Friday, February 27, 2009

It's ok to be YOU

“The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, they finish by loading honors on your head.”
- Jean Cocteau
At the very moment we were conceived in the womb, we were given immunity to the inherited ghastly self-implemented self rejection—however, as we grow we put that generational shame on our children….simply, we are breeding slavery.

If you turn on the television at any give time and just about any given channel you will be placing your confidence in a hazardous position. Legalized prostitution being underrated as a simple dating show. Grueling competitions for fame and fortune being passed off as some kind of reality phenomenon. Pornographic music videos passing for culture, while four hour car chasings pass for “the news”
Truth is being substituted by ill-placed glory and our minds are bombarded with garbage, filled with nonsense and slaughtered by the remote control.
Life is not as it is displayed in magazines, flighty web pages and compost gossip shows. Life is a complex, yet beautiful chapter in earth’s existence and continuance and should be respected as such.
We will find ourselves grieving over the constant comparisons that we make with plastic surgery’s genius, we will forever be tormenting by the thoughts of not having enough and not being enough if we continue down this tremostrious path of media reliance.
It has already been said by so many that the models in magazines are not real, that no one is that thin, no one that gorgeous and no one shallow enough to really live like that. But this is not true and that is a shocking fact. This “reality show” movement has struck in millions of people around the world a ruthless amount of pressure to be the images we see on screen.
Neglect your children, forget who you are and most importantly devalue your own existence because you as you, simply isn’t good enough.
But when and how did it come to this? We were never designed to be a vacuumed society. We are to be a peculiar people, distinctive in differences and spectacular in uniqueness. Only when we know this will we grasp, that our souls are being run-a-mock by the doubt we place in and about ourselves. When you are not confident in who you are, anything will do, just as long as it’s not you.
Some will say, “No, I’m patterning my life after a pretty and very successful female.” Or, “I’m molding myself after a rich guy who is handsome and has a lot of women.” This is translated into; 1. I am starving to be the video tramp who could barely stand up because of all the ecstasy she took the night before. 2. I have no other education or way out so I want to sell drugs and make money just like this ignorant rapper who also can’t barely stand for all the drugs he smoked just before the director said “action”.
It’s not that there aren’t wonderful people who model, rap, play basketball and are on what I would call “questionable” television programs, it’s that when we blueprint our own survival on that image they portray we are falling far below the bar of standards in which we have been created.
Slavery is not just a physical state of confinement. It’s not just taking away your right to vote, or working for a unheard wage - Slavery is when your true spirit is in bondage. When our soul is placed involuntarily under subjection to outside stereo types and self afflicted anxieties.
When you degrade yourself, when you don’t live up to the person that you know you are, you LOOSE WHO YOU ARE and the purpose you and only you were appointed to live out goes unaccomplished. Not only is that blessing taken away from you, but from all the world who has a partnership in receiving. You are stealing form yourself when you don’t love yourself.
God would not have us question his greatness or assume he made a mistake when he created us individually, so stop slapping him in the face and embrace your beauty, your matchless supremacy, your size, your style, your YOU.
We are all connected to the wellspring of life. We are all connected to God, we just refuse to accept that responsibility that comes with that, so instead we reject the notion that such a thing is possible. We place all our energy and attention on being something that we are not, while wasting precious time in which we can learn, teach and evolve.
Why are we trying so desperately to be something or someone that we are not? Because we are afraid of the majesty that each and everyone of us holds in the bosom of our own truth. If allowed we can experience freedom of self in ways only our great grandparents dreamed of.
You are irreplaceable because you are YOU!

U R what U eat

Numbers 11:4“Soon those who had intermarried with Egyptians complained again. Then others began to complain, ‘If only we had some meat to eat.”

Fortunately I was raised a vegetarian and have been blessed to know what is good and not good for my body. However, unfortunately for so many of our American and non-American brothers and sisters this privilege was not granted. It breaks my heart to know that a simple change in diet can revolutionize not only the health status of so many of my people but will also bring about a spiritual pathway for the Holy Spirit to speak without the clouding of appetite and gluttony.

