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My name’s Ken from…

by Ken Riddles

My name’s Ken from…

I have been blogging since 2015. I’m not exactly a technophobe – but can think of better things to do with my time 😎.

By so stating I’m indirectly communicating that I take minimal interest in my ’stats’ regarding followers, viewers, etc. I commented recently to a fellow-blogger that I look at my stats about once a year! ☺️

A bit of a tongue-in-cheek remark but more or less true.🙂

[Notice: that is three emoji’s in a row. A record!]

Initially I posted my paintings more or less – all of the time.

Then I removed all paintings and settled for posting my Christian teachings, and poems, with the odd painting still displayed.

This is more or less how things are at the moment.

My idea back when I starting blogging was to let the work speak for itself. No need to proclaim ‘boring’ details about myself (?).

So that the art, the art appreciation, the poems, the Christian teaching would stand (or fall) on their own merit.

Up until this point little to no, personal references as to who I am, where I live, what I do (daily life), has been revealed.

I’ve decided to share along the above lines. I feel another emoji coming – 💡

My name is…

Well that’s already been revealed

What hasn’t been revealed is that I hail from Northern Ireland, that six county province on the island of Ireland.

[Maybe this ‘whereabouts reveal’ – comes as no surprise – maybe ‘I thought so’ might have crossed your mind – or you remain non-plussed either way?]

What has been revealed before, is that I married my sweetheart from The Netherlands. We celebrated our fortieth wedding anniversary back in March.

Other snippets of ‘identity’ can be found somewhere in the fog of old blog posts.

I came to a revelation of The Lord Jesus Christ on the 20th November, 1970, when I was overwhelmed by the Presence of God. And fell to my knees in repentance in my bedroom, in a little terrace house in Belfast. The house and therefore the room no longer exist.

The house was demolished many years ago, as part of the redevelopment of the area.

So I was born in one of the three upstairs rooms. And was born again in one of the two remaining.

[Mostly natural births today, in western culture, are in hospital wards as you know – although don’t quote me].

So what difference does this beginning of further information make?

I’ve no idea.

But I must confess I find the personal story of others – interesting. So maybe time to explore that approach in some writing.

That’s about it – carry on eating your lunch. Any questions?

No? Well, have a nice day.

Posting/composing

POSTING/COMPOSING

Roll up! Roll up! There’s plenty to like

If you don’t like anything then – ‘on yer bike’

Who can force you to embrace all blogs?

Some kind of dictator who has gone to the dogs?

                              …

Free speech is fine and good

Trouble is – it’s a licence for many to be rude

That aside – freedom of speech wins

Even though society democratically sins

Good points – bad points in a democratic system

Don’t go for dictator(ship)

Be glad you’ve dismissed him

                               …

You tap your keys and gleefully post

Hoping for likes and comments and a toast

To your efforts anyway – you’ve given your time

To try to make something that will rhyme/chime

With those who check-in i.e. a common thread

All bloggers enjoy – post the one – you misled

Give us a look at that post of yours

The one you found again on your desktop tours

The one you weren’t sure about

But now – you have no doubt

Where am I going as I compose the next line?

(pause for effect)

… I will just stop there – yes – that will do fine

Posting

POSTING 2021

Choosing what to post, is an exercise that all bloggers obviously and necessarily go through – pre-next posting.

Do we consider our ‘audience’ when doing so? We might ask: ‘What’s the point of posting on a topic that is contrary to the world view of the majority of our ‘followers’?’

Are we posting in order to sell snow to the inuits? Or e.g. In the politics of a certain nation – Are we posting to ‘Republicans’ sharing ‘Democrat(ic)’ things? Or are we perhaps breaking into everybody and anybody’s world view in order to direct them to our own? Are we out to convince them? Are we simply wanting to share what is – a joy to, or at least of interest to – us?

And so on… we could reason, as to the what’s, when’s and wherefore’s of our decision making process, in the context of audience.

