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Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself


“Believe in your infinite potential.
Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Jouw enige beperkingen zijn diegene die je op jezelf hebt gesteld

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If he would have become a soldier or a monk


“When I was a child my mother said to me,
‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general.
If you become a monk, you’ll be the pope.’
Instead I became a painter
and wound up as Picasso.”
Pablo Picasso


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Indien hij een soldaat of monnik werd

Pablo Picasso 1962

Pablo Picasso 1962 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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About a human being or not and life

For many the argument against abortion may be in the answer to the question

“Is the foetus a human being or not?”

Rev. Richard C. Eyer, D.Min., who spent twenty years as hospital chaplain counselling, Concordia University Wisconsin, wrote  in his reading for the Lutheran Conference about abortion and the Gospel in 2000

Of all the women I counseled who were considering abortion I never had one tell me she did not believe the foetus within her was a human being. In fact, she would have thought it naive of me that I would even press the point. She would have said, “Of course, it is human, but I don’t want to be pregnant.” {Abortion and the Gospel, 2000}

too many people overlook that those women considering abortion are usually in crisis and that in first instance the crisis needs to be addressed with attempts at healing.

If addressed with compassion and truth spoken gently in the name of Christ who gave himself for desperate sinful men and women, the heart might be won over. Even if not, the path has at least been prepared a way for repentance to follow later. The Church needs to speak boldly against abortion, but more boldly still about the love of Christ for sinners considering and perhaps even participating in abortion. {Abortion and the Gospel, 2000}

writes Rev. Richard C. Eyer.

Not all those who look for abortion are people with a faith life. Lots of them are not having an active religious life, but that does not mean they will not be able to come to such a position that they would like to enjoy worship of God with many others. For them the church has to be ready to receive them with open arms.

English: Anti-abortion demonstrators taking pa...

Anti-abortion demonstrators taking part in the 5th Paris March for Life (Marche pour la Vie) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

God’s temporary permission of evil has afforded all of us the opportunity to show him what is truly in our hearts. We may see lots of evil in this world and we may encounter lots of things we personally do not like. How we cope with them is very important. Concerning abortion we do see in certain countries pro-life groups which manifest such a lot of hate against those people who want to visit or work in an abortion clinic that we can not call that an exemplary Christian attitude.

It is great to see that there are such people who have their mouth full of Jesus, but we would like to see them also taking on the same attitude as Jesus did. They should better know that Jesus is the Way to life and the Way to God and the way to salvation and God’s Kingdom. Jesus did not come for the good ones in this world alone. He came to bring salvation for all people and certainly was there and is there for those in big need.

Jesus was fully aware that he cannot do anything without his heavenly Father, the Only True God, Who is the One Who decides about the giving and taking of life. We do agree that it is not up to man to decide about life. But man is weak and has a spot on him that makes him fallible.
The God who made the world and all the things in it, being, as He is, Lord of heaven and earth, Lord above all lords, He is the Greatest and Most Almighty of all. Jesus who knew very well that this God is much grater than him and does not dwell in handmade temples, wanted all people come to know his heavenly Father, the God of Abraham. It is He himself Who gives to all people life and breath {+} and all things. This God made out of one every nation of men to live all over the face of the earth, determined their appointed seasons, ordaining prescribed epochs and the limitations of their residence. {Acts 17:26}

Instead of condemning those who are questioning themselves what to do with  that they  feel in their body, the pro-life groups better would talk to them lovingly and show them how God is the Source of life. {Psalm 36:9}

(Psalms 36:9 [CPDV]):  (35:10) For with you is the fountain of life; and within your light, we will see the light.

Not always we do know the reason why those women are faced for such a difficult decision. We do not have to judge them but should have to give them an ear and let them know that there are times in our spiritual experience when human counsel or sympathy, or religious ordinances, fail to comfort or help us, but that we still can try to come into contact with the Only One Who has all the answers. We can show them some answers and guidance God has given mankind to cope with the difficult situations.

Even those with a broken heart shall have to know that there will come a time that the tears they have will dry up and that they shall be able to rejoice again.

(Revelation 7:17 [CPDV]): For the Lamb, who is in the midst of the throne, will rule over them, and he will lead them to the fountains of the waters of life. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

All should know that Jehovah views the life of a child as precious even during the very early stages of development after conception.

