Cockatoo parrot lays his head on my shoulders and even gives me the best little
kisses. He severely injured his foot a year ago during our move. Covered in
blood and crying from the pain, he allowed me to cut the string off that severed
into his bone and tendons. Since the incident, I have become his best friend,
his “mate,” if you will. I pondered our body’s faculties – the sense of touch,
sight, hearing, smell, and taste. They send information to the brain to help us
understand and perceive the world. But I know God gave us a sixth sense, which
began at the beginning of time.
go to the Book of Genesis, God created Adam and placed him in the Garden of
Eden. But soon after that, He recognized man was incomplete and needed a mate. Eve
solved the problem. Do you know what God realized was missing for Adam? It’s a
believe every living creature on earth has not only five senses, but a sixth
sense called LOVE. Love floods the brain with chemicals and hormones, producing
pleasure, obsession, and attachment. However, the emotion of love sets in after
we sense the endorphins. God knew Adam needed to love, just as He loves us. Jesus
walked the earth to explain the innate love born into each person. Men couldn’t
characterize it at the start of time, but love always existed, just as it does
is a sense of the inner spirit and a force of nature. It is unpredictable,
irrefutable, and radiates independently of our fears and desires. So, if God formed
all His creations with love as a sixth sense, how then could it not apply to
As we see on social media, mammals can show humans, love. Millions of caretakers of dogs and cats I’m sure will agree with me. They slurp kisses on our face and sleep in bed with us. But particular creatures, like fowl, are instinctively non-receptive to people. Their nature is to fly from danger… or is it?
I am happy
to report that birds, too, are born with a sense of love. How did I reach this
epiphany? By a bird – yes, by my parrots! We can’t teach our feathered friends to
hug or give us a kiss. Instead, they sense (the sixth sense) when they are
loved and protected. They reciprocate in a language only they can understand.
test my experiment on the outdoor birds. Each morning, I throw tiny seed on the
ground, and then take a seat on the deck. Almost immediately, the small birds gather
in the nearby trees. I call them, and they flock down to the grass to feed and
greet me. Some even venture onto the deck and handrails and chirp. They feel
protected and sense love.
I even took my “love” hypothesis to Wal-Mart. As
I walked down an aisle, I encountered many service dogs. We made eye contact, and
they too broke and ran to me for a pat on the head. You see, God communicates
with animals. He led the animals to Noah’s ark. Scripture tells us that the breath of life
resides within them; therefore, they have a sense of love too.
“Pairs of all creatures that have
the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark.” Genesis 7:15
is the sixth sense inside all creations that share God’s spirit. It is the connection
between all the universal languages. Humanity and animals do not have to be created
alike to have the same compassion and love derived from God. He so loved the
world first so that all His creations have the ability and instinct to love
“For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine.” Psalm 50:10-11
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With the changing of the calendar there are disagreements about if it is really a new decade.
What a silly disagreement.
Humans feel they control time. They can catagozie and contain it. However, as diverse as Humanity is, there are as many ways to contain time as there are civilazations.
I Celebrate three New Year’s. My actually new year is aligned with my pagan beliefs with the start of the year on Samhein, Halloween.
Then I recognize the Gregorian New Year, which most of the world, particularly the Western World, follow. Then, finally, I celebrate Chinese New Year. This is out of appreciation for Asian culture.
I once owned a Tibetan Buddhist Calendar. It being based on the moon as opposed to the sun. It was definitely different.
My friend in South Korea has two ages. One which is “western,” one which is based on her culture.
Not only are there calendar and time controls within different cultures, there are different views of time in various religions.
Growing up in the United Methodist Church we followed the Christian calendar (hint we are still in the Christmas Season until Epiphany). There are specific traditions and practices associated with certain times of the year in every religious practice.
And don’t even get me started on the different political calendars across the globe.
Sometimes this societal agree on the meaning of time is to our detriment. More and more people are having sleep problems and health issues because they are no longer in tune with their own physical, internal clock, their circadian rhythm.
It is worth remembering for all of the different views and beliefs on time, it is all fabricated by our brains. It is simply a way for our brains to catagozie and barely begin to understand our place in the Universe.
This Gregorian Year of 2020 I suggest we all take a step back and allow the Universe to speak to us, to reset our clocks to its time, instead of the chaos of societal time.
