Love Gives Substance to Our Character.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:2 KJV

http://bible.com/1/1co.13.2.KJV

To display charity is to display Love. Gifts and talents are parts of our character, demonstrated via our personality. Without Love, the greatest of gifts and the greatest of talents remain hollow at best. When a gift or talent is demonstrated in Love, however, there is a completion and a warmth in the result and a security in the character that it comes from.

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One Doesn’t Journey to Love; One BECOMES Love.

For several months now, I’ve been on a journey to Love but today, I had a revelation.

The Bible tells us that God is Love and that we should be like Him. In the Garden of Eden, we see that we were created, in Love, able to choose Love.

This whole time, I’ve believed that Love is a destination, making it separate from myself. Love, though, is not a destination. It isn’t even the journey. The fact is, I have been created in the image of Love. It is the dust and grime of life that has caused me to believe that I am anything other than.

I choose to clean up and become Love. Amen.

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Is The Sun Electric? An Interesting Theory

Coming to a realization that the presence of God is like that of plasma (Ezekiel 1:4 et al), and understanding, from Genesis 1-2 that he somewhat ‘birthed’ creation from himself, I found this video to be very interesting.

Biblical scholar, Doug Hamp and SAFIRE Project scientist Dr. Ken Wheeler discuss the theory of an electric universe.

For the non-believer, this is astounding scientific theory, well-presented and supported. From a believer’s perspective, this is an awesome perspective of how God and Creation fit in to scientific theory quite comfortably. I often feel that, as Christians, we tend to lean towards refuting scientific theory without seeing, or attempting to understand, where our beliefs, scientific theory and the natural universe actually marry up.
On the flip-side of the same coin, Dr. Wheeler makes a good point. An electric sun is a well-tested theory that supports, from a scientific perspective, a 6-Day Creation, regardless of how that creation came about. For me, Biblical testimony and scientific theory marry up here to support my belief. Not just regarding Creation but also regarding the physical existence of God and His presence.

When watching this video or commenting, keep in mind that this video is a scientific video and not a discussion of morality. Watch/Comment accordingly! 🙂

Resolutions! They aren’t for everyone.

Gifts and desires have their own set standards and, when they are in play, intention doesn’t supersede cause and effect.

I have a gift. It took years for me to believe that I had it and a few minutes of spoken words to understand how it fits into my life. In a split moment, I almost lost it.

I sat with a good friend, discussing my gift and he pointed out to me that gifts are allotted to those in a position to keep and use it. He explained that a humble spirit is the key to being entrusted with gifts. This is because gifts are your purpose. I learned, very quickly, that your purpose isn’t for everyone and it isn’t for everyone to be around you as your gift is developed and your purpose attended to. Some will leave. Some, almost as a decision of “Do you want it or not”, have to be removed.

In removing myself from those that are not fit for my purpose, those that needed to be let in and those who I didn’t realize were waiting in the wings, began to come into view. It was here that the excitement of revelation caught me and, out of Love, I shared too much with the wrong people.

I’m one to not care about titles, praise and accolade. That’s not to say they are not well received, and there was a time when they meant a lot to me but experience has shown me that life is happiest when you just do you and, by that, I mean just going about your business, developing your own talents so that, when they are called upon, you can deliver your investment with interest. This was what humility meant to me. The fact is, though, that isn’t entirely correct. You see, to be humble is a verb. It isn’t abstract. It isn’t just a thing. It’s something that is done and it was this realization that brought about harsh lessons and a tough ending to 2016.
Being humble, while nurturing a gift, at times requires you to shut your mouth and keep it to yourself. Matthew 7:6 reads, “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”
The word ‘holy’, of itself, has nothing to do with your spiritual elevation. It has a Greek root ‘Hagios’, meaning ‘set apart’ or ‘separate’. Our gifts and desires are exactly that. Set apart from everyone else. Very few will understand them and nobody can cherish them like the person they belong to so it is important that we keep them that way. Encouragement is always a good thing, inspiration is great but loosely sharing what is nearest and dearest to you can only be detrimental to you in the long run.

Use wisdom. Is your new year diet rooted deeper than “I want to eat healthy”? Is your plan to go to the gym deeper than “I really let it go over the holidays”? Is “I’m doing me!” based on emotional pain from the past 365 days, as opposed to you feeling a little distracted? If your drive goes deeper than the obvious then maybe social media isn’t the place to express it. Maybe a social sharing, over dinner and drinks, isn’t the time. Maybe it’s time to keep the excitement, the focus, the passion inside. Be your own motivator and critic. Don’t base your success on the nod from those looking on and don’t base failure on the disappointment of those watching you under your own spotlight. Actions will always speak louder than words. 365 days from now, when you are sharing your “Started from the bottom, now we’re here” journey, your own sense of achievement, and development in self-belief, will be what drive you forwards and that’s a good thing.

The moment I shared my gift with the wrong person, it was in a moment of love. I wanted to help, and it’s crazy that I could feel it was a moment I shouldn’t share it but I went ahead anyway. Helping and caring are two things that run deep in me and I can’t seem to shake them. To an extent, that’s good. However, gifts and desires have their own set standards and, when they are in play, intention doesn’t supersede cause and effect. In a split moment, I felt something amiss. Something was gone and I knew, immediately, that I had just messed up. I felt like I was holding dirt in my hands. Substance with no value, and that’s what happens every time we throw our gifts and desires out there for all and sundry. Their value, even to ourselves, is diminished and they cease to be a standard we wish to attain to, as they are held to the scrutiny of the standards of others.

It has taken months for me to realize I still have my gift and I can’t begin to describe the despair and self-disappointment I felt when I thought I had thrown it away. I’m also dead certain this lesson will come around again. It’s how we grow. But don’t let your growing pains be more than they need to be. Keep your gifts and desires, your resolutions, holy!

