Different Emphasis with Time

Being 40+, much of what I have focused on through life getting here did not really signify. Much would have no lasting value, no eternal component, just distraction and noise. Much I walked over or through very quickly should have been explored, deepened, much more time spent because of its eternal component. There is here and now which is survival for the moment and there is here and now which affects your eternity. As you mature, you realize this and plan the next steps more thoughtfully. Really getting this would have changed so much of my behavior and choices from then, which is theory and bears no relevance to the now. However, knowing this makes the now much more meaningful as an opportunity to put this valuable wisdom into practice. Think of the eternal before attempting to act or speak. ❤

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Clear Message Chrstianity

There are times life is cloudy, unclear, hidden. Christianity should be clear, the clear light in the darkness. The message of God is very clear and here it is in its entirety: “Sin screwed things up and we need a Savior and Jesus Christ is that Savior and accepting Him and obediently living for and with God is what is expected of us and rewards us now and forever and we will be judged accordingly.” That is a very simple, clear message. It could not be more clear. That is the Good News God has given for us through the Bible. Clear, concise, simple, vital to our eternal lives, the hope and light and truth everyone is to hear, learn and follow. Every single person. Clear. Clear message. Cloudy Christianity is where people added something to the clear message. This is wrong. Biases, opinions, pride, selfishness, egos, desires, traditions, dogma, flawed perspectives, etc. all cloud the clear message, so as such are sins. If the message is not clear, God will hold accountable the person who added to His message. Read the Bible for the truth, and you can start in Mark. You are accountable to learn God’s message. Every person is. On judgment day, which is coming in the near future, God will ask you to account for your knowledge and acceptance of God’s simple message about Jesus and prayer life with Him. And you will be rewarded by being with Him if you follow Jesus and punished if not. So simple. Just make the right choice now before it is too late. ❤

Attend to What Matters

What matters? What deserves our attention and energy and time? Does entertainment matter? Does tech matter? Does social apps matter? Do games? Does porn? Do momentary pleasures matter? Drugs? Alcohol? Clubbing? Nope. Because what matters is what benefits you eternally. The afterlife is forever. The life on this planet is very temporary. Attend to what God says in the Bible matters. That is what truly matters. God, His Love and Truth and Hope, matters. I am leaning towards that being about it. Of course serving Him is serving and loving those He placed in our path. That is all. Everything else is deception, distraction or devices. Follow God. ❤

On Fear, Pride’s Muscle

Fear is the enemy’s tool, right up there with pride which initiates it. Fear of discovery that lies will collapse as they always do. Fear of death. Worse is fear of pain. Death comes once and there is an end to it. Fear continues as long as you allow it to rule with pride in your mind. Fear is pride’s muscle. People who sin fear consequences so lie more creating bigger sin creating more fear. It’s goal is destruction. Not just of life but eternity. Fear with pride keeps people from salvation more than anything else. What will happen if I tell the truth, which is what repentence upon salvation looks like. Truth will set you free but fear says it will not free you but humiliate you if people find out. You may lose loved ones or divorce if your spouse is told of pornography addictions or other adultery. Jobs may be lost if bosses find out about money laundering. Children may be alienated to find a parent who admits hatred or evil desires. Salvation is exposition and that is fought by pride and fear in so many people. Isn’t eternity in heaven and out of hell worth discomfort, even pain? And isn’t Almighty God able to work miracles of forgiveness otherwise? Food for thought…❤

Being too Busy

I never ever want to be too busy for someone who needs me. It is easy to be. We get so wrapped up, even in very very good things (but more often its stupid little entertainment or tech things). But may I never be guilty of the sin of over-busyness where I disobey God’s direction for me because I am too busy with anything else. So I am working on that. I want Him to return (soon) and catch me obeying and not being busy with nonsense. ❤

Success

My understanding of success is knowing that although God made you with your gifts and talents that can be used for good, you are one of many in His kingdom. Knowing you are God’s beloved child is invaluable in any level of lasting eternal inner/spiritual success. Monetary success, the accumulation of goods, means very little in the scope of eternity. Spiritual success, being close to God, means everything. There is absolute nothing you cannot do with God and faith, nothing, for with God’s help and blessing, He can do absolutely anything through you. There is no exception to that unless you don’t believe it. Never doubt God. Same for me. So it comes down to which of us 1. Has more faith or 2. Is in God’s will (obeying His Word). So really, then, success ends up: being saved, having faith and staying close to and obedient to God. That is lasting, eternal success. Nothing else is. There are little successes or accomplishments, of course, but I am speaking of eternity, that which truly counts.❤