Creating The Right Environment For Our Future

I’d like to start this post off by saying I am very optimistic for the future of humanity. There is no good reason to be pessimistic right now while we are living in the greatest times of human existence, and I sincerely mean that. There has never been so much innovation, economic progress, or connectivity that there is now. Sustainable movements are on the rise, deep conversations regarding faith whether in God or in Humanity, and people are beginning to bring the conversation of racism to the forefront of mainstream media. Compared to the barbaric days of past, human rights today are continuing with more freedoms than ever before.

Innovation

How many of you growing up ever thought we would make it to the moon? Many of you are old enough to remember that was actually a feat our race has not yet surpassed. Can you believe we were actually living in a world where sending a rocket to the moon was not yet actualized? Now, our next efforts in space are aimed at the planet we call Mars. Elon Musk and Space X have dedicated their existence to bringing this new extraordinary expedition to reality. However this mission will not be to land on the moon to never return, but to colonize the surface of Mars with humans equipped with sustainable technology allowing them to live indefinitely on the surface of the planet.

Economic Progress

How many people do you know in your circle that have expressed the idea of living with the “new rich”? Or perhaps you have read the book “The 4-Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferris, and you know where I am going with this. Given the vast reach the internet has on our society today, the ability to generate income for our family or Church has dramatically improved. It would be extremely advantageous of anyone reading this to learn a new skill that they too can monetize while online. I am guess that many of you spend roughly 4 hours a day online anyways. See my point?

Connectivity  

This last section follows up economic progress by stating the obvious, our potential to connect with the masses now is actually achievable. With 1 viral video, you could literally reach millions of people over night. What will you say? What do you have to contribute? I assure you it doesn’t have to be anything special as all you have to do is scroll through Facebook to see that cat and dog videos get the most attention and engagement. So need not worry about your competition. If you can outdo a cat playing the piano or a dog jumping on a trampoline, you stand a chance with internet virility. Getting back to my previous point of economic progress, a combination of economic progress and connectivity can exponentially scale any audience it is serving.

So before we part ways on this post I would like to leave you with what inspired me to write about an optimistic future. This is a video about Elon Musk discussing his efforts to colonize Mars. Grab some popcorn and enjoy!

Staying on the Path

Yes ladies and gentleman, staying on the path is the only way for success, but can you stay the straight and narrow without first straying from the path. The answer is no. Everyone’s path is different. Therefore you will learn to blaze your own trail only my making bad decisions. The mistakes in life are what give us the opportunity to become great.

How many mistakes must we make before we learn to walk the straight and narrow? The fastest way to success, as they say. With God, we will be guided. We will be tested. Why would God lead us down a path where we will be tested? He knows that is the only way for us to succeed. We cannot overcome adversity if there is none! In actuality we should embrace the adversity when it arrives. These opportunities build character, sharpen our discernment, make us wiser, and the list goes on.

Embrace the change when we come to a fork in the road! God will be with us down either path we choose. No decision is the wrong decision! The only way forward is to make one. That is the first test. We must not stay put, we must push forward in order for God to test and build our character. This is the way we stay on the straight and narrow path to success. By making decisions and pushing forward until we are blazing the trail in triumph and gratitude to our God. Whoever that may be for you.

The Speed of Light and The Bible

What is the future of a faith based religion?

A religion that is based on faith needs to have a massive amount of community support to hold up claims that cannot be scientifically proven. We are beginning to run into this problem with the Bible with the constant progress of science and technology. For example, in Genesis the creation was to have happened between 6000 and 7000 years ago. This doesn’t exactly “add” up to new scientific discovery and engineering. Mathematics is also becoming an issue suggesting the world is much older than the Bible states. For example, the speed of light is estimated around 140,000 miles per second. We are able to understand the distance of stars based on the number of light years. A light year is the distance of light traveled in one year.

The farthest galaxy from Earth known today is MACS0647-JD and it is an estimated 13.3 billion light years from Earth. Distance is a key factor when calculating time. Therefore these new discoveries are detrimental to this claim in the Bible of an Earth less then 7000 years old.

I am curious to find out your all’s insights on the matter. As there is not much you can say to disprove mathematics when we have such powerful instruments available today that were not accessible 2000 years ago.

Building Faith in Business

Is it possible to build faith overtime without doubting oneself or doubting God’s plan and God himself as the Creator? Is it possible to never have doubts when it comes to a faith based lifestyle in todays society?

