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Our Baptism


Praying is Good

There’s nothing like a bout of misfortune to bring a person to their knees and inspire them to say a little prayer. I’ve done more than a little praying, I’ve done a lot. On my knees? More like flat on my face. Praying is good. It takes a lot of worry of our minds and puts it in the care of those who are way more capable than us to deal with our dumb decisions, stupid mistakes and regular uphill battles. Spending time praying gives us a chance to smell the roses, enjoy the breezes and be super duper grateful for all the blessings in our lives.

Once I realized how much smoother my life rolls with a little help from my friends up High, the next most obvious step was to get baptised. To be honest I had no idea what it meant really, I just knew that I wanted to be baptised. A couple of near death experiences helped point me in the right direction. Despite my ailings and failings I felt totally reborn and the idea of baptism felt just right.

Our ‘Non-Denominational’ Pastor

At a health resort during one of my more notable failed attempts for better health I asked the ‘non denominational’ pastor at the resort if he could baptise me. He said, that he had a better idea. How about he would come over to my house and teach me the Bible? I didn’t know. Thought I’d run it past my kids who were teenagers at the time. We all know what teenagers are like.

After I viewed my Catholic upbringing with a fair dose of skepticism my kids had been brought up to believe that the Eastern religions with the regular secret initiations and silent retreats were the bees-knees. As well as sharing Jesus’ parables I’d thrown in regular servings of New Age stuff and esoterism, mixed with Wicca, sprinkled with Taoism. All their lives my children dined on Syncretism Supreme a la Maison served on fancy occult platters.

I asked my kids what they thought about this pastor coming over to our house and teaching me the Bible. My kids said, ‘cool.’ So I told the pastor, ‘cool.’

The pastor came and taught us for more than a year. All three of us LOVED the Bible. We weren’t always 100% sure about the interpretation he gave to it. But we LOVED God’s Word. It made sense to us and put a lot of things in perspective for each of us. After a year it was time to get baptised.

Time To Get Baptised

We had big plans. We were going to invite the whole of town including the Mayor and we did. We chose a really lovely spot to be baptised at the river’s mouth. It was so exciting. We found in our combined wardrobes three nice long white dresses to wear on the day. A little lace but not too much, just right. We ordered the biggest chocolate cake in town and we had huge chocolate letters put on it. My little 5-year-old nephew who came over to visit for this big occasion all the way from the lower end of the Gold Coast to our place at the top of the Sunny Coast, said that it was the best cake he had ever tasted in his life. We could only agree.

The cake read,  O, Taste and see that the LORD is good.

My bed spread doubled as a beautiful white damask tablecloth to dress our ‘cake table’ on which we also placed a few brochures on baptism. Because by then I had discovered what baptism is all about. The Bible is very clear on it.

It all felt holy and right. Jesus said, No one can enter into the kingdom of God unless he is born again.

I had been baptised as a little baby in the Catholic church and really had not much an idea of what this involved. This time around it was like a very strong inner urging which made me want to be baptised even before I had read much Scripture and understood what it all meant.

The date was set, the weather beautiful, our minds relaxed and at ease with a hint of excitement of what was to come.

A week or so before the big event, another pastor ‘mate’ came and visited. He wasn’t our ‘mate’ he was our pastor’s mate.

Signing On The Dotted Line

These mates had collectively decided that there were going to be a couple of changes. The suggestion was that it was not going to be our pastor who would do the baptizing but it was going to be the pastor’s mate, his mate’s dad and his mate’s granddad. The granddad was a retired pastor and the other two were both pastors in a local church. And could we please sign on the dotted line that we were going to join this church and follow their doctrine?

We thought about this for a fraction of a second and decided, no. We like non-denominational, that’s why we picked the pastor we picked.

Apparently, according to our pastor, he’s one of only three non-denominational pastors in the whole of Australia. So we said, ‘thank you that is a really nice offer to have us join your church and all that. And to have your dad and granddad go out of their way for us and come, risk getting seaweed tangled up in their shorts to baptise all three of us in one go, but you know what? We’ve been listening to this ‘non-denominational’ pastor’s Bible studies for over a year now and this has never been brought up before. We would just like to go ahead as agreed and be baptised by our pastor whom we know, as agreed at the river mouth with the whole of town invited to the ceremony.’