These days…Relationship means… Any where without you is better than any where with you
How individual lives are changing ,relationships are thrown into the dust bin,people forgetting the meaning and value & sacredness of ‘LOVE’,
Thanks to addiction to social media & smart phones !
Relationships are harder now!
“Conversations became texting,
Arguments became phone calls,
Feelings became subliminal messages,
Sex became easy,
The word ‘love’ is used out of context.,
Insecurities became a way of thinking,
Getting jealous became a habit,
Trust is hard to come by,
Being hurt became natural.
Leaving became the only option,
Sad but true,
So if you have something…that is worth it,..don’t take it for granted,
Fight for it,don’t let it go” pinterest
Be selfish,thanks to the inventions. indulge in your likings,Drink till you drop dead,fight without any reason,Ego is your life,jealousy is your partner, Greedy is your nature,Killing innocent is your taste,care not anybody,you owe the happiness you deserve,forget about dieting & exercises which are all money-making machines,,cheating is your mantra,money is everything and enjoy dying your own death,you owe nothing to anybody!
Is this the lesson modern-day life style teaching us ? Is this the meaning of advancement in human life ? Is this what all about relationships ?
And what about ethics,values,respect,responsibilities ,family relationship ?
Friday, April 19, 2019, is the annual remembrance of the LORD Jesus Christ’s death on a cruel Roman cross that paid the price for our sin. The crucifixion of Christ was the turning point of all history where God the Father reached out to humanity with the priceless gift of His only Son, Jesus.
Through that sacrifice, we are given the opportunity to come to God and receive His grace and the gift of everlasting life. Yet, the cross is more than the greatest sacrifice; it is a primary example for those who love Christ.
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? Matthew 16:24-26 [ESV]
There are three facets of this teaching gem which Jesus gave to His disciples that bear some examination. These were spoken not simply as instructions to them, but to everyone who has claimed the mantle of Christ ever since.
The Sacrifice of Self-Denial
There is nothing more antithetical to modern society than self-denial. Yet, in truth, it has been that way from the beginning.
The original sin of Adam and Eve is a testimony to this. They refused to deny themselves the one thing which the Creator prohibited when faced with the pressure of temptation.
Humankind has been prone to that path ever since. It is unimpeachable truth that everyone has refused to deny themselves something great or small on at least one occasion and likely more than that.
The business of advertising for products or services is a fruitful source for examples of saying no to self-denial. One doesn’t even have to examine television commercials to find such examples today [although TV still has the most].
Just scan the titles of your emails or the ads and headlines from prominent websites. There you will find many emotional words begging you to take action NOW! Words such as “hurry,” “urgent,” or a favorite of many ‘journalism’ blogs, “blockbuster news!”
One of the most important techniques a new salesperson is taught is to create a sense of urgency and need for the product right away. The vast majority of sales pitches have this element expressed by phrases like, “for a limited time only,” or “offer expires today.”
Since the days of the Great Depression in America, the principle of delayed gratification has faded from the general teaching and upbringing of successive generations. Nowadays, the latest and greatest are all everyone seems to want, and they want it now.
Many industries espouse immediate satisfaction as their goal for the customer. Perhaps the most common example is seen with ‘smartphone’ usage where user impatience is often vocally expressed upon a delay of more than a few seconds for a text or a download to be sent or received.
In order to follow Jesus as He taught, the natural impulses of impatience must be sacrificed on the altar of the cross of Christ. That means a genuine intent to deny self and to embrace the long and lifetime personal ‘via dolarosa,’ carrying our individual cross for Him each day.
What Do You Have to Lose?
This question is twofold. First, what do you have to lose if you do follow the prescription of the LORD? Second, what do you have to lose if you don’t?
Jesus tells us here that if we follow Him, we will save ourselves by losing our life. He doesn’t mean most of us will lose our physical life, though there are some even today who put their own lives at risk when called to preach the gospel in hostile environments.
Those are the missionaries who take grave risks of imprisonment, torture, and death to bring the hope of Christ around the globe. They are the people whom organizations such as Voice of the Martyrs and Open Doors advocate for and support.
These are truly the unsung heroes of the earth who practice the ultimate in self-denial for Jesus. When He returns, those heroes will be unsung no more and will embrace joy everlasting in a universe made right.
However, our LORD knows that only a choice few are called to that kind of work. For the rest of us, we are called to follow Jesus and demonstrate His love and grace to a different personal audience of co-workers, friends, and families.
