How Can You Stay So Optimistic?

People ask often me “How can you spend so much time following the news and writing on the bizarre twists and turns of our political theater of the absurd and still remain so happy and optimistic?”

The answer is, “It’s easy because my hope is in Christ and all of this is just a soap opera.”

Sure I tune in multiple times every day to see what my people are up to.  Yes, I follow every twist and turn in the plot.  I cheer when my favorite characters triumph and I hiss when the evil nemesis unfairly pulls them down.

However, all in all I realize I’m something like Horton.  I hear the Who.  And like Horton I realize there’s a whole world living on a speck of dust flying along oblivious to the fact that dust in the wind is not the most stable place to exist.

Fleeting flowers and beautiful sunsets like snowflakes and icicles dazzle the eye inspire the imagination and then they are gone.  Look at the sweep of History.  We can read of empires long ago.  The amazing DNA tests available through a multitude of sources can tell us where we come from.  Ancestry web sites tell us who we come from.

In reality what do we know of those billions who have gone before?  What were the names of your eight great grandparents?  If by some miracle you can name all eight what do you know about their lives?  Can anyone reading this name their sixteen great-great grandparents?  I would wager 100 to one no one can.  So in our own lives our knowledge of History dissolves before 100 years has elapsed.  Sure we can read and memorize facts about the past but how far back does that really go?  At most 5,000 years.  Conservatively the earth is at least four billion years old.  The universe itself is estimated to be at least thirteen billion years old.

And our direct knowledge goes back maybe one hundred years.  Our knowledge gained through study maybe five thousand.  Get the picture?  We are the Who.

If that was all there was I would jump up on a table and sing,

Is that all there is, is that all there is
If that’s all there is my friends, then let’s keep dancing
Let’s break out the booze and have a ball
If that’s all there is

And for thirty years of my life that’s what I did.  The emptiness and futility of it all led me to the edge of sanity and beyond.  I wandered about aimlessly muttering, “I’ve got to try something.  I’ve got to try something.”

Until a voice in my ear said, “Why don’t you try God?”

That day changed my life.  That day led me to road that led me to Christ and from that day to this I have hope and joy and nothing I see prancing across the stage of this earthly drama can take it away.

In America our standard greeting is, “Hi how are you doing?”  Not that anyone really cares.  Not that anyone ever really listens to your answer.  That is just a customary greeting.  I always answer, “I’m blessed.”  This often brings questions such as, “Why?”  This gives me an opportunity to tell them I’m blessed because I have eternal life and that Jesus gave it to me and the devil can’t take it away.”

Sometime people answer, “I am too.”  And it’s always a joy to meet a brother or sister wherever they may be.

So, though it is interesting and it helps pass the time as we hang on to our speck of dust as it swirls about in the wind don’t let the story-line get you down.  Just skip to the back of the book and you’ll find out that Jesus is God, God wins in the end, and no matter how bad it gets we should pray, “Come Lord Jesus.”

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @  © 2018 Contact Dr.   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens


DO YOU SEE HER? Will You Help?

Human Trafficking, Domestic Sex Trafficking, Modern Day Slavery, The Life, Commercial Sexual Exploitation, Hustling, Sex Work, Pimping, The Game, Prostitution. Call it what you will, but it’s wrong, it’s a biblical and social injustice….Exploitation is Happening in the USA and even in Iowa and we want to help. Garden Gate Ranch is here to tell the stories. Let’s start at the beginning;

SUPERNATURAL, what is it? Wikipedia describes supernatural; refers to unexplained or non- natural forces and phenomena. That’s what happened to me late January 2015.

Hi, my name is Brenda Long, an ordinary woman, a wife, mother, and a grandmother. Life happens, season’s change, things happen in our lives that change what our normal looks like. That’s where I was when I encountered a supernatural happening. Let me explain, 2010-2015 were not easy times for me or my family, one life-altering event after another was taking place. As soon as we caught our breath from one, another trial hit. Let me share with you just a few things we were experiencing minus the details. My parents home burnt to the ground, later my father passed from this life, my mother had a life-threatening bacteria, our adult foster daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer while pregnant, my mother had a brain aneurysm rupture a brother was killed in a head-on car collision and there’s more but I think you get the point. What do all of these have in common? The only thing that truly
matters, our trust and faith in a God who loves us and is always faithful in good times and in bad.

I recall the day like it was yesterday, I went to my prayer room as I often do and honestly I was going to pray yet again and continue to do what I’d been doing for month’s, for years. I had my idea of how things should turn out AND how we needed to get there in this most recent life-altering event. As I sat before the Lord that day and wept. I couldn’t do anything but say to Him, “Thank you! You’ve got us, You are SO faithful and you’ve got us”. I told him “I don’t know what this will look like from this day on, but one thing I do know, we will be exactly where you want us to be when this storm has passed and we will do what you want us to do. You have been so faithful to us and I trust you”. Then
I did something unplanned, I had the audacity to ask Him a question, I said, “Since you’ve got us, what can I do for you? Who can I help for you?” That’s when the supernatural took place. As soon as I asked the question my room filled with this amazing presence in which I had no doubt who had entered. I felt Him completely engulf me in his presence and He took me to what I believe was a secret chamber in His heart. I felt what he felt and then I felt what they felt. I supernaturally knew he was asking me to help free his daughters from the evil of human trafficking. I started hearing their cries saying, “will anyone help”? “does any see me”. “does anyone care?” I heard Him say “my daughters are crying out for help, will you help them?” I said YES and my life has never been the same.

Garden Gate Ranch was birthed out of the heart of compassion and a stand against biblical and social injustice. Hearing the silent cries of those trapped, compels us to do whatever it takes to get her off the street and to safety. These young women don’t need Garden Gate Ranch just because they are victims of sex trafficking. She needs a place like Garden Gate Ranch so she can realize she is more than what happened to her, what happened doesn’t have to define who she is. She was born on purpose for a purpose; she has a future and a hope. She just needs the space, time and love from people who believe in her, until she can believe the truth of her creator and believe in herself. Garden Gate Ranch’s mission is to offer her that pathway. A pathway to hope, a pathway to restoration, tools for empowerment, dignity, and purpose in a safe faith-filled environment. Do You See Her? Will You Help?


To be continued….next edition.

Brenda Long

Founder of Garden Gate Ranch