If You “Build” It…

Originally posted on Sharing God’s Story.

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circa 2013

I had a blogging idea as I was waking this morning. It started with the old saying, “If you build it, they will come.” (I don’t really know how old this is – I remember it from Field of Dreams, which IMDB tells me is 1989. 28 years is a while ago – for me. Someone happened to remind me of it a few days ago.)

Anyway, I was thinking that each piece I write is like a brick, crafted from the mud and straw of my memories and experiences, carefully placed to form a house for me and mine to live in. Of course, I want it to be a beautiful structure to look at as you pass by, with serene landscaping and clever lighting, a fresh coat of paint – even on the window trim, and a late-model car in the wind-swept driveway. I want it to show how witty I am; how goodly and righteously and prosperously I deal with grammar and living.

But that’s not my real estate, is it? (I suspect it might not be for most of us.) My life has a very much lived-in look and feel. It’s that slightly dilapidated three-bedroom ranch with too many trees dropping their leaves and broke-off branches all over the lot, with the porch light that never goes off – even on the bright, sunny days, and some kids’ rain-stained toys, long-neglected, laying about in the side yard.

Because the bricks I build with are quite transparent, aren’t they? The materials I use in my construction are solid and real enough to me, but they are actually made only from my aged thoughts and worn-out dreams. There’s ‘nothing’ to see, yet everything to view; a house of glass. There’s no fiction here, except for the denial with which I outsmart myself.

I suppose the beneficial part of being clear is that I’m constantly reminded of my Dale Carnegie: to never criticize, complain, or condemn; to try and say your name enough to remember it, and to always smile – at you and, I hope, with you.

If you know that “How-To” book, I want to tell you about this other, much older one, and it’s my mission to urge you to simply read it for yourself. Now, if you have visited me before here at my see-through dwelling, you do know which book I mean, don’t you?

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Regards,
Marshall
https://SharingGodsStory.net

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New Posts at Sharing God’s Story

Hello fellow bloggers,

I’m finally gathering speed in the new year and have several new posts at Sharing God’s Story.

The newest is

Please have a look – I would love your feedback!

Blessings

Marshall

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New Posts on Sharing God’s Story

Hi All,

I’ve had a good week blogging. As always, I appreciate feedback and opinions on my work. Kindly take a moment to check out my latest posts:

Sincerely,

Marshall at Sharing God’s Story

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Ready, Set- Fight, Flight, or Freeze?

via Daily Prompt: Flee

The Lord of the Rings. My wife calls it, “Lord of the Nerds.” I guess it’s true that fanatical fans of this genre of adventure story are more likely to be nerdy. But I will add that true followers of Jesus Christ also find much in common with His ‘Greatest Story ever told’. And I love talking and writing about it! So, when I saw today’s prompt, I made sure to jump in.

Specifically, the movie quote (from ‘The Return of The King’) I immediately thought of was the following:

Denethor: My sons are spent. My line has ended. Rohan has deserted us. Theoden’s betrayed me. Abandon your posts! Flee, flee for your lives!
[He turns around, and Gandalf knocks him out with his staff]
Gandalf: Prepare for battle!

The important point is made earlier by Gandalf, questioning why Denethor has not prepared Gondor for war:

Pippin: [kneeling] I offer you my service, such as it is, in payment of this debt.
Denethor: This is my first command to you. How did you escape, and my son did not, so mighty a man as he was?
Pippin: The mightiest man may be slain by one arrow… and Boromir was pierced by many.
Gandalf: Get up. My Lord, there will be a time to greive for Boromir, but it is not now. War is coming. The enemy is on your doorstep. As steward, you are charged with the defense of this city. Where are Gondor’s armies? You still have friends. You are not alone in this fight. Send word to Theoden of Rohan. Light the Beacons.

The Biblical Principle displayed here is that of living being prepared; to be “Ready, Set, (so that you can) Go!”

1 Peter 5:8
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

In 2008, I came to believe that God exists and that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to bring us the opportunity to choose salvation. I decided that I would learn to live every moment of every day from then on with a focus on being prepared for Jesus’ return. It’s that simple.

1 Peter 4:7
The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.

Either The End (as foretold in Revelation) will come, or my end (as in my death) will come, relatively unexpectedly – and my health crises since 2014 have backed up that possibility!

Certainly, this has not been an easy process. Temptations, doubt, and just being worn out from time to time have set me back. But, it is my conscious intent to change my overall behavior in this way, so I get up – with His help, brush myself off, and continue forward.

And I have found that I have grown from diligence in my time reading the Bible, prayer and journaling, to other areas of life like researching political questions and candidates, being thankful, more financially responsible, and earnestly applying myself to this new “thing” I do (writing).

