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Olympics with a Spiritual Twist

July 29, 2012

Thousands of people have gathered for the Olympic Games. Millions of others are watching them. Competitors will compete in many different sports. Some will compete alone but many will compete in teams. Even most of the ones competing alone belong to a team representing their country of origin. What’s it all about? It’s a beautiful and powerful thing when so many come together in unity to compete, experience and treasure the time.

Many faiths of the world put great stock in the power of unity. The Bible says that one can put a thousand to flight, but two could put ten thousand to flight. Notice that together they can accomplish more than when they work alone. The Buddha himself is known to have said; “He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.” The principle of unity is a powerful thing. There is a law called synergism. This law states that when the joint action of agents is brought together they increase each other’s effectiveness.

The truth that there is power in unity is irrefutable. You can look through history, any great movement that’s ever taken place has been by a group of people who all wanted the same thing and come together in unity to accomplish it. That’s the beauty in the Olympics, in my opinion, people of diverse belief, faith and custom coming together in peace to accomplish, to compete, but to experience a lifetime of joys and honor.

There is a beautiful passage in the Bible’s New Testament, Colossians chapter 3 verses 13 and 14 that say this; “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

I pray for a peaceful Olympic Games and Bless each and every competitor and all of their supporting people. I pray the many Chaplains are able to minister to their differing Faiths and be an encouragement. My hope is that their experience of Unity and Peace with broaden their perspective and allow them greater vision of living in a peaceful world. I pray they honor their nations and empower themselves to know the blessings of the power of unity and fellowship with respect to all living things.



Spoiled People

July 11, 2012

Who is spoiled? Me? You? The Whole United States?

(Caution, some hard topics ahead)

All the above if we compare ourselves much of the rest of the world. I haven’t had the opportunity to visit any third world countries but I know of their living conditions and support many folks that travel or minister in some way to those without the technological advances that we enjoy. Many people of the world don’t have enough clean water to drink. Nearly, if not over, a million people on this planet die each year of malaria. Three to five million people suffer from cholera every year and typically 120 thousand or more of those won’t survive. Do you realized that 39% of the people in this world have dirt floors in their homes and no electricity or running water?

Who are we as Americans to think that we are above others because we have nicer things? Who are we to believe we deserve all this stuff? Who are we to think that just because we have it so good that it will always be this good?

Who are we, just because our political experiment has made it this far, to think that we deserve to have it all good and not struggle like many do around this planet? Who are we to think that because we have religious freedom it will always be that way? Who are we to believe that just because our Founding Father warned us over and over again about how delicate freedom is versus tyranny that we don’t have to stand up for our rights? Who are we to think we won’t reap what we sow when we kill 1.2 million unborn children every year? Who are we to actually believe that the television, radio and paper news outlets, owned by some of the wealthiest people in the world, are really telling us everything new?

Just Asking?

No Fear! Be Blessed!

(I’ll be nicer tomorrow. Promise!)