Psalms 139:13-16 (CPDV): 13  (138:13) For you have possessed my temperament. You have supported me from the womb of my mother. 14  (138:14) I will confess to you, for you have been magnified terribly. Your works are miraculous, as my soul knows exceedingly well. 15  (138:15) My bone, which you have made in secret, has not been hidden from you, and my substance is in accord with the lower parts of the earth. 16  (138:16) Your eyes saw my imperfection, and all this shall be written in your book. Days will be formed, and no one shall be in them.

Not only sees God the imperfection of the unborn baby but also of the bearer of the child. God also sees the heart of the woman with lots of questions and doubts. For her He is there to help if she wants and loves to hear His Voice. God has given man also brains and has also given talents to people. Those talents should be used rightly and in honour of God His creation.

The Pro-life or anti abortionists the same as the one arguing for abortion should also listen to those skilled in the medical field. But we also should know that not always medical opinions are right. It is not bad sometimes to ask an other opinion. We also should question if it would be right to kill a fellow human because that one might harm his fellowman? If at the time of childbirth a choice must be made between the life of the mother and that of the child, it is up to the individuals concerned to make that choice and not to outsiders who often do not know the situation. However, advances in medical procedures in many lands have made this situation very rare.

When ending the presence of the foetus in the mothers womb it is as ending a human life and taking part of God’s creation in own hands. Every human being should be fully aware that anyone taking life a way from a human being could be considered shedding man’s blood.

(Genesis 9:6 [CPDV]): Whoever will shed human blood, his blood will be poured out. For man was indeed made to the image of God.

It is true that the Bible says that every fatal striker of a soul should be slain as a murderer, but it also presents circumstances where there may not take place a killing of that person who took life from somebody else.

Numbers 35:11-15 (CPDV): 11 discern which cities ought to be for the protection of fugitives who have shed blood unwillingly. 12 And when a fugitive is in these, the kinsman of the deceased shall not be able to kill him, until he stands in the sight of the multitude and his case is judged. 13 Then, among those cities which are separated for relief to fugitives, 14 three shall be across the Jordan, and three in the land of Canaan, 15 as much for the sons of Israel as for newcomers and sojourners, so that anyone who has shed blood unwillingly may flee to these places.

Every person is responsible for his or her own body and for those around them. So often today our rights are trampled on by others; many just don’t care what happens to other people or they are very quick to judge the other person and do not mind condemning him or her. Only Jesus has received the authority to judge the living and the dead concerning life. The others who may judge in this world are the judges, which is a profession also instituted by God. As long as Jesus did not return it is their right to bring civil judgement.

People should trust the decisions made by judges who are given latitude to investigate and consider motives and attitude of violators, along with the circumstances surrounding the violation and who are not to oppress the people placed under them, nor widows and orphans, who seem to have no protector, for Jehovah is their fatherly Judge and Protector. (Le 19:33, 34; Ex 22:21; 23:9; De 10:18; 24:17, 18; 27:19; Ps 68:5)

It is good to know for us and for the one who has questions concerning life and abortion that the Bible provides guidelines that can protect us. To receive the benefits, though, we must also accept the responsibilities.’

In the past many mothers have been abandoned by the men who fathered their children. Throughout history we also find many cases of women who were the victim of sexual violence, got pregnant but did not want to loose that life which they felt in them. In the end we also can find women who decided not to have an abortion and were very happy they did make that decision. Others who got an abortion regretted it afterwards.

We always best avoid to have people brought in front of this terrible choice. The best way to do that is by creating an environment where many love the Word of God and are willing to live by Bible standards. In such places we can see that children will have respect for others and that people shall not use their sexual lusts to harm somebody else. In such places where from young age people grow up with the Word of God as guide we shall find more people with respect and genuine love for others. In such communities the husband will really love his wife and children and loyally stay with them and provide for them. (1 Tim. 5:8; Eph. 5:28-31)

 

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Preceding articles:

