We in America have what is called "The American Dream". Grow up a happy kid, go to college, get married, buy a house, drive a nice car, have two kids, and so on....A lot of people seem to aspire to nothing more.
But there is much, much more to life than having the best Jeep Grand Cherokee on the block. We at IQ talk a lot of lofty stuff, but in reality, I have no idea if you actually "practice what you preach".
Are you leaders in your private life? Do you share your faith in whatever you believe with other people? This is really something that takes a lot of courage. Do you struggle with this? I know I do sometimes. It sometimes seems easier to just be a sheep. With the Presidential Election coming up, I often wonder if people just vote like lemmings, or if they take the time to really study the people nominated to run for office. This is just an example, and not meant to start a political debate...so don't!
I know I have asked a lot of questions here, but what I guess I really am asking is if you put your spiritual beliefs into practice...or not. It is easier to just go along with the people around us. It is much harder to be a leader. Sometimes, we are followers, even if it leads us off a cliff. It is easier to see your friends and family walk off that cliff than to try to turn them around to a better path.
God has given us the responsibility to be good Shepherds, rather than watch the sheep fall off a cliff...For example, you know of someone who is depressed, and you do nothing.
This actually happened to me in a convenience store. A man who occasionally comes to my church was there, ranting and raving about getting even with his ex-wife, perhaps by robbing the store. I went to him, and simply asked him if he was going to be at Bible Study this week. He was taken aback, grew quieter, and left the store. The easy path would have been to get my purchases and leave, but I didn't. I was actually scared of him- he was blasted high on some sort of drug or other- but it seemed that just simply treating him normally and reminding him about Church seemed to calm him.
When you do nothing about a problem, you are actually contributing to it.
What do you all say?
In True Peace,
Jai (with help from Wade)
we all are both. people consider me a teacher. But when it comes down to it, it is really a learning experience about myself. when i have accomplished helping someone one of two things happen, i learn hat all my esteem issues are revealed, and i remind myself i am truly helping or i learn somthing from that person that has so much importance in my life. So either way we all are teachers and students. NO matter what.
love n light
answered 14 Aug '12, 22:04
TReb Bor yit-NE
While in church God blessed me with a spiritual vision of a giant plank like on a ship. Millions of people were in a line on this plank all walking forward with their heads downcast so they could not see where they were walking. All of them were walking right off that plank falling for miles into this deep fiery pit.
As I was watching this I felt like that I was standing there watching them go by. I was wondering what this was about. Why I was seeing this, and why wasn't anyone doing anything about it?!? Then it hit me like a lead block! This is why I am seeing this! Am I just going to stand idly by and watch my family, friends and even these strangers go shuffling past to their doom? I am there not to be an observer but a beacon of light and a guide to show them there is a better way!
If I stand by and watch them depressed, or taking drugs, or anything that would ruin them, then I am saying this is all right, I approve of this, go right ahead.
If I watch a child walk out into traffic right past me and do nothing it is my fault that child was killed!
There used to be a video game called Lemmings and these Lemmings would all fallow each other right over a cliff to their death. It was your job to constantly keep them from killing themselves accidentally. As Christians we are the good shepherds God entrust us to be.
We can't save everyone but those we can save it matters to them.
There was a little girl walking along a beach saving jelly fish throwing them back into the sea. Along came a man that said, "It is no use you will never save them all! It doesn't matter there are too many." The little girl kept picking them up and ignored the man and then turned to him and said, "I am sure it mattered to that one I just saved." She kept at it saving them as much as she could and it did matter to the ones she saved!
I know a lot of people like that, and I leave them be that way.
I can be light of inspiration that shines, but I cannot go and force to open their eyes to see it. If they want to have them shut, I let them.
If my own life is not strong enough example to inspire people to change their ways and see they can live much fuller and happier life, then there's nothing else I shall do.
I seek to control nobody, but myself.
I am a questioner, not a follower and that includes religion. My research has found that the bible was never meant to be taken literally. In Galatians 4 Paul gives an excellent example of the true meaning of a story that was written allegorically. The bible often says it is speaking with "dark sayings" (hidden meanings). The bible covers everything from the physical, the spiritual, the intellect, astrology, anatomy, and emotional. Rabbi Moses Maimonides has some sound advice on how to determine whether something was written allegorically, symbolically or otherwise.
“Every time that you find in our books a tale the reality of which seems impossible, a story which is repugnant to both reason and common sense, then be sure that the tale contains a profound allegory veiling a deeply mysterious truth; and the greater the absurdity of the letter, the deeper the wisdom of the spirit.” Moses Maimonides - Jewish Theologian, historian, Talmudist, philosopher and physician. 1135-1205 C.E.
"Do not judge others - you do not know their soul contract." Matthew Ward
answered 13 Aug '12, 09:12
jai the flesh is flesh and the spirit is spirit, this world is in darkness the children came to this world empty and seek to return empty. they have free will and are responsible of it to the last day. in truth you can help your brother and sister according to your free will. but if they do not want to be help or are not ready to be help then let them be,it is their choice. they cannot say that you did not try. God the father see all of this. do not worry. the best way to help other his by helping are self to be the light that we can be, so let there be light,be the light that you can be,experience and enjoy.
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