Think About It

They told us to think about it. We told them we thought about it. And liked it as had been agreed. They left. Then a few days before our baptism our pastor indicated that he had a better location for our baptism in mind. We had chosen a nice bright open clearing at our town’s river mouth with enough space to accommodate many friends and visitors. As I said we’d invited a lot of friends.

Only days before our baptism our pastor and his wife drove us around murky rivers in an adjoining town to entice us to change our mind re the location. It caused their four year old grand daughter who joined this little impromptu trip to exclaim, ‘yuk I would not go in there, there could be crocodiles.’ Our thoughts exactly. So we declined the offer of a murky river baptism.

The next day, the day before our baptism, this time after an invite for an impromptu boat trip by the pastor and his wife, we declined the offer of baptism at a tucked away little corner of a little inlet, which would not accommodate the crowd we anticipated.

Needless to say that our baptism was cancelled.

Who Baptises?

We did a bit more reading up about baptism and the Bible tells us that if someone wants to be baptised, you stop then and there and baptise that person. Got that? One does not need a years worth of indoctrination to be baptised. That is not how it works according to the Bible.

It is not the church either, which does the baptizing. Nor the pastor nor the denomination.

We are baptised in the name of The Father, The Son and the Holy Ghost.

This could happen in a bathtub in your home or the dam or pool in your back yard. If any one tells you differently, ask them which church they are with or what denomination.

Baptism is between you and God and His Son and the Holy Ghost. If someone asks you to sign on the dotted line before your baptism, ask them about their church doctrine. And if their answer is not, ‘Our Bible is our church doctrine’ I suggest you run. Unless you want to get sucked in or unless you actually like the church doctrine they present you with. That’s totally fine.
Just don’t confuse it with God’s Word.

If occasionally my finger slips and you’ll read demonation and church doctoring, you’ll forgive me, won’t you. We all bare our scars.

God Is Awesome

What did this teach us? God is awesome. His Word and His Son, I’m just head over heels. There’s no church doctoring or demonation that will be able to touch that.

Be aware of false prophets. They are literally everywhere. And come in any shape or form, particularly the one you expect the least such as pastors and health workers. If you read or hear anything anywhere which is not in line with God’s Commandments or His Son’s Word and actions, that means there is no light in it.  God, His Word and His Son, they are the Light.

Alleluia

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Far Out!

For a number of years I’ve struggled with serious health problems. So much so that whenever my daughters phone one of my previous doctors for health advice or a chat, he invariable says, ‘What … is your mum still going? Really? Far out!’
More than six years ago he told me that I was by far the worst patient in his practice and he pretty much begged me to go to hospital so that ‘when’ I died, he would not be investigated.
As a family we prayed instead.
We love this doctor dearly, he has been very good to us.

What I learned from having health challenges is to never ever give up. And never ever accept a death sentence handed out to you by people in white coats with stethoscopes around their neck. Medico’s overall have treated me very well and been very kind to me but, like all of us, they are mere mortals and their knowledge and expertise is limited.
There is only One who knows all.

With My Right Hand Will I Hold Thee

FEAR THOU NOT by www.liveforeverhowto.com

‘With my right hand will I hold thee’, says my favourite author from my favourite book. In against all odds and medical and scientific evidence, ‘With my right hand will I hold thee.’  That’s all that matters to me. That is what keeps me going as well as two smiley faces beaming at me as I’m served my breakfast in bed.

Don’t Give Up

When people give up, everyone loses. Lives are lost and good friends and family members are lost when people give up. Whatever you do, don’t give up!

A transcript of the best advice and most inspiring speech about not giving up is pasted below. If you prefer to listen to it here is the link to do so.

Speech by by Naval Admiral William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, at the University-wide Commencement at The University of Texas at Austin a few weeks ago on May 17, 2014 from the University website.

