HUMILITY, SERVICE AND GOD

In this week's REDMOND'S REVIEW, Darren shares his thoughts on CS Lewis's book, "Spirits in Bondage A Cycle of Lyrics."

Humility and Service

‘Humility’ is the book I review and it was written in 1895. It deals with just one subject, and oh, how that subject can be misinterpreted. It is twisted by those looking to manipulate you. Humility is called a weakness. It is just ignored.
This book was written by Andrew Murray and it is titled, Humility. Consciously, or otherwise, the personal relationship we have with Christ, as author Andrew Murray goes into great detail about, requires humility on our part. It enables us to be able to get close and focused in our relationship with God.
The word ‘humility’, has had many connotations and meanings throughout the ages. It is 180 degrees away from the word ‘pride’ which is often as well, used in many different forms, from many different meanings. From reading this work by Andrew Murray, I can simply define PRIDE to actually be fear, and HUMILITY to be confidence.

Pride and Fear

Pride  often times is fear masked as confidence. Humility is the complete opposite, it is a perfect trust that God loves us and wants the best for us. We cannot maximize ourselves, unless we know that we are here, but for the grace of God.
I am paraphrasing of course, we are reminded throughout this work, that it is only when we get quiet, non boastful, and non self-absorbed, that the real work of humility begins. Why boast and brag when you are  using nothing more than the talents that God has given you?
Humility is a quiet confidence because you are aware that you are loved by God. All that you have and that you will have, come from our creator. A understanding of that fills a person with a humble peace.
Remember, our savior chose to live a life of servitude, humble in nature and doing so with confidence, and no need for those around him to approve of his path in life.
For with humble kindness toward all and to our selves, the greatest of all, should be the one who serves the most.
This book is free to read in the public domain.
Written By: Darren Redmond

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DARREN REDMOND – FENTANYL WARNING

Darren cares about the future of families, children, and humanity.

UNIVERSAL DIGEST SUPPORTS DARREN REDMOND’S EFFORTS

Darren Redmond is the Executive Director for a non-profit organization, P.A.I.N. Parents & Addicts In Need has been helping so many families in central California over the years. His message is painfully clear about the fentanyl-laced Xanax tablets that have been taken by unknowing children.

This article points out the dangers of illicit drugs posing as prescribed medications appearing in the marketplace, unbeknownst by their parents.

Please view Darren’s plea in this supported YouTube video that follows.

REMOND WITH FENTANYL WARNING

Darren Redmond contacted Universal Digest about this dire situation. They have received calls at their offices decrying the death from overdoses. Children have been taking fentanyl-laced drugs thinking they are anti-depressant drugs disguised as Xanax.

Here is Darren’s YouTube video:

Mr. Redmond supplied Universal Digest with his narrative that follows:

A short message and a warning. My name is Darren Redmond and I want to remind you that during these times of stress we some times make really bad decisions. We all get frustrated, we all sometimes feel the need to escape the anxiety or depression we may be feeling. But please NEVER use Xanax that you can by off thee street or even from some one you know. If it was not prescribed to you please leave it alone. To many people are dying from Fentanyl related overdoses. The fact is that many Xanax bars are supplemented with Fentanyl.

Written with Universal Digest support: Darren Redmond

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YOUR VOICE – DARREN REDMOND

Darren Redmond presents "Your Voice."

“Your Voice” is written as an exclusive article from the heart of Darren Redmond.

YOUR VOICE

When I bring up a question about your voice and its origins do you know from which I ask? I can assure you I do not mean the name of a TV show. This does not mean the voice you have when you sing in your car, or the shower, or in your room when you are alone. I mean where is the voice that is YOU. My opinion is that we all have our own voice, as we all have a unique finger print. but it seems many of us wear “community gloves” that cover our unique finger print, or in this case, our voice.

Finding your own voice is not easy, their is no 2 minute YouTube video that can make that happen. How may one find something they may not know what it looks like or truly is? Your voice also changes so what you may pursue at 18, as your voice may be different at 40. But are you chasing your voice? Or, rather a imprinted voice that is not truly yours, but a sound you have chased for a variety of reasons.

THERE IS NO CRISIS

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What is your voice? Is it produced as some form of “community gloves” or is it really you?

It is not a mid-life crisis, nor is it a perplexing question facing students as they move from school to the working world. It is not anything else but finding ones self. But, how do you find something that you see and feel and talk to every day? (yes, my friends, we do talk to ourselves every day). Yet, sometimes, it feels like a suit we are wearing and nothing more.

PUTTING ON APPEARANCES?

