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It Is Time To Begin Again……..

There may be a few of you this night that need to hear these words.  Six small but very powerful words.  It is time to begin again.  I know that they are words that I need to hear, to be sure.  How many times have we begun the journey that Life has for us only to become distracted by the cares and stresses that arise along the way?  Then before we know it, the progress we were making towards our purpose simply comes to a halt and the process of regression gains a foothold. And with regression can come depression.  We can begin to feel defeated.  We can begin to wonder what is the point anyway?  This is the manner in which so many people simply give up and never become who they were destined to be.  Life can indeed be daunting at times.  I am aware of this as are you.  At times it can almost feel like Life is out to get you which is of course, not the truth of it at all.  Now, there are those times in our lives when we can be tested by Life and it is during those times that we are blessed with the opportunity to grow and to change as we proceed towards our purpose, towards our destiny.  However since we are all human, we can allow ourselves to be thrown off-course, to be sure.  It is the way of it oftentimes.  But one should never view Life as an entity that works in direct opposition to our goals and dreams.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  It is a fact that to bring greater strength to steel, it must be forged.  I looked up the definition of the word “forged” and it means to “to form by heating and hammering; to beat into shape”.  It also means to “to form or make, especially by concentrated effort; to fashion”.   And when steel has gone through the process of forging, it becomes stronger than it had been before.  I guess what I am trying to say here is the strengthening of our character or the “testing of our metal” if you will, while not always easy is designed for our benefit.  Call it “preparedness for what lies ahead”, if you like for that is in essence what it is.  Even the Bible states to “count it all joy when you are beset by various trials”.  These are the times when we are permitted to grow the most if we respond correctly.  And yes, I do realize that this is something that is often easier said than done.  I know because I have gone through the process myself.  I know because I am going through such a process even now.  And I am determined that with the aid of my Creator, I will win the day!

And it seems that as is my habit, I have veered off subject a bit.  My message to you this evening is a simple one and one that should bring hope to any and all who have become stalled in the pursuit of their Life purpose.  The message is that it is time to begin again!  It is never too late to begin again the journey of the fulfillment of purpose.  Do not ever believe that it is too late for it is not.  If you still have breath, your time has not yet passed.  In actuality, to have the temerity to say that it is too late to begin again is a slap in the face of the Creator.  He has placed within each of us a bit of His own divine Spirit and only waits for us to connect with that Spirit.   For when we do so, He is then able to step in and increase the Divine spark that is alive within.  Does any of this strike a chord with any of you?  As is so often, I am kind of feeling my way along here.  But the words I am permitted this evening are resonating in accord with my own Spirit.  This is the barometer by which truth is measured, yes?  This is most often how we know.  I will tell you that tonight, I began 4 other writings and each one simply brought me into a blind alley which is quite frustrating.  But what I am writing here just now seems to be as it should.

Have you been brought into a blind alley in your pursuit of purpose today?  Have you allowed circumstances and trials to keep you from the journey towards your Destiny?  Those seeds of greatness that were growing within you?  Have they withered and become silent due to the fact that you are no longer becoming the person you were meant to be?  If this be true, then please do not chastise yourself over it any longer.  It is in degradation that we lose ourselves and it is in the abasement of ourselves that we cause the gift of our Divinity to lose its warm glow which ultimately deadens our soul.

It is time to begin again!  These very words should breathe air, new and afresh into our hearts, yes?  These words bring to us a powerful and wonderful message.  These words are not meant in a negative fashion that would tell us to “get off our lazy duff and get back in the game”.  No, no and no again!  What these six words are telling us this night is that it is not too late to begin again!  These words further proclaim that now, today is indeed the time to begin again!  It is time to finish the journey that Life has set before us!  It is time to realize our fulfillment of purpose and in doing so, we will know true abundance of Spirit!  Can you see how this is true?

We are, all and each one of us placed here in this world, each born with separate and distinct gifts.  Some of us have the gift of song and some are artists.  Some are writers and others are teachers.  Many have been blessed with the ability to listen, to be a listener which is one of the greatest gifts of all.  Most of us can certainly hear but only a few can truly listen. I believe it is the listeners of our world that are of great blessing to those they come in contact with.  You see, the definition of the word talent or gift goes well beyond a general definition.  What are your particular gifts, my friend?  I suppose my point here is that our gifts and talents are quite diverse.  My question to all of us this evening is are we availing ourselves to what lies within us in order that our world be blessed and therefore our own destiny be fulfilled?

