Sunday, January 20, 2013

We CAN Do Anything We Imagine And Commit To.

Decades ago, IBM told their people to develop computers to their most advanced state, and they did. The machines were upgrading so fast, the SOLD products were barely at the customer’s site before a new generation was ready. So, management said, STOP doing this.

Apple/Macintosh computers, iPods, iPhones, etc. continued advancement.


Early automobiles (Cord, Tucker) had hidden headlights, rear engine motors, disc brakes, automatic transmissions.

 Egyptians and Romans built facilities and cities with fresh water, “advanced” sewage systems and global commerce equal to anything we have today.
We CAN Do Anything We Imagine And Commit To.

Our parents came from Excellent stock, were given the best field to begin their business (running this Earth).

We CAN Do Anything We Imagine And Commit To.

Tesla Motor Company built an all-electric car and began sales in 2008, while the big boys were trying to convince us and them it could not be done or no one would purchase. They advanced to a full size, magnificent sedan unmatched in beauty or comfort by any other auto company.

Charging stations are expanding around the nation to provide expanded travel ranges, as critics are still trying to convince us the concept will not work and we will not buy them or use them. Hmmmmmm.

You might ask, “Why can’t they make a car that gets 100 to 300 mpg?” and I suggest you think about that.

We CAN Do ANYTHING We Imagine And Commit To.

In each of the examples, one or two people (men and women) had a vision/dream/thought and began implementing it, with the eventual help of many others. Folks, why work for someone, that determines your value, usefulness, salary and benefits? If that is your calling, WONDERFUL, keep doing it and enjoy your life. For you that have a different call, keep preparing for it and when your time to blossom arrives, GO FOR IT.

YOU CAN Do ANYTHING YOU Imagine And Commit To.

Mary Kay, Martha Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor, Genghis Kahn,  Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and friends; The list contains mothers, fathers, and mentors, that molded and encouraged others in their aspirations.

We CAN Do Anything We Imagine And Commit To.
I think we all understand this ability can be for Evil and Good. The uses of our talents are our individual responsibility, which we will give an accounting for. Anyone can use any item or concept for evil.
  • Nuclear energy can provide electricity or bombs.
  • Herbs and medicines can be used to heal or kill.
I occasionally try to imagine our world or US in a perfect environment of thought and activities. A perfect environment would include positive and negative thoughts for balance without immoral inclinations. The stories of past cities called Utopia or Atlantis would have been true and still in existence.

Imagine the Egyptians, Greeks, or Romans in a perfect state, inventing, developing, building (without internal or external wars destroying their progress) over 4000 years ago. Now imagine how we might adapt to an environment that blended with our planet’s ecology, while providing ease of transportation, corporeal comforts, and advanced educational resources.

Our entire business concept would not exist, as it is today, without the need for continuing changes in:
  • Transportation vehicles
  • Clothing materials
  • Housing structures and utilities
  • Business buildings and complexes
  • Warfare and required instruments
At this point, every time, I hit a blank wall because all I have ever known is imperfection. The concept is possible, it is the implementation that confounds me. The current human existence is about 6,000 years and with the exception of Adam and Eve, we have not done well. If, IF, they had been satisfied with perfection and populated this Earth with likeminded children and relatives…whoops! Blank wall again!

Let us visualize together a perfect human environment, as in the beginning:
  • Every creature is vegetarian.
  • Humans venture out to form their families and communities because it is our nature and not because we got into destructive arguments.
  • Destructive arguments do not exist because enmity does not exist between humans or with God.
  • Once More: NO animosity within or between families, groups or church. Hmmmm, so with no disagreement about doctrine (how to live, dress, worship) would we have plural churches? I DO NOT KNOW!
  • Happy, contented marriages with both parents (with exception of death) for the children.
Maybe I could have worked for Walt Disney and Company. I do believe this perfect lifestyle could only be if continued from the original OR a dynamic change in our human nature took place.

The Universe(s) and our Earth have been here billions of our years. Some types of civilizations have existed, prior to us, on Earth and several of the planets in our Solar System. As primitive as we are, evidence supports ideas of help from entities to progress us. I eagerly anticipate getting to know the “other side” and what is available for ME.

