Nathan Tune

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalms 118:24 (KJV)

Conflicted – The Holidays

Nov
22

Blessings and SHALOM in Jesus alone, today I would like to write about some things that have been on my mind for the past few months now, I just needed to find a way to express myself fully. So without further ado…


The Holidays have been and are always a bit of a conflicting and complicated time for me personally, due to my family’s situation with things in the past with my mom and what not: I am constantly torn up inside about it. It eats away at me more than I let on and some days are harder than others. I fight away the anger each day, fighting to stay sane because sometimes the situation gets me incredibly upset. I’m sure there are some who might be able to relate. But with Gods help I am able to move past it and I choose every day to be BETTER and NOT bitter. And some days it is just really hard. But I move past that, I keep pushing forward.

Because greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world. I have had many friends tell me after really getting to know me, that they can’t believe I am as nice and caring of a person as I am considering all I’ve been through in my short life, they tell me they’ve known people that have gone off the deep end. People that go out and do drugs and get drunk and steal and get arrested and just hate the world. So it’s always amazing to them that I’m the way I am, but I tell them. I battle with the anger sometimes, I’m sure we all do. But I choose to be good, I choose to do good, but most importantly…

Choose To SEE Good:

I choose to SEE good, in this world. Even though it feels like it’s not there. Because life can be so dark and so cold and so painful and full of such despair and hate and anger and bitterness and death and sadness and heartache and tears and destitution and desolation. But I choose to look beyond what I see and I choose to see the good first. I choose it so much so that it happens for me automatically, I am almost to the point where I don’t even have to try anymore. I just look at something and see the good in it. Even if it’s just a speck. But it wasn’t always that easy. And there isn’t always good. I have been hurt and abandoned and ridiculed and mocked and hated by “friends” “family” for what I believe, for what I have stood for. Because I believe in a just and holy God. I’ve been harshly ridiculed, things I don’t even talk about.

All because I said I believed in God’s truth. Things that would make some people want to just lock themselves away and never talk to anyone ever again. But I overcome those things, I refuse to live that way. I refuse to live in pain, I refuse to live in darkness and despair. I refuse to live in fear, I refuse to live hidden from the world because I am called to be a light and what good is a light hidden under a bush? What good is a light that has been blown out by the evilness of this world from the devil himself? What good can that light do?

I could very easily never talk to anyone ever again, I could very easily choose to see only pain and hate and dark, cold, bitter despair in this world. I could choose to believe that there are only fake backstabbing lying scumbags in this world. I could choose to believe that. But what kind of a Christian would that make me? The whole purpose of my faith is to be like Christ? Where would we be if Christ chose to believe like that? If he chose to believe that none of us were capable of change and we should all just die?

We would all be dead, in hell. Many of us might not ever have even existed. But no, Jesus chose to look beyond that and in spite of our wickedness, in spite of our sins in spite of our iniquities he chose love. He chose the greatest form of love there can ever be, he chose to die for us so that we might be saved from hell. Imagine if he’d stayed hidden from the world, imagine if he chose to let darkness win. Imagine. I don’t want to imagine. Do you? No, it’s too easy to live that way. I refuse to, I have told myself this every since I was very young and I will forever stick to this belief.  People will fail you, they will. They will hurt you, they will. That’s life. They will ridicule you, they will mock you and they will try and destroy you.

There will always be that type of evil in this world. But in locking ourselves away, we let that evil win. It doesn’t matter what other people do, what truly matters is what WE do as true servants of Christ.

There may be heartache and pain and anger and sickness and sadness and death and tears and hunger and poverty and war and hatred and bitterness and despair. That is this life in which we live. But I believe that good will always conquer evil. Because In life there is also, love, joy and laughter and peace and friends and family and kindness and caring and sharing and giving and helping others. There are so many great people, beautiful wonderful people in this world that have beautiful wonderful souls and they are loved by God they are special to God so special that he gave his son to die for them on the cross. For all of us.

