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He Wasn’t Sure….

He wasn’t sure.  He wasn’t sure how long he had been sitting there. At times it seemed as though it had been a long while but he wasn’t sure.  And at other times it seemed it as though it had been just a few moments but he wasn’t sure.    Quite frankly, the only thing he was certain about was that he wasn’t sure.  And that disturbed him greatly.  This much he knew for sure.  His life it seemed had been in a sort of limbo, stuck mid-way between living and not living.  He was very certain that he had been in this state for a long time.  But he was unsure as to just how long that had been for.  And he wasn’t sure how to make his way back to the land of the living, so long it had been since he left.  There were occasions when he thought that surely it would be easier to simply let go and leave, to try to find his way back.  But then that other part of him would whisper that he really, really needed to be sure that this was what he wanted to do for he could end up in a worse state than he was in presently.  So in listening to the voice of reason, he would forgo his decision and wait for the day to pass because he just wasn’t sure. But now he was unsure if this business of waiting was such a great idea after all.  To sit through Life as he had been could not be wise nor could it be prudent.  And why was this so?  Because there is no neutral in life.  No one can sit through Life because Life moves forward always.  We either move forward with its flow or we drown in its wake.  There is no in between.  We’ve all heard it said, haven’t we?  “Oh, he’s straddling the fence on that issue.”  Yet the truth of it is that there is no truth in that statement at all.  I looked up that phrase and to straddle the fence means to support both sides of an issue.  So, in reality one who “straddles” has no need to decide.  On the surface, this almost seems convenient, to have the luxury of pleasing everyone while benefitting no one, least of all ones self.

Again I say this evening, there is no such thing as neutrality in Life.  One cannot straddle the fence or better put, not make a decision because in not deciding, we have already chosen, yes?  This is the quandary our young hero in this piece had found himself in, caught betwixt and between as it were.  His inability to make a decision had, over time put him into a position of becoming unsure, not just in one area but in all facets of his Life.  He wasn’t sure. And in the beginning, it seemed such an easy route to travel.  After all, the young man had no accountability to anyone and better still, he had no accountability to Life itself!  Everything was okay because no matter what view was taken, all views were acceptable.  However, as his life continued (for Life stands still for no one) and the weeks turned into months and the months into years, this fellow no longer quite so young found himself at an impasse.  And you almost felt sorry for him because he had hardly a clue as to how he had reached this particular juncture since he had deemed all roads as acceptable.  For you see, with all roads being  acceptable be they right or wrong, he had chosen to travel no road at all.  And he had done so because he wasn’t sure. By the way, do you know the definition of the word impasse?  I had only a general idea so I took at look at how Mr. Webster defined this word.  The word impasse is defined as “a position or situation from which there is no escape; a deadlock or standstill; a road or way that has no outlet”.  And all of this as a result of being unsure.  Think about this for a moment.  I am sure that this individual started out his Life differently and saw perhaps the journey that lay before him as one full of adventure  and of great promise.  Yet he had allowed the gift of surety to become the burden of uncertainty and because of this, the grand Life his Creator had destined for him could not and would not come to fruition.  Worse still, those whose lives would have been blessed and enriched by the completion of this young mans destiny would never come to know what he was meant to bring to this world simply because he wasn’t sure.