Adam and Eve were given the best of everything with the goal of then drawing others back to God through lifestyle and education. Ever since, they stepped out, the ultimate battle has been and continues to be for control of our MIND/THINKING/RATIONALIZATION and commitment to excellence.
Jesus came to reinstitute the original government of recovery of the lost sheep/people. He demonstrated resources available to us to accomplish the task. We waste train loads of time and energy arguing about the existence and use of our tools, instead of just using them. 

For example, instead of wondering IF something works or IF I may use a certain tool, why not use it and discover the result?
  • Will this hammer drive this nail? USE IT to drive the nail.
  • If I modify this door hinge, will the door close correctly? DO IT and discover.
  • When I pray correctly for …, will it work? PRAY… If it doesn’t work, ask the owner of the tool what to do.
  • When a storm is troubling my children, can I command it to rest, as Jesus did? Ask Jesus for advice, instructions and proceed.

If a thought enters your mind to:
  • Pray now for your, your children’s, friend’s need: DO IT!
  • Call or visit ___ to encourage them: DO IT!
  • Rebuke (don’t cuss them or accept their threats) the abusive person/creditor in Jesus name.
  • Study the correct process and verbiage of cursing someone.
    • Let your mouth no longer speak to me in a foul manner.
    • Tell your boss and spouse every evil, unethical or unlawful act you do or have done.
    • Your hands will stop producing for you, until you repent.
    • Your feet will be as unstable and unfaithful as your heart and mind, until you repent.
    • Psa 35:5  Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them.
    • Psa 35:6  Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.
    • ETC.
    • In JESUS Name! (Do not forget this phrase.)
  • Study how to Stop/Disable a bad guy about to assault you.
    • In place of a weapon, how do you invoke an angel to disable or dispose of him/her.
    • Learn and Practice verbiage and techniques that disable or dispose of a criminal.
  • Study and encourage yourself in the interaction of angels with humans.
    •  Gen 16:7  And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
    • Gen 16:9  And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
    • Exo 14:19  And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:
    • Num 22:23  And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way.
    • Jdg 6:11  And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.
    • Jdg 13:16  And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the LORD. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the LORD.
    • 1Ki 19:5  And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.
    • 1Ki 19:7  And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.
    • 1Ch 21:15  And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the LORD beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD stood by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
    • 1Ch 21:16  And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the LORD stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces.

    • 1Ch 21:30  But David could not go before it to enquire of God: for he was afraid because of the sword of the angel of the LORD.
    • 2Ch 32:21  And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land. And when he was come into the house of his god, they that came forth of his own bowels slew him there with the sword.
    • Psa 34:7  The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
    • Isa 37:36  Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
    • Act 5:19  But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,
    • Act 8:26  And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
    • Act 12:7  And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

    • Act 12:8  And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.
    • Act 12:9  And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.
    • Act 12:10  When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.
    • Act 12:11  And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.
    • Act 27:23  For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
Well, I think this is about it for tonight. In case you are wondering how I rate in this area, I have had positives and negatives, wins and losses, seemed a magician to some and idiot to others, felt great and felt very dumb. The point here is, I kept trying, studying, learning, improving and being successful. Using tools provided us is as easy as picking up a screw driver and using it or driving your car instead of pulling a wagon to the store.

  • my car stopped running, stranding me and mine in the boonies,
  • my daughter’s foot would not heal,
  • a student was being distracted from an important topic,
  • the bully wouldn’t leave me alone,
  • I was lost in the woods,
  • we needed a job, car, food, money for bills,
  • protection from more burglaries,
I used the specific tool for the need and each worked.

 Make each day wonderful and productive and worth living.

God bless and increase you.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

You Know WHAT To Do, But...

