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An amazing creation, right in front of your eyes

 

We use telescopes to see what is far away, to see in the vastness of space. We hope to discover something new.
We also use microscopes to see the tiniest things on earth, with the hope to see or discover something that has not been seen before.
Yet here we are, in search for something new and amazing, but we fail to see the beauty that is before our very eyes–that which is here and now. We, for whatever reason are unable to see Gods amazing creation right in front of us. Everything that is here on this planet was created for our enjoyment, but we fail to recognize it.

Instead we abuse and destroy this very planet and everything on it; usually out of greed or hatred.
God gave us this planet to look after and to enjoy. Not to abuse and destroy.

Genesis 1: 20-31
20 Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

 

This planet, and everything on it is amazing, everything from plants to animals; from deserts to lush green forests and the arctic and Antarctic, as well as the lakes, rivers and oceans.
We also have a tremendous amount of people and cultures that we can learn from. But instead we look at the differences in a negative way and bring harm to them. We look at what is beneath the soil and strip it bare due to greed.
It is time that we respect and cherish this planet and those that inhabit it. After all, it is God’s; yes He gave it to us to use, but He did not give it to us to abuse.
Let’s wake up to the damage that we have done and learn how we are supposed to live.
Respect of Gods creations can heal this planet and us.

Church and Control (my thought of the day)

I have been doing some thinking about the Church and the power and control leaders have or try to have over their congregation.
I am a born-again, bible believing, Jesus worshipping Christian. However, I have not stepped foot inside a “Church” in a long time.

I became a Christian in 1990, I was a member of one church for ten years until God called me out because of the vast spiritual abuse and un-Godly control within it. Then, after a few months, I became the associate pastor of another church for three years. This church was filled with sin, it had leaders who stole, did drugs, slept around and so on. Now many would say that I must have gone ahead of God, and went to these churches, I questioned it myself, but in time I realized that I was supposed to be there. I am not a person to bend to the will of others, rather I do what God wants…and not man. I was supposed to be there to see that there are corrupt churches and to try and bring the will of God to the people and pray for them. But it did not happen, God removed those who were seeking Him from the first and the second burned down. Both churches controlled their members through fear as well. Using the name of God against the people by twisting scripture and false prophecies.
The pastor of the church that I was a member of for ten years has a heart for the lost, the issue mostly with that church was the leadership, they behaved one way in church when in front of the pastor, but behaved in a whole other way when they were not around the pastor. Their lives did not line up with the word of God.
For some reason the pastor never saw it, and when someone would leave because they had enough of the abuse and when they tried to tell the pastor and his wife, they did not believe it, they thought that the person leaving was controlled by Jesebel and was lying.
This only made everything worse.
I saw terrible things happening within churches, such as senior pastors steal, kick people out if they did not do what they wanted them to, I heard from members that some leaders wanted details of what they did in the bedroom, members were told that they had to work in the church because if they didn’t then they obviously were not dedicated, they were told to give money and if they didn’t they were not dedicated. Also if they did not do what they were told then they were either kicked from their position in the church or never given a position. Leaders would also gossip about members of their congregation and some would tell dirty and crude jokes as well as take pills and drink alcohol. I could go on.
I also heard pastors and leaders tell people their opinion of politicians running in elections, building up one side while tearing down the other in an attempt to swing the congregation into voting the way they vote.
If someone has a different view on the politicians and political situation they will be shunned and made to feel inferior.
There is so much more I could write about this, but the point I am trying to make is:
-The church has no business in controlling people’s thoughts and actions.

-It has no business in influencing the votes and opinions that the congregation has about politics.
The place that Christians and the church in general has when it comes to politics is to pray for its nation and its leaders.
Many people leave churches and either never go back or attend a different one because of this spiritual abuse and control that is happening within the walls of the churches.
If pastors and leaders truly care about people and their salvation then they need to let go of control and let God be God. To love the people and to gently guide them, not force them to change.
God must be allowed to be God, the only one that can change the heart of a sinner or a misguided person is Jesus, and even He does not force himself on anyone, He simply loves them and shows them the way. He does not try to influence people into thinking His way either. Jesus allows us to make up our own minds by gently touching our hearts and quietly speaking to our spirits. If we are allowed to listen to Him rather than forced into doing what a person wants then we will make the right decisions and the family of God will grow the way God intended it to.

The great Canadian YARD SALE

People are certainly a curios creature. The best way to experience these creatures (other than going to Timmies) is by hosting a yard sale, or as in my case, a moving sale.

