Sunday, May 27, 2012
If you are like me you question things. When I do I find that it inspires me to think things over, to get more information, and to ask others for their opinion. And a lot of my inquiring pertains to observing others and wondering about their welfare. Are you happy? Do you believe in God? If not, how are you better off? These are questions that are so fundamental that they are to some extent taboo. That's where a blog is handy, to explore in a neutral communication medium, maybe for me to explore angles that I wouldn't in conversation because it could be a turn off for me or the other party.
If you are reading this because it is part of your journey, consider the following questions that Christianity addresses: What is the meaning of my life? Why am I here? How should I treat other people? Why do some people respond negatively in unpredictable situations? How much do I know, and how much can I learn? What I have learned is that I cannot assume I know the answers to these questions. This is my journey to humility. I cannot express to you the comfort of being humble - it is great. What I believe is that Jesus is my strength, my knowledge, and my life. His love for me props me up. Yet he was humble and showed greater concern for mankind than for his own human life. He died and was raised from the dead, to the witness of his disciples and family. The miracle of this is indeed the answer we all seem to seek. It is the ultimate. And the way to live is clearly spelled out in verses of the books of the Bible. Following the Word doesn't create an army of automatons and zombies. Truly the world that God created can always amaze me, excite me and challenge me. Read the word and find out for yourself what God asks of us. "Will you love me, and your fellow man?" How will you answer God?
Friday, May 11, 2012
Do you have the kind of relationship with God that you should? I would answer this question no. Still it is growing. I want to talk to God, and more experience His presence and hear His voice. Maybe I have a hard heart, I am too busy, or do things too often that harm this relationship (sin). For a relationship to grow I must be an active participant. God is remote only when we do not seek Him and read His word in scripture.
Why did God set up a world where His presence can be sensed in every living and inanimate thing, every day, at any time. But in this world He cannot be seen, directly heard, or physically touched? We can't answer this question since we don't have insight into God's reasons for doing things. A good assumption would be that this was not an act of capriciousness, and that there was a very important reason that benefits each of his children in this world. Maybe the disobedience of Adam and Eve does play a part in this separation.
For me the experience of God's presence comes directly from my interactions with people. Some of the most simple of interactions can be so significant. A smile, a friendly gesture or greeting. These convey love and concern from others. Although we are born with sin and cannot fail to fall into its diabolical realms, God sent his son, Jesus, to redeem us. I like to read about Jesus and all of his contrasts and paradoxes. Mild and bold at the same time. Casual and stern at times as well. He was man and was also God. As a Christian I strive to place Christ in the center of my religious focus.
In my daily life hundreds of people seemingly cross my path each day. The interactions may be brief or more prolonged. I pray now that I can more cherish the times that I spend with my coworkers, friends, and family as well as clients and be more observant of the presence of God in these interactions. I believe that as my faith in God grows, so will my ability to act in concert with the will of God and help represent His presence to others. I also pray that I may spend more constructively the time I have alone to study the Word of God and learn of His works among the prophets of ancient times, the disciples of Christ, and Godly depictions from more recent Christian authors. Maybe God chooses to show himself mainly through the face of man, who was made in His own image, so that man would revere his brethren greatly and in showing love, respect, and concern for each other, man would honor God and more closely experience His presence.