So how can we not have love for people? How can we not have compassion and how can we not care? Hundreds of thousands of people die every day and only God knows where their soul stands, how can that not bother us? How could that not make us want to be as bright a light as we can. How on earth can that not make us want to go out into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature? Because that’s exactly what Jesus commanded of us, many times throughout the scripture he tells us to be a light that we are a light and that we are to be his workmanship. Witnessing and most importantly, being a witness for him.

And that is what I will always do, I’m a people person. I have always had such a deep compassion for people, and a love for life. It’s a Christ like compassion I suppose. Because life is beautiful. How could it not be?

 

This is the day which the lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalms 118:24 KJV

 

We rejoice because God made it and God is in it and therefore it is good. I refuse to believe there is ever bad days. Only bad things that can happen in those days.

Because a day that God allows us to wake up and have breath is a great day indeed.

For life is beautiful.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

SHALOM –

The Little Things…

Apr
16

Hello again and welcome back to my online oasis, isn’t it a lovely day for another inspiration blog post my friends, foes, brothers, sisters?

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Well, let’s begin then, shall we? It’s the little things that count, or so it is often said, is it not? When you take the time to think about it, the littlest moments in life really are the ones that count the most, being that we are all most prone to taking deep consideration at a baby’s first word, which to a lot of people might mean nothing and really compared to other events in a child’s life that occur, a first word really isn’t one of the biggest accomplishments.

Yet we as humans tend to take such note of the littlest of things, such as burping a baby even, isn’t that funny? It’s true though, we humans tend to overreact at the smallest things, so I would say that it truly is the littlest things that count the most, which can some times be good and other times be rather bad.

Responsibility:

Biblically however, taking note of the smaller things really make all the difference, because we can learn from scripture that if God can trust us in the little things, that is when we will be blessed with much greater things. (By the way I really hate using the word ‘things’ but I don’t know what else to say.)

  • He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. – Luke 16:10 K.J.V.

I know that I might have mentioned this many times before, but this verse is one that my grandma has quoted to me all throughout my life, because when we didn’t have much sometimes I could get a bit ungrateful, which can happen to a lot of us especially when living in such a society that demands MORE and MORE, right?

But I was taught to cherish what it is that I have, and I am very easily able to be content wherever I am, I know that I may not have much at times, however, at the same time I am grateful that God has given me and my family ENOUGH, and for some people enough may not be all that they THINK they need, but for me it is.

Of course I want things from time to time, but I know that my Lord and Savior KNOWS that my wants and NEEDS are few and far in between.

Little Encounters:

Do you ever have those little encounters while out at public when at the doctors or buying groceries at the register, when someone all of a sudden walks up to you saying something funny or something you agree with?  Then all of a sudden you are in a  full on conversation  with this person that you haven’t ever met in your life.

I have, it’s funny how many little events I can recall, I have even put some of them on my blog before, because I can’t help but wonder about the little things when I’m riding around town while we are doing our shopping or going to church, or wherever we might be going.

I can’t help but wonder where the rest of those people we pass on our way might be going, what kind of events they might be going through in their life, it’s funny because many times when we pass someone on the highway I will look into their vehicle and If I sense for a little bit that something is wrong in that persons life, I begin feeling a strong urge to pray for them, and I do.

Is that strange?

In Conclusion:

What it all boils down to is to not take life for granted, think of your little dog, think of what excites him, it’s the smallest gifts of life isn’t it? Like getting to go out for a walk, getting fed by you, getting that pat on the head issuing him a ‘good boy’ all of that may seem small but to him, that is his whole life, dogs somehow realize that they aren’t going to be on this earth for a very long time.

So they somehow make a great effort in taking note and enjoying the little things that life has to offer, let’s be like the dogs, let’s be a little more grateful for the smallest of things in life, because what we may see as ‘little’ or ‘worthless’ someone else might see as beautiful and amazing, because they might not have been blessed with all that we have been blessed with, and we must never forget that we are not the only people on this earth.

 We must never forget, the little things. 

Until next time my long far away friends, take care, sleep with your gun held tight and don’t let the government bite.