I love people watching and also speaking with new and interesting people. I even love to haggle in price, whether I am in a foreign country buying something or when I am selling something at a yard sale. I enjoy the back and forth verbal battle.

What I found most interesting is when I was selling something which is ordinarily close to three hundred dollars new in a store, but I was asking $50 dollars or best offer at my moving sale, as this item is still in great shape and certainly worth what I’m asking, but then someone pulled out a ten dollar bill and asks “Will you take 10?”  Well I looked at this man and burst into laughter, I seriously thought he was kidding around, making a joke. I suppose I offended him as he quickly walked away.
Most people are great though; I enjoyed a lot of laughs and had some interesting conversations with some very intelligent people. I even had a chance to speak about something which I love talking about—politics–local and foreign. Especially the U.S. and their ridiculous foreign policies…get me started on them and you will find out real quick where I stand.

But I digress, back to yard sales, an event where you meet many different people.

I even had a couple of thieves at my sales, you may not believe it but I did.

A woman stole a 25-cent item, took it into her Escalade, yes her Escalade and drove off. I was, for the first time in a long time, speechless.

Another time a thief wanted a lamp, the lamp had no lampshade but another one did, “Can I take the shade off that one and put it on this one?” she asked. I explained that I could if I bring the price up. She walked off, then came back and took the lampshade off the other, put it on the lamp she bought and went away. I did not see her until she was getting in her car with it.

Thieves, they are everywhere, even at yard sales. People without morals or ethics, slithering around like serpents waiting to strike.

One last example of these snakes coming to yard sales is this; a couple was looking at something they wanted which my son was in charge of, they did not get the answer they wanted I suppose, I don’t remember and that is not important. But they called my son a nasty word, a word I have never used and will never. A degrading word to say the least.
Anyway, aside from these stupid people, most were very nice. Some that haggled and others who did not. But most were very pleasant, polite and courteous. People I would not mind seeing again. Others whom I wish never to see again.
Some of the nicest moments I had was having conversations with elderly ladies and gentlemen dressed in their Sunday best who talked to me about what it was like growing up in the valley. I am not from here so I enjoy the history lessons.
I heard everything from how logs were skidded out of the bush with teams of horses; log floats on the river and about how some people would come into town on the train. I even heard how adults and children would be outside on the coldest days on the frozen lakes and rivers to skate. I never experienced these things as I grew up in warm climates. Some of these people could tell me their stories in such a vivid manner that I could picture in my mind how it was back then.
Yes, the yard sale is more than a place where we buy things we want or need; or are trying to get rid of things which have been gathering dust in our basement; but more than this, it is a place where people go to socialize. This is certainly something I hope will never change or end; it is a right of passage of being Canadian. Something we do with family and friends, it is fun for people of all ages and one of the earliest ways of recycling!
And children can find treasures just at the next driveway!

Oh by the way, that item which I tried to sell which a man offered me ten dollars for, I did get what I wanted for it, after a little back and forth verbal battle which the buyer and I certainly enjoyed! And we both happily sealed the deal with a firm handshake…Only in Canada, Eh? Now time for a Timmies Double-Double…Cheers!

Planet Earth and the human impact on Earth

 By: Thomas H Czech
September 17th, 2011

Our planet is a large system created to keep a multitude of life forms living and prospering.

There are more life forms on this planet than we can imagine and more that we still have not yet discovered.
Earth is created to sustain life; everything is in perfect harmony, in immaculate balance. Nothing is left to chance.
Salt-water oceans allow certain life forms where fresh water allows another type. Land allows land creatures and so on.

When humans were placed onto earth they had everything, which they needed, clean water, fresh air and pure soil–everything to sustain life. Lakes, rivers and oceans were filled with marine life, the land was covered with land animals and the air swarmed with flying creatures. Everything which was needed, was at hand, which included fruit trees, berries, vegetables and so on.
Years went by and the human population grew, as years became decades and decades tuned to centuries we learned to make tools. We then tamed animals; we also created larger and more precise machines, which made farming the land a little easier and faster.
The human population grew larger, as this happened we farmed more land and animals. As time continued on we then created more tools and machines. We also created larger wagons to move our goods and supplies by land and we created boats of various sizes to sail along coastlines and eventually to other lands.
Time went by, there was no limit to our creations. However, there is a limit to the planet and its resources. But humans only saw that there was an abundance of everything!

