Hello, friend. Thanks for visiting my simple blog, and for having the courage to take a peek inside my mind – even my heart. I am honored that you would spend your time reading what I have to say. The thoughts and opinions I express here are the product of a soul that seeks constantly, though imperfectly, after righteousness and truth, but who has found that he cannot just accept what others say without figuring out why. Therefore, I’m trying constantly to figure things out. I’ve found that sometimes the results of these efforts are unique, and that they present truth in a way that is helpful in promoting understanding. I hope you find this to be true.
I was an adult convert to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I spent the first 45+ years of my adult life wandering pretty much aimlessly through a world of instant gratification. Somehow, though, because I was raised by goodly parents, I always knew there was more out there. When I met my precious wife, Diana, and through her Jesus, the time was right, I was right, and I knew I had found the path I needed to follow, even though it eventually led me through and out of the organized church.
I’m constantly and eternally grateful for the benevolence that defines all creation; to my wife, Diana, for loving me and for allowing me to love her; and to my parents for doing their best to teach the difference between right and wrong. Peace is a precious thing, and through the teachings of Jesus and many others, I have found it, and I am learning to preserve it.
A friend once encouraged me to ask God “Who Am I”. I did, and I was told that I am a teacher. I already knew that, but it sure helped hearing it from a reputable source. In my mind, a teacher is one who shares not only the fruits, but the process of his or her own journey of discovery – for the purpose of helping others along their own unique journey. I hope this blog fulfills that purpose.
Finally, I have prayed to know what more I can do to promote peace, liberty and truth. This blog is my answer. I have also come to realize that I write as much for my own benefit – my own learning – as for anyone else. My posts may not be perfect, but if they make you think, help you grow, and if you feel the spirit of truth through them, then they have accomplished their purpose.
This blog has become a journal of my eternal evolution. As my understanding of truth changes, my beliefs must change. There are many posts, especially in the early stages, that no longer reflect my beliefs. I have elected to leave them intact because together they document my journey.
I have also come to understand that it is my mission to express truth in words that are more accessible, simpler, more meaningful to the average person than those used in the scriptures. Words are metaphors for ideas. The scriptures are, in many ways, metaphors for truth. That doesn’t make them less sacred or critical to our evolution, but I’m more interested in learning for myself what they teach than what others tell me that they teach. The source for this learning? Guess…
So, I rarely find that I disagree with the scriptures, but I frequently find that I disagree with the interpretation of the scriptures that is reflected in the western religious dogma. My search continues. I share many of the fruits of that search here. Again, I hope you find things here that you can put in your own tool box, to help you in your own search.
A few years ago, I had a conversation with Jesus where I said, “Lord, I have thrown all the pieces of the puzzle on the ground. Will you help me pick them back up in the correct way?” I also have asked, “Help me become love”. I believe Jesus is in fact helping to bring about both requests. If there is one most important thing that I have learned, it is this…If there is one defining characteristic of God; of Jesus; of all creation, it is benevolence – perfect, unconditional love. Anything that contradicts this truth is man made.