Just Do It -Poem

LEARN IT, LOVE, IT, LIVE IT

ACHIEVE IT, RETRIEVE IT, KNOW IT, BELIEVE IT, YOU’LE SEE IT

SHARE IT, DON’T SPARE IT, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT, DON’T BLOW IT

GROW IT, SHOW IT, LIST IT, SO OTHER’S DON’T MISS IT

TISK IT, TASK IT, OWN IT, AND WEAR IT

DIG THROUGH IT, QUESTION IT, ASK ABOUT IT, DON’T MASK IT

READ IT, SPEAK IT, SPREAD IT, LEAK IT

FIND IT, UNWIND IT, SEARCH IT, RESEARCH IT

DON’T BESMIRCH IT, WORK THROUGH IT, STICK TO IT, JUST DO IT

INVEST IT, TEST IT, CONFESS IT, DON’T STRESS IT

POST IT, DON’T BOAST IT, CONTROL ONLY WHAT YOU CAN MAKE OF IT

BAG IT, TAG IT, GRAB IT, REHAB IT,

CHOOSE IT, USE IT, REUSE IT, DON’T LOSE IT

MOVE IT, MOVE IT, MOVE IT, MOVE IT

FIGHT THROUGH IT, DON’T DOUBT IT, IF YOU FEAR, PLEASE REMOVE IT

DON’T CONFUSE IT OR ABUSE IT, YOU’LE LOSE IT, IF YOU REFUSE IT

SAVE IT, TRY IT, CONFIDE IT, DON’T DENY IT

DREAM IT, INVEST IT, CREATE IT, PURSUE IT,

SHAKE IT, AND BAKE IT, TAKE IT, FLIP IT, AND MAKE IT

DON’T FORSAKE IT, DON’T FAKE IT, DON’T CHEAT ON IT, OR MISTAKE IT

IF YOU HAVE A BAD HABIT, THEN BREAK IT

DON’T FEAR IT WHEN YOU ARE NEAR IT

TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT

DO YOUR BEST TO WIN IT

YOU ARE WORTH IT

 

 

 

The Farmer and The Dog: A Story about Perseverance through Christ Jesus

 

 

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Have you ever heard the story of the farmer and the dog? Where the dog jumps into a well, in which there is no rope, or bucket, no pulley system in place for the dog to be rescued and pulled back onto the normal ground. The farmer then makes a rash decision to just cut his loss. So, he grabs a shovel and starts shoveling dirt into the well to bury the dog. Except the dog is still very much alive and determined to get out of that well somehow, someway. And with his dog-like instincts, and wit, he quickly decides to use the dirt as a steppingstone, using every inch that falls as a boost to reach the top. And as more and more dirt keeps falling on his head, the dog just keeps shaking it off, letting it fall into place, all while creating more and more of a pathway upward toward the light of the sky.
Well the more and more I become a follower of Jesus, the more and more curiosity has set in for me. The curiosity is also leading me to want to become a Pastor of a church someday. So, I have discovered that in this path that I choose, I must seek wisdom and guidance from others.
Anyway, though there are a lot of great Christian Pastors that I have discovered on the Internet, such as Steven Furtick, T.D. Jakes, and Pastor Allen Jackson, amongst others. This story came from a sermon I found online from a guy named Tony Evens. It could a true story, perhaps a biblical one that I myself have not come across yet. Nonetheless, it is indeed a metaphor.

 

