MY STORY (“LITTLE”): MY TESTIMONY

“The truth is anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done and even greater works, because I’m going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name and I will do it, because the work of the Son brings glory to the Father. Yes, ask anything in my name, and I will do it.”

John 14:12-14

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MY STORY (“LITTLE”): MY TESTIMONY

“Life is far too important to be taken seriously.”

You can’t have a testimony without a test”

Submitter’s Note (Prologue):

A bit of background…so that you readers “out there”can see where I’m coming from (not Mars hopefully!. I’m not particularly “religious, as I didn’t receive a “churchy” upbringing in my former home, the  “Christian” country of  “white” South Africa in the fifties and sixties,  However, I’m way more “spiritual (“we’re all spiritual beings on an earthly journey”…or is that the other way round??)”

My family lived by basic good values and the “Golden Rule: Treat others as you’d like to be treated…. and taught me those principles. My dad give me his very old Bible (that he’d been given by his dad) at a young age and dad said that it served to comfort him through the war years (incidentally he was an eye- witness to the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck: “There are no atheists in a life-boat”). My dear mother was a truly free spirit who was very interested in Indian teachings (philosophy), particularly Krisnamurthi and Gandhi and devotedly studied their teachings,

Over the years all the family  (including extended) become followers of Christ (“rather religious”), regularly attending church, except for “the resisters” mom and I. Mom because she said the church used “mind control”  and the religious dogma contradicted her basic Eastern Krishnamurthian beliefs . I too found  the “churchy people” I knew way “too straight” (no judging now, craig!), as throughtout my life I seemed to collect ” an assortment of odd-bod eccentrics”  (instead of stamps and bottle-tops!). Still do, by the way!

Many many years later (after some dear friends had continued praying for me that I’d ever “see the light” (they never gave up hope on me) *, after yet another life-crisis (my life is one long ongoing one!), my life was transformed.

On a trip back to the “Beloved Country”, South Africa to see my very ill dad in 1995 (as well as seeking ideas to write yet another book on the NEW country, I questioned my dear sister, Glenda and her Kiwi-born husband, Steve on why so many South Africans had the Christian faith. Glenda  replied “Craig, we need something to hang on to, something to hope for… on which we can pin our faith.”  And when I asked ‘what is Christianity’and ‘What Do Christians believe?’, she replied

“It means having a relationship (living) with God!”

Spooky??

I couldn’t understand those words at the time (she could have been “speaking Martian to me”)… yet a seed had been planted in my little head!

* I had often made jokes about Christians: ones like

“When was motor racing first mentioned in the Bible?

When Moses came forth in his triumph”?

“Jesus saves at the Trust Bank”, “Moses shoots, Jesus saves”, etc

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However, I had taken a few tentative first few steps on the road to becoming a “free-spirited, thinking follower of the teachings of Christ”. Hopefully not a “goody-goody Mr Two shoes boring Christian” (I couldn’t be that anyway – no matter how hard I tried as I’d lost the other shoe on my crazy European travels in my “wild”youth). So mom and I had great discussions on how Christ’s teachings were very similar to the teachings of Buddhism. It wasn’t religion , but a CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS… which is what transforms lives!She and her church friends prayed for my dad and he got better….although my own life was in pieces, shattered, like Humpty Dumpty (that’s a simile, by the way). On reflection, I realize I had become “way too serious” and feeling so alone here in provincial New Zealand. I was trying to do far too much on my own with the weight of the world on my shoulders (narrow).

Now with “a relationship with God’ (which is the basis of Christianity), I realise everything in my life has somehow led me to this point. Though for so many years, I’didn’t know about God, nor know God, God DID know all about me and cared deeply about me. The Ultimate Source, Ground of All Being  had a plan for my “little” life. I just had to be led by Infinite Spirit to find it for myself.

I don’t attend church (though one of my very good friends is a pastor at a local church and have many great discussions with other good friends, some very religious “fundamentalists”, including “the Prophet”)… but read widely on “spiritual mattters”, including studying other religions (fascinating to me, as I look for common ground between them). I really love studying the human mind mind , the “last unexplored frontier” and the “overlap between the mind and the spiritual dimension.

OK enough of me and my background in this field and what has led me to this point in my life…and on with this piece…

PS: Sorry about all the i’s (“eyes”) in this “self-centred” piece of writing. Please forgive the author in a spirit of reconciliation!

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TESTIMONY

These are the verses from the Prophet Isiaih read out by my good friend Bruce at my baptism at Mangapa Church in Gisborne in 1996… when I was in the deepest valley.

“I will lead the blind by ways

they have not known,

along unfamiliar paths

I will guide then:

I will turn the darkness into light before them

and make the rough places smooth.

These are the things I will do;

I will not forsake them.”

