So do you have at least one? Or maybe you have just a handful or maybe you have many?
I'm talking about friends with benefits. Of course you know just what I'm talking about. Friends with benefits.
The kind of friends that are ready to give you the benefit of of doubt when a question comes up about you or something you did. Those kind of friends with benefits. The kind of person that stumbles upon you and even though they may think your strange they don't judge you strictly on that, but rather give you the benefit of the doubt.
Those types of friends and people much less are few and far between these days. Most folks are quick to judge and quick to pass you by or cast you aside because that's the kind of society we've become. I've caught myself doing it once or twice and can't say that I'm very proud of it but then I thought about it long and hard and blamed it on some training I once had.
After all there are times we have to make quick assessments of people in order to keep ourselves safe. In this case we're talking about people in general that we encounter and pass along the way every day. Regular people even if not so normal because then we have to define normal itself. We have to ask normal by who's standards? Yours, mine, someone else?
In this case lets say it's just your plain old kind of normal that in some cases can seen a bit strange but what's wrong with that? People that can be kind or educated enough to postpone their judgment of you until they've hard you out and found out what your really all about. Then after that they decide to be your friends. Those my friends are the type of friends with benefits I'm talking about.
Friends that can overlook the fact that you may have different views about things than they do
and are still willing to listen to you. Friends that can move beyond the fact that you may live in a different social environment than they do and still associate with you. Friends that can get past the fact that they may have more money than you and don't make that a factor in being your friend.
See there are many types of people in this world but not all of them can be our friends. Too many of them are caught up in selfishness and greed and socioeconomic stature to be able to befriend us. It has certainly become a real problem in our world today. One which keeps us from being a better man kind.
One that gets in the way of us being closer to GOD. Think about it and you will see for yourself.
Then the next time you come across a person that's a little different than you, maybe you'll think twice about how you see them and about how you'll determine on whether to befriend them or not.
Just another Point of View ! GOD Speed.
Just read about what happen to this homeless man I befriended at a Homeless Shelter in San Antonio.
Several months ago I ran into this older man named Morris at a Homeless Shelter where I hang out and do a little work. He had been in the service at one time and was wounded so when he got out of the military he moved to west Texas and became a firefighter for some years until age, his old wound and a couple of heart attacks sidelined him before he ended up homeless in this shelter.
When I met Morris he had already been at the shelter for several years waiting for them to assist to to try to find his own apartment and get on with his life with the help of veteran programs.
Morris was in rough shape, he was having problems with his legs and at the same kept slobbering from a medical condition but in spite of all that he was and extremely nice older gentleman who had made many friends over his past two years at the shelter. They were his community, his family if you will.
Last weekend the shelter had finaly put together a deal for Morris to have his own apartment and finally get on with his life away from the homeless shelter. When he first told me, on a Friday that he had got an apartment he seemed happy and overjoyed.
I did not see him on the following Monday but I ran into him again on Wednesday and I saw a much different man. After all the next day was his day to move to his new apartment. But Morris seemed distant and very lonely. Distracted from his jovial self.
The next morning Morris gut up to head on out to his new life by himself in a new apartment complex and his own apartment. As he headed down he hall to start moving GOD stepped in and moved Morris to Heaven instead. Morris took a couple of steps into the hall and fell dead from his final heart attack.
It’s my belief that the stress of thinking about being all by himself in a new place away from the only friends he knew and away from this community that he had bonded with over the past two year was to much for his poor heart.
R.I.P. Morris. GOD Speed our friend. We are certain you are in a much better place now.
Just another Point of View.
As a young man I asked a lot of questions. As most kids are, I was a sponge for knowledge from any and everywhere. In my quest of such one day someone asked me if I was familiar with a book called the Peter Principle.
No this book was about a principle that was derived from the fact that if you were a mediocre employee, showed up for work on time on a constant basis, didn’t cause a whole lot of problems or asked to many of the wrong questions, that you would one day keep getting into a position that you would just not be qualified for.
That, my friends or something like that is what the Peter Principle is all about.
Then I started to wonder if by some chance The Peter Principle had not been derived, perhaps, from the Bible and if in fact it had have we not already Peter Principled ourselves to hell?
