A Word Can Wound or Kill

“Like a sword, a word can wound or kill, but as long as one does not touch the blade, the sword is no more than a smooth piece of metal.  Someone who knows the qualities of a sword does not play with it, and someone who knows the nature of words does not play with them.”

The Years Go By Like The Waters In Our Lovers Eyes

Its one of the most powerful sentiments and word of wisdom that has ever graced a human ear and blessed the trajectory of a lifetime

Stop.  Click on this song by Needtobreathe.  Wait a few seconds for the music to start playing…..

Now continue reading.

 

Its one of the most powerful sentiments and word of wisdom that has ever graced a human ear and blessed the trajectory of a lifetime:

“You Only Know What You Have, Once You’ve Lost It.”

In order for that wisdom to exist, someone had to go through heart ache.  Someone had to lose.  Someone had to feel foolish.  Eyes had to be open; eyes that were once blind.  Second chances exist and for this we are all grateful.  Nonetheless, they do not exist for all and for some, they have only known eternal short-coming; an inconsolable oust.

So let us learn from those that have come before us and have been kind of enough to lecture our very situation or circumstance.  Hold on to who you have; never let go of what you have and what it could be.  Before you know it, like stones under rushing waters, the years will have past; opportunities will have ceased; hearts will have fluttered for you or become bitter at your blunder.

Just be sure to take a step back every now and then.  Be grateful and appreciate; realize everyday that the love and joy around you is not of your devise, but in spite of it.  This song is by a great band that I will leave you with.  The purpose of including the link is not to name drop or click-bait.  Listen to the song.  The lyrics are included for your consideration.  Take another listen if you fancy, I know it will do some good.

“Why don’t we dance anymore
I’m not okay with that
Why don’t we laugh anymore
I’m not okay with that
The years go by like stones under rushing water
We only know, we only know when it’s gone
Yeah, the years go by like stones under rushing water
We only know, we only know when it’s gone
Why don’t we smile anymore
I’m not okay with that
Why don’t we dance slowly
I’m not okay with that
‘Cause the years go by like stones under rushing water
We only know, we only know when it’s gone
Yeah, the years go by like stones under rushing water
We only know, we only know when it’s gone

Oh the years, go by, like the waters, in our lovers eyes

Oh the years, go by, like the waters, in our lovers eyes”

Needtobreathe

The Featured Image is credited to Jason Friesen.

“Fly Me To The Moon”

via Daily Prompt: Moon

“Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)”

Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On a-Jupiter and Mars
In other words, hold my hand
In other words, baby, kiss me

Fill my heart with song
And let me sing for ever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore
In other words, please be true
In other words, I love you

Fill my heart with song
Let me sing for ever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore
In other words, please be true
In other words, in other words
I love …… you

~ Bart Howard

“Brother” by NEEDTOBREATHE

The song “Brother” by NEEDTOBREATHE should be on everyone’s playlist.needtobreathe_album-coverbear

I don’t start this post in this fashion so that the band can recognize it or acknowledge it.  That is not at all the case.  I say this because the lyrics of this song rang so true with me the first time I heard it.  Musical talent aside, the message that NEEDTOBREATHE expresses is one right from the lips of the Savior.

One day a man came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to have eternal life?”  Jesus answered, “If you want to have eternal life, obey the law’s commands.”  The man replied, “I have obeyed all these commands.  What else do I need?”  Jesus answered, ” If you want to be perfect, then go and sell all that you own.  Give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven.  Then come and follow me!”  When the man heard Jesus tell him to give away his possessions, he was sad.

Jesus was trying to test if this man loved his neighbor more than his house.  Jesus wanted to see if in fact this man was ready to do what he needed to reach the goal of being Jesus’ disciple.  This was a man that had obeyed all of the laws because Jesus would have called him out on his lie if he was lying.  But with all of this, he did not know how to love his neighbor.  He did not love his brother.

