About artenthusias

Artist, Graphic designer. Love everything connected to the Arts!

Shifting Sands

In a moment of ideas and differing views we have seen the shaking of times as we strode in times of unrest and social injustices. Times are shifting; moments when everything that can be shaken will be shaken. Never before have we seen so much disrespect for life, dignity and human culture. It is sad to say this but the writing is on the wall and there is no one capable of interpreting it. Everyday things are shifting and the moments of madness has caught us in a state of compromise. It’s time to stop look and listen to the signs that has emerged. We are traveling in a direction where the pendulum is swinging and the sliding pole has taken us into a place of the unknown. We listened to the clips as the comparisons are made; we are not far from those day of turmoil that was vowed never to return. However, I believe a great climax will take place; be prepared to advance into a time and season with hope and fulfillment. We are living in times of shifting sands.

The era of tweets and talks into Siberia silence where we will not meet the confronters face to face. There is hope for a brighter tomorrow and a peace that will surpass our imagination. Let us build our hope on the rock of all ages and rise up out of the dreads of a low life and living; off the shifting sands of time on to the rock of hope and promise.

The word is “Shifting Sands.” In life we must to be prepared to build. It might be things but at this point we want to focus on lives. Let us build our lives on a rock where we will not be shaken. Those who build on sands will be quickly removed and blown off course. A wise man build on rocks. Therefore they will not be shaken. When the storms of life comes because our foundation is deep we will stand firm. The foolish build on the sands and is being moved by the times and seasons. May God help us to be grounded on the rock that will withstand the pressures of time and into eternity!

Look at the times we live in! It is truly disturbing. Everyday there’s another school shooting. It has now become a norm. The empty promises are overbearing because there is no one willing to take a stand. Have you ever encountered a sand dune? It is a ridge of sand created by the wind and is found in deserts or near lakes and oceans. It is that moment when one find themselves sinking into a hole that seems to be without end. When we find ourselves in this condition we usually cry out for help hoping that there is someone or something too hold on to. Moments like these are very testing because only then we find out what we are made of or who our real friends are. We should never attempt to ride the shifting sands alone; we need codependency; someone to help us out of our mess being careful not to be blown too far off course to a place of no return.

When a nation is in the state of decline, it is on shifting sands and need a stabilizing force to hold it together. Who is going to be that anchor to carry us through the storm? We all have to decide because no man is able to take us to that place of comfort and ease. As much as we are afraid to admit it, God is the only true source of help. Only he can help us now! It is time we let go of our insecurities and hope in the shifting sands of time and trust in the rock of all ages to take us to our place of comfort and joy. Let go of the “Shifting Sands.”

Advertisements

Reckless love, choices we make.

Love is a word that evokes emotion, sometimes exotic and sometimes calm but strong. However, it can be dangerous when one become fanatic and things spiral out of control. It is the source of our existence; we were created to love. Love is not always easy but we owe it to ourselves to love without limitations and distraction. We can become slaves to the feeling we hold dear when surrounded with demands we are unable to fulfill. However, what ever happens, love is a word that demands actions and affection. Circumstances sometimes hindered us from achieving or living up to our true potential; love suffers with agonizing pain and frustration. It hold our minds hostage; we prefer not to be bothered with life’s challenges and look to the simpler ways of life. In a pensive mood we stop and think of life and it’s circumstances; where are we going; what does the future hold and what happens inspite of love. When we fall short with our obligations and love is hard to come by.

I recently heard a song which caught my attention. Though simple in its meaning it seems to be creating controversies and discussion about the meaning and what the writer innocently used to describe his thoughts and ideas. However, it is only because of reckless love we are able to survive in a world of challenges and despair. Who would dare to lavish love on one who is unlovable?

Reckless love! What is it that causes us to get in a frenzy about a word used in innocence. This causes me to examine the thoughts behind the lyrics! Reckless love is the act of abandoning all preconceived or known notions; loving without any regards for circumstances that would throw us off course. Loving despite difficult personalities. Acknowledging that you are not always acting within the guidelines of “safe”. Loving without the fear of being hurt. Purposefully finding uniqueness. Loving beyond the point of healthiness. Continuing to love despite not being loved or appreciated in return. Loving to a point that you act without letting anything effecting us or negativity even crossing your mind.

