct his or her paths, knows how to encourage others; and they, in turn, reverence their spiritual strength in a once and forgotten faith, and feel that they can learn of them and rely upon them. The more tranquil and God-dependent a person becomes, the greater is their success, their influence, their power for good. Even the ordinary trader will find their business prosperity increase as one develops a greater knowledge in God’s will and accepting His peace in their souls, for people will always prefer to deal with a person whose demeanor is strongly stable and at peace about matters.

The strong, calm person is always loved and revered. They are like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land, or a sheltering rock in a storm. Who does not love a tranquil heart, a sweet-tempered, balanced life? It does not matter whether it rains or shines, or what changes come to those possessing these blessings, for they are always sweet, serene, and calm. That exquisite poise of character which we call serenity is the last lesson of culture; it is the flowering of life, the fruitage of the soul. It is precious as wisdom, more to be desired than gold, than even fine gold. How insignificant mere money seeking looks in comparison with a serene life – a life that dwells in the ocean of God’s truth, beneath the waves, beyond the reach of tempests, in the eternal calm!

How many people we know who sour their lives, who ruin all that is sweet and beautiful by explosive tempers, who destroy their poise of character, and make bad blood! It is a question whether the great majority of people do not ruin their lives and mar their happiness by a lack of a God-control flow few people we meet in life who are well-balanced, who have that exquisite poise which is characteristic of the finished character!

Phil 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: …” (KJV)

Jn 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my Peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (KJV)

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Bouncing Back

A father took his young son into a toy shop to give him a chance to look at some special gifts he would like for his birthday. The father told the boy to have a wander around on his own for a few minutes to see what he would like. At the back of the shop, his young son found a statue of a man made out of lot of colorful balloons.

He looked at the balloon man for a minute, and then he drew back his fist and hit him just as hard as he could. The balloon man fell back and hit the floor, then rocked backwards and forwards and after a few seconds he stood upright again.

The confused boy backed off and looked at the balloon man and then hit him again, as hard as he could. The balloon man fell back once more and hit the floor, but was soon standing upright again.

The father saw his young son hit that balloon man and asked, ‘Why do you think he comes bouncing back up when you hit him and knock him down?’

The boy thought for a minute and said, ‘I don’t know Dad, I guess it’s because he’s standing up on the inside.’

1 Cor 10:12 “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” (KJV)

Eph 6:13 “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (KJV)

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Anarchy- Four Thoughts

The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.” ~Antisthenes

Anarchy is a confusing term to most people, but it doesn’t have to be. It simply means no masters, no rulers, the absence of political authority. Sadly, most people think it means chaos and disorder. That’s due to statist propaganda and a kind of Orwellian doublespeak that keeps the masses ignorant and confused.

Because of a simple misunderstanding about the human condition. Most people assume, either due to cultural conditioning or political brainwashing, that they need to be ruled over, forgetting the very obvious fact that people are fallible, including the people who would rule.

People fall victim to the classic logical fallacy-appeal to authority; while also getting caught up in a vicious repetition of the same ideas – people are bad therefore they need to be ruled by people are that are bad if not worse…on and on, ads forever and ad arguments to the point of nausea. It’s all psychological. But people don’t need rulers, they need leaders. Sadly, this United States does not have any. Only perceived, and self-proclaimed.

That said, here are four things you probably didn’t know about anarchy.

1. Anarchy Implies Freedom

No man is free, who is not master of himself.” ~Epictetus

If self-rule is the foundation of anarchy, then, freedom is its cornerstone. We cannot call ourselves free if we are a statist, for statism implies that one fall under the overreaching power and outdated laws of the state, which is the opposite of freedom.

Under a banner of anarchy one can consider himself free because he falls under the laws of reason, the non-aggression principle, the Golden Rule, and a cosmic law if you will. As long as these vital laws of social survival are not violated, one can call himself free and an anarchist. As long as they are violated, one cannot claim freedom, only delusion, corruption, violence, and immorality.

