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Christ-like in a Self-Perfected Business World #Christianity #Servanthood #Selfcare #Selfdenial

I seek your thoughts. Believe it or not, this message stems from my conflicted soul that often flees to anxiety and fear when facing this dilemma on the “mission field” in which I have now been called.

My salvation occurred when I arrived at the end of myself. I…huge emphasis on this word I…had literally “did it MYYYYY WAYYYY.” But my way was NOT providing me life. After saying a prayer and asking if God and Jesus were “real,” I was miraculously set free by the King of Kings. And the following years, I worked with various ministry organizations.

However, my calling has shifted, I am now surrounded by Ivy League elites. And while here, I am constantly encouraged to elicit executives to submit proposals and share things I can honestly say, I dreamed about while serving the Lord as a missionary.

So much pump and circumstance occurs, as I am told by the “Ivies” how I…again, heavy emphasis on that one letter word…I need to “network and advertise MY potential.” Well, MY potential comes from conversing with my SAVIOR!!!

Thus, the juxtaposition of the internal self, often fueled by insecurity, must confront the redeemed spiritual self of being like Christ, the one who gave up his role to not only serve but die for others to have redemption. Sadly, I think the aspect of giving up ourselves is no longer a fashionable message discussed in the church circles I have encountered, of late.

But wait! Let me qualify this. I am not THAT spiritual. I don’t float around wearing a robe washing the feet of others with an extended smile across my face. Sadly, self-martyrdom is NOT an issue I must address, daily.

However, the realization of realizing how broken my life was, ANY success I now encounter is based SOLELY on the powerful act of redemption I encountered after asking the Lord God Almighty to rescue this soul. Mind you, this encounter happened at the tail end of the 70s Jesus Movement. As a testament of the work of Jesus in my life, I have lived through NUMEROUS miraculous unexpected and unexplainable events throughout my redeemed life; nearly 45 years!!!

So, I am now often taken aback when self-perfection is encouraged as a networking tool. And for what? Well, to make me a “more marketable” successful self-accomplished perfected contributor to society.

Any thoughts?

#ConflictedMind #salvation #redemption #Love

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Self love

There will always be someone ready to give you an opinion, and it's fine... But it happen too often that we get dragged by ideas that do not represent ourself; close people like my parents, used to tell me that i should make more friends, find a serious partner, do this, do that... All these thoughts had blurred my mind, and i just recently started to pull my self out of a box where i was blocked!

You have the right to find your idea of happiness, and nobody can understand your feelings better than you do, nobody can judge you about what you do to be happy untill you respect who's around you.

Trying to follow expectations (in particoular the expectation of someone else) may provoke us anxiety, stress and even depression... So please, be who you want to be, and not who others want you to be; please, respect the ideas of who thinks differently, but at the same time do not put your soul into their hands, you are the owner of your life, you are you.

May a light shine your world 😊

Peace ☮️

#buddism #Selflove #salvation #peace #Hope


Helpful Words? #Beauty #terror #Hope #strength # #salvation #keep #Going

Maybe these words have been posted on already? If so, here they are again.

Keep going everyone 😊

"Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final."
- Rainer Maria Rilke

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I’m giving up on trying to #Sleep every night! I’m waking up every 2 hours because of the #SleepWakeDisorders from the #ChronicPain . Television is my only #salvation from the #Pain , it takes my mind off of the #Anxiety from the #Aches but especially the #Migraines which keeps me up. I’ve even given up on #eating from the #Pain !

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28 Days Ago (c) Mark Bryant 2018

28 days ago, I asked a heartfelt question
Born of hurt and uncertainty, and full of desperation
6 little monosyllabic words, that aren’t very much to see,
Formed the simple, yet complex sentence, ‘What do you see in me?’
So as I strummed on my guitar, I repeated it like a mantra
Between tears of grief and sobs of pain, I felt as dead as cancer.
The words seemed stuck within a void, bouncing off the ceiling
The loneliness and isolation was an unbearable feeling.
Fast forward a few more days and I received an answer there
When reading a devotion and giving myself to prayer
This God breakthrough filled the hole. It made me so glad when
God told me I was His treasured possession, a beautiful to behold gem.
What joy!  What release!  At last, a truth that set me free.
To hear just what my Father God truly thinks of me!
And so each day, though trials still come amidst uncertainty
God pours out His blessing so much, it overflows the sea.
I desperately want more of this truth, I no longer will abide
With my constant companion, A.K.A. the King Lie.
But I will lay all my brokenness at the feet of the King of Kings
And see what trade He will make, we what treasure He brings.
But now I just need to praise, thank Him for all He has done,
And it all began on Calvary, with the sacrifice of His Son.
To think that He would die for me, at my absolute worse
To be a perfect sacrifice that would break the curse.
I’m free! I’m free! I’ve been redeemed! O thank You Christ my Saviour
Now you’re turning a tasteless life into 1 that’s full of flavour.
Please continue your work in me, every day, even when I’m old.
I want to be more and more transformed into Jesus’ mould.
And then 1 sweet day, I’ll be with You, for all eternity.
I can even imagine sitting on my Father’s knee.
So thank You for all you’ve done and all You’re going to do.
I can’t wait to live the rest of my life with You!

(c) Mark Bryant 2018


Post the seams (c) Mark Bryant 2018

It’s not the end.

The book isn’t finished

It’s not the final chapter.

It’s just the end of one

But there’s unwritten stuff in the in-betweens

Where you’re expecting some sort of closure,

There’s hidden stuff written behind the scenes.

One chapter ends, and a new one begins

Even before any visible writing

Sometimes the lack of visible material is frightening.

And that’s the life of tension, in the seams.

Life is an open book,

Sometimes dust gathers

The clean pages can become stained and worn


The result of endurance when facing problems


Strengthened character, strengthens confident hope,

Hope of something better

Hope of things yet to come

The confident hope of something that can’t be destroyed

Will never end


Mortal life is a finite book.

The chapters will show but stages

Childhood, teen years, education and profession


But so much is written in the seams

That effects our eternity.

The next chapter isn’t the be all,

Just like the last chapter wasn’t the end all

God’s working cover to cover, in the seams.