Is it the Righteous thing to do?
You are the:
  • Manager,
  • Technician,
  • Soldier,
  • Parent,
  • Minister,
  • Police Officer,
  • Staff member.
Get it? Got it? Good!
Welllll, maybe not yet. Let's consider some examples:
  1. Television series - Flash Point: Police trying to prevent angry, abusive husband from killing his wife. All are on roof, including the 18year old daughter of the couple. Daughter realizes Dad is going to kill Mom so she pulls a concealed weapon, begins walking toward both and shooting at Dad. NOW, the police following letter of the law kill her instead of bad guy Dad.
    1. During debrief, they get into intense discussion about following the procedure but questioning if it was the righteous thing to do.
  2. Minister decides to preach/teach certain content but not all because some things "preach better". Preach Better means the minister wants to manipulate the thinking of his/her congregation.
    1. Any of us CAN do this but is it the righteous method.
  3. Maintenance dumps fifty thousand dollars of new parts in a field to prevent them being counted during inspection.
    1. Manager says it is for the greater good for the department. Hmmmmm, Wellllllll?!?!?
  4. Technician is told to fudge(lie) about time put on a job, because of problems with charging over time to project and customer.
    1. Manager calms tech with, "We do it all the time. Every one understands." Turns out, the audit team does NOT understand. PROBlem!
Some of the above I have done before and after becoming a Christian. Oddly, the morality of an action moves our conscience whether sinner or saint. In any case, a person may be confused by the encouragement of mentors and other respected authority and obey; but then...then we get it, and the game changes.
  • Soldiers and Police are faulted for their duty by civilians and by management if they do not.
  • Non-management are blamed for the company' poor product by the public but possibly fired if they refuse to produce.
  • Citizens are attacked because of their government's decrees and the possible results of disobedience are obvious..
Christians are generally respected for adhering to a higher standard of morality and  living a higher grade of life; Yet, all our consciences press us for a superior mental disposition. As our society continues declining morally, each of us is challenged to choose a path of positive influence for this generation and the preceding one.

An adage states:
What the parents do in moderation, the children will do to excess.
I have observed the practical evidence of this maxim with very interesting outcomes.

We cannot escape our responsibility or accountability to ourselves, our children or God. We will account for what happens in this nation, our state, city and home according to our position.
In other words:
  • Children for their actions toward their parents.
  • Parent for their guidance of their children.
  • Citizens for obedience to and respect for local, state and federal laws.
  • Citizens for voting with their best judgment.
  • Leaders (managers, politicians, ministers) for their actions.
Seems simple and sounds easy, doesn't it? Yet, when I was threatened with loosing my job and affecting the status of other lab staff, it was not easy. Simple? Yes, but not easy. Their choices did not change, so the company caved.

Refusing to dump inventory didn't change the system but did get me transferred.

I can preach/teach/instruct/train what I choose, just not every where.

What would you think telling the truth or right way of acting costs?
Hint: it's not money.
  • Reputation
  • Friendships
  • Position/Employment
  • Promotion
  • Being included
Often, all the above and sometimes for years. Occasionally, for life. What I learned was the true difficulty of living my convictions. Your choices and experiences cannot be compared to any other as mine are not. We may sympathize with each other but truthfully we cannot really feel each other's pain.

As I discovered, I had NO CLUE to what CHOICE would cost and neither did you before experienced it. Our Truths were purchased for us by individuals, often joining with others. I know I am willing and I think I am prepared to pay for mine and those after me.

Another important item I learned was the price/cost are payment plans, NOT a one time payment pays all. I never picked up on this regardless of all the history I repeatedly read, saw and heard. Strange, isn't it, how a major item can be so in-consequential and then we start making payments.

An inheritance allows enjoyment without the cost of acquiring and although I enjoy inherited items, I learned an inheritance is not the same as income, which seems intuitive but it wasn't to me. I treated the first one as a bonus rather than a one time only life benefit; life insurance, winnings of any kind, gifts.

When we own (pay cash for) our homes, cars, other accessories, there is such a feeling of freedom and security. A direct benefit is paying only what the item costs rather than 3 to 50 times the original purchase price thru interest.

So. We can charge everything we claim to own. We can. But is it the best or even a good method.

We can surrender them for welfare, government controlled education, businesses, health care and facilities or follow the path of those before us.

Some payment plans for a life improvement can look like:
  • Every day/week/month is a struggle to pay the bills and by food.
  • Your health changed and seems you will never feel good again.
  • Your job environment is a struggle/fight just to get through a day.
Some may be wondering how you should act or respond when your "heroes" are not so heroic after all. My opinion is to fasten your eyes/mind/heart on what integrity is in your life, fix on Jesus Christ and his Truth, reorder your previous values and recover.
A few friends and I were discussing this very subject and why we were still on course when many others caved in. Our conclusion was simple, we focused on God as our main point of perfection and truth.

