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In and Out of Control

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The world is not like a runaway train, completely out of control and heading to a catastrophic end. God has established boundaries, or limits, on how much damage humans can inflict on themselves.

 “And there is not a creation that is hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and openly exposed to the eyes of the one to whom we must give an account.” (Hebrews 4:13) [excerpted reading reference below]

Check it out PLEASE…🙂 🙂 🙂…the “details”…

What the Bible says should not be quickly dismissed in view of the fact that so much of what it foretells has actually been fulfilled in amazing detail.

For instance, consider the following Bible prophecies:

“Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another.”​—Matthew 24:7.

“In the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God.”​—2 Timothy 3:1-4.

Those prophecies describe a world that some might say is spiraling out of control. In a sense, our world is indeed out of control​—out of the control of humans. According to the Bible, humans simply do not have the wisdom and power to bring about a permanent solution. This is highlighted in the following scriptures:

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”​—Proverbs 14:12.

“Man has dominated man to his harm.”​—Ecclesiastes 8:9.

“It does not belong to man . . . even to direct his step.”​—Jeremiah 10:23.

Left to its own devices, the world could very likely face a global catastrophe. But that is not going to happen! Why? This is what the Bible says:

God “has established the earth on its foundations; it will not be moved from its place forever and ever.”​—Psalm 104:5.

“A generation is going, and a generation is coming, but the earth remains forever.”​—Ecclesiastes 1:4.

“The righteous will possess the earth, and they will live forever on it.”​—Psalm 37:29.

“There will be an abundance of grain on the earth; on the top of the mountains it will overflow.”​—Psalm 72:16.

 These Bible teachings provide clear answers. Mankind will not die off from pollution, lack of food and water, or a global pandemic. The world will not be destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. Why not? God is in control of our planet’s future. Granted, God has allowed humans to exercise free will. However, they will reap the consequences for their decisions. 

Do not be misled: God is not one to be mocked. For whatever a person is sowing, this he will also reap;” (Galatians 6:7)

But God will do more. He will bring about an “abundance of peace.” (Psalm 37:11  “But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.”) [excerpted recent readings: AWAKE! No. 6 2017]

My studies give me a b-r-i-g-h-t outlook…plus, i realize that learning to exercise my free will in a compassionate manner…is good for me, my Loved Ones, my Fellow-Fragile-Life, and the Planet.

A lot of humanity’s dire straights are self-inflicted! We all, individually & collectively, need “different” on-going education…on the lines of…dropping arrogance..and

Sowing humble seeds of compassion…heart flowers bloom…eventually, eh?:)…and IF more of us-fellow-fragile-life choose peace…things gradually improve…(also, Divine Guidance/Government & Intervention needed).

THANK YOU Reader for NOT USING Your Free Will in a manner that inflicts harm!:) We, humans, have the potential for great healing/recuperation/recovery…in my pov it starts with spirituality…then flows/follows to mental, emotional, and physical health.

i am in control of my decisions…i can continue to choose compassion.

i can choose peace/Agape Love (and not violence/hate).

i can choose healthy-happy-happenings!-lol:)

(and i can choose to make the best out of whatever comes my way…hurricane or other.)

9/6/17 @ 8:16 p.m.

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Avoiding Pollution

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 “You must not pollute the land in which you live, for [the shedding of human] blood pollutes the land.”​—Num. 35:33, 34.

Thank You Reader, Fellow-Fragile-Life, for Choosing Compassion Everyday and treating All-Fellow-Fragile-Life the way You would want to be treated. 🙂 (Jesus, Sage of Peace, taught this Golden Rule of Living Kindness, Compassion, Forgiveness, and Agape Love.)

Don’t You think HIGH respect for life…results in safe-r choices of actions and interactions with all fragile-life on the planet?!

Bible education promotes peace and respecting life and not shedding blood. It promotes compassion and forgiveness and respect and love for life and fellow-life globally!:)

This topic…reminds me of this great illustration read:

“Happy are the peacemakers,” Jesus said. (Matthew 5:9) Jesus practiced what he preached by promoting nonviolence and taking a message of peace to people of diverse religious backgrounds. (Matthew 26:52) Those who responded were drawn into an unbreakable bond of love. (Colossians 3:14) But was Jesus’ objective merely to build bridges among people of various backgrounds so that they could get along in peace? Did he join with others in their religious practices?

The religious leaders of the sects of the Pharisees and the Sadducees viciously opposed Jesus—even sought to kill him. How did he react? Jesus instructed his disciples: “Let them be. Blind guides is what they are.” (Matthew 15:14) Jesus refused to acknowledge spiritual brotherhood with such individuals.

The International Space Station—a technological wonder orbiting the earth—is the result of the united efforts of some 15 nations. Could you imagine this project being accomplished if the participating nations did not agree on what blueprint to use?