“President Powers, Provost Fenves, Deans, members of the faculty, family and friends and most importantly, the class of 2014.  Congratulations on your achievement.

It’s been almost 37 years to the day that I graduated from UT.

I remember a lot of things about that day.

I remember I had throbbing headache from a party the night before.  I remember I had a serious girlfriend, whom I later married—that’s important to remember by the way—and I remember that I was getting commissioned in the Navy that day.

But of all the things I remember, I don’t have a clue who the commencement speaker was that evening and I certainly don’t remember anything they said.

So…acknowledging that fact—if I can’t make this commencement speech memorable—I will at least try to make it short.

 What Starts here Changes The World

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The University’s slogan is,

“What starts here changes the world.”

I have to admit—I kinda like it.

“What starts here changes the world.”

Tonight there are almost 8,000 students graduating from UT.

That great paragon of analytical rigor, Ask.Com says that the average American will meet 10,000 people in their life time.

That’s a lot of folks.

But, if every one of you changed the lives of just ten people—and each one of those folks changed the lives of another ten people—just ten—then in five generations—125 years—the class of 2014 will have changed the lives of 800 million people.

800 million people—think of it—over twice the population of the United States.  Go one more generation and you can change the entire population of the world—8 billion people.

 Generations are saved by one decision—by one person

If you think it’s hard to change the lives of ten people—change their lives forever—you’re wrong.

I saw it happen every day in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A young Army officer makes a decision to go left instead of right down a road in Baghdad and the ten soldiers in his squad are saved from close-in ambush.

In Kandahar province, Afghanistan, a non-commissioned officer from the Female Engagement Team senses something isn’t right and directs the infantry platoon away from a 500 pound IED, saving the lives of a dozen soldiers.

But, if you think about it, not only were these soldiers saved by the decisions of one person, but their children yet unborn—were also saved.  And their children’s children—were saved.

Generations were saved by one decision—by one person.

But changing the world can happen anywhere and anyone can do it.

FAILURE ONLY HAPPENS by Mimi 2014

So, what starts here can indeed change the world, but the question is…what will the world look like after you change it?

Well, I am confident that it will look much, much better, but if you will humor this old sailor for just a moment, I have a few suggestions that may help you on your way to a better a world.

And while these lessons were learned during my time in the military, I can assure you that it matters not whether you ever served a day in uniform.

It matters not your gender, your ethnic or religious background, your orientation, or your social status.

Our struggles in this world are similar and the lessons to overcome those struggles and to move forward—changing ourselves and the world around us—will apply equally to all.

Basic SEAL training in Coronado, California.

I have been a Navy SEAL for 36 years.  But it all began when I left UT for Basic SEAL training in Coronado, California.

Basic SEAL training is six months of long torturous runs in the soft sand, midnight swims in the cold water off San Diego, obstacles courses, unending calisthenics, days without sleep and always being cold, wet and miserable.

It is six months of being constantly harassed by professionally trained warriors who seek to find the weak of mind and body and eliminate them from ever becoming a Navy SEAL.

But, the training also seeks to find those students who can lead in an environment of constant stress, chaos, failure and hardships.

To me basic SEAL training was a life time of challenges crammed into six months.

So, here are the ten lesson’s I learned from basic SEAL training that hopefully will be of value to you as you move forward in life.

1. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed

Every morning in basic SEAL training, my instructors, who at the time were all Vietnam veterans, would show up in my barracks room and the first thing they would inspect was your bed. If you did it right, the corners would be square, the covers pulled tight, the pillow centred just under the headboard and the extra blanket folded neatly at the foot of the rack — rack — that’s Navy talk for bed.

It was a simple task — mundane at best. But every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection. It seemed a little ridiculous at the time, particularly in light of the fact that were aspiring to be real warriors; tough battle hardened SEALs. But the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over.

If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.

If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.

And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made — and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.

2. If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle

During SEAL training the students are broken down into boat crews. Each crew is seven students — three on each side of a small rubber boat and one coxswain to help guide the dingy.

