Thursday, October 24, 2013

Where Have All the Good Men Gone?

My dear ladies, I hope I may call you that.  I love my sisters in this world, and I hope I may have great joy of you in general and in the art of love.  We as women have a terrible burden to bear in this society, because this society tells us that to be a lady is to be inferior to being a rough, tough manly-girl.  It simply isn't so.  Being a lady is glorious.  Now, that being said, let me answer the question posed by this title.  Often, good men are right under our noses but we have been trained by the world not to recognize them.  

I have spent a great deal of time in the last year listening to men vent their frustrations in relation to women.  I have heard far too often that good men who want a deep, committed relationship find themselves used for sex by women and then abandoned.  Seriously?  I always thought it was generally the other way around!  I fear the moral standards of women in this world have been falling severely, and I promise you that as long as we continue this trend we will not be able to find any good men left, not because they do not exist but because we will have closed off our own minds toward accepting them.

Ladies, we really do have tremendous power over men.  It may not seem that way because they are strong, manly and often tower over us, but even the biggest guys will usually conform to what a woman wants because he instinctively wants to impress and woo her.  Not always, but in many cases, the woman sets the standard of how her love life transpires.  I know, we always think men should do that because they are the dominant ones, but honestly, they often will tailor their behavior to what we make plain we want if we are open and mature about it.  It is perfectly acceptable, even with the least morally apt men, to let them know unmistakably that we are more than a mere sex toy and if we are treated in that manner we will walk away without a second thought.  You have much influence, in fact, to turn a bad man into a good one, but you need to be a morally upstanding person first.  Use that influence, and you will find that there will be more good men in this world than you ever knew existed.  And if you are looking for a good man right now I have about five lonely, injured ones between the ages of 25 and 38 I would love to introduce to you!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

When the Sower's Hand is Cold

Some time ago I directed a song in my women's class at church entitled "We Are Sowing," which discusses among other things the fact that when we have done all we can in order to help others, make a difference and plant seeds of hope we sometimes find ourselves discouraged at the lack of result.  But, it reminds us, that sometimes plants do not come to fruition "until the sower's hand is cold" or in other words until we have stopped our labors and moved on with our lives, trusting the rest to God.  

I have often felt myself that my labors have been without fruition and that my efforts have been entirely wasted.  I was feeling so some time ago when a card arrived in the mail.  It was from a very dear friend who began by saying that it was long overdue that she thanked me for the kind things I had done for her.  She went on to tell me that she had been feeling downcast for the same reason when I chose and directed that song.  She took it to heart at the time and bore testimony to me that the words in that song were true.  What a miracle it was that after having sown seeds of inspirational music and feeling as though my efforts at kindness for others had been much wasted that seed I had sown came round in a full circle right back to me when I most needed it. 

My friends, sometimes we feel as though our efforts are wasted, that our hopes are irretrievably dashed, and that there is no point in continuing.  When we have done all we can, expended every inch of strength we have and nevertheless have been checkmated out of being able to do more, let us leave the situation to the Almighty and move forward in faith, not that what we hope may transpire will happen, but that the Lord knows best and will act for our best interests.  When we can do nothing more, leave it to God and remember that sometimes miracles do not occur until the sower's hand is cold.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Personal Government

Yesterday I spent some time listening to women discuss life as they saw it in our particular day and age.  They repeatedly expressed tremendous concern at the lack of morals in our country, the laws that they considered to be contrary to the doctrines of Christianity and the like.  I heard fear in their voices and a weak struggling toward heaven in wonderment and trembling faith.  My friends, let me calm some of those concerns.

We live in a day and age that is glorious!  We live in a country where for the most part we have a great deal of freedom.  Some may argue that we have too much "freedom" and that traditional values are being cast aside on every hand.  How true that is, and what a wonderful time to be alive.  Now, more than any age of the earth we have the opportunity to stand to our full heights and maintain our own personal governments.  We have a greater opportunity today than ever before to be true to ourselves and those things in which we believe!  People complain that it is so hard to be a good person in this era.  Yes!  And how strong and wonderful those are who can maintain their integrity!  We are not weaklings, and God knows who He placed on this earth at this time!  We are strong enough to maintain our own values even against great opposition.  Does a bodybuilder become powerful by curling five pound weights all the time?  No.  He or she lifts heavier and heavier weights to exercise their muscles and because they do everyone around them can testify to their strength and power at a glance.  What a wonderful compliment it is to know that God believes in us enough to place us in an era such as this, and to understand that He knows we are so strong that in order to progress and become better we need such powerful opposition as we see around us!

Simply because morally indecent things are legal does not mean we have to partake of them!  We can calmly, kindly turn away and rest upon our own personal confidence and the confidence that comes from following the Lord.  So my friends, the lower social values sink, the taller we can stand united looking heavenward to the God who is always at the helm.