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Self Love (Text)

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When I say “self-love” I’m not referring to selfish arrogant conceit

But more of the lack of insecurities, jealousies, to rid yourself of the damaging effects of self-hatred or not taking care of yourself by negative comforts such as junk food, smoking, drinking, drugs, cutting, tattoos,… in other words, not knowing your worth as you are,…

Everything you think you have to have to comfort your inner voices that tell you that you need just one more… “thing” whatever that is.

For instance… “I need a cigarette”, “I need a drink”, “I need another tattoo”, are all some sort of temporary mask to put on to calm something that is going on, on the inside.

Set off by a trigger to seek a comfort, something to generate a feeling that will just get you by until the next one. Whether its something you need every hour or every week or every year and so on, and the more you do it the more of a habit it becomes, and when it’s a habit, you now think that it’s a part of you. So

Anything that makes you feel, good about yourself, tough, better, bigger, or more confident, anything that generates a feeling to take you to a place that you have to keep doing or getting to maintain that feeling,… there is something going on, on the inside that is not quite complete in your life that keeps you going back to that,… comfort thing. Or habit.

Unfortunately, those who rely on those things won’t fully understand that until they get to a place of total contentment with themselves. So deceptively will continue to rely on those things without even realizing it.

As a matter of fact, if you’re watching this and getting upset while you are defending your “thing”, there is more than likely something deeper going on.

Going even deeper with insecurities, jealousies, and issues inside of yourself that usually and eventually will spill over into your relationships.

So the need to work on being content with yourself as to not be a hindrance in a relationship by constantly needing attention or reassurance from those insecurities or codependency is beneficial in a healthy relationship…

When it says to “Love your neighbor as yourself” first you have to love yourself so that you can be effective in loving someone else, you can’t take care of someone else if you don’t care for yourself because your interests are always focused on self and the dissatisfaction you have for yourself.

You are so worried about what you look like, or act like, is my hair in place, does my butt look fat, what are they going to think of me,… blah blah blah,… ya know what?

Nobody really cares! Not being rude but everybody has enough to think about, much less be concerned with everything you think is wrong with you.

So being filled with self-worry or self-concern that you don’t have any room for anything or anybody outside of your insecurities because basically, they take most of your time.

To be honest, are selfish, any negative self-awareness that you generate outward, towards anyone else is a display of selfishness.

When you are completely secure with yourself (healthy self-love) then you are free to just be yourself without the hindrances and are then able to give of yourself instead of demand from others to “make you happy” or reassure your insecurities.

The only way to fix that is to rely on the way God himself thinks of you and then believe it, don’t wait for the feelings to come before you start to believe it, because they won’t. & the only way you are going to find out what God thinks of you is to read the words directly by him, for you to take straight to the heart.

The word “Believe” in scripture is a verb, an action word, something to tangibly take ahold of and make it a part of your life as if it already exists.

A conviction based off of faith and not the way you feel at any given moment.

So when it says that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE, when it says he loves you, BELIEVE THAT HE DOES, & belief is a conviction, not a feeling.

And when it says to believe, don’t hesitate, from that moment on, to start living it as fact and not something that will come to you eventually.

Yes it will “feel” awkward and not true, but ignore that like dropping objects while learning to juggle, just pick them back up and keep going until it becomes a part of your life. Until it becomes a good habit.

If you wait for the feelings you will never experience that freedom.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2017 in Thought Provoking

 

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Absolute Truth

gavel1     If you live by your own rules, they will constantly change when you change.  If you don’t have an established set of morals or a solid line drawn, you will constantly be redefining your line, which will be driven farther away from the “absolute truth”.
If you don’t base your absolutes off of an already established set of morals, life will become more “dark” and you will always justify your behavior by comparing yourself to someone that is worse than you. The worse you get, the more you expand your justifications to the next person that is worse yet, and so on until you are at a place that you said you would never be. You keep moving your line farther and farther, so you must draw your line off of an already made set of absolutes, made by the creator of life Himself,… One that knows the outcome of everything, one who is perfect, looking out for your best interest, so you don’t keep slipping further and further away from the “absolute truth”. If you base your standards off of His laws you can NOT go wrong.