It is time to begin again.  To those reading these words this night, I would only say this.  If you have not paused in the pursuit of what you have been called to do, I applaud you most heartily and my prayers are for your continuance.  For those who have ceased and perhaps even given up traveling the road that Life has called you to, I would urge to begin again.  Our world is in dire need of what you possess, the blessing of the gift or gifts that only you can provide.  And if I may, none of us can ever truly be happy or content with who we are until we become who it is we were meant to be.  Perhaps that is the real meaning of the phrase “To thine own self be true”. 

It is time to begin again.  Words that bring with them a message of hope and new beginnings for us all, yes?  The hour is late and I have gone long once again.  But I felt that this was of importance to someone somewhere.  I do thank you for your time and kind indulgence.  Decide today for yourself that it is indeed time to begin again and then do begin again.  In doing so, you will bless others and be blessed in return, to be sure.  I wish you a kind and good evening.  Take care with yourselves.  Until we meet next time…….

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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12-12-12…..What Is It All About?

There has been much said about the coming of this day, this 12-12-12.  It has been said it will be a time of new beginning and blessing upon the earth. It has been said as well that this day will bring about nothing new or different.  It has also been said that this day 12-12-12 is a warning from our past unto our future, a day of reckoning.  The fact that Jesus had 12 disciples has been brought up as well as the possible significance of the 12 tribes of Israel.  References toward the 12 signs of the Zodiac have been made as well.  And the calendar year is made up of how many months?  Why, 12 months of course.  And then there are the 12 days of Christmas to consider as well.  There are also 12 Federal Reserve districts spread across our land.  And there were  the 12 gods of Olympus as well.

And then in the book of Revelation, chapter 21, verse 12 it speaks of a great and high wall which had 12 gates and at the gates were 12 angels and the names written upon the gates were those of the 12 tribes of the children of Israel.  If one does some research, they will find the number 12 comes up many times in scripture.  In the Bible and in Christian symbolism, the number 12 plays a major role and is a symbol of completeness and perfection. And if one looks into the field of numerology, one will find that the number 12 symbolizes both spiritual and earthly order.  It is considered a lucky, sacred number and symbol of wholeness.  And then of course, there is much talk over the Mayan calendar and what meanings it may or may not hold.

Depending on who you may have spoken to over the last few weeks, there were either messages of hope and goodness and excitement over 12-12-12 as well as 12-21-12.  Conversely, there are many who have been broadcasting messages of doom, death and the destruction of our Earth as we know it.  I have found myself caught up in the fervor caused by these upcoming dates, these numbers.  And given the fact that I am a bit predisposed toward the positive, my thoughts and feelings have leaned towards what is good and pure and positive.  But you want to know something here?  I will tell you just now.

This evening, I arrived home after a rather long work day.  I took a shower to wash the day’s stress off of me and turned on the television.  I usually watch Touched By An Angel, a program I dearly love and then make my way over to spend some time writing as I am doing now.  But guess what I came across as I flipped through the channels, making my way to my usual programming?  It was “The Concert For Hurricane Sandy Relief” and it was amazing!  A large number of musicians and stars had arranged to be at this concert, giving their time and talent for free to provide funding for the countless numbers of people devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keyes, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Kanye West, Roger Waters, Coldplay, REM and others sang their hearts out this night.  And there were phones, many phones all being manned by celebrities and stars.  They showed up to answer the phones as donations were being called in.  Those who called in had the chance to personally chat with a celebrity that they perhaps admired.  Among those answering the phones were Martha Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Fallon, Steve Buscemi and a large number of others.  And many local heroes, folks like you and I were honored and recognized for all of their efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  A large number of residents, firefighters, policemen and others, including a group of 180 retired men who call themselves “The Gray Beards” were brought forward and recounted various events concerning rescue efforts and the saving of lives.