As we consider every one fallible, including ourselves, then when a person's imperfections surface they are not crippling; disappointing, Yes, but not destructive. Act like a lady or a gentlemen with family and friends, fight like veteran street fighter when needed, live as Christ would live, walk on water when called to and stay stable.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

You SHOULD Be Impressed! THINK About This…

New York’s “Journal News” initiated a form of covert Gun Control.
I have seen and participated in the use of this style of manipulation in the Military, NSA, the Corporate World and Government for over 3 decades. I am not a conspiracist, yet some plans approximate their format. This type never fails to succeed.
A Sociologist explained to me how and why government can control society by their placement or movement.
  • Use media to draw attention to the topic,
  • manipulate local environment,
  • introduce fear and security respectively then repeat;
  • add sweetener and toppings as desired.
Some desired results would be:
  • Diversifying economy(spending, taxes, saving),
  • Assisting construction and expansion of cities,
  • Expansion of transportation resources, (highways, airports, etc.)
  • Disconnecting people from their "roots" allowing more flexible thinking and education.
Having been close to this type of activity, I am sensitive to its appearance. In our society we have accepted certain forms of lying as ethically and morally correct. The problem becomes apparent when deciding whether the result is ethical or moral or correct. Will the result be a benefit or detriment to the affected parties?
Identifying the location of certain people can endanger them and their families. My opinion is this is neither ethical, moral or righteous.
When I informed my students a particular process could not be performed by a software package, knowing it could but was not permitted at our facility, my lie was justified to prevent this action. My terminology should have been more precise, such as; could not should have been you may not or you will not
Neither the lie nor the truth caused physical harm, but it did engender distrust.

Ethical? Moral? The righteous Thing To Do?
This topic would consume weeks of discussion and pages of explanation to explain and few would agree. This behavior is what organizations depend on and though the technique is very sloooowwwwwww it is VERY EFFECTIVE.
Our moral and ethical climate has slowly and increasingly degenerated, influencing every facet of our society. Anger, distrust, rude behavior, abound with plenty of fuel from the corrupted antics of politicians, celebrities, sports icons, church leader failures, owners or managers of failed businesses and so on.
My title may have you wondering why you or I should be impressed by all this and I will now address that now. People proficient in any endeavor, including criminal or manipulative, impress me. Movies like White Collar and The Thomas Crown Affair, as well as historical events by both church and secular communities.
First the definition:
1. to affect deeply or strongly in mind or feelings; influence in opinion: He impressed us as a sincere young man.
2. to fix deeply or firmly on the mind or memory, as ideas or facts: to impress the importance of honesty on a child.
3. to urge, as something to be remembered or done: She impressed the need for action on them.
Note: Being impressed with or by an action in NO WAY implies or insinuates or suggests I agree with or condone such activities or their results; Nor do I glorify or admire the characters represented by movie actors. I neither admire nor respect criminals nor negative manipulators.
What is it about these types of activities that both capture my attention and impress me?
1.      The fact that a person or persons can conjure an idea that infatuates and retains the imagination and commitment of people. This can be positive as well as negative.
2.     The ideological and charismatic impact and influence upon masses of people is almost supernatural.
3.     The leader eventually surfaces, becomes the accepted spokesperson, and charismatically leads the establishment forward attracting devoted, often ardent patrons.
4.     The horrific evil processes that are either ignored by the general public or their failure to respond in a moral manner, to prevent atrocities. Conversely, supreme positive consequences manifest our innate acquaintance with divinity.
5.     Certain criminal careers are of importance because for a person(s) to commit specific types of crimes, required:
enhanced planning skills,
in-depth knowledge of law enforcement investigation techniques,
severe personal discipline,
able to appear invisible (for example; who “sees” the utility or maintenance people), 
and too persuasive to mistrust.
(The exceptional abilities used for heinous crimes could have instead promoted the now criminal and their victims, their families and friends.)
6.     Law creators, lawyers, our law system with laws that coddle criminals.
7.     Law designers, the lawyers, a judicial system with laws that victimize victims, restrict and penalize the innocent, in the name of justice.
8.     Absolute majestic advances in science, technology, arts, and knowledge.
9.     A seemingly mindless Environmental Protection Agency. Whose idea was this anyway? An entire Department of the Interior on acid? Whatever.
I use the word impress because I want to be frequently reminded that one person or a small group of people up to entire nations can be led to greatness or unfathomable evil. A couple of ministers, I know, emphasize that each person has a carnal nature capable of monstrous evil and no one should trust themselves or be trusted implicitly.
As a practicing Christian, I attempt to live a lifestyle that is a credit to those I know or hear of me. Realizing my dark side is alive and well constrains me from tempting it to my distraction. For example: I do not flirt, frequent bars/clubs/strip joints for the obvious reasons. The earlier 20 years of my life were wasted doing such things.
Unfortunately, I do not refrain from an occasional tremendous acceleration down an empty street.

