“be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” — EPH 5:18-20-NIV.
Genie and I have set the goal for ourselves of building a place where people can come on the internet to learn how to have a spiritual lifestyle, and how to enjoy doing so.
Spiritual lifestyle? What is that?
Well, it is first the recognition of who we really are and a fundamental understanding of why we exist. In order to have a good concept of who we, as humans, really are we must go beyond the childhood stories we all grew up with, beyond the concept that what we see around us happened by accident, and accept the fact that there is a life and intelligence in the universe’s make up far beyond anything which we, in our finite minds, can imagine.
We must recognize that we are, indeed, created to reflect that central power of the perfect love which assembled this cosmos. As such reflection we can be blessed (or made happy) by simply realizing that we can fit into this universe by recognizing how we are meant to be the reflections of the one who created us.
Confused? You needn’t be. It’s like when you look in a mirror and see your reflection looking back at you. When you see the reflected image you know it is but just a reflection of light, that it moves according to how you move. If you were not standing there in front of the mirror there would be no reflection of you. The same is true with our spiritual imagery of our creator, God.
Since we believe that our creator is agape love, and that all things exist due to this universal life force, then we must determine what it means to reflect that power in the physical universe since we are physical beings. Too many people never learn of, or accept the aspect of their lives which allows us to believe that we are more than physical objects which can think, more than animals, more than accidents. But once a person accepts these facts they find a beautiful multidimensional universe open before them which is not only awe inspiring but also exciting, beautiful, empowering and comforting.
But what do we do with this experience and knowledge of being spiritual beings? Knowing that we are more than just highly evolved animals on this unique planet in the Milky Way galaxy is quite an awe inspiring experience in itself. But what do you do with that knowledge?
Well after a person sets for a while in the amazement of what they had just learned of our true origins, they begin wanting to learn ways to apply this knowledge and live the life of a person who is more than just a physical animal. At that point we start seeking how to live a spiritual life.
So, what is a spiritual life?
Does one need to put on special clothing and go walking through the city streets praying loudly and proclaiming what they believe to be spiritual truths to everyone in the area? Not according to Jesus, the Christ. He said clearly that such action was the sign of a dangerous messenger when he said,
“Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.”
Instead he said that when we pray we should do so privately, without great showmanship:
“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”
But there is more. Much more. Besides the skills of prayer taught by Jesus, and the need to meditate encouraged by Solomon in the book of Proverbs and by other esthetics throughout the world there is the need to learn to place our faith into action. Without action promoted by one’s faith a person’s recognition of their spiritual existence is essentially without effect. Thus Jesus gave his “Sermon on the Mount” message as found in the Bible’s book of Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7 with some detailed instructions on how to live in such a way as to show one’s spirituality. That is, how to live in a way as to reflect our Creator in a respectful way.
Now this set of instructions is more than just saying that a person should or should not do certain things as are recorded in the Ten Commandments by Moses or other religious leaders throughout the world. The sermon principles of spirituality given by Jesus in his mount sermon goes beyond the requirements of the law’s physical actions and shows that it is more the intent of the person doing these things than it is the action themselves. In example, in his mount sermon Jesus said:
“Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”
This, along with most of the other points made by Jesus in this teaching on the mount, emphasized the importance of how one’s thoughts are more important than actions in the application of proper spiritual application in one’s life. It therefore is clearly understood that a person can more easily control their actions outwardly (of not killing or injuring the person one is angry with) than to control one’s own thoughts of perhaps being angry with that person and yet to sway that anger and be able to show that other person love and respect regardless the circumstances. To do this one must obtain the ability to control one’s own emotions. And in order to control the emotional powers within us we must accept the guidance of the example of Jesus and the lifestyle he led.
People are living souls made up of two distinct parts: The first few chapters of Moses’ book of Geneses states is very clearly. God took the dust of the Earth and made us physical bodies, then he breathed into us the “breath of life,” and the combination of these caused man to become a living soul. Nothing so mysterious about this. People have done much the same thing with many of our creations like automobiles. People took earth elements (metals, plastics, etc.) and shaped them into the form of a car, truck, etc. then added fuel (gasoline) and the two together became a vehicle. The only difference in this concept is that the soul has a spirit which was placed within us which cannot be measured nor “scientifically” proven. I go into much detail about this soul creation concept in my book called Maintenance Manuel for the Soul which you can read free on our Website by clicking this link.