How about we all agree as bloggers to give each blogger a day, and on that day we shall all visit their blog, and refrain from posting anything ourselves, on that very same day?

Wow! – they would get some traffic right? 😎

At this point I have to confess – I am not sure where this preamble is going…

So let me change gear and include the introduction of a change of thought, but related.

THE ‘OLD POSTS’ dilemma?

I’m sure someone will answer this. What do you do with OLD POSTS? Do you delete them?

Are we realistic about the fact that people will not take the time to search through our blogs to find them?

Old Posts have had their day?

No – not if never read by someone before…

But there/here, they ‘lie’ unattended to, like paintings in an art gallery vault – locked in the basement and never seeing the light of day.

What shall we do? Delete them?

Well, someone might tell me what they think?

Before I hit the delete button….

Interested?

INTERESTED?

Here we go – perhaps stating the obvious?

I was thinking of things that interest me.

Having mentioned (in a previous  post), the ‘interest’ factor when it comes to what posts people will read.

It must be one of the simplest conclusions one must arrive at, when it comes to examining why your posts and mine receive their quota of ‘likes’, or not as the case may be.

Some posts get a four, and some get a twenty-four for example.

And so the “why?” question.

I still say it is the interest factor. I too will read what catches my attention/interest, and ignore what doesn’t. I quickly glean whether the post is worth pursuing or not.

I think it’s safe to say that, like you (?), the time element also comes into it.

Posts too long, usually get bypassed for that reason.

All because you and I have things to do. We have our own world to engage with. Trying to hit a balance with work, rest, and play. (Let me add pray).

Some excellent writing therefore is bound to be bypassed along the way.

And so good writing is not a deciding factor in what gets read.

Is writing ability over-rated? Well yes and no. Try reading a post by someone who has little writing ability.

Conversely think of the innumerable multitude of decent writers.

Subject matter – is either of interest to you or isn’t. You will read accordingly – or not.

We know that our ‘followers’ total, means little. Please correct me if I’m missing something?

But there are hundreds of my ‘followers’ who have not visited seedsinmotion for a loooong time.

But heh! Neither have I visited them. So who can complain?

Where’s this all leading to?

Actually I suppose this is where promotion comes in.

Those who must have constant attention and traffic etc. – go mad on promotion. All social media outlets taken on board.

Every which way they can – promote, promote, promote.

I feel a spiritual point coming on.

Jesus was the most sought after person on the planet within His sphere of service (Israel).

He had the goods, as we say. He did the opposite to promoting Himself, with sentences such as: 

Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.

Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.”

Then He commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it.

Notice the more He told them not to ‘promote’ Him – the more He became famous, and His mighty deeds were noised abroad.

Amongst the many attributes we see demonstrated in the Life of The Lord Jesus Christ – humility comes to mind.

He so had every attribute worthwhile to living life – that all came to have a look. Have a look – and get their needs met.

Now before this becomes another Post, suffice to say – for those who are earning a living online – keep on promoting. I am not earning a living online. So I have no tricks, free mugs or T-shirts, but bid you “have a nice day 😎”

PS (To that one person who is helped by anything I write – you make it all worthwhile)

Posting

POSTING

Something by no means unique to a particular blog’s subject matter – is the question of what to put in and what to leave out in a post?

I imagine – Too long a post and we lose readers.(?)

Especially in this instant coffee day and age in which we live.

Attention spans have changed.

When it comes to posts with Christian subject matter in pursuit of readers – here’s how it looks to me:

Many are posting. Many send out the Word of God, hoping and trusting that God will use it in ways we know not of. Based on the scripture that tells us: 

Isaiah 55/

For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,

And do not return there,

But water the earth,

And make it bring forth and bud,

That it may give seed to the sower

And bread to the eater,

11 

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;

It shall not return to Me void,

But it shall accomplish what I please,

And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Now of course, for it not to return void (in the sharing of Christian teaching sense) – it must be accepted in the first place by the readers to whom it is sent. Or at least listened to.