Do I have a WITNESS?
In agreement with many of the people on this planet, I desire a nice, pleasant, very comfortable and peaceable life; Beautiful homes in several countries, happy and healthy family, good friends, a motor home, private plane, cars, SUV, you know, the simple life.
Some deranged moron has to screw it up.
As so many fellow humans, I wonder when the madness will end and how I can prompt its demise. I am overwrought by the tragedy inflicted on innocent people just as I am burdened by someone's terminal diagnosis or divorce. My experience with cancer and divorce and death connects me to their pain and I feel it all over again. 
·       Human trafficking and all its viciousness,
·       Abuse of every deplorable type,
·       Maiming and deaths of innocents,
·       Wanton, unrestrained global slaughter of animals and fish,
·       Wanton environmental eradication.
My struggle with appropriate actions to my choices led me to reconsider my sincere reason for the theme of this blog. Observing commitments and the corresponding actions of others to a conviction of principle, I have decided that my efforts to improve myself first and foremost IS my conviction of principle and primary goal. Any expansion of the area of influence is strictly in the Hands of God.
Examples from Evening News:
·       Airplane passengers disabled another threatening passenger. Their efforts constrained the person without harm to him or them.
·       A store clerk assisted by several customers disabled a robber and held him without harm for the police.
·       Military Fathers and Mothers making the time and effort to visit their children.
·       Anonymous persons paying Layaways off for families.
Gifts, aid, kind words, time, given without notoriety or expectation of any reward or return. All done locally and quietly but one person testifies to another and a public announcement is made providing an example for those of us privileged to see and/or hear.
I remember an adage: If every person helped their neighbor, no one would lack help.
When we withdraw our action or interaction, we allow good and evil to continue to success.
A junior high school student was an acquaintance in a messed up family. My mother suggested I try to be a friend but I had things to do. He killed himself about two weeks after that.
A coworker was struggling with personal issues in a troubled marriage. I sensed he enjoyed our intermittent conversations but again I let work be my primary call. He killed himself.
Could I have prevented either suicide? I will never know that answer but I do know interaction would have been better than withdrawal.

Well, it is 07:30 AM and I started writing this about 09:40 PM last night. Connye and I had a late dinner at Panera Bread and I started thinking and talking about this then. While Tuff was figuring what to do, outside and I stood with him in the misting rain at 04:15 AM, I thought of projects at work. This blog theme is threaded to several others and reminded me of those projects.

One took me three years from conception to completion and another five years. Each one consumed me day and night and weekends, thinking about their structure, content, method of employment, maintenance, area of coverage, and the inevitable presentations to people determined to block or stall or end the item for no obvious stated reason.

Having to answer to surreptitious reasons never overtly stated. How often I desired to shake his rodent head until either the truth burst forth or he declined any association. When the truth of a resistance is not made public, it cannot be argued, while the partial truths, lies or possibilities propagate draining energy and resources to prevent the project from maturing.

If legal ownership of guns are a true threat to a corrupt governing authority, any program to confiscate the weapons will remain incognito until enough of the population supports, then demands, their removal, making resistance futile.
If your:
  • Love of freedom over security,
  • Personal independence and freedom of thought,
  • Concern for proper and quality education for your children,
  • Ability to choose where you live and the type of housing,
  • Ad infinitum,
is perceived as a threat, their removal or restriction will be disguised within a call for "the greater good".

Are You Impressed Yet?
As you probably noticed, in this blog, the intertwining of positive and negative topics in no set order; as they are in life. In fact, the obvious blurring of lines and time frame can confuse the casual observer, which, at times, is the intent.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

There Can Be ONLY ONE!