So back to the original question: How do we live a spiritual lifestyle? What is it? To put it simply, everyone lives a spiritual life of some sort every day they are breathing and moving on this planet with emotions of some sort surging through them minute by minute. And emotions are spirit. We are either happy, or sad; angry or thankful; loving or fearful. We often find ourselves feeling as though our emotions are somewhat out of control with little or nothing we can do to change our direction of how we feel or respond to life’s situations as they appear to us.
But, indeed, we do have a choice of response to the various life events as they occur. As shown by the Christ in his life here on Earth, we must first recognize the fact of who we are and then choose who we will both serve and allow to be our central guiding and controlling spirit. As I just mentioned, everyone at any moment is controlled by a spirit, an emotion or attitude. This can be an excellent spirit such as peace, hope or wisdom, or it could be a destructive spirit. This choice process can be out of control and chaotic, where a person’s spirit can change from good emotions to bad ones from day to day, hour to hour, or sometimes even minute by minute. In severe cases the person is given a psychological label and placed somewhere away from society for the “common good” of all concerned.
But to live a spiritual lifestyle we must first recognize that we do have a place within us, a spiritual control center, which must be occupied by some central spirit. Our choice.
Some people choose to have spirits of light be their guiding spirit while others choose spirits of darkness. In order to live a fulfilling lifestyle of peace, hope and love I believe it important to choose the spirit/s which are most closely related to the way the universe was created. That is, since the universe was obviously created on a balance with all living things on an equilibrium, the spirit we choose must be the one which created this universe in which we live. That being agape-love. How do we know this? How do we get acquainted with this spirit? Through the Spirit of Truth whom the Christ said he is in John 14:6. Thus, the only way to obtain a true spiritual lifestyle is through the seeking out and living of the Truth which Jesus, the Christ, lived his life to teach us.
So how do we express the God life available within us of agape love? That is what the message of the Christian New Testament which tells of the life of Jesus, the Christ, is all about. It is what my “Maintenance Manuel” and the uncountable books on Christian living is attempting to explain to us. To live with God, agape-love, in control means we see beyond the immediate circumstances which can be affecting our situations and are able to see the God-Spirit within other people – whether they know it is there or not. We are able to see this, and say “Namaste’” as the Orientals oft do, and act in a loving way toward that fellow human, even if they do not return such favor to us.
To live a spiritual life is, therefore, not to make an obvious show of being holy. It is not to wear special clothing nor to make long, well prepared public prayers for all to see and hear. It is not even going out on the street corner and shouting, “I am a believer!” – So what? How do you respond when you are under attack, just or unjust? What do you believe when you are ill, broke, or lonely? Are you able to still be happy for your fellow humans when they are experiencing happy events which seem to evade you? Are you still willing to reach out a hand of help to someone who in his or her previous breath was cursing you?
To live a spiritual life, we must study and instill within us the spirit we want most to control us and then to allow that spirit to motivate our every thought, our every move, our very selves. That is what this Web-site is about. We encourage you to read our literature, use these lessons to help you understand better how to live the Christ lifestyle. Follow Genie’s blog for her daily inspirational quotes to help you stay on track toward a spiritual lifestyle. Together we can get to our goal of bringing the light of God into view in this physical universe.
July. The month when, every year in modern history, when citizens of the U.S. and many others around the world celebrate “freedom.”
Freedom. The very word itself brings a resounding bolt of energy to a person’s soul and electrifies an audience with hope and vitality like few other words can do. It means many things to many people: Hope of being able to express one’s self as an individual, to make one’s own decisions, one’s own choices. Hope to live life peacefully, without unwarranted demands, without enslavement and without forced social behaviors.
