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There’s Hope

India Arie’s “There’s Hope is most befitting for today, Easter Sunday and every day of the year.  So listen to the music, read the lyrics, sing along, snap your fingers, clap your hands, smile, and remember, There’s Hope!

Peace, Light and Love, CordieB.

Back when I had a little
I thought that I needed a lot
A little was over rated,
But a lot was a little too complicated
You see-Zero didn’t satisfy me
A million didn’t make me happy
That’s when I learned a lesson
That it’s all about your perception
Hey-are you a papa or a superstar
So you act, so you feel, so you are
It ain’t about the size of your car
It’s about the size of the faith in your heart

There’s hope
It doesn’t cost a thing to smile
You don’t have to pay to laugh
You better thank God for that

Off in the back country of Brazil
A met a young brotha that made me feel
That I could accomplish anything.
You see just like me he wanted to sing
He had no windows and no doors
He lived a simple life and was extremely poor
On top of all of that he had no eye sight,
But that didn’t keep him from seein’ the light
He said, what’s it like in the USA,
And all I did was complain
He said-living here is Paradise
He taught me paradise in in your mind
You know that

There’s hope
It doesn’t cost a thing to smile
You don’t have to pay to laugh
You better thank God for that

Every time I turn on the T.V.
Somebody’s acting crazy
If you let it, it will drive you crazy
But I’m takin’ back my power today
Gas prices they just keep on rising
The government they keep on lying
But we gotta keep on surviving
Keep living our truth and do the best we can do

Stand up for your rights
Keep shining your light
And show the world your smile

Give me Back Myself, But, Who Am I?- (Updated) ~By CordieB

Everyone needs something

No matter who we are or how we think

No one can live without something . . .

Be it love, bread, air or water to drink.

Everyone’s a slave to something

But the choice is very clear

We can choose to what and whom we lend Ourselves …

So often in life, our choices root from fear;

For everthing we choose to let go

Another choice is sure to follow;

Jesus said, Blessed is the poor in spirit,

He knew that it is a blessing to truly be worryless; 

To know that our Creator provides all of it…

He knew to have an unburdened spirit is the key to life beyond

The fallacies and mailadies, that plague us for so long.

To not worry about not having enough or having too much;

To truly be one with God and one’s-self is –To Be– Free– in-touch;

For, unless we can let go all cares, ambitions, hatred, external comforts, or anything . . .

We are merely partly slaves to ourselves and partly slaves to something. . .

What is it that you will be a slave to? . . .

That is the gift of Free Will God has given you . . .

So you feel someone or something has stolen the gleams

of Life from your eyes and invaded your dreams?

Only God can truely erase your true nature . . .

Which was within you from the begining; no need to mature. . .

Your Creator has given you paramount choices; Free Will.  

But that’s only a fraction of God’s wonderment, still.

A curse if used in evil,  A blessing if used to inspire. . .

But if regaining your true self is truly your desire,

To regain, reveal, and be your real true self,

You must be willing to let go of every negative, unloving else.

Release imbedded pride, judgements, illusions, lies, anger, fears, hatred, prejudice and preconception

For God’s love is your Alpha, Omega, Beginning and End, your true self, your Heaven

 ~Good Friday, Good Saturday, and Blessing for Easter to everyone.  It is through the teachings and love of Jesus Christ that I am able to realize the God (Goodness) within myself and the goodness in everyone of God’s creations; and know that our Creator provides all; Created all; and we originated in Him. 

I Open My Heart and Mind to Be Aware . . .If I Walk in the Footsteps of the Master, I will Master My True Self

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Jesus the Christ had a goal; to serve God.  On that goal he remained focused.  he had a purpose: to teach love.  On that purpose he remained focused.  He ad a mission: to demonstrate to people how to lovingly serve each otehr while serving God.  To that mission alone, he gave all of his energy.  In his own words, he revealed the power of having a purpose when he said, “But for this purpose was I born.”  In essense, Jesus was saying to us, when your life is for a purpose, you will rise above all difficulties.

Focus on the goal.  Focus on the purpose.  Focus on accomplishing the goal.  Each day hundreds of thousands of peopel get out of ed with no goal.  Going to work is not a goal! It is an activity!  paying bills is not a purpose!  It is an activity!  providing for a family is not a mission!  It is an activity! 

Your goal is the what of your life.  The goal is not the place you begin.  It is the place you end up!  Your purpose is the why of your life–why you as an individual are moving toward the goal, the end.  Your mission is the how of your life.  Once you are clear about the what, the why and the how, you have the focus.  You have something to live for that moves you into, through and out of the activities of your life.