We are constantly being tested and tried by our peers and ‘leaders’ when we look to God for answers in which we do not have. If we are raised in this environment, our faith limits will be pushed to the maximum, sometimes beyond repair. That is why building your faith atop a strong foundation that can hold the weight of mountains is necessary in todays world. My nephew works at a christian based plumbing company in Tennessee, their website http://www.brentwoodstarplumbing.com is bringing them business through church outreach and social media. This is how the decided on building the foundation of their customer base, through church referrals and God’s grace. Today their business is blessed with customers far beyond what they had imagined. Now, I bring this up, not to brag on my family but to point out the benefits to building faith on a strong foundation. As some may not want to believe, the church, also known as the Body of Christ, has a strong foundation still today. This foundation holds up many small business’s and entrepreneurial dreams of living financially successful lives. Which in turn, gives back to the church and the community the church resides in. Building a relationship with church communities like my nephew’s plumbing company did, is a prime example of how our youth can still utilize the church and all its hospitality for growth, not only personal but also business and commerce as well.

Why not, as a faith based culture, utilize the church efforts more often for such advantageous pursuits. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this approach to business, by backing it with the foundation of the church. This business model should be more sought out and voiced among the world today. We are leaving a heap of people in the dark by not speaking up about such practices. Think about all the people the church has the ability to touch and commune with if we would become more open this way of connecting small business’s of the church with today entrepreneurial community such as my nephew’s plumbing company, and so many more throughout the world.

The opportunity is there. I say we take it. And lay it upon the foundation of God

Psalm – which one to choose?

I have a lot of Christian friends telling me they are believers because of the beauty of the Psalms. Now, this is nothing I haven’t heard before and I can say that, Yes! Most definitely the Psalms are exquisitely written in such a manner one can devote their entire way of life in guidance of it. And that brings me to the main discussion point of this post. Guidance. We look to be guided as humans. We look for markers laid out for us to follow. How else can we survive? We need guidance. And sometimes that means we need it in a bad way. I know you can relate when I say I have trusted someone’s guidance before that ended up turning into malicious manipulation.

The Psalms will never guide you into the dark. They will never deceive you in the night. They will never abandon you of their beauty and love for truth. They are always my go-to when I need guidance I can trust and believe in. Its too bad that the Psalms are not more widespread than they are, meaning only Christians or Catholics have access to their beauty. I think if we took a more open minded approach towards our religion we could spread the words written in these poems that are so dear to our heart.

If you know someone who is struggling with guidance or any issues related, offer them the Psalms and let that be their guide. No need to mention anything about God as it is not relevant to the discussion.

Back To Reality

The last post I had on here was regarding the election and I know a lot of people were feeling like they needed to vent so I thought I would share my two cents in the discussion. Now that I have had the chance to get that off my chest I can get back to writing about God. Yes the man (or woman) upstairs. Church has always been a big part of my life. Growing up as a christian in Kentucky we are all expected to be Christians. To us being Christian was the same as being Catholic. It was all under the same roof. The Catholics had more structure in their approach to God, well in the eyes of Priest anyways. Today, it is a bit different.

Most people I know are Christian, very few are actually Catholic. Where did the cause of this stem from. Was it the structure of Catholicism that prevented my generation to walk in the steps of their parents and grandparents? Regardless of the reason behind the retreat from the conventional Catholic approach to communing with God, it happened. Have you seen the same progression in your area? The ratio of Christian based religions overtaking Catholics at a growing rate? I most certainly have, and am curios to hear some feedback from other folks, like yourself.

Send me an email if you’d like to discuss further or have statistics that I can look at. I’d love to post them here!

A New Day

Today marks a new day. There is a new president in the office whom some would say has less than desirable character traits. Nonetheless Trump will be our new commander and chief. He will have the most powerful office in America with access to control like he has never had before. It will be a trying time for the american public and democratic party. I myself am unbiased towards the election apart from cultural conditioning upon myself that we are all subject to through the vast array of media channels these days. Honestly, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little excited to have Trump win even if I thought Hilary was the better option, according to media and skeptical peers.

I acknowledge the truth of my ignorance towards the american government and societal system as a whole. Therefore, I did not vote in this election. A friend of mine today said she does not feel informed enough about the election to make an educated vote. Therefore, she refrained from participating. This is the same stance that I took regarding this controversial election. I tend to believe that God will also play a part in all of this somehow. In ways that of course, we cannot conceptualize or understand. The people of America will find what they are looking for in their president elected today. They will not find this today however. But they surely will find it in the near future.

Keep your eyes peeled and your minds open. Stay focused on what you believe in. Don’t let the distractions of media and political upheaval capture your dreams.