That, essentially, is the situation with the modern-day interfaith movement. Although cooperation and respect are touted, there is no agreed-upon blueprint for building faith. As a result, moral and doctrinal issues remain as divisive as ever.

The Bible contains God’s standards, which are like a blueprint. We can build our lives on what the Bible says. Those who have embraced it have overcome racial and religious prejudices and have learned to work together in peace and unity. Foretelling this, God said: “I will change the language of the peoples to a pure language, so that all of them may call on the name of Jehovah, to serve him shoulder to shoulder.” Unity results from the “pure language,” God’s standard of worship.—Zephaniah 3:9; Isaiah 2:2-4. [excerpted reading reference: Interfaith Is it God’s Way? w 3/2014]

Happy Week-end…working together in Peace & Unity!:)

7/29/17 @ 4:40 p.m.

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Working Definition of Compassion

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“compassion, a sympathetic awareness of another’s suffering or adversity coupled with a desire to lessen it.”

Have You heard it said…”knowledge is power!” NO! i modify that expression to ACCURATE knowledge is power! Power to do the compassionate/appropriate thing at the appropriate/needed time!

Why should the topic of compassion interest you? Because the Bible urges you to imitate Jehovah. (Eph. 5:1 “Therefore, become imitators of God, as beloved children,”) Yet, while humans were created to be compassionate, our imperfection as descendants of Adam inclines us toward self-interest. Sometimes we may find that it is not easy to decide whether we will help others or concentrate on ourselves. For some, this is an ongoing conflict, or a balancing act. What can help you to develop and maintain your interest in others?

Mental-health experts say that practicing compassion can improve your health, well-being, and relationships. When you relieve the suffering of others, you will feel happier, more optimistic, less lonely, and less inclined to think negative thoughts. Yes, your showing compassion will benefit you. (Eph. 4:31, 32 Put away from yourselves every kind of malicious bitterness, anger, wrath, screaming, and abusive speech, as well as everything injurious. 32  But become kind to one another, tenderly compassionate, freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave you.”)

Christians who lovingly seek to help others are rewarded with a good conscience, knowing that they are acting in harmony with godly principles. Having such a disposition makes for a more caring parent, a better spouse, and a better friend. Those who are quick to show compassion are, in turn, more likely to receive help and support when they need it.​—Read Matthew 5:7  “Happy are the merciful, since they will be shown mercy.”; Luke 6:38 “Practice giving, and people will give to you. They will pour into your laps a fine measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing. For with the measure that you are measuring out, they will measure out to you in return.” [excerpts: Imitate Jehovah’s Compassion w 2017]

In what ways today can i be less self-concerned and more concerned with Others’ interests? In what added ways can i give more freely?

Practice makes…”better”…everyone feels better when shown compassion, eh? 🙂

 

5/27/17 @ 11:03 a.m.

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Taking Turns (at both poles?)

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or is it?…(patiently) waiting (my) turn…

“During their lifetime of about 30 years, terns may travel well over 1.5 million miles (2.4 million km). That is equal to three or four round-trips to the moon! “This is a mind-boggling achievement for a bird of just over 100 grams [3.5 ounces],” said a researcher. What is more, because arctic terns experience the summers at both poles, they see “more daylight each year than any other creature,” states the book Life on Earth: A Natural History.”

Their pattern and path is an indirect s shape…

“No matter where they began their migration, the arctic terns flew an indirect route. As shown in the illustration, a common Atlantic Ocean route took an S shape. The reason? The birds simply take advantage of prevailing wind system.” [excerpts article Awake! 2017 No. 4 The Amazing Arctic Tern]

Being (deliberately?) indirect can be quite effective/efficient, eh?! 🙂 (and quite the achievement!;)

(Don’t Ya just love birds/these tiny amazing birds?!)

5/10/17 @ 3:35 p.m.

So, the next time i think being more direct equates to getting more accomplished; …i’ll ride the prevailing wind! -lol;)

“IT WAS long believed that arctic terns flew about 22,000 miles (35,200 km) on their journey from the Arctic region to Antarctica and back. Recent studies, however, revealed that the birds actually fly much farther.” [Awake 2017 No. 4 excerpt]

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Starving? Feeding?

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There are also those of us who choose to champion compassion…who starve the (non-compassionate) beast within and feed the beauty within.
My intention is ALWAYS FEED COMPASSION:)
(cultivate & grow compassion everyday)
9/29/16 @ 1:30 p.m.
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Monday Morning Meditation(s)

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Generations of us humans have been raised in environments of extremes.  Look around, look around! Hatred, crime, violence, murder, rape, racism, etc., etc., etc., most things unpleasant…grow and flourish in permissiveness. Well-being and happiness does not thrive in such an environment.