Freedom. It’s a dream that the Hebrews had while they were forced to labor in the building of the Egyptian pyramids. It was imagined by the Negro slaves on the American plantations in the eighteenth centuries. And it’s been fought for by multitudes of people throughout the world by people of all races, societies and religious and ethnic heritages. Those who have what is defined as freedom in this world proclaim they would fight furiously to help those who do not have it to obtain it. Perhaps so. It’s been shown repeatedly in modern history where the U.S. and other such countries have gone to battle in recent history to overcome a tyrant and to “free” an enslaved, despondent citizenry. The goal of the battle, at least reportedly, is to set the people of the country on a new course of freedom, helping them to establish a new area of democratic government. If that is done then we are all told to celebrate this new area of freedom in the world. But, is this freedom?
Can “freedom” be adequately described in political terms? That is, can politics explain the many nuances which freedom has comprehensible with all its personal nuances? I think not. First, the term itself is much more than a political word. It is a word with a much greater depth to it than that which politics can begin to encompass. Freedom is a very personal experience. It is an experience which should be available to everyone at any time, but because it allows the individual to indeed be an individual it therefore becomes impossible for any government to be established to demand and control universal citizen freedom.
Democracy has tried. But even democracy has its limitations of controlling an individualistic right for all people which, in essence, gives everyone the universal right to be who and whatever they want to be. The possibilities of choices are just too great. Thus the probabilities of conflict caused by individual freedom increases exponentially with each person added to a country declared to be free. Simply put, if each person were to be able to experience full political and social freedom, then due to the unlimited possibilities of choices available in the Universe and the unmeasurable creativeness of mankind, the possibility of having an open society of “free” people without some form of governmental, societal controls in place would be impossible without setting the stage for sure conflict between people constantly.
That’s what the founders of the United States debated at some length before they decided that the best form of government to be placed over the citizens of such a diverse grouping of people as were gathering on this continent was a democratic form of government whose citizens chose who they wanted to represent them to create and operate their government. Oh similar ideas had been tried before. In places like Assyria, Old Rome, and even tribes of American Indians all tried democratic forms of societies. There were always problems, as is true with any form of man derived forms of government, but most of those societies were stronger and lasted longer than did other forms of government. Why? Simply because they had the support of a citizenry who believed their governments were the best for them, as individuals, as they could be.
But is this freedom? Or is there more to the feeling of being free than just not being “owned” by someone else? Is there more to it than what is in the first ten amendments in the U.S. Constitution declaring the citizen’s rights to form a militia, worship as one believes best, and other legally defined freedoms?
More? Yes, there is more. But to comprehend this we must step out of the three-dimensional limitations our bodies place us in and look at the possibilities we are all capable of when realizing that we are spiritual beings.
The reason freedom for all people is so difficult to obtain in this world is due to our innate differences. We are each created in such a way that each person is different from the rest. Thus what one person likes, or does not like, is going to be different from the next.
This can cause conflict ranging anywhere form quiet disagreements to violent discussions and possibly fights as we can trace all too easily in our world’s history or even in just looking over our own short lifespans. The question then becomes how do we try to control these diversities in thought in such a way that we can have some form of civility between one another and yet not be taking each other’s own personal freedom from them?
In other words, how do we allow each person the opportunity, the freedom, to express their own individual creativity? Is it possible for everyone to live together on this planet and still be able to live their own creative lifestyle?
Well, just being honest, we have to admit that such a high request as universal creative freedom for all is a rather idealistic one. It would simply be impossible for everyone to have their own way at all times in all places. The universal laws of physics would prevent it – simple as that.
Thus, if you and I decide to be neighbors and you want your house to be painted bubblegum-pink and I love the color blue and think your choice of color is hideous how do we resolve such a neighborly problem if we are both to experience personal freedom? Argue? Take it to court? Come on, get real.
The concept of how to deal with personal freedom was one which the early Christian Church fathers had to contend with all the time. The Jewish priests had taught the concept that in order to have a perfect society then everyone had to follow the set of laws which had been established through the centuries without question. Yet Peter, who Jesus, the Christ of God, taught that it is possible to be free from such laws (which can be said to include our current social customs) and to still have a successful society.