Nowadays I find there are more and more people willing to engage in a conversation about God and religion. It seems more and more people are seeking GOD out but let us not confuse that GOD and religion are two totally separate things. I find so many people confused about GOD, religion and the Bible and what each is.
Some people rely on other people’s word of mouth about what the Bible actually says. Others go to the Bible and read for themselves and then take things literally instead in the spirit of which they were meant to be understood. Then some people learn about GOD thru religion but, organized religions too, have their way for taking liberties with scripture as well.
I overheard a man telling a group of people the other day that GOD wanted us to be afraid of him. I quickly said that’s not the case at all. Then he pointed out it was in the Bible and he was right. “Fear of the Lord brings with it many blessings and benefits. It is the beginning of wisdom and leads to good understanding (Psalm 111:10). Only fools despise wisdom and discipline (Proverbs 1:7). Furthermore, fear of the Lord leads to life, rest, peace, and contentment (Proverbs 19:23). It is the fountain and life (Proverbs 14:27) and provides a security and a place of safety for us (Proverbs 14:26).
However, even though the fear of GOD is real in extreme cases. In general GOD wants us to respect him as as any parent demands respect from a child which we are, his children. If your living the life of a good person, honoring GOD, helping those less fortunate and making the world a better place you should not Fear GOD. Just A Point of View.
It would appear that with our new president just having been sworn in we are in for the long haul and it should be interesting to see just what President Trump, personal friend of Russian President Putin has in store for us the American People.
What will happen to Obamacare as we know it, will President Trump go ahead and kill it with a swipe of his mighty Presidential Pen and leave Millions of us out of health insurance? What about welfare programs and Social Security, will the go by the wayside or become privatized with the help of our new president?
So many things we have to mull over and ponder. With President Trump having appointed a man that doesn’t believe in Global warming as head of the E.P.A. (Environmental Protection Agency) what help happen to our National Forests and Woodlands and all the protected wild animals that the E.P.A. was set up to protect.
What about President Trump’s choice for Attorney General of the United State, Judge Sessions who once tried three black folk trying to get them sentenced to 250 years a piece in what later was found to be a racial motivated trial? Has Judge Sessions changed his stripes or is that Hyena still running amuck?
I can still see why Bernie Sanders supporters are still so upset at the whole election. The majority believe that if Russia hadn’t hacked into the D.N.C. and the D.N.C. leader hadn’t put up so many hurdles for Sanders that he would have walked away with the Democratic Nomination and then he would have easily beat Trump, No Question. But, Oh Well, that didn’t happen, Sanders road to the president got caught up in Political fowl play and the rest is history.
It’s also easy to see why so many Democrats who though Hilary had it in the bag just didn’t show up to vote for her and that would have most certainly changed the outcome of the election.
Ho Hum,..... Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda, sis boom bah. That will serve to teach us all a lesson for the next time. That adage, it’s not over till the fat lady sings, still reads true to the end. For all of you who screwed up this time, don’t let it happen again and for all of you who voted President Trump in, now lets wait and see if he truly has any idea of what he’s going to do and how to do it in four extremely short years.
Just another, Point of View.
A New Year is on the horizon and have you thought about what your goals will be for the months to come. If your thinking about what went wrong last year STOP. Why waste any time and energy in worrying about that. We must look to the future instead of the past.
We must look to motivating ourselves to accomplishing bigger and better things. Motivate ourselves to work on our health, our stamina and our future. Push ourselves to attain things that we never thought we could do before because we only live once.
We have to keep believing that we can not only reach for the stars but if we work hard enough we can be one ourselves. Lets not forget that GOD gives us all the ability to excel. One must after all have a plan. We must set goals to accomplish. We must set them attainable and then make them a little less attainable because remember, we all have that hail Mary pass inside us.
Life has a way of beating us at times but remember, Life is cyclical. What goes round comes back around and what we sew is what we are bound to reap. So as we go along day by day also remember that our Creator made it clear that Love must rule. That our willingness to help others in greater need that ourselves is how we are judged.
It’s not not about how many things you have or how much money or land you have amassed. In the very end it’s all about how much you’ve cared for your fellow man.
So many times a day , a week, a month yes even year after year, we are give the opportunity to help others less fortunate that us. How many times have you or will you seize that opportunity this coming year.