Overly permissive programming does NOT lead to happiness and long-term joy or pleasure! Without any clear cut standards whatsoever or practical principals of compassion, morality, ethical boundaries to protect fellow-fragile-life…sad results are evident everywhere!…just about in every home, every neighborhood, every community, every country on the planet…social and other sufferings abound. (Many of us who think we are “free” are actually enslaved to non-compassion.)

Does permissiveness lead to peace? Is permissiveness reasonable/balanced? Does permissiveness lead to longevity of life? or quality of life? Does permissiveness make us truly free?

do i need to be redeemed? am i suffering needlessly because of my environmental education? my programming? do i need reeducation? do i need help?

(of course i do!)

Why do we/fellow-fragile-life “have to” die??…may be IF we were less permissive, we could really live aka enJOY life!

My Monday Morning ranting is over…this video caught my attention:

 

https://youtu.be/CAAOyaPqxJQ

 

9/26/16 10:01 a.m.

p.s. @ 12:20 p.m. Reader:) my week-end was spent comforting and helping (and also attending yet another funeral of a friend who sadly died)…among other things (including 2 sick kids)…and with a week-end like that…cannot help but have a meditative Monday.

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drinking derision

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lapping it up??
or
laughing it up??

(what do you drink?..usually?…NOT a drinker!) but
OUCHYWAWA!!!

not afraid…what can man do to me? (throw sticks and stones, etc.)

(or not do to me)?

this aging-dying body/(yet growing-renewing-living mind)

this warm blooded (and warm hearted? so, i’ve been told)

be…ing…

believes in

bloodless surgery

figuratively and literally. (amazing what bloodless mind surgery can accomplish…opening minds to learn/live/change aka compassion education)

i

refuse.

i

don’t want blood (anybody’s) on my hands…or somebody’s/anybody’s precious-sacred-life-liquid running through my veins.

(how does that make me a murderer?…)

yet

that’s what i’ve been called vehemently/loudly!…because i refuse to accept blood. (but i don’t refuse the best possible/research/evidenced-based non-blood medical treatment) (no, i’m not sick…was asked hypotheticals)

usually…harsh words i don’t let stick…(you know: sticks and stones may break my bones, but names never hurt me…(too much))

i would shut up more or be more quiet..IF i really cared about how most people think of me/judge me…

for being a different thinker/doer/believer…

i’m not trying to defend myself…(just coping through writing this i guess)

not trying to call the fellow-fragile-life…a not nice name…just feel bad that this person…(a stranger to me really) thinks that…(comes to that conclusion)

it hit my compassion nerve!… for someone who “tries” (not saying succeeds)…the best i can..everyday to be as loving, compassionate and kind/forgiving…to not hurt/step on any fellow fragile life in any way…including what some call “pests” aka bugs…for me…being called a “murderer” cuts pretty deep: OUCH!! (i try hard “not to take” things personally..the good or the bad. Strive to keep emotional neutrality/balance.)

No, i will not donate blood nor transfuse..i just know/firmly believe there are healthier/better choices i can make to prolong life.  It’s a spiritual health choice first than a physical health choice second. (i wish, in that “brief” conversation, i was able to effectively explain why blood is too sacred, to me, to consume for any reason…i would rather die myself than take somebody’s precious blood.) It’s hard for some to understand that…i understand that. (May be ? for them blood is their only hope.)

What other man is like Job,Who drinks up derision like water? (Job 34:7)

commentary/highlights on this verse excerpted (w 06)

How was Job like a man “who drinks up derision like water”? In his distressed state, Job was inclined to take the ridicule of his three visitors as directed toward him, although they were really speaking against God. (Job 42:7) Thus, he was taking in derision like someone who drinks water with enjoyment.

(4/7/14@1:22a.m.)..p.s.oops, VERY tired..wrote/published this 4/5/16 early morning@1a.m…

p.p.s. double oopses!-lol:)..yes, today is May 5, 2016…right??..see what i mean about “trying”..;)

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2 Worlds

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A cold world. A warm world. A dark world. A light world. A Loving world. A Loveless world.  A world without understanding. A world with empathy. A world without compassion. A world with compassion. A hungry world. A well-fed world.
In which world do you exist? In which world do you live? In which world do you die? In which world do you thrive?
How do you help, rescue, save someone from the dark…from cold, hunger, hate??… you patiently educate and you pray/communicate, you help, and you love …you build a bridge…(a mediator needed of course)…

The divine masterpiece… that nourishes my mind and heart with wholesome spiritual food…aka the Bible…speaks of a people. It describes qualities/positive traits (of a loyal/true friend)… that would be exhibited by a relatively small few throughout human history…who thereby would represent (by their choices/way of living/behavior/obedience to compassion) the True God of Compassion and Agape Love (Yahweh/Jehovah)…it says God would organize, direct and bless their efforts that would bridge, build and maintain an oasis…a “spiritual” paradise–a “reality” of light, understanding, empathy, love, compassion, forgiveness…and on-going education…

Become imitators of God, as beloved children.—Eph.5:1.

