What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Why do you behave the way that you do? Why do you think the way that you do? Why do you believe the way that you do? Short response? Because someone told you to. That’s right, you are the result of indoctrination from an innumerable number of sources. The media, school, your parents, your friends, even me. You’re reading my words right now my thoughts, and they will affect you. Rather you agree with me or not, I will force you to form an opinion.
You see, we are a result of what we surround ourselves with, be it positive or negative. Your mood is a result of your surroundings, your thoughts, and your actions. Controlled by one force or another. Very few people know how to separate themselves and truly find freedom. I’m going to attempt to help you out, but then, will you be becoming your own person, or will you just be under influence of my words? This is something you must figure out on your own. Or am I influencing you to do this?
The bible says in Proverbs 6:20-24
My son, observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the teaching of your mother; Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck. When you walk about, they will guide you; When you sleep, they will watch over you; And when you awake, they will talk to you
For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life To keep you from the evil woman, From the smooth tongue of the adulteress.
You see, your parents are the first to influence you, shaping your mind, thoughts, and beliefs. Then we get older and go off to school, now, out teachers and peers are the ones we see the most, they become our influence. As we continue to grow into adulthood it is our friends, and lovers. But, many of us will at this point begin to look back to our parents and most often, to our dads. The importance of fathers is a subject for another article and one I have touched on before. What I want you to do is take a moment and consider my words, and think back on how you became the you, that you are today.,
What people and events shaped you? What places and experiences have molded you? We don’t like the concept of not being our own masters, but really God is our master anyways, and until this is acknowledged, we can never fully understand ourselves. If any of you follow me on twitter, I’ve been expressing some thoughts lately. If you don’t, you should, if you don’t have a twitter, make one. But through many nights of study and contemplation I have come to this formula.
Question everything. Teachers, preachers, government, friends, family, and yours truly. You see no one is 100% correct about everything, really about anything. If you are taking anyone, including me, for speaking gospel truth without doing your own research, you are failing yourself. If I post scripture, look it up for yourself, if you co-worker spouts politics and news stories at you, look it up yourself. In the world of google, it doesn’t’ take very long to research anything these days. If you believe everything that you’re told to believe, you are foolish.
But this is how organized religion, politics, marketing, and education works. Actually, education is the problem. We are trained to believe any “facts” that are spouted at us. We take this into the real world with us. This political party is going to kill us, of the super cold winters are a result of global warming, Guns kill people, not the mentally ill. Baptists are the one true church, Catholicism is the only true church, we owe the government our taxes; the list goes on and on and on. When is the last time many people have stopped to form their own opinions?
I recently left the Baptist denomination and lost many friends because I am wrong. I declared today to some people that I do not believe in the Holy Trinity anymore. I have gone from a decent circle of friends down to one. This taught me a lesson. I already knew that you only get a few true friends in life, but the lesson I was taught is that sometimes a man needs to clean house and declare his positions. Do this, and usually the house will clean itself. Research the topics, form your own opinions, and then stand by your beliefs. The strong will stand with you even if they don’t agree, and the weak will flee from you. Surround yourself with men of good character, men of strength and honor, and men of principal. Men that encourage instead of influence and manipulate. Being free means leaving the path others have made for you and forging your own path through the wilderness. And as for your own conduct. Be an encourager. Nothing else is acceptable.
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