    Now to all of this, you may say something like, “Well, a person cannot always be sure about everything!  We all have times when we feel unsure for we are only human!”  And to that I would say that you are entirely and completely correct, my friend.  But you see, the error comes in when we become rooted in the Land of Uncertainty by relying solely on our own emotions and intellect.  This is when we lose our way and become unsure.  This is when the tentacles of uncertainty and indecision quietly wrap themselves around the Spirit we carry within, slowly constricting and tightening and all the while cutting us off from the Divine oxygen needed for growth and survival.  It is a process which is incremental by design.  And as such, we are most often unaware that it is in process, if you will.  In this way, our lives are rendered useless and become stagnant which disallows our true Purpose to be realized and fulfilled.  Is this making a degree of sense here this evening?  I would hope that this is so.  For you see, my friends…….That fellow spoken of here?  He is me and I am him.  And believe me, this is not an admission that I take enjoyment in sharing.  The Life meant for me, that Life which is one of fulfillment and truth and blessing to those round’ about me has been taken over by a life that is not really life at all.  I have not been sure for quite some time now and therein lies the dilemma.  Yet I do know the solution and am now travelling the road that will bring me to that solution.  And as I travel now, I am becoming less unsure and so much more certain of the road beneath my feet.  My friends, may I assure you that this is indeed a good feeling for it is most definitely just that.  As you may know, one of the universal laws set forth by our Creator is that when one moves forward with surety in the direction of their purpose or dream, Life itself bids them welcome and moves along with them.  This does not mean however that there will be no adverse conditions somewhere along the Path.  But it does mean that overcoming such adversity will give the traveler the opportunity for growth and will also make the final destination just that much sweeter and rewarding, to be sure!   With your kind permission, I would like to make mention of one other thing.  I’ve not put pen to paper in quite some time, this due to my allowing day-to-day life to keep me from what is a True Life.  I was struggling along this evening on a different piece of work, determined to grease my “writers wheels”, if you will.  After about an hour, I made some type of computer error and botched what I was working on in good fashion.  Frustrated and ready to simply hang it up, I came across this “He wasn’t sure” that I had made note of months ago.  It seemed to draw me in this evening and so here we are.  It has been said that the coincidences in Life are the Creators way of remaining anonymous.  Perhaps this is the truth of it.  In any event, I trust that this was of some benefit to someone tonight.  Please do not give in to the web of uncertainty in your Life for left unchecked, it will cause you to lose your Life and I mean that in every sense of the word.  Rely not on your own understanding and wisdom especially when there is Divine direction awaiting you always.  All one needs do is ask for it and with a sincere heart, be ready to receive it as well.  And do be sure of this as well………If you are unsure of what to do, look towards your Creator and He will guide you to your next step.  This is something of which you may be sure.  Have a good night and a grand tomorrow.  May the blessings of the coming days be yours to share!

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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The Color Of Racism Is Fear……

The color of racism is fear.   What better description could ever be offered as a definition for that word racism.  The embodiment of this word has caused more problems in this, our world than any other word ever has or ever will for that matter.  Racism is at the base of all divisiveness and hatred.  It was racism that gave rise to the Holocaust and it was racism that brought forth Apartheid in South Africa.  Racism was at the core in the Bosnian war where genocide was the ultimate goal.  The faces that racism chooses to wear are many, some of which are blatant and others which are not so easily seen with the latter being done by design.  This evil has been with us since time eternal. It can be called racism or it can be referred to as bigotry or prejudice as well.  Racism is the reason that there was ever such a thing as slavery.  The very idea of buying and selling human beings is abhorrent to me.  Each human being carries within it a soul, a radiant spark of the Divine.  No one has the right to buy or sell Divinity.  Is this not the truth?

And I will say that if I chose to do so, I could give to you immeasurable examples and instances of how as well as where and when racism has been permitted to control so much of our world.  I speak of ages past and of our world today.  And that, my friends is most unfortunate.  You see, in today’s world we are supposedly so much more enlightened and vastly more intelligent than those of bygone eras.  So why is it that racism is still so much a strong force that runs rampant across this Earth of ours?  Why do people hate or even dislike another person because of the color of their skin or because their belief system differs from our own?  People, human beings which are born of our Creator are still being terrorized, being victimized and ostracised and even killed simply because of their race, religion or gender preference?  “The evil that men do…”.  We have all heard these words before.  I will tell you that if we were able to trace back each evil deed ever committed, I would wager that it was somehow brought about by some form of racism.  So, I would repeat my query here……If we are so much more intelligent and enlightened, why in God’s name is there such an abundance of prejudice, racism or whatever else you wish to call it in our world??

Well, perhaps the first item I would call to your attention is that there is a huge difference between intellect and wisdom.  So many of folks today have MBA’s, PhD’s and a number of other college degrees behind their name and I applaud them for their tenaciousness in obtaining such an education.  I am not against education and schooling.  It is a part of a strong societal backbone, if you will.  But intellect is not wisdom and it is wisdom we lack, my friends.  Wisdom is knowledge tempered with discernment and cloaked in compassion.  We must allow wisdom back into our hearts and then into our minds.  Therein lies the difference and I believe I am just now able to see this truth.  Wisdom begins in the heart and wisdom once received then involves the mind.  Intellect has always been and always will be relegated to the mind.  So let us first gain wisdom.  This is to be our armour when in combat with the enemy called racism.  Agreed, yes?  We have an accord then.  Good.