As the human population continued to grow, so did the need for land and resources.
Land was stripped bare and ploughed under, there was no real understanding of the need to replenish the soil of its nutrients or the need to change the fields from one crop to another from year to year to prevent certain insects or disease from taking hold. There was no understanding of replanting trees neither.
We also discovered useable minerals and metals deep within the ground, which we learned we could dig up and extract and turn into useful resources to make our lives easier and better. Within time we built better machines so we could extract what we needed at a greater rate from the earth.
Then we built machines that separated the useful stuff from the not so useful stuff, this however produced toxic by-products, which polluted the ground, water and air, but we didn’t know that it did or how bad it was and we figured we could dump it as the rain would wash it away or the oceans would just swallow it up and make it disappear.

The human population exploded, forests were cut down and wetlands were drained and filled with rock and dirt and villages, towns and cities built on once nutrient rich soil. Animals were forced to move and live in unfamiliar places, places so unfamiliar to them that they starved because they could not or did not know how to hunt there. Those that did survive did not have enough babies to rebuild their population.
People by the thousands flooded these concrete jungles.
Farms became so mechanized that they were able to plough under lush forests, jungles and other green spaces in a short time.
Green forests, swamps and ponds were filled in and crops from other parts of the world were brought in and planted, but these crops would not survive in their new soil and climate unless they were sprayed with insecticide and the soil pumped full of chemicals.

We needed fuel to power our factories and run our machines, so we burned oil and coal by the tonnes pumping toxic smoke into the air which the winds took from one place and scattered the waste to far away parts of the earth, the rain and snow would eventually bring it to the ground, polluting soil, rivers, lakes and oceans.
Quality of our air and water and soil was deteriorating fast, bringing with it illnesses and disease to every living thing.

Now, however we know what we have done, we know that we are killing our planet and ourselves by living in such a manner, and yet we are taking our sweet time making the appropriate changes.
There are people out there who say that wind and solar power is not good, yet I have seen places and been to them and have witnessed first hand how great these forms of hydro producing things are.
Burning fossil fuels or damming rivers is not the way to go; we know this now. Solar and wind are the best we have right now. We can also build affordable electric cars and yet we are told they do not work well, but they do. The technology is out there to get completely away from bad forms of power. We can live clean, we just need to have people and corporations with money to invest in clean energy and those in power to stand up and say, “Enough is enough”, and support clean and renewable energy.

©Thomas H Czech, 2011

Time for Uncommon sense


Thomas H. Czech
Uncommon sense means a rare, different and beautiful form of thought and understanding.

To have commonsense is to have the same sense as the majority of the population where you live. To think and believe that what is normal is what the majority of the people around you think, do and behave like. Not to think outside the box.
I believe that uncommon sense; however, is the way to go, to think for ones self, to question the media and not believe what the mass media is telling us. Think outside the box, and by all means, think for yourself.
When we look at the history of humanity, we see that people for hundreds of years, if not thousands, have done what the masses have done and behaved in the same way. This is why we have repeated the same mistakes, wars over land and resources have been fought repeatedly, thus having killed hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children, and destroyed  and polluted an immeasurable amount of land and oceans.
We see this today, the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq are no different from any invasion of one country by another in the past, which can be summed up in one word—greed!
I am looking at humanity now with uncommon sense; I look at it from an outside-of-the-box point of view. Why would I believe what the Governments of the world and the mass media tell me? I, as a human being have the right and freedom to question everything and think for myself.
If we want to prevent wars, oil spills and mining disasters as well as the continuation of mass deaths due to starvation and disease, then we need to have uncommon sense and not follow the masses, otherwise we will make the same mistakes which we have been making for hundreds of years.
Commonsense is not always sensible and it most certainly is not always intelligent thought. So let us open our minds and allow freethinking, so what if we come across somewhat eccentric?
Is eccentricity abnormal? Or is it normal and the rest of the population is abnormal? Where would we be without eccentric people? Without people who are using uncommon sense? People like Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Alexander Graham Bell to name only a fraction of people who did not think as common man did. These people thought for themselves and made changes to humanity, which we would not have if they followed the crowds.
It is time to raise up a culture of uncommon sense, a population which do not let others do the thinking for them. Let us be the new thinkers of this era and teach others to become and do the same. Use Uncommon Sense!

