Battle in Your Mind

When I was younger I never really thought about all the much used phrases in our society.  But “battle” with drugs and alcohol has been thrown around a lot lately.  CarolYoungFace

I never thought about just how deceptive that comment is.  You can say people that desire to do or have something that is not good for them and cannot seem to achieve control over their “urges” are struggling of course, but there is something to be said about the word “battle“.  You should always be the victor or maybe you just want to do it?

What is an actual battle?  It is a fight, usually a violent one.  We all need to reach the point that any thought such as taking drugs or sleeping with another’s spouse is so insane to us, those thoughts will cease and desist!  I don’t even have fleeting thoughts such as those because I was raised to believe that certain things are bad and bad people go to hell, simply put, and it worked for me.  I think this has helped me immensely to be the kind of person you can trust and I wish more people were like me.  I actually like myself and don’t want to escape from me or my life even though it’s never been an easy life to live.

There are sayings such as “don’t start nothing, won’t be nothing.”  This has to do with warning someone else not to mess with you or it could get ugly.  If you are about to do battle with yourself, why wouldn’t you give yourself the same heads-up?  Why would someone want to do anything that feels good for the moment, when in their own minds they know just how ugly it can get.

Many years ago most decent people were raised in the Word.  People complain a lot about religion controlling us, but it looks like it has to.  People used to teach their children self-control, self-discipline and respect.  People that cannot control themselves are a danger to themselves and others.  I sometimes wonder how many truly mentally ill people there are or are they just selfish and either don’t know how to or don’t desire to control themselves.

The 1960’s started the hedonistic “if it feels good, do it” mentality but if you don’t know how to control your inner demons, be sure they will control you.  They will win that battle in the mind.  You need to have matter over mind in the fact that everyone has thoughts, ideas and urges, but most never act on them because they have the ability to think further than the moment.  Yes you can be tempted by someone into adultery, getting high or even an act of rage if you are in that circumstance for the moment.  What you need to do is prepare for battles as anyone planning to win does.

You know your weaknesses and people you shouldn’t be around so stay away from these and them!  Battle’s half won.  Now get your fanny moving to living the life you really want to live, within reason, not falling back on something to make you feel better for the moment.  Now on that line of thinking, if you want to fall back on anything, you need to fall on God!  He can and will get you through everything as long as you know it to be true.  There is a rock hard strength in true faith and for most, religion is a big part of this.  It’s good training for your mind.

Not the traditions or symbols of so many of them, but the teachings of Christ to love one another.  That’s all the religious teaching we need.  To somehow get the point across to others, deep in their souls, that you would never do something to someone that you would not want done to yourself or a loved one.  This means that you would not risk harming yourself for a temporary cheap thrill.

If the entire world would become kinder and gentler there would fewer reasons for people to try to cover up their hurt with food, sex, drugs, etc.

Believe to be part of the solution as a child of God.

Filling Our Voids

Why does emptiness seem to be the human condition?  Why are we born so needy and so hard to satisfy?

Why do most never seem to achieve happiness in anything they do or in their relationships?

I would say this is a sign of some deficiency or mental condition except that it is far too common and I believe man has always been this way.

Most try to fill their voids with romantic love or sex, food, drugs, excitement or whatever they desire to feel good for the moment.  It appears no matter how much we are educated to the facts of just how dangerous our addictions and habits are, we refuse to stop always searching for our nirvana.

I just find it odd that we are created so differently from how we were obviously meant to live.  Is our civilization so perverse from the actual nature of man because the people in charge demand our lives to perform difficult, sometimes meaningless tasks, for their benefit and personal gain or are we all missing the point of the meaning of life?

The fact that we are not here for our personal desires, but to be used as the tools we are to help others and to serve our short purpose for the good of all and glory of God, not for the personal gain of any man.

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Proof is in the Pudding!

The online Cambridge Dictionary defines this phrase to mean you can only judge the quality of something after you have tried, used or experienced it.

Jesus told everyone that the way of the world was wrong over two thousand years ago.  The proof of that is to just look around you and see how many of the people that go the way of the world, doing what is popular for the current time in their culture, leave a path of destruction in many ways.  Jesus preached the gospel of love for one another.

It might be in following the current rhetoric telling people to live their dreams and in doing so, most of these people will fall to ruin.  It may be the fact that most of the world is in it for themselves.  Their lives revolve around them and what will benefit them, usually monetarily, for the moment.  In our current American culture you can look at Wall Street, the banking industry, oil companies and all the multinational corporations that have one thing in common.  They want to make as much money as possible and don’t care who or what they effect adversely.

This is not the way we are supposed to be spending our few seconds on this earth.  We are supposed to be making the world better for being here, not destroying it under false delusions that we are providing jobs for others and making the way for a better tomorrow.  At this pace, tomorrow really will never come.

We now have empty people who’s only desire is “doing their own thing” no matter who it hurts.  They fill their emptiness with lies that are regularly streamed through all our varied media sources rigidly controlled by various governmental dictates instead of the ever “demonized” religion.  Some use drugs, sex, work or other compulsive behavior to distract from the fact that they are frightened at the desolation of their very soul.  There are many who say how horrible church is and that it is too controlling.  In telling the truth, religion helps people learn to control themselves so that they no longer have to be rigidly controlled by other men with guns.

God made us all in a wondrous way.  We actually feel better and more complete the more we share and do for others.  The way to stop a pity party is to throw one for someone else.  When you are hurting, bestow your caring and concern for another who needs it and it actually helps to heal your own broken heart.

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