Man is susceptible to imperfection so if you even base your morals off of man made rules, you still have chosen to follow a set of rules that are tainted from the start. Unless they have based their rules off of the absolute truths of the creator through scripture.
There has to be a starting point for everything. Like at a track meet, if the runners were aloud to make their own rules everybody would be starting wherever they wanted, running across the field for a short cut,  taking one step back and one step forward to cross the finish line without running all the way around the track, everything would be chaos, & confusion. Human nature always gravitates to the path of least resistance. But what suffers in this thinking are morals, ethics, and pretty much everything else that is “right”.

Building a house has to start with a foundation, or the house will crumble. Vacations have to start with some kind of planning or you end up lost. Businesses need a business plan or that business would fail soon after it started. The list is endless on sets of guidelines,… rules for optimal performance, structure, best results, etc. things are constantly being improved by those guidelines. Everything in life has a starting point for progress and success, but when it comes to rules and guidelines for the same, as applied to human existence, people go on a free for all,… truth is arbitrary, there are no absolutes, you make your own truths. But if you apply that way of thinking to anything else in life, everyone would think you’re ridiculous.

Morality shouldn’t have an adjustment level or knob to put it wherever you want it according to your feelings on any given day.
Like big businesses that step on the backs of others to gain their wealth, they justify it by saying they gave them jobs, etc. it’s always explained away so they will feel better about themselves, but if they put themselves in the shoes of the people their stepping on, they would feel different. (love your neighbor as yourself)
Pin yourself to the board of morality through absolute truth, laid out by the standards of God Himself.

In anything in life that “man” does it’s always made sense to follow guidelines, rules, regulations, charts, graphs, and everything else in the spectrum of life’s adventures, but when it comes to Christianity people that force themselves not to believe, through everything that makes sense everywhere else,,, somehow twist things all up in a ball of non commitment, all because they don’t want to let go of their lifestyle that essentially will lead them to a place where they don’t want to go.

If you find yourself defining your own “good” so the definition of bad loses its edge,  anything outside of your own definition of goodness is your definition of “bad” which is usually compared to someone “YOU” deem is worse or more evil than you are, so it makes it easier to see yourselves as “a good person”. But if you sharpen your standard of right and wrong, good and bad up against the stone of the word of God then you will be able to cut through the lies that spread like gangrene through life’s deceitful little diseases.  Such as,… if your good enough, God will let you into Heaven. What is true on the contrary is that no one is a good person compared to Gods definition, so He made it open to everyone to receive eternal life, not just the ones that may or may not have the strength to do good things, by doing that, He leveled the playing field. He is not willing that anyone should perish.

Judging our behavior by a Moral compass,… We can’t say one day that north is in this direction and the next it’s in a different direction…  We need an anchor point that we can always go back to as a starting point or a guide line to always re-focus on. So there is no backwards change in our behavior. It always strives to achieve perfection through grace & mercy.

These days it’s not about right or wrong it’s about finding the best lawyer to “FIND” you right no matter what the truth is. The justification is now fabricated down to who has the most money to win a case and not actually accepting the blame for your actions and dealing with it.

A good way to judge right and wrong is to dream of a “perfect” world for “you”. How would you want people to treat you, would you want a harem, slaves, all the money from everyone else etc.
Now reverse it to, if someone else wished the same thing and you were part of their harem to use you as they wished, you were the slave, or they took all your money etc. would you like the way they were treating you if what you wished for was somehow transferred to the people you had in your dream as being where you placed yourself.
Or would you choose something that if reversed would also be good for you putting the shoe on the other foot. If what you wish for is equally good for everyone else as it is for you than you are on the right track.
You wouldn’t steal, because you don’t want to be stolen from. You wouldn’t lie, because you wouldn’t want to be lied to. You wouldn’t kill, because you don’t want to die. You wouldn’t treat someone bad, because you would want to be treated well. You would trust, because you want to be trusted. Tell me when this is sounding familiar.  Does this sound like any other document that a lot of people are trying to abolish because it stands for what they deem to be religious, as if it doesn’t apply to them.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in Thought Provoking

 

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