The Eyes of God

The writer of Hebrews states: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses.” ~Hebrews 12:1
Sometimes I wonder what these witnesses think of us?  If you did not know these are the ones who have gone on before us.  They lived this life in these bodies, and are now glorified. 
I like to look at it as a pyramid, like one on the one dollar bill. It has four sides, north, east, south, and west.  At the bottom is us. Its hard for us to understand someone on the north side if we are on the south. It is such a great distance. An example is the different cultures, races, ethnicities, religions. At the bottom someone on the east must travel a great distance to understand the west.    
The intetesting thing is the higher up the pyramid you go the easier it is to understand each other. The distance from one another becomes shorter and shorter. 
At the top is the eye of God, this is also where these witnesses peer from heavenly windows. They are probably sad, at the same time understand how it once was to live at the bottom without understanding.
Today on this earth we may not be able to reach the eye of God. What we can do is let go of our divisive nature through prayer, meditation, and right action, moving higher up the “pyramid.”  By doing so you will be closer to your fellows who are different from you.  You will be able to start seeing not with human eyes but with eyes of God.   
Have a blessed and safe Holloween my friends. 

The Backyard Preacher


Happy Monday

Rise and shine! Happy Monday my friends! Most of you resent that statement.  I completely understand, we are on our way to jobs we hate and wish it would be Friday all over again. I guess the first question is, why do you hate or despise your job? If it is that bad quit.
See I believe that we as a society should not have to work crap jobs and if we do we should strive to be the best we can. I believe it was Dr. King who said, “if you are a garbage man be the best garbage man you can be.”  As for me today I am going to perform customer service because that’s what I currently do.  I am blessed to have a job, I will try my best to give the best customer service possible.  
So again it is Monday, but that does not have to be a bad or depressing thing.
Alan Watts said:  “Nirvana is right where you are, provided that you don’t object to it.”

Don’t object to what is before you, be content and happy in your situation, it will not always be so bad.  In other words it could be worse.
The apostle Paul said: “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Philippians 4:11
Today be content, allow heaven to kiss your lips and the Spirit guide your feet. Today, if you choose, you are blessed!

The Backyard Preacher Podcast #114 (Kingdom Now)

Nate helps us to find heaven.  Not the heaven that one thinks of after we die, but the heaven Jesus talked most about.  The kingdom of heaven is now!  It is up to you to find the kingdom of God.  Because as Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is at hand!

Be like Children my Friends

I am a happy person. Generally not much gets me down. Why? How? What is it that can keep you going when life sucks? 
Jesus said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
Be like children, yes, children.  Live, laugh, play, and live in the infinite now!  Alan Watts spoke beautifully and synonymous with the words of Christ.
 “This is the real secret of life—to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” ~Alan Watts 
So get out there and no matter what your occupation or day may be like, remember it’s only life, go have fun!

Imagine This

Imagine this. 

I want you to take a moment. Right now; yes right now. Imagine something if you will. Imagine that the person next to you, your boss, the guy that cut in line, the driver who aggravated you on your way to work.  Ok, now the person who stole from you, cheated on you, the person that hates you.

Now imagine you have been that person who is creating a disturbance in your emotional state. You have been that driver, boss, neighbor, friend.  They have also been you.  We are all interconnected. We are all of the same body, same spirit, and we all have the same problems. 

Imagine this.

Back on the Grind

As people probably see I am posting alot of motivational sayings. For several months I have been honestly wrecking myself. You might know I am The Backyard Preacher. My favorite line is “Stay Inspired God loves you.” I am being inspired again. Now I know we all go through rough times mental mountains and walls that you have to crush through. Well I am back on my grind. Goal oriented and motivated more than I have ever been in as long as I can remember. It was just 7 years ago I thought my life was over. I have accomplished so much in a short period of time. Now to many it may not seem like alot. But from jails, homeless shelters, and halfway houses. To employed, a bachelor’s and master’s degree. A house filled with more than I need and most importantly a mindset to succeed. 

I have been doing my podcast for 2 years now 113 episodes. It’s a failure, no one listens.  Then I listen to this guy on YouTube he produced hundreds of podcast nobody listened; but he didn’t give up. By the way now he is doing well.  I could have a 1000 episodes and no real listeners. I could just quit and say I am done. Yet the thing is, that the 1001 episode might have been the one that makes the podcast a major success. I would have quit 3 feet from the gold, and that is something I cannot do.

Blessings today my friends never give up!

The Backyard Preacher Podcast #113 (Let’s be Happy)

Let’s be happy!  The country is divided, yes we have serious issues, but we also must take care of ourselves.  If we get so wrapped up in trying to be the problem solver we crash and burn.  Believe me I know all to well how to crash and burn.  So on this episode let us be happy together!

The Backyard Preacher Podcast #112 (Taking a Knee)

Would Jesus take a knee?  That is the question I propose.  Players taking a knee in the NFL has been a highly controversial topic that has continued to divide an already divided country.  In this episode Nate talks about an event in the life of Jesus in which he did not just take a knee he went above and beyond anything that the players in the NFL are currently doing.

The Backyard Preacher Podcast #111 (The New Aeon of Christianity Part 6.)

The final instalment of the “New Aeon” series.  The most important.  Your will, your purpose, what you have been put on this earth to do.  We all have struggled with this and hopefully you will be able to find your will after listening to this podcast.