Freedom works both ways. One must not only fight against becoming a slave, one must also fight against being a master or ruler. He who is caught up in being a master or ruler becomes a slave to his own tyranny. Slavery anywhere-whether soft or hard, whether one is a slave or a master, is a threat to freedom everywhere.

2. Anarchy Implies Non-Violence

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” ~Voltaire

The non-aggression principle is another cornerstone of anarchy. One need not be violent in order to be a free, self-ruling anarchist. One need only apply self-defense when needed, while making sure not to succumb to offensive overreach or of lording one’s power over others.

Freedom is paramount, including the freedom of those who think differently. That doesn’t mean people are free to kill or injure or steal. It means people are free as long as they are upholding the non-aggression principle while also upholding a stout and vigilant self-defense against these few who would kill, injure, or steal.

Statism, on the other hand, does not honor the non-aggression principle. It blatantly violates it. it uses the monopoly on violence to keep its non-free statists in line and obedient. yet again it is clear that statism is the opposite of freedom.

3. Anarchy Implies Courage

He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.” ~Socrates

The typical statist reaction to an anarchist rant is to either be reduced to ad “personal” attacks or to say one of two things: “But what about my roads!” Or, “If you don’t like it here then move.” As ignorant as these comments are they are coming from a place of blind patriotism and naive xenophobia. What the statists who say such things don’t realize is that no matter where one goes, one will be a victim of a nation state. This is because statism is a pandemic psychosocial disease and a worldwide religion that trumps all other religions.

Better to remain in the place where you were born, rise up with your sound anarchist principles in hand, and defy the immediate state with your blatant self-rule and your “in-your-face freedom”, than to go to another state that you are not familiar with and potentially drown in culture shock. Better to fight for your own sovereignty where you were raised, than to interfere in a place you are unfamiliar with and have to worry about survival before sovereignty.

4. Anarchy Implies Adherence to God’s Laws

There is nothing in the law of God that will rob you of happiness; it only denies you that which would cause sorrow.” -C.H. Spurgeon

Anarchy is the natural default social governing system, for healthy human beings otherwise there is oppression, slavery, and/or tyranny. Anarchy is not only how healthy and free human beings “govern” each other, but how they act in accordance to God’s indwelling knowledge of right and wrong. For in order to maintain one’s freedom, one must not violate God’s laws lest the backlash of those laws cripple one’s freedom due to the collapse of moral aptitude in action.

A true anarchist understands that he or she is a vital independent part of an interdependent whole. Everything is connected, to include the action of the individual.

When it comes down to it, the concept of anarchy does not need to be confusing, unless you are purposefully trying to keep people ignorant. But in the age of information there is no excuse for remaining ignorant- especially regarding such an important topic as anarchy. And especially in regards to the statism that threatens to consume us all in its unhealthy, violent, and all-consuming mouth.

And one more tidbit: You may discover that you’re more of an anarchist than you realized. It’s worth the research; for all of us.

Credit in most part to a fallen soldier- Gary M.
*Thanks Gary for sharing your thoughts for compilation and modification. Additions by Moraldiplomat

A true anarchist believes in God as ruler over the affairs of men and not that of men over men. We would rather obey God, than man.

Acts 5:29 “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”

As Christians we know that we are to not resist gov’t and not to speak evil of dignitaries; however, what exists now is nothing short of a beast system (anti-God), in place and has neither dignity nor the best interest of man, with God’s laws and statutes (grace) in mind. That said, any gov’t or so-called ruler or set of laws should not be adhered to or honored as it may conflict with that of obedience to God and what is right and acceptable before the Lord. Discernment should be used in analysis of any and all edicts of mankind.

Jas 4:4 “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

Jas 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Rom 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Eph 5:10 “Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

Eph 4:14 “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; ...”

 

Don’t Get Lost Anymore

Human spatial memory is outstanding. In Ancient Greece, orators visualized their speeches as a mansion, placing topics in each room, then retrieving them while taking an imagined route through the building. Memory champions still do the same.

