Reflected, Refocused, Renewed

One of the best things I did was take the 10 Day Social Media Fast. Here is the challenge:

First, I invite you to participate in a 10-day fast from social media and from any other media that bring negative and impure thoughts to your mind. Pray to know which influences to remove during your fast. The effect of your 10-day fast may surprise you. What do you notice after taking a break from perspectives of the world that have been wounding your spirit? Is there a change in where you now want to spend your time and energy? Have any of your priorities shifted—even just a little? I urge you to record and follow through with each impression. 

~ President Russell M. Nelson

What I found I truly enjoyed was really listening to Glenn Beck and The Blaze television streaming every day. Glenn is now doing the sort of programming that needed to be done several years ago, conversations. Conversations about the Founding Fathers. Conversations about The Divine Constitution, all of the things that must be discussed and repeated through the generations. Glenn has a ton of great On Demand programs but I love the live broadcasts and really enjoy the conversations with his guests.

One quote from many years ago has come to my mind over the past thirty days:

The merchant who tries to sell you a product by extolling its virtues and offering it to you at a fair price is engaged in legitimate persuasion. The merchant who exaggerates the quality of his product, fails to disclose dangerous weaknesses, or misleads as to price is manipulating.

~ M. Dallas Burnett

Stepping carefully back into the social media scene my mind is in a much better place. Some of my thoughts and feelings are less emotional and better suited to hear things from a fresh perspective therefore the prospects are seen in a much brighter light.

Am I happy with Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan. Ugh, NO!

Am I happy with the direction too many in the Republican Party are taking our nation by voting with the Democrat non-conservative policies? Ugh, NO again!

Do I have faith in the few that are working to protect the American People from being consumed by those in Congress usurping our unalienable rights? Most definitely.

And I have faith in all of you who read and re-read our Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution. You are the ones holding Congress’ feet over the flames of freedom. You are the ones teaching future generations, by example, the foundational principles for living so they can, in turn, govern themselves.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

 Preamble to the United States Constitution

By the way, PROMOTING the general welfare, welfare as in faring well, is not providing general welfare as some people claim through the redistribution of wealth as plainly illustrated in the Declaration of Independence.

Additional Reading: 
  1. Civic Standards for the Faithful Saints – Ezra Taft Benson
  2. The Constitution—A Glorious Standard – Ezra Taft Benson
  3. Our Divine Constitution – Ezra Taft Benson
  4. If They Will But Serve the God of the Land – N. Eldon Tanner
  5. The Times In Which We Live – Gordon B. Hinckley

Growth and Change: Glenn Beck

Years ago a young man gave a talk about being called Green and Greenie. It is an affectionate term that often refers to the newest and least experienced person on the team or in the group. After several years had passed he said people continued to refer to him as Green and he took it as a significant compliment. 

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Green is the color of springtime. It means new growth and growing,” he said. “It means I am not old, dried out, or dead.”

When I hear people flippantly or pointedly go after Glenn Beck for his company shake ups and changes in his programming or The Blaze, that story comes to my mind. Glenn’s business is like a green garden filled with incredible variety. It is growing and changing with the seasons.  It is not an old, dried out, or dead garden. It is very much alive. It is prone to experiencing what every good gardner knows must happen to a properly tended garden: pruning.

Perhaps if people, society in general, and especially the MSM, had more experience as Green Gardeners, they too would become skilled pruners in thought, word, and deed. Then they could recognize and understand the patient, perseverant nature of a Master Gardener in the making as he learns how to better tend to his garden. 

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Random Asides:

  • Oh yeah, I LOVE Pat Gray: Unleashed.
  • I watch The Blaze on Roku.
  • Ususally leave The Blaze running ALL DAY because I really enjoy it.
  • And yes, I listen to the repeats during the day, oh yes I do.
  • I do miss Raj, Buck, Tara, Will, and so many others.
  • Love the archives and specials!
  • The Serials are fantastic and downloadable.
  • Oh yeah, and Shootin’ Time on Saturdays!
  • Got a big kick out of Independence USA.