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I CAN EXPLAIN HOW.
The dog climbing out of the well using the dirt that is being thrown on him by the farmer can be described like this:
The dog was tempted by a dark hole in the ground. He could not resist the urge to jump in and see what all the fuss was about. Could the dog have been persuaded by the farmer, who insisted on destroying the dog? Seeing the dog as vulnerable to his evil ways. Trying to keep the dog down by continuing to throw dirt on the pup.
The dog however, showed courage despite the spite he’s been smitten, and persevered through all of the dirt that has been thrown at his head, and came up with a new plan to conquer his enemy’s wrath, and use it to his advantage in effort to get out of that whole on his way back to the light that he sought to be more soothing to his soul.
You see, whether you are a believer of Christ Jesus, Christian, or no matter what religion, or even not a follower at all, we as humans can relate to this dog. We were put on this earth by someone, whom in which is God. And it is that God who wants us to reach the Heavens, and by that, I don’t mean just go to Heaven when you die. No, God created us to do Heavenly things on this earth. He wants us to live with our spirits high like the heavens every single day of our lives.
But then there is this Satan fella, who is an Enemy of God. Think of Satan as the Farmer in this case. It is Satan who comes and tries to destroy God’s plan for us by tempting us with Sin, or things that we think are fun. Then he keeps throwing dirt on the situation, or us for that matter, in an effort to keep us down.
It is then, that we are faced with two choices. We can either be like the dog, and look at the dirt as a blessing, or we can become discouraged by all the dirt, and just let it bury us deeper and deeper until it is too late.
Too many of us choose to let the dirt bury us these days and let Satan win. Yet we complain too much about not being happy. We have the wrong ideas about what that dirt really can represent. Just like the wrong idea of going to Heaven when we die. It’s not that easy folks. There is so much more to it. Perhaps it’s all for another story, but it is the Truth.
I’ll tell you this though. You may ask, Well, why does God allow Satan to do these things to us? Why doesn’t he just take him in the back alley and beat him up? Because it is not his job to beat him, it is our job to defeat Satan. So, God will allow Satan or just bad people in general into our lives, and allow them to throw dirt on us as a Test to see how we respond. It’s those adversities such as the dirt that we face on a day to day basis in which God wants to see how we react. How will we get out, when we feel trapped?
Matter of fact, God already beat Satan once when he brought his son Christ Jesus back to life after Satan crucified him on the cross. Though it was God himself who allowed this to happen to his own son, he did it for a reason. To let Satan himself know that he does not have the Final Say. It is God who only has the Final Answer.

Thank of it as if God was a General of an Army, and we are his troops. He puts us all through that obstacle course that Military men and women must go through to prepare us for battle. His intent is not to hurt us, He will protect us, but still must put us out on the front lines to see what we are made of while facing the enemy. He wants to see how we dodge the bullets being shot at us, how we use the dirt that is being thrown at us. He wants to see if we will sink or swim.
He wants us to be creative with our obstacles, and distractions. He purposely does these things to us so that we can find the purpose that he has for us. And that Purpose is to persevere through any and all the toughest of situations. To dust the dirt that is thrown on our shoulders, using it as a stepping stone for the next scoop of dirt to come our way.
Did I just reveal the meaning of life? Probably not, but My point is, we are at war every day of our lives. This is how life ran pretty much before our time anyway. People had to fight in wars whether they wanted to or not, in order to establish their ground. Except we are not at war with others, at least not for the most part. We are at war with ourselves. It is a fight within us just to keep ourselves from drowning. And it is that fight we must face whether we want to or not, and we must always find ways to survive.
You see, God wants his people to remain courageous through our wars within ourselves.

He doesn’t want us to be discouraged and keep dragging around any dirt that is thrown our way. The dirt we drag we let get on us will only slow us down and keep us from reaching the top. After all, we all must always believe that we can reach the top and touch the stars. Remember, God created us to reach the Heavens, but he didn’t make it easy. He knew there was a Bad guy lurking down below, but he instilled a Holy Spirit in us to lift us High above the darkness of the bottom. He did, however, leave it up to us to find that spirit in our souls. It is there, but sometimes it just takes a leap of faith to find out.
Do you know the game Double Dare that is on the Nickelodeon Television channel? Kind of like a much more fun version of the Military obstacle course, but it was set up with boobytrap like things that made you must guess which the best path is to take to get through the course. It wasn’t meant to harm you in any way, just set you back a little if you made the wrong choice and encountered one of those boobytraps. I think that is the game that God is really playing with us. It’s as if he is pushing us through this wild and crazy, wacky obstacle course of life, in which at the end of the day we will all be ok, yet he challenges us to take that leap of faith every day on our way to an even better finish.
I know this all sound very cliché to some of you, but please stay with me on this one. I wrote the last paragraph to explain to you that there really is indeed truth to it all. Once upon a time, long, long ago, before you and I were born, these things really happened. It is no Fairytale. Several people wrote about a lot of those experiences back in those days, in which a lot of those stories still ring true now even. And it was formed into a big book called the Holy Bible. Again, maybe the story about the farmer and the dog is in there somewhere too, but even if it is not, the moral of the story for sure is made its way through a phycological realm of sorts, and somehow made its way into the mind, body, and soul in all of us.
We, believers, call it The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, which if you think about it, it is the same way the mind, body, and soul work. God created Mankind, but God is not seen, but as of a thought, just like our minds. God sent his Son to live among us in Human form in Christ Jesus, in which he had a Body like ours. Then we all have a soul deep inside all of us that can best be described as our power source that controls the mind and body, or dig this, gives us the ability to have authority as a Father would, and at the same time uses our bodies in play as a son, or a child would. This is our spirit working inside of us. It is the Holy One who makes us Whole.