“Here is my servant,

whom I uphold,

my chosen one

in whom I delight;

I will put my Spirit on him

and he will bring justice

to the nations.”

– Isiaih 42

and

“Fear not,

for I have redeemed you;

I have summoned you by name,

you are mine.

When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you;

and when you pas through the rivers,

they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire,

you will not be burned;

the flames will not set you ablaze.

For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.

Since you are precious

and honoured in my sight,

and because I love you.

Do not be afraid.”

– Isiaih 43       *

Now many years later Bruce, his lovely wife Colleen and I can laugh and wonder how God has really “worked miracles” in my life in the intervening years. Even though I no longer attend formal church and Bruce and Colleen have been in the UK for an extended period doing great work in reaching out to “marginalised” people.  Such a lovely couple and very dear friends (and X calls them  “my only normal friends”)

* Incidentally the words from Isiaih 43 were also read out to me by my sister, Glenda’s “church family” from Cape Town on my traumatic visit to South Africa in October 1995 (a bit more on that period of my life coming up)

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Remember that the first and greatest commandment to the Israelites was : “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”, which is a pre-requirement to the second:“Love your neighbour as yourself”.

From Mark 12:28-31,

Now fifteen or so years later, so much has changed in my “little” life. After being in the depths of the valley of life those long years ago, I feel daily inspired by the Holy Spirit and ask Jesus for a triple helping each day (thanks, my good friend, Lindsay, the “Prophet”) . My relationship with God through Jesus is more real than ever before since I started out on the journey nearly twenty long years ago. And everything flows from that … “a peace that surpasses all understanding”

Daily I renew my relationship with God and my faith through following Jesus’s commandment (most important of all):  “To love the Lord, your God with all your strength, heart, mind and soul.”

“Ask ANYTHING in My name so that the Father will be glorified through the work of the Son… and I will do it.

– John 14:13,14

So I thought I’d try that, test the teaching some years back. Crazy?? I didn’t ask God for riches and fame. I asked Him to make me successful as a writer by making some small difference in the world through impacting and empowering as many people around the world as possible . Seemingly impossible from a small city near the bottom of the world with no friends, no contacts in a foreign country. Still I just did what I could do, daily writing diligently on the net and trusting. And one day I hope to deliver this testimony, this true story of my own journey to encourage those in the “pits” of life…without hope.

As former US President Richard Nixon once said so eloquently: “Only when you’ve been in the deepest valley can one know what’s it’s like to stand on the highest peak.”

Yes, those moving words have great significance for me. As I’ve been there too in a very dark period, some chapters of my rather eventful life. I don’t want to “go there” in much detail here (that can perhaps be a book in itself!), as it was such a traumatic time of bad memories – relocation from my beloved country of South Africa, marriage break-up, losing nearly everything, life savings in a scam… and being devoid of hope.  Yet as Gandhi said: “in the midst of darkness light exists.”

“I don’t know the future, but I do know Who holds the future in His hands.”  I just know that this writing path is my calling, my “life mission”.

My last “little” message: No matter how dire your situation (and mine really was pretty bleak and I had nothing to offer Him, but myself and TRUST that things would eventually work out. So said some Christian friends and family in South Africa.

Yes, Jesus DOES have the power to do ANYTHING… to transform any life, YOUR life…for good , just as He did with mine… stilling the stormy waters as the tiny boat got tossed about like a cork in the vast ocean that is the maelstrom, the whirl=pool of life.

My life was transformed ..but ONLY when I relinquished control (not that I had any as events in my life had spiralled into a dizzying descent of destruction… and anyway I had no other choice, but to hand over to my “co-pilot”

So if my life could be rescued, so can anyone’s, YOURS!

“Fear not,

for I have redeemed you;

I have summoned you by name,

you are mine.

When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you;

and when you pass through the rivers,

they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire,

you will not be burned;

the flames will not set you ablaze.

For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.

Since you are precious

and honoured in my sight,

and because I love you.

Do not be afraid.”

Isiaih 43       *

Finally remember the words of Jeremiah 29:11

“‘For I know the thoughts that I think towards you’, says the Lord. Thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you future and a hope.”

So make your plans, your dreams big enough for God to fit in.

God can dream a bigger dream than you can ever imagined for yourself”

“Lord, Expand my horizons, my sense of possibility for all the rich promises you have in store for me”

craig (as inspired by the testimony of Joshua Graham on The Hour of Power TV program and his book ‘Dark Room’

7th (“lucky”) Sept in the year 2012

“In the midst of darkness light exists.”

PS:

“The truth is anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done and even greater works, because I’m going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name and I will do it, because the work of the Son brings glory to the Father. Yes, ask anything in my name, and I will do it.”