Every day your boat crew forms up on the beach and is instructed to get through the surf zone and paddle several miles down the coast.

In the winter, the surf off San Diego can get to be 8 to 10 feet high and it is exceedingly difficult to paddle through the plunging surf unless everyone digs in. Every paddle must be synchronised to the stroke count of the coxswain. Everyone must exert equal effort or the boat will turn against the wave and be unceremoniously tossed back on the beach. For the boat to make it to its destination, everyone must paddle.

You can’t change the world alone — you will need some help — and to truly get from your starting point to your destination takes friends, colleagues, the good will of strangers and a strong coxswain to guide them. If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.

WE CAN DO IT TOGETHER www.liveforeverhowto

3. If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers

Over a few weeks of difficult training my SEAL class which started with 150 men was down to just 35. There were now six boat crews of seven men each.

I was in the boat with the tall guys, but the best boat crew we had was made up of the little guys — the munchkin crew we called them — no one was over about 5-foot five. The munchkin boat crew had one American Indian, one African American, one Polish American, one Greek American, one Italian American, and two tough kids from the mid-west. They out paddled, outran, and out swam all the other boat crews.

The big men in the other boat crews would always make good natured fun of the tiny little flippers the munchkins put on their tiny little feet prior to every swim. But somehow these little guys, from every corner of the nation and the world, always had the last laugh, swimming faster than everyone and reaching the shore long before the rest of us.

SEAL training was a great equaliser. Nothing mattered but your will to succeed. Not your colour, not your ethnic background, not your education and not your social status. If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.

4. If you want to change the world get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward

Several times a week, the instructors would line up the class and do a uniform inspection. It was exceptionally thorough. Your hat had to be perfectly starched, your uniform immaculately pressed and your belt buckle shiny and void of any smudges.

But it seemed that no matter how much effort you put into starching your hat, or pressing your uniform or polishing your belt buckle — it just wasn’t good enough. The instructors would find something wrong.

For failing the uniform inspection, the student had to run, fully clothed into the surfzone and then, wet from head to toe, roll around on the beach until every part of your body was covered with sand. The effect was known as a “sugar cookie.” You stayed in that uniform the rest of the day — cold, wet and sandy.

There were many a student who just couldn’t accept the fact that all their effort was in vain. That no matter how hard they tried to get the uniform right — it was unappreciated. Those students didn’t make it through training. Those students didn’t understand the purpose of the drill.

You were never going to succeed. You were never going to have a perfect uniform. Sometimes no matter how well you prepare or how well you perform you still end up as a sugar cookie. It’s just the way life is sometimes. If you want to change the world get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.

 NEVER GIVE UP by Mimi 2014

5. If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses

Every day during training you were challenged with multiple physical events — long runs, long swims, obstacle courses, hours of callisthenics — something designed to test your mettle. Every event had standards — times you had to meet. If you failed to meet those standards your name was posted on a list and at the end of the day those on the list were invited to — a “circus.”

A circus was two hours of additional callisthenics — designed to wear you down, to break your spirit, to force you to quit. No one wanted a circus. A circus meant that for that day you didn’t measure up. A circus meant more fatigue — and more fatigue meant that the following day would be more difficult — and more circuses were likely.

At some time during SEAL training, everyone — everyone — made the circus list. But an interesting thing happened to those who were constantly on the list. Over time those students who did two hours of extra callisthenics got stronger and stronger. The pain of the circuses built inner strength-built physical resiliency.

Life is filled with circuses. You will fail. You will likely fail often. It will be painful. It will be discouraging. At times it will test you to your very core. But if you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses.

6. If you want to change the world sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first

At least twice a week, the trainees were required to run the obstacle course. The obstacle course contained 25 obstacles including a 10-foot high wall, a 30-foot cargo net, and a barbed wire crawl to name a few.

But the most challenging obstacle was the ‘slide for life’. It had a three level 30 foot tower at one end and a one level tower at the other. In between was a 200-foot long rope. You had to climb the three tiered tower and once at the top, you grabbed the rope, swung underneath the rope and pulled yourself hand over hand until you got to the other end.

