A Poem About Grace.

There is something unusual about Grace.

Forgiving, Forgetting and always merciful is Grace.

Relieves me of baggage and asks for nothing in return.

Sweeps me up when i fall and holds no account of my failings.

Grace came without labour and bore a gift id did not earn.

Grace keeps me secure when i forget whos world i belong.

But realeases me to live a life without bondage and cuts the chains that shackle me.

When faith was found, Grace showed me what it was to be faithful.

When mercy was found, Grace showed me what it was to be merciful.

When i was found, Grace showed me I’d never be lost again.

Oh, how lucky I am to know Grace.

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Ecclesiastes & Elon Musk

I have recently stumbled upon Elon Musk while going down a deep YouTube rabbit hole.

His characteristics pulled me in and hypnotized me straight away as i find his body language to be somewhat strange yet enticing.

I find him quite charming and yet vulnerable and couldn’t help but emphasize with him on his need/want to make this world a better place.

During his recent podcast with Joe Rogan I couldn’t help but pick up on the fact he seemed quite depressed & unhappy within himself.

Unable to stop the racing thoughts and idea’s and almost seemed scared to even attempt to if given the opportunity.

Even though (Through research) i have found out that Musk is Atheist and holds no belief in God (Using the ‘Who created God’ question) I couldn’t help but see the similarity between Musk & the author of Ecclesiastes.

Like the author of Ecclesiastes quotes:

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun

Or in New English terms:

What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;there is nothing new under the sun.

You may think that Elon Musks creations are new & indeed they are spectacular, but the ideas are taking something we already have and making it into something better.

So self driven cars, using camera’s and GPS is giving the car eyes like a human and the intelligence of GPS for navigation behind it like the human mind. Yes the technology is new, but the basis behind it is ultimately giving the car a brain and eyes- shortened down,it gives it AI.

It’s every person dream right? to be accepted, adored, admired, bottomless money, fame, riches? But if we look at the suicide rate, drug abuse and rehab news headlines centred around celebrities globally, it paints a very bleak, darker picture.

If we listen to the podcast with Joe Rogan and many interviews with Elon, we can see Elon is trying to make the world a better place with his intelligence and creations, even stating all the world needs is Love- which if you read your bibles is the most important commandment Jesus gave “Love God above anything else & Love your neighbours as you love your self”

Technology now a days, it can prolong life, we are living longer- but like most things made for good it is ultimalty making the world worse.

Social media, Pharmaceutical drugs, cars, etc which are now leading causes of Depression, Anxiety, destroying the O zone layer, prolonging life causing more mental or physical problems. With everything that humans create to help make an easier existence for us, when we try and be like God, it always seems to or can take a very sinister turn, even when we are doing it for the great of good.

Like the Tower of Babble, we can see how that ended.

The author of Ecclesiastes paints a bleak picture in which he repeats how meaningless life is.

He wanted to have unlimited knowledge, woman, power and money. He wanted to eat of the tree of knowledge and enjoy its fruits but instead it left a very sour taste in his mouth.

He quotes:

I, the Teacher, was king of Israel, and I lived in Jerusalem. I devoted myself to search for understanding and to explore by wisdom everything being done under heaven. I soon discovered that God has dealt a tragic existence to the human race. I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless—like chasing the wind. What is wrong cannot be made right. What is missing cannot be recovered. I said to myself, “Look, I am wiser than any of the kings who ruled in Jerusalem before me. I have greater wisdom and knowledge than any of them.” So I set out to learn everything from wisdom to madness and folly. But I learned firsthand that pursuing all this is like chasing the wind. The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief. To increase knowledge only increases sorrow.
Ecclesiastes 1:12‭-‬18 NLT

To increase my knowledge only increases my sorrow? i mean, wow that is deep!

Elon Musk admits this saying ” You wouldn’t to be like me” to Joe Rogan, describing how his mind never switches off.

The Author of Ecclesiastes continues

Some people work wisely with knowledge and skill, then must leave the fruit of their efforts to someone who hasn’t worked for it. This, too, is meaningless, a great tragedy. So what do people get in this life for all their hard work and anxiety? Their days of labor are filled with pain and grief; even at night their minds cannot rest. It is all meaningless. So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him? God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please him. This, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind.
Ecclesiastes 2:21‭-‬26 NLT

Elon Musk is a self confessed workaholic! Working a 120 hour week & yet while he may be reaping the fruits of his labour in money, life is meaningless if you havent found love, virtue,balance & God. He said in an interview opening up about his personal life,

“If I’m not in love, if I’m not with a long-term companion, I cannot be happy,” he told Rolling Stone. “I will never be happy without having someone. Going to sleep alone kills me. It’s not like I don’t know what that feels like: Being in a big empty house, and the footsteps echoing through the hallway, no one there – and no one on the pillow next to you. F–. How do you make yourself happy in a situation like that?”