John 14:12-14

“If I can throw a single ray of light across the darkened pathway of another;
if I can aid some soul to clearer sight of life and duty, and thus bless my brother;
if I can wipe from any human cheek a tear,
I shall not have lived my life in vain while here.
If I can guide some erring one to truth, inspire within his heart a sense of duty;
if I can plant within my soul of rosy youth a sense of right, a love of truth and
beauty;
if I can teach one man that God and heaven are near,
I shall not then have lived in vain while here.
If from my mind I banish doubt and fear, and keep my life attuned to love and kindness;
if I can scatter light and hope and cheer, and help remove the curse of mental blindness;
if I can make more joy, more hope, less pain,
I shall not have lived and loved in vain.
If by life’s roadside I can plant a tree, beneath whose shade some wearied head may rest,
though I may never share its
beauty, I shall yet be truly blest –
though no one knows my name, nor drops a flower upon my grave,
I shall not have lived in vain while here.”
– Anonymous


Today, don’t just try to make a living… try to make a difference

What seemed an impossible dream to me fifteen years or so ago has somehow materialised far far bigger than I could ever have imagined… and in spite of the very difficult circumstances I found myself in, have had quite a bit of fun along the journey, this “unexplored path”.

So I recently asked the Father what’s the “most impossible” thing I could ever ask for

Peace in the Middle East???  Ha ha!

Possible???

A glimmer of hope…perhaps???

Let’s see what happens and have some more fun along the amazing journey …”the road less travelled”!

ONE DREAM ENDS, ANOTHER BEGINS

The story, the never-ending story of life continues…

A NEW DAWN, A BREAKING DAWN

“just another dreamer”

 “Life is God’s novel. Let him write it”

– Isaac Bashevis Singer

“Just as history is sometimes known as ‘His story’ , life itself is God’s novel; so let God, the Ultimate Source, the Ground of All Being write the very best, never-ending story of possibility, that is your unique journey down the river of life.”

– craig (as inspired by the words of Isaac Bashevis Singer)

PPS

For other blogs on my journey of faith see
https://sharefaith.wordpress.com/my-journey-of-faith/

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Author: craig lock

from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html About the Author Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. https://www.createspace.com/3779691/ and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his life’s savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season.". True! from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. https://www.createspace.com/3779691/ and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html and http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig-lock Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his lifes savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" (it missed, btw!) and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season." True! The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at ebooks (digital books) http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i:books&field-author=Craig+Lock Paperbacks (see https://goldendawnpublishing.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/paperback-writer/ and https://wanttowriteabook.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/paperback-writer-the-beatles/ https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query="craig+lock"&sitesearch_type=STORE https://www.amazon.com/Craig-Lock/e/B005GGMAW4/ref=pe_584750_33951330_sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476388259&sr=1-2-ent http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books and http://goo.gl/vTpjk All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE! “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! “ “Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.” PPS Don’t worry about the world ending today… as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

21 thoughts on “MY STORY (“LITTLE”): MY TESTIMONY”

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    Hi

    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”

    I’ve had many many hundreds of thousands (“zillions”) of comments on my various other WordPress blogs at https://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/craigs-list-of-blogs-updated-sept-2011/
    in recent years …true!) …a few of my blogs went “balistically viral” a few years back.

    Obsessive or WHAT! Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share. However I am unable to keep up with the comments and was spending entire days just on replies on my various blog pages.

    Though I’m rather “driven”, I still get really, really fatigued (there’s a few books there). so sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”), I got swamped with comments on my various blogs, so have had to close them off on all of my blogs, except for one or two of particular interest to me.

    Sorry and hope you can understand.

    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.a
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the wings that carried you there.”

    – as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

    “The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”
    – c

    “Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.”

    from http://racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com/
    and http://www.godandformula1.wordpress.com

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    PPS
    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

    The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

    https://www.amazon.com/Craig-Lock/e/B005GGMAW4/ref=pe_584750_33951330_sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476388259&sr=1-2-ent

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B005GGMAW4

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    http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books

    and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
    MINE!

    “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! ”

    Don’t worry about the world ending today…
    as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

    PPS

    “I wish you well on a rainy day
    I wish you rainbows to brighten your day
    To feel your quiet moments with a special kind of warmth
    to remind you that happiness can happen
    when you least expect it.

    I wish you rainbows to make you laugh and smile
    to show you the simple beauty of life
    and to give you the magic of dreams come true.

    I wish you rainbows
    I wish you well.”

    – Larry S. Chengges

    ”Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)

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  2. Hi

    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”

    MANY MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT (many hundreds of thousands already on this blog – true!…so hope it’s not slowing down your loading speed!)
    Am having to remove many and so sorry can’t reply individually, but DO try to read as many as possible daily
    so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”

    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.

    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”

    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…

    and you may even hit the stars.”

    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,

    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,

    or Beethoven composed music, or

    Shakespeare wrote poetry.

