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Unanswered Questions

UnansweredQuestions“Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends.”

—–Joseph Campbell

Clint Hill was the secret service agent who was charged with the protection of President Kennedy on the day of his assassination and the first to reach his car after he had been shot. For many years he lived with a sense of guilt because he was powerless to prevent that tragic event. The “what ifs” of November 22, 1963, were a source of great pain to him. All of us are nagged by life’s unanswered questions. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why did I fail at that project? What could I have done to make a difference in a bad situation? These, and many others, keep us awake at night.

Joseph Campbell advises us to not bother our family and friends with volumes of questions, but to go forward with our lives with a sense of confident adventure. If we spend our lives trying to figure out everything we miss life. Jesus says, “Sufficient are the troubles of the day.” Imagine a life that is lived in the moment. Such a life is a life of faith and confidence in God. With it comes a belief in a God who loves us, cares for us and wishes the very best for our future.

Let us challenge ourselves to live life to the fullest with great expectation, and put aside the hesitation that keeps us from being all that God intends for us.

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Finding Our Way by Letting Go

Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Letting go is by far one of the hardest things to do. All of us hold on so tightly to our belongings, our plans and our feelings as a matter of self-preservation. The world is full of uncertainty and disappointment, so we naturally hold on to our little bit of certainty and comfort. The mythologist Joseph Campbell once said, “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. He has a very good and thought provoking suggestion in those words. Is it possible that we hold on to our vision so long and so diligently that we miss what God really has in store for us?

Life should be focused on the journey and not the destination, because the journey’s end is often too far away and too difficult. So much of life is missed because we cannot let go of some idea, some broken dream or hurt that tugs on us like a violent undertow of a raging sea. Life should be thought out, planned and lived a day at a time. God has told us in His wisdom that we have no guarantee of tomorrow, so today is the most important day of your life. A question arises now – How do we let go enough to live that day?

Letting go of the planned life and finding what is waiting for us means we must slow down and allow God to speak to and through us.

A few suggestions:

  • Pray-Meditate-Pause
  • Interact with people
  • Eat a good meal
  • Watch the sunrise/sunset
  • Notice something that you had never noticed before
  • Relish in the beauty of God’s creation
  • Get lost in a book
  • Write something
  • Meet someone new
  • Encourage someone with a call or a text

We all miss so much of the very best while trying to plan for the very best. Wander and ponder and be open to the astonishing life that God has laid out in front of those who let go of themselves.

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Nobody Loves Me

The little boy had a rough day. It began with an argument with his sister and ended with an after school detention. He didn’t mean to yell at his sister, and he surely didn’t intend to lie to the teacher. These things just happen to little  boys. The real problem is simple. Nobody loves me!

 There are quite a few of us who feel this way today. We feel unloved, and we can’t figure out why.” It is not our fault we were  reared in a dysfunctional family. It’s all because of my background. People need to ease-off and things will be all right. If others were real, they would understand. God would understand.” He does, but he has some advice. It can be found in the Book of Proverbs. Let us look at Proverbs:

 16 There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that hurry to run to evil, 19 a lying witness who testifies falsely, and one who sows discord in a family.

Proverbs 6:16-19

The writer of the Proverbs is really giving us some pointers on how to be loved and appreciated. It so simple. Let us take these things that God hates and just reverse them. They will become the love principles.

 LOVE PRINCIPLES

1. Tell the truth at all times.
2. The look on your face should be receptive.
3. Take responsibility for the helpless..
4. Create a heart(internal attitude) that desires good.
5. All business deals should be open and honest..
6. Sleep on all major decisions.
7. Become known as a peace maker.

 I can guarantee that these principles will make you more loved and appreciated by all those around you. Next time you feel unloved, try to begin to live by the love principles. They are simple application of what God has said to us in the Proverbs.

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Nobody Loves Me

Proverbs 15:1*

The little boy had a rough day. It began with an argument with his sister and ended with an after school detention. He didn’t mean to yell at his sister, and he surely didn’t intend to lie to the teacher. These things just happen to little  boys. The real problem is simple. Nobody loves me!

 There are quite a few of us who feel this way today. We feel unloved, and we can’t figure out why.” It is not our fault we were  reared in a dysfunctional family. It’s all because of my background. People need to ease-off and things will be all right. If others were real, they would understand. God would understand.” He does, but he has some advice. It can be found in the Book of Proverbs. Let us look at Proverbs:

   There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:  haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil,a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

Proverbs 6:16-19

The writer of the Proverbs is really giving us some pointers on how to be loved and appreciated. It so simple. Let us take these things that God hates and just reverse them. They will become the love principles.

 LOVE PRINCIPLES

1. Tell the truth at all times.

2. The look on your face should be receptive.

3. Take responsibility for the helpless..

4. Create a heart(internal attitude) that desires good.

5. All business deals should be open and honest..

6. Sleep on all major decisions.

7. Become known as a peace maker.

 I can guarantee that these principles will make you more loved and appreciated by all those around you. Next time you feel unloved, try to begin to live by the love principles. They are simple application of what God has said to us in the Proverbs.

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