Today is August 21sr. What is the significance of the day? For those who don’t know it is solar eclipse day. This is the day where thousands of people across the country have been waiting for. So much in fact many have traveled thousands of miles just to be in one of the total eclipse zones. While I think the eclipse is fascinating I am not changing too much in my day. I am not running around looking for the special glasses. Nor am I going to be sitting outside when the eclipse happens.
Thinking about this whole event has got me to thinking about one thing, the return of the Son. We’ve known about the solar eclipse for years and have had time to get excited for the event. We have known about Jesus’ return for almost two thousand years but it seems like we are taking a step back in being prepared for the event. The Bible says in Acts 1:11, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” The message is clear stop looking skyward and get to work getting yourself ready for His return.
I have always loved music. At one time in my life i had over a thousand albums in my collection. At one point each of those albums was a new one so I had to listen to the songs over and over again until I learned the lyrics. Until that time came I would hum along with the parts of the song I didn’t know. I think life is like learning the lyrics of a song. Until we learn to understand what God wants us to do we kind of hum along until the lyrics become clearer with each time we read Bible and pray. Practice they say makes perfect. Paul states it this way in Philippians 4:9, “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
A few months ago I found this online art prompt generator. I use it from time to time when I was something unusual to draw. Today’s drawing came from one of those prompts which was, monkey.samurai. In my daily art you will probably see some more of these pictures. In fact I can almost promise there will be more. While creating this drawing a thought popped into my head, “What prompts you to act?” What I mean is this, your day to day living, what is the chief prompt which dictates how you act and react to the world around you?
My life has not been a rose garden, in fact it has been filled with a lot of weeds. In school I had to put up with constant bullying, I have dealt with self-esteem issues because of my school years. Still my raised me to always be respectful of others and show them love. This is how I have lived my life trying to be helpful and loving to others. I try to live life with an attitude of gratitude for whatever comes my way. The Bible says in 1 John 3:18 “Let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions” ). Our daily prompt in life should always be love.
I don’t know why but I like to create drawing with flowers and flower gardens. In fact it my fourth favorite type oi art work, right behind cartoons, faces, and cats. The reason I like to draw and paint flowers because they are varied and colorful like life. As a child and young adult life seemed so grey. As a child and a teen each day is made up of school, homework and hanging with friends. While some of those times seem colorful it was not until I graduated and started to work that the world started to become varied and colorful. Still I did not fully understand what a colorful and varied world we live in until I started to go to church. It was in church where I was introduced to people from other countries and cultures. I was awestruck and hungry to learn from them about where their home country. Even know, in my current position, I come in contact with students from other cultures. I love to talk with them and learn from them at the same time I am teaching a lesson. I always say we all have a garden of stories, built around how we have lived our lives. It is up to us to talk to each other and learn about what is planted in that garden.
I would love to visit a so called “ghost town.” Not to search for paranormal events because I have my own theories on those but to see how people once lived. They say you can never go home again. In a sense ghost town is a reminder what we once knew as home is never the same as we remember. I have been back to the both my birth home in West Virginia and the home where I grew up outside of Philadelphia. Neither of the places resembles what I remember from my youth. The neighborhoods are different. The homes I knew are gone. Even many of the people that once lived there are gone, moved away or deceased. The homes which I once knew exist now only in my memory. This is one of the reasons I write this blog to write down my memories and thoughts before they are gone also. In my opinion everyone should write down what they remember about their lives, take pictures of old neighborhoods and people. This is one good way you can go back home again, if only in your mind.
There is an old saying, “Music soothes the savage beast.” While that may be true back in my day music was blamed as the source of a lot of misbehavior. Still I grew up a rock and roll guy. I like other bands like ABBA and the like but my favorite was 70’s and 80’s rock. I used to love to go to concerts, especially outdoor live events. There is something about the open air and live music. When I gave my life to Jesus I thought my rock music days were over. For some they because of the association with the past lifestyle. I however have always liked music for the music and the lyrics.
There are some in the church who disagree with Contemporary Christian Music especially the harder stuff. I however am one of those people who while selective and lyric content oriented understand that God can use any tool he sees fit to further His kingdom here on earth. I am a testament to that. He called me, a person who in my estimation is not suited for His ministry into His service for twenty some years now. So when it comes to liking Christian Rock or harder music, do as you with anything else, be discerning by checking into the bands background and testimony and look at the lyrics.