©Thomas H Czech, 2010

 

All about time

Thomas H Czech

August 9st, 2011

 

What is time? Does it exist? Is it what we perceive it to be? “What is it?”
The night moves into day, the days become weeks and before we know it years have passed us by.
A life begins at birth and ends at death. Is the space in-between it …time?
We have clocks, we have the sun and moon, we have seasons and yet no one can really explain it.
We humans have created it, we have lived our lives by it and we are controlled by it.
But is time a part of Creation? Is there another form of time other than what we live by?
2 Peter 3:8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. (Bible)
So if this thing called time was not a part of creation as we have been made to understand it, then why do we allow “time” to control every aspect of our lives?
Why do we live by this man-made creation of the 24-hour clock?
The clock was created to simplify our lives, but instead we have become slaves to it.
Do we really need to let it control us? Considering there is “Never enough time in a day”. Have you heard someone say this? Have you yourself spoken them? I will admit that I have.
So if we never have enough time, then can we not create and give ourselves more it?
I don’t believe that we are created to live so strictly by the control time. We are just supposed to live and to live each day to the fullest.
To enjoy ourselves, to love and be loved and to do the best we can for ourselves and for everyone around us who share this planet with us.
John Ellis McTaggart (3 September, 1866 – 18 January, 1925) and many other philosophers have proposed that the passage of time is an illusion suggesting that only the present is real. (http://www.timephysics.com/) So the present as we know, is the immediate that an individual is in, and it is different from person to person because we all perceive things differently.
So if we believe that time does not exist, and that it is merely an illusion created by man to control our lives, and that it is different for each individual. And if we know that it is only what we perceive it to be, and that in the end it is an illusion nonetheless because we all have different amounts of it on this planet.
Then we must know and understand that we ought not let it control us, but that we must instead take control of our life and live it to the best of our ability, because there really isn’t enough of it in our lifetime to waste.
Charles Richards said, “Don’t be fooled by the calendar.
There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week” and
 Charles Darwin once said, “A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life”. 
I don’t agree with Darwin on most of his ideas, however in this quote I believe he is right.
Now that being said, King Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes 3 that there is a time for everything. What is he talking about? Is he talking about a moment on the clock or simply a moment in ones life? Or does it really matter. Perhaps we ought not be so focused on “Time” but rather on our lives and what we do with it. As we all know, life moves forward and never back. What is done is done, as the saying goes: “We can not turn back time”. This goes for the man made thing called time and it also goes for life itself, so: “Hurry up and live; the clock is ticking—ahead! With or without you!”

 

©Thomas H Czech, 2011

The Art of Conversation

Thomas H Czech

November 14, 2010

What does it mean to converse or to have a conversation?
In my opinion to have a conversation means to have a dialogue between two or more people in a manner which is respectful to all parties involved. This simply means to give each person the respect to allow them to speak; to allow them to say what they need or want to say without being interrupted.

To be able to have a conversation is an art; a lost art. Today people seem to be unable to hold meaningful conversations with one another. It seems that everyone has a lot to say but are unable to convey their opinion or thought in a proper well thought out and meaningful manner. Also, the person who is trying to speak is cut off or interrupted as the other party involved will try to get his or her opinion across before the other person is finished speaking.

When a person interrupts another it comes across as if the one doing the interrupting has little or no respect or value for that individual. It feels as if what the person has to say is of little or no relevance to the other or lacks any importance. It is a rude and disrespectful thing to do.

Does this mean that we have all become self-absorbed? Not necessarily, we have simply lost the art of conversation. We are not taught to speak anymore. We have become far too reliant on electronics to get our points across. We live in the electronic age where texting, keyboarding and the internet have become the main means of communicating instead of verbal communication.

I firmly believe that we need to teach communication, not just written, but also verbal. In order for upcoming generations to become successful human beings in a competitively growing society we need to teach them the art of verbal communication. How would it look for a young person entering the workforce to have all the electronic communication skills but no verbal communication skills? He is able to write documents and make excellent electronic media but is unable to get his point across verbally to other board members? How far would he get in his career?

How do we change this? First and foremost we must teach self-awareness. A person has to learn to be self-aware, this means that he/she learn his/her likes and dislikes, their strengths and weaknesses and how he or she wants others to speak to them. Once this foundation is laid, one can then begin to build on language, learn how to say things, what needs to be said–and what doesn’t. After all, just because you have something to say doesn’t mean you have to say it.

The next is to learn the attitude of speech. With what attitude are you speaking? What is the attitude behind your words? And why do you have that particular attitude? Does your attitude match your words? Another important aspect to the art of conversation is the volume of your voice, some people have naturally loud voices, so when they get into a debate or argument their voices become even louder. Even though they do not mean to yell, they are. Thus the argument becomes more heated and out of control as the other person will feel attacked. This is where your self-awareness comes into play. You need to know and understand the volume, tone and the attitude behind the words which you are speaking.

