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Thought From a Chronic Isolater

There are two sides to me; depressant and anti-depressant.

The depressant side manifests itself through isolation. Isolation is attractive because it seems so protective, and so secure. But, it only feeds my depressive state. The only thing that proves isolation safety to be a lie is being aware that I am an isolater.

Isolation can be so deceptive. Why? Because it does not require physical absence. I wished I could offer some words of wisdom on how to defeat the depressant side but, I can not.

However, I hold on to this truth. The valley in the center of a wave resides between two peaks. Therefore, I only have to look up to find my anti-depressant. Seratonin be damned! Guess, I better get climbing.

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Sifting Through Social Media Opinions

When I was a kid, I often watched my Mom bake bread. One part of the process I really thought was neat was when she dumped the clean pure bleached flour through a sifter.  I asked her, Mom, if the flour is already clean pure and bleached then why do you need to put it through the sifter? She said, “It makes the flour lighter and it blends better.  Plus, it removes any potential non-palatable hunks, chunks, or impurities.  When it comes to baking a “Great” loaf of bread, I never assume the machinery that spits out the finished product is flawless.”

Wow! What a lesson. Today, I think about social media and how it has the potential to produce non-palatable hunks, chunks, and impurities.  Now, I am not attacking it (Social Media); I use it.  At first, I despised social media, I somehow thought I was subject to every opinion I read. News Flash:  I am not and neither are you.

What is an opinion?

Opinion Definition: a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.

How many opinions do you think you sift through on a daily basis?

How many of those opinions do you understand to be truthful?

Does the act of opinion sifting cause you unnecessary stress, depression, worry, anxiety, and/or fear?

I asked myself these questions as well. And, because I was truthful with myself I discovered just how much the opinions of others, if I let them, attempted to mar my identity.  I then thought about my Mother’s flour sifter. I wondered, how can I sift through the junk, hunks, chunks, and other impurities found in social media?  Then all of a sudden it hit me:

  1. I have the power to question any and all opinions before I accept them as truth.
  2. I have the ability to educate myself on the truth of the matter before I consider absorbing what I have just read or witnessed.
  3. I have the strength to bypass those opinions or comments that in no way uplifts me or any other human being.

Oh yeah! And because I am Christian I can recall the words of the Apostle Paul (Philippians 4:8-9):

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

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Recognizing the Truth

Do you believe “Truth” is subjective or objective? Meaning, do you think truth is a movable principle, one which can be bent or twisted into whatever a person’s belief system or worldview may be? Or is truth a quantifiable, tangible, and concrete standard; one that cannot be bent, twisted, or suit to fit a particular circumstance?

If you heard the truth, would you know it? Jesus himself said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”

If the truth was in your midst, would you rush to see? To the tax collector Jesus said, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”

Can you recognize the “Truth” yet?

If the truth was a gift, would you receive it? To the Samaritan Woman Jesus said, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

To the Pharisee Jesus said, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”

To His disciples Jesus said, ““Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”

Now are you able to recognize the “Truth”?

To us, believers, the “TRUTH” said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you –shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

So, what is “Truth” or should I say, “Who is “Truth?”

“The purest truth to hear, if heard, is the greatest gift received.” (JS)

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Components of Grace: Truth, Friendship, Kindness, and Tenderness.

In the movie Gladiator, Maximus, the main character speaks a truth rarely applied in current day ethos. He says, “What we do in this life echoes in eternity.” Maximus, being a student of Marcus Aurelius seems to have absorbed his teacher’s sentiment. I often wonder if Roman Emperor Aurelius’ thoughts were influenced by the actions of great kings, regardless of their nationality. Fine Kings, such as those found in the Old Testament of the Hebrew Bible.

It is common knowledge that Emperor Aurelius was a scholarly man and in his readings he may have wandered upon the biblical books of 2 Samuel and 2 Kings. Each of these books contains an opportunity for each King to return evil for evil. King David and King Evil-Marodach could have dealt ruthlessly with two men, who, due to familial persecution and opposed nationality were perceived to be enemies of their throne. The two men who could have been royally judged and condemned were Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan (2 Samuel) and the disposed King of Judah Jehoiachin (2 Kings 25). However, they were not judged harshly nor condemned. They were shown Grace instead. But why, why not destroy the lives of Mephibosheth and Jehoiachin? I believe it was because of Truth, Friendship, Kindness, and Tenderness; but most important because “What we do now echoes in eternity.” (Marcus Aurelius) We are our choices!

I urge you to read the story surrounding these two graceful kings. You will see how truth, friendship, kindness, and tenderness make way for the choice of Grace. King David swore and oath of friendship to Mephibosheth’s Father Jonathan. In Grace David honored that oath. King Evil-Marodach was more than likely shown kindness and cared for by Jehoiachin, while they were imprisoned together. Jehoiachin’s kindness begot kindness, and kindness was the agent of Grace. Therefore, “in the thirty-seventh year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, on the twenty-seventh day of the twelfth month, Evil-Merodach king of Babylon, in the year that he began to reign, showed favor to Jehoiachin king of Judah and released him from prison.” (2 Kings 25:27) AND THOSE SET FREE BY GRACE ARE FREE INDEED!

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