We can live a life that is “holy” and “sanctified” all we want.  But on that final day the Lord will say, “I was thirsty but you did not quench my thirst.  I was hungry and you let me leave hungry.  I was without shelter but you didn’t take me in.”

If we do not learn to love our brother feverishly like Jesus loved his church, then we are in jeopardy.  We are in danger of thinking that we are walking with Jesus when really we only think we do.

If you have a second to listen to this song I recommend you do.  Pick up their album as I feel that this band is not after crowds but after transmitting something real and honest.  Regardless of who they are, their music connects with what we should be doing here on earth.

Hebrews 13:1-3

“Brother” by NEEDTOBREATHE

The Important Days in Your Life You Didnt Know About….

I wanted to post again.  It hasnt been long since I sat down to meditate while my fingers used this keyboard to share my thoughts in text.  Since I am still thanking God for this new year I figured that I would get something new going. New beginnings call for celebration.  Hence, I let my wife know that i wanted to try something that I had put off for enought time now.  I will start work on developing a few ideas and see what I can do about getting a novel going.  Im happily married and this month will have been 8 months of marriage and loving every minute of it!  No sarcasm in that last sentence – scouts honor.  


At any rate, there are more things to do and plans to see through.  This is just a trailer of what is going on.  Ill let you in on the other as time invites us in.  

Looking through some of my old files I found a tid-bit I put together my first week as a married man.  The honeymoon was a great time and was completely like nothing I have ever done.  Pure and complete bliss.  I thought I would share that tid-bit now no matter how many might disagree.  As you read, remember that my job is not to think like you or live like you.  My job is to open the window to my thoughts and prayers in the hope that they will challenge you and give you perspective that you might not have encountered yet.  Again, let me know what you think about the material in the comments or send me an email.

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……There are three important milestones in the life of any man.  1 – The day he is baptized.  2 – The day he is married.  3 – His last day of life.  It seems that these decisions or tasks hold the power to change the past and impact our future.  Can it be?  Can we ever have the power to change what we have been and what we need to be?  We are only men – human.  Our life begins and ends in the blink of an eye.  These three life-events must mean something grander than what society makes of them.  Baptizm – to be blessed/ born again through water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  In other words, our journey starts when we recognize God and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  What about those that never give importance to either?  Where does that leave them?  To be wed is to participate in and consent in matrimony, in many cases “Holy Matrimony”, with a significant other.  It is usually considered legally and religiously binding, although in 2014 the religious aspect of the union has lost its effect.  What if someone is never married?  What if someone is married and then divorced?  How will this impact their lives?  The last of the three if self explanatory – enough said.  The questions are insurmountable and without answers anyways.

I have been married for a week tomorrow.  Seven days since I promised before God, his Church, and my lovely wife, to cherish and to hold, to love and to honor, until death do us part.  I remember placing the ring on her finger and thanking God for allowing me to share in what was his.  Then again, it seems that this is the overall attitude that humanity has.  We take for ourselves what is not.  We keep what is God’s and do what we want with it.  The significance of today, not diminishing the importance that every day this week has played in my marriage journey, is the realization that the time has come for reality to begin.  My wife is asleep besides me on the elegant couch that furnishes our vacation villa in Florida.  This is the honeymoon.  Our home for that last 7 days over looks lakes, rivers, pools, extravagant cities and buildings that are far, far, far removed from what we usually call “Home”.  This was a great vacation and has allowed us to learn about one another and helped us bond in a powerful way that I thank God for.  But tomorrow we travel home.  17 hours worth of travel.  17 hours to reality.  To work, to extended family, to bills, responsibilities, etc…  I consider that the work is just about to begin.  Not the work it takes to make my marriage work – no.  The work it will take to be a marriage respectful of God.  Obedient to his word.  Supportive of our church and our Pastor.  Responsible of our home in making sure that our home serves The Lord.  Tomorrow our teamwork will begin to be tested.