Now to truly bring about change, to truly hit racism where it lives, we need to be able to do what?  In any battle (And make no mistake about this.  This is a battle) we must be able to recognize the enemy for we cannot possibly win the war if we are unable to discern who the enemy is.  Which brings me to our original point.  The color of racism is fear.  All racism, all prejudice and bigotry are deeply rooted in a particular soil called fear.  So perhaps we have been attacking this problem of racism the wrong way?  We, often with considerable effort, attempt to uproot the weeds of racism from the garden which is our world.  And many times we do meet with some measure of success.  But still we wonder and are puzzled why these same weeds return again and again to plague our world.  I believe the problem to be not so much the actual weeds of racism as it is the very soil, the soil of fear that feeds and allows those same weeds to return and they often return with more strength than those that came before them.  Does this make sense at all?  If so, then what is truly the answer to this question, this problem we have called racism? 

The answer, as most answers usually are, is simple but it is hard.  It is the soil, the soil of fear that must be addressed here.  This soil of fear is rancid.  It is poison, to be quite honest.  The soil of fear is soil that has not been tended to properly for a very long period of time.  In large part, the soil I speak of is representative of the Heart of our World.  In order to bring the soil back to its original goodness, we must once again give heed to what is allowed into this soil, yes?  And for any garden to grow abundantly and in goodness, the soil therein must be tilled, turned over and aerated so as to permit Life to enter in anew and afresh.  And how do we accomplish this task, you might ask?  We accomplish this through by using the wisdom we discussed a bit earlier.  The formula for racism is not difficult to understand if we think for a moment about it.  The formula is simply this  –  Ignorance of any given situation by any individual brings forth fear.  And fear gives birth to the problem at hand which in this case happens to be racism.  So, if we can bring wisdom and enlightenment into the places where ignorance resides, we can effectively cast out the fear which is indeed the basis of racism.  People are afraid of what they do not understand, whether it be consciously or subconsciously and what we fear we perceive as threatening in some fashion.   The answer then is to gain understanding and in doing so, we obtain wisdom.  And in obtaining wisdom, we learn what tolerance really is.  And my friends, if we can understand the true meaning of tolerance, it is then that this issue of racism will no longer be the issue that has plagued us for so long now.  It is then that we will have truly been brought forward into wisdom.  Wisdom is based in love and understanding, yes?  So, it is in true wisdom that we will know peace in this, our world.  If you would, please give this some thought for I believe it has much merit.

As always, I thank you for taking time from your day to read these thoughts that have been given me, thoughts that I truly enjoy sharing with you.  Be blessed abundantly in your day and please be sure to share the blessing with all those round about you.  Take care with yourselves.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

 

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Where Two Or Three Are Gathered…….

I would suppose that the majority of us know this particular passage.  “Where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I in the midst of them.”  Now the meaning within this scripture is fairly obvious.  Our Creator will attend His ear to what we have to say even if there is not a multitude of people collectively requesting His attention.  We are just that important to the One who brought us to be.  And that is a wonderful thing to know, is it not?  Of course it is.  But that is not to be my focus here this evening, as glorious as that information may be.  At least I don’t believe it shall be my focus.  We shall see, I suppose.

You see, often times we must look below the surface of the words for the meanings that lie just underneath, perhaps waiting to be discovered.  What has always captured me about the aforementioned verse is mention of “where two or three are gathered”.  I have always been drawn to the idea of numbers and I am not sure as to why.  It certainly has nothing to do with my love of mathematics for I have no love lost there.  I barely passed algebra and dropped out of geometry.  As for trigonometry and calculus?  Exactly.  We were never even introduced.  Still my fascination with simple numbers remains.  Perhaps it is because numbers, like words carry tremendous power and meaning.  And the weight they carry was something not imposed by humankind but rather by our Creator.  Think about it for a moment, if you will.  According to scripture, the world was created in 7 days.  Why not 4 or 5 days?  And the number 7 has longed been hailed as the number of perfection.  Why is that exactly?  And in the process of creation, there was 1 man and 1 woman created.  In the animal kingdom, there were 2 of each animal created, be it mammal, fish or fowl.  I am certain that particular situation was simply to satisfy the requirement for procreation.  But since trees, plants and flowers were also created, I ask myself how many?  Nothing the Creator sets out to do is done in a slipshod fashion but rather His methodology is one of design and precision.  Should it disturb me that there is no mention of the number of trees He planted with a touch of His hand?  No, it should not but it does nonetheless.  What can I say?  So, color me weird or a bit off. I am okay with that.  However, I can see here that once again I have wandered off point.  Let us get back to where we left off.  Or better said, where I left off.