But navigation is a ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ skill. Drivers in a simulator who follow satellite-navigation instructions find it more difficult to work out where they have been than those who use maps. Instructed drivers also fail to notice they have been led past the same point twice. Mountain-rescue teams are tired of searching for people with drained smartphone batteries, no sense of direction and no paper map.

As we get older, people’s spatial knowledge and their capabilities for route learning and recall seem to decline in some. Loss of spatial orientation is an early indicator of dementia as its been stated. Those who are affected are often moved to unfamiliar places such as care homes, which can exacerbate disorientation. The minimalist interiors of hospitals lack signposts: in a 2015 study, nearly half of junior doctors reported that they had gotten lost in hospitals on the way to a call in which a patient’s life was in danger.

The solution might lie in designing buildings that are easy to navigate — rather than in gadgets. Repeated and mirrored layouts cause confusion; cluttered corridors overload the mind. Placement of simple, memorable and unique landmarks such as pictures can help with orientation.

The human brain has everything a hill walker might put in a rucksack. Studies in rats have revealed three types of cells that enable navigation: place cells, which fire at certain locations; head-direction cells, which track the orientation of the head; and grid cells, which set up a coordinate system for assessing scale and distance.

Learning the layout of city streets has been shown to increase the size of part of a taxi driver’s hippocampus, and a similar effect has been observed in musicians. While improvising music, a free-jazz saxophonist ‘sees’ a landscape of notes to navigate.

Fresh locational cues can conflict with the maps in our brains. It is unsurprising that it takes time to reorient when we emerge from an underground station or that the voice of the in-car satellite-navigation system grates on us.

Our brains must decide whether to accept new information and rejig our internal maps or to reject it as being wrong. A simple, reliable cue — such as a north-facing arrow at the top of an escalator — can help to speed up reorientation.

Credit: Derek P.

*Thanks Derek for this tidbit advice.

Mt 18:11 “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. “

What You Think About

I am a strong believer in the power of positive thinking, which is the title of a best-selling book published in 1952 by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, a controversial preacher and pastor who popularized the idea that if you can change your attitude, you can change your life. He urged people to consciously encourage themselves to be optimistic and enthusiastic, to believe in the power, anointings and blessings God put in us, to refuse to dwell on negative thoughts, and to visualize overcoming. He also vigorously advocated forgiveness, gratitude, and surrendering; allowing God to build your character.

Who could argue with that? Apparently, the entire psychiatric community (misguided/non-spirituals). His theories evoked universal criticism from psychiatrists (carnal people), who labeled his advice shallow, simplistic, and possibly dangerous. They believed that, ultimately, those who tried his methods would end up disillusioned and worse off than before. He was labeled a confidence man and a charlatan.

I was surprised to discover that even Dr. Martin Seligman, the father of the ‘Positive Psychology’ movement in 1998, nearly a half century after Dr. Peale’s book, vociferously sought to distinguish ‘positive thinking’ from ‘positive psychology.’ He called positive thinking an ‘unproven and dangerous’ armchair activity.

Certainly these are legitimate concerns that some people might be so taken by the ‘self-hypnosis’ of positive thinking that they foolishly or naively ignore risks and deny demonstrable negative realities, but these concerns are no better documented than Dr. Peale’s claims. In fact, Dr. Seligman and his colleagues launched scientific research proving the huge value of positive attitudes and optimism in producing happiness and mental well-being.

Perhaps Dr. Peale oversold his theories, but millions of people believe that his message gave them a new strategy that made them happier and more successful. Clearly, extreme unreflective optimism can mask risks that need to be considered by prudent people, but I suspect more people suffer because of negativism than optimism.

Even today, I find these Peal-isms appealing and useful:

• If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

• Imagination is the true magic carpet.

• It’s always too early to quit.

• Success consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is itself a victory.

• The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.

• We’ve all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes, but I think it’s more important to learn from successes. If you learn only from your mistakes, you are inclined to learn only errors.

• Action is a great builder of confidence . . . Any action is better than no action at all.

• Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.