Several years ago, a series of movies titled, "The Highlander" came and went. It was interesting entertainment with mythology and history nicely rolled together. A rule made often by the competitors was "there can be only one" meaning one of them must die with the victor living and ruling. The scenery, swords and sword fights were really magnificent.

The Biblical stories of:
  • Adam and Eve, Cain and Able
  • Genesis 6.1-6.13
    • Gen 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
      Gen 6:3  And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
    • Gen 6:8  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
    • Gen 6:13  And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
    • Exo 1:8-11  Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.
      Exo 1:15-16  And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah: And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.  
seems to emphasize this element of life and rule.

Secular history of the:
  • Philistines (now called Palestinians)
  • Egyptian Pharaohs
  • Greeks
  • Romans
  • Catholics or Protestants
  • Mayans
reveals the warfare between rulers and domination over their citizens. Each ruler always craved more power and land and subjects and money to fund these cravings.
I am Texas Gulf Coast born and bred, medium to well done. Raised in a bi-partisan Christian and Devil home - Church on Sundays and Wednesday nights, Home work and TV during weekdays, and (for the adults) party time during Weekends.
This made for some confusion; read your Bible, attend church, pray over meals, do not get pregnant (girls) or get a girl pregnant (boys), don't drink or smoke before your 21 years old.
When I am doing the Christian thing, why would I be concerned about pregnancy or those other items? Conversely, when I am doing those other actions why would I be attending church or praying? Ya Feel Me?

Let's Fast Forward through my adult life.

As I flounder and ponder what is going on around me locally, nationally, and globally, I tend to get confused with what I see, hear and experience.

Government Helps Us.
HOAs protect our house and land value.
Governments expand and tax.
Dictators, Kings, Queens and Presidents.
Governments keep "getting involved" for their citizens good.
Taxes, more and more laws.
Governments start fights but send citizens to the fights.
We/I citizens gradually AND continually lose rights.
  • I don't wear a helmet.
  • The law mandates I wear a helmet.
  • The law changes its mind and I can choose to wear or not.
  • HOA (from Hell) mandates my grass can be so High per week.
  • HOA says we can only Plant, Paint and Display what THEY want.
  • IRS can and will take your...
  • HOA can and will take our...
  • Governments continue to expand and will take my...
Now these were petty UNTIL they affected ME and mine.
  • I READ about the butchery of the children after Jesus' birth.
  • I READ and SAW videos of the capturing and killing of Jewish people.
  • I READ and SEE and HEAR of atrocities and personal rights removal in OTHER PLACES - FAR AWAY.
    • Alabama: 1950s - 1970s
    • California: 1960s
    • Kent State
    • Public Schools
And what I observed is an incredibly slow but steady movement toward a Global Domination by one type of Governing People craving Full, Unimpeded, Absolute Power.
A friend told me that NO person can handle a lot of power and even GOD will NOT give any person unrestricted power. How much is "a lot of power"? Depends on the person or group. Evaluate those in a position of power, you know.
I can count the people I know that willingly gave up their position and the power associated, on one finger. No:
  • President,
  • King or Queen,
  • Dictator,
  • Pastor, Evangelist, Teacher,
  • Manager, Supervisor, Boss,
  • Husband, Father, Wife, Mother
  • Older Brother or Sister
willingly surrendered any authority OR power given them. Regardless of how wonderful and caring and loving and wise, etc. each person is said to be, when their time is up, they WILL FIGHT; often to their physical or spiritual death or the death of their opponent.
Remember - There Can Be And Will Be Only One (1)!
In the animal kingdoms a male taking over an existing group, family, herd, pride, pack, such as:
  • lions,
  • hippos,
  • monkeys,
  • gorillas,
  • zebras,
  • hyenas,
will immediately kill or exile the resident ruler and his offspring during and after the coup. The new male leader will not tolerate any supposed threat to his supremacy.  History records humans doing the same. Biblical history records the action of Satan against God and his creation and people.
Remember - There Can Be And Will Be Only One (1)!
Please watch and consider the following video.
I have never desired to be or been thought of as an extremist or fanatical. I have been called:
  • stubborn,
  • determined,
  • uncontrollable,
  • rebellious,
  • closed minded,
  • opinionated,
  • defiant,
  • hard to: get along with, control, or subject to authority,
you probably have the idea. But I have never been called an extremist or fanatical.
Apparently, I have extremely agitated, angered, frustrated, and/or annoyed my pastors, bosses, some acquaintances and family members because of comments or actions. When I agree, GREAT; when I do not, I will fight OR leave but I will not submit.
Now to my hypothesis. Humans have two choices available: how they will rule and how they will be ruled. History reveals some will be ruled regardless of their conditions to retain perceived security; while others will suffer and die for freedom rather than security. History also reveals rulers who chose wisdom, compassion and godly leadership and expression of power to the benefit of their constituents.
What continues to be an irreconcilable conflict, to me, is that in spite of the overwhelming evidence of positive results from a Godly form of leadership and government, is the inevitable bend toward and subsequent application of an immoral, evil, destructive government administration. This evolution may require a century or more depending on the stature and prudence of the subjects.
The Media and most of us have moved on to fresh ratings material and today's lunch now that we have not been cataclysmically destroyed, December 21, 2012 or the next day. Generally, we Americans are an instant gratification society. After my first wife passed away, a friend called to encourage me, I guess, and suggested since I have been grieving about 3 weeks, it was time to pick up and move on. Of course his wife was still alive and well.
  • Yesterday's news and worries.
  • Last week's deaths and grief.
  • Last years bills, debts.
  • Last month's honeymoon, move on to new business.
  • That loss of our rights was SO 1960s.
We have become a superficial, frivolous, foolish nation of people in ONLY 200 years.
America has been the quintessential standard of Christian living, individual freedom, family values, opportunities, with a responsible, moral, citizen oriented and responsive  government for the World. It appears, though, we are inexplicably going the way of every civilization previous to us.
Deu 32:28  For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them.

