What Does It Profit?

People often pay more attention to their bodies, yet neglect their souls. Our bodies will shrivel-up, but our souls will last forever.

Proverbs 31:30, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

1 Samuel 16:7,But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

Our souls are of tremendous worth.

Yes, more precious of the rarest commodities on Earth.

The devil knows Christians can do great deeds.

By spreading the gospel of love and assisting with needs.

God purchased us, through his one and only son.

He gave us an eternal soul before time begun.

What’s at stake, if our soul is lost?

Have we ever considered the eternal cost?

Often, we act as though, we’re in control.

We pet and pamper our bodies; yet, neglect our soul.

Though outwardly, our bodies are wasting away.

Yet, if we live in Jesus, we’ll be renewed everyday.

We must remember this world will be destroyed.

Those who possess delusions of grandeur will be devoid. 

The whole world is a prisoner, and the devil wants control.

What can be profited, if we lose our soul?

Excerpt From: Edward L. Wright, Ed.D. “Anthology of a Spiritual Mind.” iBooks.

Lying

“Unhealthy practice of twisting the truth to mislead others.”

I recall an article from “LA Progressive,” dated July 19, 2010, it stipulated “spinning was sweeping the news.”  During this period, it meant the profoundly unhealthy practice of twisting the truth to mislead others into supporting the spinner’s agenda, e.g., political, or journalistic news.

The term “spinning,” was considered a new label for an age-old strategy of persuasion. Usually, you’d find the usage of this strategy with TV commercials, car salesmen, politicians, etc. Their tactics were to exaggerate, hide, or otherwise distort the truth, in order to coax others to spend money on products or to increase voter turn-out.

Currently, through social media, television, and radio, we don’t know what to believe. The term “fake news,” is intermingled with “spinning.” We expect our politicians to represent their constituents and work with one another, on each side of the aisle. Unfortunately, “partisan” politics often impedes the progress for getting anything done. 

What is the truth? Even those who deliver the news may be delivering “opinions” rather than facts. The division between news and opinion used to be clearly delineated. Most journalists uncover facts versus opinions. However, there are those who chase after ratings and become a source of entertainment. News outlets should seek the truth to uncover lies. Whatever happened to objectivity regarding political or journalistic issues? Obviously, those days have long passed. Whatever happened to public responsibility to seek the truth?

The Bible provides a myriad of scriptures about lying. Depicted below are several:

•    Proverbs 12:22 – “The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.”

•    Proverbs 12:19 – “Truthful lips will be established forever, but a lying tongue is only for a moment.”

•    Proverbs 17:7 – “Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool-how much worse lying lips to a ruler.”

•    1 Peter 3:10 – “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.”

•    Psalm 34:13 – “Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.”

If we want to be a blessed nation and become a greater example to others, we must exhibit our love for God. Therefore, each of us must diligently find the truth through God’s word. 2 Chronicles 7:14 –“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

People should look at the creator and sustainer of life for divine truth and guidance. The world is getting darker every day. Without God, there is no hope. This is not “fake news,” it’s from the word of God.

God’s Promise

God’s promise was to never leave or forsake me. However, the absence of my short-term memory has left me dependent on others for daily living.

Often, I stare in the mirror, not recognizing the person staring back. I ask myself, “Who is this decrepit person?”

While looking in the mirror, I place my wrinkly hands on my face. My fingers pulsate with pain from arthritis with each movement.

My wobbly legs prevent me from standing for long periods. I cautiously descend to my wheelchair to prevent falling.

While ambulating with my wheelchair across the other side of the room, my body experiences uncontrollable tremors.

I grow frustrated and depressed thinking about my physical and cognitive infirmities.

I feel guilty and ashamed of having someone care for me.

If only I could dress and feed myself. If only I could prepare my own meals. If only I had my short-term memory. If only I were continent. If only I would not repetitively ask my caregiver the same questions.

While gazing out of the living room window, a ray of radiant sunshine compliments a beautiful blue sky.

I see several hummingbirds hovering near a large Oak tree with their beaks devouring nectar from the feeder.

I see a young woman pushing her infant in a stroller on the sidewalk, as others congregate to take a peek.

I see a beautiful Blue Jay, flying near a Maple tree, while sparrows perch on various tree limbs.

Despite my infirmities, I’m thankful for God’s goodness, and the beauty I see.

God’s been so merciful, for I could have been dead and gone.

As I reminisce of yesteryear, I’m thankful to God who brought me from a mighty long way.

Throughout my relationship with God, I’ve always been an avid reader of His Word.

While thumbing through various Books of the Bible, I turn to Isaiah 46:4.

“Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

While meditating on this passage, I realize its simplicity, truth, and relevance.

I realize that I don’t have to go through the aging process alone.

Despite whatever issues I’m going through, I know God will never leave or forsake me.

I also reminisce of Psalm 139, of God creating and knowing everything about me.

I’m comforted in knowing I’m in the Master’s Hands.

I’m no longer afraid of life, or death.

Glory be to the God of all comfort.

Edward L. Wright © 2019