Saturday, February 18, 2012

LIFE AFTER DEATH

REST IN PEACE

My soul isn't resting in peace, as you may think.
While on earth I gained the world, and lost my soul.
My soul never had the chance to know Christ.
Or maybe it knew Christ but didn't follow Christ.
But now it is too late, my soul is lost forever.
The lid is closed, there is no coming back.
Oh, how I wish I could go back.
There is no going back once that last breath is gone.
Know him now, while you still have breath in your body.
Once that last breath is gone, you will have missed the reward.


HOME AT LAST

My time is up, my journey here on Earth has ended.
Now I sleep, my soul shall rest in peace.
My brother and my sister we shall be reunited.
My soul knew Christ and is saved from eternal torment.
I lived a life that was pleasing in God's sight.
No more pain and no more suffering.
I am victorious, the battle is won.
Be comforted because I am with Christ.



If you were to die today, where would your soul be? We are all going home, but it is up to you to decide where that home will be.  Being good won't get you into heaven alone, you have to have a relationship with Christ. Why would you even want to go to heaven to live with Christ, if you didn't even want to serve him on Earth? As one pastor said, "heaven will be hell to you." I know that there are those who don't believe in heaven or hell. I say it is better to believe that there is a heaven and hell and it is not, then to believe that there is no heaven and hell and there is. It's your choice.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

MUSIC IS MORE THAN A BEAT.

Music affects our thoughts, actions, and our inner spirit. We are usually drawn to music by the feeling that it gives us on the inside. The beat is hot, it captures your attention, and then it captures your mind. How has your mind been affected? You may say that you can separate music from reality. However, music is known to have subliminal messages. This means that the song that you love so much affects your mind both consciously and unconsciously. So in fact, you cannot control your mind from being impacted by the music that you listen to. Throughout my life I have been a listener of many songs from different genres of music from christian, gospel, pop, r&b, hip-hop, reggae, and dance. I was watching a special last night on Afro Pop. It discussed the origins of reggae and highlighted several new age reggae artists. In one song the guy mentioned Rastafari and one of the lyrics were along the lines of " Oh Hail, Haile Selassie". The significance of Haile Selassie was actually deeper than what I was thinking. I have heard of Rastafari, but never genuinely researched the subject before now. Reggae is one of  the tools by which The Rastafari Movement is made aware to the world.  After, a little research I found that that one lyric alone went against everything that I believe. My point is that when you listen to certain types of music, or any song for that matter you allow your spirit to embrace what is being said in the song. Many people innocently sing along to songs not realizing what they are allowing into their spirits. Not to say that reggae in itself is bad, but that we have to be careful to what type of songs we listen to. Hey, you may say that music is just music. Throughout my life I have struggled with that idea. There were times when I knew that certain artists symbolized things that I did not agree with, but I would rationalize listening to the song by say that "this one song is ok." However, if the music artist originated from an evil source, that individual song will still have a residue of evil.  Music also has a strong influences on our attitudes. Many times when I was mad, I would listen to music with profanity and derogatory messages just to validate my reason for being upset. In listening to the music, I would become angrier. Crazy right, music does influence your mood. It can make you feel happy and it can make you feel sad.  Typically, when people listen to love songs they either think of being in love or they think of a time when love didn't work out for them. Sometimes, people take music literally. You may find that someone takes the lyrics from a song and turns them into reality. If the lyrics are good, that may be a good things, but if they are not you may be headed for destruction.  Let the beat capture you, but let the lyrics influence your mind in a positive manner.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

EVERYTHING THAT IS VIEWED AS GOOD IN LIFE, IS NOT NECESSARILY GOOD FOR YOU.

One of the hardest things in life is to let something or someone go that you think is good for you. Sometimes it is not meant for that good thing to be in your life at the present time. Being good is not always the solution for your particular situation. Something that works well for me, might not work for you even though it may be viewed as good. Even things that are good for you can eventually become bad if not prioritized correctly. For example, your family, your job, and your relationship are all good things. However, if you prioritize those things incorrectly they can cause your life to fall apart. Sometimes, we can allow relationships and other things in life to distract us from our purpose in life. If you are letting a relationship keep you from what you are suppose to be doing, then you do not need to be in that relationship. The relationship may be good and the person may be good, but it is causing you from doing good. It really takes time to really know what is good for you. Sometimes, it takes trial and error. Everybody and everything can't go where you need to go, even when you think it is good for you. Never let something that was good become something bad in your life.

Monday, February 6, 2012

EMOTIONAL SECURITY-ARE YOUR EMOTIONS AND FEELINGS CONTROLLING YOUR LIFE?

As human beings we are very emotional creatures. Some are more emotional than others. Many times we let our emotions influence the decisions that we make in our lives. You may find that your emotions may cause you to hold on to things that you need to let go in order to get a clear picture of the situation. On the other hand, your emotions may cause you to give up too easily on things as well. Sometimes, our emotions and feelings cause us to act irrationally. The thing about feelings and emotions is that they change, so you cannot make decisions based on feelings alone. Many times in our minds we make decisions, or plan to do things, but our emotions distract us from getting the job done. So in a sense we allow our emotions to cause us to waste valuable time. If you do not keep your emotions under control you may find yourself depressed, angry, and regretful. Sometimes emotions are difficult to perceive because some people internalize their emotions, while others might display their emotions externally. However, they both can be dangerous if not dealt with properly. Feelings are a permanent part of life, we just have to learn how to manage our emotions wisely. One emotion that you should never let control your life is anger. Half the time the person that you are mad at doesn't even know and they probably could care less. When you internalize anger, it destroys you on the inside. Let the anger go, it will set you free. As I mature, I realize that my emotions control my thoughts, and my thoughts are then manifested through my actions. If I don't control my emotions, I may not make the right choices. How emotionally secure are you? Are your emotions keeping you from fully experiencing what life has to offer?