Yesterday, we celebrated my daughter's sixteenth birthday. I look back at the attached picture on every one of her birthdays and think about "a great commission", given me, by God. That commission was to raise her up, not only "in the way that she would go" but also it the "fear and admonition of the Lord." Raise her up to be something; someone greater than myself and greater than anything this world can offer, Bryan. There are now four children that fall under this given commission, for me. It is tough at times, but I love it. For I love them more than any words, actions, or metaphors can describe.
I charge & challenge all parents out there to step up to this great commission. For the discipleship of our children begins at home, with us as their Teachers, Rabbis, Gurus, Senseis, or Elders. I know that we all do not believe in the same things, but I know that most of us believe in what's best for out kids and strongly desire them to grow into good human beings, and better than ourselves. Ultimately, we all come from the same Source of souls. We are ALL people. No one is perfect, but we have the absolute ability to travel in perfect's direction.
Sometimes, what's best for our children means to fight, to defend, to go to war. If truth is on your side, then you shall have victory. In a lot of cases, it does not come overnight. Some of us fight for years, for our children and their best interests, even if it means being the bad guy in the eyes of many. One day, our children will be able to think back on us and truly see, understand, appreciate the scars across our backs and hearts. Hopefully, by then, they will fully understand Grace and Mercy, just as some of us do when looking upon Jesus Christ, His Life, His Death, and His Resurrection.
Again, it doesn't matter what or who you believe in. There aren't many people I know of that won't go to war for their children. I've seen good atheists. I've known awesome agnostics. When I say this, I do compare them to what it is to be a good person and to have a good heart and humility according to what I see and have learned from Biblical teachings. The only thing lacking is the belief in God and our Savior Jesus Christ. Parents generally love their children, no matter what, far beyond themselves. Whether Christian or not, you love your children! You want what's best for your children!
We MUST provide this world, this earth, with better people. Parents, we have the best opportunity to do so! So, what do you say?
As I sit and ponder this morning's commute to work, this bit of thought splits in two. Each half heads in opposite directions. One arrives at the exit of my right ear, while the other makes its way to the exit of my left. With synchronized diving, they plunge into my shoulders. Via some osmosis-like behavior, my shoulders absorb them. Still traveling in sync, they reach my finger tips and say, "Hey BRINE!! Type us out right quick!"
There are three major routes, from which I choose, to complete my daily commute to work. The quickest route is the longest, 53 miles. The slowest route is the shortest, at 42 miles, give or take a tenth or two. The in-between route is in-between. This morning, as I traveled the slowest route, it hit me! This route is more peaceful and better for my mind! When on the quickest route, I'm always feeling rushed and in a hurry to get there and off of the highway. On the in-between route, I find myself on edge and frustrated with the idiots of the roadways and the ridiculous amounts of them there are, EVERY morning. On my new fav, the slowest route, I feel like I'm in a dark, quiet tunnel. My mind is at ease, and I actually enjoy the ride.
Then, I think about life and its many highways, byways, and country roads. The life roads that we choose often determine the amount of stress or peace, love or hate, success or failure we experience in life. If you knew the entire story of my life, you'd find it hard to believe that I am who I am today. I could be a totally different person right now and fully justified by the world's standards. Yet, I choose not to live by the standards of the world. The world is not my Creator. My Creator is not this world.
Though I once chose wicked and perilous roads for myself, I could always see better and KNEW that better was only one right turn away. Mistakes will be made and failure will trip us up from time to time, but always recognize the road you're on and what benefits that particular road brings to your heart and soul; ultimately your life. Does it nourish you, mature you, build you up, and sustain you?? Or, does it bleed you, degrade you, starve you, steal from you, tear you down, and hate you?? One right turn is all it ever takes for a new world of better to grab hold of your life.
The one right can be a hard one to make, at times. Pride and ego, unchecked & unbroken, will keep you on the path of destruction and loss for as long as you choose not to "break yourself." How many of you remember that line and scene from "Menace II Society"? Had he broken himself, for just that instance, he might have lived to see another day.......maybe. There was no way for him to have come out on top of that situation, but PRIDE!! Lord have mercy on the prideful and egotistical!! JESUS CHRIST! MY LORD & SAVIOR!! I LOVE YOU!!
I honestly believe that God intended on Man traveling the slow route. Adam & Eve messed around and gained certain knowledge, well before God planned, and well before they had the mental and spiritual capacities to understand or comprehend it. We've been struggling on that road ever since. I'm just sayin.......
As I stated on Facebook, earlier today, "Today is the seventh, of the fourth, of the two thousand sixteenth. If there is any significance and awesomeness to be found in THIS day, let it be found in YOU!!" My your significance and awesomeness be found on the right road, where it is beneficial, appreciated, and supported.
HAPPY THURSDAY Y'ALL!! I LOVE YA, EACH AND EVERY ONE!!!
Bryan Hollomon Williams