Where two or three are gathered.  Such small numbers these are, yes?  What does this tell us then?  It tells us my friend, that because we have been touched by the Divine we have much power.  We have more power within us than we can even begin to imagine!  Do bear in mind that this power is not of ourselves and it is not created by us so there cannot be any degree of arrogance here. It is a gift from our Creator.  Besides, power that is true and pure lies within the realm of humility.  Where two or three are gathered.  Would you care to break it down to say, the power of one?  So be it.  The effectual fervent prayer of  “a righteous man” availeth much”.  You do notice that this refers to a singular individual, yes?   Hence, the power of one. 

What point am I trying to make here?  Or better said, what is it that I am asking?  I will answer it now as best I can.  What I am asking is why are we not living our lives inside that realm of power that the Almighty has given us so freely?  I sometimes imagine Him looking down, scratching His head and saying,  “Come on now, my people!  I have given you the keys to the kingdom.  Why do you not use those keys and step into the power of the Kingdom I have graciously given unto you?  Why do you insist on living in mediocrity and spiritual poverty?”  I believe it causes God frustration when he observes us at times.  Don’t you?

My friends, think about this now.  It only takes 2 of us to get God’s attention.  In reality, it only takes the power of one based on what was stated a bit earlier here.  And if one has the attention of the Almighty, one has tapped into a fairly strong Power source.  Wouldn’t you be inclined to agree?

Now, I have said all of this to say one thing and one thing only.  The very simple formula of where two or three (or one) are gathered = a high level of God-given power is all that is required to bring about change in this, our world.  All it requires is our diligent application of the formula and the belief that the formula will work.  But belief without diligent effort will not bring results anymore than diligent effort without belief will render positive results.  The two must work together.  And is this formula based in truth?  It has to be so.  Anything less than this would result in our Creator being dishonest in His promises.  And that is simply not a possibility.

And going back to my infatuation with numbers, indulge me I pray thee, just once more.  When Noah built the ark and the animals were bid welcome and made their way in, how is it that they entered?  Was it in a mad frenzy, all clamoring to claim a spot within?  Did the strongest and boldest enter first with the weaker and smaller bringing up the rear?  You know the answer to this.  They entered into the ark in pairs, two at a time in a fashion that would’ve pleased a drill instructor.  And admittedly, I do not know if the elephants and tigers were followed in by the rabbits and squirrels.  But I do know that all are equal in the sight of God so perhaps that says it all.  The point I am trying to make is simply this.  As they entered, two by two, their numbers grew and eventually they occupied the entire ark, so great were they in number.  This is the method to be used to effect change on a global scale.  The 1 becomes 2, the 2 become 4, the 4 become 8 and so on.  And there is unlimited power in just 2 or 3 with our Creator in the midst.  Can you imagine what level of change can be effected when those 2 or 3 multiply themselves into the thousands??  Think of this for it is all too possible, dear reader.  Now, let us take these thoughts and put them into action.  A seed cannot grow and bring forth fruit until it has been placed below the soil.  Then that seed must die in order to bring forth new life.  “Whoa, hold on”,  You may say. “What is this dying business? I didn’t sign on for that!”  Well, I will admit that I failed to mention that part.  But it is a good thing, not a bad thing.  You see, in order to bring about lasting change in others, we must die to self first.  And in doing so, we are actually reborn into a higher level of ourselves as are those whose lives we effect.  It is a concept to be embraced rather than be pushed away.  Trust me on this for it is the simple truth.  Where two or three (or one) are gathered…….  Friends, think about it for it is exciting stuff!

I thank you as always for taking the time from your day to peruse these words I have placed here.  I trust they caused you to explore your mind for exploration is a grand affair and a lot of fun as well.  Be blessed in your day and bless those you meet along the way.  Take care with yourselves.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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