As I watched all of this unfold before me, I thought once again about the number 12.  But I believe more importantly, I began to think of other numbers as well. I considered the number of 180 which was the number of members in the group that called themselves “The Gray Beards” who gave so freely of their time and strength to help those affected by this tragedy.  I thought of the number 100 which was the number of phone lines being manned by those celebrities who gave of their time in hopes of folks that might be just a bit more likely to call in and donate if they could do so by  way of speaking to Martha Stewart or Steve Buscemi or any of the other numerous stars there.  I thought also of the large number of musicians who gave of their time and talents in order to make a difference in the people whose lives were so drastically altered by this hurricane called Sandy.  I then realized the enormous effort and the incredible number of hours and the number of days, even weeks it had to take in order to bring all of this together!  The sheer numbers of all this not only boggled my mind.  It also melted my heart.

There are tears in my eyes as I write these words now.  You see, I have always had a fascination with numbers. I believe I mentioned this once before.  I believe……..No, better said I know that numbers have significance.  I know that they are important.  But my focus has been misdirected, particularly over the last few months.  It is not the 12-12-12 or the 12-21-12 that should draw our attention.  This is not where our energies are to be directed.  Our focus is to be on the huge number of people, celebrities and musicians and others who came together to bring hope and goodness and relief to those in such need.  And if we take the time to look at other tragedies that have occurred in the past, similar events have taken place.  And this outpouring of kindness and help does not just come from those we deem as celebrities or stars.  It is also the strength that comes to be from you and I, from our neighbors here and our neighbors across this great land of ours. It is also a strength that comes from our brothers and sisters that are all across this planet which belongs to us all.  Yes, for we are all of us the same.  It matters not our ethnicity or what our belief system may be.  It matters not if we are of a different skin color or if we speak a different language than another.  We are all of us the same! And together, our numbers are beyond measure or tabulation.  My friends, this is what is of importance here.  These are the “numbers” that matter, yes?  Let us not be so concerned over a particular date or a particular sequence of numbers.  It is our humanity demonstrated one to another and it is the number of times we allow ourselves to demonstrate that humanity, the number of times that we come together as our Creator would have us to do.  It is the number of occasions that we choose to show love and compassion to those around us each and every day.  This is where the true definition of numbers comes from and where their strength and wisdom lie.

Do you see now as I have only just begun to see and realize?   The numbers that hold true significance are our own.  It is not the numbers taken from an ancient calendar from so long ago.  And I am not saying that the histories of this world are unimportant for history is very important.  If we are prudent and wise, we can learn from the past so we do not repeat the errors that were made in previous times.  What I am saying however, is that in order for us to bring our world into the future in good fashion, we must keep our heads about us and see things as they were meant to be seen.  So, let us keep the idea, the importance and the concept of numbers in the proper light and in the proper perspective, yes?  Again I say because it bears repeating……The numbers that hold true significance are our own!  Let us concentrate our thoughts and our efforts there.  Let us collectively bring our numbers to power and share goodness and blessings one with the other.  And trust me on this…..If we do this and do so consistently, our world will be so positively charged and changed that we will no longer recognize it!  These thoughts here are true and they are right.  I know this because they are not my own.  But grand thoughts without action placed behind them are nothing more than wistfulness.  So, come now!  Let us do this thing, as they say!

It is now closing in on the midnight hour and I will close.  My normal work day begins early as does your own, I am sure.  Or perhaps you have just completed your work day.  Perhaps your work day is just now beginning.  In any event, I truly appreciate your time spent here in reading.  Please take these words to heart and let us actively and together bring forth global change by the simple virtue of our numbers.  It isn’t such a large undertaking, not really.  The beauty of global change, going strictly by the numbers is that it is accomplished daily, one person at a time.  This is the way lasting change is brought about.

Thank you once again for your time and attention this evening.  Please forward these words to another and urge that other to do the same.  We can indeed do this, my friends.  Be blessed today and may each day find you yet another step further down the road that Life has set before you.  Be a blessing to all those you meet along the way. Take care with yourselves for you are precious in this world.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Where Have You Pitched Your Tent?