If you can’t stop to help someone along they way then don’t even get in their way. If you wont help them, don’t hinder them.
Then there is that thing called Love. We are reminded every time someone passes that life is way to short for us to not Love to our very fullest. Love life itself, Love our parents, Love our brothers and sisters, Love strangers, Love food, Love travel, Love the ability to be healthy. Life is way to short, Love to the very fullest because we never know when our ability to Love will be cut short.
This Holiday Season, show everyone around you a little love and let that Love shine brightly through out the brand New Year. Be Safe, Be Blessed, GOD Speed.
Now, it’s that time of year again and this year more than others it’s time to give extra thanks now that the crazy Presidential Champagnes are over and the your candidate is now president, or Not.
But seriously, Christmas is rapidly approaching and have you given any thought about what that means?
Have taken a moment to reflect over the past year and figure out how you’ll give thanks and who to?
Will you thank GOD and thank him first for keeping you around another year to enjoy those loved ones still around you? Will you thank him for your ability to still live under a roof and have food on your table every day? Will you thank him for the ability to still get around to go to places you either need to go or want to go? Will you thank him for what he does for others everyday? Well, will you?
Who will you have around you on Christmas day? Will it just be immediate family ? Will you have some extended family around, like aunts and uncles or friends and coworkers? On that special day will you make sure that someone who doesn’t have the blessings as you get an opportunity to eat? Will you walk around all day and show a smile to strangers while wishing then a Happy Holiday or is it something that you’ll take for granted?
It’s truly amazing how may of our blessings we take for granted everyday. That there are so many people out in this world that for one reason or another don’t and may never know what its like to be as blessed as many of are. Yes, some more than others but we are still far from others who may not even have the simplest necessities of life.
I’m sitting here and writing this on my laptop while eating some peanuts and when I start to think about it it makes me sad to think there are people on this earth that don’t even have clean water to drink or peanuts to eat. I think about the fact that at night I sleep on a nice mattress while many around the world have only a dirt floor to sleep on.
It also makes me sad and a bit angry when I think there are so many filthy rich people around that won’t even entertain the possibility of giving a good deal of the money they’ll never be able to spend to others who truly need it. The first thing they say is “Hell no, I worked hard for that money. Let them work hard themselves.” Where is the Christianity in that? Where is GOD in that.
In the end, Rich or Poor the only thing we take with us is who we were. Were we kind? Were we humble? Were we benevolent? Did me make it a point every day to go out and help someone else?
Those are the riches and the resume we take with us when we die.
So here we are back where we started. Time to mull it all over and think about all our blessings and who will thank this Christmas Day. Then go out and make someone’s day even better than it is. I know that’s what I’ll be doing.
Be Safe, GOD Bless and GOD Speed.
Clinton or Trump, it’s the Greatest Show on Earth right now. You would think that Barnum and Bailey would be looking to sue since Donald Trump has stole their act and brought it to the presidential election.
Yes, there are still some questions about Benghazi way down deep in my brain and yes, I know, not for a fact, but if Hilary is anything like any other major Washington politician she has probably taken all sorts of gifts and money in unscrupulous ways from people and situations that she should not have but, don’t we all already know that. I mean isn’t that a given with politicians? One that we’ve known about for decades and have chosen to look the other way on?
We have to give props to Donald Trump for turning this presidential election into America’s Greatest Reality Show. If he is as smart as he thinks her should have a crew recording all the behind the scenes shenanigans so that he can turn it into a new reality series and or a movie. Hopefully one that he can claim a loss ion and still not pay any taxes while you and me are paying for him instead.
But wait. Many of you senators and congressman should be booted out as well. You guys are responsible for this entire mess we’re in now. You guys are to blame and so are we for leaving you in there.
If this Circus Sideshow has done anything is it’s kicked off a stronger sense of transparency. A more defiant sense of “the public’s right to know”. Maybe it’s the millenniums or some other faction of the electorate. Finally, someone is demanding answers. About Damn Time America.
Maybe, just maybe from now on we’ll be able to hold politicians feet to the fire more often and demand answers for things that are just not right of fair.
We need to find out what truly happened to the Social Security coffers. Where the fund go and who’s fault was it and, most of all how are they going to fix it? Turn the flame up on those dancing chickens and don’t let them stop dancing until they find the fix.
