Climbing/Killing Kilimanjaro

Joan Winifred

Sore, achy….not complain-y…exactly…just explain-ing. (My life IS gym.) My goals got me killing my Kilimanjaro…(not literally; i pray!)

What i mean is: when you strive to live (an extreme)..compassion lifestyle…putting forth “your” best effort…it calls for super activity of both brain and body. My choice(s) keeps me on my feet and moving and active non-stop and awake! (Wow, how easy is it being on your best behavior 24/7? -lol:) TOUGH..

Work, work, work…and it’s my privilege to honor my parents who arrive tomorrow…YAY!!

i agree with this ancient text:

Honor your father and your mother.—Ex. 20:12.

Oh, and this one, too…since i’ve been a mother -(that sounds funny) for 16 years now:

“Do not despise your mother just because she has grown old,” says Proverbs 23:22.

Commentary on this Proverb: “All You are Brothers”

King Solomon lived up to this proverb and honored his mother when she approached him to make a petition. Solomon had a throne set to the right of his own and listened to what his elderly mother, Bath-sheba, had to tell him.—1 Kings 2:19, 20. (gotta get my 16 year old son to read that, eh? -lol:)…He is a very good boy and helps me/Others all the time.

Some societies are rather class-conscious or status-rank conscious…they only give respect or honor to the prominent, rich, elite, etc. They only honor/respect the ones they feel/judge are deserving. All of humanity is deserving of love, honor, respect, compassion...(is how i feel).

Anyway, this was some interesting reading…

Even Jesus’ disciples had an ongoing argument about who was the greatest. (Matthew 20:20-24; Mark 9:33-37; Luke 22:24-27) They too came from a rather class-conscious culture, that of first-century Judaism. With such a society in mind, Jesus counseled his disciples: “Do not you be called Rabbi, for one is your teacher, whereas all you are brothers.” (Matthew 23:8) A religious title such as “Rabbi,” which means “Teacher,” “tends to engender pride and a sense of superiority in those who obtain it, and envy and a sense of inferiority in those who do not; and the whole spirit and tendency of it is contrary to the ‘simplicity that is in Christ,’” noted the Bible scholar Albert Barnes.

Simplicity speaking...We are All Brothers…i like that! All Breathing-Fragile-Life! A Global Human Family enjoying this beautiful planet!:) Why can’t we all show honor to one another and respect in all our activities and communications? Life would be easier and peaceful for everyone, huh? (no more hatred/war!)

The Israelites were commanded: “Before gray hair you should rise up, and you must show consideration for the person of an old man.” (Leviticus 19:32) Show consideration by making older ones feel needed and appreciated. ‘Rising up’ may include sitting down and listening to them relate what they accomplished years ago. That will dignify the elderly and enrich our own spiritual life. (article excerpts/reference: “All You Are Brothers” W00)

Just happy for my parents (on many levels)…including the opportunity for them to have more time with grandkids and for my kids to have more time with them…a mutual growing/learning for everyone.

Gotta get back to my mountains…(of housework, projects, etc….it’s crunch time for me.)

So, i was thinking…which can lift/carry/hold/move more weight…the body?? or the mind??

“For truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard grain, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Jesus words at Matthew 17:20)

Minds move Mountains!:)

published 9/14/15 @ 11:11 a.m.