I hope this gives you a better sense of perspective of the Farmer and the Dog. Though it itself may be a fairytale, the moral of the story is that God only wants us to live a Holy life that is True, and to stop living in the dirt that is thrown, and have faith in your own heart and soul that Christ is real after all, because he lives in all of us.
How will you persevere?

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Preparation Is Everything

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Preparation is a Declaration of Readiness. It’s an assurance that makes us feel as the Steadiest. It’s a Schedule we fallow so Steadfastly to be sure.

When we prepare ourselves, the better circumstances we will endure.

It is the groundwork we layout, a direction of movement.

Any mission is achievable when you lay out a blueprint.

Never Caution Precaution, you can save yourself such hurt if you just take in the time and put in the work.

Study your surroundings, be alert and observant.

The more you Examine your footsteps, the better off your pursuit is.

We all have the desire to find Happiness through certain things, but this world can be cruel sometimes, and throw curveballs our way.

But just because we swing and miss, doesn’t mean we stop swinging.

A famous rock band called Journey once told us to Don’t Stop Believing.

What will your Journey be like, to reach your Salvation?

Put in order a Quest, toward Building a Firm Foundation.

 

 

 

Just Do It

 

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My friends, I have a cool shoe idea that I wanted to talk to you about.

No, it is not a Nike Shoe, although I am endorsing a slogan that Michael Jordan himself made very famous. I am no shoe salesman, nor am I trying to convince you to spend your money on something you never seen before. I do not have a sales pitch, or not even a shoe design to showcase in this article, but perhaps I can sell you a pair of motivational shoes.

It’s the shoes that you are already wearing, but more importantly the feet in which those shoes show semblance to.

All I ask is that you appreciate those shoes that you are wearing now and do me a favor, take a step forward. Can you do this? All you got to do is take that first step without any hesitation whatsoever. In fact, Here’s an old clip from Shia LaBeough to further elaborate on the subject.

Still feeling skeptical? Is there something inside you giving you doubt? Why don’t you talk to it? Tell it you really feel. Is there another voice telling you to just keep going? You need to talk to that one too. For most of us, it is called prayer. However, I understand, not all of us are spiritual. It doesn’t mean that there is someone still talking to you though. After all, that is you who’s talking. For those less spiritual, let’s just call it inter-monologue. It still tells you something right? Well just to let you in on a little secret for those of us who are spiritual and maybe do pray, we talk back to it that voice, even that positive one, except keep asking for forgiveness and mercy for our sins caused by that voice trying to bring us down.
Well even as spiritual and as the believer that I am, this is by no means a story to pursued others to follow Jesus. Really, that is your own choice, because I am also a firm believer that everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, thoughts, and feelings. All I am trying to encourage you to move forward, and keep moving forward, because this world moves fast in a forward’s motion as well, and if you keep taking steps back, or don’t move at all, you are going to miss out on what is happening right in front of you. And it is that voice that keeps telling you to do something, therefore you must listen to it no matter

Take Action
Remember that step that I asked you to take earlier in the story? A step is an act of moving. Moving is an action in which one must take to go a certain direction. Nothing will ever get accomplished if no form of action towards that goal/dreams that you wish to achieve if you do not get up and move.

