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shroudofrain (profile) wrote,
on 1-6-2011 at 12:52am
I've made a lot of changes: in belief, mindset, mentality, and passion.

The point of faith is not the war, but about the hearts, minds, and lives of the people around you; to help others any way you can -and not because you should, but because you want to.

Love is what holds everything together. God has sent His son, Jesus, to die for our sins not to win a battle, but to show His love for us.

The resurrection is just as much for us as the death was.

My passion should not be to rally troops, to fight a war, or to defeat the enemy... that's God's job, and he already has that covered. My passion should be to help the community around me, to show just how much God loves each and every one of us, and to show everyone that there is value in them. You can throw, step on, spit on, smash, and run over a gold brick, but at the end of the day the gold brick is still worth $1500 an ounce (give or take based on the price that day).

Reading past entries... I don't know who reads this any more; I don't even know if I'm talking to anyone but myself, but I just want to say for whoever this may concern: I am sorry for how I have treated all of you through my belligerent faith of Spiritual Warfare. It's not a right thing to be offensive for God, and I realize that now. My drive is to break down those types of walls... because I see that in the past I was no better than any other judgmental Christian out there that doesn't give the rest of the world any sort of grace shown to them; I will work to change that. Jesus said that the greatest commandment was to "love your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself," and I look to take that so much to heart it becomes second nature.

I am not the same -it's almost like a breath of fresh air.
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goodbye

01-06-11 1:24am

Then you might want to change this:

"Above all else guard your heart, for it is a wellspring of life." - Proverbs 4:23

Surely to guard your heart is to not be vulnerable enough to let love in. How will you love continuously if all you do is defend?

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shroudofrain

Re: , 01-06-11 11:15pm

You want to protect your heart more than anything else because it's the most sensitive thing you have, spiritually speaking of course. It's more vulnerable than your mind or your soul: The mind is sharper than a sword and the soul is indestructible... but your heart is sensitive, and it's where your emotion derives from. Because of this you want to guard/protect it a bit more than anything else, but that doesn't mean you're blocking yourself off from other people. If you're bike riding with someone and you wear a helmet that's not blocking your interaction with that person, that's protecting yourself from harm of any kind (whether done by the other person or circumstances beyond your control, or what-have-you). Again, this is speaking spiritually.

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aaron

01-15-11 2:45am

This is huge, Patrick. Glad to hear it.

And on the whole guarding your heart thing, let's all keep in mind that what a person meant by that 2000 years ago in the middle east probably doesn't mean what 21st century westerners think it means now.

By no means does it mean block out love, it's talking more about guarding your heart from things that screw it up and make it hard.

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gideon

03-13-11 8:41pm

Where have you been?

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