We do this by accepting the idea that we are all indeed different and we do not expect nor even want everyone to be just like us. We rejoice in our differences for this is what adds “color” to our society. That is not to say that we do not need social laws and ethics. But Peter said clearly, “Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.” (1PE 2:18–NIV)
Peter had to face in the early church the same types of issues as do we when it came to the concept of personal freedom. There are many religious leaders teaching today that freedom of faith comes only if you believe the way that they tell you to believe. If you do only the things they tell you to do. They preach that Christ can save a person from the unreasonable demands of the law, but then unwittingly place their followers under a harsher law than that from which they came.
Christ proclaimed that he did not come to “destroy the law” (MAT 5:17). Instead he declared he had come to fulfill it to prove its worth and its value. That law is in reality easy and very logical. It leads to freedom because it leads to the recognition of the rights of all people and how the Universal Laws of God can show all people how to express their own creative lifestyle in a way that it becomes valuable to all. The Apostle Peter stated it quite simply that we should be cautious of those who promise freedom from God’s laws, “They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for ‘people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.’” (2PE 2:19)
Thus be aware of this: A person can live in a country which declares them as being free, but until that person is free from the enslavement of objects, ideas, traditions and other people controlling them, preventing them from serving God as best they see fit, they indeed are not free.
So what is freedom? It is one’s own ability to live life fully in service to our universal creative loving life-force in full consciousness of our personal responsibility to maintain are interrelationships with one another as outlined by the ten commandments of God recorded by Moses. Freedom is the ability to desire to express one’s own personal hopes, dreams and individual desires while recognizing the spirit in all other people, all other living things, and learning to accept their differences as wonderful alternative expressions of our Creator. We must, in short, learn how to honestly be able to say “Namaste” to our family, our neighbor and even the stranger on the street, and mean it; even if that person’s view of what is beautiful, comfortable or godly is different than ours and interrupts our world view.
Freedom, therefore, is being able to live creatively without undue limitations. But with freedom and its release of the creative spirit within us comes also responsibility. For we must not use our sense of freedom as a license to do harm or to restrict others. Simply put: For anyone to lose their right to be free, legally, socially or otherwise, it causes everyone around that person to lose their freedom also.
Choose to be free and help each other of us to express that freedom. Please make comments to this blog post as to how we can use our freedoms better.
Before we met Bob wrote a poem called I AM.
A beautiful limited edition print of this poem was created with artwork by Margaret Nixon and Calligraphy by Jane Van Milligan. It comes with the printed words with scripture reference on a separate page.
We are conducting a drawing to give a copy of this print to one of our readers. Please enter the rafflecopter drawing by clicking here. The drawing ends at 12: AM on June 30 and the winner will announced on Monday July 2. But first take a minute to read the words.
The one who was, and is, and is to come, I AM. Alpha, the beginning, the creator, I AM.
I speak, and the earth is formed, and the light is there; the waters are divided from the dry land, and the light from the darkness.
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A blank page.
There’s nothing more terrifying for a writer. Not an actual blank page, of course, but a Word Document with no words on it, that mysterious absence of words that is amplified by us staring at the white screen of death for so long that we feel our brains exploding.
You think and think and think, but nothing is happening, no matter how hard you try.
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Ever hear someone say, “If I had known I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself”? Well, people are living longer than we ever have in historical records. Are you taking care of your body, your spirit, your soul?
I’ve spent my life trying to learn how to take care of my God given Earthly vehicle called the human body, mind and spirit — the human soul. This book is based on years of research into the spiritual teachings of the world’s religions like Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and others as well as what our modern sciences has proven are ways to improve our health.
We are giving you this book free due to its importance to all of us. All we ask is that you give copies of it to your friends and relatives, without charge.
We hope you find this book helpful in your quest for health and a fulfilling life, I’m looking forward to reading your comments about it and our progress toward building a better world for us all after you have read it. Please leave your comments about the book on this blog post.