    He should sweep streets so well

    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,

    here lived a great street sweeper

    who did his job well.”

    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    http://peacepursuit.wordpress.com/
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    The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
    MINE!

    PPS

    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”
    http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

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  13. Hi

    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”
    MANY MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT and many hundreds of thousands already on my various other blogs at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/craigs-blogs-and-writings/…true!) …obsessive or WHAT! *So hope it’s not slowing down your loading speed!). Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share.
    So sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”),

    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka
    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    PPS
    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”
    The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock
    http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
    MINE!

    ”Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)

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  14. I dont even know how I ended up here, but I thought
    this post was great. I don’t know who you are but definitely
    you’re going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

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  16. Thanks for the follow/link/like/reblog/comment and/or kind thought(s)

    from
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxslrCi5v2WzMnFoX2tfMVYzMjA/view?usp=sharing

    and

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxslrCi5v2WzMnFoX2tfMVYzMjA/view?ts=58cc29feHi

    This is craig and this is a quick word of sincere thanks to you ALL. I came

    across the following post from international best-selling author, Bryant

    McGill on his Facebook page, which I felt “inspired” to share. Brant’s

    writing summed up/put these thoughts far better than “lazy-bones” I ever

    could have done, so am sharing these beautifully-written and heart-felt

    sentiments in the same spirit (through copy and paste ( CONTROL C AND

    V)

    Personalized, “adapted” and abbreviated (edited) from

    https://www.facebook.com/bryantmcgill/

    Thanks (sincerely) for “the borrow” Bryant.

    “Be bold and unseen forces come to one’s aid”

    This is a personal message to ALL you good people around the world, who

    follow my various blog pages and posts and read and comment my various

    writings on WordPress and in my books. I want you to know that I really

    appreciate all of you. I would love to respond to nearly every comment. I

    can’t do that; however I do care that you take the time to read (and absorb)

    what I’ve written and may even have commented. I do read as many

    comments on my 200 + blogs as I can, but probably have missed countless

    thoughts of yours, so have not replied. Sorry and thanks for the

    understanding.

    “Just as you grow and learn, I am also growing and learning from you

    all…and really like people to THINK.”

    I just felt compelled to let you know that I really appreciate you for reading

    and perhaps following my various writings. Never think for a moment, that

    just because I don’t respond to comments or messages that I am not paying

    attention. I am paying attention and I am grateful.

    I am a full-time writer, which means you are a very important part of my life.

    I wish all of you the freedom, respect and happiness you each deserve. Thank

    you all for being a part of my life. Your presence, feedback and contribution

    “out there in cyberspace” has added immeasurable to my ‘little’ life here in

    “isolated and far-off Sleepy Hollow”, near the bottom of the world and

    through the medium of the net we can be and remain connected in spirit.

    craig

    and see

    To every underdog with a dream

    Bryant McGill of SimpleReminders.com

    http://www.simplereminders.com

    for Bryant’s full message see https://www.facebook.com/bryantmcgill/

    Best wishes from the First City to see the light

    “Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and

    lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to

    reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their

    wildest dreams.”

    “Together, one mind, one heart, one life, one small step at a time, let’s

    inspire the world.”

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  17. Thanks for the follow/link/like/reblog/comment and/or kind thought(s)

    Hi

    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”

    I’ve had many many hundreds of thousands (“zillions”) of comments on my various other WordPress blogs at https://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/craigs-list-of-blogs-updated-sept-2011/
    in recent years …true!) …a few of my blogs went “balistically viral” a few years back.

    Obsessive or WHAT! Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share. However I am unable to keep up with the comments and was spending entire days just on replies on my various blog pages.

    Though I’m rather “driven”, I still get really, really fatigued (there’s a few books there). so sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”), I got swamped with comments on my various blogs, so have had to close them off on all of my blogs, except for one or two of particular interest to me.

    Sorry and hope you can understand.

    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.a
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the wings that carried you there.”

    – as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

    “The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”
    – c

    “Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.”

    from http://racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com/
    and http://www.godandformula1.wordpress.com

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    PPS
    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

    The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

    https://www.amazon.com/Craig-Lock/e/B005GGMAW4/ref=pe_584750_33951330_sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476388259&sr=1-2-ent

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B005GGMAW4

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

    https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=%22craig+lock%22&sitesearch_type=STORE

    http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books

    and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
    MINE!

    “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! ”

    Don’t worry about the world ending today…
    as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

    PPS

    “I wish you well on a rainy day
    I wish you rainbows to brighten your day
    To feel your quiet moments with a special kind of warmth
    to remind you that happiness can happen
    when you least expect it.

    I wish you rainbows to make you laugh and smile
    to show you the simple beauty of life
    and to give you the magic of dreams come true.

    I wish you rainbows
    I wish you well.”

    – Larry S. Chengges

    ”Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)

    Like

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