Stand Up, Hook Up, Shuffle to the Door
Jump right out and count to four…

American’s that don’t serve in the military don’t get it.  People think that running and singing is a just a way to get  you through.  They don’t understand what a cadence is.  Soldiers have a need for cadences.  Cadences set the rhythm of every step that is taken – rather it be a run or it be in a march.   People don’t understand cadences because they think it is a silly thing to do and it sounds funny, to them.  Yet, when people run they won’t hesitate to put on their iPods or mp3 players because it has a beat to it and it helps them run.

But let’s translate some military into civilian applications, like the iPod on while running.  As much as we need to have that beat in our head it is nothing without proper application of breathing and tempo of your legs, feet, lungs, and heart.  Your running is futile without proper need to have some reason behind it.  WE are not simpletons and run because we are “told to.”  We run for many different reasons.  We run to get into shape.  We run to de-stress our lives.  We run because we think it is fun and it helps us think.  But did you know that running is also a way for you to manage your emotions?  Endorphins are released when we run to manage those emotions that we are not totally used to.  While singing a cadence to the rhythm of your run (every downbeat is a left foot step), we can realize that the most important position is taking care of ourselves and those that we love.

If my main don’t open wide,
I’ve got another by my side…

Like that parachute that may or may not open up when jumping out of a steel drum with wings, it is important to remember that there is always something to have faith in.  Our faith is a mirror of who we are, what we do, and what we will become.  Cadences can be done all day long with a small look to what we believe in.  There are people that say they don’t believe in anything, atheists; yet, I ask what keeps them going?  What do they have to look forward to?  What do they believe in?  They have to have faith in something.  At the very least they have to have faith in themselves.  I personally am a Christian and I put my faith in the triune God.  I believe that Jesus is my Lord and Savior, and only through Him am I saved.   The Bible is my cadence in which I open with Hope and Faith in my Lord.  It is my moral compass.  We have to believe in the fact that people are ultimately good because God made us that way, but through the fall of man we are Sinful.  We must keep in mind that our lives are ours to screw up; given to us by God to choose rather we are going to be sinful or not.

EVERYONE falls short of the glory of God, but we are destined to learn from our mistakes and make a go of what we have learned from our shortcomings.  Sometimes our shortcomings we thing are our biggest advantage.  From sexual sins to crimes of passion, we are all sinful.  But what do we do to make certain that this is not going to keep up from doing it again.  We pray.  And most likely we will fall again, but if we turn to the Bible we will see what happens in the end; we are brought before Him in judgment.

The thing that I hate to hear more than anything in this world is – “You can’t judge me,” or “God say’s not to judge.”  But what it really says is this:  “Judge not, that ye be not judged,” – Matthew 7:1.  Which means that once you judge you are opening yourself up for being judged; however / and:

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” – Luke 6:41-42

Admitting to what you have done is a part of confession.  Confession is key to the soul.  No you do not have to go to a confessional to confess your sins/transgressions/faults, but you need to admit to your brothers/sisters in your faith.  Faith is that thing I talked about a little earlier with your faith in something albeit yourself, a deity, or God.  Just like that admittance is refreshing.  You will feel refreshed with admitting your faults.  And those that are living in their transgressions openly and don’t feel that they are doing wrong need to be told that they are doing so.  Just remember that we need to remove our own transgressions first.

If that one should fail me too
Look our ground I’m coming through…

AMERICANS in general are obsessed with whatever is the new wave of whatever.  We need to remember that we need to stand guard against anything that would take our freedoms, our would hinder our belief systems. “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety,”  Benjamin Franklin ,1775.   Remember, where your freedom ends is where it starts to hinder my beliefs.  Pointing out faults is not a freedom stopper; nor is it a hindrance; but, more of a bother because one feels that they are being stopped from doing something.  Remember freedoms were ultimately given to us from a higher power, even if you don’t believe in anything.  Choose to make sure that you are doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord because otherwise you are going down.  Parachutes fail, that is why you carry a back-up, but sometimes you have blind faith that is working.  Falling into the in-crowd is not always the most important thing to do.  Falling into the do-what-is-right-crowd is more socially demeaning, but people fail to realize that what we have been force-fed through the years is actually true.  Remember doing what is right is not always popular.

Until next time:

PEACE

Kenny Holmes
CEO / President at FreedomSystem.org
My name is Kenneth Holmes (Kenny, please!). I have two degrees from Indiana University - an Associates in Criminal Justice and a Bachelors in General Studies (concentrations Political Science, English, and Electronic Media). I am medically retired from the United States Army after 12 years of serving our great and wonderful country: United States of America. I am a father, a husband, a son, a brother, and a productive member of society!

My full time job is working with veterans and making their lives more manageable. I own my own photography company, Holmes Photography, and I build websites and do other side computer related work - graphics and the whatnot!

If you would like to know more about me you can email me at kenny@kennyleeholmes.com or kenny@freedomsystem.org