Today, June 12, 2018, at 1PM, Genie has scheduled me to talk on Facebook Live about this book and tell you all why I wrote it and why we’re just giving it away. We hope you’ll want to be there.
So who’s creative? Have you ever heard anyone say that they just were not a creative person? Come on, I’ve even said it at times. . . that is until Genie hears me and reminds me how I was made. We are all creative. Every single one of us. Everyone. Some are just more fortunate to have people around them to encourage that fundamental aspect of our lives than others.
That’s why Genie and I have created All Things Espirational, the parent site to this blog you are reading right now even though it has gone online several years after the blog was created. We want it to be a place online where everyone can get together with other people who recognize their God likeness and celebrate our ability to create a more beautiful world.
If you read my article a couple of months ago I tried to answer the question of “So What IS The Creative Spiritual Lifestyle?” If you have not read that article yet, I am inviting you to do so now to help you comprehend better why we are celebrating the gift of creativity during this month of June.
Now just take a few moments and think about the gift of Creativity.
It is a wonderfully powerful gift which makes it possible for any one of us to change what seems to the world to be absolute into something else which is otherwise only possible at its best.
Creativity makes it possible to take what one has, like an inventor does with their home full of “stuff” and be able to eventually find a way to create an electric light bulb using the scrapings from a skillet they were washing. Creativity is the ability to take a paint brush and place it to canvas and create a picture which not only represents life as it really is, but also motivates people to become involved with life enough to change those things which should not be.
Creativity can be the force behind these great things, yes. But it is more than that. It takes a creative person to raise a child to be healthy, happy and resourceful when the parent of that child is struggling with health, disappointment and finances themselves. Creative ways of dealing with these challenges appear through people every day. Unsung. Unnoticed. Oft times unmentioned.
Creativity is no respecter of persons. It appears in people with no regard to skin color, religious faith or lack of it, educational background or even economic status.
What it takes is a person who is willing to be open to seeing things in a new way, to having an open mind and heart, and to be accepting of the idea that “Yes, those who think they are not creative are right, I do think in strange ways at times. That’s why I’m creative.”
So who is creative? As I mentioned before, everyone is creative. For some, this very idea could be disheartening. Disgusting. Who wants to go through life always seeing things in possible ways different than they really are or as they have been accepted to be traditionally for centuries? Wouldn’t that be confusing?
Oh, but wait a moment. Is tradition necessarily good? Where would we be today if the leaders of the planet still believed that the planet, Earth, is flat instead of as Columbus proved as being round. Or what of those people 50 to 100 years ago who said that man could never sit foot on the moon?
Genie showed just how valuable in daily living creativity can be when she discovered that she definitely had a food intolerance to gluten (wheat, rye and barley). At first she went through several grief symptoms like loosing an old friend. But soon she started allowing her personal creativity take control and she began discovering creative ways to substitute foods with new products she discovered by her reading and other studies. Now we eat a wider variety of foods than we did before with a larger selection of flavors and textures than we otherwise would have known existed. You can read about this story in Genie’s cookbook, The Gluten-Free Good Life, available on the Espirational Book Shelf.
Everyone has experiences like this, though possibly perhaps not so dramatic. You find yourself in a challenging situation and know things must change. You’re not sure how to do it, but you come up with a solution to your problem and eventually the problem is resolved. Perhaps in a commonly acceptable way to society, but perhaps in totally unexpected ways. However it occurs, your previously not thought of resolution to your challenge is your creativity.
The ability and freedom to be creative deserves to be celebrated.
That brings us back to the idea that the month of June here at Espirational. June is the month to celebrate creativity. Come on, everyone, it’s time to CELEBRATE!!!
Some of you may wonder why we call our Web presence “Espirational.” It’s simply a play on words, but one we hope you all will catch on to and help us develop into a fun concept to pass on to your friends and families.
We are wanting the Espirational family of Websites to be where everyone comes to be inspired. The formula looks like this:
Inspiration + Electronic Web Communication = Espirational Communications
People surf the Web daily to find people, places and things. Much of this is to help them be inspired to do something creative with their time, efforts or money. We are hoping All Things Espirational can be an online gathering place for everyone to come and share how the creative lifestyle has changed and improved their lives.