The record for the obstacle course had stood for years when my class began training in 1977. The record seemed unbeatable, until one day, a student decided to go down the slide for life — head first. Instead of swinging his body underneath the rope and inching his way down, he bravely mounted the TOP of the rope and thrust himself forward.

It was a dangerous move, seemingly foolish, and fraught with risk. Failure could mean injury and being dropped from the training. Without hesitation the student slid down the rope perilously fast. Instead of several minutes, it only took him half that time and by the end of the course he had broken the record. If you want to change the world sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first.

I CAN AND I WILL by www.liveforeverhowto

7. If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks

During the land warfare phase of training, the students are flown out to San Clemente Island which lies off the coast of San Diego. The waters off San Clemente are a breeding ground for the great white sharks. To pass SEAL training there are a series of long swims that must be completed. One is the night swim.

Before the swim the instructors joyfully brief the trainees on all the species of sharks that inhabit the waters off San Clemente. They assure you, however, that no student has ever been eaten by a shark — at least not recently.

But, you are also taught that if a shark begins to circle your position, stand your ground. Do not swim away. Do not act afraid. And if the shark, hungry for a midnight snack, darts towards you, then summon up all your strength and punch him in the snout and he will turn and swim away.

There are a lot of sharks in the world. If you hope to complete the swim you will have to deal with them. So if you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.

8. If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment

As Navy SEALs one of our jobs is to conduct underwater attacks against enemy shipping. We practised this technique extensively during basic training.

The ship attack mission is where a pair of SEAL divers are dropped off outside an enemy harbour and then swims well over two miles — underwater — using nothing but a depth gauge and a compass to get to their target.

During the entire swim, even well below the surface there is some light that comes through. It is comforting to know that there is open water above you. But as you approach the ship, which is tied to a pier, the light begins to fade. The steel structure of the ship blocks the moonlight. It blocks the surrounding street lamps. It blocks all ambient light.

To be successful in your mission, you have to swim under the ship and find the keel — the centre line and the deepest part of the ship. This is your objective. But the keel is also the darkest part of the ship, where you cannot see your hand in front of your face, where the noise from the ship’s machinery is deafening and where it is easy to get disoriented and fail.

Every SEAL knows that under the keel, at the darkest moment of the mission, is the time when you must be calm, composed — when all your tactical skills, your physical power and all your inner strength must be brought to bear. If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.

NEVER EVER GIVE UP WC www.liveforeverhowto

9. If you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud

The ninth week of training is referred to as “Hell Week.” It is six days of no sleep, constant physical and mental harassment, and one special day at the Mud Flats.

The Mud Flats are an area between San Diego and Tijuana, where the water runs off and creates the Tijuana slue’s — a swampy patch of terrain where the mud will engulf you.

It is on the Wednesday of Hell Week that you paddle down to the mud flats and spend the next 15 hours trying to survive the freezing cold mud, the howling wind and the incessant pressure to quit from the instructors.

As the sun began to set that Wednesday evening, my training class, having committed some “egregious infraction of the rules” was ordered into the mud. The mud consumed each man till there was nothing visible but our heads. The instructors told us we could leave the mud if only five men would quit. Just five men and we could get out of the oppressive cold.

Looking around the mud flat it was apparent that some students were about to give up. It was still over eight hours till the sun came up … eight more hours of bone chilling cold. The chattering teeth and shivering moans of the trainees were so loud it was hard to hear anything.

And then, one voice began to echo through the night — one voice raised in song.

The song was terribly out of tune, but sung with great enthusiasm. One voice became two and two became three and before long everyone in the class was singing. We knew that if one man could rise above the misery then others could as well.

The instructors threatened us with more time in the mud if we kept up the singing — but the singing persisted. And somehow — the mud seemed a little warmer, the wind a little tamer and the dawn not so far away.

If I have learned anything in my time travelling the world, it is the power of hope. The power of one person — Washington, Lincoln, King, Mandela and even a young girl from Pakistan, Malala — one person can change the world by giving people hope. If you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.