We were each born for some purpose.  Jesus was clear.  He was focused.  He mastered his mind and his life with focus.  He was kind enough to leave us instructions on how to do what he did.  He said, “Follow me!  For the things I have done, greater things that the Master teacher left you instructions.  you may not have realized he said do as I have done.  Stay focused!  Just for today, shift your attention from the activities of your daily life and discover your goal, your purpose, and your missin. 

Today I am devoted to following the footsteps of the Master teacher! (Inyanla Vanzant)

Top 10 Ways Christians (Including Me) Tend to Fail:

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of information regarding Christianity and false prophets, etc.  Yesterday, I read Ingrid’s  blog entitled, Yep, He meant Everyone; (and I do agree with Ingrid on most of her points);  I’ve received so many other emails on this subject, and  I received this email today  (It sounds more like hate mail, and is quite hateful in tone).

> Subject: Oprah & Friends to teach Course on New Age Christ> ________________________________>> For those who like watching Oprah, and think she ‘does so much good’,> go to the following link. If this doesn’t make you ‘rethink’ your> opinion of her, don’t know what will.>

> You can see Satan’s hand all over this. This is how cunning he is. And

> to accomplish his goal, he doesn’t mind being patient to work his way.

>

> ‘Oprah’ has spent, what, the last 10 years or so building her

> reputation to the point that almost anyone and everyone listens

> intently to what she says, to her view points on everything. And most,

> if it comes from her, hey, they go for it whole hog. Years of ‘doing

> good’ for people – giving away cars, building schools in 3rd world

> countries, all kinds of ‘good deeds’ that has built her up in the

> publics mind. Now that she has this ‘good’ reputation and is in this

> prestigious position of media power (Queen of the Media as she is

> referred to), she’s bringing out the big guns (or is it her?). Like I

> mentioned, go to the link below and read. You’ll understand what I’m

> talking about. Careful watching (and listening to radio show) her

> show, don’t be sucked in by the deception that she’ll be bringing.

>

> Pray all have a blessed evening, and prayers for God’s mighty hedge of

> protection around all.

>

> This is pretty disturbing as so many people “revere” Oprah, what she

> says and what she believes. I rarely watch Oprah myself, but know

> that many do, so thought I would pass this on.

>

> http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/007/smith-oprah.htm

OK.  I read this email, and I clicked on the link to see just what was going on.   

My view:   I have read some of the teaching of “A Course in Miracles, ” and my only concern is that for some people, this course may send them off the deep end.  This course makes us really examine ourselves, our motives, our egos, and our actions.   It should not be tried by those who may be psychologically challenged, or who have a history of mental illness without consultation from a professional. 

As a Christian, I was saddened that we continue to put good people in Hell only because of their affiliations, lack of belief, different beliefs, etc.   Don’t we have anything better to think about or do, (like helping our fellow man) other than damning other people who give so much to better our world.   Do we honestly believe that nonbelievers and untraditional Christians who dedicate their lives helping others are more likely to go to hell than the Christian-child rapist, serial killer who confesses on death row, simply because he’s a Christian?

Since I’m somewhat tired of the dogma and it’s beginning to piss me off somewhat, the words I read yesterday from a fellow blogger and author, John Shore, seemed to be in divine order.  So I shall passeth it on to youeth.

Top 10 Ways Christians (Including Me) Tend to Fail:

1. Too much money.  It seems to me that a rich Christian is an oxymoron. Jesus was fairly abstruse about a fair number of things, but he was crystaline about Christians needing to give their all to the poor. In Luke 12:33, Jesus says, ”Sell your possessions and give to the poor.” At Matthew 19:21, he says, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor.” In Matthew 6:24, he says: “You cannot serve God and Money.” I just don’t see a lot of wiggle room there. And yet, somehow, we all keep finding just enough to allow us to keep all the stuff we love so much.

2. Too confident that God thinks we’re all that and a leather-bound gift Bible.  I’d like to humbly suggest that we spend a little more more time wondering how we displease God, and a little less time being confident that we do.

