The path

I journey up the mountain trying to find peace of mind
I wander through the desert of spiritual decline
Or what I used to think that meant
Now, it just feels like Job, represent
Fleeting and simple, so colorful and true
religion isn’t the rules, it is you being you
find what you were created uniquely for
Then go serve others or help out the poor

Reward and relief, I speak with the trees
seeking the fat guy, or Buddha to those who also do seek
But, that dude ate too many pizzas, has too many thumbs
I’m not sure, that end is what I really, really want
So, go be creative and swallow your truth
Life is not disappointed at you being you
Go and become one with your dreams and be free
God doesn’t want you to wither or wheeze

spinsters and solemn, undressing the fallen
soldiers and sinners, reckless and appalling
Change is the new way to the “goals”
I prefer to shun that way and go it alone
faith in nothing seems like a brilliant idea for the atheists
till the end comes and they realize that there might be more than there is
So, a cuss word, a promise, a strict, lasting vow
Seems to be where i’m dwelling now, no doubt, look around

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Job’s Opposite

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Job, not job where one works for money, but the Biblical person. Here’s his story in a nutshell paraphrased.

Job was rich, had a big awesome family and enjoyed life. Satan walks to God one day to ask his permission to try Job. He says, this man praises you and keeps your commandments but what would happen If You allowed me to take all this away and curse him? Would he do the same?

Yes was God’s answer, so Job lost it all, and was covered in painful boils and blisters. Lost his family, his possessions and all of it.

Cause, guess what? Job questioned God why this happened but the subtle shift also occurs on the opposite spectrum. Follow me through this and you too, may understand that the Bible isn’t so much about what is said but to study what also isn’t said.

Here’s the kicker. How many of us don’t need to be tempted with all of this to stop following God’s commandments. Either the devil has gotten lazy or smarter but guess what? Now, he doesn’t so much take away as allow goodies in. You know, Big screens, bling and fancy cars. The latest gadgets and gizmos and whirly doos.

So, take a poor person, add riches and VOILA! A recipe for?

How many of us think only sorrows are cursings from God? What about the blessings as a curse?

I’m in no way, shape or form stating that money is a bad thing. Money takes on the morality of who owns it, chases it or “Loves” it. It is mentioned in Scripture that it is the love of money that is the root of all evil. So, neither love it nor hate it but view it as a shovel. It is a tool. You can either do great good with it or its opposite.

But, how often do we get to living on “easy street” and moneys rolling in, our health is awesome and all is well, when we forget about God?

That’s the thing. I’m not asking any to give up what they have or to stop acquiring it. I’m asking one to look at their relationship with the Great Creator. That trumps money.

Keep checking over at http://www.rosesformother.wordpress.com for my wife’s thoughts and ideas! Thanks

Not qualified

Legend has it that Kurt Cobain from the band Nirvana was not qualified to be a dog catcher. This was months before he exploded on the scene with the Nevermind album and changed the world. Not flippin qualified???? Huh?

Ok, so recently, I put in my ninety day notice to my wonderful employer and have been applying for jobs left and right. Well, left and right, I am hearing that I am not qualified. For a cashier position? For a janitor position? For a Kennel assistant position? Huh?

So, I started my working life painting and maintaining apartments, moved to cooking at a marina, went to a fast food place, worked at a grocery store (cashier and stocker), went to do factory work, telemarketing, CNA (certified nursing assistant), CMA (Certified Medication Aide), butcher, meat cutter, janitor, assistant manager, key holder and more. But I’m not qualified after 20 years working to do simple things???? Huh?

So I assume, I have leveled up in life finally and time to go after some big fish. It feels weird though, knowing that what I have previously learned will not help me in the current atmosphere on job hunting. This may be what limbo feels like. Or not, I don’t know.

Here I have witnessed factory workers all their lives, be locked out on a union strike and falter hard because they are unqualified??? huh? How does faithful and loyal service not translate? How does hardworking and honest not get the next job?

Are we really that far removed from what matters that we no longer want to hire based on morals or mental ability? So what do people hire on?

I am not worried, I have faith. I had faith that I felt an urging to give ninety days, I have faith that God will come through. I’m not worried about that as much as I am worried about others in a very similar but more dire situation. Those who messed up their bodies trying to make plastic parts at a factory, knife workers at a meat industry giant, who have given their employer all that they had and got nothing from it.

Is that what we should be treating people like? Like they are unqualified, untrainable and idiotic?????? Wow, a far cry from where we started off at, and a definite departure from where we needed to be going.

So tell me, how is this industrial mindset treating everyone? How is this schooling helping America? I’m not whining for myself. I care about the others who suffer and do not know the hope that I have or the faith that God provides us. I am being a voice for those who may wind up facing homelessness and hopelessness and disaster and divorce because they are NOT QUALIFIED. I want to wake people up to the fact that this is a very real and very pressing issue.

The world is changing at an alarming rate and what worked previously is not going to work soon after this change has been completed. We have some very serious issues that need discussing and solving.

Some, like me, can adapt and change and flex and bend and go forward with little ill comforts. Others, lots of others, cannot adapt to this changing world in a fast enough manner. What steps are we taking to not leave them behind.

My take, I really don’t want to see a cavemans return but we may just see that happen. I drive through my little town in Iowa and I notice, rich house right next to poor house, trailer right next to an almost mansion, well to do right next to the make dos. I see the dichotomy. I feel for those who are currently getting lost in the shuffle. Those who are being pushed to the bottom of the deck and thrown away like last nights supper.

How then do we start this discussion? How then do we take steps to not just help ourselves but our fellow man struggling? Peace.

Homeless

At one point in my late 20’s I had to make a choice. To get rid of my dog or go homeless. I did what any country boy would do. I read Where the Red Fern Grows as a kid so I went homeless. Winter, freezing, homeless. I was lucky enough to have enough friends and a vehicle that I didn’t have to sleep on the streets but I sure do understand some part of what the homeless get to enjoy (sarcasm).

Sometimes we too get a taste of a certain thing or event but we don’t get to witness it as some less fortunate who live it. Day in day out they are homeless. They don’t have a vehicle or caring friends or any of that. They don’t have food or a shelter or medical care.

Is this the poor and fatherless that we are to reach out to? I think so. Sometimes being poor is just also being ill equipped to face the world in a good manner. Sometimes being poor is not being hungry for food but for knowledge. Sometimes we have to be Wrecked as Jeff Goins discuss in his same titled book.

So, we see people on our block who are yelling at their kids, screaming at their spouse and can’t keep their yard spotless. What should we do to help? We could offer to take their kids to church, clean their house, or offer the couple a date night. A much nicer thing than judge them and ignore them and their problems. So, remember this, some people had crappy role models and don’t know how else they could go about raising their kids, being married or taking care of their stuff. Go help them out. Go volunteer to them. They will probably turn you down but you keep trying.

I was fortunate, many others are not. I still fail as a human and as a parent and as a husband but nobody bothers to give me pointers or help out by watching the kids. It ticks me off so I finally wanted to say something about this and get it off my chest. I’m that guy that yells at his kids and I’m sorry to them for that. My father beat the snot out of me and belittled me. I’m glad I’m not doing that. But, seriously people, go without judgement and help those who sure need it. It doesn’t even have to be with money. Sometimes the little things change people more than money. Time and lack of judgement and love do God’s work quite nicely.