After many years of research and a toiling of the conscience, Scientists have proven, they should’ve just looked in the Bible, that food not only has a great deal to do with a child’s development, but also weighs heavily on the development of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and many other health struggles. In light of these new findings, we still are at the local meat market requesting our death sentence. Notwithstanding that some of us haven’t been told directly of the dangers of filling our bodies with dead waste and the backed up colons of dead animals which are stuffed to capacity of other dead animals with their colons also backed up with waste! We do not need to look in other directions for genocide, we are doing it to ourselves three times a day at the table. The diet not only controls the mind, but it will control your time. Observe the time spent on thinking about what you are going to eat or where and with whom, the wait to get and or prepare it and ultimately, the price. God set aside a specific diet for His children, because He knew that with the hardship of this life we would need the bodily strength to endure.

In the perfect Garden of Eden mankind was created in the image of God, (Genesis 1:26) don’t you find it interesting that in perfection the designated food for eating was fruits, most vegetables and water, I am also assuming juices made from the fruits (Genesis 1:28-30), and there were no animals bar-b-qued on the Holy grill? Review the life journey of the Israelite slaves in Egypt (Exodus – Numbers). They ate the trash and leftovers of the Egyptian kings, queens and even common citizens, (sound familiar?). They were in slavery and were lowered to eat the swine, rubbish and pure waste of what “better” people ate. Therefore their taste buds were accustomed to the flavorful meats that they had no choice but to learn to enjoy. My goodness does this sound familiar… Once the Lord freed them from many years (Four hundred and thirty years; Exodus 12:40-42) of down right despicable adversity, poverty and destitution they found themselves not missing the music, not missing the movie theatres, the resorts or golf clubs…. No, No it was the FOOD! Believe it or not the stomach weighs heavily on the psyche and is the source of nourishment to the entire body, not excluding our thoughts and decisions.Once they were freed, God sent them manna, basically heavenly food (Exodus16:4), every morning before they awakened. They baked it, pounded it into flour, and some ate it as cereal. They were not able to camp and plant fruit trees and farm vegetables, so God provided them cuisine from above on their way to Canaan, the land God promised them (Exodus 6:4-8). Can we not look at our lives in the same way? We are on a journey to the Promise Land, and God has vowed to give us all that we need. For He is the Vine and we are the branches that receive nourishment for our daily living (John 15:5), yet we find ourselves unsatisfied due to our shapened cravings for sin. After the Israelite’s much complaining, the Lord decided He would heed to the ungrateful pleas and sent meat, so much to last them an entire month. Biblical studies tell us that they ate so much meat that it was coming out of their mouths and noses. Our bodies just aren’t made for such strenuous eatery. Of course after several people died, they insisted that the manna sent from Heaven was truly the food designated by God and was more than enough to keep them happy and healthy. How many more of our people must die until we realize that the food, which God originally selected for us, is good enough!Let’s also explore the temptation Christ endured after His baptism. He went on a forty day fast, meaning no food or drink, so that He would be wholly dependant on the Holy Spirit to speak to and direct Him. While He was in the wilderness the very first temptation that Satan tried on Him was the enticement of appetite (Matthew 4:4), once Satan realized that wasn’t going to work, he moved onto other things. Jesus knew then that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and must be in its best condition to serve and spread the good news of His Second Advent. (ICorinthians 6:19,20).

Lastly, the Word says that all things were created by Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16,17); therefore we owe it to Him, amongst so many other things, to live for Him (Ephesians 4:23). He redeemed us not so we could live a life of disease and pain, but that we may through a life of longevity and strength glorify His name. Let us preserve our body temples and transform our appetites to likings of the Heavenly feast that we will partake of in Glory. Isn’t that what we should be doing with our character? Why not our desires as well?“We get our new life from the Holy Spirit, so let’s keep in step with the Spirit and live the way He wants us to.” Galatians 5:25