Category Archives: evangelism

Who Can Speak For The Earth? Who Is?

As I try to prepare — at least mentally — for taking my blog to the dot com level, I feel apprehensive because, while it “feels like” a big step of some kind, I have no idea why or what kind. I’m doing it to make the blog more visible (I suppose) and as an investment in myself, although I don’t know why I always think I have to spend money in order to add to my value.

Christmas was good.

The internet is getting to be a bit much for me. I’m overwhelmed this very evening by a group that seemed beautiful, innocent, all virtue, until I saw that they burn effigies of human beings in order to inspire people to meditate on a global scale. And now, I feel as though I’m some sort of whistle blower just because I’m feeling skeptical about it rather than wanting to jump on board.

I think I liked them on facebook to begin with. I don’t remember. You know, that’s the whole thing. I don’t even answer friend’s survey’s on facebook–you know, the ones that say repost. The point is, I know who my friends are, but because I don’t know where they got these messages they want me to repost, I refuse to do it. But, now, sending positive vibrations into the universe ten minutes a day during the first half of any hour. I could do that. I’d like to think I already do. . . but not for somebody who burns effigies!

So. yeah. God help me, Lord Jesus. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas.

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February3 About my 24 followers

This post is an acknowledgement of appreciation for my followers in general. I appreciate your reading it, even if the spirit of it falls flat. Please consider it a very small token. I do owe you much, much more.

About You

Some of you most consistently interpret certain kinds of your experiences in life.  Some of you do this through photography, other’s through poetry or essays. Some of you are younger than myself, and some older.

Some of you have special projects or businesses to promote, relating to travel, cooking, publishing or merchandising.  I especially like the attention I’ve received from people related to social causes and activism–although I haven’t as yet, summoned the gumption to be of much help. Most recently I find myself followed by a travelling Pastor, Aaron Bagwell. To be followed by a world-adventuring evangelist–I must say–feels flattering and intimidating at the same time. Please pray for Pastor Bagwell and myself on our journeys which seem (at least at this point) to be quite different.

Let’s see now, who else, ah yes,  one of you–it appears, gee– may be… a scam. . . a send-me-$25, so I can show you how to get rich while hardly working.  I just said, “may be”.  I hope not, and I love you, the person, even if you are. Even if that one of you is not a scam, I couldn’t do what you do, I just have too much of a one track mind, and that track is a Mobius strip.

But, enough about my very much treasured followers–which total 24, by the way. Today is day one of Month two of Day3of! As would happen, I don’t have much to say today, but that’s a good thing. I’m happy to report that I do have many works to do and plays to play….Cheers.

Note about Religion, Also Lovely Tanzanian Orphans

Rene Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am” 

 I Say, “My Beliefs Construct My Identity.”

I don’t deny that what I think  is speculation–yet some of my speculation has rested on seemingly unchanged conclusions for so long that I find myself believing. I discover myself through believing these things, as I learn that they have become part of my self-concept*.  I might even be willing to fight to the death for the right to give voice to what I believe to be “true”, as I’m sure others would (under certain circumstances).

I’ve given up wondering why some of my “conclusions” “feel” unlikely to change, in spite of  new information. To me, it doesn’t matter. I do the hard work  –with wide-open eyes and ears-to-hear –of reconciling the “facts on the ground” with the unchangeable core of what I can’t (or don’t wish to) stop believing.

The very process of my considerations of potential truths, which to hold dear, is what convinces me that I belong here. It has become my reason for living.  I guess I’ve turned out to be a mystic, and I would also say I’m a Christian; however, coming from a Baptist upbringing, I feel uncomfortable saying “Christian mystic”.

Actually, I think religious labels are best shared only with her most intimate confidantes. I think one’s religion is like a personal habit, except that it involves emotional associations which could never be duplicated in another human’s mind. When one refers to her own belief, a plea for the listener’s empathy is understood–even if not vocalized, and not confidently anticipated.

The video below is a humble and happy rehearsal of “Be careful Little Eyes What You Do.” These kids have personality. I hope they  grasp that “being careful” means to use care–not to be leery.

My Take on each verse of this song:

1.  Eyes:  Be careful not to judge. Remember God sees what is in the heart.

2.  Ears:  Be careful not to take offense. Remember God has your back. You’re free to be compassionate as well as detached, even in emotionally charged situations.

3.  Hands:  No need to comment. (Although, torture, would certainly be out.)

4.  Feet:  Don’t set out to do anything believing the ends justify the means. “Life’s a journey, not a destination.”

5.  Tongue:  For goodness sake, do not defend laws and public policy that break the golden rule.

6. Heart whom you trust: This is too deep. Maybe some other time.

7. Mind what you think: Again, maybe some other time.

Without further adieu, please enjoy children of the Bethany Children’s Home, an orphanage in Tanzania:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5DVBveLLhg

*Below, please find a link to the simplypsychology.org page on self-concept:

http://www.simplypsychology.org/self-concept.html#sthash.9CcBE5Cu.uI5r668x.dpbs

If it doesn’t work, I’m sorry. It works if you cut and paste the url.