Have the senate and congress stop screwing around with our Military and Healthcare. America is the greatest free country in the world but it seems like we take care of our own last. That needs to STOP, immediately. The Right to Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness can not exist without Military Protection and FREE Superior Healthcare for every single American Citizen. Make It Happen.
Finally, but certainly not lastly, Native Americans. There are ares and acres of government land land just sitting out there. Give much of it back to it’s true owners. The Natives. Set them up with quality housing, utilities and healthcare and education for FREE. It’s the very least we can do for people that you almost obliterated off the face of the earth to steal their land and turn it in to our country at the cost of One Hundred Million, men, women and children.
I better stop before I get really riled up. Thanks for reading and considering just another point of view.
A point of View from my Facebook Page and some responses.
When you start to think that you have it bad GOD sends you a reminder that there are those who have it so much worse. I ran across the poor old woman in front of the Hong Kong Super Buffet at Marbach and Loop 410. She looks homeless and as you can see has a catheter and foley bag. Dear GOD, I pray, please send someone to help this woman right now. In JESUS name. Please share so that some Angel will come to her rescue. Please.
Hollywoodr Ray: I'll never comprehend how we, as the greatest nation in the world, can allow this to happen to our older, sick, helpless citizens?
Frances Caballero I hope you called someone , police or EMS , it looks she was left there , she looks to weak to push herself that far
Greg Hinojosa: OMG! I live off Marbach and 410. I see this lady regularly and always stop to take her water and food. Sometimes she has male friends who tend to her and push her around as needed...she's been out here for awhile now...I don't know who to call.
Mario Angel Carvajal: I really hope you tried and did your best to help her. Thank you for bringing this to everyone's attention. How sad it is especially in the U.S., where so many different religions and God fearing people, will go to church, say a prayer and just hope God will solve all the problems. People need to realize that God may be testing your faith and devotion. I'm sure several so called religious people saw her and didn't even bother to see if she is ok. God rewards those that help others not just themselves u have no compassion, then you are no child of God.
There are days in our lives that seem a little cloudy and we start to feel down or sorry for ourselves. We seem to forget that there are so many other people in this world going through a true hell of their own. It's only when we run into the in the streets or see pictures of them on TV that we are given the opportunism to reflect on all that things in our lives that are blessing and how much worse off we could be.
With the holiday season rapidly approaching give some thought to that next time you pass a person on the street that truly looks like he needs help. Offer them a something, a few pennies, a meal, a warm smile and a few kind words if it's the only thing you have to give.
Be Blessed, Be Safe, GOD Speed.
Woke up this morning and started my 2 block walk over to the coffee shop to have a cup or two. On my way I passed by the little neighborhood store on the corner and even though it's 8 in the morning there is an old man, about 70, thin and frail, sitting out in front, already having a beer and it makes me wonder. What drives an old man like that to drink this early in the morning?
Just how bad could that man's life be now that drives him to be compelled to drink this early in the morning? Is he homeless? Does he have no relatives? What could it be and what kind of society are we that stops us from wanting to find out and help him in anyway we can?
I re-posted a picture on Facebook yesterday which I'll include here and it started a hailstorm of replies and interaction by my Facebook fans. Here they are;
Sam; I concur! Tax them away...It's ridiculous to have such a massive home
Steven; I don't like this preacher very much so I did a little research was blown away...Guy doesn't take a cent from his church. His books and investments make him millions a year.....
Kevin; He doesn't "take a cent from his church" but he pockets the millions the church gets paid from tv network contracts.
Steven; And that money is taxed. What I'm saying is generally a pastor receives his income from a portion of the tithes he gets through the congregation... What people should be worried about his how if the feel convicted to care for the poor(which is a joke in this country) then they should do it themselves rather than forcefully tax someone else. You don't get spiritual points for making someone else do it
Mark; If they can afford an arena they can be taxed
Joel; he doesnt take money from the church thats his personal wealth, and not every church looks like that, most churches our modest, most pastors salaries are modest,
Hollywoodr; And that makes it ok
Joel; that makes what ok? churches are built with after taxed dollars so the money has already been taxed...thats the whole reason for them to be tax exempt
Joel; the same as any nonprofit when you give your money to a church it goes to the community, everybody talks about Lakewood and how big it is but does anyone know how much they're ministry in dollars help the City of Houston and ministries around the world? I don't
Hollywoodr;It's hard for someone to be truly humble if the live in a $40 plus Million Dollar Home
Joel; Thats between him and God, but I truly believe that even if I was that rich I could remain humble whether I have money or not. We no one to judge a man by his wealth only God knows his heart. I would pray that if I became rich I would hope people would not judge me in that matter. Lastly, I know people who are not rich who have more pride and are not humble at all...js
Hollywoodr; It would be hard for me going to sleep at night in a $40 Million Dollar home knowing that much of my money could be better spend on making others lives much better. Your right, but when your before HIM how will you explain that ?