I love this song because it speaks to the personality of God. There is nothing that we could have done to make Him love us but He abandon everything and made the sacrifice to show his love for us. I don’t know what you would call it but to me that is reckless love! These lyrics draws you into a state of consciousness in that you have to think of a love so great that even when we are not worthy He gives himself for us. He showed reckless love!

The lyrics:

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me You have been so, so good to me. Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me;You have been so, so kind to me.”

Who would be so kind as to love me and give himself for me? There is no argument that is worth the discussion to determine the love God has for us. You might not accept it but it took love beyond measure for him to love us that he gave himself for us, that is reckless love. A love so unconditional that we call it reckless. There is no need to even think of it any other way.

“Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine. I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.

When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me. You have been so, so good to me. When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me You have been so, so kind to me

And oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God. Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine And I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away. Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.”

It is overwhelming to even think of such love. Who would have thought that we’re so precious that we are on God’s mind? He did whatever it took to bring us back to him. It does not matter if you believe it or not; this is reckless love and there’s no doubt about it! He leave the ninety and nine to go after that one who goes astray even those who betrayed Him!

“Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine And I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.”

Wow! No other love could do it. It took reckless love to achieve such wonder!

No time to stop the chaos

It seems like a wild thing coming out of the old stories of medieval times; sometimes a struggle to love, hate, of disguise and betrayal but who cares? No one! However, chicken will come home to rouse and only then will the untold truth of stories come back to haunt us. The stories of horror, the agony of agonizing and the times of distress frustration and fear will all calumniate into a season of disgrace as we pass the time ignoring the symptoms never stopping to glance at the past. The pain of persuasion interaction and inaction will lead to influences but inadequacy has caused the mobility of the immobile to fail. However ignorance is of no excused i am told.

Never before in my wildest dreams could we have imagined times like these with all its ups and downs imaginary faces and places; we sucomb to the wild and fancies of a promise not kept. Emboldened by the battle of words succinct in the fantasy of imagination only Twitter will be able to explain. Only time will tell the stories untold as darkness springs to lighter the clouds that tries to shade our intelligence. The brightness of time will prevail through all eternity where it might find its resting place. Looking back at the past has caused us to wonder about where we are going. Though impossible to see, only our imagination can give us the eyes to peek into the future. All we see is frustration and disgust. What’s the point of even trying when the boulders are large and overpowering without any to help in moving such monuments.

As we march through time, we will fulfill destiny only when we become like a child who is simple and without a sense of hate. No more time for chaos and disgrace it is the time to motivate and spread hope to the hopeless who are in constant distress. The time is now but who is willing to take a stand that will effect change? A child shall lead them; even in skepticism a movement has started and a wind of change is coming. No one will be able to stop the motor as it revel into full speed. Those who has become skeptics will be left behind trying to catch-up only to have already lost their way. Let’s stop the chaos, stop the shame that surrounds us. The pain of the moment is too great to bear but we have an opportunity to make a change only if we use it!

Forgetting the Joneses

It is interesting how we live our lives; sometimes it seem in contradiction to the reality of who we are. We live in a world that is moved by the things we possess, not taking the time to evaluate our live and what we can afford. Wanting to be like everyone else we cause ourselves much pain and regret in the long run. However, we have all heard the saying, “keeping up with the Jones.” That can be a task in itself as we try to navigate the real issues that it presents. The word says that a man life does not consist of the things which he possesses. May I engage you for a moment in a conversations that might influence your thoughts and sense of perception of the way we emerge into things so simple and seemingly innocent that they are allowed to pass without recognizing the adverse affect it has on our lives and way of living. It is time to forget the Joneses and carve a place for ourselves that is not base on what everyone has or possess. Being satisfied is the greatest blessing you can have. You will possess an attitude of gratitude and live with peace, love and understanding.

