The Let Down

It is easy to be up. Life is a lovely breeze when you are on the top of your mountain and everything is wonderful, you had a great family day, you are doing well on your life’s spiritual journey, you are healthier and strong, you are free of drama or strife, etc. Anyone can do extremely well during those times. And that is most definitely why we don’t just have those up times in our lives. It is difficult to maintain up all the time. People in the rat race try and sometimes assist the up times with stimulants like drugs or alcohol or food or caffeine or sexual activity like porn or worse. Most of these choices are bad because they numb you and rob you of many learning tools and tests of character. We should desire the down time, the calm or boring times especially and even the rough and trying times. Why would anyone want that? Because that is how you grow and learn about yourself and prove yourself. Boring or bad times is where we show God what we have learned (hopefully) from Him and we reveal humbly where we need work and can ask for it. During the times everything goes your way, few people are contrite, fewer see a need for God or give Him the credit. We really feel Him and worship Him most when He carries us through those awful or tedious times. The day after the fanfare is a chance to rest and be reminded of our fragility and God’s contrasting amazingness to have given us the day and then allowed further development the day after. He knows when we need rest and when we need trials for growth and proof of growth. When you cease to have those times is dangerous because I would feel beyond hope, that He had left me to myself because chance after chance I failed the test. So I am thankful when God chooses to teach and train and test me. I am in this journey to win a greater prize of eternity in heaven with my God and those who love Him. I want to grow as close as I can to Him while here because here we determine our eternal destination. We have a short time to grow close to the Lord in our salvation. The day after is good. Every day is a gift.

Chocolate Coins

As a child, I loved those chocolate coins. I was disappointed when I first received the fake coins, but when I discovered the treat inside, I understood what a great gift they were. Somewhere along the lines, we adults miss the wonder and appreciation of finding the treasure inside. We are so wrapped up in what it looks like or appears to be or what we think it is. We need to get back to searching out the wonder like a child does. We need to be amazed and thankful when we find it. I think that would do a lot to increase joyful happiness and cut back on expectancy and disappointment. If we quit at disappointing fake coin, we never get to eat the chocolate.

Why Write?

Questions are excellent thought guiders. So, I ask myself why I write. What is the importance of the written word? What does one person’s thoughts matter in the scheme of billions of people leading their own thoughts and busy lives? And the answer that pulls ahead is that written word is the power to touch a life that may not be touched any other way. Among this main reason of my own are many other reasons I would still continue writing and why I encourage others, maybe even you, to write. 1. Writing coordinates and administrates your thoughts. Many ideas are a jumbled mess in my head but when I sit to write them down, they line up and organize very neatly for me to help me understand better. 2. Evil dictators and rulers always attempt to restrict or ban the unauthorized written word. If for no other reason, we must write just for that alone. Ignorance and conformity are the power of the ruthless tyrant. We must never bow to that blatant misuse of power and authority. 3. Written word communicates other peoples’ ideas and thus opens the mind a little wider to exercise parts of the brain unrehearsed and unknown and each book read is that much more brain function to enjoy. 4. The Bible is the truth. What greater inspiration is there for a writer than the amazing and undeniably true and historic Word of God? There isn’t. It is inspiring and hopeful that it has withstood much time and persecution and lives today accessible to millions. Wow. 5. We are told to sing a new song to the Lord and writing down your thoughts and words is much akin to writing anew song. Writing something new to you and hopefully others honors God. When we create a document or manuscript or article, we honor the Creator and His image we are made in. 6. We are to generous with the gifts we are given and thoughts and ideas are gifts. There are not many things more treasured than a gift unwrapped of a story or thought or look into the life and sharing of the life of another person. 7. We grow and mature through experiences of reading and thus writing. When we write, we focus more on what is important and what is extraneous, the benchmark of maturity. I love that. 8. Las but not least (at least the last I could think of at this moment) is that writing allows us to convey to our future (children, grandchildren, next generation, etc) what we are responsible with passing down to them our knowledge and experiences. I am sure there are more, but these are enough to assist in motivating good writers to write more and new writers to write at all. Keep the faith and the pen!