Psa_33:12  Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

Pro_14:34  Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
Jer_5:15  Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far, O house of Israel, saith the LORD: it is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language thou knowest not, neither understandest what they say.

Jer_12:17  But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the LORD.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

So, I Will Let This Go With 2012! But, I Will Keep...

...Some Activities And Commitments For 2013!
I have been nagging our pet about talking to me for about a decade. An expert observed that a senior dog has at least a ten word vocabulary but our pet has never said a word to me, that I can understand.

This month included a revelation so simple I am embarrassed I have not grasped this before now. Tuffie, our pet dog, is a Shitz-Zu, Chinese origin. CHINESE! He does not speak Texan and apparently does not care to learn; and I do not speak Mandarin and have no desire to learn. Even though we have "spoken" to each other for years, you can see the obvious problem.
So, I will let this go!
There are items I "connect" with and offer suggestions for improvements, I feel are necessary. An organization I belong to has a website that has not been fully operational in its 20+ year existence. Over the decades, I have offered my observations, assistance, and suggestions for improvements, none of which were accepted or appreciated. Sometimes, I am REALLY, REALLY slow to get the fundamental goal of their No's, which is to shut up, leave us alone, go away.
So, I will let this go!
Living a successful Christian life is simple, once we understand HOW. The HOW is difficult because the lifestyle goes against our basic nature. Studying, learning and applying the laws, themes, guidelines and principles written in the Word of God (The Christian Bible) is simple, easy and difficult. For example:
  • We have a variety of translations to simplify our reading the text.
  • Reading can be easy enough BUT understanding what we are reading and how to apply it is often the difficulty. Some text requires knowledge of the time and cultural activity to correctly understand and apply stated principles.
  • So WHY is it typically soooo DIFFICULT?
    1. Our basic, flawed nature causes us to resist the flawless way of God.
    2. Everyone, E V E R Y O N E, is dysfunctional/flawed, skewed, distorted in our way of thinking, understanding and applying. Yes! You ARE!
    3. Everyone that mentors us are flawed and their instructions to us are biased by their mentors, parents, friends, teachers, etc.
    4. After 20 years, as a practicing Christian, I learned and admitted my application of the love, mercy and patience of God for myself and to others has been and probably will always be distorted by what I have seen and heard from mentors.
    5. Many of us, including myself, have learned is there is logically or spiritually no other doctrine or God than the Christian Bible and the Christian God and his Son for LIFE here and forever.
I will keep doing this!
Back to Tuffie (also known as The Tuffer, Tuff, BooBoo Brown, and Dog). One night, I closed our bedroom door, I lay down and turned out the light. A short time later, the door opened letting light into the room. I thought Connye had entered but nothing happened. I gradually turned over toward the door and there he was, standing in the room with the bedroom door wide open.
As I lay looking at him, pondering WHAT?, his stance and facial appearance seemed to say, "WHY is this door closed? I didn't close this door! If I want the door closed, I Will close it!" We looked at each other, for a moment, then he turned back into the living room and left.
He still does this. There is no conflict between him and I as long as the door is left open OR I expressly explain what will happen if he opens it. If I do not make it clear what I want he will sit down and start scratching the door.
