“You may be right, I may be crazy, But it just may be a lunatic you’re looking for” Billy Joel
There is in this world an evil that lurks inflicting mankind and destroying the garden in which we share.
Man was given one job in the Garden of Eden and that was to tend to the garden. He was never given ownership only stewardship at best. Furthermore, man was never given dominion over other men. When the nation of Isreal asked Samuel for a king it greatly displeased God. In fact, they were rejecting God in favor of a man.
To understand the natural order of things is a necessity. It is when we deviate from the norm that we suffer. One of the manifestations of this unnatural life is mental illness. Now here comes the key sentence. Man was designed to love and not hate. So when soldiers are sent overseas to kill they are doing some extremely abnormal, in fact, they are doing the opposite of what they are designed to do. That is why over twenty veterans kill themselves every day. They have done something evil and it inflicts their minds. But there is hope for all.
Understanding what you were made to be is the first step in becoming it. If you use a screwdriver as a hammer it is going to break. What we are is spiritual creatures in physical bodies. We were meant to produce spiritual fruit, love, joy, compassion, gentleness and so forth. This ruthless ideal that dominates this world is satanic. There are basically two paths one can follow in this world. The Goldy path is to elevate others by becoming a servant to all. The other path is to elevate self by using, manipulating and exploiting others.
You have perhaps heard the phrase ‘your servant is your master’. Why is that? Because when somebody shows you genuine sacrificial love it such a powerful example and experience that one becomes devoted to that person. That is the power of Jesus dying on the cross for the sins of mankind. That He did you a service that you could never have done yourself, all by giving the ultimate price of His life.
So to stay sane in this insane world one must understand that we are to develop ourselves spiritually and not carnally. Chasing worldly pleasures will never bring happiness, it is an impossibility. Things like money, possessions, fame, drugs, sex and the like will not bring you joy in your heart. If they did those who possessed such things wouldn’t be wicked and treat others cruel. Happy people aren’t constantly getting divorced, cheating on their spouses and checking into rehab.
So there are practical and fundamental steps to take. Contemplate on the tenet “Do unto others as you would have done unto yourself”. When you are talking to a person imagine how you would like to be treated. Are you rude? Do you care about their feelings? We are after all human beings and not automatons. I see people at the pharmacy being rude and nasty. If they ask how a person is doing they do it without even giving time to hear a response.
The bottom line is there is a lot of things that you can do to serve others. Feeding the homeless, coaching sports, tutoring, visiting the elderly, writing a prisoner, visiting the sick, and so forth. All it takes is a willing heart. If you do these things it will enrichen your life vastly. That is the trick to living, when you give to others you receive, as the good book says ‘It is more blessed to give than receive.’
Eventually, if you live a life dedicated to the service of others the material or carnal aspects of your life will diminish in importance. You will feel good about yourself and who you are. Woe is that wicked man who is on their deathbed reminiscing about life only to see selfishness. You are writing the story of your life. You don’t have complete control but you have some control. We cannot divorce ourselves from the brutal reality we live in but we can, in our small ways, brighten up others.
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