SHALOM –

TRUST

Apr
02

Hello again friends far away and in between, what brought thee to me this fine day, have a sit and hear what I would like to say.

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Well it’s obvious what I wish to discuss in today’s post the title of it kinda gave me idea’s away, but there is still much to be said on the subject (look at me, I’ve only said a few sentences and I act as if I have been talking for ages) let’s get started then, shall we?

I find that in today’s day and time – Trust is something that appears to be missing from our every ordinary day, in our every ordinary life – we just don’t up and trust strangers anymore like we used to which is  rather interesting considering that the crime rate isn’t as high as it was in the 90’s as matter of fact studies show it’s about the same rate that it was in the 60’s now that’s something.

So why is it that we still find a hard time to trust others, what can we possibly do to change this? Stop lying every single breath that we so lightly take perhaps? Or what if we just try being honest and true for a change, how about that, do you think that would really make a big difference on our society?

Possibly: 

But it’s going to take more then just that, we have to actually mean our honesty, we have to actually mean our genuineness, because it so happens that people tend to notice if one is not really being truly honest with them – people have gotten smarter and even a whole lot less gullible, they just aren’t going to believe anything anymore without proof and it’s not that unreasonable.

If you think about, it’s very realistic at the most because so many of us have been lied to, burned, beaten down, taken advantage of and used simply because of our trust that there just so happens to be no trust left in us, and it’s rather sad actually because for a society to continue trust must abide in it.

Don’t Forget The Ice:

Let me tell you a little story where I actually experienced true trust in a person at a local grocery store, it was sometime in the summer of 2013 – my grandparents had just left the store and I had just got off the phone with them prior to that and they called and said that they were coming home, well when they got home they quickly realized that they had forgotten the ice.

Now they had paid for two bags of ice and we needed it, they were too tired to go back home so they sent me and my uncle to go back with the receipt to get the ice and to get a few other items as well – to tell you the truth I honestly didn’t think that anyone would be willing to believe me when I told them that my grandparents had forgotten the ice, but it was worth a try anyways.

When we arrived to the store I went up to the manager who’s name is ‘Reba’ which I always her about because it’s the name of one of my favorite country singers (Reba McEntire) I told her that not long ago my grandparents left the store having purchased two bags of ice yet forgetting them and walking out, I showed her the receipt and asked if we could get it from the freezer now and to my surprise she actually believed me.

I mean I know that I wasn’t lying but she had no way whatsoever to know other then she must have read me and truly trusted within her heart that I was genuine or perhaps she thought that it was only ice and it didn’t really matter, that could be the case but Texans are nice they aren’t too gullible though – so I believe she actually trusted the story and that was encouraging.

Trust is like a breath of fresh air in today’s society and even more so the TrustWorthy.

In Conclusion:

Not everyone is unwilling to trust those that they don’t know and at the same time, not everyone we don’t know is completely worthy of our trust – that is something that only we can determine by actually ‘judging’ that person but even though scripture tells us that we can indeed ‘judge’ I honestly don’t even believe that is what most of us even do, so to use a less aggressive word It’s more of a discerning nature to understand whether or not that person is one that deserves trust.

Judging with our Spiritual Instinct – rather than by ones Appearance.

I for one only have a very small list of people in this entire world (which includes my small intermediate family) that I know I can completely trust in whatever circumstance that may arrive.

It’s not a lot, but considering 6 of them are outside of my family 6 that I consider to be good friends and I can’t really mention that number again or else we’ll have something bad in this blog post which might cause controversy and it wouldn’t of even been intentional.

So without further ado, what I hope to have left you with is what I always hope to leave the readers with, a lot to think about, stuff to just ponder on and I understand that many have so much to think of in their life but I believe thinking about other’s aside from our own problems, in a way, helps us deal better with ours.

Until next time – though I don’t know I even made a lot of sense.

Have some cheeseburgers, with crispy french fries and a chocolate or vanilla shake or both who cares, right? I’m Nathan Tune, signing off.