3. Too quick to believe that we know what God really means by what he says in the Bible.  The Bible is one extremely complex, multi-leveled work. We’re sometimes too quick, I think, to assume that we grasp it. Take this passage, for instance, from Luke 8: 9-10: “His disciples asked him [Jesus] what this parable [of the sower] meant. He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, ‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.’” Now, I don’t care who you are, or how many  theology degrees you have, that is one thick thought. And that’s Jesus “explaining” one of the most accessible of his parables! Are we really all that confident that we always know exactly what Jesus meant by everything he said? Wouldn’t just the slightest bit of doubt sometimes be in order?

4. Too action-oriented.  I think we Christians could stand to spend less time acting in the name of God, and more time reflecting on the (ever subtle) majesty of God. More passivity, less activity, I say. More meditation, less machination. More reflection, less correction. More contemplation, less administration. More mysticism, less cretinism. More prayer, less Bayer. More … okay, that’s enough. Sorry. I have rhyming issues.

 5. Too invasive of others generally. It is my personal, humble, no-need-to-send-me-hate-mail opinion that we Christians are sometimes too eager to mix Church with State. They don’t (and again: just my opinion!) belong together. One is good for we Christians; one is good for everyone. As much as I personally would like it to be, America is not a Protestant country. It’s a Catholic country, and a Jewish country, and an atheist country, and a Buddhist country, and a Mormon country, and (yes) a Muslim country. It’s a country for everyone. Religion is a personal, subjective affair for the individual; politics and public policy is an impersonal, objective affair for everyone. Better to keep them separate. Fair is fair.

6. Too invasive of others personally.  We Christians are sometimes too eager to get up into the faces of others about their personal religious beliefs. I know most of us believe that the moment someone who isn’t a Christian dies, that person is immediately herded onto the worst Down Elevator ever, and that we must therefore vigilantly strive to turn everyone who in this life isn’t a Christian into one. Noble sentiment! But what we seem to too often lose sight of is how impossible it is to talk someone who isn’t a Christian into being one. I think maybe we should spend more time “just” living as Christians, and letting God worry about the non-Christians. I’m pretty sure he can handle that job. He saved me, and that phenomenon sure didn’t have anything to do with anyone ever telling me I should become a Christian. Trust me on this: I was saved in spite of Christians trying to save me, not because of them.

7. Too quick to abandon logic.  I think when talking to others about our faith, we Christians too often resort to a language and line of reasoning that leaves good ol’ fashion logic sitting on the ground behind us, waving a sad good-bye. “It’s true because the Bible says it’s true” can’t mean anything to a non-Christian, because (hurt though it does to admit it, I know) it’s such a manifestly illogical assertion. ”It’s true because the Bible says it’s true” is no more a reason for anything actually (as in objectively) being true than was your parents’ old, infinitely frustrating ”Because I said so!” As a logical argument, “It’s true because someone with a vested interest in it being true says it’s true” is Beyond Useless. Why in our dealings with non-Christians we so often fail to grasp that is a total mystery to me.

8. Too fixated on gays and lesbians.  Can we followers of Christ maybe just stop already with the fixating on homosexuality? I know it’s a “hot button” issue. I know we understand our stance on the matter to be unassailably Biblical. I know we’re deeply concerned about the “homosexual agenda.” I know. We all know. Maybe we could just give it a rest for awhile, though? Even for just a week? Wouldn’t that be nice? It’s not like gay and lesbian people are going anywhere. They’ll all be there when we get back. Maybe we could just give them, and us, a rest for a minute.

9. Too insular.  When I became a Christian, one of the things that most amazed me about Christians is the degree to which they tend to hang out only with other Christians. We should stop doing that. How are we supposed to share Christ’s love with non-Christians when we barely knowany non-Christians? Time to widen that social base, I say. (Plus, Christian or not, we still want to throw good, fun parties, don’t we? Well, let’s face it: The pagans have all the good music. We might as well invite a few of them to our next party. Maybe they’ll bring their CD’s!)

10. Too quick to condemn fellow Christians. It’s been my humble, limited experience that too many Christians spend entirely too much time thinking and talking about how wrong the beliefs and practices are of other kinds of Christians. Maybe we should spend a little more time thinking about how all we Christians are the same, rather than how we’re different. Maybe fundamentalist and “liberal” Christians have a lot more in common than we tend to remember, or reflect upon, or celebrate. Maybe if we concentrated a little more on our similarities, non-Christians observing us would have less reason to doubt that, at its core, Christianity is, in fact, all about love.

Written by John Shore, Suddenly Christian.  Please visit John’s site.  He’s truthful, funny, and gives a good dose of In-Your-Face real Christian love.

Peace, Light and Love to you and yours,

CordieB.