The Truth about the False Infinite

Iridescent StreamsHow often do we willingly seek the bright shiny objects that seem to lay so innocently in our path? Are these only random inconveniences of life or a devious plan to lead us astray? We are so easily seduced by the things of this world, I know as I have found myself on those paths littered with shiny objects that only serve to distract me from my true calling and purpose.

To quote or paraphrase C.S. Lewis it is ‘the sweet poison of the false infinite’ that lures us temptingly towards always wanting more. I pray that each of us may hear that still small voice that whispers truth to us and we are able to resist the poison that is so sweet and yet promises nothing.

For you, yes you, are meant for so much more than ordinary! Remember, #YouMatter #LoveChangesPeople

Two Doors

I found myself standing before two doors.
Tall and strong they stood.
Above each door hung a small sign.
In simple script one read,
Joy and Sorrow
And the other,
Pleasure and Pain
Hesitatingly, I approached to peer through the small peephole of each door.
In shock I gasped, astounded by what I see.
Each room holds a mass of the most wondrous sights shining brightly.
And horrible grotesque ugly things I had never dreamed could be.
This was an odd assortment of characters,
some that glowed in beauty untold and others that reeked of evil misery.
The uproarious laughter and joy of some shone pure grace and mercy.
In stark contrast to the wretched screams of those who writhed in pain unceasingly.
Easily my decision was made, I reached for the doorknob with a shaking hand.
With a pounding heart and no regret,
I slowly turned the knob of my chosen door,
the one less used,

and to borrow words from Mr. Frost,
that has made all the difference.

~Mark Schutter ©2015

By Michal Osmenda from Brussels, Belgium (blue and red doors Uploaded by russavia) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Michal Osmenda from Brussels, Belgium (blue and red doors Uploaded by russavia) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Two Roads…

20150107_114611_1[1]When faced with this choice which one will you choose?

I have been home and holed up a lot this past week fighting the dreaded flu bug.  Truth be told I have felt miserable most of the time and not up to doing much of anything, especially writing.  I am finally starting to slowly feel better.  However, the down time has given me a chance to do a lot of thinking, when I wasn’t wallowing in my depths of self-pity over how sick I felt. 🙂

I have watched a lot of Netflix during this time including the movie “The Way” by Emilio Estevez and starring Martin Sheen.  If you haven’t seen it I would highly recommend it.  I won’t spoil it for you except to say it is about a father who walks the pilgrimage of the “El camino de Santiago“. There is one quote from the beginning of the movie I would like to share.

“You don’t choose a life, you live it.”

The past two days I have lost my voice, I can barely get out a scratchy whisper :).  This also has helped me to only say what is truth and not just fill the air with the rambling sounds of my own voice.  I turned 50 years old last August and over the past 6 months several different opportunities and choices could would most definitely take me in new directions.  A chance to truly live and to make a difference in the lives others and my family.  As C.S Lewis said,

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

I have fears about the choices road that I will be taking.  Mostly about what others might think, especially those closest to me.  It will be an adventure outside the 8-5 work day inside an office building but one that I believe God has set before me and my family.  More to come about that I am sure as things develop and God leads. I originally wrote a blog about this opportunity last August titled “Healing the Brokenhearted”.

I want more from life than just living to making a living and survive to the weekend.  So in this journey of my life, two roads have now diverged in the wood and I am choosing to take the one less traveled by, what about you?

When faced with this choice previously which did you choice?  How has that choice(s) impacted your life?  Do you have any regrets, wishing  you had made  a different choice?