SHALOM –

Hello…

Mar
27

Hi there, how are you? I hope that you’re doing well today, I just want to take a moment to check up on you that’s all.

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Are you doing well? Has anything interesting happened in your life recently? How about your week, how has that been going for you? I hope it’s been going great because nothing else would be greater than knowing that you are working towards a brighter tomorrow.

Unfortunately though, sometimes we lose sight of tomorrow, we are quickly losing a brighter future all together, hello, I’m Nathan Tune and what I really would like to talk to you about today is a bit more than you might of bargained for when you first decided to click the link in your newsfeed, or wherever it is that you were directed to me from.

What do you think about Family? Do you have a family, whether it’s of your own or it’s one you are a part of I am looking to see if you actually care about your family, if your family has the values that most all families do, like teaching one not to lie or steal or having good manners, love, faith and integrity.

How about something else, are you a Christian by any chance, do you happen to support some things that you might not really feel that comfortable with but you do so anyways just to make yourself feel popular?

Oh I’m Sorry:

Am I judging you? I don’t think I am, I’m just asking a simple question that’s all I’m doing because It’s not like you’re asking yourself that question now is it? Are you? Are you really even considering what it is that you are doing, or are you doing these things just to continue on in your cozy lifestyle?

No my intension aren’t to attack or to judge, but just to make you think, that’s all, that’s all my intentions are because it seems to me that too many people these days say one thing and then apparently  do another thing totally opposite to what they say and I am trying to figure out exactly why that is?

Can I even do that though? Perhaps I can, I guess I will have to see. A lot of people like to say that they are the ‘family’ type – they like to go to Church every Sunday without fail, they believe in the core values and principals of the bible and hold them dear to their hearts, but when it comes to big public actions, they show differently in those.

And then you know what happens? People all of a sudden begin to lose hope in humanity because it seems to them that all that anyone is trying to do is just get more popular by doing and saying anything possible that they can to keep from losing everyone they ‘love’.

One Question:

Would you even consider lying to someone if you knew they had cancer and you knew you had the cure to that cancer, or what about this.

(Yeah I said one question but oh well.)

Would you even consider letting someone that you ‘love’ walk out in front of a bus without trying to stop them? So why would you lie about so many things to them in order to not hurt their feelings?

I don’t know why so many people do the things they do but it really gets to me and I hope that more and more often people will just boldly and freely speak their minds without fear of hurting other’s feelings. I mean I understand the importance when it comes to other’s feelings, but at the same time isn’t honesty something important too?

Hmm…

Conclusion:

Don’t eat too much sugar or you’ll get fat, drink a lot of pickle juice if you don’t want to get fat, and if you don’t wanna do a single one of those then well…

I guess you can just eat a whole lot of pizza and french fries until you can’t hold anymore. Ok I’m kidding that’s not really the real conclusion of this blog post, I was just having a little fun, now I’m done; in conclusion – we really have to start being more open and honest with each other.

Even if it means a little bit of backlash every  now and then, It is very important that we start trying to have dialogue with each other instead of just trying to blame everyone and everything.

One last thing webianites, eat lots of cookies and ice cream it makes for a really great day, also this is this weeks final blog post which I would like to briefly discuss – from now on until I can’t possibly do it anymore.

I am going to be posting a blog post a day every day for 5 days a week taking Saturday (Shabbat) and Sunday off to plan the next weeks posts, be in continual prayer for me and wish me much luck.

Until next time…

SHALOM –

Are You Wealthy?

Mar
18

Before you answer that question, let me tell you a story.

GoldThere was a man, Frank, he worked all his life for everything he had yet he barely had nothing by the end of his life.

Everything he had worked for was taken away from him by his children, his wife had passed away three years prior to his utterly disturbing diagnosis of Pancreatic cancer.

What little he had left he gave away, he donated millions to charity and then had it put in his will that everything else go to the make a wish foundation.

His dear Anna would have wanted it that way.

