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#444773 - 08/20/13 09:21 AM Refreshing Spirituality
SamV Offline

Registered: 12/13/09
Posts: 5954
Loc: Talladega, Alabama, USA
I read recently that a man who studied and taught martial arts was encouraged to study the Bible. He remarks that while the joy of what he was learning was growing inside him, he was never told he had to quit karate nor stop teaching it. Eventually he chose to give up that pursuit for a life of ministry.

I found that to be refreshing because the joy and comfort of the Scriptures encourages the life of peace without demanding it. Demanding a change of life is actually counter productive, isolating groups of interests. Our Heavenly Father allows pursuits in lifestyles while encouraging those who wish to a close, personal relationship with Him.

Many pursuits like the martial arts have physically beneficial effects for us, to be involved in these is not condemned nor should it be judged. We as spiritual persons are not the judges, we are the messengers.., the examples.., the "light" for those who are struggling, hurting and frustrated. This means we willingly and cheerfully submit to God's Will, leaving behind our negative traits, choosing instead to be generous, imitating our loving Heavenly Father.

How have you shined your spirituality today?
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#444793 - 08/20/13 01:17 PM Re: Refreshing Spirituality [Re: SamV]
BuffaloCO Offline

Registered: 07/14/12
Posts: 489
Loc: USA
I took some martial arts stuff when I was in high school and liked it, want to get back when I can as I thought it was fun and good exercise. Try to imitate God but not sure I'm good at it yet. Seems like it takes practice and Im down for that. Still have to much of "this" to sort through it feels like, and I want this to end. My T told me it never ends, just becomes something I went through and does not define who I am. So am working toward that and rambling I guess. Will try to look for ways to shine.
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” - Plato

#444798 - 08/20/13 02:05 PM Re: Refreshing Spirituality [Re: SamV]
traveler Offline

Registered: 02/07/06
Posts: 3885
Loc: somewhere in Africa
i am discovering something that surprises me.

as we travel around visiting friends and family that i have not seen in years - some only several years - some for many years - i thought that i had things of value to say to them, stories to tell, insights to share, experiences to recount, wisdom to impart.

but what i am discovering is that most people just need someone to talk to who will listen to them pour out their hearts. the TV is off and i am in the home with both ears open and eyes focused on their faces. and they talk and talk and talk.

sometimes i don't even have a chance to respond. but it is a blessing to them to have someone actively listen and care. no answers are needed. no advice is wanted. often no solutions are possible. just being there. with them.

and i am blessed by their trust.

A man talking sense to himself is no madder than a man talking nonsense to not himself.
Or just as mad.
So there you are.
Stark raving sane.
- Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead

#444968 - 08/21/13 06:07 PM Re: Refreshing Spirituality [Re: SamV]
concerned_husky Offline

Registered: 08/29/12
Posts: 758

Edited by concerned_husky (08/31/15 09:59 PM)
Edit Reason: Reducing ties with MS.
"It is sad to see a young man's fondest hopes and dreams shattered when the rose-colored veil is plucked away and he sees the actions and feelings of men for what they are. But he still has the hope of replacing his old illusions with others, just as fleeting, but also just as sweet." - Lermontov

#445054 - 08/22/13 01:02 AM Re: Refreshing Spirituality [Re: SamV]
nltsaved Offline

Registered: 08/26/08
Posts: 900
Loc: Kc,Mo
Video of me telling my story
you are not alone never were
Why i hate Religion but love Jesus

#445174 - 08/22/13 09:47 PM Re: Refreshing Spirituality [Re: SamV]
victor-victim Offline

Registered: 09/27/03
Posts: 6187
Loc: O Kanada
great video. nltsaved!

there is a difference between going to church and living in christ.

we are creatures within the creation.
to reject the creature or the creation is to reject the creator.

it is not enough to turn to jesus in a crisis.
the bible is more than just a panic room.
even though the word is a great sanctuary,
it is more than a security blanket.

the holy spirit can move in our life all day every day,
in everything that we do.

i try to see the face of god in every person i look at.

i try to thank god for every single experience,
whether i enjoyed it or not.

it ain't easy, but just the effort alone is rewarding.




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