For most of my fifty years as a Christian I have sent forth God’s Word – not as prolifically as I would have liked. 

But needing something to describe what I do – I became seedsinmotion. (Preaching, teaching, evangelising, writing)

Most Christians agree that the times we are entering into are times of hardship and a ‘falling away’ is taking place, rather like in the days of Noah.

II Timothy 3/

unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

We are also told that there will come a time when: 

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;

So some will not even get past the title of a Christian post, before they decide it’s not for them.

The preacher gets his listeners on a Sunday morning. Usually an expected ‘ready made’ audience.

But sending out blog posts is potentially hit and miss for bloggers.

Usually having many genuine readers and not just followers, in my opinion, depends on the interest factor or lack of it.

It is not based (again – in my opinion) solely on writing ability.

It is true for myself also – if I am not interested in a particular post – I trash some of my email notifications without even reading the posts in situ.

So I shouldn’t be surprised if others do the same with me.

However there are those I return to again and again for the opposite reason i.e. I’m interested enough to do so.

Also – perhaps to the chagrin of the ‘poster’ – I sometimes read their post in my emails and don’t sign in to click the like button (naughty I know).

There is no doubt Christian or non-Christian when you read a Christian post – you are ‘exposing’ your mind to content that can be used by God to do something inside you. That is the most important thing when it comes to Christian posts.

Not just primarily that you have been educated or informed intellectually but rather: is God saying something personal to you, that you can take into your being, and because of which you allow Him to bring change?

That’s the question you must ask. There is no way of knowing how many ask this question.

And that is something we (i.e. more specifically I) must leave to Our Heavenly Father.

It’s no surprise to me that often my poetry gets more ‘likes’ than posts with Christian subject-matter (though not always). The following scripture explains why non-Christians do not respond to Christian teaching.

However if they respond to the powerful Word of God – they might stop long enough, to examine the claims of Jesus the Christ, and pursue these claims to find salvation and/or the truth making them free!

1 Corinthians 2:14

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Which message?

Which Message?

Throughout history, messages for their time – have sometimes made a resounding difference to what took place subsequently.

Most of us ‘ordinary’ folks, are not going to make such speeches or write such messages.

One immediately thinks of Martin Luther King. Television has given us snippets of his famous speech, periodically, ever since it was delivered.

As I am not from USA, I hazard a guess that the message means more to Americans than the rest of us. Even though we can appreciate it’s contents, and how historic etc. it was.

Churchill’s famous radio speech(es) during war time, is/are another example.

Perhaps the best speech you have ever heard was when your teacher drew you aside and gave you an exhortation about behavioural matters, or presented you with a different mental outlook than the one you carried up to that point in your young life. You were never the same again.

Maybe a circumstance arose that meant you had no choice but to travel a certain career path, and it led unbeknown to you at the time – to a lucrative lifestyle. And the proverbial ‘haven’t looked back since’ came into play in your life.

Maybe you were going well astray into crime, and a caring policeman went the extra mile in showing you interest and concern. So that through his counsel you found a path to wholesomeness.

A good example was the influence the Preacher Man David Wilkerson made on a young Nicky Cruz. You can read the whole story in the famous book: The Cross and The Switchblade’.

Different deliverers of the message, different content, different times, words in season, when you needed to hear them.

Proverbs 15:23

A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!

Isaiah 50:4

“The Lord God has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned.

So is there a word for you in this season? Think of the enormity of the messages flying around the internet. Think of the enormity of the messages being posted as we speak.

Think of the ‘Likes’ you will hit, if you spend time reading posts. Each blog a different message.

Messages, photos, communications, philosophies, religions, teachings on ‘how to’, humour, zaniness, etc. etc.

All come at a certain time, or season.

According to Proverbs 15/23 we can have joy by what we say, by what message we pass on. Even ‘Hello how are you?” Given at the right time to the right person, can help.