We are hoping people will share their creative experiences, whether that be as an artist or as a parent. Whatever you find is inspiring to you could most likely be inspiring to others. We want this site to be a place where you can feel free to tell your stories. To encourage others. To allow your creative light to shine.
To emphasize just how important Genie and I believe such service to our fellow Earth spiritual citizens is, we have decided to give you, and everyone else, free copies of our newest book in hopes of it helping you find your true self and help you learn how to care for yourself and others better. You can get your free copy of A Maintenance Manual for the Soul by clicking the title here. There is no charge for this book, in keeping of the command of Jesus, The Christ, who said, “Freely you have received, freely give.” All we ask is that if you get a copy of this book or read it online that you tell your friends about it also or give them a book of their own to read at no cost to them.
We want your ideas. We need your suggestions on how to improve this site and make it more inviting and fun for you and others to spend some time here and be encouraged to be creative in everything you do in life. Please leave your comments, ideas, suggestions, and stories in the “Comment” area below.
Now go on to All Things Espirational and LET’s CELEBRATE!
Hi. Ever ask yourself, “What is aging?”
No, really. What is this concept of a person growing “older”?
Most educated people know that time, the thing we measure with clocks and calendars, is not a “real” substance. It is a measurement we humans find useful when trying to get things done Time is really just something which maintains us, organizes us, greets us, haunts us and controls us.
“Control us.” Ahhhh, now there’s an interesting concept, to say the least. How can anything which is but an explanation of something which does not have physical substance and is described by mankind as if it were a supra-dimension, control sentient beings like ourselves proven to be the highest form of physical life on this planet? But that is exactly what this concept we call time does with mankind.
We awaken in the mornings, usually according to when we tell our clocks (our miniature robots) to awaken us. We routinely take showers, fix faces, dress and prepare ourselves for the day to come. After eating whatever we call our morning meal, we rush off to face our daily duties. This must be done at this time, that must be done at that time. A meeting at 10am, lunch at noon, another meeting at 2:00pm. The days roll on quite normally usually with many people being adept at entering things needed to be done for either business or personal purposes in their personal calendars, rather that be a pocket notebook or on a computer.
It all works quite well, unless there comes an unexpected event which causes an interruption in the flow of what has been scheduled on one’s calendar. Then suddenly, without warning, time is interrupted and a person feels distress when thinking of what they shall do with all this stuff on their calendar. Most people seem to get through it well enough by sliding things scheduled into new spots. But some, however, panic and become disorganized and confused to the point of sometimes all we can think to do is to run home, slam the door behind us (locking it) and going to bed to hide.
Soon, however, the reality of time catches up with us and we realize that we cannot hide from our responsibilities because the clock keeps ticking. And, well, we keep getting hungry and the bill collectors keep calling.
While time is not able to be touched, seen nor in any other physiological way “observed,” it is quite real. Like distance takes one from one point to another. Time influences physical objects by its existence and its passage. A house can set empty, with no one living in it, for 20 years with no one caring for it> By the end of that 20 years that house will be in very poor condition. However if that same house is lived in, cared for and properly respected it will appear better and possibly larger than it was when first built. Either way time has shown an effect upon the building. Simple evidence that time is real.
All things are effected by time in this way. Even people – us. It’s inevitable. Its most likely part of the reason why we humans decided time is important enough to need to develop a way to measure it.
One of the fun aspects of counting time for the human lifespan is a period of time, at least here in the U.S. called “middle age.” That period of time from about 45 to 65 years of age which marks a transition from younger adulthood and “old age.” It’s a time when we hear the jokes about middle-aged men who buy themselves fancy sport cars, create elaborate lifestyles and oft-times getting remarried to “dreams.” And middle-aged women often find their way, finally, into the workplace, and doing things they had only dreamed of while a youth and while raising their families. But the fun cliché’s are not as innocent as we might want to believe.