Once you have an understanding of yourself you then need to practice communicating. Take little steps. First speak to yourself, and listen to what your words sound like, maybe you can record yourself and play it back. Second, speak to a person, but before you do you must prepare your mind, tell yourself to pay attention. Then when speaking to the other person listen to his or her words, and when it is your turn speak, listen to what you are saying, pay close attention to your words, tone of voice, attitude with how you are conveying the information and the volume of your voice, also think of whether or not you need to say certain things. Perhaps you can or should leave certain things out.

This is the beginning of learning the art of communication. This takes practice, it is learned through repetition. Once you have mastered this you will become more confident and a more productive member of society and you may also get the job or promotion which you have longed for, for quite some time.

Now you have the foundation of the art of communication. Practice it and learn it, it is good for you and those around you.

©Thomas H Czech, 2010

Highway Robbery in the 21st Century

Highway Robbery in the 21st Century
Thomas H Czech
June 28th, 2011

Eggs, milk, bread, fruit and vegetables. There are skyrocketing prices in all we purchase, not just in groceries but also in clothing, electricity, heating fuel and the list goes on.
I hear the complaints at the supermarket and at the school when I speak with the other parents who are waiting for their children.
The question everyone has is “Why?” Why are the prices going up the way they are? And why are our incomes not matching the increase in the cost of our living expenses? We can not blame the farmers for the cost of our food as they are not charging that much more, not enough to justify the increases we see in our bills when we pay for the products we purchase.
There are two words followed by one common word that are always on the lips of those with whom I speak, and those words are ‘CORPORATE and GOVERNMENT GREED.
Yes you read correctly, those words are always coming from everyone with whom I speak, and those simple words indeed explain it all, they tie it all together.
Corporate greed, the main one being the oil companies which have unjustifiably raised the price of oil to the ridiculously high prices are the main culprit in draining our wallets and bank accounts like the highwaymen of old who would lie in wait for some unsuspecting traveller and then jump out robbing him of all his cash and belongings. Such is the oil company, only now they do it and legally get away with it. They gouge us and rob us, knowing very well that we, the consumer will pay the price.
Farm equipment use fuel, transport trucks which move the products use fuel, our vehicles which take us to the stores use fuel and so do many hydro plants which give our homes and stores electricity for the light, heating and cooling systems and refrigeration system to keep our food fresh and ovens which cook, it all use some form of fuel whether directly or indirectly.
So yes, the corporations that mine and sell the fuel know this and they gouge us knowing very well that we the consumer will, one way or another pay the price.

So let us look at the governments hand in all of this, their word…the governments word is simple, oh don’t get me wrong, it is a big one, it is merely three letters but its meaning is huge and it sends chills up the spines of all consumers and that word simply is—TAX. Yes the dreaded, most hated three-letter word in todays society.
The government will not ever, nor do they have any intention on stepping in and laying down legislation to prevent price gouging by the oil and lets face it the gas companies as well, because they receive a ridiculously high amount of money from taxes, not just from oil companies but also when we buy fuel at the pumps, and also when we pay for other products. Just look at your receipt and see what the taxes are, also look at your hydro and gas bills, look at what all the other charges are including the taxes you pay! Oh my Gosh, a revelation! The government is also gouging us, highway robbery of us by our politicians as well. So not only are we being robbed by the corporation but we are then also robbed by our government, by the people we hired to work for us, to do what’s right for us, by those we thought would have our best interest at heart. Wow! Were we wrong! So since we hired them…can we not fire them? A thought comes to my mind, is this why people in countries like Egypt and perhaps Libya are protesting? Should we be protesting? Should we ban together and fire those who we hired because they are stealing from us? The thing is, if an employee working for an oil company or working in the parliament buildings were caught stealing, would they not get fired? So why then, can we not fire our PM and his people for gouging or let’s be blunt—for stealing from us?
Just something to think about, after all, how long are we supposed to cower from those in power before we say “Enough is Enough!”
Im not saying that we should start a riot or a coup, but maybe it is time for us, for those who pay the wages of those who are gouging us to tell the government that we want legislation passed right now which prevents price gouging and a cap put of fuel prices or we will fire them, not next election but right now.
How can this be done? We force an election, yes we may have a majority government at the moment, but when desperate people ban together the government has to listen. Like I said, we hired them, so we can fire them.

©Thomas H Czech, 2011