Look, Listen, and Learn From Friends

As children we develop friendships that we vowed no matter what, we will be friends to the end. We were sincere in the very idea and thought of that pack.

However, life begins to happen, and other things begin to happen at the same time. When you are children all is wonderful, colorful, and free. We see the bluest sky and the greenest trees. Our friend is right no matter what they say or do, and we just admire how they can tell a lie and make it sound so true. Innocence has long been lost and almost forgotten. Though we try to keep things as light-hearted as possible; life is uncomfortably black and white most of the time. The colors have been meshed into an unrecognizable color that we can’t readily name; so we find ourselves spontaneously making up a name that appears to fit.

No one wants to say that this is not right, or this is wrong, or even question anymore “WHY”? Nooooooooo, we just mindlessly and “purposely” get-in-to-fit-in and in some arenas this seemingly is the only way to acquire the desired end goal of us all. However, this compromise puts us at of risk of being just another face, another number, another… just the same old “here’s another one’.

Don’t get-in-to-fit-in, dare to be different, even if “different” to today’s standards is not popular. I can be me, you can be you, we can be us, and they, can be them; and everyone can accept “who each one is”, but not necessarily “what” we all may do. That is an individual choice, and personal conviction of whatever “that” is that we, they may do. If you don’t like “what I do”, simply ‘don’t participate’, if I don’t like what you do… I simply ‘don’t participate’.

My end is mine alone, and I am very confident about my end. Your end is your end, and I hope you are as certain of your end. My end is “eternal” bliss, for I have experienced a small glimpse of this bliss on this sided of measured time. I have also experienced “a glimpse of and been impacted by unrest, unfaithfulness, unloved, unforgiveness, pain, sorrow, confusion, despair, illness, hopelessness, and boy have I seen my share of death; but, the promise of “eternal bliss” has overshadowed my heart, soul, spirit, and mind, til my only outlook is “inner peace”, and “unfiltered joy”.

Some of my childhood friends are no longer hear on this earth, some of them have gone on beyond this world. None of them have come back to tell me where they are, but, for some I already know, because they made it very clear while they were yet alive; where their eternity would be. This I am assured of and this you can ponder… #if you my friends went to heaven, they don’t want to leave; and if their eternity is in hell… #they can’t leave.

I leave you with this… If your friend(s) say to you that they have found inner peace, unspeakable joy, and life is good, though they may be financially struggling; and you on the other hand have $$$$$$, but you are miserable, no inner peace, and you find yourself envying your friend(s)… DON’T! Ask them… how is it you can be broke, alone, and at peace… they may just tell you… “I have unspeakable joy”; that I can’t explain but it’s something that has helped me, and me it has surely sustained.

Jehovah-Shalome (Jesus) is who we speak of (1Peter 1:8) (Philippians 4:7)

Be blessed because you are; Be a blessing because you can. (c)