To create this motion, it requires a simple mind trick, to just, Well, Get Up and Go, Just Go! And for Christ sake, do not hesitate. Sure, it is indeed human nature to decipher any consequences in your head, as you should always be cognitive of any situation, but if whatever it is that you are conjuring inside your mind makes sense to you, then Take Action.
I can tell you first hand by personal experience, that if you do not act on alluring thought in your head, and don’t take that first step, you may find yourself in the dark place of regret. Regret is a state of mind that one must not live in no matter what. Though it is not natural disease such as diabetes or cancer, regret still can disease the mind with catastrophic consequences. To regret something is simply looking back in your past, therefore you are taking steps backwards in your life. It is perhaps the single most applicable deterrent to taking that step forward and making progress. It is perfectly natural to regret things in our lives as we are all human and make mistakes, but you are not living your life to the fullest if you do not take responsibly and hold yourself accountable by learning from those mistakes and moving on by taking action to correct them. Don’t ever dwell on your mistakes in life, because you will never get anywhere. You won’t ever achieve any goals, accomplish any tasks, or just simply live life in general.
Learning from your mistakes is the best way to move forward in life. Taking the steps to correct those mistakes helps us grow as the person that we want to be and need to be. So, I beg of you to hold nothing back. Just put on your shoes, or sandals, or whatever it is you like to wear on your feet, and move forward in your life, and be grateful of the ground in which you walk on. Don’t look down, nor behind you. Keep your head up always, looking ahead to where you are going, while confidently knowing where you came from.
Go Ahead!
Just Do It.

Inspiration

What is Inspiration?
Let’s face it, things just must get done, whether your working on a project at home, even exercising, cleaning the house such as cleaning the bathrooms, doing dishes, vacuuming etc. If you live in a house that has grass, you need to maintain it by mowing it, watering it, trimming bushes, pulling weeds, you know, all that fun stuff. Maybe it’s sitting down to figure out/pay bills, doing taxes, stuff like that. Or maybe you just really must go somewhere like school, a Doctor’s appointment, or that dreaded thing called a job.
All these things require you to get up and move. But we all tend to get tired, have no energy, or think too much about something that leads us to put those things off, procrastinate. Therefore, we lose focus, and our momentum gets drained too quick.
What gets us moving and keeps us moving? Perhaps that is the Million-dollar question. What gives we as people the power to do things when we are in a slump, feeling sluggish. It is that spiritual, growing, inherited feeling that we all must inhabit with ourselves. It’s called Inspiration. Inspiration is the form in which ignites our souls and enlightens our spirits to move forward.
So, what does that for you? What get’s you excited and motivated to move about your day?

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For a lot of us it is caffeine that does the trick, generally in the form of coffee. I’d venture to guess this is the most common form of inspiration for a lot of us, because coffee is a beverage that you would normally use to wake yourself up even more after getting out of bed. There are chemicals in coffee that just scream inspiration for a lot of us.
Caffeine such as coffee opens our eyes and lifts our spirits for the day ahead, but there are many other forms of inspiration too.

For example, a lot of us need music to carry us through the day.

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Music is also a huge form of Inspiration and motivation that stems from the tone of the music that is being played by the instruments, and if you really have an ear for music, you can also be inspired by the message that the song is delivering, and the words in which the musician is using to sing those songs.
Maybe your inspiration comes in the form of reading books such as the bible, or anything that encourages Positivity and Motivation; wink, wink.

Bottom line is that we all need Inspiration to keep us moving forward. Everybody is inspired by something. I’d like to know what inspires you the most to get through this thing called life?

in·spi·ra·tion
[ˌinspəˈrāSH(ə)n]

  • NOUN
    the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative:
    “Helen had one of her flashes of inspiration” · [more]
    synonyms: creativity · inventiveness · innovation · ingenuity · genius · [more]
    the quality of being inspired, especially when evident in something:
    “a rare moment of inspiration in an otherwise dull display”
    a person or thing that inspires:
    “he is an inspiration to everyone”
    synonyms: guiding light · example · model · muse · motivation