Now, as he sits on an old wooden park bench all alone with a few pieces of stale bread he had gotten from his favorite bakery on fifth street near his wife’s favorite beauty parlor, he’d throw the pieces one by one, watching the birds peck away.

And all of a sudden this young man sits down next to him.
The old man quite startled by the company jumps back a bit, the younger man asks if he’s alright to which Frank replies “yes”
As he settles back down on the old wooden bench he begins to question the younger man sitting next to him.

 

“I see you have an engagement ring poking out of your coat pocket, who’s the lucky lady?”

Taken by surprise the younger man replied, “excuse me? I don’t even know your name?”

“Oh, I’m sorry, Frank. My names Frank, and you are?”

“I’m John, how’d you know abou-”

“Well you are a young man, and based on the sneakers you’re wearing with such a fine suit as that, being that your neck tie is slightly loosened, the richness of your dark hair, the texture of your skin and flawless wrinkle free face, I’d say you are about 23 years old, due to the value of the watch you’re wearing you are a rich man as well, being that you are only 23 years old wearing sneakers with such a high quality suit Id say that the money you have isn’t yours though, not entirely, you clearly didn’t get it by chance, you earned it from working on your fathers ranch, I can see that by the toned out body you have and the calluses on your hands, also the ring bulging from your coat pocket appears to be an 18 karat and if I’m not mistaken that haircut you have came from Shirley’s Beautician and Spa which would have cost you about $125.99 with a $15 tip, but of course you’re also a giver so I’m sure you donated at least $25 more to her charity fund that helps disabled veterans. The picture of you and a young girl is slightly hanging out of your coat pocket, I would assume she was your sister, but by the way you’re holding her and from how she looks at you I have to say she’s your girlfriend, based on the initials on the picture I presume her name is Louise. Anything else, John?”

“Uh… No, not at all sir…”

“Good.”

“Are you from around here Frank? I haven’t seen you before.”

“I mostly keep to myself, but you see, I’m dying John.”

“Dying? Of what?”

“Pancreatic Cancer.. I don’t have long, I want to spend the rest of my days out here, it’s where I find peace and comfort”

“I know what you mean, when I was little my dad would bring me here all the time.”

“I know, your dad didn’t always have much time for fun did he John?”

“No, you’re right, he didn’t. How did you know?”

“Well he’s a rancher, I assume he first struck it rich with oil, then he purchased cattle to further sustain himself, the cattle that when you were old enough helped him tend to. As a young boy he was always working, he only had Saturday’s off which is when he brought you here, to this park. Where you’d feed the birds on this bench, and talk about life.”

“Yeah, that’s exactly right, how do you know so much anyways Frank?”

“I’m old, John. That’s a benefit of being old, wisdom. I brought my kids here when they were younger too, they could never appreciate it though. Always wanted to go and play at the arcades with their friends.”

“Sorry to hear that sir.”

 

The old man sighed deeply as he looked out at the birds pecking away at the bread, as he goes to toss the last piece to them, something doesn’t seem right.

A sharp pain shot through his chest, up his neck and throughout his body, he stiffens all over. He tries to gasp for air but fails.

The young man next to him, surprised in a panic calls 911.

But he was too late. The old man died with that last piece of bread barely hanging out of his hand.

When the young man returned home he told his fiancé, Louise all about his experience at the park, she thought he was insane, but when he proposed to her later that night she without hesitation accepted with glee.

The story is fictional, but the moral point I hope to make, is very real.

Sometimes in life, we live all our life looking for a meaning, a purpose and a value greater than we can imagine. And while there is no doubt that there isn’t something bigger out there, sometimes, some of us never find it, because we are too caught up in the riches of the world, instead of enjoying the riches of life.

The riches of life are far greater than any riches the world could ever offer.

These riches are love, faith, family, friends, laughter, joy, peace, kindness and togetherness.

One might have all the riches of the world… But if they lack just one of the riches of life. Then sadly, without even knowing so, they are one of the poorest alive.

So I leave you with the same question I had in the beginning.
Are you wealthy? And if so, how wealthy are you?

SHALOM –

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