Wednesday, March 19, 2014

To Become Better, Get Rid of Anger

Einstein once said, "Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools". We live in difficult times. Times that can make us very angry. Yet every minute spent in anger is a minute lost. A minute we could have been doing good. Anger distracts us from our mission. Anger blinds us to the possibilities of doing good and stunts our growth as human beings. It diverts our attention from what is important in the long term to what is expedient in the short term.

To be productive human beings we need to be in control of our attitudes, our efforts, our lives. We need to focus on the job at hand and not allow the things around us to distract from what we know we must do. Anger is not your friend, its your enemy. Work to control your thoughts, your responses to the stimulus around you and respond in an effective, not an emotional way.

The one thing that separates man from animal is the power of choice. Choose not to be an angry person, but an effective person. Yours for a better tomorrow ...

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Curse of Idleness

In the New Testament Matthew (20:6) wrote and about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them Why stand ye here all the day idle? Isn’t that a piercing question Christ posed? Later in the New Testament Timothy (1-5:13) writes and withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. Interesting observation.
In America today we have become a nation of idlers, where we were once a nation leading the world in innovation and productivity. Doubt that? Consider in the past five yard we have spent $3.7 trillion on welfare. According to the Senate Budget Committee, the total welfare spending during the Obama years is five times greater than the governments total spending on education, transportation and NASA combined.
Mr. Obama’s proclamation that he would ‘fundamentally transform America’ is well in process. He is transforming it into a welfare state, a socialist state, those who put him in power want. The Congressional Budget Office has projected that with current programs, welfare spending will rise at a rate of 80% over the next ten years. That’s another $11 trillion over that period of time. All this comes at a time when our nation is getting older, with nearly 100 million Americans no longer in the workforce and 50% of Americans pay no income tax at all.
We have sadly become a nation of idlers. As a nation founded on a profound belief in a God in Heaven, our God cannot be happy. When Matthew and Timothy wrote Christ’s words so many years ago, He made his expectations clear … work for your keep. We cannot continue on the path we are headed. The number of Americans receiving some sort of federal aid has increased 61% since the year 2000. I wasn’t a math whiz in school but this math I can do. Crash.
American cannot continue to be a nation of idlers. We cannot continue our slide into socialism. But we are …

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Strengthen the Things That Remain by R. Albert Mohler

An important address by the head of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary who is addressing the BYU Forum.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Faith - The Principle that Makes the World Work.

We live in difficult, rapidly changing times where every value anyone has is under attack. The future is more uncertain than it has been in my sixty seven years on earth. People speak of faith and they speak against faith more and more every single day. Yet faith is the principle that makes the world work.

In the Book of Mormon, Ether Chapter 12 verse 6 it reads, and now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith. Moroni was speaking for our day.

Think about faith. Yes, we would hope you have faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ. But from an earthly perspective, living our daily lives - faith makes everything work. When you get in your car and drive to the store, you are exercising faith that other drivers will not harm you intentionally. When you go to work for your employer, you are exercising faith that your employer will in fact pay you as they have agreed to do. When you go to the Doctor you are exercising faith that he is who he says he is. Faith makes our world work.

One of the things that causes such frustration, anxiety and distrust in our current society is that the faith we are exercising is not being rewarded as it once was. Think about that this week and see if you can identify areas where you're faith is being tested. We must exercise faith for society to work and today, we are living in times where society is no longer working like it once did. Ponder that and how you might make  a difference along the way in our new world.

For a better tomorrow ...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Its been some times since I've written. Been down with a broken back, an interesting experience. Lots of time to reflect. It is plain that Atheism is becoming popular in America and elsewhere these days. As a former Atheist myself I get it to a point. The point being until you look at the world we live in and as the saying goes, 'peace is seeing a sunset and knowing who to thank'.

It took me until around the age of twenty seven to take a look around and see that sunset for the first time. My movement from Atheism to being an Agnostic came in a bunker along the North Vietnamese border in Vietnam. Under heavy shelling from the north during the Tet Offensive, a fellow Atheist with me was screaming obscenities in Gods name towards the third guy in the bunker, a Southern Baptist who was praying for safety. I got unnerved and grabbed my partner and said, "Just in case theres anything to that stuff - shut up!"

I crawled out of the rubble an Agnostic. But I did nothing for years. Blessed to be married to a wonderful girl who just wanted me to go to church, any church, well - I didn't. Our first child was born, I overcame my alcoholism and was unhappy with the man I was. I was still hooked on adrenaline from Nam and was reading an adventure book called Fatu Hiva by Thor Heyerdahl. It was about his and his new wives experience living on the Pacific Island of Fatu Hiva for a year with nothing more than a machete and an iron pot.

Its a great story but I was sitting at lunch reading at Bill's Hilltop Restaurant in Akron, Ohio when it happened. He was talking about his college degree in biology and life on Fatu Hiva. He told about the incredible balance of nature, he went into beautiful detail and it happened, my light bulb came on. He explained that he was raised by one Roman Catholic parent and one Atheist. He said he did not know about organized religion but he knew beyond a shadow of a  doubt - there is a God. And in that instant i did too. It changed my life and sent me on a quest where I found Christ.

I thought of this today when I read the quote, "For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible". Author unknown.

When I didn't 'get it' that quote was true, no proof was possible. Now that I 'get it', no proof is necessary although the proof is everywhere. When you believe, the proof is everywhere. May we turn to God for in Him and His Son Jesus Christ is the only salvation. We can all become better through Him.