Doors

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A door can open

and then it does close

before you notice

when no one knows

life is changed

when each door shuts

we try to reopen

but are left with cuts

time is lost

as we look behind

that door is closed

and no longer is kind

so turn around

and look straight ahead

an open door is waiting

for you instead

so journey through life

find the open doors

and stop wasting your time

on doors closed before

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The Power of Anger

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Few if any other emotions carry the power of anger.  Lives have been lost, futures forsaken, families destroyed and wars fought over ones inability to effectively control this raw and deeply powerful emotion.

How many words have been said as a result of anger that in hindsight would never have been spoken?  How many hearts broken and lives shattered?  Words once spoken can never be recalled, no apologies, no amount of begging or pleading for forgiveness can ever undue what is done when anger is present.

Anger when uncontrolled can magnify in intensity and power until an individual loses all reasoning and common sense.  All other emotions flee and rage takes over.  For most, anger is suppressed and controlled, for others its deadly.  Like a pressure cooker, it builds and builds until the explosion occurs, usually not directed at the source of the anger, but at simply the spark to the explosion.

Anger is a basic and raw emotion we all experience in life.  The incredible power of anger when controlled and directed can catapult one in a positive direction to accomplish much good in the world, while when uncontrolled and unbridled it can turn deadly.

There is much anger in this world, coupled with animosity and hatred.  Societal pressures mount and add to the build up prior to the unrestrained explosion and that undoubtedly occurs when ones anger is not dealt with and simply bottled up.   For some, this pressure cooker last decades before exploding, for others its simply hours or minutes.

We all must deal with the effects of anger in our lives, both internally and externally from others.  It is how effective we are in this process that can eliminate an uncontrollable explosion.

How do you deal with and release that build of of anger within?

It’s Not My Fault!

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In life we are bombarded with the belief that it’s not my fault, that some other person, thing or event creates problems in our lives.  We listen to this lie and believe it to be true.

We are taught as children that we get into less trouble by claiming it wasn’t our fault, in school when we fail a test that it was the teachers fault for not teaching the subject very well.  We are conditioned from early on not to take responsibility for our own lives, that we can blame someone or something else for our misfortunes.

Many people live life and never take responsibility for their own welfare, well being, happiness and success or failure.  I often hear in familial difficulties that it was the husbands fault, or the wife’s fault,  It was never the fault of the individual telling the story, always someone else.

We see it in politics, movies, even in a confessional.  Fault always lies with someone or something else.

Who is this someone?  What it this thing? 

FAULT:

It always lies at the doorstep, yet it has no identity, no clear agenda or purpose, yet most seldom lay claim to it.  The abuser blames past abuse, the addict blames heartaches inflicted in the past, the failure claims the unfairness of society.  There is always someone or something else to blame.

Fault, however is ours and ours alone for we are solely responsible for our own choices, actions and decisions in life.  Our failings in life can no more be blamed upon others as our successes cannot be claimed by another.

We choose everyday our course in life, only we can alter that course. 

Our lives belong to us, it is our fault how it turns out and what we do with it.

Rejected Answers

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I have taken some time away to ponder and meditate many things that have been pressing upon my mind this year. It seems that as this world seemingly spins out of control, I see many who become disillusioned with the very process of prayer and answers seemingly not received when earnestly sought.

I see many individuals struggling around me with one thing or another, from health issues to relationship and family issues, to some questioning their belief in God. Many of them share the same frustrations that they earnestly pray for help, yet it never seems to come.

I find irony in these prayers as the help is sought generally speaking, yet when specific answers arrive on their doorsteps, they reject the simplicity of the answer and never pray to know if that is indeed the very answer they are being sent from their heartfelt and earnest prayers. If it is through small and simple things great things come to pass, then why do so many expect complicated solutions to their challenges? Why do so many refuse to accept simple solutions for life’s complicated challenges?

How many times have we prayed for help with our lives, only to neglect the knock on the door when the neighbor arrives? To refuse to answer or return a phone call? To refuse a simple yet proven remedy for an ailment plaguing us?

Many of us claim to believe in God and in his love for us, yet trust greater in the arm of flesh than in divine intervention through another person. We mockingly laugh at the answers sent to us while crying to God for deliverance, when He has already sent it!

I believe that as one seeks for God’s guidance, wisdom and help in this life through heartfelt and earnest prayer, that we should also seek wisdom in answers that arrive at our doorstep and ask if He sent them to us if we are uncertain. I believe many of us suffer longer than is necessary as a result of our own neglect in listening and hearing the answers we seek.

God answers our prayers, those who listen will hear them.