He who is Wise possesses a treasure more valuable than the most precious stone.
The mansion in the woods holds chilling secrets that have sauntered down throughout the generations. Trent Matheson, a victim of a brutal past he had absolutely nothing to do with is afraid of what lies within him. Struggling to live an ordinary life, he finds that the control he once possessed is slowly slipping away. The money, the power, the newly-found love… cannot subdue what is inherently a part of him. He is entering ‘The Season’ where he will be forced to face the essence of who he is in a fight for his very life.
Real Illusions offers a remarkable edge where two storylines are intricately intertwined. It’s as if the reader is getting two books in one. No one can guess the ending… no one.
Have you ever sat down one day and seriously considered that life, as you know it, will one day be over – for good? Think about that for a minute.
When that moment comes, for many people – unexpected – it will be too late. There will be no more time left to go back and correct what you knew all the while needed to be corrected, to get right with God (and I mean, really right) to apologize to someone you wronged, to show more compassion to others. Once that moment comes when your eyes closes to this life as you know it – it’s final.
Now consider this: Do you think when you move on to eternity that it was worth on earth the back-biting on the job? The jealousy in your heart towards others? Thinking you’re better than others who are less fortunate than you are? Using other people to get what you want? The pursuit of money and a luxurious lifestyle regardless of how many people you went and stepped on to get it? The love of money and absolute greed that you allowed to control you? Can you spend the money you love so much in Hell? Can you live your luxurious lifestyle with all of life’s goodies down there? Think about that? Would ANY of that be worth you opening your eyes in Hell?
I believe that if each of us really sit down and consider what awaits us in eternity – purely based on the decisions we make right here and now on this earth – this world would be a much better place. People would not take the foolish chances they now take with their own souls. They would be more compassionate, they would put other people’s needs ahead of their own, they would not be so socially driven where they feel the need for power and influence to the point where others must suffer, they won’t try to keep up with their neighbor’s (the Joneses) to feel like they’re worth something or to ‘out-do’ someone else, they won’t back-bite on the job to get the boss to promote them over others. They won’t do many of the things they are doing now. So many are closing their eyes every day unexpectedly in the middle of the hussle and bussle of their lives and opening them in hell. Those who are there now knows that none of those things they were guilty of was worth it.
Be smarter, be wiser, look after your one soul because when it’s too late… it’s just too late.
Have a good day today.
– Tanya R. Taylor
No matter how many times lied upon, kicked down, hated upon, slandered, or betrayed, if a person is determined to succeed – though in pain – he will ignore the lies, keep getting back up, ignore his haters, slanderers and betrayers, and carry his unseen torch straight on to victory.
(Originally published November, 2014)
I just had to share this message with you today:
I was in my kitchen this morning thinking about how God requires us to always forgive others no matter what they have done – no matter how painful, hurtful or disrespectful the whole matter turned out to be. I have no problem with this at all – was just thinking. Then, a question came to mind as I thought about everyone whom I had forgiven over the years (went before God and sincerely forgiven them) for some really heavy stuff and how 99% of them never came back to me and even ‘asked’ for forgiveness. I realize that some people (professed Christians especially, it seems) will know that they have done some really bad things to someone else that hurt that person’s feelings or betrayed them in some way, and purely due to pride (because they hate to admit that they’re guilty of anything) will take a chance closing their eyes to this world for good expecting to see Jesus and never, ever apologize to the person or persons they know they have wronged.
The question I asked God was: When I forgive a person even though they never came back to me and apologized, are they fully forgiven (by Him)? The answer that came back to me was that when I do that ‘I’ am fully forgiven. I realized more than ever before that it’s really not about them at all. They have to go to God for themselves and sincerely ask for His forgiveness in order to be forgiven of that offense. My forgiveness of them doesn’t give them a pat on the back or make them any less guilty of their offense in the eyes of God. They have to find it within their own hearts / consciences – first to recognize that they were wrong, be sorry for it, humbly ask God’s forgiveness and if the person they wronged is still alive, God will most likely direct them to that person to humbly ask for their forgiveness as well. My forgiveness of another assures God’s forgiveness of me for all I am sorry for and it releases /shields ‘me’ of all burdens that come with unforgiveness.
If a person has knowingly and wrongly offended another person, and never humbles him or herself to apologize, this person will never be free within his own heart and soul, and is taking a serious gamble with where he will spend eternity. Pride is the culprit and according to The Bible, it comes just before a fall. They may think they can slide into Heaven just like that. I wouldn’t want to take that chance with my soul. Would you?
Just thought this was worth sharing.
God’s response to that question really blew me away!
Take care All & have a lovely day like I am.
– Tanya Taylor
P.S. – Be on the look out for my new book ‘Real Illusions’ (a fiction this time) that is online now. A Suspense/Thriller that will keep you on the edge from start to finish. Hope you enjoy! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q5TB284