At this age we become painfully aware of our inability to be immortal. We begin to realize that we don’t have the same physical abilities of when we were youths. Many of us do not have the ability to be accepting of these proofs of the reality of time and its effects upon us, so we try to fight it –to hide it, at least from ourselves But wigs, mascara and beautiful cloths are usually just not enough.
It takes more than physical images to fight the march of time. It takes real thinking. It takes real faith.
I am to be 70 years of age toward the end of this year. Over what the Oxford Dictionary says is considered “middle-age.” But before my middle-aged years began I started joking that I would be perpetually “middle aged.” I mean, why not? These have been some of the best years of my life.
“Oh, so you’re now an old man,” you declare. Am I? Statistics show that on a worldwide basis the number of octogenarians and those older have increased on a worldwide basis tremendously over the past century. It is now predicted that the number of people reaching and going beyond age 100 will be commonplace within the next 30 years. The researchers like to claim that it’s our modern lifestyle and medical research which has made this longevity possible, but if we truly believe the ancient scriptures then we know there were people who lived much older than we of modern day. That is recorded in the scriptures (See book of Genesis: Holy Bible). No there are other factors involved here than knowledge.
Now I’ve not been a worldly success in my life. I’m not a superstar. I don’t have a million dollars plus in the bank. I’m not recognized as a leader in any certain field and I currently am struggling with physical limitations which cause nightmares for most people to think of. But I am reminded of the many people I have cared for in my personal care duties as a “professional” care giver in the medical/social field who had medical problems much more severe than do I who were much younger then than I am now. Age has nothing to do with medical challenges. They just occur. But, because of my loving wife, and faith in a universal, creative God, I AM happy, fairly active and still somewhat independent of a great need for much care..
The difference is that when I was younger, I was trying to build a lifestyle which was given to me by parents, teachers and other counselors as being the type of lifestyle they thought I should have. I did not realize, until I was much older and had tried to live that lifestyle, that it was not my ideal lifestyle. Now the life which Genie and I live could be improved. That should not be denied. But we live in circumstances caused by my near blindness and deafness which we otherwise would not have experienced simply because we would not have felt the necessity nor wanted to take the risk to make the extreme life-style changes we made when faced with these challenges.
Since experiencing these limitations, along with a joint problem with my hip, we have moved into our own mobile home in a senior community on a large lake. Would that be inviting to anyone? This was done both because we wanted outside of large city life and to protect some cash we had inherited. It also helped us manage our money while learning to cope with my limitations. We have started this Web outreach set of blogs and Web site to try to help others be inspired to trust God and to use their creative abilities. This is something we both wanted to do most of our lives as we had both felt a call to Christian ministry when we were in our 20’s. . It’s been only through the passage of time, and the changes which came with it, that we have found the way to do this.
Most certainly, this all happened toward the end of my time in what the world considered to be my “Middle Age” years. But if you’ve known me very long, or if you’ve read much of my writing, you know I do not necessarily think as the world thinks about these things.
I decided, many years ago, that in my own mind I would forever be “middle aged.”
Say what? How can one do that. By stepping into the spiritual understanding of the Holy Bible scriptures and reading the words factually a person can then step outside of time even as is our Creator.
According to Christian thought Jesus, the Christ, atoned us from our sins when he was approximately 32-35 years of age. At that time, in the Hebrew culture of the age, that age of Jesus’ death would have been considered middle aged.
Spiritually, since Christians claim that Christ died in our stead, then our worldly lives ended at middle age with Jesus on the cross at that time. Simple as that.
Okay, so the theology of this idea may be lacking. But it’s fun. And it helps me cope with “aging.” And remember, Jesus did strongly promote the idea that if we but believe in him we could have “eternal life.” What better way to experience eternal life, or to explain it, than to state simply that I will be perpetually middle-aged. Every birthdate I have can add as many birthdays to expect in the future as I’ve had in the past. So, on my 70th birthday in November, if I’m truly in middle age, I can expect 70 more in the future.
Yes, I say this is a fun thing that I do. But deep down in my heart I really believe it’s possible if we simply have faith.
Let’s chat about it here in my blog’s comment area. Are you in “middle age”?