Darkness is Always Repulsed by the Light

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It’s 2 am when the light in the darkened room turns on.  The darkness of the night is chased away as you immediately shield your eyes from the brightness of the light now shining in your face.  Painfully you open your eyes as they begin to adjust to the brightened room around you.  Minutes pass by as you slowly become accustomed to your new surroundings.

We live in a world of darkness and sin.  One that continually abandons its God in search of the immediate yet fleeting desires of the flesh.  As the world gets darker, those that stand firm in the faith become brighter and brighter.  Each of us is born with the light within us.  This light grows brighter and brighter as we keep God’s commandments and serve him.  The light diminishes as we sin and follow the darkness of this world.

Those in the world chasing after darkness will undoubtedly feel uncomfortable around those with whom the light resides.  Darkness will always be repulsed by the light.  Try is it might, the light always prevails over the darkness. 

As the world looks for and finds more and more ways take us deeper into the darkest abyss, the light within us can shine forth to lead us and others safely out.  The brightness of our light is directly proportionate to our commitment to Jesus Christ and our adherence to his gospel and commandments. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven.”  Mathew 5:16

The brightness of your light is up to you.

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Hidden Treasures

 

A friend of mine shared with me a story the other day…  A man living in Africa spent much of his life searching for diamonds.  Each day after countless hours working on his farm he would venture off into the mountains in search of his fortune.  Fascinated by geology he continues his quest.    One day while tilling the ground this man finds a strange rock, rather large in size yet unlike most he had pulled from the ground of his crops.  The uniqueness of this rock and the size was rather impressionable so the old man decides to clean it off and place it upon his mantle as a conversation piece.

As the years go by, the old man continues his routine and each night after a long days work he would continue his search for his fortune in diamonds.  After each hard day, he would relax in his old rocker in front of the fireplace where upon the mantle sat his conversation piece.  Many visitors would seem impressed by the uniqueness of this rock, then the old man would place it back upon the mantle.

As the decades passed, the old man grew ever more tired with each passing year, yet his desire to find the hidden treasure he knew was out there drove him ever onward each day. 

One day, an old friend whom he hadn’t seen in many years stopped by to visit.  The old man pulled down the rock from the mantle and showed his friend.  Somewhat bemused and slightly bewildered his friend asked the old man if he knew what he had in this unique rock and what was inside of it..  The old man replied.. It’s just and old odd shaped rock..  His friend replied, quite the contrary.. this rock contains within it a diamond, a rather large and priceless diamond hidden under the roughness of the rock surrounding it.

This old man had spent his lifetime searching for that very rock that he had placed on his mantle decades before, yet not knowing the value of the possession he held, he left it sitting there unused except as a simple conversation piece…

This story resonated deep within me this week as I have contemplated much upon the many lessons learned from this story. We all have priceless treasures in ourselves and in our lives,  that many times we leave sitting on the mantle unable to fulfill their full potential.  Many times, we spend a lifetime searching for that which is right in front of us. 

Changing Seasons

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I love the change of seasons and what each one brings with them.  I look forward to each change with anticipation and excitement. As spring approaches I find myself restless and ready to spend time in the mountains hiking again.  Hiking brings my family closer as we explore new trials and spend time outside together.  We have some of our greatest talks together as a family while crossing small streams and climbing over fallen trees. Each one creating a special memory that we all remember and reminisce.

Some of our trails that we hike are simple little walks while others pose a greater challenge.  Each one brings a unique perspective to the outdoors and mother nature.  The degrees of difficulty vary from week to week as we stumble upon new places to discover.

Today I drove up the canyon as I pondered some of the decisions we face in life.  I found myself wishing I could have more time to get out and walk along the trails and reconnect with nature.  I have always found great comfort and peace in the mountains where my soul becomes steady as my mind come to rest.

Just as our life is certain to change like the seasons and each journey we find ourselves on has varying degrees of difficulty, there is much peace and knowledge in knowing that through all the changes and challenges that we find through the seasons, we too grow and become stronger like the mighty trees that stand as a testament of change.  As we look back upon the trails and seasons of life, we too should always recognize the growth and strength that comes with each new season.

Tom Attwater Is Dying. His Daughter Might Die, Too. The Letter He Left For Her Is Unforgettable.

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Tom Attwater is dying of a brain tumor, but he isn’t worried about his cancer. Instead, he is trying to save his 5 year-old daughter from her own.

tom attwater Tom Attwater with daughter Kelli and wife Joely

He has vowed to raise approximately $820,200.00 for her cancer treatment, even if he wouldn’t be around to see her go through it.

Now Tom is almost half way to his fundraising target he is more adamant than ever to reach it. Tragically his deadline is short as his latest scans show his brain tumour is growing.

He says: “These days people make bucket lists, and the very top of mine – the one that matters most – is raising money to make sure Kelli gets the medical help she might need.

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“Some people have advised me to slow down and concentrate on enjoying the rest of my days. But how can I knowing…

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A Heart Once Broken

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Broken hearts

Beat once again

Protected and hidden

By walls deep within

Few there do enter

Fewer hold a key

The walls of the fortress

How mighty they be

Walls beyond walls

With mazes between

Preventing the many

Of the heart being seen

The few that do enter

The chambers within

With caution and care

As the healing begins

For a heart once broken

Is no longer the same

Fewer the friends

That will ever remain

For true love exists

In the chambers within

Where only the truest

Can ever get in

© 2014 James Isbell

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden Messages

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Lately there seems to be a great deal of uproar over supposed hidden messages in movies.  The latest being Disney’s Frozen.  While I no doubt believe that the message that the writer intends will always be within the story.  It is after all, their work and it whatever message they are trying to send will undoubtedly be within the storyline.

However, I also firmly believe that we as the audience interpret whatever messages we encounter based upon our own beliefs, feelings and understanding.  Nearly every message delivered through artistic work of any kind can be interpreted multiple ways.  Many have cried foul over an “agenda” within the movie Frozen to promote the homosexual lifestyle while others have interpreted this movie about friendship, sisterhood, and discovering who they are.

I have read the scriptures many times throughout my life.  I can read the same verse multiple times and each time I read one that impacts me it can be for different reasons based upon what is happening in my life at that time.   We as human beings interpret the messages we read, see and hear based upon our own lives.  Two people can see the same movie, read the same book or listen to the same music and discover a uniquely different message for them.

We find the messages that we are looking for and need in our life. If we feel that a certain message in a family oriented movie is an attack on our personal beliefs then we also see those same things in other areas of our life.  If we experience a different message such as discovering who you are then something in your life is resonating with that message. 

Not all art is uplifting and some is designed to tear us down.  What I am referring to is that which carries multiple messages for many people.