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What Crime Are You Guilty Of?

This is perhaps an odd question, I suppose.  But perhaps it is not so strange after all.  I had a rare day off from my everyday job this day.  Today is of course, the 4th of July.  Independence Day.  And I started thinking of my life and my day-to-day routines.  Like so many of us, the week consists mainly of rising up, going to work and then going home.  This is followed the next day by rising once again, going to work and returning home.  And the pattern continues day upon day, week upon week and year upon year.  Now indeed we must or at least should work and contribute.  That is a given.  There is no crime in doing so.  So what is it then that I am driving at, you may ask?

My point is simply this.  I realized today that what I have been over these last several months is a willing participant in a crime, a tragic crime in which I have allowed myself to become the victim.  And what is the crime I am guilty of?  I am guilty of having become a thief.  I have been stealing much-needed nourishment from my spirit by being so entrenched in my job that I have not been doing one of the very things I was put on this earth to do.  I have ceased writing over these last few months because I have allowed my job to consume me entirely.  Does this make sense to any of you?  The worst wrongs that can be committed are the ones we commit against ourselves.  I have noticed a marked reduction in my Life energy as a result of the neglect I have shown towards my soul and the gifts I have been given.

The message I am conveying here, although a bit awkwardly, is simply this.  By all means, tend to your job each day and give your best always.  And by all means, tend to your family and those you love always.  Let them know they are uppermost in your heart and embrace them with your Spirit.  But do not do any of these things by committing crimes against yourself.  Do not begin to steal from yourself by not honoring the gifts and talents that our Creator has given to you.  When you become a thief such as this, not only will you suffer and lose blessing in your life but so will those around you, those who reside in the very Spirit you are stealing from.  I trust that this makes a degree of sense to any who read this.  My writing is rusty and my mind is tired.  But I think perhaps you may get an idea of what I am trying to convey.

We are all given gifts in this Life and all of us have a unique purpose we were put here to fulfill.  What might your purpose be?  If you know your Life destiny, then go now and pursue it for there is no other person on this planet who can do it for you.  There are many who await the blessings that only you can bring to them.  If you know not the road that Life has set before you to follow, then be tenacious and seek with diligence the Life path that is your birthright.  For if you do so, what has been purposed for you will become evident.  And yes, there are many who, although they may not know it just yet, are waiting for and in need of the blessings you will bring their way.  Do not allow yourself to become sidetracked or even worse, derailed  by the everyday storms and distractions that will come your way.  I say to you that it is those very storms and distractions that are often designed to keep you from the greatness and goodness of purpose that is destined for you.  Be wise and remember that Life always presents to us choices.  And we must always choose for even if we choose not to make a choice, we have still indeed chosen, yes?  What can be difficult is living with the choice or choices we have made.  Ladies and gentlemen, I would tell you then to choose wisely and even prayerfully.  Remember as well that it is in our blessing and service to others that we are blessed in return and in good measure.

In closing and at the risk of being redundant, I would ask you this question again.  Are you guilty of  this crime, the crime of stealing from your own soul and spirit?  Take time out and do a bit of introspection.  I would also encourage us to be honest during this examination and be sure not to rationalize to assuage our conscience.  By the way, if you break down the word “rationalize”, do you know what you will come up with?  I will tell you just now.  Rationalize broken down to its base really just means “rational lies” and by telling ourselves rational lies, it is so much easier to avoid the accountability that our Destiny demands of us.  And believe me, I am preachin’ to the choir here, as they say.  I have indeed been guilty of crimes against myself as of late.  So then, let us be good to ourselves and true to our Life path, yes?

Thank you for your kind attention tonight.  Give thought to what we discussed for it is so much the truth.  Take care with yourselves.  May the blessings of today and those of tomorrow be yours to share.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr

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The Seed

The young seed had lain dormant, deep within the fertile soil for what seemed an eternity.  Just lately however the rays of the sun had been quite busy, warming the soil and now something was happening.  There was a stirring within the young seed, something that was unfamiliar and very strange! Our youngster felt himself being drawn, almost pulled towards the surface.  It was both frightening and exciting, this feeling!  The warm, oh so warm soil surrounding him was so good!   But he felt a change coming about and that right soon.  The seed knew this because he was ever so close to the surface now.  What was up there, just beyond the soil?  “Oh”, said he. “Perhaps it isn’t really so important.  And this soil all around me is so comfortable, so warm!  It might be just as good to stay right here.  Probably so…..maybe….”.  As he was mulling this over, the pull of the Sun became more intense than ever, urging him to move upward and forward.  He was fearful of what was just beyond and he knew it.  But he also realized in his heart that he needed to know what lay out there and up there.  There really wasn’t any turning back now.  This is not to say that the seed did not look back.  He did, as do we all. And when he did, he said to all who could hear, “I cannot go back nor do I want to go back.  Something is waiting for me, calling to me from a higher place!”  With that said, he cast his vision upward once again and with one mighty push, he broke through the surface!

At the moment of his breakthrough, our young seed became a seedling.  Oh, and the light and the colours of this new world were beautiful!  He was so glad that he had kept pushing forward and upward.  And the Sun, the glorious Sun!  It was magnificent and he could feel Its’ power coursing through him now.  What our young friend was experiencing now was worth all the effort he had put forth.  Every bit of it and more!

As time progressed, the young seedling became a sapling and he continued to grow.  And during these periods of growth, he instinctively followed the Sun, always reaching upward and continually climbing higher.  For you see, he knew the Sun was the Source of his strength and his growth.  In only a few short years, this young maple tree stood an impressive fifty feet tall!  And his branches, full and heavy with leaves now provided comfort and shade to those below.  He further blessed the birds of the air by allowing them to rest and to nest in the security of his arms.

Now you may ask, “Well, what reward does this tree receive in return for all of this? What is in it for him?”  I will tell you in this writing that our mighty friend expects nothing in return.  And because of this, he receives much.  The Creator, the Sun rewards him with abundant strength and helps with his continued growth throughout life. He sends waters from the heavens to renew and refresh our beautiful friend as well.  I ask you, what greater blessing can be bestowed upon any one of us?

Once a tiny seed, this towering maple tree helps to sustain Life and in return, is sustained by Life.  Miraculous, isn’t it?  Oh, and silly me!  In the midst of all this, I failed to mention the name of our young seed, didn’t I?  His name is “Greatness”.  What a fantastic name, don’t you think?

My friend, are you aware that the seeds of Greatness lie dormant, deep within the fertile soil of your own heart?  You were born with them there. They are a gift from the Creator of all Life.  What is that you say?  You do not believe this?  If this is indeed how you feel, then do something for me and for yourself.  Gently place your hand over your heart.  Ever so gently now.  Be kind to yourself for often we have forgotten how to do this.  Now if you would, listen to your heart with your heart.  This is unfamiliar ground for most of us so it may take a few attempts.  Be patient here.  Now……wait!  There, there it is!  Do you hear it now?  What you are hearing, dear friend, are the seeds of your Greatness stirring softly within you.  You must water them now for they are quite thirsty after the long dry spell we have given them.

Now if you will permit me, I have just one more suggestion for you, yes?  If you are wise (and you are wiser than you know), let the Almighty Son warm the rich and fertile soil within your heart.  But you must ask and allow Him to do so.  Our Creator is polite and proper and will only enter an area if invited.  What will happen next is up to you!  And remember this as well…….The experience will undoubtably be frightening at times.  But it will also be very exciting!!  And so my friend, here we grow!  May you be blessed in your journey.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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