Accepting Differences–Without Forcing Them On Others!

The end result of your life here on earth will always be the sum total of the choices you made while you were here.”–Author Unknown

For the record, yes I do believe in God, and I believe that He has placed us here on earth to make choices, choices that we alone can make and that even He has limited Himself in such a way to allow us to choose.  I also believe that with every choice that we make in life that we will then be left to live with the consequences of those choices and that what might be OK for one person does not necessarily mean it is for another.  There are so many differences between us, and thank God for that, there is male, female, tall, short, blonde, brunette, dark skin, light skin, the list is too long to enumerate here and I lack the time.  Well in the end there is just about every flavor on earth to satisfy everyone, if we just learn to accept them.

We are blessed with what I will call here “the majesty of choice”, a gift given us at birth that no one can take away from us but ourselves through our own choice to relinquish it according to our own will (or unless it is taken from us through some act of war).  There are choices that we make that are “good” choices that will bring us to greater and more wonderful things in our lives, as there are “poor” choices that may bring us to hard places and difficulties that, had we chosen the other way, perhaps things would have ended up better.  If you are able to discover this on your own, without outside interference, then you will be convinced beyond any shadow of doubt whether your choice was the better of choices. But “a man convinced against his will, will remain of the same opinion still”  In other words, if a man is coerced into believing something, or there is an attempt to push him to believe in a certain way, he will never be totally convinced until he personally chooses of his own volition!

We live in a society that is so diverse at this point that there is no way that you can place boundaries where one person is totally wrong and the other is completely right in all his ways.  If we cannot learn to accept others for who they are, instead of insisting that they be just like us, then we can move forward in unity despite our differences.  There are so many things that others do or lifestyles that others have chosen that I do not agree with, but it doesn’t give me license to condemn them or to criticize. I just choose to agree to disagree.

What I have a hard time with is when people make personal choices, and want to be accepted for who they are, but then they go beyond seeking acceptance and begin to impose their lifestyle on others.  Take for example homosexuality.  I do not agree with it, but I am willing to accept homosexuals for their personal choices and if they are happy with their choice, then fine.  But what I am not in agreement with is how their cause has not stopped at acceptance only of their personal lifestyle, but it has gone way beyond to the point in the attempt to rewrite how we should live our lives as a society.  Schools as early as kindergartens have felt it necessary to advertising that they are “gender neutral” which begins to make subtle suggestions in the minds of impressionable children that “maybe” they are homosexual.  To me that is way overboard and is exactly the same of what they accuse the “hardline religious” for being dogmatic. It is an example of the proverbial pot calling the kettle black.

As for my sexuality and what goes on in my bedroom it is NOYB as for your sexuality, it is NOMB, and I am perfectly fine with that, so what I am trying to say is, respect, and be respected.  Live and let live, because at the end of the day, we have to decide for ourselves.  So as for the myriad of choices that we make in our lives, be they religious, sexual, careers, habits, free time, etc.., they are all personal choices and should never stand in the way of our walking hand in hand as people, or a nation.  And please, do not force your choices on others, share how you feel, then leave room for others to choose on their own.

This is just one example, that I feel strongly about and it is not meant to attack homosexuals, but rather to suggest to anyone who has chosen a certain lifestyle, live it for yourself, share with who voluntarily wishes to do the same, just don’t push it on others who do not agree.  Agree to disagree, join hands and look for common ground.

As usual, your thoughts are always welcome.

Choices and Consequences

Every person has free choice. Free to obey or disobey the Natural Laws. Your choice determines the consequences. Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices. — Alfred A. Montapert
For every action there is a reaction, what goes up must come down, what you give will return unto you, choices have consequences.

I believe that we have been placed on earth through this gift given to us of life, to make our own personal choices, the majesty of choice. The God of the universe has set things up in such a way that not even He will intervene to change things around (unless you call him and ask Him) to avoid the consequences of our actions.  Well, I wouldn’t want to be God, he gives this great gift of life, the chance to make good and when things don’t go quite the way we think they ought to we get all P.O.-ed at Him! Parenting is hard enough, imagine being God! No thanks!

It is a great gift we have, a privilege, honor and trust bestowed upon man in that we have been given this life and we can make free choices.  But what a lot of people tend to forget is the fact that when they make certain choices, that there will be a consequence.  If you over eat, you will begin to gain weight, if you do not exercise you will become weak, if you over do it with alcohol, over the counter drugs,take up smoking or engage in unhealthy sexual practices you could call upon yourself undesirable illness that can take this gift of life away.

Now, take a look at how things are going on the global scene and in our country.  Not so good! Stock market reeling, debt ceiling on the rise, jobs are hard to come by.  Everyone is playing the blame game, but what really lies behind this whole mess we are all finding ourselves participants and victims of  is non other the consequences of the selfishness and money hunger of a large group of people.  Yes I know, it may be convenient to blame the Democrats because they are in office now, and the Democrats are clambering that it all started with the Republicans when they held office, but do you really  believe that it has all that much to do with those who end up as figureheads of government.  Not that much tends to change in the end regardless of who is in office, and why might that be? I believe that at the end of the day it really doesn’t matter if the person who is running for President has all the great ideas and promises in the world that they are going to turn things around, and they may be truly sincere people wanting to the very best for their country, but actually those who hold the financial reigns are he ones that steer the ship.

Money and wealth can be a real blessing, but it can be an awful curse. The Bible tells us that it is the love of money that is the root of all evil, and we are all suffering at the hands of people who have such a lust for money that they are willing to do anything to get more.  The whole Wall Street debacle resulted in a mere hand slap and then the culprits went right back doing as they have always done, who gains and who pays in the end?  It is a sad day but we are now in the middle of great consequences that we are all feeling the reverberations of, thanks to a group of greedy individuals who really are not interested in your well-being.

Be careful what choices you make in your life, they could have negative consequences that might not only involve you!  No man is an island, we all have an effect on those around us. Don’t allow selfishness to take root in your life that you grow calloused to the needs of those around you!

This post depicts the meaning of my header, there are many doors that you can choose to enter into, each one has something awaiting behind it just for you!  What will you choose?