All the wisdom in the world can never fill the void of an empty heart.

All the money in the world cannot bring meaningful relationships.

All the work in the world does not complete the labour.

The only true peace you can find is in God, but you will still have your battles, but knowning the battle is already won unlike the author of Ecclesiastes did, brings peace in a chaotic world.

As it goes onto say in Ecclesiastes

What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God. And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God’s purpose is that people should fear him. What is happening now has happened before, and what will happen in the future has happened before, because God makes the same things happen over and over again.
Ecclesiastes 3:9‭-‬15 NLT

Don’t get me wrong, we need these geniuses in the world, the people who see a different perspective, an innovative mind.

But i just pray these people don’t lose themselves trying to find the answers, because as we know, taking from the tree of knowledge isn’t always the wisest option.

I will let Solomon finish my blog.

“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless.” Keep this in mind: The Teacher was considered wise, and he taught the people everything he knew. He listened carefully to many proverbs, studying and classifying them. The Teacher sought to find just the right words to express truths clearly. The words of the wise are like cattle prods—painful but helpful. Their collected sayings are like a nail-studded stick with which a shepherd drives the sheep. But, my child, let me give you some further advice: Be careful, for writing books is endless, and much study wears you out. That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.
Ecclesiastes 12:8‭-‬14 NLT

Mindfulness in 3 simple steps.

Ever heard of the saying “Tidy house, Tidy mind”

There is something very true in that statement. I feel so much more at ease when everything is where it should be.

Being organised and clutter free visually makes me sleep better at night.

Your house might not be ideally where you want it yet, it might need refreshing with a lick of paint, it might lack certain necessities that you feel would make it more complete, but with a good deep clean,big tidy and abit of organisation,it starts to feel more like home.

Its the same for the mind too, de-cluttering your mind and letting go or learning to accept those hoarded negative emotions and unnecessary thoughts helps restore that inner peace you once held before responsibility or just general life took over.

Your thoughts are what make your mind either a house or home.

Being a Mum of one or more children i can sometimes feel like all i do is yell, stress out, over think and worry & before i know it, it feels like these emotions become my identity.

Taking a few minutes out the day to focus on the now seems like a pointless task, but if you really think about it, when was the last time you really took in a moment- tasted a moment, smelt it, touched it, embraced it?

Instead of worrying about a future scenario or cringing or fretting about the past – how about embracing the now.

So when you get a few moments of the day, Follow these 3 simple steps to becoming abit more mindful & making your mind a home again.

1○ Take in some deep breaths, i mean really deep breaths. Breath in through the nose and out through the mouth. Feel the air rush through your lungs and visualize it, close your eyes and imagine a stream of air rushing through your body and focus on how it makes you feel. Do this while sitting down on a chair, feet on the ground, hands on the knees. This will also prevent you falling alseep.

2○Do a visual body scan, starting at the top of your head to the bottom. Your body can hurt or be in discomfort and you are so use to ignoring it, it becomes background noise. This is about learning how you feel right now in the present. Imagine a laser going from one end of the body to the other, acknowledging every inch of your body, every ache and discomfort and accepting it. Let your body soften and relax in the now.

3○Let thoughts come and go. Do not try and push them out, just accept them. Keep your eyes closed and let your mind wander and then after a while of letting thoughts pass through, go back to concentrating on your breathing and counting each breath up to 10 and once getting to 10, starting again. Once you are absorbed in your breathing allow your mind to wander again, this time embracing the emotions you are feeling, the smells you can smell, the noises you can hear and becoming part of the moment.

After following these steps you will start to feel a growing peace within you, your mind will be a little bit more de-cluttered and organised.

You can do these exercises in 3 minutes, 5, 10, 20- however long your little one naps and it can give you that extra patiences you may need on a back to back peppa pig marathon.

Mindfulness can help reduce:

Stress

Depression

Anxiety

and help you live a life where every moment is absorbed and appericated.