Read this practical illustration today:

Our appreciation for a new dish becomes deeper as we first smell its aroma, then savor each morsel of it, and finally prepare the dish ourselves. Similarly, we deepen our appreciation for a quality of Jehovah by getting acquainted with it, reflecting on it, and then imitating it in our own life.

Those who “know” the True God of Compassion…don’t kill, maim or hurt on purpose (not in the name of God or anyone/anything else)…fellow-fragile-breathing-life…they would comfort, selflessly help, forgive…and strive to set a positive example of peace, loving behavior and respect. 🙂

Who wouldn’t want to live in a “warm” world like that?? A world where you are loved. A world where you are respected (and not exploited or abused). A world where You are forgiven and understood…and helped.

A warm world of light and delight(s)!:)

“But the path of the righteous is like the bright morning light That grows brighter and brighter until full daylight.” 

The way of the wicked is like the darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble.” (Proverbs 4:18, 19)

This proverb is saying…according to Biblical scholars:

Still using the analogy of a path, Solomon declares: “But the path of the righteous ones is like the bright light that is getting lighter and lighter until the day is firmly established.” (Proverbs 4:18) Undertaking a study of the Bible and trying to apply what it says in life can be likened to starting out on a journey in the early morning darkness. As the blackness of the night sky lightens to dark blue, we can hardly see anything. But as the dawn gradually breaks, we slowly distinguish more and more of our surroundings. Finally, the sun shines brightly, and we see everything in clear detail. Yes, the truth gradually becomes clearer to us as we persist in studying the Scriptures patiently and diligently. Supplying the heart with spiritual nourishment is essential if we are to safeguard it against false reasoning.

Personally, 1 way of my thinking of false reasoning is..as anything that would take me away from a/my dedicated compassion course, path, etc…(and loyalty to the God/Sovereign of Compassion.)

 What would You choose: a warm/loving-compassionate world?! (a cold/bitter-hateful world lacking compassion?)

Honestly, i am/want NO PART of a HATEFUL WORLD!:(

 

(Published 1/26/15 @ 1:57 p.m.)…oops…4:40 p.m. THANKS for overlooking my typos…were/where.;)

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POP

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Keep, throw and give.

Keep, Give, Throw,

Give, Throw, Keep…any combination of (my) 3 organizational categories…will do.

Got it? Give it? Throw it?…will You keep…attention?!…(managing disorder/mess (aka entrophy*), eh? YAY! when my project(s) is/are complete…(who am i kidding: it’s the never-ending project: of “this” life/compassion/family/growth/laundry/learning life skills).

(Seems like the more i try to simplify…the more complicated my organizational skills/requirements must become.)

Man, OUCHY-WAWA! 🙁 i’ve got a (literal) migraine today…could be the cold weather front, etc…POP…my head feels like it could explode. (It’s challenging to concentrate on tasks/typing at hand.) i need some honey, honey…(oh, and you know a cup of green tea) was (in my recent past) reading about: “The Honeycomb” (my highlights) Awake! January 2015

For centuries, mathematicians suspected that partitions in the shape of hexagons were better than equilateral triangles or squares—or any other shape—for maximizing space with the least amount of building material. But they could not fully explain why. In 1999, Professor Thomas C. Hales provided mathematical proof for the advantage of what he termed “honeycomb conjecture.” He demonstrated that regular hexagons are the best way to divide a space into equal parts with minimal structural support.

By using hexagonal cells, bees can make the best use of all the space available to them, produce a light but sturdy honeycomb with a minimum amount of wax, and store the maximum amount of honey in a given space. Not surprisingly, the honeycomb has been described as “an architectural masterpiece.”

Today, scientists mimic the bees’ honeycomb to create structures that are both resilient and space efficient.

(That’s it: a “nature/Divine/God-Yaweh-Jehovah” solution (Divine Education)…my life in honeycomb…arranged (invisibly)/simply and sweetly/hexagonal-y.)


*entrophy:

my/man’s self-importance/pride IS dangerous/destructive/venomous to all relationships/ecosystems aka living arrangements on/(in) this planet/(house)…(throw it away)…or get rid of it: self-importance before it destroys all the honey, peace and open……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………space.
Logically thinking/contemplating about  the compassionate/healthy/positive/loving ripple/residual effects: (of practical counsel/application thereof):
“Do nothing out of contentiousness or out of egotism, but with humility (or lowliness of mind) consider others superior to you as you look out not only for your own interests, but also for the interests of others.
(Philippians 2:3,4)
 The end…nope! POP: The BEGINNING:)
(published 1/6/15@5:48 p.m.)
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