Facebook Etiquette

I have a facebook page but I must admit I don’t use it much. I really don’t know how all that stuff works. If you don’t either may this video can help you understand the intricies of Facebook. It didn’t help me.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iROYzrm5SBM[/youtube]

The Wagon

the old red wagon

Cold fall leaves, so carelessly tossed,
lay brown and withered by morning’s frost.
Discarded scraps of natures poetry
so carelessly tossed. Cold fall leaves

in winters wind, ending natures grace.
The wagon waits for hibernal face
to lay siege upon this land again,
ending natures grace in winters wind.

And every truth I’ve known, all that I believe
is in the red wagon, covered now with leaves.
Where once behind tiny legs there used to roam
all that I believe and every truth I’ve known.

For I am but a man, so little do I know
of wagons and winter and children when they’re grown.
To my sorrow I may never understand.
So little do I know, for I am but a man.

girl with wagon

Written by Dan E. Monk
Copyright 2018

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Love your enemies – Matthew 5:43-45

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
(Matthew 5:43-45, KJV)

Most Americans remember the events of September 11th, 2001 as a time of sadness and mourning. But there was also anger, fear and even hate. Powerful emotions which were directed at the enemy, an enemy most of didn’t even know.

So our President, George W. Bush, mobilized the strongest military in the world, invaded Afghanistan and defeated the Taliban. Since then Four thousand eight hundred and sixty five American soldiers have died while Afghanistan and Iraqi casualties vary from one hundred fifty thousand to nearly a million depending upon your source.

A lot of people have died because our President, our government and many of our citizens either failed to read or chose to ignore Matthew 5:43-45.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

According to the Center for Defense Information, the estimated cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will reach $864 billion by the end of fiscal year 2009. It cost around 40 billion dollars to remove the Taliban from power. What if we had used the remaining 820 billion to rebuild Afghanistans infrastructure, educate the citizens, create jobs and help the citizens build a working democracy?

Yes, I have read Matthew 7:6 where Jesus says, “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.”

That verse is directed at the Pharisees and priests, the ones who believed they were the sole purveyors of the truth of God. It is a warning to be wary of those who would encourage us to do things in the name of God that are contrary to the will of God. No earthly person or power deserves blind obedience.

Governments have a responsibility to enforce justice, not exact revenge.  However, when Jesus said, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”,  He wasn’t making a political statement. He was talking to each of us as individuals, explaining how we can be better people.

He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.
(1 John 2:9-10 NKJV)

The best view of God is through His children.  Even if someone is not aware of God,  God is still aware of them.  And then so should we be. Only when we are able to see past our hatreds, fear and jealousy can we walk in the light and understand the richness of life.

AAADD – Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder

This is how my life works.
First I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing. As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the front verandah table that I brought up from the letter box earlier, just after the mailman had been there.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I put my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage bin beside the table, and notice that the bin is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first.

But then I think, since I’m going to be near the post box when I take out the garbage anyway (and the mailman picks up the mail at noon), I may as well pay the bills first. So, I take my check book off the table, and see that there is only 1 check left. My spare check book is in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to
my desk where I find the can of Coke I’d been drinking earlier this morning.

I know I going to look for my check book, but first I need to push the Coke can aside so that I don’t accidentally knock it over. The Coke is warm, so I decide to put it in the refrigerator to make it cold again. As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the dining room table catches my eye — they need
water.

I put the Coke on the dining room table and discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I’m going to put more water in the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the table, go to the kitchen sink to get a jug and fill it with water and suddenly spot the TV remote on the window sill. Some one left it there.

I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I’ll be looking for the remote, but I won’t remember that it’s on the window sill, so I decide to put it back in the lounge room where it belongs, but first I’ll water the flowers. I pour some water in the jug, but spill some on the floor. So, I set the remote back on the kitchen bench, get some towels and wipe up the spill. Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day: the car isn’t washed. the check’s aren’t written for the bills to be paid, there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the dining room table, the flowers don’t have enough water, there is still only 1 check in my check book, I can’t find the remote, I can’t find my glasses, the garbage hasn’t been taken out and I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all day, and I’m really tired now.

I realize this is a serious problem, and I’ll try to get some help for it, but first I am going to check my e-mail.

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“God helps those who help themselves” is not in the Bible. Instead it says, My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:2.

 

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