He will sit and with one front paw, scratch the door twice, wait several seconds and repeat. If we have not opened the door or thrown a pillow in his direction, he will switch paws. When he gets tired, he will lay down, on his back, do his nails and scratch with his rear paws. It is worse than dripping water but often I will lay on the bed, reading a book, and see how long he will last.
When he gets a book, I open the door.
He and I will keep doing this!
I have struggled financially all my life, including 33 years as a Christian,  and the problem was my fault making dumb, bad and irresponsibly decisions. Solomon was the wisest man in the world, yet made incredibly bad and immoral decisions. Demas was a Christian but gave up the life for the temporary pleasure of this life - bad decision.
Dumb, bad and irresponsible decisions are, unfortunately part of our lives, regardless of our best intentions and efforts. The key is to keep learning and trying to improve our selves.
Choosing poverty is not a Biblical concept, although being poor or in poverty can and does happen to many. Being poor or living in poverty does not signify a person is not Christian but it also does not mean people should deny moral or Christian opportunities to improve.
At 66 years, I have improved my learning about wealth, thinking about prosperity, and application of successful principles. I understand and accept the concept of every person having their particular view of what wealth or prosperity is.
Mine includes:
  • a healthy family,
  • family members with Christian or moral life styles,
  • healthy family and friend relationships,
  • enough money to pay cash for needs and purchase extras,
    • house/home
    • autos
    • vacations
  • excess money to keep checking and saving accounts full.
  • excess money, time and effort for giving to charities and other needs.
I will keep trying this!
Before we married, I developed a routine/habit of:
  • randomly buying gifts for my wife; a flower, chocolate covered strawberries, a card, bunch of flowers, etc.,
  • random foot and back massages,
  • dusting house, vacuuming, emptying dishwasher,
  • doing small errands: at the store, bank, and post office.
Doing these things and telling her often, that I love her, keeps our relationship fresh.
When she sends me to the store with a list, I buy something for the Dog too.
I will continue doing these things!
Tuffie has a routine day and night of sitting down and staring at us, when he needs to Hang and Drain. Daylight hours, he gruffs a couple of times to get our attention and after bed time, he comes in, taps on the end of the bed and looks around each corner to see who is responding.
If we do not respond to the tapping/scratching, he comes to the side of the bed and attempts to RIP THE SHEETS OFF. It his is quiet method of telling us I HAVE TO GO! Who ever gets up must get approval for any accomplishment:  
  • He prefers the front yard because of the view.
  • No rain or sprinkling is permitted and the ground cannot be wet.
  • If any questions arises, we must go off the porch and out to the driveway or into the yard to demonstrate how DRY it is.
  • Tuff will then proceed to a designated spot to listen and observe the neighbor hood Right and Left.
  • A person, dog or trash bag will produce loud frantic barking until the offenders leave. If he sees a cat or rabbit, he disappears in Warp speed chasing them.
  • Of course, we just stand around (2-4 AM) encouraging some progress. Once all is approved and privacy is determined, we are blessed with a Hang and Drain or Pop and Drop.
  • Once done, we all return contentedly back to our previous sleeping spots.
Yes, This will continue also!
I will also:
God's spirit is every where, his spirit is in us, and his angels minister in our behalf. He has provided for our families and friends every day of 2012 in every way. Whatever the future holds, God will see us through each event as we arrive.
Keep your faith, learn more about what captures your interest, look for good friends and be thankful for every thing.
God bless you to do your part to make this a better year for yourself and others.