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A Message Lost


Christianity teaches love. Islam teaches love. Judaism teaches love. Buddhism teaches love. Most major religions teach love, but they are hijacked by those in power who only want more power.

They call themselves priests. They call themselves imams. They call themselves rabis. Not all, but many want power. They want power over your wallet and over your mind. They enrich themselves and rather than guiding their flock towards peace, they guide them towards war against their own brothers and sisters.

No matter how much we want to blame religion or someone else, they are not the enemy. It is ourselves for allowing our fears and others to guide us. God guides us all, but if we shut Him out through fear, hate, anger or jealousy, then we allow those voices and those influences to take root. We are and have become our own worse enemy.

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A Prayer of Guidance


I dare not claim to know the will of God. I only pray that God will allow His will to be my will, that my heart may be open, that it may listen, and that I may humbly fulfill His will without judgement. In doing so, may I see what I am meant to see, hear what I am meant to hear and be who I am meant to be, no more and no less.

Amen.

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Invisible Man


The dreams are not you. You are you. Can you see yourself, or are you invisible? There are those who walk among us. They search in trash cans. They ask for money or food. Their voices are not heard and they are often ignored.

Don’t walk pass them as if they were not there. You may choose not to see them, but they see you. They see the fear in your heart. They see the illusion that has become life. Wake up from this dream. Wake up from this illusion.

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Three Right Turns


When going around the block of life, three right turns doesn’t always make a circle. Sometimes we have to trust that God has a plan that we will not always understand. At different points in our life or our spiritual development, we may be blessed with glimpses.

These are just that, glimpses, because in a moment all that exists can be revealed and all that was unclear can be realized.

At each moment we have a choice. Sometimes those choices will not always make sense. We are passengers in life but we are not passive for our will is still our own until it is not so. We can trust in God, or we we can forge our own path. And though we may think our way is better, we may find ourselves at the same end, but on a path far more difficult than it needed to be.

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Unfolding Story


When we look at other people and their standing in the world we often want to know how they got there. We compare ourselves but in doing so we can become envious. We see the part that we admire but what we often miss are the parts we would never want to trade when it comes to our own life.

When I stand back and I look at my life there are clear points that I can remember saying to myself, I am going to do that. I don’t know how I will get there, but I will do that. And sure enough, a path was laid. For that I am blessed.

I tell my son almost every other day, there are things we are each good at. We should never judge how good we are at something or our perceived successes against those of someone else. We don’t know what others have had to do to become who they are, and we shouldn’t neccessarily want to know. We should want to become ourselves. I tell him, don’t try to be me or anyone else. Be the best you. There is a plan for you. I dont know what it is. There is a plan for all of us. We just have to trust and have the patience to fully realize it.

It’s an unfolding story.

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Walking a Few Steps


We all have different personalities so it’s sometimes difficult to understand why people do the things they do. It’s easy to see someone doing something and call it stupid. But is it stupid because we couldn’t imagine ourselves doing the same thing, or because we see someone struggling with something going on in their life? Rather than judge why a person is doing something, maybe it’s just better to ask how someone is doing, if not for curiosity, to actually help.

We have to remember that we all have things in our lives that are challenges to us. What may seem small to us may be a huge challenge for someone else, and that’s okay. We all come from different walks of life and have had to deal with different things. Our lessons in life are all different. So perhaps rather than questioning or ridiculing someone’s decisions or actions, lend a hand.

Try to walk a few steps with someone, but not so you can make them more like you, but so they can really be themselves. It’s amazing what can happen when we carry the load together.

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Life on Repeat


It can sometimes feel like life is on repeat. We see the same lessons replaying in our life, sometimes with different people or slightly different circumstances. It all seems too familiar, like we’ve been there before, and perhaps we have. It’s easy to chalk it all up to coincidence or even some divine punishment, as if we were paying some penance for a long forgotten sin whose debt has long since been repaid.

We tell ourselves that we know, that we understand, and that we will be different the next time we are presented with a given set of circumstances. But, will we really be that different? Will we stop and remember all the times we’ve turned our backs? We like to tell ourselves we will, and perhaps God or the universe presents us with these opportunities, not as a test or punishment, but as a chance at self-redemption. Perhaps we are given these opportunities, not to gain God’s love, because that love as already been there, but to show ourselves that yes, we can be different. We can be compassionate. We can be understanding. We can show love. We can be our better selves. We can be these things and are these things at all times, no matter how we judge ourselves and others.

There are no perfect set of circumstances where the peace of the world will show itself. It’s up to us to make it happen. We make it happen in our daily lives, through our interactions with each other, through compassion and understanding, one moment at a time.

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The Enemy of Good


Fear is the enemy of good. Like a weapon, it is wielded against the weak, the scared and the vulnerable. Blinded, we swallow every word and every story we are told. Like yes men, we nod our heads, and take in everything we are spoon fed. Rather than question or look within to the universal truths that are in each of our hearts, we harden ourselves. Fear becomes a veil lowered over our eyes. It paralyzes.

Used by bullies and politicians, it has become a favored tool by religious leaders. Rather than preach love and compassion, many seek to demonize others for their differences. In the name of God, they cast out those who would oppose their version of the truth. As if gatekeepers to heaven, they brand all those who would disagree, an enemy. Fear has imprisoned them. And from behind their bars, they preach hate.

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Blessings of the Homeless


When many view the homeless, at the very worst they are viewed as a blight and as a nuisance. They are the undesirables. At the very best, they’re seen as people needing to be saved or helped. They are viewed with pity.

We think that on any particular day if we just help one we’ll somehow remove the guilt for not stopping long enough to truly care. We see ourselves as some blessing this person has been waiting for all day. We give, but we often do it with hesitation. What if this person does drugs? What if this person is just going to waste it? What if this person isn’t really homeless?
We see ourselves as a blessing to the homeless person, but we never turn the question around. What if in reality this homeless person is a blessing for us?

The homeless teach us humility. They teach us kindness. They teach us compassion. They remind us of humanity, and how often and how easy it is to lose it. Let us not forget. Let us be thankful.

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Infinite Possibilities


The future you realize is dependent on the present you realize. There are infinite presents.

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