God bless.

Dietary Intake: The BIG Change

In January 2015, I decided that I was going to take up a Kosher diet.
A personal experience through that year, though, caused me to actually look at why I was following the diet. This, in turn, caused me to actually research the diet itself.

In January 2015, I decided that I was going to take up a Kosher diet. It seemed pretty simple at the time. I simply wanted to do what I thought was right, in accordance with the diet set out for the Hebrews in the Old Testament and, for the most part, it was just a case of giving up pork and certain seafoods that I loved. A personal experience through that year, though, caused me to actually look at why I was following the diet. This, in turn, caused me to actually research the diet itself.

The first thing that I looked at, regarding the Kosher diet, was the ‘seething a kid in its mother’s milk’. This is found in Deuteronomy 14:21 and has the modern-day equivalent of eating a cheeseburger. In brief, my finding was that it is OK to eat a cheeseburger. The actual reason for not seething a kid in its mother’s milk is something I’m still undecided on but I found a web publishing by Keith Hunt to be a good starting point for study. You can find it HERE.

As I continued my study, looking at why I couldn’t eat pork and the other ‘meats’ that were prohibited, I came to a realization. In the Torah (I will stand corrected if I’m wrong.), there is only regulation as to how vegetation should be GROWN and not necessarily how it should be EATEN. I’d found myself doing the very thing I tell others not to do. I read the books of law with a focus on what shouldn’t be done, questioning why, with no focus on what can be done without fear of consequence.
Coupled with the knowledge that, in this period, the common man would eat when hungry, as opposed to eating food because it was there, I began to question if really our diets should be vegetarian, with an option of eating meat if it was necessary. This hit home when I read through the story of Noah, followed by Abraham and Joseph.

We could be exact about the measurement of the ark but that is for another forum. For the sake of this post, I’m going to go with the Wikipedia measurement of 450ft x 75ft x 45ft.
Pre-flood, micro-evolution had not yet begun so there were nowhere near as many sub-species as there are now. I think the ark would have been very basically populated with creatures so the question would always taunt me. How DID Noah and his family survive in the ark for almost 6 months. After much deliberation, and looking at the Kosher diet, I’ve come to the conclusion that they would have to have eaten at least a primarily vegetarian diet, if not a totally vegan diet of starches, grains or both. A heavy meat diet could have, based on the calories meat provides and how long meat lasts once an animal is slaughtered, caused the animals to dwindle in numbers very swiftly. Causing sickness, disease and, ultimately, death of the animals, Noah and his family.
Grains, starches and legumes, on the other hand give you more ‘bang for your buck’ when it comes to the provision of carbohydrates for energy and last a lot longer than any meat product.

Abraham was a nomad with many, many people in his tribe. To the point, he was able to muster a nomadic army of 318 men to rescue his nephew, Lot, in battle. His herds were enormous. Understanding the nomadic lifestyle of the time, we can again see that, in the very least, meat was only eaten if necessary, if at all. Having such a large tribe, living in a primarily desert region (We see this when Abraham and Lot part ways), a primarily meat diet or any other excessive intake of meat would have meant a decrease in animals to actually work the land, in order for any food to be planted or for any other work that strong animals could have been used for back then. The erection of large tents, for example.
What actually comes to mind at this moment of typing is that, there are very few instances in the beginning of the Old Testament where meat is used for food.

Joseph’s story sees him become a leader of the Ancient Egyptian empire. When famine was predicted, the first step he took was to create large granaries and fill them with grain. The grain lasted through a 7 year famine. There is also archaeological and historical evidence to suggest the common Egyptian man of that period would have eaten a rice-based diet. Interestingly, hair analysis of the Pharaoh mummies we have now shows that they ate more meat than their ‘common’ counterparts, which could go to show that meat is more a consumption of choice than need.

As I started decreasing my meat intake and focused on eating the right meats, according to scripture, a good friend of mine (You can follow his great mind HERE. He has a good spirit to share.) pointed me in the direction of a video called the Starch-based Diet, on YouTube.
John McDougall MD gives a lecture, where he breaks down how, scientifically, historically and archaeologically, we are to be eating a starch-based diet. He then goes on to, a lot better than I could right now, break down how the starch-based diet can better our bodies, our pockets and the environment. It’s the combination of ‘all of the above’ that has driven my decision to make this big change.  I really do strongly suggest watching this gentleman’s video. You will find it most informative, even if you chose to not follow a starch-based diet afterwards.

The key aid I have in this change is my choice of sports to make headway in. That is Track & Field (400m Hurdles) and the Triathlon. Indeed, I’m currently heading down the pathway of my first Iron Man, which I hope to attempt in 2017. These sports don’t require the muscular growth of, say, a bodybuilder. I have several friends that are heavily involved in the sports of bodybuilding and sculpting. I would say that their requirement for protein wouldn’t be adequately met by a natural intake of carbohydrates and fats. My sports, on the other hand, require massive amounts of energy. The long miles, running, cycling and swimming and the constant repetitions on a track, over hurdles. These are energy-intensive feats that I have ahead.
For my vegan friends and followers reading this, I’m sorry to disappoint, but I won’t be joining your ranks. Although, I’ll be eating a primarily vegetarian diet, there is still a necessity for muscular repair (As opposed to development.) so, if you see me somewhere eating some chicken or fish to top myself up, don’t scream at me. I’m thoroughly aware of tofu and qinoa. No need to mention. Thank you!

So, there you have it! My reasoning for making a shift to a heavily vegetarian diet, which is, in my eyes, what the Kosher diet is supposed to be. Please, feel free to share any recipes you may have!

I’ll let you know how this goes in a few weeks!