10. If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell.

Finally, in SEAL training there is a bell. A brass bell that hangs in the centre of the compound for all the students to see.

All you have to do to quit is ring the bell. Ring the bell and you no longer have to wake up at 5 o’clock. Ring the bell and you no longer have to do the freezing cold swims.

Ring the bell and you no longer have to do the runs, the obstacle course, the PT — and you no longer have to endure the hardships of training. Just ring the bell.

If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell.

GET UP DRESS UP SHOW UP www.liveforeverhowto

 You  can affect the lives of 800 million people in the next century

To the graduating class of 2014, you are moments away from graduating. Moments away from beginning your journey through life. Moments away from starting to change the world — for the better. It will not be easy. But YOU are the class of 2014 — the class that can affect the lives of 800 million people in the next century.

Start each day with a task completed. Find someone to help you through life. Respect everyone. Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often, but if you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up — if you do these things, the next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today, and what started here will indeed have changed the world — for the better.”

end of speech.

Wow, some speech. Makes me think that we can all do with a touch of SEAL training in our youth.

Not everyone wants to change the world. I just want to share my story and let my readers know what I discovered about Living Forever. Regardless of what we’re about though, every single decision we make changes something and usually affects other people. So why not change for the better by resolving to never ever give up and inspiring others to do the same.

Below I’ve summed up Admiral William H. McRaven’s speech to print out and hang on my wall.

If you want to change the world … advice from Admiral William McRaven

Start each day with a task completed. Find someone to help you through life. Respect everyone. Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often, but if you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up.

  1. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
  2. If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.
  3. If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.
  4. If you want to change the world get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.
  5. If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses.
  6. If you want to change the world sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first.
  7. If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.
  8. If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.
  9. If you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.
  10. If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell.

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beyondblue.org.authe black dog institutepressonaustralia 
or phone Lifeline on 131 114. 

 

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Why A Blog On Living Forever?


Why would any one write a blog on Living For Ever?

That’s a good question and I’ll tell you why. Exactly ten years ago my favourite cousin Les asked me this question during one of his visits to my house: ‘How long do you expect to live for?’

To be honest I had never given it any thought. So I reflected on his question briefly and told him that a clairvoyant’s crystal ball once portrayed me at a ripe old age with hair as white as snow. ‘I’ll sign up for that,’ I said, at a time when I still believed in soothsayers.
‘What about you Les?’ I asked.

Les and I had great rapport, which may have had something to do with the fact that we were of the same vintage.

‘Me,’ he said, ‘I’ll be living forever.’

He grinned at me with a smile bigger than the sun, ‘Me,’ he said, whilst poking his finger at his chest, ‘I’ll be living for ever!’

A week later he had taken his own life. I wrote a small article about it in 2005 as part of a feature story on teenage depression, you can read about that below.


The concept of living for ever somehow sounded different to ‘heaven.’

Like most people I had heard about heaven but it was my cousin Les who introduced me to the concept of living for ever. The concept of living for ever somehow sounded different to ‘heaven.’

The passing of my favourite cousin combined with several near death experiences experienced by myself were some of the reasons that prompted me to study living for ever intensely for the next decade.

Les wrote poetry during his lifetime but this particular poem as printed above was artistic licence from the author to fit in with the story and convey Les’ mood on his last visit to his cousin (me). For help with or information on depression visit beyondblue.org.au, the black dog institute, pressonaustralia or phone Lifeline on 131 114.

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Americans Stand A Better Chance To Get To Heaven


How Many Of Us Get To Go To Heaven?

Who is it that gets to live forever? Do we even want to live forever? A little while ago Daily Post’s Scott Berkun posed exactly that question, ‘Do you want to live forever?’ and received widely varied responses.

Did you know that Americans Stand a Better Chance To Get to Heaven?

First of all you need to know that Americans stand a better chance than others to get into heaven, it is a mathematical fact and you can read more about that here.