1 Thessalonians 5:6
so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.

This attitude has reinforced my sobriety from alcohol and time-wasting diversions like video gaming. (In the past, I could throw away entire days in such fruitless and selfish entertainments.) These days, I do make sure I have some daily recreation, but it’s not the only thing I do.

1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

Yes, I suppose “real, mature men” already knew this, and part of my testimony is be honest about not wanting to be that kind of responsible – for anything, let alone for my own actions. I think this has something to do with actually “growing up”, putting away childish things, and recognizing that His ways are not my ways. It also comes from being still and knowing.

Compare this with Denethor’s reaction in the clip above. He has been deluding himself about the situation Gondor is in, and suddenly, coming up against it, he’s way not prepared.

Colossians 4:2
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

To conclude, today’s prompt reminds me of our great need to pay the price of sober vigilance. I hope you can understand why!

 

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New Post, please comment!

Hi Everyone!

I’ve just put up a new post to Sharing God’s Story, and would love your feedback.

View it at Let’s Get Serious, Sober, and Significant (12/2/2016)

Blessings

Marshall
Sharing God’s Story in my life

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Sharing God’s Story – latest post

Hello Blogging Community!

Please have a look at my latest post and offer your (gentle!) feedback!

https://sharinggodsstory.net/2016/11/30/whats-so-unbelievable/

Thanks!

PS I hope it’s ok to request in this way? I have seen other posts asking for review…

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Only “Man-Eyes” or Just “Great Expectations”?

This is a true story, but I’m not really ashamed to tell it, because I find myself – the “man of the house” – doing things like I’m about to relate all the time. I hope you’ll laugh along with me:

It’s the end of November, which, in the Northeast, means cold temps and snow on the way. It was time to change the storm door from screen to glass. A few days ago, this task was on my Honey Do list, so I went to get the window. It was not in its “usual” summer-season storage spot, behind the furnace with all the other window pieces.

I have a habit of texting my wife at her work very quickly when I can’t find something. This time, however, I was going to show her! After a bit of cursory looking around, I decided to search in earnest for where the window might be. I even grabbed a flashlight to shine behind and next to stuff – appliances and couches and shelves in the basement.

(Here’s my writing skills development part.) I need to describe this lower level. Imagine a U-shaped layout, with the space between the two uprights a wall. There’s the left and right uprights and the base. It’s rectangular, of course, no rounded corners.

The right upright is a finished section, carpeted, currently more or less empty for my wife’s working out, with a mattress and boxspring laid up against one wall, and various other tables and items along the others. The stairs descend into this section. The bottom of the U is the laundry room, along with the furnace and water heater. The left upright is a unfinished, dusty storage/tool/workshop room – which I honestly seldom enter – with shelves along one side, and a workbench along the other. The water main out and sump hole are in there, too. There used to be a fridge at the very top of the left upright, but it’s gone now and there’s nothing there but the blank wall. (Important detail!) There are minimal light sources in each of these rooms. A ceiling fixture with many candle-light-type bulbs for the finished section, two bare bulbs in the laundry, and a single bare bulb in the workshop. We have motion detectors on the bulbs so they turn on when you walk in.

Okay, back to my expedition. I went from room to room in the house – twice – with my flashlight. I looked behind and next to every possible thing the window could be protected by. I opened every closet door. I wondered if the window had been broken (and I had forgotten) before it made its way to safe storage. I recalled times when I put it behind the couch in the living room – but I searched that spot three times. It was nowhere to be found.

Exasperated, I gave up and texted my wife. After suggesting a few spots (like beside the washer), she stated the obvious, in that she was not there, and quite plainly told me that if she came home and (found the thing I was looking for AGAIN)…

How many of you know where the window was?

The moral of the story? I guess is that it’s how we look as well as where, and, above all, what we expect to see that colors our vision. We – maybe it’s just men (I’ve heard others’ stories) – sometimes can’t seem to see the obvious; to see what’s right in front of us.


Comments on my writing appreciated! Could you imagine the basement rooms? Would more detail be helpful to the story – like where exactly the washer, dryer, etc were positioned?

I blog my journey of recovery from addictions and healing from severe health issues at Sharing God’s Story.

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In response to a comment from SparkyJen:
The URL for my blog is Sharing God’s Story
You can also find me on Facebook at “Marshall V Pierce” (not sure how to link to that?)
Twitter: @MVPierce (although I don’t use – or know – twitter all that much… yet?)
Thank You Jen!
Marshall
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Love your blog. I did have to search you out through my browser however. You may want to put a link in your post here on Blogging Meetup. What you have written…what you have to say…is powerful. Let more readers that journey here, also journey over to your blog because you’ve lead the way with your URL. Highest and Best!

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I’ve just joined. I’m looking forward to it!

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