Are we here to get by or to pursue the best we can be? That voice inside you, many times gets silenced by the noise around you. How to vote, how to think, how to react, may be some reasons. And, what you should be happy with, what you should share, what you should keep are other reasons. Of all of these decisions, do you make them from the voice in you, or rather a voice that comes to you from elsewhere? The beliefs that you grew up with, learned and believed in; did an outside voice tell you not to listen to things you grew up with? Or, was it to question everything, but then tell you to only listen to them?

LISTENING TO OTHERS INSTEAD OF YOUR VOICE

Are you listening to a millionaire singer tell you to be there for the every man and having enough and share the rest, who lives in a huge home, but, will not allow you to down load his or her music? And has armed guards all around them while singing this? If your voice tells you to listen, then that is great indeed; however, are you listening to some one else, while not hearing YOUR VOICE? The musician metaphor works, but many will do this. Who made the rule that you are too old to learn to dance? Or, go back to school? Maybe, dress a certain way, or to build a business ? That is their voice; it is not yours. Free will and freedom allows you to make a choice listen to them, or ignore them.

ARE YOU HEARING YOURSELF?

Your voice may not scream. But, rather, sitting silently, your voice may allow you to start hearing it. I am of the opinion that many times for what ever social reasons, we often do not allow ourselves to hear our wants and desires for fulfillment in who we are. Family, friends and commitments are all important and variables to listening to your voice are valid. But, your voice is helping you become the best person you can be, as any one who has gone through a 12 step program has conveyed to me. Your voice allows all those who rely on you to benefit, as well.

IT DOES NOT TAKE A VILLAGE

It takes a village to raise a child is not something I have ever agreed with. Rather, to me, it takes a village to look after each other. But, it takes a parent or guardian to set the best examples they can along with the child who becomes an adult, understanding who they are and where that voice brings them. To me, Screw-tape and the example given to us by C.S Lewis of him is alive and well. Your voice steers you away from Screw-tape. Anyone who tells you you are not unique and special has started to muffle the voice with in you.

We may be based on variables and scenarios around us. To settle to be one of the many box cars on the train which we all belong to, but, if it is your choice, based on your decision, that is YOUR VOICE. No one has the right to limit you based on any factor. If your voice tells you to sing..SING.. IF you want to own property, do so. If your voice tells you to help the homeless, do so and do it with passion. Your voice is who you are. It is not who others tell you to be.

BE YOUR VOICE

Following your voice does not make you selfish. Rather, it is selfish of society, to tell YOU how to act or be. as long as you are not breaking any law. You have the right to pursue happiness, but, there is no guarantee to actually achieve it. Nowhere is it written that your happiness needs to be mandated by the collective. Because, your voice is yours and belongs to just you.

Written By: Darren Redmond


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ELECTION DAY WITH KINDNESS

Darren Redmond reviews his latest article about the election process. He advocates kindness and caring while the US primaries are underway. Those Americans who aspire to political service should approach it with such an understanding. Happy birthday to 'Dr. Seuss' on the same day!

ELECTION DAY WITH KINDNESS

This article is one for the books. Look at the kindness, caring, and honesty from the writer of this article.

THE POEM:

Over in the land of you know where, stood a place of marvel, with just a touch of despair.

Now this little place has had many problems. From time to time it would need to work hard to solve them.

In this place named, ”What it is and what it was”, rules were placed from high above .

From how high the rules came its citizens would debate..

Like are we one big community or a systems of states?

The answer to this will you will not find here, I am just pointing things out …lets make that clear.

How much to give, to who and to why, if so given, what gets purchased and why?

Check mark here and a check up there.. who makes the decision , when you are seen and where?

This belongs to you..or does it still, for once you are gone is it part of a bill??

What is a privilege and what is right… Do we not bother with others, or do we show our might?

I ask this politely in the words of a poem, The articles of the constitution hey ..do you even know them?

Does a person have the right to say how you live? For how did you get that right, whose was it to give?

But I will tell you this, for of this I am certain, This country is great, because of the lack of a curtain..

What I mean about that, is we can argue whats true, and do it in a way that respects both me and you.

You are right, and I am wrong , can get discussed in detail while still getting along.

THE SOLUTION

Problems remain we know that’s true ..and they will be solved because of a balance of what is old and whats new..

You see the secret to the success of the land we call home, is the basic fact that we know we are not alone.

Who you call on, to lend a hand, or for you to help..we are all part of a band.

A band that plays great music but some times off key, a band that understands the balance of I and of we…

Written By: Darren Redmond

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On the birthday of Dr. Seuss, who wrote the most memorable books, so is the US election day primaries.

Happy Birthday
Dr. Seuss
Today is Election Day
Be Kind

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