Only Two People Entered the Promised Land

Secondly you need to know that out of the whole Hebrew nation, which 3500 years ago was around one million people, only two out of one million got to enter the promised land. After a long forty year journey through the wilderness, only two.

Why Only Two Out Of A Million?

Why was this? Because these were the only two that obeyed God. Yep. That’s what the bible tells us. Even Moses was not allowed to enter the promised land. Who were the two that were allowed to enter the promised land?

Caleb and Joshua. It is good to keep in mind that the Jewish people are meticulous record keepers. And there you have it, Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun were the only two out of the original tribe which entered the promised land because they were the only two that followed God.

Many seek to enter in.

Many Seek To Enter In. Most people I know expect to go to heaven, just because … They have faith and all that. They reckon they’ll be fine.

This doesn’t correlate with what the Good Book tells us. The bible tells us that two were kicked out of paradise for not obeying God and two out of around one million entered into the promised land because they were the only two who obeyed God.

What are your chances that you’ll end up in heaven?

So, what are your chances that you’ll end up in heaven? Unless you’re an American … the bible tells us that only two out of a nation of around one million people entered the promised land.

Reading the above made me wonder what the parameters are.

 

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How To Obtain Ongoing Happiness?


Happiness And Love Are Closely Intertwined

Some people are always smiling and seemingly happy whilst others seem to struggle their way through life. After a few decades of hard slog combined with much good fortune and a fair drizzle of mishaps I think I got a little bit more of a handle on ‘it.’

Happiness and love are closely intertwined in that firstly it is never between you and ‘them’ but always between you and your Creator. Don’t worry about ‘them’, worry about your soul and your spirit being right with your God.
And secondly happiness is similar to love in that the perks and rewards are bundled in with the giving and not with the receiving.

My little ditty on happiness

This may not be a great eye opener to anyone but it inspired me to write the following little ditty on happiness.

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Happiness quotes and the science of happiness

Check out these 101 happiness quotes compiled by Henrik Edberg and the Surprising Science of Happiness by Dan Gilbert on TED with more than 9 million views so far plus another nine inspiring talks on TED about What makes us happy?

Happiness is equal to or greater than the events of your life minus your expectation of how life should be.

Mo Gawdat says that Happiness is equal to or greater than the events of your life minus your expectation of how life should be. He elaborates on this in “Solve for Happy: Engineering Your Path to Uncovering the Joy Inside You” by Mo Gawdat.

Despite acknowledging your happy list, the reason we are then often unhappy is because we are trained to look at the events of our life in a way that is not truthful leading Gawdat to determine the ‘675 model’.

The model states that there are six illusions that blur our view of the real world: thought (believing you are your thoughts), self (believing you are your body, emotions, beliefs, name, achievements, family or possessions), knowledge, time (thinking too much about the past or future), control and fear. 

Next, there are seven blind spots that make us miss the truth when we look at life: filtering, assuming, hunting, memories, labels, emotion and exaggerating. When we factor this into the equation, this is often how we see life events therefore blurring what those events actually mean.

“Fixing the six and the seven gets you to remove the reasons for your unhappiness,” he explains. “When you do that long enough, you start to realise it is silly because life mostly meets our expectations.”

Finally, there are five truths which we must accept: that now , change, love and death are all real as is the last truth: grand design, the belief that nothing is random and life generally follows patterns, laws, rules or science.

By considering the five truths, even if life events are harsh, they are not unexpected because they are simply the truths of life. 

“When you focus on these five truths, you feel happy most of the time,” Gawdat says. 

You can purchase Mo’s Book on Amazon.

Jimmy created BeHappy101.com

Jimmy created a website filled with resources to help people get happier. He also created a mathematical formula as follows,

HAPPINESS FORMULA

Jimmy calls this the Happiness Formula. His site has all sorts of goodies such as “Happiness Builder Strategies” to create your happiest possible life!

Advice on Happiness from Life Hacker

Happiness is a choice.

At each moment of the day, you make a decision, whether you realize it or not. It’s the result of your attitude towards life. And whatever it is—positive or negative—it affects all the events, people, relationships, and basically whatever it is that you encounter in your life.