  1. Fruitage of the womb
  2. Abortion: The expulsion of an embryo or foetus before it can live on its own
  3. The Risk Factors Associated with Abortions
  4. Should I Have An Abortion
  5. My Choice (by Jezabel Jonson)
  6. The Real ‘Choice’
  7. “They Told Me What I Wanted To Hear” – Real Abortion Stories
  8. The Things We Carry, by Penny
  9. Not an easy decision to make
  10. Whoopi Goldberg commandments and abortion
  11. Stop Burning Rape Survivors at the Stake
  12. How to heal after childhood sexual abuse
  13. “Til It Happens To You” by Lady Gaga
  14. Abortion — Not a Trouble-Free Solution

Next: The Catholic synod on the family and abortion

 

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Additional reading:

  1. Youngsters, parents and the search to root in life
  2. About lions and babies
  3. Westboro Baptist Church and Catholic Truth against Nelson Mandela
  4. Always a choice
  5. A philosophical error which rejects the body as part of the human person

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 Further reading:

  1. The Church of the Inappropriate
  2. Watch “The Silent Scream (Full Length)” on YouTube
  3. Dr. Ben Carson Opposes Abortions In Cases Of Rape Or Incest
  4. Ben Carson compares abortion to slavery
  5. Ben Carson Misogynist
  6. Ben Carson says women who have had abortions are like “slave owners”
  7. Desperate Ben Carson Resorts To Tired Abortion & Slavery Argument In Grab For Votes On Religious Right
  8. “Ben Carson: I would ‘love’ to see abortion ruling overturned”
  9. Richard Corriere’s “In Their Own Words.” FBI director clashes with Obama
  10. Putting on Monday Morning Combat Boots
  11. Homo-Lobby comes out in support of child butchering
  12. Heaven & Miscarried (+Aborted) Babies ♥ Part I
  13. Responsibility
  14. Lady Bits episode 35: Feminism is a Marathon, Not a Sprint
  15. Abortion, Homosexuality, Prostitution: Amnesty International Loses its Way
  16. Freakonomics Abortion Chapter
  17. He Told Me I Needed To “Get Rid of It” – Real Abortion Stories
  18. Hot Topic #3, Abortion!!
  19. Ways To Stop Abortion!
  20. Random Headlines — 10/25/15
  21. Random Headlines — 10/16/15
  22. GOP Inbreeding
  23. If you want to know what’s ahead for America, look north to Canada
  24. trajectories and closed loops
  25. “21 Thoughts” by Dr. Jerome Lejeune, the father of modern genetics
  26. How America Is Inured to Violence and Immorality
  27. The Tree of Life
  28. We Need To Change The Way We Deal With Abortion
  29. The Problem with Pro-life Politics
  30. Mis-shaped fruit is just as good for you
  31. Will America listen to this baby’s story?
  32. Abortion Rants From A Pro-Abortionist
  33. Why I’m Pro-Abortion
  34. #ShoutYourAdoption! Pro-lifers fight back against repulsive pro-abort hashtag [pics]
  35. How do Pro-Lifers care for the born? Let me count the ways….
  36. Abortion Advocacy Is Extremisim
  37. The #StandWithPP Roundup: Shutdown Narrowly Averted
  38. Court Rules to Keep Clinic Open
  39. When Choice Is Not An Option
  40. Anti-Abortion Attackers & Protesters of Planned Parenthood Exposed (Resources)
  41. I agree with Karl du Fresne… but not in the way you think
  42. Forensic Analysis Shows the Real Planned Parenthood Scandal Is the Videos Themselves | The Nation
  43. Rep. Elijah Cummings is Ready to FIght for Women
  44. Media Release: Politicians Must Act Now
  45. Why We Need to Talk About Later Term Abortions
  46. 4 November 2014. This Is Why I Oppose ALL “Personhood” Amendments Absolutely and Without Question

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A Mundane Existance

Most of the people in the industrial world are so taken up by their aim to gain as much money as possible and to get the highest position they can get, so that others can lookup to them, that they forget to enjoy life and to make something worthwhile living for.

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They forget that of all the material treasures they collect on this earth in this life, they can not do take anything with them in their grave or can not do anything with it in their death. Once we die it shall all be finished, and we shall not be able to hear or see anything, and we shall not be able to do anything any more. Life will be gone out of us; No breath any more. Just a deteriorating body to become dust again. That is what shall left over of us, in the end, some ashes or dust and perhaps some memories in the heads of others.