Is this an odd question I am presenting here this evening?  Perhaps, perhaps not. You see, I was listening to Joel Osteen and he made mention of a scripture that states “I have pitched my tent in the city of hope”.  The reference does not reference a physical location but rather the location of your heart wherein lies your dreams, your spirit and your beliefs.  So I ask you this question this evening, my friend.  Where have you pitched your tent?  Now bear in mind, back in Biblical times people did not have homes like the ones you and I know today.  Many did have a physical home, one built from the materials of that time.  But for so many people, a tent was where they dwelt, where they lived, loved and raised their families.  In a word, it was home to them.  And since it was their home, I would think that the location of this home, where this tent was pitched would be important, yes?  Those families would consider and ask questions, questions such as “How far away is the stream so that we may have water nearby?” or “Is the land here fertile enough so we may grow vegetables and is there sufficient grass here for our flocks?”  These were things to consider when pitching one’s tent.  By the way, the definition of the word pitch when used in the context of pitching a tent means to erect or establish; set up.  To set firmly; to implant; embed.  When viewed by this definition, pitching a tent seems a more important task than you or I may have thought.

Another consideration would be to perhaps determine what direction the winds might be coming from.  On the side of the tent where the winds would be the strongest, perhaps additional stakes would be used to fortify the strength of the home.  And perhaps those stakes would need to be set more firmly into the ground? This seems logical enough to me.  To be honest, I never dealt with tents a great deal.  But I know enough to know that where a tent is pitched is at least as important as what and whom you wish to protect within that tent.

With all that said, I ask again the question, Where have you pitched your tent, my friend?  Have you pitched your tent in the City of Hope or does it stand sadly in the oh so busy Metropolis of Despair?  When deciding location, did you check the depth and quality of the soil where the stakes would be driven deeply and firmly so your tent would stand strong?  Or did you just assume that dirt was just dirt and that depth was not so important after all?  And now when the winds of Life blow in strong, you feel what you thought was your protection shudder around you and constantly you fear that all you had set in place will collapse down upon you, perhaps even this night?  And the stakes, those stakes that you selected that provide the strength for your shelter, those stakes that were deemed inferior but they were a bargain so they were “good enough”?  Are they sufficient unto the day, unto this dark night where the winds now howl round about you?  Can you here those timbers cracking above your head now?  Do you scream out to any who and all who will hear but your voice is ripped away by the winds of Insecurity and Hopelessness. Did you expect something better than this??  Look where it is you so thoughtlessly pitched your tent!  What you put forth is what you receive back.  And just as the blessings you send out come back to you as a double portion, so do those cursed things you send forth.  A double portion to you, blessings or cursings.  It is a universal law.  The universe only sends to you as a reward what you have sent out.  We make the choice as to which.

My word, this is all so uplifting, isn’t it?   Will you ever want to visit this blog again?  If this was all there was offered here, I would never return.  And it is my own blog!  But there is good news and salvation ahead.  And here it is…..Do know the really great thing about tents?  Unlike houses whose foundations are permanent, tents can be moved much more easily.  Do you desire, truly desire now to move from the darkness of Despair into the glorious Light which is Hope Everlasting?  Then come along, let us take apart this tent of yours!  But let us only keep what is valuable, shall we?  The fabric that provides the walls of your tent, is it good quality?  For some, it would appear much thought was given as to its selection and strength. For others, this fabric is already threadbare, worn, and tired.  But as it is your tent, you must decide.  And what of the stakes which are in reality the foundation of your shelter?  Did you select them for quality or did you lay hold to them simply because the were just “good enough”?  Again I say unto you, it is your tent so you must decide.  I would suggest to you that you do not try to take with you what is inferior or tired from your old home of Despair into your new Life of Hope.  It will become a burden just as surely as the dawn awakens to greet the new day.  Oh I’m sorry, what is that you say?  You have nothing but a worn and tired dwelling to bring to this City of Hope?  Well my dear friend, I have something to share with you here so listen oh so closely now……….You are the very person we are looking for.  It is usually those who feel they have the least to offer whose souls have the greatest gifts to share.  And besides, all things become as new here in the City of Hope.  And if you must know, we have been waiting for you, kind friend.  So, come on in and let us give you the traditional Words of Welcome always offered here in the City of Hope.  You may have heard them before but today, I believe they will have new meaning for you.  Come to Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.  And as we enter this great city together my friend, I have but one question for you.  Where is it that you wish to pitch your tent within the City Of Hope?”

William J. Thompson, Jr.

(To those reading, I am afraid I strayed a bit as to form. It is how it came out from me. I pray your indulgence. Blessings to all.)

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