So, if you’re living a complicated life with so many things to do and no time for yourself, it’s your fault.
If you have exactly what you’ve wanted and are thankful for it every day, you’re the one to blame.
If you’re surrounded by negative people, have a job you hate and can’t even sleep at night because of the many thoughts that pop up in your head constantly, no one else is responsible for that but you.
If you’re doing what you love, work hard but still find time for yourself and those you love, it’s due to a choice you’ve made at some point.

But there’s good news. Whatever your situation is, you can change it.

Happiness is absolutely possible at any time, it’s free, doesn’t depend on age, looks, career or income. Everyone deserves it and it doesn’t need to be found, reached, created, or anything else that requires effort.
To read more about Life Hacker’s Happiness Formula you can visit their website.

 

 

 

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GOD Hath Made Me To Laugh


God made Sarah laugh.

GOD made me to laugh and that’s a fact and I am counting on everyone that hears my story to be laughing with me.

Where in the bible did it say that GOD made people laugh? In the first book of the bible in Genesis it is mentioned that God made Sarah laugh.

What happened was that Sarah, one of our matriarchs, laughed when God promised Abraham, her husband, that she would have a baby in her ripe old age. Yes, God promised the couple a baby, decades after Sarah’s biological clock had stopped ticking and centuries before anyone had ever heard of in vitro fertilisation. As a reaction to this promise Sarah laughed in disbelief.

Is Anything Too Hard For The LORD?

Skeptical as she was, Sarah decided to take matters in her own hands and insisted that Abraham ensure that one of her maid servants would conceive. Sarah lived to regret that day, but that’s another story.
As usual God’s promise came true and at the respectable age of 90 (100 for Abraham), God gave Sarah a son named Isaac.

When Sarah laughed the LORD said,
‘Is anything too hard for the LORD?’
And the LORD did unto her as he hath spoken.

And Sarah conceived and bare a son
And Sarah said, ‘God hath made me to laugh
So that all that hear shall laugh with me!’

All that hear shall laugh with me

A few thousand years ago, God in his wisdom decided to give a child to a couple of combined age of 190 years and just recently He pulled me back from death’s door a number of times. This tells me that anything at all is possible with God.

Sarah was so stoked that she said, All that hear shall laugh with me!

Aren’t we all just like that? When good and miraculous things happen to us we want to share the good news and celebrate with everyone. Same here; all I can do is laugh and share with whosoever wants to hear.

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Looking for more happiness


Demotion because of disobedience

Everyone I ever meet is looking for more happiness. When Eve choose the sweetness over obedience she did so because she mistakenly thought that satisfying her curiosity and taste buds would bring her more happiness than she already had, with Adam following her sheepishly. Adam’s loyalty was clearly misplaced because he followed Eve’s deluded direction instead of telling her where to go. Had he said something like, Are you crazy woman, believing a snake? You know that we’re not to eat from the tree in the midst of the garden! We’ve been told to not even touch that tree, let alone eat from it. Who will you believe, a snake or your Creator? If we’re disobedient and eat from this tree, we’ll die!

Dire consequences

History tells us that Adam did not say anything like that; instead he also got his teeth into the forbidden fruit. Had Adam told his wife where to go instead of bowing to peer pressure, chances are that either one, or both of them would have looked that snake straight in the eyes and said, Hiss off you deceiver; in which case they would not have been kicked out and we might all still be living in paradise.

As we know their combined disobedience and delusion had dire consequences; it meant that they were both thrown out of the Garden of Eden.

The promise from the deceiver was that they would not die but instead be as gods. The reality however was that, after the pair of them put their hands and mouth in the wrong place, they were demoted and lost their home.

What Adam and Eve taught us

Following our primitive urges, such as satisfying a sweet tooth or giving in to peer pressure may give us instant gratification but the prospects for long-term satisfaction are nil. It’s a no-brainer really. Adam and Eve were thrown out of paradise because of greed and stupidity. What we learned from Adam and Eve is that disobedience to our Maker gets us into BIG trouble.

 

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