• Don’t take tomorrow to bed with you.

• Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture . . . Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.

• Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.

• Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex.

• Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.

• The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself (God), the more energy you will have.

• There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.

• We struggle with the complexities and avoid the simplicities.

• We tend to get what we expect.

And God’s Word says this: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: …” –Prov 23:7

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, …” –Eph 3:20

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” – Phil 4:8 

Side Notes: ‘We do live in the end times as it were; the world is evil,…and, getting worse. We need to be aware of pitfalls and in spite of the teachings of the day, we need to avoid bad people. Yes, there are people who nearly live to make the world an awful place, lies, fake news- at the end of the day truth triumphs!

We don’t need to dwell on the evils of the day, we need to be positive and make helping others a priority. Those “bad” people, they will fill the day up with enough negativity and spawn wicked children. Our focus should be to point them in the right direction; good morals and raising them to fear God. We don’t talk much about God anymore; at least in the right context, but I assure you, He’s still watching and listening. Let’s set the standard-be the example and teach by doing.’

 

Basic Human Skills

Well, it’s Saturday! Hope yours is or has gone well. Kind of hot here, expecting showers tomorrow. As some may know, I hate today’s technology. Exceptions of course for WordPress and a smooth running lap top (smiles). But I feel that many of us have traded one seemingly social behavior for another. And that cannot lead to anything good. I remember a time (maybe you do to) when there were no computers, cell phones, etc; I remember a time when it was safe for both parties involved to walk down the street and ASK a neighbor if you could use their phone (land line) to call home to tell mom you’ll be a tad late or for road assistance. And….it seemed like I was just happier. It just doesn’t work like that much anymore. 😦

Ahh, my good ol’ days. Anyway, I believe in keeping tech under control. Being its master and not it being yours. Sadly today, some would rather die (not joking!) than to be without their iPod, cell phone or that new plasma TV. Somewhere along the line we need to re-evaluate our lifestyle and take back our power and control and stop letting the commercials about the newest cell phone or gadget dominate our relationships, even our very lives. Oh! and what if one day, someone “flicks” the “off” switch and turns off the machine (internet,cellular waves)…powergrid goes down? (it will one day ya know?) What will some people do?

With all this said, I’d like to offer this piece below from Jonathan C.” –Moraldiplomat

BASIC HUMAN SKILLS

‘Technology has made life easier because we don’t have to use our brains for all the small stuff, but it turns out that some of that small stuff is worth doing. Breaking away from technology makes things surprisingly easier sometimes.

What are some basic human skills we have lost to technology?

Here’s one; mental math. When was the last time you calculated something without a calculator? You can download a calculator for your phone that specializes in just about anything—from calculating a tip to splitting a check. Basically, you never have to use your brain to calculate anything if you don’t want to.

Mental math is by no means required to survive in the world, but being able to do a few basic calculations in your head makes life a lot easier.

Spelling is also a skill we’ve given up to technology. Spellcheck and auto-correct have turned me into a spelling idiot. When I’m writing by hand or typing on something that doesn’t have Spellcheck I sometimes stop mid-sentence looking at a really pedestrian word thinking, “that looks weird. Is that really how you spell that?”

To get these skills back, the best thing you can do is handcuff yourself a little.

The next time you’re trying to figure out a tip, leave the calculator in your pocket. Personally, I also spend a little time practicing mental math in weird ways. While I’m driving, I’ll mentally calculate when I’ll arrive somewhere by calculating my speed and the distance to my destination. When I fill up the tank I’ll calculate my miles per gallon. When I’m cooking, I’ll skip Google and figure out ratios on my own.

The more you do it, the quicker you’ll become.’

Credit: Jonathan C.

Thanks Jonathan, A true Patriot.

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Phil 4:8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

HAVE A GREAT SATURDAY….LEAVE THE CELL HOME TONIGHT 😉 CAN YOU??? GOD BLESS!

 

 

 

 

 

The Optimist Creed

Promise yourself . . .

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Credit: Christian D. Larson –1912

-LOL! 😀