In Isaiah the writer tells us that God can actually give teaching to us. Messages from the heart and mind of the Creator, written in the many books compiled into what we have named the bible.

The writer, given the tongue of learning. With the purpose that he should speak the right word at the right time.

Now all we need is a willing heart ready to act on what we have read or heard.

James 1:

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer…

Fry

Fry

Rustle up some grub

As hands are rubbed-in-friction together

Get the smell of bacon on the fry

Leave that window half-open

And let the draught enhance our smell

With it’s seasoning of quiet sigh

Set the table with fresh tablecloth

And make a good display

Cups and saucers, knives and forks

Sauce if you wish and pepper spray

Watch the gulping appreciation

Of you and I

Smiles and laughter at how we devour

What we have been waiting for at this hour

Persuaders…

Persuaders…

After four poems in succession, my pendulum swings again to spiritual matters:

God in Christ wants all men to be saved/delivered/set free – indeed all of the above. He desires to make Himself known to us.

But not everyone (needless to say) is going to see things that way.

History has unfolded the proof of this. It has always been so. The gospel of Christ is not readily accepted, and is just plain rejected by many. Just as Christ Himself was rejected.

The world is full of different belief-systems, faiths, doctrines (call them what you will) that people adhere to – the old saying has application: ‘but never the twain shall meet’. This summarises how these ‘faiths’ will never agree. Indeed it cannot be, and is not meant to be.

Light has no fellowship with darkness, would be one way of describing why doctrines don’t gel, in ‘faiths’, they are simply not the same.

Still, adherents to whatever belief, mostly feel it part of their ‘duty’ to spread their message. Spread the message to an often unheeding public.

An offer of a free £1,000 spending spree in a local store, will make most ears prick-up. First thought? Is this a scam? Having proof of it being a genuine offer – who in their right mind is going to reject, ignore or refuse the offer?

So the gospel message, if it is to be ignored, is ignored perhaps on the false premise that it is a scam?

The exponents of this gospel message are only after your money, it is thought? Not hard to know where this impression comes from through the mouths of TV evangelists. The gospel message is very balanced. But if we hear only one aspect repeatedly, it isn’t hard to understand how folks get a lop-sided view of things.

Or (it is sometimes thought) this message is to do with servitude, manipulation and control where everybody bows to some cult figure at the helm?

Or some – not having examined thoroughly the cross of Christ and what took place there, beyond the visible – see it wrongly, as some kind of ‘blood religion’. Some ‘gory’ horrible story of no significance?

Then again some reject the ‘holier than thou’ attitude of some so-called adherents to this gospel of christianity. Not stopping to consider that there are false gospels, in the name of christianity, that we are warned about in the scriptures.

In a different vein – some just plainly don’t ‘believe’ in God full stop, the God of any ‘religion’.

And so we could go on laying out reasons for the ‘gospel of Christ’ being rejected, or reasons many refuse to give it their attention.

Maybe some ‘clergy’ have failed miserably and have been guilty of the abuse of others. And this is taken as a reason to reject not only them but the biblical message?

How can we begin then to give it our attention, or tolerate any kind of preaching? When so many reasons arise in our minds that stop us on the journey before we even begin.

Is this where we, the adherents of Christianity step-in to persuade you differently?

Or are we better leaving you alone – after all it is often quipped: ‘Religion is a personal/private matter’?

So no gospel for you? You will tolerate those who wish to believe that stuff – as long as they leave you alone?

And yet is it not true that some enthusiastically expound how worthy their soccer team is to be followed. Or how the car they have is the best on the market. Or the area they live in is excellent. Or the best way to cook the meal is to add particular ingredients, to give the best possible results, for the taste buds. Or their favourite politician should be voted for – because etc. etc.?

Maybe all those things should be kept to themselves? People will tolerate you if you keep your mouth shut and leave people alone?

Why are people blogging, they wouldn’t be wanting us to like their stories, opinions, or share in their experiences would they?

Truth is – we are all persuaders.