While this may seem a less difficult task than moving to a different nation and living among a foreign culture, it can actually prove more arduous in the end. Jesus gives us insight as to why this is so.
And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:57-58 [ESV]
Anyone who has unsaved family members or friends can attest to the fact that you will likely face both unbelief and some hostility when you testify to them about Christ. Amicable relationships are another one of the things which may be ‘sacrificed’ when we carry the burden of our own “crosses” to follow Jesus.
One’s worldly ambition must also be nailed to a personal ‘cross.’ It is not wrong to seek to succeed in the world unless that success means living for the world and not for Christ.
Remember that the Bible doesn’t teach that riches and money are inherently sinful. Rather it teaches that the love of money is sinful and leads to ever more sin, as is loving anything or anyone more than God.
So what is lost if one does not embrace Jesus in faith and follow after Him? It is far more than losing friends or comfort or even mortal life; it is the forfeiture of the self and the soul.
Don’t Forfeit Your Soul for the World
One of the biggest points Jesus is making involves comparing the value of the material things of the material world with the value of the spiritual things of the spiritual realm. Our LORD is very clear about the value of both items and the verdict is that the riches of the entire world pale in value next to the human soul.
One of the most obvious reasons this is so is the factor of time. Time is something we measure but cannot master even with all the wealth in the world.
Time reminds us that we are mortal and our material lives will eventually cease. And no matter how much our physical life is extended or enhanced through science and medicine, death will remain on our horizon.
When one believes that the material world is either the most important world or the only world, it becomes easier to attempt to ‘gain the whole world.’ Our folly in this endeavor is the fact that all the riches in the universe could not buy us even a little more time.
Time is the one factor that everyone acknowledges is real, whether or not they believe in God. Yet, time is beyond our reach because it belongs to the triune LORD who created time in the first place.
Time is also the prison of the physical universe, including the physical body. For just as the universe had a beginning, so did our bodies, and just as our bodies will have an ending, so will the universe.
What is known as the Second Law of Thermodynamics or the Law of Entropy, confirms that time is running out for the universe. This scientific ‘law’ teaches the obvious fact that everything decays and runs down.
God’s Word taught that same principle long before science and it is called corruption. There are two types of corruption mentioned in the Bible, moral and physical.
Physical corruption leads to the destruction of the body, while moral corruption leads to the destruction of the soul. In a thrilling passage of the New Testament, Paul describes it this way.
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:50-57 [KJV]
If you or I make gaining the material riches of the world our goal in life, we will lose both life and riches. Worse, we will willingly have forfeited our souls for that which is only temporary.
When Christ was horribly crucified He was not seeking to gain the world but to give sinners the chance to gain eternal life. Jesus confirmed that eternal life was real when He rose again, as will be discussed next time.
Sources: The Holy Bible, King James Version, Public domain
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
Last week India faced a terror attack in which we lost 40 of our CRPF Jawans. It was a sad day for us (as a nation) and for the families of those Jawans.
As civilians we cannot even comprehend what the families of those Jawans go through. Though they have a lot of courage to have a family member join the military forces, still losing them would be the most difficult thing to face.
Just as we take care of our individual families, they take care of us (the one big family – our nation) without worrying about their own individual families.
As I read about the attacks my thoughts went deeper. I realized that we all lead a peaceful life because of our Military forces who struggled (struggled because they have to be ready for any unforeseen situations, they have to fight the tough weather conditions, they have to be away from their families, they have to be ready for any kind of attacks, etc…) at the Border to keep us safe.
I realized that as a civilian I could only do a few things for them:
Pray for the safety of our Military people. Stand by them and support them in the decisions they take for the safety of our nation.
Pray for every Military person who lost his life for the nation. Pray and support the families of those, who lost their lives fighting for the country. Their contribution is equally important.
Thank each one of the Military personnel for the selfless act done by them. They are the reason that we feel safe and lead a normal life.
Pray for the spread of peace and love throughout the world. If we all collectively pray and spread love, it will be very powerful and effective.
Bring up responsible world citizens who believe in peace, humanity, love and collective progress.
I just want to express my gratitude to every Military person (the world over) for the sacrifices they make for their beloved country.
I hope and pray for a world full of peace and love, for that is the only kind of world that can survive and thrive.