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Life Goes On

Today’s guest-writer with his decease knows that  whether we’re going through the worst of times or the best of times, history and our own experiences show us that life does go on.

Though we can not say this to everybody at any time.

“There is an appointed time for everything.
And there is a time for every event under heaven —
A time to give birth and a time to die…
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-4)

I thought about the above passage last week when our daughter gave birth to a beautiful seven pound girl on Wednesday, then a close friend died of cancer on Friday – “A time to give birth and a time to die.”

Twenty years later after our guest-writer Bill was diagnosed with ALS he still goes strong and inspires many people with what he writes on the net, reaching many in countries who would never come to. His writing are clearly inspired by God’s Spirit, Who is able to give incredible powers to those who are willing to give themselves in the hands of God.

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To remember

life’s great highs + lows = day-to-day life > seem so trivial

we tell ourselves that we’ll never again settle for the trivial life

our emotional or spiritual highs & lows gradually find their old balance => return to a mundane normalcy

=> root cause of much of addiction + depression we see around us

answer? = “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:15)

focus not on the personal and professional “highs” missed => make  conscious effort to focus on  good things in life

Life = hard == much easier if we surround ourselves with people that won’t only rejoice with us in the good times but will also support us in the difficult times.

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Preceding: Why are you afraid?

 

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Further reading

  1. What Would You Say?
  2. Time slowed
  3. Courting Joy
  4. Still Life
  5. Survivor or Fighter?
  6. 5 Things You Need to Know About Life (1 min read)
  7. Opportunity Meets Impression! (2 min read)
  8. The Road Ahead
  9. Solace Can be Found
  10. It starts again….
  11. Silent Screams
  12. Just
  13. On the topic of crying
  14. Fibromyalgia and remission
  15. Suicidal thoughts
  16. Behind the face,  the mask. 
  17. Dignity
  18. 005 Coping with depression
  19. Losing Friends, Making Friends
  20. Experimenting
  21. Daily Shorts – Can I Run Away?
  22. Perfect Love
  23. Depression I
  24. It feels weird 
  25. The Steps of Falling Apart
  26. Better Days: Creating Change
  27. 02.47

Unshakable Hope

“Life Goes On”

Whether we’re going through the worst of times or the best of times, history and our own experiences show us that life does go on. This is true, but I don’t recommend saying “life goeson” to someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one.

“There is an appointed time for everything.
And there is a time for every event under heaven —
A time to give birth and a time to die…
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-4)

I thought about the above passage last week when our daughter gave birth to a beautiful seven pound girl on Wednesday, then a close friend died of cancer on Friday – “A time to give birth and a time to die.”

Those who are grieving and those who are rejoicing have this…

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Material gain to honour God

Front cover of the first edition of Lenin's Ma...

Front cover of the first edition of Lenin’s Materialism and Empirio-Criticism, published in Moscow in 1909 under the pseudonym “Vl. Ilyin.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Around us we may find lots of material things which can attract and distract us. We have nature, something which can not be made by man but can only be adjusted or changed to man’s desires. We have all sorts man-made things which can be for use or just for being there, one moment to give pleasure, an other moment to be thrown away as useless.

The things from nature, the goods which make us able to create things they all come from somewhere. It is the earth that gives it to us.  But behind it is the Master Hand. What lots of people do not see or do not want to know is that behind everything made there is the Master Creator Who allows others to be and to create such things.

For many it is a very hard thing to believe that everything we can see around us and all things we can have is because God allows it to be there. It is there because of God allowing it but it also belongs to God.  We like to think that what we have is ours and no one elses.  Man wants to have everything for him or herself. Man wants to feed the “I” and wants to satisfy the “I”. Man thinks by taking all things for him/herself he can be and can satisfy the inner person and fulfil his “I amambition.

Strangely enough people want to gather as much as they can and safe it, though they will not be able to take it with them when they die. Their possessions will either go to someone else or be thrown away to be incinerated or to go in oblivion on the trash pile.

In this world there are so many who want to flaunt with what they can gather. They are so  proud, but in a way do know nothing, and dote on an argument and quarrel on the use of a word or on the way of life. With their earthly grabbing culture they are the cause of envy and controversy and blasphemy and evil premeditation.