Paul the apostle was a persuader concerning the true-truth of the gospel message, and having opened His mouth with God’s enablement he got the following response, as he fulfilled his ‘duty’ by sharing the Christian message to a certain king:

Acts 26:27-29 New King James Version (NKJV)

27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe.”

28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”

29 And Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am…

So next question? What’s it going to take to cause you to realise that the Christian gospel is God’s communication to mankind, as it is, in it’s preserved written state, for the salvation of mankind from the tyranny of an evil spirit?

Maybe you are amongst those who are already persuaded?

Are you religious?

Are you religious..?

There are concepts people have about being ‘religious’.

Religious means – for some – being unnatural, stern, overly-serious, bland, carrying an air of superiority and so on…

Not their cup of tea.

It consists of – or ranges from – ‘old’ ladies and knitting needles, to – out of their heads fanatics who slaughter the innocent.

Or uninteresting ‘vicars’ to whom they pass the tea.

Religion of course can mean many different things to many different people.

A stern voice, a loud voice, a soft whispering voice, a timid masking voice, a hifalutin voice or no voice at all – ‘we don’t speak – we are religious’ kind of thing. Vows of silence etc.

Religion is the ‘Opium of the People’ according to Mr. Marx. I suggest therefore that it numbs us to the real thing.

As fashion changes with each generation so too does everyday ‘philosophies’. Everyone has their own ‘philosophy’ in living everyday life, (making no attempt to use the word philosophy correctly or exactly), trusting that you get my gist.

Bearing in mind the real thing and the false, I wrote the poem below. For real acceptable ‘religion’ see James chapter 1 verse 27.

The failure of false religion in whatever form is what I speak of in the following poem:

A POEM (2015)

Religion

I have no use for it…

No time for it…

It’s full of striving and strife

It’s empty of life

It’s man’s corporate effort of mind

To comprehend – to try to find

But religion pure and properly defined

Brings with it action and being so kind

Fatherless and widows benefit most

From removal of their affliction by their host

Religion however can be man’s word

The definition of which is lost, becoming absurd 

It can reek of anything from violence to spookiness

It means a million things, all kinds of ‘choosiness’

It’s a word for ‘faiths’  the world over

That can be simply systems – with no make-over

Religion is not a word I would choose

To describe what I have, to remove  – my blues

Relationship is better, yes that better describes

The change it has brought in many lives

So if you’re looking for relIgion, you’ve come to the wrong place

I don’t recommend it, a lot of it’s a disgrace

But if you want internal peace revelation and rest

Then I recommend Jesus, yep you know what’s next:

He’s the best.

POSTING and undivided attention?

POSTING and undivided attention?

I’ve been thinking about what people are drawn to, when it comes to reading posts.

There are posts I quickly gloss over, they just don’t interest me.

This is inevitable – disinterest is common to us all.

There can be a certain switching-off that we all engage in when we get the initial gist of what a post is about.

We cannot read everything.

We cannot be interested in everything – to the same degree.

If we are interested in poetry – a poetic post gets our attention and we give it a try.

If I see someone posting on a religion I do not adhere to or one contrary to my own beliefs – I pretty much pass on, and don’t finish the post.

Unless I become curious and read it through to see someone else’s perspective, even when I know by experience it is not a perspective that is compatible with my own.

We all write our posts to be read. Else why do we write ‘em in the first place?

But if it’s all about getting people to follow us, getting folks to hit the like button or comment, or if it’s about becoming popular, then – it would be best to post on something that you know for sure will get the majority of people’s attention.

This way we can have a ‘so called’ successful blog.

But (or is it just me?) – the ‘novelty’ of this wears off.

The more folks that read the post, the better – of course. But we largely have no control over this, even though there are clever ways of increasing our noticeability factor.

I notice for example how my poetic posts get more likes than the Christian teaching, on my blog.

No surprise – as no man having tasted the old wine straightaway desires the new. For he says the old is better.

Luke 5:38-39 New King James Version (NKJV)

38 But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved. 39 And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better.’