The Joneses are a simple and innocent couple; they never asked or demand your attention. However, it is easy to see from the flares and trills of what seems to be their lifestyle, everyone wants to be like them. Every body knows them! They are the most sophisticated couple in your neighborhood. When you are least aware they will sneak up on you with the latest possessions, fashions, ideas and luxury. They always seems to be on top of the world, a perfect couple! I would describe them as being very ambitious, out going and sometimes outrageous. This is not an attempt to hit on them or even criticized their behavior or their personality; it is an attempt to inform the innocence about the trap of wanting to be like the Joneses.

I am sure you know of individuals who you can describe as wanting to be like the Joneses.

These individuals has everything however secretly he complained of not being able to make ends meet. My question is, why follow the Joneses. Following ends to lasting regret and broken relationships. Many good relationships has been broken up because of not being able to maintain that lifestyle which leads to disappointment, pain and distress. Trying to project something that is not is a bad deal on individual perception when you are not able to maintain the things promised. Therefore I would urge you to forget the Joneses and live a simple live without false perception which leads to painful regrets.

The word says, be aware of covetousness because a persons life does not consist of the things he possesses. This is the first lesson I would like to leave with you as you take a peek into the life and time of the Jones. For them it is ok, they choose to be the leader of their pack. To them it is very simple and wonderful to be in a position of comfort and ease. They go through life seemingly un perturbed enjoying the luxury of life. They say that life is good! For you it might be a life of regret and a road filled with many obstacles ahead because of the decision made without thinking of the consequences.

It is important to live simple; live within ones means and make plans for the things that is important to you in the future. Don’t forget to make a budget while sticking close to what is planned. It would be easy to keep things simple as you travel through this journey with a road map of your own. Do what many are doing and forget the Joneses!

Goliat must fall

We are in times and seasons when we are overwhelmed by things happening around us. Constant attack leads to fear and frustration that causes us to worry about things to come. Isn’t it a wonder that the word of God declares don’t worry about tomorrow because tomorrow will take care of itself. The more we give ourselves to intimidation and stress, we become susceptible to all that comes our way. This can lead us to places of despair which gives power to the enemy of our soul. Fear has no place in our lives. However, we have to move in self confidence, to a place where we can take the leap of faith if we want to move to positions  of power and prosperity.

We are confronted daily with mountains of problems; bills, decisions and other such things to barrage our mind. However we are no different from the people of the past. They to had their many issues and challenges that forced to make hard choices. We are in constant warfare, taunted by the enemy of our soul. It is easy to find yourself between a rock and a hard place. The mountains of despair on one side and frustration on the other sides with the valley of decision between. The question is, where do we go from here? It is time to rise up with the stones of determination and aim with all your might to bring those taunting walls down.

Goliat caused the people of God to live in fear of the moment; he came out of hiding sending His daily threats. Just like a barking dog he would come with threats but never leaving his place of confinement. Without knowing it, he might have been afraid; he had to find a way to release and relieve himself. He must have been worried not knowing what the enemy was planning or where they were heading. However no one knew the real impact of fear which gripped either side; the challenges continued until someone came out of the shadows to calm the people’s fear and restore dignity to a people of promise.

There are giants everywhere with insurmountable challenges; however, our focus should not be on the problem but the promise. Gods word says, take no thought of tomorrow, that day will take care of itself. Consider the Lillie’s of the field how they grow, the birds of the sky. They do not gather things and put them into barns but God provide for them daily. Not even Solomon in all of his glory was like one of them. God provided for them daily. Why are we getting stressed out about the future? Please let the Giants fall!

Rejection is a feeling that is hard to bear but with a promise there’s no turning away from destiny. Just like David you might be scolded for being interested and for trying to help. However the question was, “isn’t there a cause?” Frustration is the greatest barrier to success; intimidation is the road to fear. When you rise up in faith you will conquer the giants of stagnation. You will get on the road to building monuments of change that will propel your dream into a vision for success. Please don’t worry it is all taken care of by the God you know! There is no faith in fear; the blood of Jesus The conquered all.