Strife among men whose minds are corrupt and who are cut off from the truth and who think worshipping God is for worldly gain should alert us and make it that we keep away from such things. Those who love God should know that their gain is greater contentment, for it is the worship of God.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

1Ti 6:6-7 HNV  But godliness with contentment is great gain.  (7)  For we brought nothing into the world, and we certainly can’t carry anything out.

English: Donkey cart in Conlig A change from a...

Donkey cart in Conlig A change from all the materialism that seems to arise early in December – these children take to more traditional activities, in this case dressing up in Victorian fashion and parading along The Green in Conlig village. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Therefore, let us enjoy the beauty of nature and the God given things and let us be satisfied with food, raiment and shelter. For those who desire to be rich, fall into temptations, and snares, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which causes them to sink in degeneration and destruction.  For the love of money is the root of all evil: and there are some men who have coveted it and have thereby erred from the faith, they have brought to themselves many sorrows.

1Ti 6:8-10 HNV  But having food and clothing, we will be content with that.  (9)  But those who are determined to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful lusts, such as drown men in ruin and destruction.  (10)  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

In case you love God and you want to go for Him, you should flee these things; and follow after righteousness, piety, faith, love, patience, and meekness.  We are told to fight the good fight of faith, and to let the right things reign in our mortal body, laying hold on eternal life to which we are called, having professed a true profession before many witnesses.

1Ti 6:11-12 HNV  But you, man of God, flee these things, and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.  (12)  Fight the good fight of faith. Lay hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you confessed the good confession in the sight of many witnesses.

1Co 6:18 HNV  Flee sexual immorality! “Every sin that a man does is outside the body,” but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.

Rom 6:12 HNV  Therefore don’t let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.

Nothing but the all mighty God, mighty Prince, the King of kings, and Lord of lords,  has immortality or deathlessness, dwelling in the light which no man can approach, and whom no man has seen, nor can see. To Him be honour and dominion for ever and ever. Even Christ Jesus, the son of God had to face death. He really died, was three days in hell and was than taken out of the dead by his heavenly Father, the Only One True God.

Even the son who has received authority from his heavenly Father to judge and to be a king shall have to hand over the Kingdom of God to his heavenly Father in due time, because everything belongs to God.

Like Jesus only did the Will of his heavenly Father, and not his own will, we should try to do also the Will of God. Like Jesus could not do anything without his Father, we should know also that nothing is possible without God as Sustainer of the world allowing it to happen.

As Christians we should know that we live in the world but should not be part of it. We may get many possessions but should take care those things do not take possession of us.
Everything what we gather in our life we should use for the good. Not only for the good of the self but also for helping others.

Let us remember that those things which may life easier for us should be used to to do God’s will and to honour Him by what we do with it. And let us go for the real treasures.

Mat 6:19-21 HNV  “Don’t lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal;   (20)  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume, and where thieves don’t break through and steal;   (21)  for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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Strife: heated, often violent conflict or disagreement; angry or violent struggle or quarrel; Contention or competition between rivals; trouble or discord of any kind; strenuous effort; open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)

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Preceding articles:

Thought of the day: We want more, i want more, but why is that?

Mini-MAX-malism: A Bigger Approach to Less is More

Stop and Think

Learning that stuff is just stuff

Material wealth, Submission and Heaven on earth

How to Find the Meaning of Life and Reach a State of Peace

Less… is still enough

Less for more

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Additional reading:

  1. What Are You Seeking?
  2. Souls and Religions with Nirvana and light
  3. Finding Beauty Amongst the Trash
  4. True happiness, love and perfection
  5. Not holding back and getting out of darkness
  6. Purify my heart
  7. Two states of existence before God
  8. A good idea to halt all activity for one hour some day
  9. A Living Faith #3 Faith put into action
  10. Rest thy delight on Jehovah
  11. The truth is very plain to see and God can be clearly seen
  12. Humbleness
  13. Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God
  14. What happens when we die?
  15. Is there an Immortal soul
  16. Looking on what is going on and not being of it

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Further reading:

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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.
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    “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.
    Life shouldn’t be waiting for your next vacation,
    or forgetting what it feels like to laugh so hard you hurt.
    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.
    But that shouldn’t keep us from exploring.
    Even the mind we own has such an unfathomable depth of information.
    Why should we take that for granted?
  • Thinking About Mundane Things Sure is Mundane. (tessreynolds13.wordpress.com)
    uter. Typing is mundane.
  • 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,
    a thousand questions unasked,
    a thousand memories that never will be.
  • 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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