Now what’s your take on the verse I have just quoted?

Especially if – up to now – you are not a Christian? And you are not really interested?

Sometimes we miss by dismiss…

Dismiss by not giving due consideration and attention.

But then what if I perhaps – ignore your post?

I then, am definitely not practising what I preach – right? 

Having just failed to give what you say – due consideration and attention, how can I ask you to give the same to mine?

Attention getting. How do we get people to pay attention at what is a matter of life or death?

Well, in the context of the content of seedsinmotiontruthnart – I am unable to get your undivided attention. Just as you are unable to get mine if your post subject matter does not interest me.

However there is one element I have not mentioned, and that I claim is unique to a blog of Christian content.

And that element is the God-factor. God Himself made Himself known to me in an unmistakable manner. You can tell me it was my over-active imagination, or that I am gullible, or whatever way you would seek to dismiss my experience. But I-know-that-I-know-that-I-know, having tasted the new wine.

So If God is influencing you right now – trying to get your attention. He is doing so because He wants your co-operation in order to cause things to go from ‘attention’ to ‘undivided attention’.

He may well be influencing you to draw you to Himself:

44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.

Are you taught by God? Willing to be taught by God?

He needs your undivided attention in the first instance, if true revelation of truth is to dawn upon your mind, will, emotion and spirit.

So you must become conscious that He is indeed at your side seeking your co-operation.

Seek the Lord while He may be found,

Call upon Him while He is near…

Notice while (you sense) He is near.

 …Let the wicked forsake his way,

And the unrighteous man his thoughts;

Let him return to the Lord,

And He will have mercy on him;

And to our God,

For He will abundantly pardon.

So – have you reached the end of this post, or lost interest half way?

Unbelief

UNBELIEF

Do you want God to change you

Is change the order of the day?

Do you think God is amused by you

Amused in any way?

Is He deeply disappointed

At your distracted mind?

Does He see your knotted head?

Do you turn to prayer instead?

Pray once – pray twice

Have another go – a cloud

The size of a man’s hand

comes into view and let’s you know

That prayer works when you persist

Don’t strike it from your ‘to do’ list

The blogger said – “no point in prayer”

He prefers his own despair

So he tries to pull down others

Knock them from their perch

He sees their faith as a rickety post

On which they commit to stand

‘Balancing’ – or so it seems to him –

Precariously –

But he doesn’t understand

His mindset needs a debrief

As his prayer gets nowhere

in his resolute unbelief

Poetic Muse II

ALL SMALL

Doesn’t matter how big a man

Big bolstering impressive frames

 

Doesn’t matter a dicky bird what

A man might say

swinging ball and chains

Raising shoulders to ear line

Flexing muscles and gasping aloud

 

Doesn’t matter

No answer to be found

In his brain

 

‘Cause the final curtain to all must come

The stepping over – out of range

The hereafter beckons – the call goes out

We are leaving the planet there is no doubt

 

Big confident mentor to you

Whose got it together in mouth and tongue

Money in the bank – and having fun

 

Film star smile – and intellectual bent

Doesn’t matter – when it comes to – good-bye

Where’s he headed for – beyond the sky?

Big as King Kong – or dominant stance

Been round the world and back to France

 

Doesn’t matter if alcohol fuelled

Macho man or Mr. World

He’s as small as a bird –

a robin’s territory

may be his domain –

but ruling roosts is no gain –

when it comes to the departure lounge

 

You feel safe when he’s around

Sitting with your smile at his performing rant

You’d be like him – but admiration

says you can’t

Don’t put your trust in got-it-together-guys

They are as clueless as you –

why are you surprised?

 

So take note and remember the final line:

The shortness of our sparkly fuse

And start to ponder what we all have to lose

 

It’s time to take stock

(Have a vitamin C drink)

Men are less impressive than you think

 

So envy no one – be yourself

Accept your smallness on a day of grace

And you will find the answers

For what lies beyond outer space