Open Doors, a path to success or failure

In the midst of the hustle and challenges that we face in this season, there are opportunities that comes our way which set a precedence for how things will shape our lives for the future. There’s no need to be stressed about the future because opportunities can be doors to progress or retardation; this depends on how you choose to look at what’s before you. However, we are the determining factor that will cause us to succeed or fail. Please put first things first and leave the rest to God; He will determine what will succeed.

Jesus says “I place before you an open door that no man can shut.” Just think of the opportunities that is ahead of you in this new season. Think of the many blessings you are afforded coming into a new year with so much potentials. As we enter into this new year and a new season we will have to make up our minds to go through these doors that will lead to self connectivity and spiritual renewal.

Doors are built in different sizes because they represent different challenges and opportunities. However, we must be careful of the opportunities presented. If we fail to recognize the path to success, we can spend the rest of our life’s searching in regret. Opportunities lost is hard to regain! Procrastination we are told is the thief to time; therefore it is urgent when opportunities presents themselves we take up the challenges and go through the doors that are open to us.

The year is already started and well on it’s way. Soon we will hear the refrain, “where did it all go.” The question is, did you make use of the opportunities presented or are you still waiting for that so call right time to use the resources that you have been blessed with to fulfill your potential and make the commitment to an open door of self advancement? There no more time for procrastinating; now is the time for commitment and devotion to a cause that is greater than anything that has been a challenge in the pass. Determine to do something great. Make a difference by walking through the doors that are open to success. It does not matter how difficult it might seem, God will make a way if you are committed to him. By doing so we are assured of opening the door of success.

The power to influence

Peter was fed up with things as they were. He had a close relation and association with his boss but suddenly, he was gone, taken by a crowd of people who thought he was a traitor. After considering all his options he then made the decision to go back to his old stumping ground, the way of life he knew. He said to his friends, I️ am going fishing. They followed his lead without any question. They were in dismay and despair; their hope for salvation and a future of promises was taken and there was no one who could help, no one they could trust. They held on to anything which seemed a source of strength in moments of despair. They held to things which seems to be of help but that to leave them in a state of uncertainty. Peter was the influencer the one who had the power to control. He knew how to manipulate the situation twisting things for his own advantage.

In life we are constantly confronting situations that forces us to choose. Being in such place of challenge causes us to ask, where to do we go from here? Everyday and in some way, we are constantly being influenced by persons places or things. It might not be so obvious however, as we look at the facts the truth will be exposed. We are being influential by the media, things we see and hear, the places we go, the friends we keep etc. The desire for thing is the result of their influence on our lives. The call for us to spend what we do not have? We buy things we do not need. We are trapped with lifestyles we can’t afford all because of the things we see and seek after. The influence and the perception that guide our lives. However, we must choose the path we trod.

The power of influence can be a dysfunction a source for good or evil. It can turn a bad situation into positive result or a good situation into negatives. It can help to improve situation and circumstances which in turns can improve society, help us to gain self respect and change the world.

Let me try to define influence base on my research: It is the power to influence someone or something. When we have an influence on someone or something, they are changing a person or thing in some indirect but important way. I would like to ask a very simple question. How have you been influenced? Was it in a good or bad way? How has it affected you in your decision making? Did it leave any mark on your behavior or perception of others? How are you dealing with the residue that remains? As you look inwardly these are questions that only you can answer. Be gracious and kind but you must also be true to yourself with the answers you give!

There are differing aspects of influences. We have social influence: this can be psychological which is being exhibited in relationships; for instance, minority influence which affects the behavior or beliefs of the minority. You are also affected by what you see, the perception you have about your encounters. What influence you to buy the car or truck you buy. These are some of the thing that affects us daily; they do more to direct the decisions we make than we might want to admit.

I know that there are more we can discuss on this matter, but time will not allow me to state more. The fact is we are constantly being influenced in very significant ways. We might not be the person we are had it not been for the influences which surrounds us from day to day. In our rolls as Leaders everything we do is about influence, it is not just a title or something that is designated. God seek to influence humanity in doing the right things just as much as a mother or father extends their spheres of influences over their children. One more thing to consider; our minds influence the key activity of the brain, which then influences everything that we do! Never forget the power of influence and the effects is has on our society!