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So many people loose so much time trying to get somewhere instead of making the best out of their life and to make the best of the life of those around them.
Instead of making full use of what we do have in ourselves we try to compare with others, sometimes envying them instead of being happy with what we do have in ourselves.

Therefore, let us tackle ourselves with that what is given unto us, and be happy to use all are given elements and power, to make ourselves and those around us happy souls (happy beings).

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Please also do find to read:

  1. What is life?
  2. Dying or not
  3. What happens when we die?
  4. Leaving behind the lives we have touched.
  5. Onsterfelijkheid – Immortaliteit + > Immortality, eternality – onsterfelijkheid, eeuwigheid
  6. Grave, tomb, sepulchre – graf, begraafplaats, rustplaats, sepulcrum
  7. Decomposition, decay – vergaan, afsterven, ontbinding
  8. Biblical Ambiguity on Death?
  9. Is there an Immortal soul
  10. The Soul not a ghost
  11. Human Nature: What does the Bible teach?
  12. Father and motherhood
  13. Poverty and conservative role patterns
  14. Parenthood made more difficult
  15. Blow to legitimacy of the capitalist system
  16. Migrants to the West #7 Religions
  17. Mundane
  18. Brilliant Poet Fights the Undead – Featured Artist: Frank Ruger
  19. The disease of poverty is a doctor’s business everywhere
  20. When gender inequality is good economics
  21. Recalibrating the poverty line
  22. Motherhood In The Workplace: I Was Asked to Tone-Down the ‘Mommy Thing’
  23. Optional Parenthood
  24. The Juggle of Modern Motherhood
  25. Motherhood= Amazing
  26. European Parliament stands for human dignity
  27. Don’t fool yourself
  28. Cosmos creator and human destiny
  29. Knowing where to go
  30. Two states of existence before God
  31. The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ
  32. The one who makes us well and gives life
  • Thoughts On Living Right (sassoon18.wordpress.com)
    To walk the common line / Of integrity, not swerve,  / Is to tarnish not the shine / Of what we must preserve.
  • Dungeon Prompts – Season 2, Week 14: Entertain with the Mundane (theseekersdungeon.com)
    “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

    ― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

  • Thoughts On Living Right (sassoon18.wordpress.com)
    To treasure and to hold

    Life’s precious gifts; try

    To cheer the sick and old,

    The downcast, by and by,

    Is to light the torch of love

    And heartfelt amity,

    Rising beyond, above

    Life’s stark mundanity.

  • Exploration of the Mundane (slangaga.wordpress.com)
    Life shouldn’t be compliant.
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    We are on a continuing adventure, forever exploring.
    Maybe there are times when all we can do is explore the objects surrounding us.
    Of course there will be times when the adventure has seemed to be replaced by routine,
    by the inevitable.
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    Even the mind we own has such an unfathomable depth of information.
    Why should we take that for granted?
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  • 5 ideas (zeldasocarina.wordpress.com)
    one mans trash is another’s treasure – ask people what item they treasure, present them in a trash can
  • Time / Capsule (iamsagirl.wordpress.com)
    Dig me up;
    I hold a thousand secrets,
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  • Early Medical Retirement for Disabled Federal Workers: Joy of the Mundane, Though We Knew It Not (federaldisabilityretirement.wordpress.com)
    we tend to consider joy in terms of momentary elation, an extended period of satisfaction, or a sense of quietude wrapped in layers of giggling quivers.  Conversely, the mundane evokes boredom, monotony, a time devoid of elevated emotional responses; a time of negation, where the chasm between desire and duty floats apart from one another like drifting icebergs in the cold North Atlantic seas.
  • PAD challenge Day 5- Prompt: discovery (ardoucet.wordpress.com)
    It’s hard to discover something when you’re not looking
    When the eyes of your heart and soul and mind are shut up tight
    From the ravages of the modern madness of busyness
    Being deliberate, opening your senses to the physical
    Leaving behind the virtual world of technology
    The possibilities are endlessly in front of you
    Waiting to be uncovered in the mundane, the routine
    The ordinary of everyday
    In the largeness of a mountain
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