In the small world between my ears I can think of nothing as frustrating or disgusting as politics. The limited federal government envisioned by the men of wisdom who forged our experiment which was never before undertaken by like-minded citizens has ballooned into an unwieldy and corrupt behemoth which favors wealth and power at the expense of commoners who keep the country’s machinery running. We are the simple, unassuming folks who pay bills on time, raise families, volunteer in our communities, and trust in the power of love and compassion. We support our local charities, tithe in church, and buy those outrageously-priced Girl Scout cookies every spring. We don’t ask for much in return other than a chance to run our lives without interference from legislators and politicians who see us as a ticket to power and riches. We are the backbone of a great country composed of every creed, every race, and every lifestyle imaginable. We are America and this America which we embrace will not disappear nor hide behind closed doors in the face of governmental tyranny and oppression supported by imbecilic minds and moronic behavior. They may have the money to build palaces unto themselves, eat filet mignon (or cheeseburgers) every night and adorn themselves in designer clothes. They may travel in jets to vacation spots worldwide at our expense and they may spend weekends knocking a little white ball around manicured, artificially beautified acres of greenery, but, when the final tally is made, when life for them is over, they will be as naked as jaybirds, poor as church mice, and answerable to a Supreme Power saying, “I knew you not.”
OK, that’s my political rant for the day. Now, on to the important things fluttering within my brain waves.
The eternity I seek is not some faraway place in the distant future. It is happening right now, right here in the world of LarryPaulBrown. Every breath I take and every thought I have is a moment of eternal commitment. Whom or what I choose as the focus of my commitment determines what my present moment will provide to me. It can be spent within the peace of a loving, compassionate God or it can be a endured in the chaos of a world gone mad. It truly is up to me where I go with my mind and my life. By no means have I attained a sustained state of bliss, but I have seen moments of what is available and I want more.
Martin Luther King, Jr., in his last speech the night before his assassination in Memphis gave one of his most powerful insights into that which is available:
“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like any man, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.” Martin Luther King, Jr. (April 3, 1968)
We all need to go to the mountaintop and look it over. From that lofty state of mind the things of this earth are irrelevant. Our eyes will see the glory. The coming of the Lord has happened. It is right here, right now. Just open your eyes, spread you arms and receive Him.