Steven; that doesn't make sense bro...If we are gonna talk about judgment then I gotta add no where in the bible does it say you can't enjoy the gifts given to you. That you have to feel guilty about success...There's a parable about talents in the book of Luke. Talks about those who serve the lord and are faithful with what you have been given you will be given much more.
Hollywoodr; Sadly, One Can Not know what being humble is without guilt. In life, Guilt is good. For without guilt there would be no need to follow and GOD given rules or the laws of the land. Guilt is here to keep us humble and if after reading and pondering on the Bible long enough if we come to the determination that living in a $40 Million home while so many others sleep in the street is acceptable them we must go back and read and ponder on the Holy Book over and over again because we surly must be missing something somewhere.
Steven; Guilt is very different than conviction.
A Christian should only feel guilt if they have done wrong or sinned. And even after once you confess your sins an repent it is said that your sins are forgiven.
You think the home out ways the good he has done? Again I'm not a fan of his but I gotta admit I used to be very critical of him till I looked into him and his life
What is funny is no one would care if he wasn't a preacher and made millions and had a big house but everyone wants to judge and condemn him for being successful
Hollywoodr; I would and do care but, true men of the cloth are even more accountable. And just for a second, forget everything else. Your standing in front of GOD after living in your $40 Million home for years while other go with out food, medical care and a place to sleep, and GOD asks you, was there anything you can think you could have done to further help your fellow man. How will you answer? Too often people forget, it's not about the number of souls we save that counts it's about the one's we could have saved instead and chose not to. Just a Point of View.
An old disheveled man gets on the bus, the right side of his mouth lower on his face than the left as he might have suffered a stroke at some point. He is a tall man with silver white hair and he is dressed in a full set of old worn out and dirty fatigues. As he walks by there is that strong smell that one acquires after being on the street a while and not bathing. At this point you can see everyone on the bus is hoping that he doesn't sit by them. As he walked by you could also see that his fatigue pants had several tears on the backside too.
All I could think is, who are we to judge this man just by the way he looks, dresses and smells. Without knowing anything else about him. Then I though about, who are we anyway? Sometimes we complain about not having enough money, not having a newer car, or a nice house, or all kinds of jewelry and getting to eat great food. Then I think how lucky we are to at least have a roof over our heads, our health, food on our table, at least a few dollars in our pockets and so on and son on when there are those in this world that don't even have that.
It was similar situation just like that which brought me closer to GOD. I was driving down the highway in my nice car, headed for my nice apartment and was feeling sorry for myself cause I had spent too much money and had run out before my next pay check. I was so in despair that I was contemplating doing a very stupid thing so I pulled over to the side of the road for a second and then GOD spoke to me. No, I'm not crazy, he didn't appear next to me in my car, he spoke to my mind and my soul. He made me realize just how selfish I was being at the time. Brought those images or children in third world countries sitting there with no food or clean water, nothing but skin and bones with flies landing on them and buzzing around their bodies.
It was then that I realized what a fool I was being. How could I be so selfish and so nonchalant about such a much more serious situation. It was then that my new relationship with GOD was forged and I would never feel sorry for myself again no matter what. That is because no matter how difficult our situation may be it will never be as hard as that of those poor children or as that of the man on the bus today.
That was the day that I became a much more humble person and dedicated my life to helping others anytime I can, because I am blessed, as you may be too. So next time things get tough, think about those hungry children with the flies all over them and no food to eat or money to buy anything and no clean water. Then give thanks to GOD that we may not be rich in money but we are much better off than others and pray for them as well. GOD Speed.
Just a Point of View.